We kick off our run-down of this week’s new releases with The Smashing Pumpkins, set to unveil their 9th studio album in a 21-year career. Oceania has been described as an ‘album within an album’ by frontman Billy Corgan, and it’s certainly swathed in its own mythology. With 2,216,988 listeners for the band on Last.fm, there should be plenty of listeners for the new release – but we’ll have to wait and see if it can provide any true fan favourites. Twelve-year-old track “1979″ remains their most popular track by far with 705,065 listeners, so they may have an uphill battle.
A much less prolific artist, the release of a new Fiona Apple album has inspired no less than protest from her fans due to record label wrangles. It’s finally here after a seven-year wait: The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do is its snappy title. Her fans number 1,018,284 at Last.fm, and whilst it’s unclear whether a new release will increase this number drastically, those that are already devoted to her intense lyrical work will no doubt be very happy with a new album.
Finally, Justin Bieber releases his second full-length Believe this week. With lead single “Boyfriend” scrobbled by 21,438 people in the last week alone, it’s a pretty good indicator that the new release will smash numbers for debut My World out of the water. Born three years after The Smashing Pumpkins released their debut, a successful second album should prove that the 18-year-old isn’t a flash in the pan – and that his young fanbase are remaining loyal for now.
If I was your boyfriend, I'd never let you go
I can take you places you ain't never been before
Baby take a chance or you'll never ever ever know
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