Madonna, Adele, Radiohead, Drake, Kanye West and more music to look forward to
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens and Avengers: Age of Ultron might be the most anticipated movies of 2015, but the music biz has some blockbusters in the pipeline, too. Adele returns to save the record industry with her feverishly anticipated third album, while Björk sends us another transmission from a galaxy far, far away (er, Iceland). Of course, we don’t know much of what is to come later in the year, but right now, here are our predictions for the best albums of 2015.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Chasing Yesterday March 3 As much as Noel pretends to hate Liam, we all know the inevitable Oasis reunion is one solo flop away. Thing is, Liam has been the one delivering the flops. Older brother Noel has been doing just fine. He’s always proven to be more adaptable to modernity (see his Chemical Brothers collaborations). Still, that Oasis is totally reuniting someday. Let’s say 2016.
Madonna – Rebel Heart March 10 The Queen of Pop has faced as many leaks as Sony in the past month. Hackers have dropped demos from Madonna’s 13th studio album, making it seem pretty unlucky so far. Some of those in-progress tracks were surfing the post-Avicii folk-EDM wave, unfortunately, but she swears those were rough. A good portion of the record is now available on iTunes, and while ‘Living for Love’ is her best single in ages, honestly, the house-heavy demo was more lively.
Marina and the Diamonds – Froot April 7 Like Charli XCX, this Brit is poised to finally blow up in the States. (Both opened for Coldplay at United Centre on the Mylo Xyloto tour in 2012.) There’s a lot more Kate Bush in the DNA of singer Marina Diamandis than in her peers. That has made the a critical favourite, but is she too smart for the room in America?
Adele TBA This is without a doubt the most anticipated album of the year, if not decade, especially for her record labels. The XL and Columbia accountants budget their entire business around the only bankable blockbuster who’s name is not Taylor Swift. The mega-pipes diva has been rumoured to be collaborating with everyone from Phil Collins to Damon Albarn on this follow-up to the 30-million-selling 21. No pressure.
Björk TBA It’s cute how critics compared FKA Twigs to Björk, but let’s be real. There is only one Björk. The Icelandic icon has a throat and imagination beyond compare. In October, the 49-year-old announced her ninth album would be out this year. She has been working with Venezuelan beat futurist Arca, who, yep, most recently worked with FKA Twigs.
Radiohead TBA Producer and quasi-member Nigel Godrich recently posted an image of Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood fiddling with an antique synthesizer, proving the band are at work on its ninth album. Little else is known, aside from the fact that the record will be a new direction, gorgeous and it’ll appear online out of nowhere.
Giorgio Moroder –74 Is the New 24 TBA The statement of the album title remains dubious, but this septuagenarian disco pioneer has proven to have some life in him yet. Daft Punk recharged his career, but the Italian is only as good as his collaborators these days. Here, he is teaming with Britney Spears, Sia, Charli XCX, Kylie Minogue, Foxes, Matthew Koma and more on a chart-seeking pop album.
Passion Pit Spring Michael Angelakos, a Brian Wilson for the digital age, completes a trilogy of sorts with an emotional album of love, happiness and marriage. After writing tunes for pop singers, his hook-crafting chops are sharper than ever, and that inimitable falsetto is out front over giddy electronic pop, funk and R&B.
Kanye West TBA While there’s still no release date for the seventh upcoming studio album, there are rumours that it is co-produced by Sir Paul McCartney. Presumably the album will also feature the Kanye and McCartney collaboration, ‘Only One’, which is a tribute to Kanye’s daughter North West, written from the perspective of his late mother, Donda. Other rumoured collaborations include Rihanna, Drake and Rick Rubin.
Drake – Views from the 6 Spring The Canadian rapper is expected to have great songs on this upcoming fourth album. Tracks such as ‘Heat of the Moment’ and ‘How About Now’ were dropped in October but are rumoured to be on the new release. If the success of his last album, Nothing Was The Same, is anything to go by, this one looks set to be huge.