If you’re anything like us, we see an interesting headline during our daily scroll—pause to read it—but then keep scrolling without reading the actual story. So at the end of each week, we’re rounding up all the buzziest, news-worthy headlines you might have missed. Think of it like the “saved” feature on Instagram but for news instead of aesthetically pleasing photos. Taylor Swift announces new album, ‘The Tortured Poets Department’, Noah Kahan finally completes ‘Stick Season (Forever)’, and a Grammys recap—this is what you missed.
Taylor Swift Announces ‘The Tortured Poets Department’
Taylor Swift delighted fans at the 2024 Grammys by revealing her upcoming album, The Tortured Poets Department, slated for release on April 19. The Swifties did NOT see this one coming. Swift, accepting her 13th Grammy (iykyk) for Best Pop Vocal Album, dropped the bombshell, describing herself as “The Chairman of The Tortured Poets Department”. The album will feature 17 tracks, including collaborations with Post Malone and Florence + The Machine. The tracklist includes intriguing titles such as “Fortnight,” “My Boy Only Breaks His Favorite Toys,” and “So Long, London.” The announcement, accompanied by cryptic handwritten lyrics, sent Swifties into a frenzy, eagerly anticipating the album’s release.
Noah Kahan Collecting Features Like Infinity Stones
Noah Kahan has done the unimaginable, recreating his Stick Season album with artists he loves as features. The 2022 album and its 2023 deluxe edition resonated with audiences addressing themes of change, relationships, anxiety, depression, and basically everything. Kahan’s focus on personal struggles with mental health has garnered attention and praise, with his music serving as a platform to raise awareness through his charity, “The Busyhead Project”. Collaborations with artists like Post Malone, Hozier, and Kacey Musgraves have further solidified his presence in the music industry. Kahan’s latest releases today include a new song, “Forever”, the sweetest love song you’ve ever heard — guaranteed, and collaborations on tracks from the deluxe album. His journey from the woods of Vermont to Grammy recognition reflects a resurgence of folk-pop music and a growing appreciation for his authentic storytelling.
Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” Back On Charts
Tracy Chapman’s rendition of “Fast Car” alongside Luke Combs at the 2024 Grammy Awards resulted in a remarkable surge in streams for her original version. Following the broadcast, streams for Chapman’s iconic song tripled, reaching around 637,000 streams in the U.S., making it one of the most notable increases among songs featured during the event. Additionally, Luke Combs’ cover experienced a 46 percent rise in streams, reflecting the enduring popularity of the track. This resurgence in interest is a significant boon for Chapman, as the sole songwriter, who benefits from the publishing revenue of both versions.
The 2024 Grammy Awards celebrated a night of female triumph, with Taylor Swift making history by clenching her fourth Album of the Year win for Midnights. Miley Cyrus earned her first Grammy wins, including Record of the Year for “Flowers” while SZA secured her first solo artist Grammys. Phoebe Bridgers emerged as the night’s biggest winner, taking home four awards. The ceremony also featured memorable performances, including Dua Lipa’s debut in “Training Season”, Tracy Chapman’s return to live TV with “Fast Car”, and Joni Mitchell made her long-awaited Grammy performance debut. All hail women.
Queen Céline Makes Grammy Appearance
Celine Dion made a rare appearance at the Grammy Awards, presenting the Album of the Year award to Taylor Swift for Midnights. Reflecting on her own Grammy win 27 years ago, Dion emphasized the importance of cherishing music’s impact despite her ongoing battle with stiff-person syndrome. This autoimmune neurological disease has led to the cancellation of many of Dion’s live performances, with her sister providing updates on her health journey, describing the challenges of managing muscle spasms and the singer’s determination to recover. Everyone was very glad to see her well.
New Kacey Musgraves Album On The Way
Kacey Musgraves has announced her upcoming album titled Deeper Well along with its lead single of the same name. Set to release on March 15 via Interscope/MCA Nashville, the album reflects a shift in direction for the seven-time Grammy Award-winning artist. Co-produced by Musgraves alongside Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk, Deeper Well draws inspiration from the vibrant energy of New York City’s Greenwich Village, with much of the album recorded at the renowned Electric Lady Studios. Musgraves describes the studio as having the best “mojo” and being filled with “great ghosts.” The title track explores themes of change and seeking new inspiration and love.