Believe it or not, it’s been five years since Austin Mahone kicked off his career by posting cover videos on YouTube. And it’s been three years since he released his debut EP, two years since his hit single “What About Love” earned him a slot on Taylor Swift’s Red Tour, and one year since his sophomore EP spawned jams like “Banga Banga” and “Mmm Yeah.”
But in a confusing twist, the 19-year-old has yet to release his long-awaited debut album. He’s apparently just as confused by fans about the delay, because Austin’s now decided to drop a (free!) collection of new songs this week, cheekily titled This is Not the Album.
Austin announced the title and artwork of the 19-song collection on Monday (Dec. 14), writing on Facebook, “Got a huge surprise for you guys!!! I’ve got some new music that I’m really excited for you to hear, that I’ve been working real hard on. I know the music you’ve been wanting hasn’t come yet, but I’ve been writing, producing and getting better at what I truly love to do, and thats why I made this project.”
He continued, “Because I don’t know when the album will be out so this is a collection of songs that were made by myself and with the help of some good friends to hold you guys over until it does. So in the meantime I’ll be working on my 1st debut album because #THISISNOTTHEALBUM.”
"Put It On Me" feat. Sage the Gemini
"Same Girl" feat. Kalin and Myles
"It's a true story," Austin spills about the second track.
"It's a song that me and Rob wrote about a certain girl... not going to name any names." How coy!
"Do It Right" feat. Rob Villa
This track, featuring Austin's friend and frequent collaborator Rob Villa, has also been previously released -- and it's a straight jam.
"Rollin'" feat. Becky G
You'll definitely want to play the clip above to hear Austin sing a snippet of this tune: "And we rollin', we rollin', your hands are all one me/ Doing 95 in a 65, trying to chase eternity." We're guessing this one was recorded pre-breakup?!
"On Your Way" feat. Super Duper Kyle
This one's already a fan favorite -- take a listen here.
"Guys, listen to me... a major key to blessing your ears is to listen to track No. 7, 'Caught Up.' Major key, guys," he playfully teases.
"Something So Real"
"This could be something so real," Austin croons in this teaser.
"Love You Anyways" feat. Rob Villa
Oh HEY, Rob Villa cameo!
"Red Lights Remix" feat. Chris Brown
Austin says this track -- a remix of one of Brown's songs from his latest mixtape -- is one of his favorites.
"What It Do"
We'll just have to wait and see "what it do" on this Drummer Boy-produced track.
Austin says this one is a "super R&B song" in the vein of "Say My Name," with some "dope" samples.
"Hate To Let You Go"
"I wrote it in a time when I was going through some stuff, but it's a real nice guitar-based track."
Austin says this is "one of my favorite songs on the project."
"Who's Gonna Love You Now"
Austin breaks out the guitar to strum a couple lines of this easygoing tune.
"Hold It Against Me"
Sadly, it doesn't sound like this is a Britney Spears cover. But it does apparently have a "smooth vibe."
"If I Ain't Got You" feat. Kyle Dion
Austin reveals this one's an Alicia Keys remake that he just finished a few hours prior.
This sweet song, which Austin says he wrote for his grandmother, has also been released already, for your crying pleasure.
"Dirty Work Remix" feat. T-Pain
Last but not least is this "crazy" remix. "I'm a huge T-Pain fan, so I was super excited when he wanted to redo this song and make it different," Austin spilled.
This is Not the Album arrives on Thursday (Dec. 17).