After the coronavirus pandemic halted new music releases last year, this year is set to see a massive range of newly released music from some of the world’s top artists. In this article we have picked some of the most exciting album releases to look out for in 2021!
Nobody is Listening
Release Date: 15th January 2021
After a three-year-long break from music, Zayn Malik’s highly anticipated third solo album is set to be released later this month. We don’t know much about the album yet, only that it is rumoured to have eleven tracks and will include his newly released singles, “Better” and “Vibez”. However, fans impatient to know what the album will include won’t have to wait long as it is set to be released in mid-January.
Certified Lover Boy
Release Date: January 2021
Although there is not yet an exact release date for Drake’s sixth studio album, he has announced it will be released sometime in January 2021. This will be the first album Drake has released since his 2018 album, Scorpion. Not much is yet known about collaborations or tracks on the album, only that it will include his recent single, “Laugh now cry later”, featuring Lil Durk.
Medicine at Midnight
Release Date: 5th February 2021
Initially scheduled for 2020, Medicine at Midnight was pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic. The long-awaited tenth studio album from the band is now scheduled for the 5th of February 2021. The band has so far released two singles from the album, “Shame Shame” and “No Son of Mine”. The lead singer of the band, David Grohl, has spoken about the album, recently stating how “it’s filled with anthemic, huge, sing-along rock songs. It’s almost like a dance record—not like a EDM, disco, modern dance record. It’s got groove, man”. He then compared it to David Bowie’s Let’s Dance album. After such an extended delay, this is one of the most long awaited albums to be released this year!
Release Date: 5th February 2021
After the success of his 2018 album, Nothing Great about Britain, which was nominated for the Mercury prize, Slowthai is back with his second album, TYRON, in early February. The Northampton rapper’s new album features collaborations with other artists, such as ASAP Rocky and Skepta. The full eleven song track list can be found here, including three singles already released “NHS”, “Feel Away”, and “MAZZA”.
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Kings of Leon
When You See Yourself
Release Date: 5th March 2021
Nashville band, Kings of Leon, are back this year with their long-awaited eighth studio album, When You See Yourself. Fans have waited four years to get another album from the band since their critically acclaimed 2016 album, Walls. The album has eleven songs in total and will feature two newly released singles, “The Bandit” and “100,000 People”, which have already received widespread praise online.
Lana Del Rey
Chemtrails over the Country Club
Release Date: 19th March 2021
Originally set to be released in September 2020, Lana del Rey’s seventh studio album was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The album is now set to be released in mid March and features eleven tracks. Just yesterday, Lana dropped the debut single from the album also called “Chemtrails over the Country Club”. The single has everything we have come to expect from Lana: moody, nostalgic and matched with a retro music video. The album will no doubt follow Lana’s unique style of singing and songwriting that fans have come to love.
Release Date: July 2021
Although there is no exact release date, Kid Cudi has announced that he will be releasing his seventh studio album sometime in July 2021. There is not much yet known about the album, only that Cudi has been working on it for the past two years and it will soundtrack an upcoming Netflix adult-focused animated music series.
Release Date: TBA
Kojaque has received critical acclaim as one of Ireland’s best new rappers since he first released Deli Daydreams in 2018, which was nominated for the choice music award. The Dublin-born artist has recently released the first single, “Coming Up” from his new album, Shmelly, which is set to be released sometime in 2021. Accompanying the track is an amazing visual video that has received widespread praise and attention for its unique style. With no official release date, fans are hoping that this album will be released sooner rather than later.
This year is set for some highly anticipated new music, with massive artists set to release new tracks. These exciting album releases to look out for in 2021 will surely be something to look forward to during another uncertain year.