at least for the physical CD fam and the iTunes fam [Amazon, get it together and Spotify, you're on standby for July 6th.]
PLOT TWIST, this thinly veiled excuse for stan level promotion is confirming one thing I ended up getting right, off the jump.
I said "Walking" might end up as either the closing track on NTEoM or as a Spotify exclusive bonus track [or some kind of digital exclusive bonus track].
Per the tracklist**:
Walking (original cut)
Don't Let the Light In
Safe & Sound
Ain't It Somethin
Not The End of Me
Good to See You
All I Want
You or the Music
Can't Go Back
Walking (radio cut)
Don't Let the Light In (acoustic piano)
Ain't It Somethin' (demo)
side note: the pre-order fam get Don't Let the Light In and the title track once they purchase the album.
Grand himself says these are singles...maybe 2nd and 3rd or just promo singles. Who cares beyond that, I'm happy to see music being promo'd again.
I was technically right in that Walking would be the closer for the album considering the radio cut is the last track on here. What the original cut sounds like, I would have no idea yet. [Also, I'm going to assume for own personal satisfaction that a demo version of an album track is related to the "Angel Down" (work tape) idea Gaga used, thus having something Joanne related turn up on this album.]
**the tracklist...hell, the font for this era on his preview for the album cover is all lowercase; this is to be similar but not exactly like Ariana Grande in this era or Taylor Swift in the reputation era**
Now on to something I could be right about and some T Steve himself provided:
I said "The song that still remains a mystery was a song hinting at 'righteous anger at the church' hinted from the Billboard interview post social media breakdown and first hint of a presumed direction for NTEoM."
Per the tracklist, "Disciple" might be that very song. If not, it's a very interesting coincidence.
When news of the pre-order was pretty much confirmed for now, I end up asking Grand in the comments if a Barnes & Noble pre-order would work for CD units. His response was "no sorry they won’t have it. I’m not a fancy Sony artist anymore ;p"
Now for those who didn't know, Grand...well now he used to have a distribution deal with Brady Music Group which was under Red Distribution, which was very loosely associated with Sony Records. In the U.S., Steve was listed as an independent artist or at least had Grand Nation be the label mentioned on the U.S. marketplace. In Canada, however, it listed him as a Sony Music artist but again; Brady answered to Red who very loosely answered to Sony.
A question that pops to mind is "how did this end?"/"did things end amicably?" In reality, I'm just pleasantly surprised at the T he spilled. Thanks for being transparent Steve!
As for the rest of the NTEoM era, that's up in the air; video treatment, promotion, what the album actually sounds like apart from...whichever version of "Walking" got released last year and still made the album, etc.
I'm excited and happy for him promoting his music and am glad to dust off the blog for him.
Pre-order starts now and Not The End of Me will be released in full July 6th