Music Shopping List | Katy Perry Returns With ‘Witness’
Katy Perry returns with her 5th studio album, ‘Witness.’ Lady Antebellum, SZA, Rise Against, Phoenix, and AJR drop new albums June 9, 2017.
June 2017 continues to “go big” in regards to big-name artists and their respective big-name releases. The biggest title from June 2, 2017, came courtesy of Halsey (Hopeless Fountain Kingdom). This week, the biggest release arguably hails from Katy Perry with her fifth studio album, Witness. There’s another big name in addition to Perry though: Lady Antebellum (Heart Break).
1. Katy Perry, Witness
After a four-year hiatus, pop princess Katy Perry returns with Witness. Witness follows up Perry’s successful Prism, which spawned no. 1 hits “Roar” and “Dark Horse.” In regards to singles, Witness has got off to a slow start. Comprised of 15 tracks, singles “Swish Swish” featuring Nicki Minaj, “Chained to the Rhythm” featuring Skip Marley, and “Bon Appétit” featuring Migos were issued ahead of the album’s release.
Lady Antebellum returns with its sixth studio album, Heart Break. Heart Break arrives nearly three years after 747 (October 2014). Comprised of 13 songs, five singles were issued prior to the album’s release: “Heart Break,” “You Look Good,” “Somebody Else’s Heart,” “This City,” and “Hurt.”
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Alternative R&B artist SZA returns with her sophomore album, Ctrl. Ctrl arrives three years after Z, released in April 2014. Comprised of 14 tracks, three singles arrived prior to the album’s release: “Love Galore” featuring Travis Scott, “Drew Barrymore,” and “Broken Clocks.”
Rise Against returns with its eighth studio album, Wolves. Wolves arrives three years after The Black Market, which arrived in July 2014. Comprised of 11 songs, “House on Fire” and “The Violence” arrived prior to Wolves.
French alternative band Phoenix returns with Ti Amo. Ti Amo arrives after a four-year hiatus, following 2013 release, Bankrupt. Comprised of 10 songs, three singles arrived ahead of the album: “J-Boy,” “Ti Amo,” and “Goodbye Soleil.”
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Indie-pop trio AJR – comprised of three brothers – returns with its sophomore album, The Click. The Click follows up the collective’s 2015 effort, Living Room. The Click is comprised of 13 songs. Five singles arrived prior to The Click: “Weak,” “Drama,” “Turning Out,” “No Grass Today,” and “I’m Not Famous.” Rivers Cuomo is the sole featured guest on the album’s fourth track, “Sober Up.”
Other New Releases:
Hillsong UNITED, Wonder; Ice Cube, Death Certificate (25th Anniversary Edition); Rancid, Trouble Maker; Aha Gazelle, Trilliam 2; Avriel & the Sequoias, Sage and Stone – EP; Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie; London Grammar, Truth is a Beautiful Thing