April is a new month, which means new album releases to enjoy from various artists this spring. From rock to country, here are the upcoming music drops to anticipate.
1. Rex Orange County:
Rex Orange County’s fourth album, Who Cares? is to be released on March 11. Who Cares? has a total track list of 11 songs. This album is his first in almost three years, following 2019’s Pony. It comes seven years after Rex Orange County’s first album Bcos U Will Never B Free in 2015, and five years after Apricot Princess. Rex Orange County kicks off his Who Cares? tour in Miami on May 4 and will come to Dallas on May 22 to perform at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory.
2. Charli XCX
Charli XCX newest album Crash? is set to be released on March 18th. This is Charli XCX’s fifth album, and the final album in her record deal with Atlantic Records. Three singles off the album have already dropped: “Good Ones” in September of 2021, “New Shapes” in November of 2021, and “Beg for You” in January of 2022. Crash? follows Charli XCX’s 2020 album how i’m feeling now. The “Fancy” singer will go on a 23-stop international tour through North America in Europe this year, beginning in Oakland on March 26th.
3. Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers are back with their first album since 2016. UNLIMITED LOVE will be released on April 1st. This album will be the band’s first with guitarist John Frusciante in 16 years. As the band was formed in 1983, this will be their 12th studio record, and their first since 2016. The five-time Grammy award winners dropped their first single off the album, “Black Summer,” on Feb. 4, 2022. In a statement released with the 17-song track list, the band members Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith, and John Frusciante said, “We yearn to shine a light in the world, to uplift, connect, and bring people together. Each of the songs on UNLIMITED LOVE is a facet of us, reflecting our view of the universe.”
4. Thomas Rhett
Five-time Grammy award nominated and CMA award winner, Thomas Rhett is releasing another album. Where We Started is out on April 1 . The album features 15 tracks which Rhett all co-wrote but one. This will be Rhett’s sixth studio album. Rhett surprised his fans by deciding to release Where We Started instead of following up his 2020’s Country Again: Side A with a Side B. He admitted to reporters over Zoom that this was not originally supposed to happen, but that he has “learned to roll with the punches over the last five years.” Three singles have dropped from the album, with “Slow Down Summer,” peaking at #81 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
5. Jason Aldean
Jason Aldean’s 10th studio album, MACON, GEORGIA is set to release on April 22, 2022. According to his website, jasonaldean.com, “The new project reflects both where he’s from and how far he has taken his signature sound.” The album has a 30-song track list, with 20 new songs and one live hit from his past 10 albums. The name of his album is a nod to his hometown. “Where you were raised has such a big influence on who you become and for me it’s no different…especially from a music standpoint,” Aldean said on his website. “My little hometown of Macon was heavily instrumental in my musical background. Growing up in an environment that was a crossroads between Country music, Southern rock, blues and R&B, it was just natural to blend different sounds in my own way.” Aldean is nominated for a 2022 Grammy Award for his single with Carrie Underwood, “If I Didn’t Love You,” which will be featured on the album.