New Year, New Music: Most Anticipated Albums of 2017

January 9, 2017

New year, new you, and most importantly, new music! The music of 2016 was definitely buzz-worthy; the songs on the radio ranged from dance-inducing bops like Sorry by Justin Bieber to slower tunes like This Town by Niall Horan. This year, we have much more to look forward to considering many well-loved artists are releasing new albums. Let’s take a look at the most anticipated albums of 2017.

Ed Sheeran

When Ed Sheeran announced that he was not only taking a break from releasing music but also taking a break from social media for a year, it seemed like the entire world was in turmoil. What were people going to do without his lyrically-strong, lovable songs? Well, the wait is over. Sheeran returned to social media on the exact day (and at the exact time) that he left it a year ago. After the clock struck midnight and the new year was welcomed, he announced he would be releasing new music on Friday, Jan. 6. His new album titled ÷ is, without a doubt, highly anticipated.


Drake has been a powerhouse for quite some time. Last year, his songs “One Dance” and “Controlla,” as well as the Rihanna track known was “Work” that he was featured on, were hits. His album Views was widely successful last year, and he has plans to release a playlist of new music early this year. More Life is considered a playlist rather than a Drake album because it will include music other OVO Sound artists. Currently, it does not have a set-in-stone release date, so all we can do now is sit back, listen to the songs he has released thus far, and wait to see what else Drake has up his sleeve.


It has been four years since Lorde released Pure Heroine, an album that included the Grammy award-winning song “Royals” and was interesting and powerful, both lyrically and production wise. It is fair to say that her fans have waited long enough for new music, and 2017 seems like the year their wish will be granted. Last year, Lorde tweeted the picture below, hinting that an album is on its way–and that she wants to make sure it’s as good as can be.


Taylor Swift

While there has not been an actual announcement that Taylor Swift is emerging from her musical break and releasing a new album, many are hopeful that this will be the case. Though 1989 has songs that people are still jamming to today, it came out in 2014, and another year without a new album will make three. Rumor has it Swift will come back with a bang soon, but for now, we’re merely left with hope.

Niall Horan

While One Direction are on an 18-month hiatus, band member Niall Horan has taken on a solo career. “This Town,” his soft, romantic, acoustic single has seen much success, and it has been announced that this is just one of many songs. Though he has vaguely discussed future plans for the boy band, Horan plans to release an album of his own this year.

Kanye West

Though Kanye West has had many controversial moments, it doesn’t stop people from loving his music. He is a rather unpredictable man, but one thing we can definitely expect from him is a new album. West, as he tweeted, is “on some super nerd vibes” and Turbo Grafx 16 was one of his favorite gaming systems when he was little. He posted what many believe is the album’s track list on Instagram, and the songs are titled after Nintendo games.


Katy Perry

Katy Perry is queen of making radio-friendly bops that you just can’t seem to escape (Firework, Roar, Dark Horse, etc.). For a while, she has been teasing fans about an album through snippets and social media posts about being in the studio. Prism, her most recent album, came out three years ago, so she is certainly due for a new one.  Perry recently posted the following on her Instagram story.



U2 caused a bit of an uproar when their album Songs of Innocence automatically appeared in everyone’s iPhone music libraries, but that shouldn’t belittle the quality of their music. The band has confirmed both a new album (titled Songs of Experience) and an accompanying tour in 2017.

-Nisa Ayral (@nisaayral)

Featured Image by Leslie Crow



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