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hmv.com previews... 2017's Best Albums - Big Hitters
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hmv.com previews... 2017's Best Albums - Big Hitters

Over the next 10 days we'll be previewing 100 of the best albums you can expect to hear in 2017. Most will come out, some inevitably won't, but they are all worth getting excited about. 

Today we deal with the big hitters...

 

Ed Sheeran

 

A little background…

It’s quite something for a man who by the end of the tour in support of his hugely successful album X was one of the most famous in the country to disappear completely, but by and large Ed Sheeran managed it. Aside from the odd snap of him enjoying himself on holiday, we’d not heard a peep out of the singer for over a year until earlier this week. But he’s back now and there will be a new album in 2017...

 

Any titles yet?

It looks like it's going to follow the pattern he's set down with + and X, so we reckon this one will be called Divide.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

Sheeran has been working with Amy Wadge, who he co-wrote megahit ‘Thinking Out Loud’ with, as well as Benny Benassi, Steve Mac and Snow Patrol's  Johnny McDaid.

 

Any special guests?

It’s all still hush-hush.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

He's just dropped two new tracks and we expect full details of the new album any day now...

 

 

Taylor Swift

 

A little background….

After 10 years of releasing an album every two years Taylor Swift broke her run in 2016 with no album arriving, but there’s every chance she’ll be back next year.

 

Any titles yet?

None

 

Have they got a producer on board?

There haven't been many reports of Swift’s studio sessions, but she has just released ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’, a duet with Zayn Malik that was co-written by Bleachers and Fun. man Jack Antonoff. Antonoff was a key contributor to Swift’s last album 1989 and it’s safe to say he’ll be involved in the follow-up.

 

Any special guests?

If she includes ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’ then we’ll have Zayn, but he’s the only name so far. There have also been multiple reports that she’s been in the studio with Drake, but that’s yet to be confirmed or denied.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

After moving away from her country pop roots on 1989 to a more straightforward pop sound it’s hard to call where Swift will go, but hopefully we’ll get to hear it this year.



 

Arcade Fire

 

A little background….

2013’s Reflektor saw Arcade Fire move away from the soaring soundscapes of their earlier work and embrace wonky electronics and jagged grooves. It didn’t halt their progress though with the tour that followed seeing them make their debut as Glastonbury headliners and at the top of bills around the world. Now for what comes next...

 

Any titles yet?

None.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

Sessions have taken place in both Montreal and Paris, but there’s been no word on who has been at the controls.

 

Any special guests?

To be confirmed we’re afraid.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

Various members of the band have talked up the possibility that the album will released in the Spring of next year, which makes sense given the band have committed to a summer full of festivals including a headline slot at the Isle Of Wight Festival. They’ve also said that there will be more synths on the album, but that is about it.



 

Take That

 

A little background….

2014’s III was the band’s first as a trio after the departure of Jason Orange, but that has not put the brakes on their career with sales of almost 600,000 in the UK alone and a UK tour that saw them play to over 500,000 people and gross over £50 million in the process.

There had been speculation that Orange would return for the new album or that a new collaboration with Robbie Williams might be on the cards, but they’re still a trio for their next studio album.

 

Any titles yet?

Yes indeed it’s going to be called Wonderland.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

Full details of the album have yet to be confirmed.

 

Any special guests?

The album is confirmed and ready, but the tracklisting has yet to be unveiled and there’s no songs out yet.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

More big pop songs with an ever more theatrical tint, it’s out March 17th and available to pre-order here.



 

Katy Perry

 

A little background….

After completing an exhaustive world tour in support of 2013's Prism, Katy Perry has been enjoying some lovely time off, but is back at work now on her fourth studio album. She previewed where she's at with 'Rise', the single she released to support NBC's coverage of the 2016 Olympics, but she's also made it clear that the track will not be on the album. 

 

Any titles yet?

No word on that yet. 

 

Have they got a producer on board?

Like Perry's previous LPs you can expect there to be a wealth of talent on this album. Perry has been working with Duke Dumont and has reunited with Max Martin, the songwriter supreme. Expect there to be a few new additions on this album too...

 

Any special guests?

No word on that yet. 

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

More stadium-sized pop anthems and upbeat bangers. There's also rumoured to be a track named 'She's So Creepy', which is apparently a retailiation to Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood', which should be interesting. As for when? It's likely to be 2017, but perhaps towards the end of it...

 

 

Arctic Monkeys

 

A little background….

By the time we get into 2017 it will have been four years since Arctic Monkeys released their all-conquering fifth album AM. Not that the members have been idle while their band has been on hiatus, frontman Alex Turner has been busy with the Last Shadow Puppets, drummer Matt Helders has joined Josh Homme in playing with Iggy Pop on his Post Pop Depression album and tour, but he's back with the band now and they are recording their new record in Sheffield....

 

Any titles yet?

Still TBC.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

There’s no word on that yet, but James Ford, who has spent the last year working with Depeche Mode, is free again, he’s produced the last four albums in one way or another.

 

Any special guests?

No word on this yet, but Turner has just produced the album from sultry singer Alexandra Savior, she might be up for some backing vocals?

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

Turner has talked up the influence of hip-hop and dream pop in his new writing, but there was plenty of that on AM too. In terms of when, they're working now, so we reckon later this year. 



 

Drake

 

A little background….

His last album Views only arrived earlier this year, but Drake has wasted no time putting together the follow-up, which will arrive in the early part of 2017. His new project is an odd one, it’s not quite an album, nor is it a mixtape, it’s something new...

 

Any titles yet?

It does, it’s called More Life.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

As with every Drake record there's an array of production talent, this time 40, Boi-1da, Cardo, The Weeknd, Frank Dukes, Fraser T. Smith and Vinylz are among the producers.

 

Any special guests?

Rapper 21 Savage is the only one confirmed so far, but there’s little chance he’ll be the only one.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

Views saw the rapper experimenting more and more with dancehall and Jamaican influences and you can expect to hear a lot more of that on here. There had been rumours it would be with us before 2016 was out, but we’re looking at early 2017 now.



 

5 Seconds Of Summer

 

A little background….

The Australian pop rockers have just wrapped their world tour in support of last year’s Sounds Good, Feels Good and are enjoying some much-needed time off, but a new studio album is not far from their thoughts and looks set to be with us next year.

 

Any titles yet?

Not yet.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

As with their earlier records the band have been in sessions with various producers. They’ve been back in the studio with All Time Low producer John Feldman as well as Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker. There’s also a collaboration with Katy Perry writer Bonnie McKee in the can.

 

Any special guests?

One. EDM superstar Steve Aoki has recorded a track with the band, so whether that’s one for the album or a one-off, we wait to find out...

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

The band’s summer single ‘Girls Take Boys’ saw the foursome embrace synthesisers for the first time and funkier sound, but that could just be a one-off as it was for the Ghostbusters soundtrack. Expect the album in the summer.



 

Eminem

 

A little background….

After revisiting his breakthrough album The Marshall Mathers LP for a sequel in 2013 Eminem can now look to the future and his ninth full-length effort, one he has previewed with a politically charged new single...

 

Any titles yet?

Not so far.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

His new single ‘Campaign Speech’ saw him working with Mr Porter, Emile Haynie and Mark Baston, but like all his recent LPs you’d imagine the list of collaborators will be very lengthy...

 

Any special guests?

Rumours that both Adele and Rihanna have collaborated have been floated, but are yet to be confirmed.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

Judging by ‘Campaign Speech’ a fired up, angry Eminem is on the way back and reports say he’ll be back with a new LP in the first half of the year. Here’s hoping.

 

 

Kasabian

 

A little background….

2016 has been a quiet year for Kasabian, they did make a little return for two special shows to celebrate Leicester City's Premier League title win, but it's been back to work on the new album since then, an album due on shelves in 2017...

 

Any titles yet?

Not so far. 

 

Have they got a producer on board?

Sergio Pizzorno handled production himself last time and we'd expect him to do the same for the new LP. 

 

Any special guests?

None that we know about...

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

According to early interviews, a big, supped up rock record, less psychedelic and more straightforward this time round. As for when? Expect it ahead of the festivals, Kasabian love a field full of lager drenched folks...

 

 

To check out hmv's full range of new albums for 2017, click here. 

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