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October sees new albums from Taylor Swift and the Rolling Stones, and Maluma takes the stage at Agganis Arena
Welcome back, Terriers, to our monthly column, What’s Hot in Music This Month.
With the semester in full swing and midterms upon us, what better way to unwind than with some new music or an exciting concert? We’ve got a roundup of some of the incredible albums and showstopping performers coming to Boston in October. The Rolling Stones release their first new album in 18 years (that’s right—18 years) and Taylor Swift returns with the rerecorded “Taylor’s Version” of her 2014 classic 1989. Plus, pop star Kim Petras is coming to MGM Music Hall at Fenway and Maluma will tear up the stage at Agganis Arena.
With not one, but two albums released this year, Kim Petras seems to be everywhere. The Grammy-winning pop singer is embarking on her Feed the Beast World Tour in support of her debut album of the same name. Plus, to the surprise and delight of her fans, just a few weeks ago she released a previously shelved—and partially leaked—project titled Problematique. With so much new material and over six years of experience in the industry, Petras and her upcoming tour are a force to be reckoned with.
After more than a decade in the game, Maluma gets better with each passing year. The Colombian rapper and singer released his debut album in 2012. On his latest album, 2023’s Don Juan, featuring tracks rooted in various sounds, like reggaeton (one of Maluma’s musical roots) and electronic pop, he takes listeners on a genre-spanning journey. He’s called his Don Juan tour his “most ambitious concert production yet,” and you won’t want to miss it.
Rapper, singer, and Medford, Mass., native Bia is one of the music industry’s rising stars. Her “Whole Lotta Money” remix with rap royalty Nicki Minaj broke the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, plus she recently performed with Busta Rhymes on Good Morning America’s weeklong Hip-Hop Turns 50 series. Bia is surely a versatile talent, and you have a chance to experience the Really Her tour later this month when she performs at Paradise Rock Club.
With five Grammy awards under their belts, country trio Lady A are seasoned musicians and performers. Since forming in 2006, Lady A—Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood, and Charles Kelley—has seen immense success with hits like 2009’s “Need You Now” and 2011’s “Just a Kiss.” You can see the multiplatinum band in person when they take the stage at MGM Music Hall at Fenway, in support of their 2021 album What a Song Can Do.
After shooting to stardom with hits like “Slow Dancing in the Dark” and “Glimpse of Us,” Joji has made a name for himself as one of Gen Z’s favorite songwriters. The Japanese R&B artist is known for his expansive and progressive live performances, which are really more like all-encompassing experiences than shows. His Pandemonium tour comes to Boston just days before his new album, Smithereens, hits the shelves on November 4. It’s an exciting time for Joji fans.
What’s Hot In Music This Month