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October in Music

A highlight of musical releases from October 2023

October 2023 has been another big month in terms of releases in the music industry, with many anticipated albums, some exciting announcements, and a few surprises. 

The month kicked off with a big announcement from superstar singer Beyoncé Knowles, who announced the film for her acclaimed Renaissance Tour, arriving in theatres on December 1, 2023. The trailer was quick to follow on the heels of this announcement. Knowles surprised fans later this month by attending Taylor Swift’s red carpet film premiere on October 11. This interaction between the two mega-artists has left fans eagerly anticipating the possibility of Swift reciprocating the action when the Renaissance film makes its debut.

Following this, Ed Sheeran fans received a huge surprise. After dropping his new album, Autumn Variations, on September 29, Sheeran surprised fans with Autumn Variations (Fan Living Room Sessions). This special edition features not only the original tracks, but also live versions, each uniquely recorded in a different fan’s living room. Fans who were included in this project took their excitement to Twitter and shared their experiences with meeting their musical hero and being part of these unique recording sessions. 

October 6 was a big Friday for rap music lovers! Drake released his latest album, which fans had originally anticipated in September. For All The Dogs is a 23-song album featuring artists J. Cole, SZA, 21 Savage, and Bad Bunny, among others. 

On the same day, Pitbull released Trackhouse, marking his 12th studio album and his first release in four years. Spanning nearly 40 minutes, the 12-track album contains features from T-Pain, El Micha, Lil Jon, and more. Unfortunately, the album has faced criticism, with many fans saying that his lyricism and sound have not changed or evolved, but have instead remained stagnant. 

The depressed girlies got their time to shine on October 13, with boygenius releasing EP the rest, containing 4 tracks. That same day, Troye Sivan released 10-track album Something To Give Each Other, and TOMORROW X TOGETHER released The Name Chapter: FREEFALL, which is also ten tracks long and features the Jonas Brothers. 

October 13 was also the official opening of the Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour concert film. While the official event took place on that day, Swift walked the red carpet at the film’s LA premiere two days earlier. During this pre-event, she snapped selfies with fans and took a photo with Beyoncé, who was in attendance to support the artist. Fans flooded the theatres wearing merch, trading friendship bracelets, and singing and dancing. 

Less than a week after the movie’s release, Swift surprised fans on October 19, randomly dropping “The Cruelest Summer,” featuring single Cruel Summer, the song live from the Eras Tour performance, and an LP Giobbi Remix of the song. 

The following day was another big one for music. My most anticipated album was Christina Perri’s Songs for Pixie, a 12-song collection of lullabies. This is her third lullaby album: her first two, Songs for Carmella and Songs for Rosie, were each released on her daughters’ first birthdays. This album features original song pixie dust, in which Perri reflects on the loss of Rosie and the birth of Pixie.

Looking forward to the end of this month, the day after the publication of this article is yet another Friday full of music, with Taylor Swift releasing her much-anticipated re-recording, 1989 (Taylor’s Version), Maisie Peters releasing The Good Witch (Deluxe Edition) after hinting about it all September and October, Duran Duran releasing Danse Macabre, and James Blunt releasing Who We Used To Be

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