The final new music Friday of September is chock full of pop releases, including an exciting reunion from ’90s boybanders *NSYNC, a fall themed album from Ed Sheeran and sleek K-pop from BTS’ Jung Kook.
After setting the internet ablaze with their surprise reunion at the VMAs earlier this month, *NSYNC fans were eager to know is brand new music or an anniversary tour is on the horizon for the group. While a tour is yet to be determined, the group — which consists of members Chris Kirkpatrick, JC Chasez, Justin Timberlake, Lance Bass, and Joey Fatone — released its first track in over 20 years, “Better Place,” which is set to appear in the new movie Trolls Band Together. The bouncy track shows that the group is still capable of making infectious dance music, and fans are “so excited” to see where the quintet goes after this.
Sheeran’s newest album, Autumn Variations, serves as a departure from his previous releases in more ways than one — it’s his first seasonal themes album, his first release that will feature no singles or music videos and his first to be released under his label Gingerbread Man Records. Aaron Dessner serves as the Brit’s primary collaborator on the project, who helps bring out understated, cozy arrangements from the pop star perfect to usher in the fall season.
Jung Kook has yet to set a release date for a solo album, but continues to drum up anticipation with second solo track, “3D (feat. Jack Harlow).” The BTS vocalist recalls the solo material of 2000s Timberlake, with its clicky rhythms and open spaces for intricate choreo, while Harlow flexes his skills with the ladies in the cheeky line, “I’m on my Jung Kook/ Take a chick off one look.”
Bad Bunny, The Rolling Stones x Lady Gaga and PinkPantheress also return with new material this week, but which release is your favorite? Vote in our poll below.