2020 may have been a bad year for the music industry, but some artists released their best work yet.
Taylor Swift released her record-breaking Folklore album, which broke the Guinness World Record for the biggest opening day for an album by a female artist on Spotify after it was streamed more than 80 million times in a single day.
The Weeknd, in his album After Hours, released the single Blinding Lights, which set a new record for most weeks in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, having now spent 40 weeks somewhere in the Top 10.
Let’s take a look at some of the most exciting projects set to land in your music libraries this year.
Queen of heartbreak Adele last released new music almost five years ago, when she dropped the record-breaking album 25.
Yes, it really has been that long ago since the British singer last released new music, and with a recent appearance on Saturday Night Live, the singer seems to be edging closer to a possible album announcement.
Recent rumours circulating online also suggest the GRAMMY-winning singer may be working on a collaboration with Beyoncé.
Having announced back in January of 2020 that her follow-up album to Speak Now was ready to go, Anne-Marie like many others had her plans changed due to COVID-19.
Dropping hints to fans online that she was continuing to work on the album giving the extra time she had on her hands last year, we are expecting the project to drop sometime soon.
2021 has already got off to a cracking start for the X-Factor girl group with their single Sweet Melody becoming the first number one hit of the year.
But the departure of band member Jesy Nelson in December left the future uncertain for the group.
However, to the joy of fans around the world, the remaining members Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall decided they weren’t ready to give up just yet, with Pinnock promising something coming this spring.
Harry Styles’ last project and second album Fine Line only came out in 2019, but there have been rumours and hints that the former One Direction singer continued to create music throughout 2020.
Having spent the year filming music videos and acting, he has a role in Olivia Wilde’s upcoming film Don’t Worry Darling with Florence Pugh, he’s been songwriting in his down time.
Whether any of it has been for himself remains to be seen, but after the success of Fine Line, we wouldn’t be surprised if Harry got to work on a third record sooner than planned
Rihanna has appeared on every list of expected new albums for the year since her last project Anti in 2016.
R9 may feel like a pipe dream to many, but the singer did offer some insight to the existence of the record saying it would be reggae-inspired.
We all know she’s been busy with Fenty Beauty and Savage X Fenty over the past few years, but we also know she’s been cooking up plenty in the studio.