Seven exciting music releases to anticipate

(By: Nathan Halnin)

With less than three months left in 2017, most musicians have announced their upcoming releases of new music for this year. This fall season is packed with exciting new music from some memorable artists.

Here are some music releases to look forward to in the next few months.

‘Glasshouse’ – Jessie Ware
Release date: Oct. 20

(Photo courtesy of Arved Colvin-Smith for The Wild Magazine)

Ware’s last album, Tough Love, was released three years ago. The British singer released her lead single “Midnight” this summer before announcing the release of her new album. In an interview with The Fader, Ware said that the album has collaborations with Ed Sheeran, Julia Michaels and Cashmere Cat. Although Ware tends to have a low profile, the singer has previously been featured in some artists’ albums, such as Ed Sheeran and Nicki Minaj. With this album, Ware wanted to develop a distinct personality and have a stronger sense of control with her music. Glasshouse will be Ware’s third studio album and so far, one of its highlights is a promotion track on the album called “Alone.”

‘Red Pill Blues’ – Maroon 5
Release date: Nov. 3

(Photo courtesy of Terry Richardson for Billboard)

‘Red Pill Blues’ will be the sixth studio album by this American pop band. After the success of their last album, ‘V,’ Maroon 5 is continuing their mainstream pop sound. Prior to the album release announcement, the band had released three singles, the latest one being “What Lovers Do” featuring SZA. Although some have argued that the band’s music quality has regressed from their original debut album, ‘Songs About Jane,’ the catchy and current music the band releases will likely be another guilty pleasure. Some of the collaborations for this album include Diplo and Charlie Puth.

‘The Thrill of It All’ – Sam Smith
Release date: Nov. 3

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Smith’s debut album ‘In the Lonely Hour’ was a major success, landing as the third best-selling album in 2014 according to Forbes. Many would instantly recognize his worldwide hit, “Stay With Me.” Three years later, Smith is preparing for the release of his second studio album, ‘The Thrill of It All.’ The British singer released the lead single “Too Good At Goodbyes” on Sept. 8. In an interview with Billboard, Smith said that the album is “not a happy record.” Sadness and heartbreak are prominent themes within the album. One particular song to anticipate in this album is a track called “Burning,” which Smith described as being the most personal song he has written to date.

‘Kingdom Coming’ (EP) – Emeli Sandé 
Release date: Nov. 3

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On Sept. 19, Sandé premiered “Starlight”, which would come to be the lead single from the forthcoming EP titled ‘Kingdom Coming.’ The Scottish singer released her last album ‘Long Live The Angels’ back in 2016. Although her last album was not as commercially successful as her debut album, ‘Our Version of Events,’ Sandé continues to write music that she feels is true to herself. In an interview on BBC Radio 1, the soul singer talked about how “Starlight” was a “true reflection” of where she is at emotionally in her life, describing the song as being happy and uplifting.

‘Songs of Experience’ – U2
Release date: Dec. 1

(Photo courtesy of U2.com)

Many probably still remember U2’s last album release, ‘Songs of Innocence,’ from 2014. Besides, how could anyone forget? Considering that the album was immediately added to millions of people’s iTunes accounts due to an internal glitch, the reception was very mixed. Now, the Irish rock band is set to release their new album on Dec. 1. The lead single “You’re The Best Thing About Me” was released on Sept. 6. In an interview with the New York Times, the band described the album as touching upon the ideas of love, fear and hope. Two of the band’s members, Bono and The Edge, notably performed at Parliament Hill on Canada Day of this year for WE Day.

‘Joyride’ – Tinashe
Release date: TBA

(Photo credit: Charlotte Rutherford for Rolling Stone Magazine)

‘Joyride’ is the continuation of Tinashe’s last album release, ‘Nightride,’ which was released last year. In an interview with The Guardian in June, the R&B singer insisted that she was still recording the album and said it will “hopefully” be released this year. The album trailer was originally released in September 2015 and was intended to be released at that time, but due to label issues, the album kept getting pushed back. There is no certainty that the album will definitely come out this year, but there’s still time. ‘Aquarius’ was Tinashe’s acclaimed 2014 debut album, which had the track highlights “2 On” and “All Hands on Deck.”

TBA – Avril Lavigne
Release date: TBA

(Photo credit: Amanda Elkins for Bello Magazine)

It has been four years since Lavigne last released a full studio album. Lavigne released her self-titled album in 2013 and has been in hiatus since, partly because of her battle with Lyme disease. The Canadian pop singer made an announcement last Christmas on Instagram, stating that she is working on new music and plans to release an album in 2017. Lavigne’s last music release was a collaboration on Grey’s EP along with Anthony Green on a song called “Wings Clipped.” The track was released on Sept. 29 of this year. Lavigne is arguably one of Canada’s most memorable artists with her fan-favourite songs like “Sk8r Boi” and “Complicated.”

Other exciting releases this year include Blackbear, Björk, and Taylor Swift just to name a few. To see all confirmed music releases this year, check out Metacritic’s full schedule.

It should be noted of course that not all artists follow the conventional release method. Take Beyoncé’s self-titled album, which was a surprise release in 2013. While these are some music releases to look forward to, you can never be certain what to expect for the rest of this year.

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