Saturday, January 03, 2015

Looking into the future: most anticipated albums of 2015

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Instep rounds up the most anticipated albums of 2015

The music industry may be more fragmented than ever before, but there are still a number of artists that enjoy massive global popularity. Here are some of the performers whose upcoming releases are among the most anticipated albums of 2015:

“Bye bye 25... See you again later in the year,” Adele tweeted on her 26th birthday in May last year, and you can hardly blame us for collectively jumping to the conclusion that her new album was going to be called 25 and would be released in 2014; after all, her previous albums, 19 and 21, were both named after her age when she worked on the respective records. But 2014 has now bid us farewell and there’s still no sign of the singer’s elusive follow-up to her massively successful sophomore disc. Speculation has it that 2015 will finally see the release of 25, if that is indeed the album’s title, and we can hardly wait.

Whether you see the Rebel Heart leaks as a malicious breach or as a PR stunt, the fact remains that the episode has generated a lot of publicity for Madonna’s record and has garnered it even more attention than it already had. The actual, finished version of the album is now slated to be released in March this year. Until then, we’ll try our best not to judge the album by its demos.

Rihanna released a record almost every year from 2005 to 2012, with 2008 being the only exception. The wait for her eighth album has, however, been longer than usual. RiRi has been teasing the release of her upcoming disc with the “R8” hashtag and is expected to unveil the set soon.

Their fans can’t wait for them to release their next album. Their detractors can’t wait for them to release their final album. The interests of both these camps might collide when A Head Full of Dreams comes out this year. This will be Coldplay’s seventh record, and Chris Martin has suggested that it might be the group’s last release. Nothing is set in stone though. For now, you can look forward to another set of Coldplay songs making its way to your ears sometime later this year.

David Gilmour
We’re still recovering from the fact that there will never be another Pink Floyd album ever again, with 2014’s The Endless River serving as their final release together. We are, however, hoping for some solo releases from former members to help us cope with our pain, like David Gilmour’s fourth solo record that is likely to come out this year. Yes, we’ll take what we can get!

Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber was in the news for all the wrong reasons last year. Is a musical comeback on the cards for 2015? It sure looks like it, much to our disappointment. A joint album with Cody Simpson is reportedly in the works, and Beliebers can’t contain their excitement. For the rest of us … now would be a good time to order a pair of earplugs.

One Direction
Here’s what the One Direction discography looks like so far:
- Up All Night (November 2011)
- Take Me Home (November 2012)
- Midnight Memories (November 2013)
- Four (November 2014)
Will the world’s biggest pop group release their fifth record this November? Place your bets now, and feel free to book a vacation on the most distant inhabitable planet accordingly.

Mark Ronson
Thanks to the runaway success of ‘Uptown Funk’, not only have we been reminded of the fact that Mark Ronson still exists, but his new album Uptown Special has also had a major boost in interest. The disc will be out later this month, and features artists including Stevie Wonder, Andrew Wyatt, Mystikal, and Jeff Bhasker, as well as Bruno Mars who lends his vocals to the aforementioned single.

While we still haven’t quite forgiven Muse for their association with Twilight, we can’t help but be excited about their seventh album, as long as they promise they won’t have anything to do with 50 Shades of Grey. Their new record is currently in the works, and while there is no title or scheduled date yet, a 2015 release is considered likely.

Exit light, enter night! There’s a good chance a new Metallica record is on its way. The group has confirmed they’re working on their new album, which will be their first release since 2008’s Death Magnetic – presuming you’re not including Lulu (the album they did with Lou Reed), which you shouldn’t; in fact, let us make a pact to never bring that album up again. Deal?

Def Leppard
Because, you know, nostalgia. The new album is set to be unveiled this year, although no details have been made available yet.

U2 will be eager to chalk the Songs of Innocence release fiasco down to experience and move on from the debacle, and what better way can there be to redeem themselves than to release an album that the world won’t want to delete? The group has planned their Innocence + Experience Tour for 2015, which suggests that Innocence’s companion album Songs of Experience could be on its way to our music libraries soon; hopefully this time we won’t have to spend hours trying to figure out how to get rid of it!

Kanye West
Rumour has it that a new Kanye West album is imminent, and the release of his collaboration with Paul McCartney just a few days ago has only added more credence to the claim. At this point the return of focus to his music will be a much welcomed change in pace after the incessant tabloid coverage of him and his Mrs.

Laura Marling
The “master hunter” has been hard at work on the follow-up to 2013’s critically acclaimed Once I Was an Eagle. In just a few short months, we will have our hands on her new album Short Movie, which is slated for a March release, and that makes us very excited.

Bob Dylan
The folk legend has scheduled his thirty-sixth album Shadows in the Night for February 2015! The covers album will feature ten songs popularized by Frank Sinatra, including ‘I’m a Fool to Want You’, ‘Some Enchanted Evening’, and ‘Full Moon and Empty Arms’.

Limp Bizkit
Ok, so we’re looking forward to a new Limp Bizkit record just as much as we’re looking forward to increased load shedding during the summer, but it’s almost impossible to not have at least some sort of morbid curiosity about an album that is titled Stampede of the Disco Elephants. Admittedly, the title is hardly a shock coming from a band whose most successful album was called Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water, but what does an album that announces itself as a stampede of disco elephants even sound like? We’re waiting to find out … and dreading the reveal.

Loretta Lynn
We blame Jack White for making us fall in love with Loretta Lynn all over again, but it has been ten years since the celebrated country singer released the terrific Van Lear Rose (2004) and we haven’t had a new record from her ever since. Now it finally looks like the First Lady of Country Music is going to give us her first album in a decade. The record that is being helmed by Patsy Lynn Russell (her daughter) and John Carter Cash (Johnny Cash’s son) is likely to include new songs as well as updated versions of her classics.

Also on our radar: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Chemical Brothers, Fall Out Boy, Imagine Dragons, Kid Rock, Iron Maiden, Kelly Clarkson, Marina and the Diamonds, Hilary Duff, Victoria Justice, Fleetwood Mac, Frank Turner, Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding.

- By Sameen Amer

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