Machine Gun Kelly has revealed that he plans to release not one, but two new albums this year.
The Ohio artist dropped his most recent record, Tickets To My Downfall, back in September 2020. He announced its pop punk follow-up Born With Horns last summer with drummer Travis Barker. He also gave fans a first taste of the new project in October with the release of his single "Papercuts."
Over the weekend (January 1), Machine Gun Kelly ushered in the New Year by responding to speculation that he would be releasing Born With Horns on January 31, 2021.
“I know the rumor was I was dropping the album New Year’s Eve…but see you in 2022,” he wrote on Twitter.
In a follow-up tweet posted on Sunday (January 2), Machine Gun Kelly added the big news: “Two albums this year.”
i know the rumor was i was dropping the album new year’s eve…but 😶— blonde don (@machinegunkelly) January 1, 2022
see you in 2022
two albums this year.— blonde don (@machinegunkelly) January 2, 2022
Not much is known about the soon-to-be follow-up of Born With Horns, but Kelly did give a clue into how he plans the musical direction of his albums back in October, NME reports.
“Every album is a juxtaposition of the last album. So I went and studied Tickets, and I heard the bright sound that I had, and for this [new] album I just turned the lights off," he said. “I’m not scared anymore, there’s nothing holding me back from being my true self – and my true self can’t be silenced, can’t be restrained. It’s a force, it’s like a hurricane. Can’t stop that, it just goes until it feels like stopping, and I don’t feel like stopping anytime soon.”
Machine Gun Kelly was one of the only artists to have a rock album reach the top of the Billboard 200 in 2020 with Tickets to My Downfall. Ever since, he's found himself having to defend his shift from rap to rock. It came to a head the day after "Papercuts" came out, when he defended his genre change in a TikTok video.
"Me, drops a rock song — 'Oh, he doesn't rap anymore!' Me, drops a rap song - 'Oh, he doesn't do rock anymore!'" he grunted in a selfie-video. "Shut the f--- up! God damn! I'm not f---ing dying tomorrow, I just drop music!" he said in the clip.
Listen to "Papercuts" below.
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