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hmv previews 2018's Best Albums... Big Hitters
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

hmv previews 2018's Best Albums... Big Hitters

Over the next few days, we'll be previewing 90 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 it's the finale, the big guns, the biggest albums you can expect in 2018...


Arctic Monkeys


Title: TBC

Release Date: Mid-2018

When 2018 begins later this week it will have been five years since we had a new album from Arctic Monkeys, the longest gap in their career to date.

After the huge success of AM, the band have enjoyed some time off and some time for other projects, with frontman Alex Turner reviving The Last Shadow Puppets, drummer Matt Helders recording and touring with Iggy Pop and three of the band becoming fathers for the first time.

Now back in the groove and recording with regular producer James Ford, you can expect to hear the album at some point this year.



The 1975

Title: Music For Cars

Release Date: TBC


The Manchester foursome have been quiet in the second half of 2017 after completing their touring commitments and have been focusing on new material.

Billed as the final album in a trilogy that began with their self-titled debut, early song titles include 'Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America' and 'I Always Wanna Die, Sometimes'.

One thing is for sure though, the album’s title Music For Cars is a whole lot shorter than their previous effort I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It.



Title: TBC

Release Date: TBC

The Devon trio spent 2017 enjoying their well-earned status at the top of festival bills, including a smashing headline stint at Reading and Leeds Festivals as well as undertaking a huge US tour with PVRIS and Thirty Seconds To Mars. But now they’re eyeing up their new album.

The band have been recording in Los Angeles with Mastodon/Biffy Clyro producer Rich Costey with the follow-up to their 2015 LP Drones currently at the end of 2018.


Plan B

Title: Heaven Before All Hell Breaks Loose

Release Date: April 13th

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It’s been a good while since we heard anything from Ben Drew, he left us after the promotion run for his 2012 album/movie Ill Manors and has been working on a follow-up ever since. In April we finally get to hear it.

Heaven Before All Hell Breaks Loose sees Plan B return to the soulful tones of his 2010 album The Defamation of Strickland Banks and sees him working with Beyonce/Naughty Boy collaborator Arrow Benjamin, folkster Foy Vance, Fred Gibson, best known for his work with Ellie Goulding and Charli XCX and Kid Harpoon, who has helped Jessie Ware write some of her biggest hits.


Fall Out Boy

Title: Mania

Release Date: January 19th

Originally due out last summer, this album will now hit shelves in three short weeks.

The album is the Chicago pop-punks follow-up to 2015’s American Beauty/American Psycho and is another journey into pop experimentation.

This time the band have called in many of pop production’s heavyweights, with Sia Furler, Pharrell Williams and Rihanna/Paloma Faith collaborator Jesse Shatkin all on duty.

Featuring singles ‘Champion’ and ‘Young and Menace’, the album also sees the band collaborating with Nigerian dancehall singer Burna Boy.


Florence And The Machine

Title: TBC

Release Date: TBC

Florence Welch’s 2015 How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful took her and her machine to new heights. She headlined Glastonbury, sold out Hyde Park and became a household name all over Europe and the US, now she needs to follow it up.

For her fourth effort, which is expected later in 2018, Welch has been working with Andrew Wyatt, frontman of Miike Snow, who most recently helped Liam Gallagher produce his debut LP As You Were, while there has also been talk of a collaboration with Cold War Kids’ mainman Nathan Willett.

Whenever it comes, expect it to be powerful and full of boundless ambition, that’s what Welch does.


The Prodigy

Title: TBC

Release Date: TBC

Back in 2015, after the release of their sixth album The Day Is My Enemy, The Prodigy were happily telling everyone that they weren’t going to release any more albums. Ironically not only have they already changed their minds about that, but it looks like being the shortest gap between their LPs since their debut album and its follow-up.

The trio have signed a brand new record deal with BMG and have promised we’ll have a “sustained burst of activity” in 2018, but there’s no word on when the new album will drop or if we can expect any collaborators to be on board.


James Bay

Title: TBC

Release Date: Spring 2018

After enjoying a hugely successful start to his career with his 2015 debut Chaos And The Calm, the perennially be-hatted singer-songwriter will return with a second full-length effort in 2018.

Bay has talked up new influences, mentioning Frank Ocean and LCD Soundsystem as particular ones, but has also promised more energy and a slight move away from guitars.

There’s also a collaboration with Rod Stewart in the can, but whether that’s for his album or Rod’s, we’re not sure yet...


Vampire Weekend

Title: Mitsubishi Macchiato

Release Date: TBC

Vampire Weekend have taken their time following up their hugely acclaimed Modern Vampires Of The City, with travel, a very strange anime series and a multitude of solo projects in between.

They’ve also enjoyed the most polite departure of a band member with Rostam Batmanglij leaving to focus on his songwriting and production work, work that includes the new Vampire Weekend album, which the band confirmed in September was “80% done”.

As eccentric as ever they were, frontman Ezra Koenig has confirmed that the album will feature a 68-year-old guitarist named Greg Leisz and an 18-year-old guitarist Steve Lacy. Regular producer Ariel Rechtshaid is in the chair once again.



Justin Timberlake

Title: Man Of The Woods

Release Date: TBC

JT’s been a busy man since he wrapped up his huge world tour in support of The 20/20 Experience. He starred and sang a lot in Trolls, which yielded him megahit ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ as well as taking on a key role in Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel.

Now though he’s back in the studio and hard at work on his fifth studio album (our fourth, depending on whether you can The 20/20 Experience two albums or one double).

According to early reports, the new material is a departure for Timberlake and is more inspired by his Tennessee roots that the slick R&B he’s made his name with. That said, with confirmed production talent that includes Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, Max Martin and Shellback, we wouldn’t worry about there being any choruses...


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