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hmv.com Previews: Albums of 2020 - Big Hitters
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hmv.com Previews: Albums of 2020 - Big Hitters

Over the past few days, we have previewed 50 of the best albums you can expect to hear in 2020. Almost all of them will come out, some inevitably won't, but they are all worth getting excited about.

We end today with 10 final LPs, the big hitters...

 

The 1975

Title: Notes On A Conditional Form

Release Date: February 21st

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The hugely successful pop-rockers follow up 2018’s A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships with their fourth full-length effort.

Produced by frontman Matthew Healy and drummer George Daniel, the album will feature a whopping 22 tracks and a special appearance from environmental activist Greta Thunberg.

The band have been talking up diverse influences in the making of the album, comparing their new material to The Streets and underground dance maverick Burial.

 

Dixie Chicks

Title: Gaslighter

Release Date: TBC

It’s been 14 years since the country superstars released an album of new material, but they are set to return in 2020 with a new LP.

Produced by Jack Antonoff, the man at the controls for Taylor Swift’s Lover and Lana Del Rey’s Norman F***ing Rockwell, the album initially began life as a covers album, but has evolved in an album of new material.

Speaking about the LP, singer Natalie Maines revealed it has been inspired by the breakdown of her marriage, saying: “Songwriting is really hard for me, and I think, for many years, I didn't want to analyze my life or my relationship. I was just in it and dedicated and devoted ... I just was not ready to open up like that. Our last album was the most personal and autobiographical we'd ever been, and then this one is, like, 10 times that."


Dua Lipa

Title: Future Nostalgia

Release Date: TBC

The singer follows up her stupendously successful self-titled debut album with a new LP in 2020.

The list of tracks and producers is still under wraps, but Mark Ronson collaborator Jeff Bhaskar and Nick Jonas/Justin Bieber writer Ian Kirkpatrick are both confirmed to feature.

Lipa has talked up Gwen Stefani and Madonna as key influences and has promised the album will have more of a live feel to it, inspired by her extensive world tour in support of her debut. Which is just as well, because she has already confirmed an extensive European tour to support this record.

 

Justin Bieber

Title: TBC

Release Date: TBC

It’s been five years since the Canadian superstar’s last full-length effort Purpose, but that is promised to change in 2020.

Details of songs and producers are still being kept locked away, but we do have a comeback single. It’s called ‘Yummy’ and it’s below for you:

 

Sam Smith

Title: TBC

Release Date: TBC

The singer has been hard at work on the follow-up to 2017’s The Thrill Of It All and it looks set to emerge towards the back end of 2020.

Details are scant thus far, but Smith has said that the album will be an upbeat poppier record, moving away from the ballads and mournful tones of his earlier work.

That begins with new single ‘How Do You Sleep’, which is below for you...

 

Tame Impala

Title: The Slow Rush

Release Date: February 14th

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The long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s Currents finally shows up in the early part of 2020, having been prized from the clutches of Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker.

A 12-track record, produced by Parker, the LP is confirmed to feature epic new single ‘Posthumous Forgiveness’ as well as previous releases ‘Patience' and 'Borderline', which came out almost a year ago.

 

The Killers

Title: Imploding The Mirage

Release Date: TBC

The Las Vegas indie supremos return in 2020 with a sixth full-length effort.

Recorded solely by drummer Ronnie Vanucci Jr. and frontman Brandon Flowers, the band have talked up a return to the synth-heavy sounds of their early work.

You’d expect the album to emerge by the spring, with the band embarking on a huge UK stadium tour in the early part of the summer.

 

Lady Gaga

Title: TBC

Release Date: TBC

After a very successful diversion into acting which scored her an Oscar and universal praise for her turn in A Star Is Born, Stefani Germanotta will return to her musical career in 2020.

Her sixth album, which is as yet untitled, has seen her working with Scottish producer SOPHIE, German dance noiseniks Boyz Noise and ‘Shallow’ co-writer and former Libertine Anthony Rossamondo, though it’s unknown if any of these will make the follow-up to 2016’s Joanne.

With a new big-screen project with Ridley Scott and two Las Vegas residences booked in, we’ll be seeing a lot more of Germanotta in the coming months.

 

OneRepublic

Title: Human

Release Date: TBC

With frontman Ryan Tedder’s songs so in demand for other artists, it’s no wonder OneRepublic have taken four years to produce a follow-up to 2016’s Oh My My.

Luckily, it will emerge in 2020, powered by previous singles ‘Rescue Me’ and ‘Wanted’. There had been rumours of a collaboration with Adele for the album, but they’ve since been shot down by Tedder. Let’s hope he’s bluffing...

 

Pet Shop Boys 

Title: Hotspot. 

Release Date: January 24th

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The beloved synthpop duo deliver their 14th studio album towards the end of next month. 

Recorded in Berlin and Los Angeles with New Order/Everything Everything Stuart Price, the album features a guest appearance from Years & Years and former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler. 

A 10-track album, the LP is billed as the final act of a trilogy that began with 2013's Electric, all produced and mixed by Price. 

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