The former One Direction member officially left boy band life behind in 2015 when he made his solo debut with the sultry, throbbing Mind of Mine. Expect to hear more of that R&B-influenced sound on his second record, along with some upbeat tracks in the style of the dancehall-inspired new single “Still Got Time.” “This album has a more optimistic tone to it after coming through that more challenging time,” RCA Records CEO Peter Edge says. “It shows a lot of growth.”
The 45 Most Anticipated Albums and Tours of Summer 2017: Zayn Malik (Title TBD. Release date TBD). Ariana Bacle for Entertainment Weekly.
If someone releasing their 3+ year old back catalogue threatens the sales of your upcoming album that is one of the most anticipated albums of the year and that someone is not mj, prince, the Beatles or Beyoncé then your album wasn’t gonna sell well in the first place.
i find it very ironic that stan tumblr/twitter claims that “no one wants to hear Taylor Swifts new album” when the media has literally made more headlines about what probably is the most anticipated album yet, then the amount of headlines their favs have made with THEIR own albums. it’s just really ironic.
We may be entering the home stretch of 2017, but there’s still plenty to look forward to in the music world before it’s officially calendar-shopping season. There’s pop comebacks aplenty – including one iconic artist releasing her first album in half a decade, and another dropping her first in a decade and a half – as well plenty of returns from the stars of ‘90s alt-rock, whether they come in their long-running incarnations, newly solo or recently Voltron’d. And of course, there’s one sleeping giant who is set for her triumphant return.
Here are Billboard’s 25 most anticipated albums of fall 2017.
Two weeks ago, when America’s inevitable next No. 1 song dropped like a meteor in the Great Lakes, a college friend posted on my Facebook wall begging for help. “How do we feel about the new Swifty single?” she implored. “Tell me how to feel!”
I don’t blame my pal for being confused. So is everyone about the song that launched a thousand takes. But am I any better equipped to help my friend sort her feelings about “Look What You Made Me Do”? Within days—hours—she could have had all the guidance she needed on how to feel about the year’s most overexamined three and a half minutes of music: pro, con, meh, judicious, disappointed, and, of course, Trump-obsessed.
Now that the decade’s least surprising chart-topper has fulfilled its destiny, crowning the Billboard Hot 100, does anyone want yet another pop nerd’s opinion? I mean: Why is this song No. 1? Because it’s from Taylor Swift, the one-woman Super Bowl of Pop.
This is my 10th year of music blogging and I’m being spoiled rotten by how much great music has been released (it’s actually a bit overwhelming). From landmark albums from seasoned artists like Sufjan, Father John Misty and Kendrick to incredible debuts from Natalie Prass, Leon Bridges and Jamie XX, 2015 has it all, and looking at the upcoming release calendar, I doubt it’ll be slowing down any time soon. As usual, I’ve listed my best albums chronologically below and you can listen to my favorite songs in this ongoing Spotify playlist. Enjoy!
Best Albums of 2015 (so far)
Panda Bear - Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper(January 9, Domino)
Belle & Sebastian - Girls in Peacetime Want To Dance(January 19, Matador)
Alabama Shakes “Gimme All Your Love” Beirut “No No No” Belle & Sebastian ”Play For Today” Blur “Ong Ong” Chromatics “In Films” Courtney Barnett “Depreston” Dan Deacon “When I Was Done Dying” Destroyer “Dream Lover” Eskimeaux - Broken Necks Father John Misty “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)” Hot Chip “Huarache Lights” Jamie xx “Loud Places (ft. Romy)” Kendrick Lamar “These Walls” Leon Bridges “Coming Home” Mas Ysa “Margarita” The Mountain Goats “The Legend of Chavo Guerrero” Miguel “Coffee” Natalie Prass “My Baby Don’t Understand Me” Other Lives “2 Pyramids” Panda Bear ”Crosswords” Purity Ring “Heartsigh” San Fermin “Emily” Shamir “On The Regular” Shura “2 Shy” SOAK “B a noBody” The Staves “Steady” Sufjan Stevens “The Only Thing” Tame Impala “Let It Happen” The Tallest Man on Earth “Sagres” White Reaper “Make Me Wanna Die”
Most Anticipated of 2015 Still To Come
Destroyer - Poison Season Frank Ocean - Boy’s Don’t Cry Chromatics - Dear Tommy Tame Impala - Currents Beirut - No No No Kanye West - Swish CHVRCHES - TBD Beach House - Depression Cherry Disclosure - Caracal White Reaper - White Reaper Does It Again
@badgalriri: Looking back to 1 year ago…. I released my most anticipated album to date #ANTi
….When I started making this album I never would have imagined how
much of a challenge the process would be. I was evolving in the midst of
making a body of art that was supposed to reflect who I was in that
moment, yet it was the very answer I didn’t have! I was numb for a
while…numb to all the bullshit and numb to all the good shit. But I
was determined not to settle for what everybody thought this should be,
or when they thought it should come, or how! I stuck to it until I felt
something again! And I remember like it was yesterday, the night it
happened! We rented a house in Malibu for a couple months and did MUSIC!
Every room, every couch, every corner, there were musicians everywhere,
the whole Fenty Corp, the best times! 1 night we vibing, TyTy made a
comment, and I got super sensitive, lolol! Then I thought “hold up, did I
just feel a way?? Did I just FEEL???!!” It was in that moment that I
trusted myself, trusted my ear, trusted my gut, trusted the way that my
music made me FEEL!!! I had no idea how it would be received, neither
was that something I considered. I just wanted to make a body of work
that felt right! And to the most beautiful, loyal fans that anyone
would kill to have on their team, you were right there by my side
waiting (im)patiently the entire time! To have the support of so many,
with the enthusiasm that we shared for Anti felt like such a reward! I
cannot thank you enough for loving her the way you do! And to every
single person that was a part of the process from sound to aesthetic,
thank you and I cherish you! May the Glory be to God! I actually hate long captions, I know u can’t tell but i don’t care! 🎈 #ANTiversary
“Fuck,” I say quietly, looking at the second dark line come in clearer and clearer. I can’t believe I’m pregnant. Derek and I have been so careful for the past year, we are both so busy. I’m finishing my entertainment law degree and he’s releasing his most anticipated studio album to date and about to head out on his 2nd world tour. A baby is not right, right now. I don’t even know if Derek wants kids, eventually, he said one night when it came up and I was on the same page. Kids were for the future, for married people in the suburbs, not us, not right now. “Shit!” I say and shake my head.
“Is everything okay, babe?” Derek calls from our bedroom. When did he get home from the studio? I was supposed to have the afternoon alone.
“Yeah of course. I’ll be right there, love” I say, hiding my anxiety over this. I have been sick for almost a week, this is my second pregnancy test and Derek has no clue. He is too busy right now to be thinking about this. I wrap up the pregnancy test and stash it somewhere far out of sight, out of his way. I will deal with it later. I come out of the bathroom with a fake smile plastered on my face. “How was the studio?” I crawl into bed next to my boyfriend and lean on his shoulder.
“We finished up that last track I was working on, so now it goes into post production” He smiles, snaking his arms around me. “How were your classes?” He kisses my forehead. “I love that my girlfriend is a fucking genius.”
I chuckle, slowly calming down. Derek has this way with me, I can’t get worked up around him. He always feels like home. “Classes were good. I set up my contract negotiation with that record label, so my job is all set when I graduate in May”
“Incredible, you’re a star, baby girl” He pulls me in closer and we just sit in silence for a while. Our breathing aligns and I take a deep breath. Then, my brain starts derailing again. I think about having to take maternity leave within my first few months of starting at Columbia records and it affecting my job, my plan to be a Copyright lawyer at a record company for a few years, then go in with a producer and start my own record company. Everything is falling apart around me. And, I still don’t know if this baby is going to hurt what I have with Derek. Out of nowhere, I break down crying. Damn these stupid hormones getting to me already. Derek sits up “Woah, what’s wrong. Babe” He rubs my back. “What happened? Did something happen at school? Did I do something wrong? Were my fans mean to you again? I told them to stop” I just keep shaking my head.
“I need to take a walk” I finally say, grabbing one of Derek’s jackets and heading outside. I know he is going to come after me, but I just need a second to think, to cope, to process. It starts to drizzle and I hear his feet pounding behind me.
“Y/N!” He calls out and finally catches up to me. “What is going on, beautiful?” he wraps his arms around me and I sigh. I have finally stopped crying and I collapse into him. I shake my head again and he puts his hands on my shoulders. “Please say something. You’re scaring me”
I raise my head up. “You know how we were thinking about getting a puppy?” I say softly and he nods, confused. “Well, I don’t think we can get one.”
Derek interjects. “Why babe? Is that all? Don’t worry about that.”
“Cause I’m pregnant,” I say softly, my voice trailing off. Derek stops walking and his hands fall from my shoulders.
“You” He points at me, then at my stomach, barely forming words “My baby? In there” He meets my eyes and I nod. I start to well up again.
“The timing is terrible, I know. I am so sorry! I know this is the last thing you want and you only have to be as involved as you want to be. I understand if this isn’t something you can take on. It’s my mistake, I’ll make the sacrifices required for the baby” I rub my eyes and turn away from him.
“Your mistake?” He says after a long pause. “You think it’s a mistake?” He kisses my cheek. “The two of us making something, something that is going to be so fucking beautiful because it’s mom is an angel. Could never be a mistake.” He takes my hands. “I love you, and yeah, this isn’t when I wanted this to happen and it’s not perfectly timed, but I am going to be there for not just you, but our child. Our baby. We made a baby! That’s pretty fucking cool, scary, a lot of responsibility, but cool. There is no one I will ever love or respect more than you gorgeous. So, don’t worry about how this is going to figure out because it will. It’s just us, you and I and we’ve got it.” He nods and pulls me into his chest. “I’m going to be a Dad,” He says breathlessly. “Holy shit”
I laugh through the tears. “I love you even more than I ever could have imagined. I only was worried about losing you, but once again you are completely and exactly what I need. Thank you. I would not want anyone else’s baby to grow inside of me.” I lean up and kiss him.
“Of course. It will always be us. Now it’s just us, party of 3″ He puts a hand on my stomach and I smirk. He grabs my hand and we walk back to our apartment. “So are you going to have a lot of weird cravings now and hormones and stuff”
“Oh yeah, it’s about to get crazy in this bitch. I hope you’re up for it” I swing our hands as we turn into the building. Derek holds the door for me.
"Don’t forget to preorder the most anticipated album of the year, Reputation." Stupid Swiftie...No one cares about your "queen" and her redundant self obsessed songs anymore. Only members of her cult care. Besides, Reputation will be in the bargain bin of your local store in a few weeks after its release, so I suggest you save your cash (and your remaining brain cells) and buy it then for under five bucks ;)
No one is anticipating that crap. I’m listening to the most anticipated album of the year right now- Beautiful Trauma.
“Could you please do a Justin imagine where the reader is America’s sweetheart celebrity who attends the Bieber Roast and this interviewer is asking her lots of really uncomfortable questions and Justin notices and rushes to save her and they meet for the first time and there is lots of fluff?”
Warnings: Fluffff, suggestive comments, swearing
Note: Freaking love this request :O oh and I also made it that you dated Harry Styles because why not I love Harry so teehee :*
“We’re five minutes away are you ready Ms *yln*?” The chauffeur asked me politely.
“No.” I reply honestly and I hear him chuckle from the front seat. “And I’ve already told you to call me *yn*.” I smile. “Sorry Ms- uh *yn*. It’s a bad habit.” He admits. “It’s ok I get it, I just don’t like feeling like I’m more important than everyone else. We’re all equals.” I explain as I nervously check my teeth again for any lipstick for the hundredth time in my hand held mirror. I look up to see him shaking his head with a smile on his face.
“What’s so funny?” I ask in amusement and he just chuckles.
“Nothing, it’s just that you really are America’s Sweetheart.”
In one of the lines from the first single from her upcoming album Reputation, Taylor sang “I don’t trust nobody and nobody trusts me”, yet she was never including her fans into that nobody. Instead, she is opening the doors of her house to some of them and trusting them her new piece work, also known as the most anticipated album of 2017 that will be release in a month. She know we would never dissapoint her and it’s beautiful. We really have something special @taylorswift 💖
Does anyone else find themselves going through their day normally, just like any other day, and the BAM OUT OF NOWHERE YOU REMEMBER THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD QUEEN TAYLOR SWIFT RULER OF ALL THINGS CUDDLY AND WONDERFUL IN THIS UNIVERSE IS RELEASING HER SIXTH STUDIO ALBUM AKA REPUTATION AKA THE MOST ANTICIPATED ALBUM IN THE HISTORY OF THE HUMAN KIND IN LESS THAN ONE MONTH AND THAT WE WILL BE UP TO OUR EYEBALLS IN A NEW TAYLOR SWIFT ERA AND ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU CAN’T FUNCTION NORMALLY AND YOU HAVE TO SIT DOWN TO PROCESS IT ALL?
2015 was an amazing year for new music and new bands, producing a huge amount of wonderful new albums.
One Great Song personal favourites are:
Wolf Alice - My Love Is Cool
Wolf Alice have thrived this year. With a Glastonbury spot and huge sell out tours, they have really proved to the world just how great they are.
My Love Is Cool is for me, the best album of 2015. It isn’t very often that I can listen to an album and think ‘Wow. This is genuinely incredible.’ But that is exactly what came to mind a few songs into this album.
Nothing But Thieves - Nothing But Thieves
Having signed a record deal in just 2014, it has been a whirlwind year for Nothing But Thieves. With sets at Reading and Leeds festival, to supporting Muse in front of 32,000 people, things are really kicking off for this band.
For me, this was the most anticipated album in a long time. From the hit tracks ‘Itch’ and ‘Wake Up Call’ to the more mellow, haunting sounds of ‘Lover, Please Stay’ and ‘Tempt You’ this album really has something for everyone.
Catfish and The Bottlemen - The Balcony
Catfish and The Bottlemen have simply exploded this year. Having gone from a sellout tour of 1000 capacity venues to a whole tour with multiple dates at Manchester Apollo selling out in mere minutes, they have really shown their true potential.
With huge sing along tracks like ‘Cocoon’ and ‘Kathleen’ all the way to the beautiful sounds of ‘Hourglass’ this is a hugely impressive debut. A consistent, but not boring sound throughout provides a beautiful album, perfect for any mood.
Peace - Happy People
Kicking off the year with an intimate tour showcasing the new album before moving on to a larger tour at the end of the year, Peace have had a great year.
Happy People shows a new side to the Birmingham band. ‘Perfect Skin’ captures this generations desires to be as good as everyone else, ‘Happy People’ the stress and sadness of growing older. Peace have grown up, but their sound is still just as great as before. Happy People shows their growth, and proves their talent.