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Cardi B, The Killers and Halsey: all the awesome new albums coming out in 2020

Next year is gonna be stacked with big and brilliant releases from the likes of Green Day, Grimes and more. Lucky future us.

As the final grains of sand slip through the hourglass that is 2019, it’s time to turn our attention to the New Year. We’ve already got a bunch of reasons to be excited about 2020, because loads of huge names have already confirmed new albums – or said they’re working on something, at least. From debut albums made by new bands spinning their promise into gold, to the return of acts that have already woven themselves into the fabric of the music world, whatever unfolds it’s going to be a big year.

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Kesha – ‘High Road’

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Release date: January 10
What’s the story?: Kesha is back, back, back and as uncompromising as ever, as she lays out in ‘My Own Dance’: “You’re the party girl/You’re the tragedy/But the funny thing is/I’m fucking everything.” Expect an album that merges the folky beauty of ‘Rainbow’ with sassy rap-pop.

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Poppy – ‘I Disagree’

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Release date: January 10
What’s the story?: She rose to fame by pretending to be an AI pop star, making teeth-achingly sweet pop treats. Now, she’s gone to the dark side – aka switched the rainbow colours for sludgy metal guitars and poured her anger at the world into the likes of the still-catchy sledgehammer-heavy title track.

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The Big Moon – ‘Walking Like We Do’

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Release date: January 10
What’s the story?: On their second album, The Big Moon are traversing instability and trying to find their place in the world. Oh, and they’ve written their first proper pop song in ‘Take A Piece’, which frontwoman Juliette Jackson initially wrote for a pop mega star.

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Halsey – ‘Manic’

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Release date: January 17
What’s the story?: After two concept albums (one dystopian, one Shakespearian), Halsey’s stripping away her persona and showing us the real her. She’s described it as an album about “female rage”, but don’t expect a record of screaming stompers – she’s also called it bright and colourful, and the three tracks released at the time of writing back that up.

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Bombay Bicycle Club – ‘Everything Else Has Gone Wrong’

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Release date: January 17
What’s the story?: It’s only been three years since Bombay Bicycle Club announced their hiatus but they’ve already gone and reneged on that split and made their way back to us. Thank god, because if their new album is as good as surging first track ‘Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You)’ they’ll be setting the high bar for 2020 right out the gates.

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The Courteeners – ‘More. Again. Forever’


Release date: January 17
What’s the story?: You might think you know what to expect from The Courteeners, but the title track of their sixth album might just throw you a curveball. On it, frontman Liam Fray takes on spoken word while his bandmates loop an elastic bass groove and foot-shuffling beat beneath.

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Pet Shop Boys – ‘Hotspot’

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Release date: January 24
What’s the story?: This far into their career, these Godlike Geniuses know what works for them. On ‘Hotspot’, they’ve stuck to what they do best – decamping to Berlin and writing some great pop songs. There is one difference this time, though – Years and Years’ Olly Alexander lends his vocals to ‘Dreamland’ in a brilliant bit of pop teamwork.

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Green Day – ‘Father Of All…’

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Release date: February 7
What’s the story?: Prepare for lightning speed Green Day. ‘Father Of All…’ is their shortest album ever, in which they – according to frontman Billie Joe Armstrong – “cut through the bullshit” and try to make you feel bad. Oh, and it’s influenced by Kendrick Lamar, which could be interesting.

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La Roux – ‘Supervision’

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Release date: February 7
What’s the story?: In the five years since releasing her second album ‘Trouble In Paradise’, La Roux has kept a fairly low profile, only popping up on a track on Tyler The Creator’s ‘Igor’. We should see a lot more of her in 2020, though, when she returns with her third album ‘Supervision’. Its first single ‘International Woman Of Leisure’ suggests we should expect something typically vibrant, synth-laden and fun.

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HMLTD – ‘West Of Eden’

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Release date: February 7
What’s the story?: For a minute, HMLTD looked like they might be yet another band to fall by the buzzy wayside. Once the most-hyped group in the country, they were promised to be made the biggest by their former label, then quickly realised said label didn’t really get what they were about and split. Now, at long last, they’re ready to release their debut album, which holds “a mirror up to late capitalism” and proclaims the West to be “dead: atomised, alienated, and apathetic.” Sounds cheery.

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Tame Impala – ‘The Slow Rush’

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Release date: February 14
What’s the story?: ‘The Slow Rush’ seems like a fitting title for something that feels like it’s been on the horizon for a long time, for both fans and Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker. Parker’s been drip-feeding tracks from the record over the course of this year, including the psych drive of latest release ‘It Might Be Time’, and explained the delay was down to him not wanting to put out something that wasn’t the best his “entire heart and soul and brain could give.” Sounds like it should be good, then.

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The 1975 – ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’

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Release date: February 21
What’s the story?: The 1975’s Matty Healy intended to release two albums in under a year – first ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’, then ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’. That plan hasn’t quite stuck with the latter due to arrive 15 months after its predecessor, but it’ll likely be worth the wait. Already we’ve heard ‘The 1975’ featuring climate activist Greta Thunberg, the screaming, raging ‘People’, and the garage-y introspection of ‘Frail State Of Mind’, hinting at a varied album that takes its inspiration from “British nighttime culture”.

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Grimes – ‘Miss Anthropocene’

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Release date: February 21
What’s the story?: Buckle up, this one’s… interesting. Grimes’ follow-up to 2015’s ‘Art Angels’ is named after an anthropomorphic goddess of climate change, on which each song represents “a different embodiment of human extinction as depicted through pop star demonology”. Sonically, expect everything from a “cheesy love song” to an “ethereal chav jam” and “ethereal nu-metal”.

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Circa Waves – ‘Sad Happy’

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Release date: ‘Happy’ on January 10, ‘Sad’ on March 13
What’s the story?: Split into two halves – one sad, one happy – Circa Waves next album is built to reflect a world divided. Inspired by the feeling of constantly flitting between the two emotions it takes its title from, it dissects frontman Kieran Shudall’s feelings on love, mortality, and more. First single ‘Jacqueline’ promises big things, starting off indebted to Paul Simon before shifting gears into an enormous indie banger.

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Weezer – ‘Van Weezer’

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Release date: May 15
What’s the story?: As you might expect from an album whose name is inspired by Van Halen, Weezer’s 14th studio album is inspired by hard rock and heavy metal from the ‘70s and ‘80s. As first single ‘The End Of The Game’ suggests, it’s all about “big guitars”, while frontman Rivers Cuomo has also described it as being like ‘The Blue Album’ “but a little more riffy”.

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The Killers – ‘Imploding The Mirage’

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Release date: Spring
What’s the story?: Details about ‘Imploding The Mirage’ are scarce at the moment, but the band have given us some crumbs to get excited about so far. According to drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr, the album is “more fun, a little bit more up” and “grateful sounding”. Frontman Brandon Flowers told NME that synths had been creeping back up in the music they’d been working on.

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Mystery Jets – ‘A Billon Heartbeats’

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Release date: TBC
What’s the story?: Originally intended to be released in September, the Jets’ seventh album was postponed to 2020 after frontman Blaine Harrison had to undergo emergency surgery. There’s no word yet on when it will arrive exactly, but when it does expect something hard-hitting and confrontational. The band recently told NME the album captured “the spirit of protest”, covering the rise of the alt-right, the Women’s March, and the privatisation of the NHS.

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Normani – ‘TBC’

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Release date: TBC
What’s the story?: We don’t know much about Normani’s hotly anticipated album yet, but she has been working with some of the most tried-and-tested producers in pop, so it seems a sure bet that it’ll be packed with pop gold. Her single ‘Motivation’ also reinforces that notion and could hit at more ‘00s RandB-influenced earworms to come.

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BTS – ‘Map Of The Soul: Shadow’ (TBC)

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Release date:TBC
What’s the story?: On 2019’s ‘Map Of The Soul: Persona’, BTS delved into Jungian theories of psychology, using them to explore ideas of identity. If fan theories that the second part of the series will be called ‘Shadow’ are correct, it should look into the darker side of our psyches, all while making the kind of genre-hopping gems that have made them one of the biggest bands in the world.

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Migos – ‘Culture III’

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Release date: TBC
What’s the story?: ‘Culture III’ was intended for release at the start of 2019 but got pushed back for Offset to release his solo album. Despite the delay, we still don’t know much about it, except it’s likely to arrive in January 2020. Other than that, it’s anyone’s guess, although it seems plausible that it will feature some big guest features – perhaps Offset’s other half, Cardi B.

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King Krule – ‘TBC’

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Release date: TBC
What’s the story?: Following the success of 2018’s Mercury-nominated ‘The Ooz’, King Krule (aka Archy Marshall) hasn’t wasted any time getting back into the studio. A new album is on the way with a grand total of four tracks that could feature on it already out via a new short film, titled Hey World!

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Lana Del Rey – ‘White Hot Forever’

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Release date: TBC
What’s the story?: Before she’d even released ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell!’, Lana Del Rey confirmed there was another record on the way, titled ‘White Hot Forever’. While the star has yet to speak on what it’ll sound like, she did say in August that it would likely be a “surprise release sometime within 12 or 13 months”, so you might want to keep your ear to the ground.

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Cardi B – ‘TBC’

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Release date: TBC
What’s the story?: Since the release of 2018’s critic-silencing ‘Invasion Of Privacy’, Cardi’s been keeping herself busy, dropping standalone singles like ‘Press’ and ‘Please Me’, and likely gathering inspiration from working on her first movie Hustlers, and getting to grips with motherhood.

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Blackpink – ‘TBC’

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Release date: TBC
What’s the story?: Since their last release (April 2019’s ‘Kill This Love’ mini-album), Blackpink’s star has grown massively. They’ve gained love from stars like Ariana Grande, Diplo, and Halsey, become the first all-female K-pop group to play Coachella. ‘Kill This Love’ mixed bolshy hip-hop with softer pop moments and it seems likely a follow-up would stick to that loose template. When will we get it? There’s no word yet amidst the problems of their label YG, but when it arrives, expect it to be big.

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Kasabian – ‘TBC’

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Release date: TBC
What’s the story?: It’s early days on this one, but the band have confirmed they’re working on it. Speaking to NME, Serge Pizzorno said it would be both experimental and full of “loud guitars”. The Leicester group have got a big show in their hometown in June so it’s possible that the new record could be out beforehand, or there’ll at least be one new track or two out in the world.

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Megan Thee Stallion – ‘TBC’

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Release date: TBC
What’s the story?: Expect the debut album from the queen of ‘Hot Girl Summer’ to be a big girl power-fest. Although the rapper has yet to confirm many details about the record, she has stated it will feature a collaboration with Kehlani and “a lot of ladies”. It could also be released under a different name, with her saying she’s invented a new alter-ego called Suga.

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Dua Lipa – ‘TBC’

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Release date: TBC
What’s the story?: Her first album made her a global star, now Dua’s looking to cement that position with a record she’s described as “nostalgic”. Get ready for a lot of disco sounds and a project that “doesn’t take itself too seriously”. It’ll also feature some collaborations, which the singer is keeping to herself for now. One thing we do know is that, despite being photographed in the studio with him, disco legend Nile Rodgers won’t feature on the album.

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J Cole – ‘The Fall Off’

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Release date: TBC
What’s the story?: The follow-up to 2018’s ‘KOD’ was announced during Cole’s headline set at Day N Vegas festival, backed with a parody of a campaign advert for a politician. ‘The Fall Off’ – the rapper’s sixth studio album – could be our only taste of Cole’s work in 2020, too, after he suggested he would no longer be recording guest features for other artists.

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Lady Gaga – ‘TBC’

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Release date: TBC
What’s the story?: “I’m gonna call my next album ADELE,” Lady Gaga tweeted in October. Was it a joke, a hint at a forthcoming collaboration, or a big, early reveal? Only time will tell. Elsewhere, Gaga’s sixth album is rumoured to feature collabs with Sophie, BloodPop, and former Dirty Pretty Things member/‘Shallow’ co-writer Anthony Rossomando.

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Noname – ‘Factory Baby’

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Release date: TBC
What’s the story?: Chicago rapper Noname feels like she’s only just getting started, but recently implied her second album ‘Factory Baby’ could be her last. The musician told her Twitter followers that her heart “wasn’t fully in it anymore” and called the dynamic between artist and fan “really fucking unhealthy”. Better make the most of this unique talent while she’s still in the spotlight then.

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Haim – ‘TBC’

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Release date: TBC
What’s the story?: “The whole mantra of the record is about being fearless and not holding yourself back,” Alana Haim told NME of their next record. Judging by the songs we’ve heard so far – ‘Summer Girl’, ‘Now I’m In It’, and ‘Hallelujah’ – the sisters are really going there on album three, in terms of new sounds and sharing deeply personal stories.

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