By Mollie Olsem

Let’s be honest, 2016 wasn’t great. It was an election year with a few too many tragedies and most of us are ready to bid it adieu. As we get ready for a fresh start and a new year, we can look forward to new music well.  Here are 15 of the biggest albums due out in 2017:

Arcade Fire – During a Reddit AMA in June, Will Butler replied to fans asking about new music and said the new album would be released in early 2017.  While he didn’t give any specifics, he guessed it would be released in the spring. “No definite schedule,” Butler wrote. “It’ll be done when it’s done.” Arcade Fire have been recording in Montreal and Paris while working the summer festival circuit.

LCD Soundsystem – In one of the few good things to come out of 2016, LCD Soundsystem’s return in January also came with a promise from James Murphy about new music.  Recording the band’s first new music in six years even pushed them to cancel a November festival set in Hong Kong because of “studio scheduling conflicts related to their new album.”

Lorde – Earlier this summer, Lorde did a totally Lorde thing and “took a helicopter out into the wilderness, spent three days alone writing and made some exciting breakthroughs.” Her first album, Pure Heroine, was released back in 2013 and the singer took to Instagram to confirm a follow-up. “The record is written,” she wrote in August. “We’re in the production stage now.”

Gorillaz – Fans haven’t had new Gorillaz since 2011’s The Fall, and they are more than ready. The new tunes were expected to be released this year, but animator Jame Hewlett said it was “really f***ing special” and “can’t be rushed.” Damon Albarn was spotted with Jessie Ware and Sam Smith’s producer Two Inch Punch in October.

Queens of the Stone Age – In June, Josh Homme revealed during an interview that the group has plans to record new music. Guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen also confirmed intent to record an album before the end of 2016. QOTSA did a surprise concert in September in Los Angeles, which was the first time they performed together since announcing a hiatus is 2015.

Sky Ferreira – After being pushed back again and again (and again), it would appear Sky Ferreira’s fans will see her next album, Masochism, in 2017. In February, Ferreira claimed new music would be released over the summer, but health issues caused delays. In October, she appeared in Playboy and announced there will be a visual element to the album as well. As for an official release, she has stated it will happen she is “somewhat comfortable.”

Charli XCX – In an interview with i-D, Charli XCX revealed her next album will be out in May 2017 and consist of even more pop than anything she’s ever done before. “It’s going to be so different from the last album,” Charli said. “It’s going to be the most pop thing, and the most electronic thing I’ve done.”

The Killers – Back in September, The Killers began recording their next studio album and frontman Brandon Flowers has said he wanted to “take the experience of playing over a thousand shows and mix that with the enthusiasm we had making our first album.” Just last week, the Las Vegas group released a Christmas album titled Don’t Waste Your Wishes featuring their annual Christmas singles from 2006 to 2016, which should keep fans going through the holidays until the new album in 2017.

U2 – After 2014’s Songs of Innocence, U2 have been in the studio working on a follow-up, reportedly called Songs of Experience, due out spring 2017. According to the band, they already have over 50 songs and worked with a number of producers, including Ryan Tedder, Danger Mouse and Jacknife Lee.

Jay Z – Beyonce’s husband has been silent since her release of Lemonade, a multi-media opus of heartache and revenge. Back in July, close friend Jermaine Dupri revealed Jay Z’s 13th album is titled, recorded and finished, and fellow rapper Vic Mensa said he’s heard it and it’s “fresh as f***.”

Flaming Lips – Available on January 13th, Oczy Mlody will be like “Syd Barrett meets A$AP Rocky and they get trapped in a fairy tale from the future,” according to frontman Wayne Coyne. The record name is Polish, meaning “eyes of the young.” In the meantime, you can check out an interview with Wayne Coyne in the bathroom of his hotel, because why not?

Depeche Mode – It’s been three years since Delta Machine but all signs point to a spring 2017 release for their next album, Spirit. Along with the announcement of a new album came an extensive European tour. A portion of the tour’s proceeds will benefit charity:water, an organization bringing clean drinking water to people in need.

Thirty Seconds to Mars – Frontman Jared Leto has been pretty busy lately, but he still has time to work with the band. On August 1st, Thirty Seconds To Mars released a video on Twitter confirming a new album with Interscope Records, due out in 2017. The video shows the band recording, practicing and running around the desert.

The Shins – According to lead singer James Mercer, a new Shins album will be released in early 2017. “The record is done, basically, and mixed.” Mercer said in an interview with a Portland radio station in August. “We’ve been making little tweaks just because we have the time.” The release was allegedly pushed back so the label could put together a promotional plan, but Mercer anticipates a January drop.

Cold War Kids – The news of a new album has been kept pretty quiet in the midst of a record label change, but in an interview with Fuse at this year’s Austin City Limits Festival, Cold War Kids confirmed a new album in the works for 2017. The group has been on tour almost nonstop and decided to wait until early next year for a release.

Rumored Released To Get Excited About: The Strokes, Vampire Weekend, Grizzly Bear, Bruce Springsteen, My Morning Jacket, Ryan Adams, The National, Travis Barker


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