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hmv.com presents… 70 Albums to get you excited for 2016! #7 Pop
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hmv.com presents… 70 Albums to get you excited for 2016! #7 Pop

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 end today with a whole load of pop...

 

Sia

 

A little background...

Australian singer-songwriter Sia Furler's career in music dates back to the 1990s, when she performed as a backing singer for Jamiroquai before fronting chill merchants Zero 7 and scoring hits with songs like 'Destiny'. In the decade that followed, Sia's career was solid but somewhat unremarkable, churning out several solo albums to little fanfare until her fifth, 2010's We Are Born, landed at the No. 2 spot in her homeland, just grazing the Top 40 here in the UK. From then onwards, her career trajectory has been little short of phenomenal; her last album, 2014's 1000 Forms of Fear, topped the charts both here and in Australia, as well as reaching the Top 5 on the Billboard charts in America. She's also become one of the industry's hottest songwriting talents, penning a multitude of hits for everyone from Rihanna and Beyonce to Celine Dion and Kylie Minogue.

September saw the release of first single from her new album, 'Alive', and an announcement that her next album would be arriving early in 2016.

 

What's it called?

It'll be called This Is Acting.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

Sia's sound has evolved over time and in recent years she's hit pay dirt, so we'd imagine she'll keep on doing what she's been doing the last few years and delivering chart-busting slabs of glorious electro-pop.

 

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

Greg Kurstin, one of the main men behind Adele's unstoppable juggernaut of an album 25, is handling most of the production duties, although Jesse Shatkin has also worked on a couple of the album's tracks. As far as guests go, there's a co-write with Adele and Tobias Jesso Jr., but otherwise it's all Sia.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

It's arriving on January 29th, pre-order your copy here

 

 

Katy Perry

 

A little background...

The Dark Horse singer has spent most of the last three years relentlessly touring her 2013 album, Prism, during which time the only new music we've heard is November's Christmas-themed gospel/disco number 'Every Day Is A Holiday'. Back in May of 2015, her manager began talking up Prism's follow-up, saying at a music conference in Singapore that the singer's new album would be “due in 2016”.

 

What's it called?

We don't know yet.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

There hasn't been much info on that one, but we're envisioning some more of the pop gold that Katy Perry become known for.

 

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

There have been rumours, such as Diplo working on a diss track aimed at Taylor Swift named 'Crocodile Tears', but nothing has been confirmed yet on either the producer or guest fronts.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

All we've got to go on his her manager's statement from last year, but it seems likely. There's no release date yet though.



Lady Gaga

 

A little background...

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known to most as Lady Gaga, took something of a career detour after the release of her 2013 album ARTPOP when she teamed up with jazz legend Tony Bennett for Cheek to Cheek, an album consisting entirely of jazz standard covers which must rank as one of the most unlikely side projects in recent memory. Even before the supporting tour wrapped up in August, Gaga had begun taking up her next album proper and she has reportedly been back in the studio with RedOne, the man with whom she penned some of her biggest hits, including 'Poker Face'.

 

What's it called?

We don't know that yet, but the singer has suggested that her original idea to make ARTPOP 2 has been consigned to the bin.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

More radical than a jazz covers album? Probably not, but this is Gaga, so who knows?

 

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

RedOne is the only producer that has been named so far, but it's unclear whether others will be involved, be that production work or guest appearances.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

Although there's no release date, we think this one's almost certain to emerge in 2016 so keep your eyes peeled.



Britney Spears

 

A little background...

After a difficult few years in the second half of the last decade, Britney Spears has been gradually rebuilding her life and career, putting out two albums – 2011's Femme Fatale and 2013's Britney Jean – and spending much of the last couple of years performing her residency show in Las Vegas, raking in millions of dollars in the process. The last few years have also seen a number of endorsements and commercial tie-ins – the singer has released no fewer than eight different perfumes, the same as the number of albums she has released in her entire career. For some, Spears may be a figure of fun, but she's never been anything other than one of the world's most bankable entertainers.

In the last few months she's featured on tracks with Iggy Azalea and Giorgio Moroder, and by November the singer confirmed that she had begun work on her ninth album.

 

What's it called?

Word is that it will be called B9, but the singer has yet to confirm if this is a working title.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

There's been very little info on the new recordings and no new tracks have seen the light of day yet, so we can't say for sure, but we're not expecting any massive departures from the formula that has served her so well over the course of her long career.

 

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

We know DJ Mustard has been working with Spears on the new record, describing one of the tracks as “harder than hard”, plus the singer has also tweeted pics of herself in the studio with Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels, as well as Burns and Mischke Butler. There may be more, but these are the ones we know of.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

It seems as though she's fairly deep into the recording sessions, so we'd expect so, but there's no release date as yet.



Nick Jonas

 

A little background...

The youngest of the Jonas Brothers, Nick already had one solo album, 2005's Nicholas Jonas, under his belt by the age of 13. It would be nearly a full decade until his next solo offering, 2014's Nick Jonas, which you could probably his first 'proper' solo album. He's reportedly been working hard on a follow-up ever since and in November he announced that he was “nearly done”, predicting a release in early 2016.

 

What's it called?

We don't know, but going by his previous titles it's probably something with his name in it.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

All the signs point to Jonas building on what he did with the first album rather than making any dramatic left turns, although he did tell Digital Spy last year that “it goes a bit deeper into the soul and R&B side of things”,  an assertion that the album's first single, 'Levels', seems to support.

 

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

Jonas has been keeping tight-lipped on this, but Diplo did reveal that he and Skrillex have contributed, so he may be hoping to replicate the success of the Jack U / Bieber collaboration from this year for himself.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

The last we heard Jonas was talking up a release in “late february, maybe early March”, so it certainly looks that way.



OneRepublic

 

A little background...

Since the release of their debut album Dreaming Out Loud in 2007, Ryan Tedder has established himself as a bona fide hit machine, the man you call when you need a slice of fried radio gold to push your album to the top of the charts. Last time out, on 2013's Native, the band worked with Benny Blanco and French house legends Cassius (aka Phillipe Zdar and Boombass) and in October the band revealed that they'd been working on a new record since January, with a release expected some time in the next year.



What's it called?

Once again, there has been no announcement on this as yet.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

Probably not, but each album mixes it up a little bit. Broadly speaking though we're not expecting a radical departure of any sort.

 

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

No producer has been named as yet – they may well be doing it themselves – but we do know they've been working on the album while in Russia. Vladimir Putin anyone? No, OK, maybe not then.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

It looks that way, but they've still yet to confirm a date.

 

Avicii

 

A little background...

It may be less than a year since Swedish DJ / producer Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii, released his second album Stories, but there may be another on the way sooner rather than later. In September, on the Quora website, he responded to a question about whether we'd see a new album in 2016 by saying that it was “highly likely”. However, there are some speculating that it could just be a remix album in the vein of Avicii by Avicii, which saw him release a collection of remixed cuts from his debut True.

 

What's it called?

We've no idea.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

We doubt it. Avicii is very much of the EDM scene and since that's where his fanbase is, we imagine that's who he'll be catering to.

 

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

It's probable he'll handle his own production, but he hasn't revealed any guest slots as yet. He does like a guest though, so were guessing there will be some, we just don't know who.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

“Highly likely” says the man himself, but no date so far.



Charli XCX

 

A little background...

Just a few months after the release of Sucker, Charli XCX's second album, the singer was already talking up a third. That might be to do with that record's protracted release, which was the subject of several delays, but by July of 2015 she was already working on the next one and says it's “so different” from its predecessor.

 

What's it called?

She hasn't revealed a title yet.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

Following on from her comments about how different it is from Sucker, Charli also commented that it's the “most pop” and “most electronic” thing she's ever done, so there are some pretty big clues there.

 

Who's producing it? Any big name guests?

The singer has yet to reveal any other details, so we'd just be guessing at this point.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

Charli herself seems to think so, but let's just hope the next album doesn't suffer the same delays that besieged Sucker.



Foxes

 

A little background...

Southampton-born singer Louisa Allen, better known as Foxes, released her debut Glorious in 2014, bagging herself a Top 5 slot on the UK Album Chart and earning a Grammy nomination for her collaboration with Zedd on the single 'Clarity'. She was also one of many guests on Giorgio Moroder's comeback album and earned herself a place in the Guinness Book of Records for her seven gigs in the space of one day in support of 2015 single 'Body Talk', the first single from her upcoming sophomore LP.

 

What's it called?

It's called All I Need.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

Not if 'Body Talk' and the other new singles -  'Better Love' and 'Amazing' are anything to go by, although those tracks do broadly indicate a more stripped-back approach, as well as a more personal style in terms of the songs' lyrics.

 

Who's producing it? Any big name guests?

Tim Bran, Jim Eliot, Roy Kerr, Dan Wilson and Jesse Shatkin all have production cerdits on the new album, while guests include Babyface, Jin Jin and Kid Harpoon.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

It's due to arrive in stores on February 5th, you can pre-order it here



 

Haim

 

A little background...

The debut album from Haim, the three sisters from Los Angeles, earned the band widespread acclaim and comparisons to everyone from Fleetwood Mac to Wilson Phillips. The band did a huge amount of touring to support the album, opening for Taylor Swift on her 1989 tour and bagging a bunch of awards, including Best International Act at the NME Awards and a Grammy for Best New Act.

In January 2015, the band tweeted a picture suggesting work was underway on a follow-up to Days Are Gone, also adding a pic to their Instagram account featuring Danielle playing guitar in the studio. By October, they told NME that the album was “close to being finished.”

 

What's it called?

There's been no announcement on the title at the time of writing.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

We wouldn't imagine so, judging from the things they've been up to in the last year or so, like recording a cover of Fleetwood Mac's 'Rhiannon' with Stevie Nicks. Which is no bad thing as far as we're concerned...

 

Who's producing it? Any big name guests?

The aforementioned tweet featured producer Ariel Reichstad hard at work in front of a computer screen, so he's clearly involved. We don't know about guests yet, or whether that Stevie Nicks track will end up on the album somewhere.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

They haven't announced a date yet, but if it was nearly finished in October then we'd certainly expect to see an announcement made pretty soon.

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