Albums to look forward to in 2017

A rundown of the big releases coming this year, including Katy Perry, Harry Styles, Lorde and Shania Twain (!).

It's the beginning on a new year, which means there's loads of upcoming releases to get excited about in 2017. Here's what we know so far...

Liam Gallagher

Oasis' frontman tweeted in January 2016 about being adverse the idea of a solo career. "Solo record are you f**king tripping dickhead im not a cu** LG X". Fast forward to August 2016 and Liam had a change of heart it seems. He tweeted: "It's official I'm a cu** LG X". At least he doesn't take himself too seriously.

In an interview with Q in late 2016, Liam said he would rather look at his new material (confirming it exists) not so much as a solo career, and more songs that he has written that we would like to see released. Whatever Liam defines it as, we're excited to hear it.

Niall Horan

1D are still on that hiatus, and now it's time for the solo material! Niall Horan scored a Top 10 with his debut solo single This Town at the back end of 2016, and his first album promises to follow in a similar vein. Inspired by childhood faves Fleetwood Mac and Crosby, Stills & Nash, Niall has been working with session musicians to create an album with a "folk-with-pop feel", although it won't all be laid-back and romantic like his first single. "Some of the songs are heavier than others," claims Niall, which should satisfy a banger-hungry crowd. It's expected this summer.

Harry Styles

Harry may have been a little slow off the mark but his solo album is coming at last, following the debut of his first single Sign of the Times on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show. Harry's first solo offering was said to have a "70s British rock" sound, not a million miles away from David Bowie and Queen. And that was a really, good description - on the button in fact! Following performances on The Graham Norton Show and Saturday Night Live, the track went straight in at Number 1 in the UK.

Hazza's self-titled album has been produced by Jeff Bhasker who's worked with a host of big names, including the Rolling Stones, Mark Ronson, Kanye West and P!nk. The LP will be released on May 12, and features the track Ever Since New York which was also performed on SNL.

Zayn

He's already got one album under his belt, but Zayn isn't letting the grass grow. The follow-up to his debut solo set Mind Of Mine is coming this year, and we have already had a taste of what to expect with his PARTYNEXTDOOR collaboration Still Got Time. Nicki Minaj is confirmed to be appearing thanks to a sneaky play of their collaboration at an event, and producer Malay has said in an interview that Zayn will also be singing in Urdu on at least one track.

Charli XCX

It sounds like After the Afterparty is just the tip of the iceberg with Charli XCX's forthcoming third set. "It’s going to be the most pop thing, and the most electronic thing I’ve done," said Charli in a recent interview. Known collaborators include PC-music star SOPHIE and legendary pop producers Stargate. The album is slated for a September release, which could be explained by the fact she's been writing with other musicians for their material, such as Blondie! While she is waiting to drop her next record, Charli cheekily put out her Number 1 Angel mixtape in March.

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London Grammar

London Grammar kicked off 2017 in style by breaking their long, long (long) silence by a releasing a brand new track, the stunning Rooting For You, while Big Picture followed and Oh Woman Oh Man debuted not too long after. Their 2013 debut If You Wait peaked at Number 2 on the Official Albums Chart and was a mainstay in the Top 100, logging 106 weeks to date. Expect the follow-up to arrive in the first half of 2017.

Lorde

Turning 20 is a big deal for most of us, leaving our teenage years behind, and Lorde took the opportunity to head over to Facebook and let us know that her second album would be coming in 2017.

Single Green Light followed, with the reveal that the album would be entitled Melodrama with artwork painted by Sam McKinniss. She also released the instant grat track Liability after debuting it on Saturday Night Live.

As for personnel, Joel Little, who produced Lorde's debut Pure Heroine, will be on board, and Jack Antonoff of Bleachers and fun. is said to have worked on the whole album. According to Lorde, the album's lyrics are "the best I've written in my life". 

It's slated for release on 16 June.

Katy Perry

Prism came out back in 2013, but Katy is putting the finishing touches to her fourth album. Whether they'll make the final album or not we can't say, but Katy has been collaborating with Rudimental's DJ Locksmith and Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee, and she has been teasing lots of songs on Instagram.

We also know that Katy has worked with Sia, the co-writer for her most recent Top 10 single, the Max Martin-produced Chained to the Rhythm. Judging by Twitter stickers released to promote #KP4, The Chainsmokers, Chance the Rapper and Ariana Grande will also feature on the collection.

Halsey

After her huge Number 1 with the Chainsmokers, Halsey is ready for pop domination with the follow-up to her debut Badlands. hopeless fountain kingdom (she's not a fan of capital letters!) is set for release on June 2, and Halsey has been working with some big hitmakers – Greg Kurstin, Major Lazer and Benny Blanco are among the collaborators. The first track from the LP was Now Or Never and charted within the Official Singles Chart Top 100.

Justin Timberlake

We can't complain too much about how long it's been since Justin Timberlake's last album – he did release two in 2013, after all. JT returned last year with Can't Stop The Feeling, from the Trolls soundtrack, and it seems the follow-up to The 20/20 Experience will be on the same vibe.

Talking to Variety, Justin said: "If 20/20 sounded like it literally surrounds your entire head, this stuff feels more like it just punches you between the eyes". Sounds like one assault we can get behind. Justin has worked with – who else? – Pharrell and it'll be coming out… well, when Justin is ready. You know what he's like.

Lana Del Rey

No release date yet, but Lana's fifth album has a title – Lust For Life – a lead single, Love, and some cover art! Longtime collaborator Rick Nowels has been on board and the album is thought to be more upbeat than Lana's previous efforts. Lana's previous collabs with The Weeknd led to them working together again on the title track.

Blondie

The veteran rockers are gearing up for the release of their eleventh studio album Pollinator, which is out May 5. There are some high profile collaborations and writing credits, including Blood Orange, Sia, Nick Valensi from the Strokes, the Smiths' Johnny Marr and Charli XCX! Singles Fun and Long Time give a taste of what we can expect – and it sounds gooood! The instant grat tracks My Monster and Fragments were also premiered to whet fans' appetites just that bit more.

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Royal Blood

Royal Blood's self-titled debut went straight in at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart, an impressive feat for the Brighton rock duo. New album How Did We Get So Dark? will arrive rather soon, hitting online and actual stores on June 16. The BRIT Award winners hit the Official Singles Chart Top 100 with the lead single Lights Out.

Christina Aguilera

Xtina's first album in five years is likely to be on its way in 2017. Christina has been in the studio on and off since 2015, with known collaborators to include Da Internz, Elle King and fellow The Voice coach Pharrell Williams. Christina is looking to go deep on this one, saying: "It’s genuine and it’s heartfelt and I’m very excited to pour my heart out into this record fully".

No confirmed title or release date yet, though last year she teamed up with Nile Rodgers on the disco-infused Telepathy for Netflix show The Get Down. An full album of these wouldn't go amiss, would it?

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In February, Christina tweeted that "finishing touches to my heart" were being made, and she told a delighted crowd in Mexico that the album was definitely coming in 2017.

Kelly Clarkson

Also heading back to where they started is Kelly Clarkson, who has a new record deal and will be returning to the R&B and soul that brought her fame on American Idol. It sounds like she's thinking big, in a recent interview she reminisced: "I sang all these Aretha things, I love Tina, I love Mariah, I love Whitney". It's likely we'll get to hear the results this June.

Shania Twain

Da-da-da-daaah-da-da-da – let's go girls! No, seriously, Shania is coming back, a whopping FIFTEEN years since last album Up!. She's been fairly busy touring, not to mention her Vegas residency, but now Shania is ready to share her new material. Taking inspiration from her divorce, the album - which is not yet named - will be a mixture of melancholy ballads and uplifting anthems. It'll be out in September.

According to Rolling Stone, some confirmed song titles are Who's Gonna Be Your Girl? and Swinging With My Eyes Closed. Neither of those are the lead single though, that honour goes to Life's About To Get Good which will debut in June.

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Haim

The sisterly trio had a worldwide hit with their 2013 debut Days Are Gone, and they collaborated with Calvin Harris and were rumoured to be writing with Taylor Swift. Now they're looking to get back to basics.

The album's only contributions from outside the holy Haim trinity are from Ariel Rechtshaid, who worked on Days Are Gone, and Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmangli. Their sophomore effort was supposed to be out last autumn, and they premiered new songs in live performances, but it's definitely coming in summer 2017. They swear. Here's a tweet they posted in the studio to prove it:

Pink

Her Alice In Wonderland Grammy-nominated soundtrack single Just Like Fire was a hit across the globe last year, but something interrupted Pink's 2016 album plans - the birth of her second child Jameson Moon Hart, who arrived on Boxing Day. While there's not much info on her next project, she did release a GRAMMY Award-nominated duet with US country star Kenny Chesney. Expect the record in the second half of the year.  

Miley Cyrus

Miley is definitely working on the follow-up to Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz, which was released as a free download following her VMAs hosting gig in 2015.

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She's shared pics of her slightly bonkers – but very Miley – studio setup, and execs from her record label have hinted there is a record to come from her this year. 

Sean Paul

It doesn't really feel like his Duttyness has been away too long, thanks to his mega collab with Sia, Cheap Thrills, plus his cameo on Clean Bandit's Christmas Number 1 Rockabye, but it's been nearly five years since he was last in the Official Albums Chart. Two tracks are already out there: the Top 10 hit No Lie, feat. Dua Lipa, and Tek Weh Yuh Heart feat. Tory Lanez, giving a good indication of what's to come.

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Fergie

Yep, Fergie Ferg is finally coming back – and she knows she's kept you waiting. On Instagram, Fergie apologised for the delay of her long-awaited second solo album. "I’ve got a kid and a husband and I just need to sleep and I just really cared about it." Fergie promises this record will be personal and would include reggae, pop, hip-hop and retro influences. Lead single MILF$ sure got everyone talking, and Charlie Puth says he's worked on music for it. Oh, and the title? What else? In homage to Fergie's debut, it's Double Dutchess.

Tinashe

Tinashe has been here and there for a while, notably on Snakehips' All My Friends in early 2016 and this year's guest spot on Tinie Tempah's Text From Your Ex, but her debut album Aquarius was released way back in 2014. Fans were given a taste of what was to come with recent mixtape Nightride, and full album Joyride should be on its way in 2017. According to Tinashe, the album "feels like an adventure, a journey, a ride. The album is inspiring, exciting, dangerous, adventurous, explosive!" With the recent premiere of new song Flame, it looks like we're on our way.

Gorillaz

The animated heroes' fifth album is on its way at the end of April. Co-creator and artist Jamie Hewlett says the set, entitled Humanz, will be "really f*ckin' special", The first taste came with the Benjamin Clementine-featuring Hallelujah Money in January. The list of collaborators is typically eclectic and impressive, taking in legends and new stars. Grace Jones, Rag'n'Bone Man, Noel Gallagher(!), De La Soul, Carly Simon and RAY BLK are just a few of those big names. The band played the album in full at a secret gig for fans – the signs are good FYI – and have released teasers of most tracks. We get to hear the full thing on April 28.

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TLC

The iconic '90s R&B stars have only released one album since the death of original member Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes in 2001, but they are now ready to release the follow-up to 2002's 3D. Following a Kickstarter campaign, the album was pegged for a June 30 release, although no title has been picked yet – in fact, the band are asking fans to help choose one.

The band will play their first ever live show in the UK in May, and they'll have a new single to belt out. Way Back, ft Snoop Dogg was released in April. 

Arcade Fire

Their last album featured David Bowie of all people on backing vocals and hit Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart, so we're doing a happy dance at the thought of the Canadian group's next record. The first taste of new material was I Give You Power, released to coincide with President Trump's inauguration on January 19. With lyrics like "I give you power, but I can take it away", it looks like they'll be turning heads with Album 5.

Kylie Minogue

2017 will see Kylie release her 14th studio album on a new label, after signing with BMG after 16 years at Parlophone. The head of her new label has said they "want to make a great, big, classic Kylie pop record". She's been spotted in the studio with the Invisible Men, who've penned tracks for Zayn, Jonas Blue, Britney and Bebe Rexha.

Camila Cabello

What do you mean "already"? No point hanging about in the world of pop, where a month is a lifetime. Fresh from waving off the rest of Fifth Harmony, Camila is expected to release her first solo single proper in the spring, with the debut album to follow. She's already had a taste of going it alone, just missing the UK Top 40 with her feature slot on Shawn Mendes' I Know What You Did Last Summer and more recently on Machine Gun Kelly's Bad Things, and Pitbull's Hey Ma, so she's looking good to crack it for herself in 2017.

Sky Ferreira

Coming three years after cult hit debut Night Time My Time, Sky's next album was announced with a Playboy photoshoot which Sky herself directed. masochism promises to be a big progression for Sky. Speaking to Billboard, Sky said:"I think the album will be a little heavier. It’s not going to be an electronic album completely – it’s going to be a blend of everything." Ariel Rechtshaid and Justin Raisen, who worked on her debut, will be back on board, along with new collaborators including Primal Scream.

 

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