Music acts long overdue a comeback

These guys seriously need to get on with it.

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: Robyn, Celine Dion, Friendly Fires and Madonna were a few the acts who decided to bless us with new music. That said, we've been thinking about those acts who, quite frankly, need to get a move on.

Katy B

It's four 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 was open to fans suggesting the direction of her next record back in December 2019; hopefully she is a bit further along with a follow-up than that now.

Kelis

Kelis graced us with her presence on The Masked Singer UK and recently reissued her game-changing debut album Kaleidoscope to celebrate its 20th anniversary, but we've heard rumblings that new music is also in the works. Kelis features on the opening track of Disclosure's upcoming album Energy (out August 28), called Watch Your Step - could that indicate a return to house-pop sound of her 2010 acclaimed Flesh Tone album? View Kelis's full Official UK Chart history so far.  

Daft Punk

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 seven 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.  

Rihanna 

An artist we never expected to appear in such a list given her near-annual run of releases between 2009 - 2012, it's now four-and-a-half 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 are a handful of in-the-studio clips and teasers from producers that an album is on the horizon.


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Adele

It's coming, right? Rumours swirled of a last-minute 2019 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. In a video of Adele at a wedding party back in February, the star told the guests to expect a new album in September - hopefully that's still the case. 

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, seven years on, the New Jersey emo band have reunited for a tour, most of which has been rescheduled for June 2021 due to coronavirus. They teased the possibility of new music in January - hopefully they're lining up to put out a new album alongside the shows. 

Diana Ross 

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; she's recently posted clips of previously unheard songs on her Instagram. The Supreme diva revealed during a US gig in 2019 that she has been talking to Mark Ronson about a new record - her first in 14 years - which would be a dream pairing, right? View Diana Ross's complete Official UK Chart history.

Britney Spears 

Britney's last album, 2016's Glory, was considered a, well, glorious return to form; but while there was talk last year of a follow-up from the record's chief collaborator Justin Tranter, no music has materialised yet. After dedicating the last year to brightening up our Instagram feed, here's hoping to some brand-new Britney in 2020.

Sade

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 2020 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."


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Sugababes

We're cheating a bit here, because Sugababes - and we're talking the original lineup, here - released a track last year, 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. This September also marks 20 years since they released their debut single Overload, and they've tentatively suggested new music is in the works. 

ABBA 

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 2020 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.

Leona Lewis 

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."

Who do you want to see on the comeback trail in 2020? Tell us in the comments below: