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hmv.com previews... 2017's Best Newcomers
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hmv.com previews... 2017's Best Newcomers

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. 

We continue today with all the newcomers that you should be excited about, including some names you know already...

 

Rag N’Bone Man

 

A little background…

Rory Graham, or Rag N’Bone Man as he’s known now, arrives at the start of 2017 with all the hype a new artist can hope to harness. He’s the Brits’ Critic’s Choice Award winner and nominated for the BBC Sound Of Poll, putting him in exactly the same place as the likes of Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding, two artists who have gone on to do okay…

Now for his debut album...

 

Any titles yet?

Yes sir, it’s going to be called Human.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

Various types, including Mark Crew, the man who helped Bastille move out of bedroom and into arenas.

 

Any special guests?

An array of production talent, but no features.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

A smooth, soulful collection of stirring hits. It’s out on February 10th and you can pre-order it on the right-hand side of the page. 

 
 
 

Dua Lipa

 

A little background…

Dua Lipa (yes that is her real name) has been a constant presence throughout 2016, but we’ve had to wait until 2017 to hear her debut full-length effort.

We’ve had five brilliant singles so far and a series of great live dates, all we need now is an album...

 

Any titles yet?

The classic one for a debut, it’s to be self-titled.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

Lots and lots of different producers have contributed to the album, but the keys ones are Digital Farm Animals, who have worked with Little Mix and Sigma, and Emile Haynie, whose credits include Bruno Mars, Eminem and Lana Del Rey.

 

Any special guests?

The tracklisting has yet to be fully confirmed, but there are none confirmed so far.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

A sultry dash of soul-influenced pop and it’s out February 10th, the same day as Rag N’ Bone Man. You can pre-order it here.

 

 
 

Frances

 

A little background…

We’d expected that the first album from singer-songwriter Frances would be with us by now, especially after she was shortlisted for the Brits’ Critics’ Choice award at the start of 2016, but in the end we’ve had to wait until 2017. A release date is confirmed now though so let’s see what we can expect...

 

Any titles yet?

Yes, it’s going to be named Things I’ve Never Said.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

Some big, big names have worked on this record. Greg Kurstin, who has worked with Adele and Katy Perry, Jimmy Napes, Sam Smith’s key ally and Howard Lawrence, one of the Disclosure boys, are just some of them.

 

Any special guests?

Lots of talent at the controls, but only Frances in front of the microphone.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

A gentle, stirring LP full of beauty and wonder. It’s due out March 17th and you can pre-order it here.

 
 
 

Harry Styles

 

A little background…

In the months that have followed One Direction announcing an indefinite hiatus all four members have pursued solo careers and signed new record deals. Harry Styles inked a three-album solo deal with Columbia, the same label that he’s been on with One Direction and is now working on a solo album. He’s also filmed his first major acting role, a small part in Christopher Nolan’s new war epic Dunkirk.

 

Any titles yet?

Not yet no.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

Styles has gone big with sessions with Bruno Mars and Max Martin already confirmed as are writing collaborations with Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid, Gary Go, who has written for the likes of Rihanna and Take That, and Irish rockers Kodaline, who confirmed they’d worked with Styles. That’s a powerful list of credits right there...

 

Any special guests?

Too early to tell.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

Now Dunkirk is in the can nothing should hold Styles back from his solo career, but there’s no release date in the timetable just yet, expect there to be more guitars than on the latter day 1D albums...

 
 
 
 

Liam Payne

 

A little background…

The second One Direction solo career has seen Liam Payne step away from Sony and SyCo and sign a new deal with Universal imprint Capitol Records. He’s now putting the plans for a solo run together...

 

Any titles yet?

Nope.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

Details aren’t plentiful, but we know Payne has had sessions with grime producers Krunchie, best known for his work with Stormzy and Krept & Konan.

 

Any special guests?

No word on that yet, but we predict there will be one or two.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

If Styles is looking to indie and guitars, then it seems Payne will look to R&B, he’s already appeared on a track with Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J. As for when, that’s more in doubt with the news that Payne will become a father for the first time in the coming months, we’d still bet we’ll hear this in 207 though...

 
 
 
 

Niall Horan

 

A little background…

If Harry Styles is heading for indie pop and Liam Payne for R&B then where does that leave Niall Horan? Somewhere decidedly folky is the answer...

 

Any titles yet?

None yet.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

‘This Town’, Horan’s first single, was recorded with Greg Kurstin, he of Adele, Sia and Katy Perry fame, while it’s also been confirmed that he’s been in the studio with frequent Ed Sheeran collaborator Jake Gosling and Wayne Hector, who helped pen quite a few of One Direction’s biggest hits.

 

Any special guests?

None that we know of so far.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

Much like his bandmate Payne, Horan has signed with Capitol and has been handed a hefty advance so big things will be expected from this album. It’s being recorded right now so we’d expect a couple of singles and a release in the latter half of 2017.

 
 
 

 

Zak Abel

 

A little background….

Much like Atlantic Records labelmate Jess Glynne, Zak Abel has arrived in public consciousness through a series of collaborations, first with Gorgon City, then with Avicii and more recently with producer Wookie.

Now in 2017 he’s going it alone with the release of his debut album...

 

Any titles yet?

It does indeed, it’s been given the name Only When We’re Naked.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

Abel has been working with Wookie, who has produced cuts for Justin Timberlake and Jessie J as well as Kaytranada on the album.

 

Any special guests?

Rapper Wretch 32 guests on a track titled ‘Rock Bottom’.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

Stripped back, washed grooves, with lush production and swooping strings. It hits shelves on February 3rd and you can pre-order it here.

 
 
 

 

MNEK

 

A little background…

We’ve been reading MNEK for over four years now and have seen him realise a steady stream of great singles, but there’s still no studio album, hopefully that will change in 2017.

His time recently has been taken up with writing with others, with tracks for Craig David, Zara Larsson and Little Mix among the recent additions to his CV, but we’d like an album next year please...

 

Any titles yet?

Not so far.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

You’d imagine he’d handle the majority of production duties himself, but there’s no confirmed list of collaborators as yet.

 

Any special guests?

Zara Larsson is confirmed to feature and we doubt she’ll be the only one.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

An album full of gorgeous R&B with big pop hooks, as for when, no idea, we just hope it’s at some point in 2017.

 
 

 

Anne Marie

 

A little background…

Just like Zak Abel, Anne Marie is another singer who we’ve been introduced to through collaborations, particularly ‘Rockabye’, her new smash hit with Clean Bandit and Sean Paul. Expect her debut album to emerge later this year.

 

Any titles yet?

Not yet.

 

Any special guests?

Expect her collaboration with Clean Bandit and Sean Paul to be included and her old mates Rudimental may well pop up.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

In her early interviews she’s talked up influences like Christina Aguilera and Florence And The Machine so expect a big, bold debut arriving in the first half of 2017.

 
 
 

Creeper

 

A little background…

Goth punks Creeper have been building their presence over the last year with tours with the likes of Pierce The Veil, Andy Black and Funeral For A Friend. Now, in 2017, comes their debut full-length effort.

 

Any titles yet?

It’s going to be Eternity, In Your Arms. None more gothic.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

Neil Kennedy, who has worked with Milk Teeth and Lost Witness, has produced the album, but they’ve got Fall Out Boy/You Me At Six man Neal Avron in to mix it.

 

Any special guests?

Just the band themselves.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

Gothic punk rock coated in velvet and theatricality, the album is out on March 24th and available to pre-order here.

 

 

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

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