There's a ton of great new music coming our way in 2017.
Diplo’s EDM crew Major Lazer have already shared one of the tracks that’s expected to make it onto their new album, anticipated to be released in January. ‘Cold Water’, their gigantic collaboration with MØ and Justin Bieber, seems to be the only signal we have of what to expect from the record so far, but it’s definitely a promising one.
It’s a good time to be in Depeche Mode. As well as being nominated for the Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Fame, the synth-pop trio have confirmed the release of their new album ‘Spirit’ for next spring. It was produced by Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford so the results should be interesting.
QOTSA guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen recently revealed the Josh Homme-led band would begin recording their next album before 2016 is out. Don’t expect it to sound like ‘…Like Clockwork’ though – he’s said they’re aiming for something “simpler”.
Eminem recently shared a new, eight-minute track in the form of ‘Campaign Speech’. “Don’t worry I’m working on an album! Here’s something meanwhile,” he tweeted along with the song. From the sounds of it, he’s not lost any of his anger.
U2 are set to follow-up their 2014 album ‘Songs Of Innocence’ next year with ‘Songs Of Experience’. According to the band, they’ve written over 50 songs for it and fans can expect a release in the early part of 2017.
Run The Jewels are prepping ‘RTJ3’ and, with all that’s happening in their native America right now, you can probably expect a lot of polticial ire. The first track from the record, ‘Talk To Me’, definitely makes their opinions on Trump clear.
One of British pop’s brightest new stars, Dua Lipa has already made her case for being one to watch with singles ‘Hotter Than Hell’ and ‘Blow Your Mind (Mwah)’. She’ll be aiming to cement her place as one of the UK’s most exciting new acts when her debut drops in February.
Charli XCX, pop’s most exciting, innovative and dangerous star, is set to return next year with an album that she says is influenced by Paris Hilton and is “the most pop thing I’ve done”. The record has been produced by the likes of BloodPop, Stargate and PC Music’s Sophie, with who Charli collaborated on her ‘Vroom Vroom’ EP.
It’s been a long wait for the follow-up to Sky Ferreira’s excellent first album ‘Night Time, My Time’, but that should end in 2017 when ‘Masochism’ should finally see a release. There’s no confirmed date as yet, but, after a couple of false starts, we’re keeping our fingers firmly crossed.
Now ‘Watch The Throne 2’ doesn’t look like it’s going to happen, we can turn our hopes towards a new Jay Z album. Rumour has it Hova has been cooking up something good that could see release in 2017.
When NYC dance titans LCD Soundsystem reunited at the start of this year, leader James Murphy put out a statement saying a record would be out by the end of 2016. We’re still waiting for even a scrap of new music, though, and the fact the band are in the studio this winter suggests we’re gonna have to wait until at least next summer. We have faith that it’ll be worth it.
According to Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, ‘Oczy Mlody’ sounds like “Syd Barrett meets A$AP Rocky and they get trapped in a fairy tale from the future”. The title of the record is Polish for “eyes of the young”, apparently, and you can find out if it lives up to Coyne’s weird billing on January 13.
Liam Gallagher recently revealed he’d signed a deal with Warner Bros and had started demoing a solo album. Former Creation Records boss Alan McGee said he thinks the record wil “be ‘Liam’.” He added: The press will probably fucking hate it but they hate everything anyway. I don’t think people care any more. Music’s judged by social media now, not by The Guardian.”
“Chunky” and “beat-heavy” perhaps aren’t words you’d normally associate with Elbow, but that might all change after they release their forthcoming album. “There’s a sparseness to the songs which perhaps we’re not known for,” Guy Garvey told Jo Whiley recently. “The themes are ranging as always, great big themes and concerns for the world at the same time as falling in love, looking forwards and backwards and all of the things.”
Spiritualized celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 1997 album ‘Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space’ next year and, instead of reissuing that record, will release a new album. The new LP, which is as-yet-untitled, will come out on the exact anniversary date – June 16.
Wolf Alice have conquered a large part of the world with their glorious debut album ‘My Love Is Cool’ and the north London band are hard at work on its follow-up now. They’ve yet to share any fruits of their recording, but did air a new track on their US tour this spring. ‘Yuk Foo’ leans towards the heavier end of their oeuvre – like a continuation of the howls of ‘You’re A Germ’.
The Haim sisters are gearing up to own 2017 festivals with their upcoming new album. Old school pop in the vein of Fleetwood Mac was the flavour of LP 1, but they recently worked with Calvin Harris on his single ‘Pray to God’ and became buddies with Taylor Swift in their downtime – could a more mainstream electronic pop direction follow?
Fleetwood Mac’s new album should be finished by Christmas, according to Christine McVie. The band have been recording their first record since 2003’s ‘Say You Will’ and have “a fantastic variety of songs”, apparently.
Frank Carter launched his new album with The Rattlesnakes in a Gucci suit, which is perhaps a move you wouldn’t expect from someone more readily associated with blood and anger than high fashion. Still, the record itself sounds like it’s close to his roots. At the special event, he told fans that ‘Modern Ruin’ (out January 27) is “incredibly personal” and is about “all the struggles we go through as humans, with each other, with the people we love, with strangers, with birth and death.” Sounds heavy.
Marilyn Manson’s new album is being released on Valentine’s Day, because there’s nothing more romantic than the self-proclaimed God Of Fuck. According to the man himself, you’ll be able to treat your loved one to a record that is “a combination of ‘Antichrist Superstar’ and ‘Mechanical Animals’ in feeling.”
Fans have speculated Kiwi star Lorde is going to surprise release her next record, just like Beyonce and Frank Ocean. You might want to set up all the notifications you can just in case cos if it’s anything like ‘Pure Heroine’, it’ll be the best pop album you’ve heard in ages and a total game changer.
The fifth album from animated band Gorillaz and first since 2011’s ‘The Fall’ was originally due for release this year, but now looks set to drop in 2017 after animator Jamie Hewlett said it was “really fucking special” and “can’t be rushed”. Sounds like the wait for our favourite cartoon band to return should be worth it.
Las Vegas’ finest, The Killers, began recording their fifth album in September and Brandon Flowers has been quoted as saying he wants to “take the experience of playing over a thousand shows and mix that with the enthusiasm we had making our first album” on the new record. Whether they manage to reach the same dizzy heights they achieved on ‘Hot Fuss’ remains to be seen.
Arcade Fire’s Will Butler told fans in a Reddit AMA that the band’s new album could be released in the first half of 2017. Before you get too excited, he did add that there was no “definite schedule” and it would “be done when it’s done”. Still, we can have a little freak out over that info, right?