60. Beach House: Released: Who knows? Details: Very little, really. The band have confirmed that the work on the new album is currently in its formative stages, and that they’ll begin to properly record it once they wrap up touring.
59. Fleet Foxes: Released: Spring/early summer. Recorded: Dreamland Studios, New York (as suggested by their friends Beach House). Producer: Phil Ek. Songs: ‘Lorelai’, ‘Bedouin Dress’, ‘Blue Spotted Tail’.
58. Iron & Wine. Title: ‘Kiss Each Other Clean’. Released: January. Details: The subject matter is as worldly and frank as ever: “I tried to describe life in all its good and bad, sweet and sour, hard and soft, scary and wonderful parts,” says Sam Beam.
57. Outkast. Released: According to Big Boi, “something is brewing…”. Details: Andre 3000 is back rapping, as evidenced by the leak of one soul-jacking solo cut, ‘I Do’.
56. Queens Of The Stone Age. Released: Summer, in time for the festivals. Details: Bassist Dean Fertita said the band are “excited and ready to go” for January studio sessions.
55. Red Hot Chili Peppers. Released: May/June. Producer: Rick Rubin. Details: Scant. But bassist Flea is said to have traded in slap bass for African rhythms after he and Klinghoffer took a trip around the continent.
54. The Strange Boys. Title: ‘Live Music’. Released: April. Recorded: A studio in Costa Mesa, California. Songs: ‘Punk’s Pyjamas’.
53. Fiery Furnaces. Released: Not confirmed. Recorded: They plan to record the album in Michigan in a ’60s high school auditorium. Details: It will have a large symphony orchestra comprised of teenagers and will be, according to Matt, “about a single mother who’s raising her 12-year-old son” (to coincide as the soundtrack to a film being released around the same time).
52. Battles. Released: Spring. Details: While initial plans were to release the album in 2010, singer Tyondai Braxton quit the band before it was completed. Drummer John Stanier promises this album will contain “slow songs, fast songs, emotional songs, party songs, and epic movie soundtrack-sounding songs.”
51. REM. Title: ‘Collapse Into Now’. Released: March 7. Collaborators: Patti Smith, Eddie Vedder, Peaches. Songs: ‘Oh My Heart’, ‘All The Best’, ‘Discoverer’.
50. Surfer Blood: Released: An EP in the first half of 2011, then the album later in the year. Details: None yet, but expect big things – they’ve got major label backing from Warners now.
49. Foo Fighters. Released: Expected spring. Producer: Butch Vig. Recorded: Dave Grohl’s LA home. Songs: ‘Dear Rosemary’, ‘These Days’, ‘Miss The Misery’, ‘A Matter Of Time’, ‘Bridge Burning’.
48. Bright Eyes. Title: ‘The People’s Key’. Released: February 14. Producer: Mike Mogis.
47. Girls. Released: Late 2011. Recorded: Shared studio, San Francisco. Songs: ‘How Can I Say I Love You’, ‘Nobody’s Business’, ‘Honey Bunny’.
46. Black Lips. Released: Mid-2011. Producer: Mark Ronson. Songs: ‘Raw Meat’, ‘Dumpster Diving’, ‘Modern Art’.
45. The Drums. Released: Late 2011. Producer: As ever, the band self-produce. Songs: ‘What You Were’, ‘I Don’t Know How To Love’.
44. Glasvegas. Title: ‘EUPHORIC///HEARTBREAK\’. Producer: Flood. Released: March/April. Listen: Get a free download of ‘The World Is Yours’ from January 16.
43. The Big Pink. Released: Pre-summer. Producer: Paul Epworth. Recorded: Miloco Studio, London and Epworth’s home. Songs: ‘England’, ‘Rubbernecking’, ’77 Ways To Say No’.
42. Friendly Fires. Released: April. Producer: Self-produced, with help from Paul Epworth and Andrew Weatherall. Songs: ‘Running Away’, ‘Blue Cassette’, ‘True Love’.
41. Gruff Rhys. Title: ‘Hotel Shampoo’. Released: February 14. Producer: Andy Votel. Songs: Free download of ‘Shark Ridden Waters’ over at gruffrhys.com.
40. Noah and the Whale. Title: ‘Last Night On Earth’. Released: March. Recorded: Last summer on LA. Songs: Free download of ‘Wild Thing’ over at noahandthewhale.com.
39. Metronomy. Title: ‘The English Riviera’. Released: March. Producer: Joe Mount. Songs: ‘Love Underlined’, ‘Corrine’, ‘The Look’, ‘She Wants’ (which will be available for free download on January 31).
38. James Blake: Released: February 7 (although it’s already leaked). Click here for a full tracklisting.
37. PJ Harvey. Title: ‘Let England Shake’. Released: February 14. Recorded: In a disused church in Dorset.
36. Kaiser Chiefs: Released: Some time this summer. Probably June-ish. Some words from the band: “After a couple of months off we got bored…Then I got really bored, then mind-numbingly bored…” -Ricky Wilson.
35. The Kills. Title: ‘Blood Pressure’. Released: April 4. Recorded: Michigan’s Keyclub studio. Songs: ‘Pots And Pans’, ‘Satellite’.
34. Laura Marling. Released: She’s holding it back a bit longer than expected. She’s aiming to finish it by February and release it this Spring. Songs: She’s played a few live already, including ‘Rest In The Bed’, ‘Don’t Ask Me Why’ and ‘Who Am I?’.
33. Paul Epworth. Title: None yet. “It’s gonna be under a pseudonym – I’d love the music to be taken on its own merits,” he says. Released: Late summer at the earliest. Sound: An eclectic-sounding beast.
32. The Go! Team. Released: January 31. Collaborators: Best Coast’s Beth Cosentino, rapper Dominique Young Unique, Deerhoof’s Satomi Matsuzaki, Lispector and an African gospel choir. Some words from the band: This album will be “more melodic, more eclectic, more widescreen, more contrast, more ambition, more more more.” -Ian Parton.
31. The Ting Tings. Title: Despite rumours, it will not be called ‘Kunst’. Released: Slated for April/May. Recorded: Berlin, at the start of 2010. Songs: ‘Hands’.
30. Egyptian Hip Hop. Released: Who knows? Songs: Haven’t got any yet. Recorded: Haven’t picked a studio. Some words from the band: “It’ll be out when it’s deemed good enough to be out.” -Alex Hewitt.
29. Radiohead: Released: Whenever they want. Producer: Nigel Godrich – as usual. Recorded: Los Angeles.
28. Beady Eye. Recorded: London’s RAK. Producer: Steve Lillywhite. Released: February 28. Listen: Click here to listen to a few tunes.
27. The Maccabees. Released: No plan yet. Songs: ‘Grew Up At Midnight’, ‘Glimmer’, ‘Forever I’ve Known’.
26. Wild Beasts. Released: Spring. Recorded: Snowdonia, Wales. Producer: Richard Formby, mixed by Lexxx. Songs: ‘Bed Of Nails’, ‘Burning’, ‘Reach A Little Bit Further’.
25. Elbow. Title: ‘Build A Rocket Boys!’. Released: March 7. Producer: Elbow’s Craig Potter. RecordedL Blueprint Studios, Manchester. Listen: Click here to watch a video featuring ‘Lippy Kids’.
24. Brother. Released: September. Songs: ‘New Year’s Day’, ‘Darling Buds Of May’. Video: Click here to watch our video interview with the band.
23. The Vaccines. Title: ‘What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?’. Released: March 21. Producer: Dan Grech. Video: Click here to watch our video interview with the band.
22. Paul Weller. Released: Mid-2011, if all goes to plan. Songs: ‘Paper Chase’, ‘Dangerous Age’, ‘Around The Lake’, ‘No Need To Be Alone’, ‘Starlight’, ‘Drifters’. Collaborators: Neu!’s Michael Rother; Weller’s five-year-old son Mac.
21. Bombay Bicycle Club. Released: Pencilled in for June. Songs: ‘Bad Timing’, ‘The Sleep Song’, ‘Beggars’.
20. Plan B. Title: ‘The Ballad Of Belmarsh’. Released: Expected in March or April.
19. The Streets. Title: ‘Computers And Blues’. Released: February 7. Songs: ‘Without A Blink’, ‘We Can Never Be Friends’. Click here for a full tracklisting.
18. Beastie Boys. Title: ‘Hot Sauce Committee Pt 2’. Released: Spring. Songs: ‘Don’t Play No Games That I Can’t Win’ (featuring Santigold), ‘Too Many Rappers’ (feat. Nas). Click here for a full tracklisting.
17. Kanye West and Jay-Z. Title: ‘Watch The Throne’. Released: March. Recorded: France, October/November 2010.
16. The Strokes. Recorded: Albert Hammond Jr’s studio. Producer: Self-produced with the help of engineer Gus Osberg. Released: March.
15. Kasabian. Released: Serge hopes that some new material will be out in time for the band’s festival slots this summer. Producer: Dan The Automator. Recorded: San Francisco following Serge’s home sessions.
14. The View. Title: ‘The Best Lasts Forever’. Released: March 14. Single, ‘Grace’ out March 6. Producer: Youth. Listen: Click here to hear ‘Sunday’.
13. The Enemy. Released: Expected late 2011. Some words from the band: “We’ve been writing and working on new material, rehearsing in a tiny room with bare essentials. We have loads of tunes we’re all excited about.” -Tom Clarke.
12. Miles Kane. Released: Early 2011. Collaborators: Gruff Rhys, Noel Gallagher. Songs: ‘Inhaler’ (single out now), ‘My Fantasy’.
11. Anna Calvi. Title: ‘Anna Calvi’. Released: January 17.
10. Florence & The Machine. Released: Expected in late 2011, if it drops at all this year. Producer: Paul Epworth has helmed some sessions.
9. Lykke Li. Title: ‘Wounded Rhymes’. Released: February 28. Listen: Click here to hear remixes of ‘Get Some’ by Beastie Boys’ Mike D and Beck.
8. La Roux. Recorded: Brixton. Collaborators: We’ve heard rumours that the mystery established band is…White Lies. Released: The pair want it out before festival season.
7. Lady Gaga. Title: ‘Born This Way’. Released: May 23. A single, also called ‘Born This Way’, is out on February 14.
6. Patrick Wolf. Working title: ‘The Conqueror’. Producer: Self-produced. Released: May. Songs: ‘House’, ‘Together’, ‘Armistice’.
5. Coldplay. Recorded: Coldplay’s London home studio. Producer: Brian Eno/Marcus Dravs. Released: No date yet, expected spring.
4. Damon Albarn. Upcoming plans: Finish the record with Tony Allen and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers); Might return to The Good, The Bad & The Queen for a second album; Might work on the soundtrack for The Boy In The Oak (a film based on his sister’s book).
3. ‘Rome’. Artist: Brian ‘Danger Mouse’ Burton and Daniele Luppi with Jack White and Norah Jones on vocals. Title: ‘Rome’. Released: May. Listen: Click here for some song snippets.
2. The Horrors. Recorded: Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, London. Producer: Self-produced by the band, mixed by Craig Shilby. Released: Who knows?
1. Arctic Monkeys. Released: May at the earliest. Producer: James Ford.