MKTO Sets April Release Date For Debut Album: Exclusive

MKTO

The "Classic" duo is currently opening for Emblem3 on the road.

Pop-rap duo MKTO will release its self-titled debut album on Apr. 1 through Columbia Records, Billboard can exclusively announce. The 11-song album will be issued following the group's current tour opening for Emblem3, which concludes on Mar. 15 in Los Angeles.

"MKTO" will feature the previously released singles "Thank You" and "Classic," the latter of which reached the Top 10 on the Digital Songs chart in New Zealand and Australia, where the duo toured last year. Both singles are available with an instant download of MKTO's forthcoming full-length, while the insanely catchy "Classic" can be heard on this week's "New Girl" episode, airing on Fox on Tuesday (Feb. 11).

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Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller met while acting on the Teen Nick show "Gigantic" in 2010, and subsequently hooked up with producers/songwriters Eman and Evan "Kidd" Bogart. A bidding war followed, and MKTO officially inked with Columbia in early 2013.

"I feel like each single's going to be different," Kelley told Billboard when MKTO stopped by the office last October. "MKTO" will include the Ne-Yo collaboration "Could Be Me" as well as "Heartbreak Holiday," "Wasted," "Nowhere" and "No More Second Chances," featuring Jessica Ashley.

Check out the full track list to "MKTO," and MKTO's upcoming dates with Emblem3 below.

1. Thank You
2. Classic
3. God Only Knows
4. American Dream
5. Could Be Me (feat. Ne-Yo)
6. Forever Until Tomorrow
7. Wasted
8. Heartbreak Holiday
9. Nowhere
10. No More Second Chances (feat. Jessica Ashley)
11. Goodbye Song

Tour Dates with Emblem3:

Feb 12: Minneapolis, MN (Skyway Theatre)
Feb 14: Milwaukee, WI (Eagles Ballroom)
Feb 15: Rosemont, IL    (Rosemont Theatre)
Feb 16: Indianapolis, IN (Egyptian Room at Old National Centre)
Feb 18: Montreal, QC    (Metropolis)
Feb 19: Toronto, ON (Sound Academy)
Feb 21: Upper Darby, PA (Tower Theatre)
Feb 22: Mashantucket, CT (MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods)
Feb 23: Boston, MA (House of Blues)
Feb 25: Montclair, NJ (Wellmont Theatre)
Feb 26: Huntington, NY (The Paramount)
Feb 27: Silver Spring, MD (The Fillmore)
Mar 1: Atlanta, GA (The Tabernacle)
Mar 2: Charlotte, NC (Fillmore Charlotte)
Mar 4: Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Revolution)
Mar 5: Clearwater, FL     (Ruth Eckerd Hall)
Mar 7: Nashville, TN (Ryman Auditorium)
Mar 8: Kansas City, MO (The Uptown Theater)
Mar 9: Tulsa, OK (Brady Theater)
Mar 12: San Jose, CA (City National Civic of San Jose)
Mar 13: Anaheim, CA (City National Grove of Anaheim)
Mar 14: Tempe, AZ (Marquee Theatre)
Mar 15: Los Angeles, CA (Club Nokia)

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