Beyoncé, Madonna, Rosalia, Kendrick Lamar or Red Hot Chili Peppers… After a sparse 2021 in big names, the stars of the music They are preparing their return with an eye on omicron and another in which vaccination allows to finally turn covid-19 into an anecdote and amortize their new discs in tours worldwide.
The Weeknd it will be the first big name of the season. Yesterday he reported by surprise that “Dawn FM”, his fifth studio album, the first after the successful “After Hours” (2020), will be released this Friday, the same day that “Night Call” by Years & Years will be released.
Few are at the moment discs confirmed with date and title for the next few months, most of them by leading figures in the more cult or alternative field, such as Elvis Costello, who will return on January 14 with “The Boy Named If”, or Eels, who will publish “Extreme Witchcraft” two weeks later.
DISCS OF WORSHIP
January will also bring two notable returns, that of veteran progressive rock band Jethro Tull with “The Zealot Gene”, their first studio album after nearly 18 years.
It will be on the 28th, the same on which Urge Overkill will release “Oul” a decade after its last installment.
Animal Collective will release “Time Skiffs” on February 4, when Bastille will present “Give Me Future” and Korn, “Requiem.” They will be followed on the 11th by “The Dream” by Alt-J, “Earthling” by Eddie Vedder (his third solo adventure outside of Pearl Jam) and “Lucifer On The Sofa” by Spoon.
On the 18th of that month, Beach house will release “One Twice Melody” and Metronomy “Small World”, while on the 25th they will see the light of “Everything Was Beautiful” by Spiritualized, “The Tipping Point” by Tears For Fears (first album in 17 years) and “Happines Not Included” by Soft Cell (Marc Almond’s group has not released a new LP since 2002).
The release schedule gets even hotter starting in March. On the 4th, Band Of Horses will release “Things Are Great”, on the 11th Bryan Adams will do the same with “So Happy It Hurts”, on the 18th “CRASH” by Charli XCX is scheduled to arrive and the 25th Placebo will hit the streets ” Never Let Me Go “.
In the following weeks we will not lose sight of “Chloe And The Next 20th Century” by Father John Misty, which will be published on April 8, nor “C’MON YOU KNOW” by Liam Gallegher, which will do so on May 27 .
In parallel, Jack White will surprise not with one, but with two new discs: “Fear Of The Dawn” on April 8 and “Entering Heaven Alive” on July 22.
POSSIBLE GREAT RETURNS
That list gets even more dazzling when you look at the discs that could see the light of day in 2022. International media talk about Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, Camila Cabello (“Family”), Cardi B, Janet Jackson (“Black Diamond”), Lizzo, Lykke Li, Megadeth (“The Sick, The Dying And The Dead”), Megan Thee Stallion, Morrisey (“Bonfire of Teenagers”) and The Cure.
It is unnecessary to continue talking about Rihanna’s ninth album, the one that has apparently been about to end for years but which, sheltered by the success of other business aspects, has already shown that it is not urgent to publish.
More explicit about her plans was Beyoncé, who in an August interview for Harper’s Bazaar stated that she perceived in the world the desire to live again and that she wanted to contribute to this post-pandemic “renaissance” with the fruit of her year and a half of work in the studio.
“Surprises in the new year” also announced Madonna In recent weeks, after posting a photo in the studio, while some members of Red Hot Chili Peppers confirmed that their new work was “almost done” and Joe Frusciante, back in the band, even dared to point out spring.
NEWS IN SPANISH
Within the urban Latino one should not lose sight of stars very prolific and given to unexpected releases, such as Maluma, which in summer already anticipated the song “Sobrio”, or Bad Bunny, which confirmed a new album for the next few months.
In this style, Christina Aguilera will make her debut, singing in Spanish again 20 years after “My reflection”, the language in which the last great Latin Grammy winner sings, the Colombian Camilo, which prepares new work, just like another phenomenon of 2021, Rauw Alexander.
By last, Rosalia also confirmed that 2022 will be the year of “Motomami”, her third studio album and the one that should establish her in the international market. He said about him in a talk with Rolling Stone that it is the result of “a very great experimentation”, with influences ranging from Héctor Lavoe to Patti Smith, passing through Pedro Almodovar and reggaeton.
More uncertain is what is related to the successor of “Vertigo” by Pablo Alboran. Speaking to Efe, the man from Malaga declared that he is “writing non-stop” and that, in fact, he has two songs “ready”, one of which will be released this month, although he did not dare to put a date on his new album.
The Weeknd will release their fifth album this Friday, “Dawn FM”