Major Lazer 'Music is the Weapon': Release date, tracklist and all about the trio's first album in five years

Major Lazer 'Music is the Weapon': Release date, tracklist and all about the trio's first album in five years
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Major Lazer are finally all set to drop a new studio album — their first in over five years. Their last album, 'Peace is the Mission', was released on June 1, 2015. The upcoming album, titled 'Music is the Weapon', was announced by the electronic music duo's official Twitter handle saying, "MUSIC IS THE WEAPON. OCTOBER 23 #ML4."


Diplo, the only original member of Major Lazer, also took to Twitter to announce the upcoming album and said, "sorry I made ya’ll wait 5 years. I had a few kids, started a few new projects, and crash landed an me it's worth the wait. 'Music is the Weapon' – the 4th album from Major Lazer. October 23."


Release date

'Music is the Weapon' will be available worldwide on October 23, 2020, via Diplo's own Mad Decent label.


While the complete tracklist hasn't been revealed yet, four songs have been confirmed to be on 'Music is the Weapon'. These are as follows.

1. 'Can't Take It From Me' featuring Skip Marley

2. 'Make It Hot' featuring Anitta

3. 'Que Calor' featuring J Balvin and El Alfa

4. 'Lay Your Head on Me' featuring Marcus Mumford

Skip Marley, 24, is the grandson of legendary Jamaican singer-songwriter Bob Marley and recently released the track 'Make Me Feel' featuring Rick Ross and Ari Lennox. Anitta is a Latin Grammy Award-nominated Brazilian singer-songwriter best known for tracks like 'Show das Poderosas', 'Deixa Ele Sofrer', 'Bang', 'Essa Mina é Louca' and 'Cravo e Canela'.

J Balvin is a Colombian reggaeton singer referred to as the "Prince of Reggaeton" and is one of the bestselling Latin music artists with sales of more than 35M worldwide. El Alfa is a Dominican dembow recording artist best known for the tracks 'Mi Mami' featuring Cardi B, 'Tecnobow' featuring Diplo and 'La Romana' featuring Bad Bunny. Marcus Mumford is the lead singer of the band Mumford & Sons who released his first solo track as a lead artist titled 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.

Where to stream?

'Music is the Weapon' will be streaming worldwide on all major platforms like Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, Amazon Music and YouTube.

Major Lazer's last full-length album, 'Peace Is the Mission', was critically acclaimed and contained the group's most famous song – the DJ Snake-assisted global hit 'Lean On' featuring MØ. It also featured the tracks 'Powerful' with Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley, 'Lost' featuring MØ, 'Light It Up' featuring Nyla and Fuse ODG, and 'Boom' with MOTi featuring Ty Dolla $ign, WizKid and Kranium.

Major Lazer also announced an upcoming drive-in concert tour to support 'Music Is The Weapon' which will kick off on October 23 in Riverside, California and conclude on Halloween in Charlotte, North Carolina. Announcing the tour, the official Major Lazer handle wrote, "Found a way to safely celebrate music is the weapon. On sale this Friday at 10am local time."


'Music is the Weapon' was originally set to release last year and is the group's first with Ape Drums, who replaced former member Jillionaire in 2019. This news follows last week's release of 'Chasing the Sound', a documentary that follows the trio through Nigeria and Ghana and explores the thriving dance music scenes in those West African countries.

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