New Album: Fearless (Taylor’s Version) – Taylor Swift

Swifties, are you sitting down? Good, now make sure your breathing.

Taylor Swift’s first recorded album has dropped, and I couldn’t be more excited.

The 31-year-old singer-songwriter dropped a rerecorded version of her second studio album, Fearless. The re-recorded version is titled “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)”.

Photo Credit: Screenshot of Tweet from @taylorswift13

The re-release is swift keeping her word to re-record her music before the “Lover” album. In the event, you’re not up-to-date on the Scooter Braun-Taylor Swift battle here’s the low down.

Scooter Braun purchased her masters which ignited a heated public battle between Braun and Swift over music ownership. And, swift made the announcement she would rerecord her first six studio albums, to call them her own.

She shared on Good Morning America “I just think that artists deserve to own their work, I just feel very passionately about that.”

Swift re-recorded “Fearless (Taylor’s Version) in late 2020, the first re-recording released.

Photo Credit: Taylor Swift on Instagram

The new release provides fans 27 tracks and includes incredible talent like Keith Urban and Maren Morris: All the songs from the original and platinum of “Fearless”, six unreleased songs, and a bonus track.

Photo Credit: Screenshot of Taylor Swift Tracklisting for “Fearless Taylor’s Version” on Twitter

You can stream Fearless (Taylor’s Version) right now on platforms like Spotify or Apple Music.

Let me know what you think about “Fearless Taylor’s Version” by connecting with me on Twitter or Instagram.

Cover Photo: Beth Garrabrant

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

New Music: Aly & AJ Return with Pretty Places

Aly & AJ are back and heading down a new path with new music and a new sound with “Pretty Places”

On Tuesday, March 9, 2021, the sisters Aly, 31, and AJ Michalka, 29 announced the released date of their latest project, “a touch of the beat gets you up on your feet gets you out and then into the sun” is scheduled to drop on May 7. This makes it the first time in 14 years since the sisters released an album.

For those who don’t know, Aly and AJ grew up in the Disney universe. Between 2005 and 2007, they released three albums, Into the Rush, Acoustic Hearts of Winter, and Insomniatic, which has their smash hit “Potential Breakup Song” which became a TikTok hit in 2020, talk about a blast from the past.

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Photo Credit: Screenshot of Instagram Post of new album announcement from @alyandaj on Instagram

The sisters are back though in 2021 with new music. On January 15, we were rewarded with “Listen!!!” to kick off the new year and most recently on Friday, March 5 with “Pretty Places”

“Pretty Places” (predicting song of the summer) I love and if this is a preview of what is to come with the new album I am excited. “Pretty Places” is the perfect song to roll down your windows as your driving along the coast, with your ray bands on, and radio full blast on a Saturday afternoon. The music video definitely compliments the song with a coastal indie vibe, which I am here for. 

Photo Credit: In2une Music

While this song along with “Listen!!!” is not the sound your use to with “Potential Break Up Song” or “Rush” it is a new type of sound that I love. Music is evolving and it is important for the artist the evolve with the music too that is exactly what Aly and AJ are doing.

Photo Credit: Michelle Laine

My favorite line “I’ll go anywhere / Let’s go right now / Go anywhere /doesn’t matter how far…” I relate to this line more than ever. After being in quarantine for a year due to the pandemic, this song gets me pumped to get out and explore again. I am ready for an adventure. 
You can stream “Pretty Places” right now on streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, and watch the Music Video for Pretty Places on YouTube. Be sure to check out their new album when it drops on May 7.

Cover Photo: In2une

Album Review: John K – love + everything else

Heartbreak, loneliness, sadness, hope, love, and music. The perfect ingredients for an addictive pop album, and that is what artist John K provided.

Now that recipe may seem very cliché with any pop artist, but not with John K, who pulled it off beautifully, to the point where you hear and feel the emotions. This album is one you listen to repeatedly; you need to fully taste, chew, and digest every line to get the full experience. Warning though, this album will have your emotions all over the place, but in a good way.

John K, an artist you outta know, is an up-and-coming singer from Orlando, Florida. He got his first big hit in 2017 with “OT”; an electro-pop track with over 50 million streams, an independent release. Followed by his debut EP, If We Never Met, which is included on the album. After If We Never Met, he signed with Epic Records in 2019.

His debut album, “love + everything else” lets everything out. Whether you’re struggling with moving from a previous relationship or thankful for that special person in your life, this album covers it all. Here are my top favorites from the album.

happiness

Happiness is that song that reminds us me that it is ok not to be ok. The song goes with the pandemic perfectly; because we will get back to the happiness, we are all missing right now. We had many bad days in 2020, but good days are on the horizon, and we will get there soon.

The lyric from the song that reinforces that is “Happiness where you been? Are you gone? Are you comin’ back?” Yes, happiness will be back, and when it is, take advantage of every moment.

parachute

Ok, this song is a total vibe that I love to throw on in the morning while getting ready. Fun fact, the music video for this song was shot in one take, and it’s well done for one take. So if you need a song to vibe out to, look no further than parachute.

My favorite lyrics: “Vibin’ we could talk all night or sit in silence” I mean, this is me; whatever my significant other wants to do, I am happy to do and enjoy one another.

Photo Credit: Screenshot from Music Video “parachute” on YouTube

If we never met

When I hear this song, I automatically think of how grateful I to have that special person in life. “If we never met, I would be drunk waking up in someone else’s bed.” John K is honest and thankful; he is not that person.

He’s thankful to have the love with his wife and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Shoot, I feel so thankful for this song.

My favorite lyrics: “I’d be lost in a crowded room of fake friends.” This signifies how the genuine people in his life do keep you grounded.

learning how to love

The song we all can relate to at one relationship at some point in our lives. Hearing this one, I think of myself as still learning how to love. This is something you will always continue learning how to do.

Whether it is taking care of yourself mentally or learning how to balance loving yourself and your partner.

My favorite lyrics: “Tell me what to do to make it last ‘Cause I’m still learnin’ how to lovе.”

ilym

The wedding song of the album makes you feel so loved after a somewhat dark song.

I love listening to this song right after learning how to love because you see the growth. Even though the songs are not back to back on the album, I love that they’re both on there.

John K shared that this song is a message for his wife that she would have forever (now I’m emotional).

My favorite lyrics: “I love you more than the bad days ahead, I love you more than the nights that we ended with slammin’ doors.” In a relationship, we have disagreements. As long as we resolve the disputes, learn from those disagreements, and move forward, that’s important.

Photo Credit: Screenshot of John K and Wife Lenée from John K Instagram @johnkmusic

days like this

Ah yes, days like this, this track is the perfect reminder to enjoy every moment with those you love.

Whether it is family, friends, or even co-workers you enjoy being around. It has that perfect Saturday midday vibe on a 72 degree sunny clear blue sky day.

My favorite lyrics: “Days like this, make me wish we had more days like this, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh.”

Create those memories with the people you love. If there is one thing I learned during this pandemic, life is short, so enjoy every moment of it.

cheap sunglasses

An exceptionally creative track using creative metaphors to describe his own issues as a boyfriend.

My favorite lyrics from the song: “I only buy cheap sunglasses ‘cause I know that I’ll, know that I’ll lose Them sooner or later, oh, baby, I can’t keep anything, can’t keep anything, can’t keep you.”

let me let you go

This track is a jam that I enjoy at night. The song is another one we all relate to at one point in our lives, or maybe you are in the place right now where you are stuck in a relationship and need a decision. 

My favorite lyrics from this song: “Gotta let me love you, or gotta let me let you go.” You have to make that decision because it is not healthy to be in limbo forever.

6 months

The track you have on when you are missing the person you are about the most. My favorite lyric “Feels like it’s been six months and seven days when I’m without you.”

love + everything else is precisely that love and then everything else on the album for you. I feel for his first album John K did so well my score is 8.5 out of 10.0.

John K is an artist we should keep on the radar as I expect the next album will be even better.

You can stream love + everything else on Spotify and Apple Music. Let me know your favorites off the album by hitting me up on socials @MikeStarkCA on Twitter and Instagram

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

Cover Photo Credit: John K Album Cover from John K Facebook Page