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The soundtrack to your fall semester

A student listens to some music to decompress after a long day of classes. Illustration by Eva Lycette / Mass Media Staff.

This summer left ears buzzing from new release after new release from music’s best voices. With so many new releases, it’s hard to keep up. Here’s some of this summer’s hottest songs along with music that you can look forward to in the coming months.

Taylor Swift has been the talk of the summer. TikTok is filled with fans getting ready for “The Eras Tour” and predicting when her next album will drop. On July 7, she released “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)” into the hands of her dedicated fans. 

The album featured all the old favorites along with six new tracks “from the vault.” Since then, Swift also announced the release of the re-recording of her sixth studio album, “1989,” which will be released October 27.

Also in the pop genre is TikTok star Addison Rae, who released her debut EP, “AR” on August 18. Her modern twist on the genre is reminiscent of pop’s greatest stars like Britney Spears and Lady Gaga. She announced it through her Instagram, saying “dug up a few of the leaks from the lost album.” (1)

Another pop star, Selena Gomez, announced that she will be releasing her third album, the title currently unknown. However, she released the lead single, “Single Soon” on August 25. It has a similar sound to her previous music, but being her first solo project since 2021, fans are excited.

Artist Noah Kahan quickly gained popularity after going viral on TikTok last year. In June, he released his first project since his rise to stardom, the deluxe edition of his third album, titled “Stick Season (We’ll All Be Here Forever).” It contains eight new tracks in addition to the original 13 tracks on the album, still following his signature folk energy and raw lyrics. 

For those who like the folk-country style, they might also enjoy Zach Bryan’s newest project, his self titled album, “Zach Bryan.” It features collaborations with The Lumineers, Kacey Musgraves and more. 

Going more in the indie and alternative direction, “Girl with Fish” by Feeble Little Horse is an indie rock album with soft and sweet vocals and electric guitar. Julie Byrne also released her newest album, “The Greater Wings,” which has more of a bedroom pop feel. 

Think Lana Del Ray meets Mitski and you’ve got Julie Byrne’s music. Speaking of Mitski, she announced her newest album “The Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We,” to be released on Sept. 15.

In the hip hop genre, Janelle Monet released her fourth studio album, “The Age of Pleasure,” featuring collaborations with Doechii, Grace Jones, and more. Fans of this genre will also know that rapper Kid Cudi has his ninth album coming out Sept. 15. This will be his last album with his current record label, and fans are excited to see what comes next.

One of the most highly anticipated albums to be released this fall is “GUTS” by Olivia Rodrigo, which will be out Sept. 8. Topping her debut album will be difficult, as it broke so many records and was talked about for the majority of 2021. So far, two singles have been released from this album, “vampire” and “bad idea right?” Both of these follow her pattern of heartbreak tracks. 

TikTok constantly pushes new music and lately, it has been pushing “Rush” by Troye Sivan. He is releasing this song, along with many others, in his anticipated album, “Something to Give Each Other,” his first album since 2015.

Fans of ’80s music definitely recognize the name Rick Astely, singer of hit song “Never Gonna Give You Up.” Well, Astley is releasing a new album this coming October. “Are We There Yet?” will be released Oct. 6, featuring its lead single, “Never Gonna Stop.”

This coming semester, there are plenty of options for what to listen to. Just be sure to focus on your studies, not just these great beats.

About the Contributor
Rena Weafer, Arts Editor