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Most Anticipated Music Albums of 2021
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The pandemic wrecked every aspect of our lives, including art. 2020 was a difficult year for movies and music performers, making new releases limited and touring impossible. However, there are some album announcements for the upcoming months to cheer us up and help us go through these strange times ! If you want to know some of the most anticipated music to come, then read on.
Zayn, Nobody Is Listening (January 15th): This is the third solo project of the ex-member of One Direction Zayn Malik. He first released Better, the lead single for his album in september 2020, just after Gigi Hadid and Zayn welcomed their first child to their family.
Foo Fighters, Medicine at Midnight (February 5th): for their tenth music album, the members of the band team with songwriter and producer Greg Kurstin - this is a promise to explore more pop sounds to their music. The Foo Fighters drummer, Dave Ghrol, told recently Kerrang “Our love of rock bands that make these upbeat, up-tempo, almost danceable records inspired us to make the album that we did”.
The Pretty Reckless, Death by Rock’n’Roll (February 12th): there are already four songs available for the fourth studio album of the band - the most recent one (And So It Went) features Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) with a guitar solo performance.
King of Leon, When You See Yourself (March 5th): after a five-years break, Caleb Followill (lead singer) opened to The Sun, saying “A lot of the instruments on this album, you could’ve heard on Pink Floyd or Beatles albums.”. Just like their previous album, this one is produced by Markus Dravs - now that sounds promising !
Lana Del Rey, Chemtrails Over The Country Club (March 19th): initially announced for September 5th 2020, was pushed back due to the pandemic. For this album she continues the collaboration with Jack Antonoff (Bleachers) from her previous album (Norman F*cking Rockwell) and promises an enchanting experience with her recently released single Chemtrails Over The Country Club that premiered on BBC Radio 1:
Loretta Lynn, Still Woman Enough (March 19th): three years after her last album, Loretta Lynn comes back to revisit some old favourites. Other guest stars join the country-music icon album (Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, and Margo Price), and Loretta Lynn said in a statement “We girl singers gotta stick together.”
Evanescence, The Bitter Truth (March 26): the alternative-metal band promises a great comeback with Amy Lee (lead singer) telling RollingStone “The energy was just amped” and also, “We were in there on fire.”
Taylor Swift, Fearless - Taylor's version (April 9): The singer re-recorded her most loved and sold album in order to have the rights over it. It will include 26 song, 6 of which have never been released. You go, girl !
Greta Van Fleet, The Battle At Garden’s Gate (April 16th): Josh Kiszka (lead singer) told RollingStone about the new album “This is a world with the ancient civilizations in it, just like our own parallel universe, really. It’s an analogy. Each song is a theme.”. We can only guess there will be a trippy side to this album !
Weezer, Van Weezer (May 7th): Initially announced for May 2020, Van Weezer suffered the coronavirus pandemic faith. For this album, the band said in a statement “The inspiration for this album derives from the deepest roots of Weezer — metal!”.
Rumoured and To Be Announced
Luckily, the list doesn’t end here - there are many release dates to be announced, as well as rumoured albums.
Drake, Certified Lover Boy: announced in April 2020, the album is expected in the upcoming months - and even in January, as the rumours say.
Bleachers: the group has released two singles (one of them featuring Bruce Springsteen) and the album is set to drop in 2021.
Lorde: the singer stated she had started sessions with Jack Antonoff before the coronavirus pandemic - and rumours say we should see the results in 2021!
Cardi B: the singer stated on her twitter in 2020 that new music is on the way - maybe that means 2021 ?
Billie Eilish: in October 2020, Billie Eilish told Vanity Fair “We've been working and I love them all [the songs].”. And this is enough to give her fans hope for a new album in 2021.
Sky Ferreira, Masochism: after multiple delays for this second album (initially announced for 2015), we have hopes that Masochism will be released in 2021.
Adele: drummer Matt Chamberlain stated “I just got to work on some new music for Adele.” last December.
Arcade Fire: with their new song “Generation A” released in November 2020, a new album for 2021 doesn’t sound unrealistic (at least, we hope so!).
Sources: RollingStone/NME/Revolver Mag/Kerrang/VanityFair/The Sun/Artists social media
Photos: Taylor Swift/Unsplash/Travis Shinn/Courtesy of the artist
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