2015 was great for albums, but what about all the ones we never got to hear? These are all the cheeky artists who signalled 2015 releases and then let us down (and Fergie, too).
Frank Ocean – ‘TBA’
The follow-up to 2012’s ‘Channel Orange’ was announced in 2013 as a Beach Boys and Beatles-influenced, Pharrell and Danger Mouse-featuring concept album. It was ‘nearly finished’ in April 2014 and was due for release this summer, but the only new music since 2014 has been Diplo/Paul Simonon collaboration ‘Hero’ and ‘Memrise’. The waiting game continues…
The 1975 – ‘I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’
Frontman Matt Healy teased the follow-up to the 1975’s 2013 debut back in June, via Twitter. It wasn’t until October that we heard sleb-skewering new single ‘Love Me’, and their second, ‘UGH!’, has just come out. The album itself will be released in February 2016, so not too long to wait.
Drake – ‘Views From The 6’
To be fair to Drake, he’s released two albums this year already – ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’ and ‘What A Time To Be Alive’, the latter a collaboration with Future. ‘Views From The 6’ was announced in July 2014 but hasn’t materialised yet, although rumour has it the album will appear on January 6 next year.
Suede – ‘Night Thoughts’
In January 2014, Suede frontman Brett Anderson said the band would be releasing their seventh album the following year. The London five-piece didn’t manage to get it out this year, so it’ll be out on January 22, 2016 instead.
Gwen Stefani – TBA
What you waiting what you waiting what you waiting what you waiting what you waiting what you waiting foooooor?
Gwen Stefani’s third solo album.
Diiv – ‘Is The Is Are’
Diiv’s debut ‘Oshin’ came out in 2012, so the Brooklyn indie outfit’s second opus has been over three years in the making. Frontman Zachary Cole Smith says he wrote 300 songs for the album, 17 of which will be included. We’ve already heard ‘Dopamine’, ‘Bent’ and ‘Under The Sun’. The rest of the album will be out on February 5 2016.
Lady Gaga – TBA
In 2015, Billboard’s Woman of the Year has done jazz with Tony Bennett, sung an impressive Sound of Music medley at the Oscars, campaigned against campus rape and starred in campy TV show American Horror Story. She’ll return next year with her fourth album, following 2013’s commercial flop ‘Artpop’ with something more disco, perhaps.
Chance The Rapper – TBA
Chancelor Bennett avoided releasing a studio album by doing what he wanted, creating Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment and releasing ‘Surf’ this year. He’s put out mixtapes, including the brilliant ‘Acid Rap’, but we’ve never heard a Chance The Rapper studio album. Hopefully that’ll be along in 2016.
Kanye West – ‘Swish’
Yeezy’s seventh LP ‘Swish’ has been on-and-off all year round, but he recently tweeted, “no offense to anyone… I’m asking everyone DON’T ASK ME FOR ANYTHING TILL AFTER I’M FINISHED WITH MY ALBUM”. Ok then, Kanye. No pressure.
Red Hot Chili Peppers – TBA
Though due this year, the eleventh album from the Chilis never arrived, perhaps thanks to Flea breaking his arm in an apparent skiing accident. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers have ditched Rick Rubin to work with a new producer for the first time since 1989. It’s Danger Mouse, formerly of Gnarls Barkley and Adele, and we can expect new music in summer 2016.
Hinds – ‘Leave Me Alone’
It won’t be long before we hear the debut of Madrid’s garage four-piece Hinds (or Deers, until a lawsuit forced them to switch names), which makes it a bit unfair to include ‘Leave Me Alone’ as a no-show. Following their storming festival season this summer, the band will put their first album out on January 8, 2016.
Fergie – TBA
Not long-awaited exactly, but it’s been 8 years since Fergie’s solo debut, ‘The Duchess’. Her new album was meant to come out in 2015, but presumably Fergie and Will.i.am’s search for “The Love” got in the way.
Rihanna – ‘Anti’
The album that didn’t come out in 2015, Rihanna’s eighth has been led by three singles – ‘FourFiveSeconds’, ‘American Oxygen’ and ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’, and teased with a Samsung-sponsored website called ‘Anti Diary’. Sia says she’s still working on it, but knowing Rihanna it’ll drop suddenly on Christmas Day.
The Last Shadow Puppets – TBA
Eight years after ‘The Age Of The Understatement’, Alex Turner and Miles Kane’s collaborative LSP project is active again and should be releasing new music soon. We’re all very excited.
Sky Ferreira – ‘Masochism’
The 23-year-old from LA released her grunge-meets-synthpop debut ‘Night Time, My Time’ in 2013, with Dev Hynes-produced nugget ‘Everything Is Embarrassing’ garnering rave reviews. 2016’s ‘Masochism’ was meant to be teased by a video for ‘Guardian’ in the summer of 2015, but health issues and scheduling conflicts got in the way.
Robyn – TBA
Swedish pop-crafter Robyn hasn’t put out a solo album since 2010’s triple whammy, ‘Body Talk’ parts 1-3, which included ‘Dancing On My Own’ and ‘Hang With Me’. Last year she worked with Royksopp on an EP and this year she released another, ‘Love Is Free’, with Swedish group The Bagatelle Magique – but she could be gearing up to put out another full album.