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Next Week in Music | Nov. 23-29 • The Short List: 3 Titles You Want to Hear

Billie Joe, Miley & other Billy are this week's good things. Or the bad ones. We’ll see.

I can never remember if it’s good things or bad things that come in threes. I guess we’ll find out when these big-name releases come out next Friday. Stay tuned.


Billie Joe Armstrong
No Fun Mondays

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is set to release his YouTube covers series No Fun Mondays as a 14-song collection. No Fun Mondays sees Armstrong putting his signature melodic-punk spin on the songs that have formed the soundtrack to his life, including classics by John Lennon, Billy Bragg, and Johnny Thunders. The No Fun Mondays series launched in March on Green Day’s YouTube channel. Like many musicians, Armstrong expected to spend much of this year on the road, touring in support of Green Day’s chart-topping February album, Father of All… However, once the COVID-19 pandemic forced him to put those plans on pause, Armstrong got busy with a different kind of work. “While we’ve all been in quarantine I’ve been reflecting on the things that matter the most in my life: family, friends, and, of course, music,” he says. “I figure if we have to spend this time in isolation at least we can be alone together.”

Miley Cyrus
Plastic Hearts

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Artist and trailblazer Miley Cyrus has announced her upcoming album Plastic Hearts. The album includes the single Midnight Sky, and her critically acclaimed live covers of Blondie’s Heart of Glass and The CranberriesZombie, which are being referred to as the dawn of Miley Cyrus’ best era, with her voice being hailed as perfectly suited for rock ’n’ roll. These raw and raucous renditions of classic hits that Miley has made her own are a taste of what is to come with her seventh studio album.”

Smashing Pumpkins

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Grammy-winning alt-rock luminaries The Smashing Pumpkins’ 11th studio release Cyr is a 20-track double album. Produced by frontman Billy Corgan and recorded in Chicago, it features founding members Billy Corgan, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist Jeff Schroeder. Cyr follows the band’s 2018 Rick Rubin-produced full-length Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1: No Past. No Future. No Sun.”

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