Music Shopping List: The Chainsmokers Arrive With ‘Memories’
The Chainsmokers (‘Memories…Do Not Open’) leads the charge of new albums arriving April 7, 2017. Joey Bada$$ & Father John Misty also drop new albums.
Ah, the first music release date in April 2017 – Friday, April 7! Overall, April opens with a nice assortment of new albums. The problem is, unless Kendrick Lamar drops his new album on April 7, there isn’t a comparable effort to Ed Sheeran (÷), which kicked off March 2017. Still, The Chainsmokers are “kind of a big deal” (Memories…Do Not Open). After all, Drew and Alex have had a number of hits, going back to 2015.
1. The Chainsmokers, Memories…Do Not Open
The Chainsmokers had a huge year in 2016. They earned their first no. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Closer,” featuring Halsey. They earned a Grammy award for top-five single, “Don’t Let Me Down,” featuring Daya. They also dropped an EP, Collage. Now, The Chainsmokers release their full-length debut album, Memories…Do Not Open. Memories…Do Not Open is comprised of 12 songs, including singles “Paris,” “Something Just Like This” (featuring Coldplay), and “The One.” In addition to Coldplay, Emily Warren, Louane, Jhené Aiko, and Florida Georgia Line guest on the album.
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Joey Bada$$ returns with ALL-AMERIKKAN BADA$$, his highly-anticipated follow up to B4.DA.$$ (2015). B4.DA.$$ debuted at no. 5 the Billboard 200. Comprised of 12 tracks, three singles arrived prior to the album: “Land of the Free,” “Devastated,” and “Rockabye Baby” featuring ScHoolboy Q. In addition to ScHoolboy Q, other featured guests include J. Cole, Styles P, Nyck Caution, Kirk Knight, and Meechy Darko.
Father John Misty aka Josh Tillman, returns with his third studio album, Pure Comedy. Pure Comedy arrives two years after the triumphant I Love You, Honeybear (2015). Comprised of 13 tracks, four singles arrived prior to the album: “Pure Comedy,” “Total Entertainment Forever,” “Ballad of the Dying Man,” and “Two Wildly Different Perspectives.”
The ever-prolific Tech N9ne returns with another collaborative set, Dominion. Dominion follows Nino’s December 2016 studio effort, The Storm. In regards to collaborative sets, Dominion follows up Strangeulation, Vol. 2 (2015). A robust 24 tracks in its deluxe form, three singles arrived ahead of Dominion: “Drama” (featuring Krizz Kaliko), “Put Em On (featuring Derrein Safron and Stevie Stone), and “Some Good” (featuring J.L.).
Alternative collective Cold War Kids return with LA DIVINE, their first album in more than two years. The last we heard from the Kids was Hold My Home, which arrived in Fall of 2014. LA DIVINE is comprised of 14 tracks, with four singles arriving prior to the album: “Love is Mystical,” “Can We Hang On?,” “So Tied Up” featuring Bishop Briggs, and “Restless.”
More New Releases:
Future Islands, The Far Fields; Bethel Music, Starlight (Live); The Maine, Lovely Little Lonely; The Lacs, American Rebelution; Falling in Reverse, Coming Home; Mack Wilds, AfterHours; The New Pornographers, Whiteout Conditions