An artist experiencing a comeback can take a different shape and form depending on the individual. For one artist, three years without a new album can seem like an eternity, while other bands routinely disappear for decades in-between album cycles.
In 2018, we’re going to finally see the re-emergence of the quintessential girl group, newish boy bands, alternative rockers, greatest rappers of all time, and everyone’s favourite Sk8r Girl. Don’t call it a comeback, they’ve been here before. Just not, like, for a while.
It’s almost been three years since 5 Seconds of Summer released their sophmore album Sounds Good Feels Good in October 2015, but in boy band years that’s almost a decade. The band has remained busy since releasing their last record, dropping a handful of singles, including “Girls Talk Boys” for Ghostbusters in 2016. But after promises to fans that a new album was coming ‘soon,’ it looks like we’re finally getting a new record from 5 Seconds of Summer. Releasing their comeback single “Want You Back” this week, 5 Seconds of Summer have left behind their pop punk sound that had them drawing comparisons to Blink-182 and Sum 41, reemerging with a straight pop sound that will have Directioners filling the void of One Direction’s hiatus.
In 2013, Avril Lavigne dropped her fifth solo album, a self-titled collection of tracks that never gained the momentum of her previous releases. Since then, Lavigne has gone through a separation from second husband Chad Kroeger and been diagnosed with Lyme disease. So yeah, she’s got a lot to say. Sprinkles of new music have dropped here and there, including the single “Fly” for the 2015 Special Olympics, but this recent break has been Lavigne’s longest since debuting her breakthrough album Let Go in 2002. As early as December 2016, Lavigne began telling fans on her social media that she’s working on new music, a message that has been ramping up in recent months. In January, she answered fans questions on Twitter and promised that her next album, which is ‘coming soon,’ would be “personal, dear, intimate, dramatic, raw, powerful, strong and unexpected. This record is a true emotional journey,” wrote Lavigne. We. Are. Ready.
In 2009, Down With Webster seemingly came out of nowhere to become one of the biggest bands in Canada. Their blend of upbeat pop/rock/hip hop made them a natural for radio, while the band of friends, who first formed DWW in middle school, brought their infectious energy to their music videos. The band all but disappeared in the past few years, with members doing solo projects and distancing themselves from the group. Now, DWW members Cameron Hunter, Patrick Gillett, Tyler Armes, and Andrew Martino have formed the new band Honors, with the group updating their sound and look to fit with 2018. Same catchy hooks, whole new sound.
We know, we know, Nicki Minaj hasn’t exactly disappeared (phew) since dropping The Pinkprint back in 2014. She’s toured extensively, released music with Katy Perry, DNCE, Drake, Lil Wayne, and Migos, and has stayed on the music scene without a new album. But we still want a new album. Are we greedy? Maybe. But there’s just not enough Nicki in a handful of singles sprinkled throughout the year. Thankfully, it looks like 2018 will finally be the year we get Minaj’s fourth album. The rapper dropped three singles in 2017, including “No Frauds,” “Regret In Your Tears,” and “Changed It” and we have a feeling she’s got a lot more to say.
In 2013, Vampire Weekend dropped their third studio album Modern Vampires of the City, earning the band a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album. Since then, founding member Rostam Batmanglij has moved on to work on solo projects, so we’re likely going to hear a different Vampire Weekend in 2018. The band has confirmed they’re returning to the charts with their new album, though have yet to give an exact release date. If you can’t wait for a new album, Vampire Weekend were also the main contributors to the new Peter Rabbit soundtrack, so there’s always that.
It’s been 14 years since A Perfect Circle released their last album, but that doesn’t mean the band is old news. Maynard James Keenan and his ominous vocals are just as theatrical as ever in the band’s lead single “TalkTalk” from their upcoming fourth studio album Eat The Elephant, due out April 20. The band has already announced a set of tour dates throughout North America, which means it’s time to rock out like it’s 2000. Seat buckle belts and Mod Robes are allowed.
Not only will guitarist James Iha be hitting the road this year with A Perfect Circle, he’s also reuniting with his Smashing Pumpkins bandmates Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin for a reunion tour (original member D’arcy Wretzky will not be rejoining the band). The band isn’t recording any new music, instead announcing a three-month North American tour that kicks off in July. Whether fans will be willing to shell out money to see three fourths of the original line up (many are upset that Wretzky will not be returning) is yet to be seen. For fans of the band’s older material, now is the best time to finally see “Tonight, Tonight” IRL.
On February 2, Emma Bunton shared the first photo of all five Spice Girls together in one place for the first time in six years. Naturally, the world was shook. Is it a tour, a new album, a reality show, or a little bit of everything? The Spice Girls have yet to announce what exactly their recent reunion means or what fans get expect, but what we really really want is to see Baby, Posh, Sporty, Scary, and Ginger together again. That, and for platform sneakers to come back into style. They’re so much more comfortable than heels.