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70 Most Anticipated Albums of 2020

Bruce Springsteen, Drake, Lana Del Rey, Adele, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga are among the artists we’re looking forward to hearing from this year

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Which stars are releasing new albums this year? It might be easier to answer the question of who isn’t. There’s reason to believe we’ll have new full-lengths to enjoy from A-list acts including Bruce Springsteen, Drake, Justin Bieber, Lana Del Rey, Adele, Rihanna and more in the coming months — plus dozens of other artists of all kinds. Read on for more about the records we’re looking forward to in 2020, from the officially announced to the hotly rumored.

Brandy Clark

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Brandy Clark

Album Title: Your Life Is a Record
Release Date: March
Your Life Is a Record marks the third album from country singer and songwriter Brandy Clark, and her first since 2016’s Big Day in a Small Town. An exact release date and track list have yet to arrive, as has an official first single (though Clark did drop a new Christmas tune last month, “Merry Christmas Darling”). But in an October interview with Think Country, Clark offered a bunch of details, saying she worked with producers Dave Brainard and Jay Joyce, co-wrote songs with Shane McAnally, Jessie-Jo Dillon, Chase McGill, and more, and even has a duet with Randy Newman. “It’s a much more personal record, it sort of goes through love and loss and things in life,” Clark said. “it’s not all downers though! And there’s songs that speak to the political climate.”

 

Patterson Hood of Drive By Truckers

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Drive-By Truckers

Album: The Unraveling
Release Date: January 31st
Four years after Drive-By Truckers released their resurgent mid-career opus American Band, they’re back with another socio-political election cycle statement. When the band first began working on their new record, the idea was to take a different direction: “A lot of what I’m writing now is deeply personal stuff…less blatantly political,” Hood told Rolling Stone in 2017. But with a tracklist that includes song titles like “Babies in Cages,” “Heroin Again,” and “Thoughts and Prayers,” expect a righteously pissed-off collection from these Southern rock survivors. “If the last one was a warning shot hinting at a coming storm,” Hood said, “this one was written in the wreckage and aftermath.”

The Cadillac Three

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The Cadillac Three

Album: Country Fuzz
Release Date: February 7th
Singer Jaren Johnston, drummer Neil Mason, and lap-steel player Kelby Ray refine their already lean sound and cement the Cadillac Three brand on the new Country Fuzz — which doubles as the name of the group’s recently launched clothing line. But the 16-song collection, which the band produced themselves, isn’t some corporate tie-in. This is rebellious rock & roll, with country twang and, unexpectedly, overtones of disco-funk, like on the instant live-show staple “Slow Rollin'” and the swerving “Blue El Camino.” Of course, this is TC3, so beer-drinking anthems still abound. And thank god for that.

King Diamond

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King Diamond

Album: The Institute
Release Date: TBD
Denmark’s most successful vampire, King Diamond, has spent most of the last decade getting back on his cloven-hoofed feet after undergoing triple-bypass heart surgery in 2010. He spent much of his time on the road performing his greatest solo album, 1987’s Abigail, in its entirety, and that record’s influence may have spilled into his upcoming LP, The Institute, judging from lead single “Masquerade of Madness,” a crunchy paean to insanity complete with King’s helium-voiced wails and a flashy solo by guitarist Andy LaRocque. King Diamond previewed the album on a recent U.S. tour, complete with an elaborate “institute” stage set and an actress wearing an iron mask custom built to accommodate pigtails, like on the “Masquerade” single cover, which suggests he’s going all-out with this one — whenever he decides to turn it loose on the world.

Huey Lewis

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Huey Lewis and the News

Album: Weather
Release Date: February 14th
Weather marks Heuy Lewis and the News’ first album of all new material since 2001’s Plan B, and so far the Eighties hitmakers have shared two tracks, “Her Love Is Killin’ Me” and “While We’re Young.” The group recorded Weather at their Troutfarm Studio in Marin County, outside San Francisco, but the sessions were cut short when Lewis was diagnosed with Ménière’s disease, an ear condition that also forced the band to cancel a slew of tour dates and has kept them off the road since. Despite the diagnosis, Lewis has remained positive, saying in a press release, “You’ve got to look on the bright side and stay creative. Even if I never sing again, things could always be worse. After all, I’m deaf, not dead.”

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