It has been an exciting year for music, with some great records across multiple genres, but Young Post is already looking forward to what 2018 has to offer. As always, the first few months’ releases are already known, while the rest of the year remains a little more mysterious. Here are just a handful of albums we think you should be looking out for in the new year.
January is seen a popular month for releases by new artists, but this year there will be plenty of established acts bringing out new material too.
US rockers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will return with their long-awaited album Wrong Creatures, due out on January 12, alongside glam metal stars Black Veil Brides’ Vale. Pop-punk veterans Fall Out Boy will return with Mania, which will be out on the same day as Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit’s fourth album, Ruins.
February is jam-packed with exciting new tunes. Singer-songwriter Rae Morris will release Someone Out There, and Young Post favourites Wild Beasts will release their final album, Last Night All My Dreams Came True. Crooner Marlon Williams will return with Make Way For Love, and alt-rockers Franz Ferdinand will drop Always Ascending – their first full-length album since 2013.
March will see new LPs from electronica specialist Moby, former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne (American Utopia), and rising indie songwriter Tom Grennan, who will be putting out his highly anticipated debut, Lighting Matches.
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It gets a little more murky from here, but there are rumours circling the internet about likely releases. It could be a big year for pop star Bebe Rexha with her new album Expectations, as well as Kanye West, Bastille, and electronic music trio Major Lazer, who have all been quiet lately. The queen of R’n’B, Rihanna, may be set for a return too.
Arctic Monkeys are also placed to drop another sure-fire charts stormer, and are reportedly working on their follow-up to 2013’s massive AM.
Indie rock fans can also look forward to records from The 1975 in the summer, The Boxer Rebellion, and Julian Casablancas’ band The Voidz, while post-punk heavyweights Interpol and Editors are also reportedly recording new material.
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Expectations are high for the return of Jack White, Scottish synth-pop band Chvrches, experimental pop artist Charlie XCX, electro pop producer Grimes, and guitar virtuoso Anna Calvi.
Meanwhile, grime fans should look out for Hardy Caprio, who is poised to drop his third EP.
BTS was massive in 2017, and K-pop looks set to keep growing in the global market, with powerhouse company YG Entertainment confirming that a new girl group will break out soon. Twelve-piece girl group Loona are expected to reveal their eagerly awaited debut, and electro-trap artist Yaeji is gearing up for a music-filled year. Keep your ears peeled for some big singles from Twice and EXO, too.
It may be more wishful thinking than certainty, but we are surely due new albums from Twenty One Pilots, 5 Seconds of Summer, Selena Gomez, and Camila Cabello, who left girl group Fifth Harmony earlier this year.
Will Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson follow in the footsteps of their 1D counterparts and release their own solo records in 2018? And will Zayn Malik follow up on his 2016 debut, Mind Of Mine?
Songwriter Sky Ferreira is also expected to unveil her long-awaited second album Masochism, as is YouTube personality Troye Sivan, who is coming off the back of the success of 2015’s Blue Neighbourhood.
As you can tell, even at this early stage, 2018 is shaping up to be a belter.