Tracks that you need to hear and the artistes who are making the headlines: Backstreet Boys, Ariana Grande and Lil Peep

Tracks that you need to hear and the artistes who are making the headlines: Backstreet Boys, Ariana Grande and Lil Peep

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Text: Aravin Sandran

Backstreet Boys announce their comeback with a new album 'DNA' and their biggest arena tour in 18 years

The nineties is officially trending right now. On the heels of the Spice Girls renaissance, the Backstreet Boys will be dropping their 10th studio album, DNA, on 25 January 2019. As a teaser for what's to come, the group released their first single, a Ryan Tedder and Shawn Mendes penned track, "Chances". Beginning on 11 May, the group will set off on the DNA World Tour  their biggest arena tour in 18 years.

"When this group started 26 years ago  and through all the highs and lows of our career  we've had to learn it wasn't about us as individuals but about what's best for the group," says Howie D. "That's what I love about this album," adds Kevin Richardson. "We were able to bring all of our influences and styles into one coherent piece of work. These songs are a great representation of who we are as individuals and who we are as a group. It's our DNA. We're really proud of that." "The journey is ongoing with us and there is so much left to do," says Brian Littrell. "We're living the next chapter that hasn't been told yet, and that's exciting." 

Ariana Grande's heartbreak track 'thank u, next' inspired memes and became the antidote to toxic break-up culture.

The track references her string of exes, but without any of that bitterness that her counterpart Taylor Swift is known for. Only God knows how many decent men Swift's screwed over for a solid playlist worth of break-up songs. Grande, on the other hand, isn't coy about it. She casually namedrops her exes including her very publicised break-up with Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson, the late Mac Miller, Big Sean and Ricky Alvarez — "Thought I'd end up with Sean/But he wasn't a match/Wrote some songs about Ricky/Now I listen and laugh/Even almost got married/And for Pete, I'm so thankful/Wish I could say, "Thank you" to Malcolm/'Cause he was an angel'. This would have to be the realest song Grande has ever done: respectful, tasteful and a totally modern attitude that all her young fans can aspire to. The track had nine million streams worldwide in the first 24 hours, setting the global record for the #1 most streamed pop song in its first week on Apple Music worldwide. More good news: multi-platinum selling and chart-topping recording artist Normani will join Grande on the first leg of The Sweetener World Tour that begins next year in March.

You can listen to the new track now on Ariana Grande's Apple Music Essentials Playlist right now.

Listen to Lil Peep's posthumous album Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 2.

The idea of a posthumous album is uncomfortable, to say the least. It reeks of corporate greed and the exploitation of a young artist's legacy without their consent. In this instance, Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 2, the first posthumous full-length release since rapper Lil Peep died of an accidental drug overdose late last year, comes signed and approved by his mother. Expect more projects to be released in the coming years with news of a possible documentary produced by Terrence Malick in the works. 

Listen to Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 2 below.