A list of albums delayed due to coronavirus

Music artists are being forced to postpone their upcoming albums amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Music acts are being forced to push back or postpone album releases they had scheduled in for the coming months. 

The current climate means artists are unable to conduct their full promotional schedules - including radio, TV and other public appearances - leading several acts to delay the release of their upcoming records.

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Another big factor is the closure of HMV, who announced they were temporarily shutting their doors from March 22 amid these "unprecedented times". Read HMV's full statement here

HMV, along with major supermarkets, are among the leading retailers for CD and vinyl in the UK. Supermarkets have stated they are currently not prioritising entertainment products in their shops. 

Below is a list of acts postponing their upcoming albums.

Now That's What I Call Music! 105

New release date: May 8

The quarterly release of a new Now! compilation has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, originally slated for release on April 18. A statement from Now Music said they have delayed the release of the 105th edition of is series (and the accompanying reissue of Now 5) due to retailers "understandably not prioritising entertainment products at this difficult time". 

Alicia Keys - Alicia

New release date: May 15

Alicia tweeted about the delay of her album and tour on March 20, saying that "everyone’s health and safety is the #1 priority! Thank u for ur deep love, I’ll let u know about new dates soon. Stay powerful! I adore u."

The 1975 - Notes On A Conditional Form

New release date: May 22

The 1975 were originally scheduled to release Notes On A Conditional Form in May 2019, but revised plans meant the album was pencilled in for February 2020 instead. Ensuring the vinyl was ready saw the album be pushed back to April 24, and now due to Coronavirus, the band's fourth studio album will be coming out on May 22.

Alanis Morissette - Such Pretty Forks In The Road 

Alanis' ninth studio album and first in eight years was originally scheduled for May 1. Fans won't have to wait much longer for it - it's now out on May 22. 

Prince reissues

New release date: May 29

Four Prince titles were to arrive on vinyl for the very first time on April 17 have been pushed back by over a month.

One Nite Alone..., the 4 LP set One Nite Alone…Live! and the double LP One Nite Alone: The Aftershow…It Ain't Over! will be pressed on Prince's signature purple wax, while The Rainbow Children will get a crystal clear pressing.

Willie Nelson - First Rose of Spring

New release date: July 3

Fans of country music legend Willie Nelson will have to wait a little longer to hear his new album. First Rose of Spring was originally due on April 24 but will now come out on July 3.

DMA's - The Glow

New release date: July 10

Sydney trio DMA’S have announced their new album will not arrive on April 24 as previously scheduled. "Due to everything that’s going on, we have had to postpone its release,” the band said. “All pre-orders will be honoured and sent out for the new date, and despite the delay [in] the release, we will have new music for you soon – stay safe."

The Pretenders - Hate For Sale

New release date: July 17

The 11th studio album from the Chrissie Hynde-fronted band has been pushed back from May 1 "due to retail and shipment restrictions relating to Covid-19".

Lady Gaga - Chromatica

New release date: TBA

Lady Gaga's sixth album was due out on April 10 but has been postponed, with no new date given except for a "2020 release". "It just doesn't feel right to me to release this album with all that is going on with this global pandemic," she said in a statement. "Instead I prefer that we spend this time focusing on finding solutions." Gaga's run of Vegas shows between April and May have been called off, though her Chromatica Ball shows this summer are still on schedule.

Sam Smith - Title TBA

New release date: TBA

Sam has used this unusual period to rethink their upcoming third album, which was originally titled To Die For but will now be renamed. "I have done a lot of thinking the last few weeks and feel that the title of my album and its imminent release doesn't feel right," they said. "I've come to the decision to continue working on the album and make some important changed and additions." No word on the new title or a release date, but Sam assured it will be out this year and they will continue to release music in the coming months. 

Haim - Women In Music Pt. III

New release date: TBA

Haim have pushed back the release of their third studio album, which was originally due out on April 24. In a statement online the trio said the record will be out "later this summer". "This wasn't an easy decision for us all," the said. "We can't wait to reschedule everything we had in mind for you all and we can't wait to see you on the road when it's 100% safe to do so. In the meantime, we are going to be dropping some new tunes."

Liam Gallagher - MTV Unplugged

New release date: TBA

Scheduled for release on April 24, the vinyl pressing of Liam Gallagher's recent MTV Unplugged live album has been delayed, Liam announced on Twitter.

"As soon as the manufacturer is back in action we‘ll schedule a new date. I’ll keep you posted. Wash yer hands, scrub yer toes, scratch yer bum and pick yer nose," the Oasis vocalist told fans.


New releases date: TBA

Having recently dropped her new single Toxic, R&B star Kehlani has since told fans her new album is on hold. "I had a release date," she said on Twitter. "We're unable to complete any of our plans or move forward with the album at the moment due to the pandemic. Not thinking about music at the moment, focused on how to just be a good citizen to society at this time. Stay safe luv y’all".


New release date: TBA

The biggest boyband in the Latin-pop world have announced they are delaying their upcoming third studio album. In a livestream, the band said the album - which was expected as early as this month, is postponed as they are unable to finish recording.