Gazette February pop culture playlist

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Video Credit: Kyle Porter

Hello February!

With a new month comes new stuff to watch and listen. Forget January’s diets and resolutions — delve into the scrumptious new pop culture treats headed your way.

Music

In music, most of the releases include eclectic and highly anticipated artists alike. All the releases are ordered based on date.  

FOXES

All I Need

Sign of the Times Records

Release Date: Feb. 5   

Known for her collaboration Clarity with Zedd, the English singer-song writer Foxes will be coming out with her second studio album. Singles out now include sultry pop ballads Devil’s Side, Wicked Love, If You Leave Me Now and Feet Don’t Fail Me Now.

Eric Prydz

Opus

Virgin Records

Release Date: Feb. 5   

Best known for his dance hit Call on Me (2004), Swedish DJ Eric Prydz is releasing his second album after his full-length debut in 2012 titled Pryda.

Singles Breathe and Generate hint at a progressive and intricate synth-filled journeys and tracks like Liberate and Opus hint to pulse pounding party beats. Opus includes 19 tracks, a lengthy and immersive experience.

Wiz Khalifa

Khalifa

Atlantic Records

Release Date: Feb. 5                                           

Fresh off the headlines for sparking an epic Kanye West Twitter feud, Wiz Khalifa’s newest self-titled record is to be released this month after being delayed from the original Jan. 22 date. Wiz has only released one single from this album, a rolling confident collaboration featuring Travis Scott titled Bake Sale. Other collaborations to look forward to include Ty Dolla $ign, Chevy Woods and Juicy J.

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Elton John

Wonderful Crazy Night

Mercury Records

Release Date: Feb. 5

Sir Elton John is back with his 33rd studio album, the latest of which came out in 2006. There are four bouncy, joy-filled rockin’ singles out before this Friday: the title track, In the Name of You, Blue Wonderful and Looking Up. It’s safe to say the seasoned veteran can be expected to release several more greatest hits albums.  

Kanye West

WAVES

Def Jam Records  

Release Date: Feb. 11

If West doesn’t change the name of the album in the next four days, it’s WAVES for now instead of SWISH. Kanye definitely has been pushing this album as the greatest of all time. Let’s hope it lives up to the hype, because there’s going to be stiff competition this year. What we’ve seen from the album, Real Friends, seems to hold great promise with its smooth ingenuity and honesty.

The 1975

I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It

Interscope Records

Release Date: Feb. 26

Rounding out the end of the month, The 1975 return with their second album after the self-titled moody debut. This album seems to be a lot more candid, sparkly and bright from what’s out so far. Singles you can preview include sparkly sounding LOVE ME, playful tracks UGH! and The Sound. 

TV 

American Crime Story – The People vs O. J. Simpson

Season: 1 (10 Episodes)

Genre: Legal/Crime Drama

Network: FX

Premiere Date: Feb. 2

Brace yourself: the debate is coming.

After Netflix’s Making of a Murderer, this series is surely going to spark the same sort of heated discourse about the American justice system, race and class. This series will revolve around the notorious trial of football player O.J. Simpson, who was accused of murdering his ex-wife and lover. This series will attempt to show a hidden side of the trial and the infamous characters who played in it.

Better Call Saul

Season: 2 (13 Episodes)

Genre: Legal/Crime Drama

Network: AMC

Premiere Date: Feb. 15

After a great first season, the life and times of your friendly Breaking Bad lawyer Saul Goodman comes back on air. Better Call Saul follows Goodman six years before the lawyer takes on Walter White’s case. The prequel series will continue to follow the lawyer as he champions difficult cases in the establishment of his firm and more Breaking Bad storylines are filled in. 

VIKINGS

Season: 4 (20 Episodes)

Genre: Historical Fiction, Drama, Adventure

Network: History Channel

Premiere Date: Feb. 18

Vikings is a Canadian TV epic based on the mythical Viking hero and king, Ragnar Lothbrok, in early Europe. The highly anticipated fourth season kicks off after some major plot twists and betrayals. This series is engaging and unapologetically dark. Originally premiering in 2013 with only 10 episodes, it’s found unexpected success with its strong characters and thickening plot lines. 

GIRLS

Season: 5 (10 Episodes)

Genre: Comedy

Network: HBO

Premiere Date: Feb. 21

Lena Dunham’s GIRLS will return with its second-last season this year. The HBO show will continue to follow the group of affluent mid-20s women through their lives. All actors are to reclaim their respective roles, including Dunham, Adam Driver and Allison Williams. The critically acclaimed comedy will surely continue to spark more discussion about gender, sexuality and race.

Movies

Pride & Prejudice Zombies

Genre: Comedy, Horror, Drama

Release Date: Feb. 5

A lovely eclectic mix of your two favorite things: angsty romance and the gory undead. Did I mention that the romance is the one and only Jane Austen’s Darcy and Elizabeth? There isn’t much more to say. 

Hail, Caesar! 

Genre: Comedy

Release Date: Feb. 5

Set in the later years of Hollywood’s classic golden age, a studio’s lead superstar actor (George Clooney) is kidnapped and held for ransom. Featuring a star-studded cast of Scarlett Johannson, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and more, this movie looks intriguing for anyone who likes the glitz and glam of days of yore.  

Deadpool 

Genre: Comedy, Horror, Action

Release Date: Feb. 12

For your monthly superhero dosage, the newest incarnation of Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool is up for grabs. To be completely honest, this movie won’t be for everyone. It’s R-rated and definitely explicit. Proceed with caution — this isn’t your friendly neighbourhood web slinger. This is the merc with a mouth. 

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny 

Genre: Martial Arts, Action 

Release Date: Feb. 26 (IMAX or Netflix Only) 

Rounding out the month is the Netflix-produced sequel of the martial arts marvel of a movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. This movie is set some time after the original, but it’s still founded on juicy themes of redemption, revenge, honour and love

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