Albums to look forward to in 2017

A rundown of the big releases coming this year, including Liam Gallagher, HAIM and Shania Twain (!).

We're now halfway through 2017 and already we've had some big records from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Zara Larsson, Harry Styles and Drake, to name but a few. But what about the rest of the year? Well, there's loads still to come...

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.

Lead single Wall Of Glass has been met with heaps of praise from fans and critics; fingers crossed the rest of the album can live up to 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.

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. Oh, and the boss of Zayn's label (RCA) has been praising the collection, saying it shows a "lot of growth". 

Charli XCX

Following her recent mixtape Number 1 Angel, featuring single After the Afterparty, Charli is back to work on her next album proper. "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!

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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's also released the instant grat track Liability after debuting it on Saturday Night Live and Sober.

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.

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

Lana's fifth album is coming in July and we've heard two tracks so far – Love, and the title track Lust For Life, feat. The Weeknd (her recent track Coachella - Woodstock On My Mind is said to be a one-off release that won't feature on this album).

Longtime collaborator Rick Nowels has been on board and she recently told the BBC that she is "in a good mood" at the moment and "wanted to make songs I'd have fun singing for the next couple of years. She also said in the interview that the collection was "currently" 18 tracks long. Her opus is coming. 

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 and recently released teaser song I Only Lie When I Love You.

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 with sophomore album Something To Tell You.

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. The collection is released on July 7, and initial signs are promising: The first single is Want You Back sees them pick up neatly where their debut left off, while Right Now is also well worth a listen.

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, in an short interview with Radio 1 to promote her feature alongside Sia on Stargate's Waterfall she said she was recording and sifting out the best ones. Expect the record in the second half of the year.  

Miley Cyrus

Miley is finally 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.

First single from the new album is the Top 20 hit Malibu, a "breezy love song" to her partner Liam Hemsworth, and it looks like we can expect more of the same from the album. Miley's finally hung up her deelyboppers and put her tongue away (sadly).

Of the new album Miley said: "This record is a reflection of the fact that yes, I don’t give a f*ck, but right now is not a time to not give a f*ck about people. I’m ­giving the world a hug and saying, ‘Hey, look. We’re good — I love you.’ And I hope you can say you love me back."

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.

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. The LPs lead single Everything Now was released on June 2.

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.

DJ/producer/songwriter has also told us that he's been working on a single for Kylie with The Invisible Men. Read the full interview here

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 debut album, called The Hurting, The Healing, The Loving in September. 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.

The album's lead single, Crying In The Club, was co-written by hitmaker Sia, trailed by a fiery performance on Britain's Got Talent. 

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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