Magic!: Expectations

The hitmakers behind "Rude" and Kiss Me" have high expectations for their upcoming album. This title track is a more mellow affair than those songs, but it features some sage advice while showcasing their considerable songcraft.

Magic!: Expectations

By Kerry Doole

Magic! - "Expectations" (RCA Records): This reggae-pop quartet exploded onto the scene back in 2014 when the single "Rude” became a massive international smash, hitting the top spot on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and in 40 other countries. It has close to 500M Spotify streams and 1.3B Vevo views for the video.

Magic! dispelled fears of one-hit wonder status earlier this summer when "Kiss Me" broke through. The group's third album, Expectations, arrives on Sept. 7, with the title track released as a new single last week.

"Expectations" was written by the band and Adam Messinger and co-produced by singer Nasri and Messinger. The latter two are a potent songwriting and production team dubbed "The Messengers," with credits including Justin Bieber, Shakira, Pitbull, Christina Aguilera, Halsey, and Iggy Azalea. They won a Grammy in 2012 for their work on Chris Brown's album F.A.M.E.


Their well-honed skills are in evidence on "Expectations." The song is considerably more sombre and mellow than Magic!'s earlier hits, so may not duplicate their success. Over sparse beats, Nasri serves up a sage warning about "expectations that make you believe that what you desire is what you need." Justin Bieber has already called the song "magical," and it confirms Magic! as a group with the ability to go the distance.

The group plays five shows in Western Canada, Sept. 1-7, followed by an Oct. 10 concert in Richmond Hill, ON. 







Publicity:  Sean Cordner, Sony Music

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Joey Martinez

Neil Young & Crazy Horse


Neil Young's New Album 'FU##IN' UP' Has Live Recordings from Intimate Toronto Venue The Rivoli

FU##IN' UP, the new album by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, features performances of songs from his 1990 album Ragged Glory, recorded live at Toronto's Rivoli, seemingly during a much-rumoured secret show last November. He'll bring his upcoming tour to Toronto's Budweiser Stage in May, 2024.

Canadian icon Neil Young is adding to his immense discography with a new release this spring, a live album titled FU##IN UP'. The album, featuring Young's longtime band Crazy Horse, consists of nine live recordings from 2023 and is set for a limited edition two-LP release this April, in partnership with Record Store Day. According to the album's credits as noticed by Exclaim!, it was recorded at Toronto's Rivoli club, meaning it likely captures Neil Young & Crazy Horse's secret show at the Rivoli last November.

At that show — supposedly a private birthday party for Canada Goose CEO Dani Reiss — according to reports that generated a lot of buzz when they appeared online days later, Young performed most of his 1990 album Ragged Glory. FU##IN' UP features primarily songs from Ragged Glory, with new titles taken from lyric fragments. ("Over and Over," shared as a single, is now "Broken Circle.") The album features performances from Crazy Horse members Billy Talbot on bass, Ralph Molina on drums, and Nils Lofgren and Micah Nelson on guitar and piano, and Reiss is credited as a presenter.

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