We know making music is hard work, and artists need a rest, but there are some artists we're starting to worry we'll never hear from again.
Last year offered up some glorious, long-awaited comebacks: AC/DC, Miley Cyrus, Alanis Morrissette, Lady Gaga and Bob Dylan, to name a few. That said, we've been thinking about those acts who, quite frankly, need to get a move on.
Lorde announced last May that she started working on her upcoming third album - her first since 2017's Melodrama - with hit producer Jack Antonoff (Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey). In a recent interview she said the record's title is inspired by her trip to Antartica in 2019. Encouragingly, she said of the record's progress: "The work is so f**king good, my friend. I am truly jazzed for you to hear it." View Lorde's Official Chart history in full.
It's approaching five years since Katy B released her third album and ode to clubbing Honey, and at this point, the sweet high has well and truly worn off. A glance at her Twitter shows she is promising us new music "very soon", so fingers crossed.
Daft Punk had huge hits with The Weeknd - Starboy and I Feel It Coming - in 2016, but their last album as a lead artist, Random Access Memories, was released eight years ago. The duo have a habit of taking their time between albums, but in the absence of any information on the elusive group, we can only hope they're readying something for release soon.
Bruno's last album 24k Magic was a huge success in 2016 - and kept us fed with hits until 2018 - but now we're ready for something new. His recent Instagram posts show he's more interested in promoting his own rum SelvaRey (and who could blame him?), but he's also very much aware he needs to get on it with it when it comes to new music.
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An artist we never expected to appear in such a list given her near-annual run of releases between 2009 - 2012, it's now five years since Rihanna's last album. Anti may not have been a Number 1 smash in the UK, but its rave reviews and 60-week run inside the UK Top 100 speaks for itself. She's batted away enquiries (often hilariously) about her ninth album as her journey to fashion and beauty mogul grows evermore powerful, but at the very least, there have been a handful of in-the-studio clips and teasers from producers that an album (or two?) is on the horizon.
It's coming, right? Rumours swirled of a last-minute 2020 release, but it seems Adele wasn't quite ready to press go on her fourth studio album. Since 2015's world-conquering 25 Adele has split from husband Simon Konecki, so expect that to influence her next record - whether it be in the form of a masterful breakup ballad or an uplifting anthem of renewed strength.
Has anyone checked in on Paolo Nutini recently? His last album, Caustic Love, was a massive Number 1 in 2014, and he's been pretty much off radar ever since.
My Chemical Romance
"When it's time, we stop". Those were five of the many words in My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way's lengthy and emotional statement announcing the band were splitting up on March 25, 2013. Now, eight years on, the New Jersey emo band have reunited for a tour, most of which has been rescheduled for June 2021 due to covid. They teased the possibility of new music last January - hopefully they're lining up to put out a new album alongside the shows.
Pre-coronavirus, the time felt ripe for new Diana Ross music, with a Glastonbury legends slot and extensive UK arena tour (rescheduled for 2021) on the horizon. Fingers crossed new music will materialise; last year she posted clips of previously unheard songs on her Instagram. The Supreme diva revealed during a US gig in 2019 that she has been in talks with Mark Ronson about a new record - her first in 15 years - which would be a dream pairing, right? View Diana Ross's complete Official UK Chart history.
Britney's last album, 2016's Glory, was considered a, well, glorious return to form; but while there was talk in 2019 of a follow-up from the record's chief collaborator Justin Tranter, no music has materialised yet, aside from a couple of previously unreleased tracks from the Glory sessions. After dedicating the last year to brightening up our Instagram feed, here's hoping to some brand-new Britney in 2021.
All signs are pointing towards a new Kendrick album in 2021. Explaining the lengthy wait (four years since 2017's Damn.), he told i-D that he has been creating an entirely new sound, explaining: "I spend the whole year just thinking about how I’m gonna execute a new sound." Pre-covid he was booked to play Glastonbury, suggesting he may have new music ready to go.
Sade are known for long gaps between albums, and it's now been a decade since 2010's Soldier Of Love. Before that, there was a ten years between Soldier Of Love and 2000's Lovers Rock, so could 2021 be the year they return? In July 2018, bandmate Stuart Matthewman told Rated R&B that the band were hard at work on their seventh studio album, adding: "When we're happy, then we'll let everyone else hear it."
We're cheating a bit here, because Sugababes - and we're talking the original lineup, here - released a track in 2019, a cover of Sweet Female Attitude's Flowers for the Garage Classical album. After briefly returning as Mutya Keisha Siobhan in 2013, the trio seem to have the Sugababes name back. Last September marked the 20th anniversary of their debut single Overload, and they've tentatively suggested new music is in the works.
When it comes to ABBA, we're starting to take this one personally. After announcing plans to release new music in April 2018 to tie in with their avatar (ABBAtar?) tour, delays with the project have pushed back the music. Several suggested release dates have come and gone, but 2021 has to be their year, right? Two song titles have been confirmed, I Still Have Faith In You and Don't Shut Me Down, and in a recent interview with Bjorn, they're not ruling an album out. After all the delays, it's the least they can do.
It's been five years since Leona's last album, I Am. Following her first foray into acting last year on US TV series Oath, Leona assured fans that new music will be coming... eventually. "I've just been enjoying getting back into my music and really having time to create and just been having fun with it," she said. "So definitely something, I'm not sure when. But I've been back in the studio just enjoying the creative process again."