What better way to welcome more sunshine and warmer weather than with new music? Read on as we round up this upcoming season’s most talked about new songs and albums.

spring releases

Stay tuned for a bevy of new releases coming as we kick off Spring. Synth-Rock pioneers Depeche Mode recently showcased their new studio album Delta Machine on the Late Show with David Letterman along with the lead single “Heaven.” Popular boy band New Kids on the Block are back on the scene with their first album in five years,  titled 10, just in time as they embark on their summer tour along with Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees. For the first weeks of April, keep an eye out for new releases from indie bands The Flaming Lips and The Strokes, country favorites Alan Jackson and The Band Perry, and hip hop artists Lil Wayne and Tyler The Creator. Also look out for your favorite American Idol alumni to release new albums this month including Fantasia Barrino, David Archuleta and Crystal Bowersox.

This season forecasts several highly anticipated debut albums. English singer-songwriter Charli XCX will release her major label studio album True Romance, having already developed a fanbase with the success of her singles like “Nuclear Seasons” that have gained attention from various publications like Pitchfork. Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines will release her first solo studio album, which will include both original music and covers. Second season X-Factor winner Tate Stevens will debut his self-titled first album featuring the single “Holler If You’re With Me.” Snoop Lion, formerly known as Snoop Dogg, will release his first album under his new moniker which is a departure from hip hop and reggae, as heard on the lead single “La La La.”  Produced by Diplo and Major Lazer, the album will include guest appearances from Chris Brown, Drake, T.I., Busta Rhymes and others.

Black Dynamite composer and producer Adrian Younge has teamed up with executive producer RZA and rapper Ghostface Killah on the crime/horror concept album Twelve Reasons to Die, based on a comic book of the same name. Ghostface, Younge and their live band, Venice Dawn, are already underway on a national tour that began at SXSW.

Watch for other notable Spring releases from: James Blake, Michael Buble, Mariah Carey, Kenny Chesney, Daft Punk, The-Dream, Eve, Fall Out Boy, Selena Gomez & The Scene, Goo Goo Dolls, Iggy & the Stooges, Iron & Wine, Kid Cudi, The Knife, Lady Antebellum, LL Cool J, Laura Marling, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Meat Puppets, The National, Willie Nelson, OMD, OneRepublic, Brad Paisley, Paramore, Primal Scream, Phoenix, She & Him, Skillet, Smith Westerns, Vampire Weekend, The Wanted, will.i.am, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Rob Zombie.

Oldies Curator

I dig all things ‘60s: garage punk, obscure psych, Stax and Motown soul stompers. My first CD purchases were REM’s Out of Time and Boyz II Men’s Cooleyhighharmony. I still own both! I’m pretty much immersed in music – hitting up local record shops, catching live shows at crusty dives, and DJing around town at various venues and bars.


  1. BGPE
    April 08, 2013 at 10:50am
    Thanks for the heads-up. I really appreciate the service that Pandora provides; I've discovered a lot of new artists and songs that have greatly expanded my musical palette. However, there are times when I wish that I could search for a topic (e.g. Break-Up Songs, Death in the Family) and generate a radio station that plays songs centered around that theme. Do you have a service like this? Or is this currently in development? If not, it would be a great extension to Pandora!
  2. Jim Anderson
    April 08, 2013 at 11:45am
    Much of this does not reflect the great music that Pandora could be featuring in posts like this. Been there with all of these, carded bogeys on every one. Not true 'music discovery'. What I see though is there are a lot of artists and such in almost all other genres that got passed over in this list. What interesting new discoveries in classical music are you seeing? What about jazz? What about other genres that are not either pop, alternative, rock, country, hip-hop, or dance, are seeing lots of great music recordings for us to pick up on for our Pandora stations? Haven't seen much added in classical, smooth jazz, etc., in the last few months, so something is seriously wrong in terms of priorities in making sure that all genres have new music on a regular basis on Pandora.
    1. Robert Kapanjie
      April 14, 2013 at 6:48am
      The reason I don't listen to Pandora is the absence of good classical music. I detest hip hop, jazz and most contemporary genres. How about Beethoven, Bach, Opera, ballet. I guess I will stick with Arts and Entertainment channel .
  3. José rivera
    April 11, 2013 at 4:05pm
    De verdad muchas Felizidades por sus logros 200 millones no es nada fácil
  4. jenny
    April 12, 2013 at 11:05am

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