The music gods have smiled upon us this week in the form of Frank Ocean and Britney Spears. Fans have been waiting years for the two artists to announce their next projects and for their part, Ocean and Spears have been trolling us pretty hard.
Spears’ upcoming ninth studio album had a few false starts, but when the singer released her new single “Make Me” at the beginning of July, it seemed like an album couldn’t be far behind. On Wednesday, Spears made the official announcement that a new era and her new album, titled Glory, will drop later this month on August 26.
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) August 3, 2016
For his part, Ocean had fans in a frenzy over a livestream that started on Monday and featured a still shot of a warehouse with classical music playing. Ocean’s follow-up to his 2012 breakout debut Channel Orange looks like it’s finally arriving today, though so far all we have are Snapchat filters. Beggars can’t be choosers.
But there are other artists who are still keeping us waiting. Patience is a virtue and one that is oftentimes overrated.
Joe Jonas-fronted supergroup DNCE are coming up to the one-year mark for the release of their debut single “Cake By the Ocean” and have since dropped their second single, the catchy and chill “Toothbrush.” The band dropped five-song EP Sway in October 2015, but we’ve still yet to receive any concrete facts about a full length album. Back in March, Jonas told Ryan Seacrest that the band was aiming for August to release their debut album. Still, no word. DNCE are nominated for Best New Artist at this month’s MTV VMAs and if they win, let’s hope for an album announcement in their acceptance speech.
If there was ever a poster child for how getting a record deal at a young age doesn’t always work out, it’s JoJo. The sultry singer had a string of hits in her early teens, but disputes with her label put JoJo in music limbo for years. JoJo’s last full length studio album was 2006’s The High Road. Since then, she’s released two mixtapes and three EPs, dropping one in 2014 and two in 2015. Her third studio album Mad Love is supposed to be released October 26 and we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed until then.
Speaking of the horrors of the music industry, in the past three years pop singer Kesha has gone from the party girl with a positive message of self-love to the face of sexual assault in the recording business. Kesha sued her producer Dr. Luke, alleging the hitmaker caused emotional distress and that he sexually assaulted the singer. Kesha has been largely unable to release any new music because of her contract with Dr. Luke, leaving her Warriors waiting and hoping for new music soon. This spring, fans got a little taste of the old Kesha when the singer released “True Colors” with Zedd and performed a jaw-dropping cover of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe” at the Billboard Music Awards. Kesha, we missed you.
Since October 2014, Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn has been saying the band is planning on releasing a new album ‘soon’. In July 2015, Albarn stated that recording would begin that September. In May, pictures of the Gorillaz crew in the studio with Vic Mensa surfaced. Though the album was slated for release this year, band member Jamie Hewlett has now confirmed the new record won’t see the light of day until 2017. Who we think is really kickin’ tunes? As of now, not Gorillaz.
Remember when Beyoncé released one of the greatest albums of all time with Lemonade and there were rumours that Jay Z was going to drop a follow-up? Yeah, us too.
In 2013, Lady Gaga released her fourth solo album, Artpop, to lukewarm results. She followed it up in 2014 with Cheek to Cheek, a duet album with Tony Bennett. It was really pretty and we look forward to dancing to it at weddings, but we prefer our Mother Monster with blue pubic hair and killer pop tracks. We know, we know, Gaga has been busy starring in American Horror Story, winning Emmys, performing a David Bowie tribute at the Grammy Awards, getting and un-getting engaged, and continuing to be a kick-ass, charitable celeb. But where L5 at? The Mark Ronson produced album (now we’re salivating) was slated to be released this year, but now Elton John has confirmed it won’t hit the airwaves until 2017. And he’s a knight, so it’s probably legit.
Is there some correlation between performing David Bowie tributes and delaying your album? We’re not sure, but Lorde, who performed a stunning Bowie tribute at the Brit Awards this year, has yet to release a new album since her breathtaking 2013 debut Pure Heroine. We’re not saying the New Zealand native has been sitting around taking cat pictures with Taylor Swift and Jack Antonoff, although she has done that too. She’s worked with Kanye West and Disclosure and was the curator for 2014’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, also releasing the original song “Yellow Flicker Beat.” So far, this is all the information we have on Lorde’s sophomore album. Mum’s the word.
whispered the album name to my mum in the car today
— Lorde (@lorde) January 1, 2016
Christina Aguilera’s 2012 album Lotus was largely missed, producing only one single with “Your Body.” Before that, Aguilera dropped her sixth studio album Bionic, which also failed to produce any hits to rival that of the former Mickey Mouse Club member’s previous albums. Aguilera released the single “Change” in June after the horrific Orlando massacre and we think another hit record is within the diva with the pipes.
After almost a decade out of the spotlight, during which time she began suffering from Grave’s Disease, Missy Elliott has begun making sporadic appearances in the music industry and we could not be more excited. The groundbreaking rapper performed with Katy Perry at the Super Bowl, appeared with Michelle Obama at SXSW and on Carpool Karaoke, collaborated with Pharrell on “WTF (Where They From)” and Fall Out Boy on the new Ghostbusters theme, dropped the track “Pep Rally,” but has yet to release a follow-up to 2005’s The Cookbook. We need more Missy in our lives. Missy Misdemeanor was a huge force in creating the hip hop sound of the late 1990s and early 2000s and inspired millions of women around the world. Judging by the few singles we’ve heard from Missy lately, she hasn’t missed a step. A one-two step.