Nelly Furtado

Album: The Ride

Release date: March 2017

Nelly Furtado released her first album in five years since “The Spirit Indestructible”, which failed to produce a hit anywhere near the magnitude of “Promiscuous” or “Say It Right”. Her new and sixth album, “The Ride”, was released on 31 March, 2017. The world got a taste of the direction Furtado was pursuing in 2016 with “Hadron Collider,” a highlight from Blood Orange’s Freetown Sound album. Overall, however, Furtado has remained out of the limelight during the past five years, devoting much of her time to traveling, her nonprofit Free the Children and focusing on self-empowerment. Finding her authentic self has been a big part of Furtado’s timeout, which shines in The Ride. You get a glimpse of the Canadian signer’s funkier side in songs like Islands of Me and Pipe Dreams, however, much of the new album is dedicated to identifying Furtado’s truest self.

Lorde

Album: Melodrama

Release date: June 2017

It’s been four years since the release of Lorde’s masterpiece debut album, “Pure Heroine”, in 2013. She has been busy though. She curated the soundtrack of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1”, for which she also recorded a cover of Bright Eyes’ Ladder Song and teamed up with Stromae on Meltdown. In 2015 and 2016, she collaborated and shared songs with Disclosure and Broods. Lorde has been teasing her sophomore album, “Melodrama”, via social media since the beginning of the year. Then in March 2017, Lorde performed her two new singles, Liability and Green Light, from the new album during Saturday Night Live (SNL); and then dropped the video of Green Light. Lorde has yet to confirm the date of the new album, but some fans reckon she could drop the album unexpectedly.

Kelly Clarkson

Album and release date: TBA

Kelly Clarkson has been out of the game for not too long as her last album was 2015’s “Piece by Piece”. The three-time Grammy Award winner Clarkson is more than ecstatic to release her seventh non-holiday album under a brand new label. The superstar signed a new deal with Atlantic Records after completing her six-album run with RCA Records completing her 2002 ‘American Idol’ deal. The album will end up being an R&B urban record, versus the power pop and pop rock for which Clarkson is widely known.  Embarking on a new chapter in her career, she says, “I think it’s very much what people expected from me watching me on ‘Idol.’ I sang all these Aretha things. I love Tina. I love Mariah. I love Whitney. I think it’s very much what people expected in the first place. I love all my stuff that I’ve done but this is the record that has been in me since junior high. And that music from when I was in junior high is now coming back  — like our 15-year-old listens to R&B that I listened to in high school.”

Gorillaz

Album: Humanz

Release date: April 2017

Damon Albarn and his animated crew have always taken their time in between studio albums, but this latest layover – soon to be seven years since both third album “Plastic Beach” and its free-download follow-up “The Fall” in 2010 – is their longest yet. Band co-creator, Jamie Hewlett, confirmed the group’s return in January 2015, and they officially began work on the forthcoming record in the fall of 2015. In the summer of 2016, news sources confirmed the Gorillaz will return after six years with their long-awaited comeback album to be given a 2017 release.

Sean Paul

Album and release date: TBA

Sean Paul hasn’t ever been completely out of the public eye. He appeared on one of the decade’s biggest international hits in Enrique Iglesias’ “Bailando” in 2014 but the dancehall superstar was re-established at the center of US top 40 by his appearance on Sia’s Cheap Thrills, which helped send the song to the top of the Hot 100 in the summer of 2016. He also collaborated with Borgeous in Ride It, and featured in Clean Bandit’s Rockabye along with Anne Marie. Sean Paul is bringing his charismatic dancehall flair back to the mainstream arena with two fiery new tracks, Tek Weh Yuh Heart featuring Tory Lanez, and No Lie featuring Dua Lipa. Paul has a new deal with Island Records and is currently busy working on his forthcoming new album. It would be Paul’s first since 2014’s “Full Frequency”.

TLC

Album: TBA

Release date: June 2017

2017 will mark 15 years since the release of iconic girl group TLC’s fourth album, “3D”, the group’s only effort recorded after the death of co-founder Lisa Lopes (Left Eye) in 2001. In 2015, the now-duo announced a new album was on the horizon. In January 2015, the group, known for hits like No Scrubs and Waterfalls, launched a Kickstarter to fund one more album, raising $430,255. Since then, however, progress has been slow. The duo, Tboz & Chilli, had issues with scheduling. 2017 is slated to be the year that new – and probably the last – TLC music comes to our ears. It’s also the year the group will return to touring, which will be their first time playing live music in about 15 years.

Bell Biv Devoe

Album: Three Stripes

Release date:  January 2017

Remember the popular African American R&B Group, New Edition, from the 70s-80s? Right after ‘The New Edition Story’, the three-night BET miniseries about the vocal group that brought Michael Bivins, Ricky Bell and Ronnie DeVoe stardom, the trio released their first album as Bell Biv DeVoe, after a decade-and-a-half-long absence. They came out with their first single, Run, a sampling of the Herb Alpert-via-Notorious B.I.G. in September 2016, proving the group’s aptitude for hip-hop-edged soul hadn’t dulled over the years.

Christina Aguilera

Album and release date:  TBA

While Christina Aguilera has remained in the spotlight being a judge on ‘The Voice’ and hit collaborations with A Great Big World and Nile Rodgers, she hasn’t released a full-length album since 2012’s “Lotus”. A new album has been underway since at least 2014, rumored to be titled “Blonde”,  likely due for 2017. Her album is one of the most anticipated albums of 2017.

Puff Daddy

Album: No Way Out 2

Release date: TBA

In 2015, Puff Daddy released “Money Making Mitch (MMM)” as a free mixtape on Bad Boy Records. Later, it was re-released on iTunes as a retail album. It serves as the lead-up to Diddy’s sixth studio album, “No Way Out 2”, the sequel to Daddy’s debut album, “No Way Out” (1997), which will mark its 20-year anniversary this July. What better way to mark the LP’s special anniversary than with the release of its long-awaited sequel? “No Way Out 2” has been promised for some time as the sixth and final studio album by American hip hop recording artist, songwriter and record producer, Puff Daddy.

Shania Twain

Album and release date: TBA

It has been 14 years since country-pop megastar Shania Twain released an album –“Up!” in 2002. One of the best-selling female artists in history, Twain is finally gearing up to release her fifth studio LP in late spring of 2017. “I’m so overdue!” Twain told Entertainment Weekly. “I feel like I just need to keep making albums now.” The 51-year-old completed the successful two-year Las Vegas residency ‘Shania: Still the One’ in 2014 and the ‘Rock This Country Tour’ in 2015. Twain mentioned that she had a new album in the works since 2013 but hasn’t yet revealed the title of her forthcoming new album. Twain says the finished album includes “painful and melancholy ballads that evolved from completely upbeat songs” to “triumphant” girl-power rockers.

Katy Perry

Album and release date: TBA

It’s been over three years since Katy Perry last graced fans with an album—her third record, “Prism”, came out back in October 2013. The multi-time Billboard chart record-breaker’s fourth studio album has been teased for nearly a year, from potential collaborators to possible release dates. She recently released her new hit single “Chained to the Rhythm”, which perched at No.4 on the Hot 100 as of 1 March, 2017. After campaigning heavily for former presidential nominee Hillary Clinton throughout 2016, Perry teased that her new music may be more politically charged, writing on Instagram, “Hillary lit a fire inside of me that burns brighter and brighter every day, and that fire will NEVER be put out… It’s funny, sometimes people who disagree with me just say, ‘Shut up and sing.’ Boy, will I do so in a whole new way… next year. Hell hath no fury like a woman REBORN.” So 2017 might be the year we get Katy Perry’s fourth album.

U2

Album: Songs of Experience

Release date: TBA

After releasing “Songs of Innocence” in 2014, U2 went right back to work writing new music while promoting the highly publicized iTunes exclusive album. The 40-year-old group was expected to release the follow up and their 14th studio album, “Songs of Experience”, in 2016 as it was complete, giving us reason to hope for the album and tour in 2017. However, U2 has decided to delay their upcoming album after the surprise victory of US President Donald Trump. Speaking with Rolling Stone, guitarist the Edge said the band was placing the album’s release on hold and taking some “breathing space” to consider what they wanted to say following Trump’s ascension to the White House. The Edge explained that most of it was written in early 2016 or before then. “Now, as I think you’d agree, the world is a different place,” he said. Maybe we’ll get to hear it by the end of 2017?!


OTHER ANTICIPATED 2017 COMEBACKS

Ryan Adams, “Prisoner”, February 2017

Trey Songz, “Tremaine”, March 2017

Bruce Springsteen, TBA

Paul McCartney, TBA

Chuck Berry, TBA

The Killers, TBA

Sam Hunt, TBA

Kesha, TBA

Limp Bizkit, “Stampede of the Disco Elephants”, TBA

John Mayer, “The Search for Everything”, TBA

Sky Ferreira, “Masochism”, TBA

Taylor Swift, TBA

MOST ANTICIPATED 2017 ALBUM DROPS

Kehlani, “SweetSexySavage”, January 2017

Dua Lipa, “Dua Lipa”, February 2017

Drake, “More Life”, March 2017

Kanye West, “Turbo Grafx 16”, TBA

Major Lazer, “Music Is The Weapon”, TBA

Tinashe, “Joyride”, TBA

Big Sean, “I Decide”, February 2017


This article is from BQ Plus’s Issue 10 – April-May 2017.

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