New year, new music: 2023 releases


Megan McKay, Staff writer

2023 has only just begun, but the music industry has had some significant releases. To kick off the New Year, singers have announced new songs and albums left and right. Among the many artists entering the charts was Miley Cyrus, who nearly broke the internet when she dropped her new song “Flowers.” Cyrus teased the world about her single and a new era of her music in an Instagram post titled, “New Year, New Mi-ley, New Single.” Her single was released on Jan. 13 and was her first drop in two years. Fans went crazy over the catchy tune. An ode to loving yourself, the song has been rumored to be about her break up with Liam Hemsworth. The song was released on his 33rd birthday and hinted at aspects of their relationship. “Flowers” then became the fastest song to surpass 100 million streams in Spotify history and topped the world charts at no. 1, including the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks in January. Cyrus celebrated by writing in an Instagram post, “I love that this record is connecting in such a positive way & it’s a pleasure to continue creating music for you. These milestones are only made possible by the listeners & my incredible fans. Endlessly thankful.” Be on the lookout for the release of Miley’s eighth album, “Endless Summer Vacation” coming March 10. Miley was not the only one sitting at the no. 1 spot thus far in 2023. Taylor Swift’s “An-ti-Hero” spent two weeks at the top of the charts. “Anti-Hero” also flourished through its release in November of 2022 and spent eight weeks at no. 1. The hit song is a part of her recently released album “Midnights,” which also became a hit with the announcement of Swift heading back on tour. Swift has spent the last four years working on re-re-cording her old albums. She is set to release “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)” in March of 2023. To no surprise, the only other song that reached no. 1 on the charts for January was Ma-riah Carey’s holiday jingle, “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” The 1994 hit song continues to dominate the holiday season as it was no. 1 for 12 weeks and continued for another week in 2023. This year became Mariah Carey’s 19th hit on the Hot 100 Billboard; she is only one hit away from the all-time record set by The Beatles. For January, women dominated the charts, and we expect that success to continue in 2023. Across the pond, Sam Smith continues to lead after his eighth no. 1 hit with “Unholy” featuring Kim Petras, but the two have recently announced their fourth album “Gloria,” with many guest features. Smith recently released, “I’m Not Here to Make Friends.” Italian hard rockers Måneskin have also released new music after they were propelled to huge success with their cover of “Beg-gin.” The group released their new album “Rush!” at the end of January. Pop Country queen Shania Twain is also releasing her sixth full-length album on Feb. 3 titled “Queen of Me,” also the name of her upcoming world tour. Pop-punk icons Paramore have been planning a big 2023 as well, with the release of their first album in nearly six years, “This Is Why.” The album’s lead single and title track was released in September and is currently a top-10 hit on the U.S. Rock Air-play chart, among others. After parting ways with her ex-husband Brandon Blackstock, daytime TV host and American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson will be releasing a divorce album in 2023. No timeline for the album’s release has been announced, but fans can expect to hear new music from Clarkson by the end of 2023. Jennifer Lopez will also be debuting new music in 2023. She’ll release her ninth full-length album since 2014. There have been no further details other than her thoughts where she said, “It’s my most honest work yet.” In October, pop queen Selena Gomez announced that she would also be back in the studio recording a new album in 2023. Australian pop star Kylie Minogue is set to release her 16th full-length album in 2023. It is her first since 2018, and the album is expected to arrive sometime in the middle of the year. Finally, to recap the music released thus far, Metallica released their single “Lux æterna,” which they released prior to their upcoming album, “72 Seasons.” The release of their album comes seven years after their last album’s release and is the group’s 12th album which will be released during their two-year stadium tour. Get ready for these new releases and be sure to contact The Merciad to write a review!