February Album Releases: Chaka Khan is Back and So Is Metallica | PPcorn

February Album Releases: Chaka Khan is Back and So Is Metallica

February Album Releases: Chaka Khan is Back and So Is Metallica

February is going to be a great month for albums with plenty for everyone.

Cherry Glazerr, Stuffed & Ready 

The month kicks off with a February 1 release for Cherry Glazerr’s newest album, Stuffed & Ready. This is the first album since the band’s 2017 Apocalipstick and will once again be released via Secretly Canadian. The L.A.-based trio’s first single from the new album, “Daddi” is an attack of traditional gender roles. 

Mandolin Orange, Tides of a Teardrop 

Fold duo Mandolin Orange has a new album – Tides of a Teardrop – on February 1. The North Carolina twosome, Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin, have a devoted fanbase for their rich vocal stylings. 

Metallica, Helping Hands Live & Acoustic at the Masonic

A benefit album by Metallica, Helping Hands Live & Acoustic at the Masonic, arrives February 9. The concert was recorded to benefit the group’s All Within My Hands Foundation, which fights hunger. To supplement the charity, Metallica has been donating to local food banks on their most recent tour. In addition to digital and streaming, the album will be getting a limited-edition vinyl release.  

Chaka Khan, Hello Happiness 

Chaka Khan drops her first new album in 12 years on February 15. The Queen of Funk previewed the album last summer when she released the single “Like Sugar.” The album, Hello Happiness, is produced by Major Lazer and Switch and will be the first album released on Switch’s brand-new label, Diary Records. 

Gabriella Rose, Lost in Translation 

Gabriella Rose is a 16-year old songwriter who is solidly within the realm of folksy indie pop. Her debut album, Lost in Translation, is partly inspired by the Sofia Coppola film of the same name. Her world-weariness has drawn the attention of the music industry for years;  however, the album will be self-published on February 1.  

Emily King, Scenery 

Emily King’s third album comes to life on February 1 with a sweeping coming-of-age tale for a singer with a powerful voice. Scenery is the New York singer’s first album for ATO. King melds 80’s pop with R&B and light jazz, plenty of synth and drum machines. The result is a modern soundtrack for people who live inside a John Hughes movie. 

Copeland, Blushing 

The dreamy pop wanderings of Copeland have a new canvas thanks to the band’s new album, Blushing, which is out on Valentine’s Day through Tooth & Nail Records. It is the group’s first full-length LP since 2014. 

Betty Who, Betty 

Betty Who’s third album, titled Betty, is out February 15. No longer with RCA, Betty will be Who’s second album as an independent artist. (Her first, Betty Pt. 1, arrived in 2018, and included the theme song for Netflix’s Queer Eye). Who will tour in 2019 with Panic at the Disco.  

Yann Tiersen, ALL 

Yann Tiersen’s newest album, ALL, is out on February 15. The French composer is known for his film scores and beautiful instrumental work. ALL is the first album to be recorded at Tiersen’s studio and community center on the island of Ushant, an island in the Celtic sea between Brittany and Cornwall.  

Overkill, Wings of War 

New Jersey thrashers Overkill release their 19th album on February 22. Wings of War is the first album for drummer Jason Bittner who replaced longtime drummer Ron Lipnicki in 2017. Nuclear Blast is handling the release for these legends of metal. 

Also, Notable: Several artists are working on new albums which may – or may not – arrive in February, including Rihanna, Missy Elliott, Rick Ross and T Pain.  

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