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AUDIO JUNKIE: New music from big stars this new year



It’s a new year and you’re not alone in making resolutions and plans. The following big-name acts are expected to release much-awaited material.

Adele, our favorite British torch singer for the modern times, has been teasing fans that her new album “will be a drum n bass record to spite you.” True to the singer’s propensity for age-calling her records, she said her latest work will probably be titled “30.”

Adele (Reuters/Danny Moloshok)

Adele (Reuters/Danny Moloshok)

But the singer has already turned 31 years old and word on a release of a new album has yet to be announced. That hasn’t deterred her loyal fans. Though, who still cling to the hope that this year will be the year.

Rihanna teased last December that she was already listening to her new album and enjoying it too. The album is “R9,” her ninth album. Every rumble suggests the sound of the new songs tip toward dancehall and reggae.

Party girl Kesha has had a challenging past few years. The “Tiktok” singer’s career was literally put on hold as a lawsuit against her former producer Dr. Luke unfolded. But with the support of fans and fellow artists like Taylor Swift, Kesha slowly but surely bounced back which culminated in the 2019 single “Raising Hell.”

The full album “High Road” will be Kesha’s official comeback and it will feature songs co-written with Fun’s Nate Ruess and Imagine Dragon’s Dan Reynolds.

Lady Gaga (Reuters/David McNew)

Lady Gaga (Reuters/David McNew)

After that Oscar and Grammy nod for her hit single “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born,” fans are aching for something new from Lady Gaga. With her teasing she’s been shutting herself up inside a studio, that might come anytime soon. The fans have been calling the set “LG6,” a nod to what would be her sixth studio album.

Dua Lipa is upping the ante. Apparently, electro sounding singles “Don’t Start Now” and “Future Nostalgia” are precursors to a full length album that Dua Lipa describes as a way for her to “break out of (her) comfort zone and challenge myself to make music that felt like it could sit alongside some of my favorite classic pop songs, whilst still feeling fresh and uniquely mine.”

Dua Lipa (Reuters/Neil Hall)

Dua Lipa (Reuters/Neil Hall)

The news that living legend Neil Young might release new material is heartening. It is said to be the mythical “hidden album” to bridge his classic albums “Harvest” and “Comes A Time.”

Rock and roll poet Bruce Springsteen’s most recent romp under the spotlight is with the successful run of “Springsteen On Broadway.” It said to have been catalyst that has got “The Boss” writing songs again so expect a new album from him in the next 12 months.

In the Philippines, Sarah Geronimo’s boomerang-of-a-hit in “Tala” was the big last hurrah viral song of 2019. It’s the perfect prologue to a new SG album said to be in-the-works. The new album is bound to be interesting as Sarah has an almost autobiographical approach in choosing songs that goes in it. She might not write the tunes, but if it does not relate to her outlook at the moment, it won’t make the cut.

Sarah Geronimo

Sarah Geronimo

Unique is still the most prolific 19-year old of his generation and his full-length debut album “Grandma” proves it. However, fans have been waiting for something from him. The wait will soon be over as he has been trying out new song in his gigs of late. OC Records head Kean Cipriano said a new single is in the offing soon, from a new album set for release in the first quarter of 2020.

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