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NEW ALBUM: JESSE MCCARTNEY | NEW STAGE

Jesse McCartney didn’t plan to take a seven-year break between albums, but in the end, it was for the best. After this long hiatus which was further lengthened after the pandemic, he postponed the album’s release, and today he unleashes his new album, "New Stage," which was a long time in the making. Fans first met McCartney in the ‘90s as an actor on "All My Children" and member of the boy band Dream Street, but 2004’s infectiously flirty “Beautiful Soul” made him a full-fledged teen heartthrob. Following the success of his Billboard top 20 single, McCartney became a mainstay on Disney Channel, which served as a launching pad for later hits like “Leavin’” and “How Do You Sleep?” McCartney calls the material “easy listening pop” and still holds up even after a year of collecting dust (he’s made some minor tweaks), only because he sees it as far more organic than “trendy.” His last two projects -- 2008’s "Departure" and 2014’s "In Technicolor" saw a six-year break between them. And as long as that break may seem, even with his latest album hiatus in mind, the vocalist knows that no matter how long he waits to share projects or no matter how long they wait to be cleared, time will continue to be on his side. This year is shaping up to be an exciting one with his wedding on the horizon, the release of his new album, along the return to touring.