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hmv.com presents… 70 Albums to get you excited for 2016! #1 Singer-songwriters
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hmv.com presents… 70 Albums to get you excited for 2016! #1 Singer-songwriters

2015 was a brilliant year for albums, but 2016 is going to be even better and we're going to prove it. Over the seven days we're going to be previewing 70 albums, most will definitely come out, some probably will, and some we really hope finally see the light of day (we’re looking at you Tool…). 

We begin today with the singer-songwriters...

 


Charlie Puth

 

A little background…

After arriving as the man behind the chorus on ‘See You Again’, Wiz Khalifa’s colossal hit from the Furious 7 soundtrack that scored Number Ones across the world, Charlie Puth is now readying his debut album…

 

What’s It Called?

Nine Track Mind, which is confusing as there are 12 tracks.

 

What will it sound like?

Sweet piano ballads, doe-eyed love songs, if you’ve heard the singles you’ll know what you’re in for.

 

Who’s Producing It? Any Special Guests?

He’s got some big name help in, mostly from DJ Frank E, the man who has produced some of Flo Rida’s largest hits.

Puth has three very special guests for Nine-Track Mind. First up is Meghan Trainor, who appears on mega hit ‘Marvin Gaye’, then you’ve got Selena Gomez who is on ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’ and Shy Carter, he features on ‘As You Are’.


Will it really come out this year? And when?

Without doubt, it’s due for release on January 22nd and you can pre-order it here.

 

 

Brian Fallon

 

A little background…

After The Gaslight Anthem announced earlier this year that they would be going on hiatus, their frontman Brian Fallon has decided to go it alone and will release his first solo album.

 

What it’s called?

It’s called Painkillers. Snappy title.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

It’s a little more stripped back than The Gaslight Anthem, but it’s the same stirring, nostalgia drenched blue collar rock and roll that Fallon does so well.

 

Who's producing it? Any big-name guests?

Butch Walker, the man who helped Frank Turner make Positive Songs For Negative People and the man at the controls for hit albums from Avril Lavigne, P!nk and The Wombats, is producing.

Fallon is joined on the album by former Ryan Adams And The Cardinals’ bass player Catherine Popper and Jackson Browne drummer Mark Stepro while his bandmates Alex Rosamilla and Ian Perkins both guest on the album.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

For sure, it’ll hit CD shelves on March 11th. You can hear the opening single ‘A Wonderful Life’ below:

 

 


Jack Garratt

 

A little background…

Just think; at this point last year most people hadn’t heard of James Bay, so the year before with Sam Smith, well Garratt is already well down the same path as them, he’s on the same label, been given the Brits’ Critics’ Choice Awards and is now preparing his debut album.

 

What it’s called?

Phase. Easy to remember that one.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

Given this is his debut LP we’re just getting to know him and his clicky, intricate, but surprisingly affecting creations.

 

Who's producing it? Any big-name guests?

This is Garratt’s show, he’s the sole producer, writer and performer, though he did get some production help from Mike Spencer and Bastian Langebaek.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

Absolutely. It’s due for release on February 19th. You can pre-order it here.

 

 

Sky Ferreira

 

A little background…

After being delayed for more than two years due to endless changes and hold-ups the debut album from pop songstress Sky Ferreira won her almost universal critical acclaim and a huge fanbase. A follow-up was expected this year, but extended writing sessions and two film roles have got in the way of that, but 2016 should be the year.

 

What it’s called?

Masochism. These singer-songwriters love one-word titles.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

Ferreira has said in interviews that the album will be a lot heavier than her debut, but just as personal. She’s also talked up The Knife and Fever Ray as key influences.

 

Who's producing it? Any big-name guests?

As well as reuniting with Ariel Rechtshaid and Justin Raisen who she worked with on Night Time, My Time, she’s also been working with Mike Dean, the producer best known for his work with Kanye West, and, most interestingly, Bobby Gillespie and Andrew Innes, the main men in Primal Scream.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

We hope so. There’s no release date yet though.

 


Zayn Malik

 

A little background…

After Malik walked out of One Direction he’d pretty much kept his head down and presumably caught up on sleep. But now, after signing with RCA Records, he’s working away on solo material…

 

What’s It Called?

No idea.

 

What will it sound like?

We don’t know. Given his choice of producer (more on that below) we’d suspect it’s in the hip-hop and r’n’b realm, but the truth is we just don’t know. It probably won’t sound too much like One Direction though...

 

Who’s producing it?

Details are scarce, but producer Malay, who has worked with 50 Cent, John Legend and helped Frank Ocean with the vast majority of Channel Orange, has confirmed he’s worked with Malik.

He’s also done some tracks with Naughty Boy, but after a public spat on Twitter we get the feelings those cuts may not see the light of day.


Will it really come out this year? And when?

This one is debatable. We certainly expect a few tracks to emerge, but we’re not sure if you’ll hear a full album this year.

 


Lissie

 

A little background…

The singer-songwriter’s third album reveals a marked departure from her previous work. She’s not gone death metal or anything, but she has bought a farm in rural Iowa and made her most personal album to date.

 

What’s it called?

My Wild West.


Any radical changes in sound planned?

This is Lissie at her rawest, so it’s not a radical change of sound, just her minus a lot of layers of production.

 

Who’s Producing It? Any Special Guests?

For this album Lissie has hooked up with Curt Schneider, a man with a CV that includes work with Natasha Bedingfield, The Madden Brothers, The Summer Set and Sara Bareilles.


Will it really come out this year? And when?

It'll hit CD shelves on February 12th next year and you can pre-order it here.

 


Alessia Cara

 

A little background…

Alessia Cara is 19-year old Alessia Caracciolo, a hotly-tipped Canadian singer-songwriter and the latest darling of Def Jam Records. Her debut album is already a hit in the States and looks set for the same treatment in the UK.

 

What’s It Called?

It’s called Know-It-All.

 

What will it sound like?

Intelligent pop and R’n’B, insightful lyrics, clever production, the works, imagine Cat Power and Drake compressed into one artist.

 

Who’s producing it?

The main two knob twiddlers are Malay, the man who is currently helping Zayn Malik on his debut record, the others are Pop & Oak, whose most recent travails have seen them producing a chunk of Fleur East’s debut record.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

Most definitely, it’s out on March 13th and you can pre-order it here.

 


Ed Sheeran

 

A little background…

After touring the arse off his second album X and moving from arena filler to stadium superstar, Sheeran has now said he’ll be stopping completely and focusing on album number two, but will it emerge next year?

 

What’s It Called?

No idea yet. If he’s going by previously form we’ve had +, we’ve had X, so that leaves - and ➗…

 

What will it sound like?

Sheeran has hinted that he might be up for broadening his sound a bit, maybe even playing with a band..

 

Who’s producing it?

No idea. Much like Adele, he’ll have access to anyone he wants though.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

Could go either way. He’s given himself the whole of the year to work on the LP, so there’s no reason why not…

 


Lorde

 

A little background…

Still only 19, Lorde has taken her time in coming up with the follow-up to 2013’s Pure Heroine, but that hasn’t dissipated excitement, everyone is still waiting...

 

What’s It Called?

No word on that yet.

 

What will it sound like?

The only hint we’ve had of what Lorde’s new material would sound like is ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’ from The Hunger Games soundtrack, it’s got the same whipsmart whimsy and powerful instrumentation, just that little bit more confident, it bodes well for the album.

 

Who’s producing it?

The last word on this was that Lorde was working away with Joel Little, the man who produced Pure Heroine and has since worked with Ellie Goulding and Sam Smith.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

It certainly should do, but there’s nothing concrete at the moment.

 


Daughter

 

A little background…

Daughter’s debut album If You Leave was a real sleeper hit, it never bothered the charts all that much, but a combination of that and relentless touring has won them a devoted fanbase, a fanbase who are very ready for album number two.

 

What’s it called?

It is titled Not To Disappear.

 

Any radical changes in sound?

Not really, the soundscape is a bit bigger, the outlook a little wider, but the band’s sound is still just as delicate as their earlier material.

 

Who’s Producing It?

Nicolas Vernhes, best known for his work with Speedy Ortiz and Wild Nothing.


Will it really come out this year?

It certainly will, it’ll be in stores on January 15th.

 

 

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