New Music: The Antidote – Simple Plan

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Pop-punk fans rejoice because Simple Plan is back with new music and I know one thing: I am pumped for their latest release.

Back with their first new music release since 2019, the band released “The Antidote,” a single off their upcoming sixth studio album.

The band shared “ We’re so excited to finally release ‘The Antidote,’ the first single off our upcoming sixth album!.” They shared on genius, “The song is a throwback to our classic Simple Plan sound but with a modern twist. It has all the elements our fans have come to love and expect from our band: a big energetic chorus and honest and heartfelt lyrics that deal with life and the struggles we all face. It feels like the perfect starting point and a great preview of what’s to come on the album.”


Photo Credit: Simple Plan on Facebook

2022 will be big for the band, along with the release of a new album, it also marks the 20th anniversary of their debut album “No Pads, No Helmet…Just Balls” which during the pandemic gained a lot of attention on TikTok with the “I’m Just A Kid” challenge.

The song had millions create videos of favorite memories from individuals when they were younger. The challenge also inspired celebrities to join in on the fun including David Dobrik, Ed Sheeran, Will Smith, and more. “I’m Just A Kid” was certified RIAA Platinum in 2020.

You can stream Simple Plan new song “The Antidote” on Spotify or Apple Music now and let me know your thoughts on the song by hitting me on Socials @MikeStarkCA

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

New Music: Voyage (Album) from ABBA

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Mamma Mia, they’re back!

Swedish supergroup ABBA is officially back with a new album for the first time in 40 years. The powerhouse group is hoping to connect with a new generation in the latest album release. In a statement back in September, the group shared jokingly “They say it’s foolhardily to wait more than 40 years between albums.”

ABBA is known for their hits “Dancing Queen” and “Take a Chance On Me” but now in 2021 the group is gracing us with ballads like “I Still Have Faith In You” and disco-style “Don’t Shut Me Down” of which the lyrics include “Now you see another me/I’ve been reloaded.”

Photo Credit: ABBA

The group is scheduled to go on tour on May 27 of next year. ABBA was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2021.

You can stream their new album “Voyage” on Spotify and Apple Music. Let me know your favorite by sharing them with me on Twitter or Instagram @MikeStarkCA.

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

Silk Sonic Debut Album Coming Nov. 12

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Leave the door open as you listen to this album.

Silk Sonic, the duo featuring Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars are releasing their first album, “An Evening with Silk Sonic” which will drop on November 12.

The album will feature hits “Leave the Door Open” and “Skate”. The album release comes as a surprise as we were not expecting anything from the duo until next year.


Photo Credit: Screenshot of Tweet from @AndersonPaak with Album Announcement on Twitter

Both artists made the upcoming album announcement on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, which happened to be Bruno Mars’ 36th Birthday (Happy Birthday Bruno!). A tweet shared by Paak said “ALBUM DROPS NOVEMBER 12!! Now spam the comments with happy birthday wishes to my brother @BrunoMars 🎉”

We can’t wait for the new album to drop and hear what Silk Sonic brings.

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

New Album: Justice – Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber does it again! A year after dropping his album “Changes” Bieber is back with his latest album “Justice”.

On Friday, March 19, 2021, the 27-year-old singer released his sixth studio album, “Justice”. Not only did we get a new album but a music video for the song peaches featuring Giveon and Daniel Caesar.

The trio in the video are cruising down in a car a night singing above love, which is on-brand on Justin Bieber and I’m not mad at it. 

The album has 12 tracks from the singer along with previously released singles “Anyone”, “Holy” feat Chance the Rapper, “Lonely” with Benny Blanco, and “Hold On”. Features on the album include Khalid, The Kid LAROI, Dominic Fike, Daniel Caesar, Giveon, BEAM, and Burna Boy.

Photo Credit: Screenshot from Peaches by Justin Bieber Music Video on YouTube.

Thursday, March 18, 2021, prior to the release the pop singer tweeted that he would “support organizations that embody what justice looks like in action,”

Organizations include The Martin Luther King. Jr. Center educates nonviolence and creates a beloved community.

The Poor People’s Campaign which is “Building a movement to overcome systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, and the war economy.”

Photo Credit: Screenshot of Support Organizations Tweet from @JustinBieber

Towards the end of February, Bieber shared in a post on Instagram the reason behind the album. “In a time when there’s so much wrong with this broken planet we all crave healing and justice for humanity.” He continued “In creating this album my goal is to make music that will provide comfort, to make songs that people can relate to and connect to so they feel less alone.”

Justin hit the mark on this one. I felt that connection with a list of his songs throughout the album. Some of my favorites include Unstable, Hold On, Ghost, and Peaches. You can stream Justin’s new album “Justice” now on music streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music.

Let me know your favorites by hitting me up on Twitter or Instagram 

Cover Photo: Screenshot of Album Cover of Justin Bieber “Justice” from Spotify. 

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA