Bruno Mars' New Album Is Done + A New Single Ahead

Early this morning (October 3), Bruno Mars announced that he has finished his third album on Twitter! The album marks the pop sensation's first record since 2012's Unorthodox Jukebox.

Mars has been working on the new record throughout 2016, remaining quiet about his work. While no date was announced with the album announcement, a date for the album's first single, '24k Magic' was announced - that's dropping this Friday, October 7. In an Instagram caption, Mars stated, "You can call it my first single, but I call it the invitation to the party," along with some firework and champagne emojis. The hype is on!

Ready for some new Bruno Mars? It's been awhile since we've seen his own material, and people are getting sick of 'Uptown Funk'. It's time for a new wave of funk to wash through!

Lady Gaga Announces New Album 'Joanne'

It's been a long time coming, but Lady Gaga's comeback album is finally here! After releasing 'Perfect Illusion' a week back (see our review here!), details of her next album Joanne have finally been revealed.

Gaga announced in an interview with Beats 1 Radio with Zane Lowe that her next album - the follow up to 2013's ARTPOP - is hopefully in its final hours of recording, sitting in the studio for the last 48 hours of the sessions for Joanne tinkering with things while mixing and mastering the record. In the interview, she also spoke about a few songs and revealed the release date.

Speaking on the latest single 'Perfect Illusion' and the bittersweet feeling of finishing the process, Gaga claimed that it's hard to leave it and part ways with producers Mark Ronson, BloodPop, and Tame Impala's Kevin Parker, but "this isn't the end, it's just the end of this moment... It's also the beginning of this moment, because we can share this with the world." Gaga goes on to talk about a collaborator on the album Hillary Lindsey who hasn't been mentioned before the interview.

Joanne gets its title from Gaga's late aunt, who died of lupus at only 19. The death truly shook her entire father's side of the family, and it's always been an important thing to her - her middle name is also Joanne. Gaga claimed the album's title track 'Joanne' is, appropriately, "the true heart and soul of the record," and while stepping away from her fame for awhile, she was able to bring together "the experiences of [my] family and our challenges that make us who we are. It’s everything about Joanne... It’s all the toughness of the pain of losing her that made us all strong and made us who we are. She is the woman of my past who is becoming and helping me bring more of my honest woman self into the future."

Gaga announced that the album will be out on October 21, 2016 via Interscope/Streamline. She went on to talk about some songs on the album, including surprising collaborations: 'John Wayne' features Queens Of The Stone Age's guitarist Josh Homme and Father John Misty features on 'Sinner's Prayer' are the notable ones she mentioned. She always discussed the influences of Bollywood and country influences with Nashville singer Hillary Lindsey on the record.

Excited for the return of Gaga?! We'll review it as soon as it's dropped. Listen to the interview below and listen to 'Perfect Illusion' above, too.

Site Changes + Announcing Throwback Reviews

Hi guys! In case you haven't noticed, the site has changed in last month or so. It's finally at a stable place where we're done updating (for now) and can share what we've been up to.

Here's what's new:

  • New Template - We've made the site's look a lot more fine and compact.
  • Easier Navigation - Instead of cluttering the Navigation Bar link section with all the different categories, you can conveniently find a list of all the types of reviews and news in the right half of the navigation bar.
  • Instagram Page - It's been up for awhile, but in case you haven't seen it. we are now on Instagram! Be sure to follow our page.
  • New Staff - We have a new writer who's shy; she'll write something eventually. 

We've been thinking of ways to make the site's content fresh and current, so we're introducing TBT Reviews! Every Thursday we'll be reviewing an older album instead of a new one, which we haven't done much of. This'll open up a lot more ground for content we can share with you guys - there's been plenty of requests for reviews of older records and now we can comply!

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