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The 43 most anticipated albums of 2017

Nine Inch Nails

What We Know: Following the release of EP Not The Actual Events, Trent Reznor has flagged that 2017 will see the release of not one, but TWO major projects from the industrial rock legends.
When It Will Drop: TBA

Queens Of The Stone Age

What We Know: QOTSA guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen recently said that the band were determined to start recording a new album before the end of 2016. It’s been a few years since …Like Clockwork, and fans are getting hungry.
When It Will Drop: TBA

Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa

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What We Know: The British pop singer turned heads with the release of singles ‘Be The One’ and ‘Hotter Than Hell’ last year, now a full-length is just around the corner. Prepare for your new pop obsession.
When It Will Drop: February 9

Ryan Adams – Prisoner

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What We Know: It seems mind-boggling that Prisoner will mark Ryan Adam’s 16th album since the year 2000 – but here it is. Ryan recently showcased new tunes in an incredible one-night-only Sydney show.
When It Will Drop: February 17

The Jesus And Mary Chain – Damage And Joy

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What We Know: The first taste of their first album in 20 years – the single ‘Amputation’ – was as brilliantly chaotic as they come. Lord knows what the full record has in store.
When It Will Drop: March 25

Drake – More Life

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What We Know: Drake is set to continue his world domination with More Life – which was originally scheduled for a late 2016 release. Oh and he’s not calling it an album. Or a mixtape. It’s a “playlist”.
When It Will Drop: Early 2017

Depeche Mode – Spirit

What We Know: 35 years into their illustrious career, Depeche Mode are gearing up to release their 14th studio album.
When It Will Drop: TBA

Spoon

What We Know: Spoon teamed up with Dave Fridman for their ninth studio album – which according to Britt Daniel, contains “multidimensional jams” and “oddball sound effects.”
When It Will Drop: March

Beck

What We Know: Remember when Beck upset everyone by winning the Grammy for Album Of The Year for Morning Phase? Well it’s been a while since then, and the constant shifting around of the release date for this new album has only increased anticipation.
When It Will Drop: TBA

Phoenix

What We Know: It’s always a red flag when a band that’s been silent for a while, suddenly changes their social media accounts to something that looks alarmingly like album art. Now, the waiting game has well and truly begun.
When It Will Drop: 

Major Lazer – Music Is The Weapon 

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What We Know: Given that the album’s single ‘Cold Water’ has already looped the world many times over in terms of album stream miles, the fourth album from the dancehall legends will be something to behold.
When It Will Drop: January

LCD Soundsystem

What We Know: When LCD were announced as the Coachella headliner last year, most people assumed this meant a new album was on the cards. Well, 2016 has been and gone, with nary a whisper from James Murphy. Whether it will materialise in 2017 remains to be seen.
When It Will Drop: TBA

Taylor Swift

What We Know: Since she first started making music, Swift has released one album every two years like clockwork. Last November (when a new one should have dropped) flew past, without any new music from the pop superstar – and now everyone is eagerly waiting to hear the follow up to 2014’s blinding success 1989. 
When It Will Drop: TBA

Ed Sheeran – TBD

What We Know: A week ago, British superstar Ed Sheeran abruptly burst back onto the musical stage with singles ‘Castle On The Hill’ and ‘Shape Of You’. Watch this space pop nerds, an album is coming.
When It Will Drop: TBA

Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up 

What We Know: Five years has past since Helplessness Blues, and Robin Pecknold has already indicated a big shift in sound for the band.
When It Will Drop: TBA

The Shins – Heartworms 

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What We Know: Heartworms is the band’s first album since 2012’s introspective Port Of Morrow, and their fifth studio album overall.
When It Will Drop: March 10

U2 – Songs Of Experience

What We Know: For better or worse, everyone remember’s U2’s Songs Of Innocence – mostly because it landed unwanted on our iPhones. Nevertheless, the follow up will arrive sometime this year.
When It Will Drop: TBA

St Vincent

What We Know: “I think it’ll be the deepest, boldest work I’ve ever done,” Annie Clark said of her new album, in an interview with Guitar WorldGiven the heights that her last album, 2013’s St Vincent, rose to – this is a big statement indeed.
When It Will Drop: Autumn

Sky Ferreira – Masochism

What We Know: Ferreira’s excellent breakout album Night Time, My Time appeared back in 2013 – and apart from the title Masochism, details about the album remain fairly scant.
When It Will Drop: TBA

Vampire Weekend

What We Know: Guitarist Rostam Batmanglij quit the band early last year, but frontman Ezra Kroenig was keen to assure fans that a new album was still in the works. He even shared the working title – Mitsubishi Macchiato – adding it’s called that “for obvious reasons.”
When It Will Drop: TBA

Kanye West/G.O.O.D Music – Cruel Winter

What We Know: The follow up to Cruel Summer, GOOD Music’s compilation Cruel Winter is being executive produced by Travis Scott, with features from everyone on the roster. Plus Kanye is working on his own album, working title Turbo Grafx 16.
When It Will Drop: Hopefully during northern hemisphere’s winter.

Sigur Rós

What We Know: 2013’s Kveikur was the sound of the Icelandic post-rock band hitting their creative peak. At least, until they release their new record.
When It Will Drop: TBA

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