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Kelsea Ballerini Announces New Album, ‘Subject To Change’

14 July 2022 | 11:35 am | Mallory Arbour

'Subject To Change' is due on September 23.

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Kelsea Ballerini (Image: via Facebook)

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Kelsea Ballerini has announced her forthcoming fifth studio album, Subject To Change, will be released on September 23.

She revealed the exciting news on social media, along with added voiceover to the cover image, which gives insight into the project.

She says, “In my younger years, the idea of change scared me. It had proven to be a faceless force that patterned my past with uncertainty. Only in the gift of growth have I learned that in the stark and constant juxtaposition of life, living happens – that when I unclench my fists, undig my heels, and unravel the architecture built by youth, a true metamorphosis can happen.

“I’ve been searching somewhere between the broadness of the universe, and the simplicity in the little things, reflecting through wiser perspectives, leaning with body weight into matters of the heart, and finding blissful acceptance in the inner cracks I once cursed, but now let the light in to grow taller within myself. This is a season of becoming, healing, loving, dancing, and feeling. And like everything, it is subject to change,” she added.

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Ballerini has shared hints about the album via an impromptu Q&A session on TikTok in recent weeks. As well as the album’s release date, future singles, symbolism in her whimsical Heartfirst music video, she noted the new project is influenced by strong female country artists.

“The sound… is definitely different than anything I have ever done. It is heavily influenced by I would say ’90s music in general, but definitely ’90s female country,” she explained.

Heartfirst is the first single from the new album. Ballerini penned the treatment for the elaborate music video, complete with multiple settings, costume changes and puffy heart vibes. 

She says, “This is only the second time I’ve written a video treatment, but I just had such a strong visual while writing Heartfirst that I couldn’t get out of my head. I wanted each vignette to represent a different side of the metaphor of chance while maintaining a breezy, whimsy-ness throughout. We start with a ’90s rom-com run-in, and then we go on a journey of my character’s reaction.”

“I’m constantly challenging myself to try different things and push my own boundaries,” she added. “I hope everyone feels that here, and I hope it sparks excitement on what’s to come. This is only the beginning!”

Subject to Change follows Kelsea, released in March of 2020, and Ballerini, released that October.

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