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hmv.com Previews: Albums of 2020 - Pop
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hmv.com Previews: Albums of 2020 - Pop

Over the next few days, we'll be previewing 60 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 continue today with all things pop...

 

Selena Gomez

Title: Rare

Release Date: January 10th

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Five years after her last solo album Revival, Gomez returns with a new effort a few days into the new year.

The new collection features an array of production talent, including Billie Eilish’s brother and key collaborator Finneas, Swedish duo Mattman and Robin and Julia Michaels.

Rappers 6lack and Kid Cudi are among the guests on the album, which features hit singles ‘Lose You To Love Me’ and ‘Look At Her Now’.

 


Kesha

Title: High Road

Release Date: January 31st

The singer drops her fourth studio album at the end of January, an album drenched in sunshine and confidence.

Largely co-written with frequent co-writer Wrabel and overseen by Mark Ronson producer Jeff Bhaskar, the album also features collaborations with rapper Big Freedia as well as Brian Wilson, Sturgill Simpson and Wrabel himself.

 

Halsey

Title: Manic

Release Date: January 17th

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Three years after she triumphed with Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, the singer returns with a new album.

Powered by hit singles ‘Graveyard’ and ‘Without Me’, the LP features guest spots from rapper Dominic Fike, Alanis Morissette and BTS man Suga.

Producers on the album, which is billed as the singer’s darkest yet, include Timbaland, Lido and Greg Kurstin.

 

Louis Tomlinson

Title: Walls

Release Date: January 31st

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The final One Direction member to release a solo album is Louis Tomlinson and it arrives at the end of next month.

With producers that include Bastille man Mark Crew and super-producer Steve Mac, the album sees Tomlinson announcing himself as a straightforward pop man.

Whereas his former bandmates have looked to slick R&B, 70s rock, indie folk and hip-hop for their inspiration, Tomlinson comes with guitars and big choruses, more in the mould of The Script and latter-day Take That.

 


Meghan Trainor

Title: Treat Myself

Release Date: January 31st

Originally due for release at the end of August, but then delayed after Trainor decided to add more songs, the singer’s new LP finally drops at the end of January.

The album includes hits ‘No Excuses’ and ‘Wav’, with Trainor promising a collection full of “anthems of empowerment”.

 

Grimes

Title: Miss Anthropocene

Release Date: February 21st

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Five years after the revelation that was Art Angels, Claire Boucher’s long-awaited follow-up arrives.

Typically ambitious, the album is a "loose concept album about an anthropomorphic goddess of climate change inspired by Roman mythology".

Drenched in experimentation and layer upon layer of electronics, the album has been produced by Boucher, with contributions from Chris Greatti, singer Hana and experimentalist i_o.

 

Lauv

Title: How I’m Feeling

Release Date: March 6th

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Ari Leff’s much-anticipated debut album will be us in the early days of March.

Featuring the mega-hit ‘I’m So Tired’, the album features the likes of 1975 key man Mike Crossey, Fifth Harmony/Krewella collaborator DallasK and Max Martin discipline OzGo behind the controls.

LANY, Anne-Marie and Troye Sivan are confirmed to guest on the LP.

 

Alma

Title: TBC

Release Date: TBC

The Finnish star’s debut LP has been hit by delay after delay, but she assures us it will be here in 2020.

The tracklisting and collaborators are still being kept under wraps, but hotly anticipated new jam ‘LA Money’ will definitely be among them.

 

Everything Everything

Title: TBC

Release Date: TBC

The artful Mancunians are currently polishing off their fifth album and first since 2017’s A Fever Dream.

Though they’ve promised it’ll be out in 2020, details are scant thus far.

The foursome are, however, booked to head out on tour with Foals in May. Let’s hope that’s to roadtest new material…

 


The Shires

Title: Good Years

Release Date: March 13th

Things are in motion for country-pop duo The Shires with a new label and a new direction.

Their fourth album was recorded, as you’d expect, in Nashville, and is billed as a good time collection of songs, as is evident on tracks like ‘About Last Night’ and ‘Thank You Whiskey’.

A 20-date UK tour is already booked to celebrate the new album in the Spring.

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