Albums to come in 2020

A look ahead at some of the biggest albums coming your way in 2020.

2020 may not be panning out exactly as we expected, but thankfully, musicians have been getting us through these tough times with some excellent abum releases. 

Below are more than 30 albums still to be released this year to get excited abut. 

Deep Purple

Release date: August 7

Rock veterans Deep Purple were due to release their 21st studio album Whoosh! on June 12 but have postponed the release by two months to August 7. With a chart history spanning 50 years, Deep Purple scored their first UK Top 10 album in 30 years with their last album Infinite in 2017.

BTS

Release date: August 7

BTS' Korean language albums have an impressive UK chart track record, with two of them going Number 1 and three more reaching the Top 20, how will their new Japanese language album fare? Map of the Soul: 7 - The Journey is available on CD plus three limited variant boxsets from August 7.

Biffy Clyro

Release date: August 14

Biffy Clyro are back - and expect them to be louder than ever before. In an interview with Kerrang! about their new record, called A Celebration of Endings, frontman Simon Neil said: "Well, it’s Biffy 2020, motherfuckers! This is a record that only our band could make, I think. After doing the Unplugged album, we realised we weren’t at that stage yet as a band. We loved doing the Unplugged tour, but I think if anything it made us fall in love with noise again.” The album's lead single Instant History suggest this could be their most pop leaning collection yet.

Rumer 

Release date: August 14

Rumer has taken on songs by country music legend Hugh Prestwood for her fifth studio album. Tracks including June It's Gonna Happen, The Song Remembers When and Hard Times For Lovers are a perfect match for her Karen Carpenter-esque voice.

The Killers

Release date: August 21

They've topped the Official Albums Chart with all five of the previous studio albums and The Killers will be hoping to hit Number 1 yet again with Imploding the Mirage, which is currently awaiting a new release date following its original May 29 date. Lead singer Brandon Flowers hinted in an NME interview that this one might be a bit more synthy than recent releases. Lead single Caution features ex Fleetwood Mac member Lindsay Buckingham on guitar, and the album will feature k.d. lang, Weyes Blood’s Natalie Mering, Lucius, Blake Mills, and the War On Drugs’ Adam Granduciel on keyboard.

Declan McKenna

Release date: August 21

London singer-songwriter Declan McKenna says his second album, titled Zeroes, is inspired by the "raw" rock sounds of the 70s, including Bob Dylan, Waterboys and Crosby, Stills and Nash. 

Disclosure 

Release date: August 28

Sibling production duo Disclosure return with their first proper album in five years in August, titled ENERGY. As always, they are delivering on the interesting collaborations - Kelis, Slowthai, Kehlani and Common are just some of the artists featured. 

PVRIS

Release date: August 28

PVRIS' second album All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell was their commercial breakthrough and peaked at Number 4 on the Official Albums Chart The US rock trio will hope to score more success with Use Me.

"PVRIS is a unit and very much a team, but the heart and soul of the vision and music always has sourced from me,” lead singer Lynn Gunn said. "I’m just saying it now. I fulfilled my own vision of what a role model should be."

Katy Perry

Release date: August 28

Katy Perry’s fifth studio album doesn't have a title or a tracklisting yet, but if lead single Daisies is anything to go by, expect it to be a reflective, life-affirming record - particularly as Katy is expecting her first child imminently. New track titles confirmed for the album include Teary Eyed and What Makes A Woman.

Hurts 

Release date: September 4

Hurts' new record Faith will feature their "most visceral, personal songwriting" ever. "Raw, claustrophobic cut of electronic pop" lead single Suffer is out now.

IDLES

Release date: September 25

Bristol band IDLES return with their third album, titled Ultra Mono, this September. It's lead track Grounds is blistering, righteous rock that displays a confident step forward in their sound that almost captures the feeling of a hip-hop record.

Roisin Murphy

Release date: September 25

Roisin Murphy has picked up on the disco-inspired sounds of her popular 2007 album Overpowered for her new record, the brilliantly-titled Roisin Machine. The collection will feature recent singles Incapable and Murphy's Law - both slinky and highly sophisticated disco. We've already heard this one and can confirm it's an absolute stomper.

Bon Jovi

Release date: October 2

Jersey rock veterans Bon Jovi are back with their signature anthemic stadium rock on their fifteenth album, called Bon Jovi: 2020. Referring to their last record, released in 2016, Jon Bon Jovi said: "This House Is Not For Sale dealt with a lot of personal matters, and now it’s behind us. So, 2020 – of course, it’s an election year, but more importantly, it’s that I have clear vision going forward."

Originally pencilled in for May 15, the album is now coming out on October 2. Jon told Howard Stern in an interview that he "wrote a new song, because of this pandemic, that I’m gonna add to the record, now that that’s delayed." Singles American Reckoning, Unbroken and Limitless are out now.

The Hunna

Release date: October 2

Hertfordshire rockers The Hunna have scored two Top 20 albums to date and look to secure a third, and potentially an inaugural Top 10 with I'd Rather Die Than Let You In. Both previous albums 100 and Dare peaked at Number 2 on the Official Vinyl Albums Chart.

Blackpink

Release date: October 2

Blackpink will be well and truly in your area when they release their debut Korean studio album Blackpink: The Album on October 2. The collection was trailed by UK Top 20 single How You Like That and is hot on the heels of their Lady Gaga collaboration Sour Candy.

Melanie C

Release date: October 2

Melanie C is releasing her first solo album in four years, a self-titled collection, on October 2 - and its set to be stacked with floorfillers. It was preceded by the singles Who I Am, High Heels and In And Out Of Love. Physical format fans can get excited too, the album is being released on cassette and violet coloured vinyl.

Lana Del Rey

Release date: October 2

Lana Del Rey had been talking about releasing a spoken word album for quite a while, and now more details have been revealed. Originally slated for a January 4 release but delayed after her family home was burgled, Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass is Lana's first poetry collection, out October 2. Lana has once again reunited with her longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff. 

Travis

Release date: October 9

Scottish rock band Travis release their ninth studio album and first in four years, titled 10 Songs, in October via BMG. Recorded at London's RAK studios and co-produced by frontman Fran Healy and Robin Baynton (Coldplay, Florence & The Machine), the record sees Matt taking the reigns on songwriting across the whole album for the first time since their 2003 album 12 Memories.

Sophie Ellis Bextor

Release date: October 23

Sophie Ellis Bextor made the most of lockdown with her Kitchen Disco livestreams, and now a new album and tour have been birthed as a result of Sophie's at-home performances.

Songs From The Kitchen Disco features a new song (coming soon) plus "all of Sophie's biggest and best-known disco hits" and will be available on CD, blue vinyl, pink vinyl, purple cassette and pink cassette.

Nothing But Thieves

Release date: October 23

With two Top 10 albums under their belts, Nothing But Thieves are back with album three Moral Panic this Autumn. The Southend band have improved on their best chart position with each release - could third time be the charm to bag their first Number 1? Singles Real Love Song and Is Everybody Going Crazy are available to download and stream now.

Kylie Minogue

Release date: November 6

After going yeehaw-lite with the country-tinged Golden in 2018, Kylie is returning to what she loves - disco with her new album called... well, DISCO.

Kylie described the set's lead single Say Something as "this gigantic song and yet it's very heartfelt at the same time" while promising its music video will be "galactic disco". She's been in the studio with longtime writing partner Biff Stannard, plus German and Italian DJs Mousse T and Alex Gaudino, plus French producer Mirwais, famous for his work with Madonna.

Little Mix

Release date: TBA

After much debate about whether to continue releasing albums or just stick to singles, we're pleased to report Little Mix are pressing ahead with a sixth album, which is expected to be released this year. We had a chat with Jesy about the record back in March around the release of their single Break Up Song, to which she said: "We’ve got the whole album now, we just need to finish it off. We’ve recorded about eight songs, so we’re about halfway through recording. Break Up Song isn’t really an indication of what the album sounds like though – the album isn’t ‘80s. We’ve just got loads of really sick songs on there.”

Sam Smith

Release date: TBA

Sam Smith managed to score the biggest debut album of the 2010s with Number 1 album In the Lonely Hour, and its follow-up The Thrill of it All also hit the top in 2017. Sam has gone back to their dancier roots since, with Calvin Harris collaboration Promises going to Number 1. Normani collab Dancing With a Stranger, How Do You Sleep?, a cover of Donna Summer's I Feel Love and Demi Lovato collab I'm Ready suggested Sam's third album could be set on the dancefloor. 

However the album - originally titled To Die For - was pushed back amid the coronavirus pandemic and was to be renamed. However now, the album pre-order has been pulled, suggesting the record has been shelved altogether. Sam did say in a statement that "there will be an album this year, I promise", so here's hoping.

Kendrick Lamar

Release date: TBA

Kendrick Lamar was booked band busy for 2020, set to headline both Glastonbury and BST Hyde Park before their cancellations due to coronavirus. New music was rumoured to arrive with the high profile festival slots, but has seemingly been pushed back.

Thundercat has confirmed he was worked on the album, while Billboard columnist Bill Werde tweeted that recording of the album was finished in January with Kendrick "pulling in more rock sounds".

OneRepublic

Release date: TBA

OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder told us in an interview that they planned to release two albums in 2020, with new record Human dropping in the near future. The band's fifth studio album won't be arriving as soon as expected now however. Originally set for May 8, Human has been postponed "due to the current circumstances requiring us to distance ourselves from each other and you."

The band are using the self isolation process to make new music, with current single Better Days written and recorded during lockdown as an impromptu addition to the album.

Janet Jackson

Release date: TBA

Pop megastar Janet Jackson will release her 12th studio album Black Diamond later in 2020.

"Black Diamonds are the toughest of all the diamonds, the hardest to cut," said Janet on her Instagram. "I see that as the hardest to hurt or destroy. There is a lot that I have endured. I see myself as a Black Diamond in its purest form. I’m a rock, I have ruff edges but I keep moving forward. I want to show you my strength as well as give you strength."

Kanye West

Release date: TBA

Kanye West's 10th studio album God's Country will be released later this year, and was trailed by the lead single Wash Us In The Blood ft. Travis Scott. Kanye's latest two solo albums Ye and Jesus Is King reached Number 2 on the Official Albums Chart.

Alicia Keys

Release date: TBA

Alicia Keys' seventh studio album, titled ALICIA, features modern soul-groove singles Show Me Love, Time Machine and Underdog. The collection was originally slated for a March release, then May, and now... we're not entirely sure. Alicia last scored an Official Albums Chart Top 10 in early 2010 when The Element of Freedom became her only chart-topping album. Can she score another?

Melanie C 

Release date: TBA

Mel C has been putting the final touches to her new album in lockdown, the fruits of which so far - Who I Am and Blame It On Me - have been euphoric, electronic dance-pop.

Texas

Release date: TBA

Scottish music royalty Texas are currently prepping their 11th studio album Hi. Their first collection in lockdown was in the mastering stage in May according to Alistair Norbury, president of the band's record label BMG.

Cardi B

Release date: TBA

2018's Invasion of Privacy showed Cardi B was a force to be reckoned with and its follow-up is likely to be an even bigger event. Cardi's told fans on an Instagram Live broadcast that the album will be named after world-famous golf champion Tiger Woods, but later clarified she was just joking – although she did admit "but I kinda like it too", so who knows?! No concrete release date yet, but she recently announced on Instagram the project was ready to go.