If British songstress Adele continues her trend of releasing albums in January every three years, we can expect her highly anticipated third studio album to drop within weeks. There have been rumblings that it’s ready to go and that she might be the latest in a string of artists to join the trend of dropping a new album with no prior warning. Her first album ’19’ was huge, but her sophomore album ’21’ was enormous, selling more than 30 million copies across the planet. On that trajectory, expect Adele to be buying your nearest archipelago with the money she earns from the next one.
• KELLY CLARKSON
If you don’t count her Christmas album, released at the end of last year, it’s been a seemingly endless wait for new music for fans of the original ‘American Idol’, Kelly Clarkson. Her last album proper ‘Stronger’ was released more than three years ago and did rather well for her both in her native US and here in Australia. The wait looks finally set to be over for Kel’s fans early in the new year; the singer using social media to confirm the release of a new LP early this year. To that end, we presume a lead single will be mere weeks away from making an impact.
• GERI HALLIWELL
It’s been almost a year and a half since Geri Halliwell popped onto Australian shores as a judge on the rebooted ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ and attempted to capitalise on the show’s publicity by releasing a brand new single. Sadly that brand new single was ‘Half Of Me’, which was universally panned by critics (including us) and got what it deserved on the charts. Undeterred, however, Geri will forge ahead with her music career in 2015, recently tweeting that new music is indeed forthcoming. Let’s hope that this time around it’s infused with a little more “spice”.
• SAMANTHA JADE
Fact : former ‘X Factor’ winner Samantha Jade remains one of our favourite ever interviews here at auspOp. She was charming, eloquent, flirtatious and, unlike many of her peers in the business, was across virtually every facet of her career. So it’s disheartening to see her being shunned by the widespread radio community, despite releasing a couple of totally decent pop singles throughout the year, our favourite of which was the cute-as-pie ‘Sweet Talk’. Could 2015 be the year when we finally get to hear that long-awaited debut album?
• ADAM LAMBERT
Anyone who saw Adam Lambert in the role of Queen frontman on their Australian tour last year knows that the man is a superstar. And after extending the middle finger to his former label for trying to coax him into releasing a covers album, he’s flying free with Swedish super-songwriter Max Martin in his pop pocket, readying the release of a new solo record. He’s still touring throughout Europe with Queen for the first couple of months of the year, so presumably he’ll leave any promotion or lead single until such time as that’s wrapped, but Glamberts’ three year wait for new material looks like being almost over.
• LEONA LEWIS
Followers of Leona Lewis on her socials will no doubt be aware that she’s made no secret that she’s working on new material. There was a three year gap between her 2009 record ‘Echo’ and 2012’s ‘Glassheart’, so on that trajectory, we anticipate that we’ll get a new album from the British diva sometime this year. Precisely when that will be, however, and in what form remains to be seen. But given single name rumours are already doing the rounds, we presume it won’t be long before we hear the first taste of the new LP.
• ROSIE LOWE
Universal Music has already started making some noise about UK singer songwriter Rosie Lowe (left) for 2015. Though she hasn’t been fully embraced by the mainstream at this stage, Rosie has already released a couple of singles (‘Water Came Down’ and ‘How’d You Like It’) and we’re told that we should expect a debut album sometime early in the new year. Check out the video for her latest single ‘How’d You Like It’ HERE and let us know what you think in the comments section below.
It’s almost three years since the release of The Queen Of Pop’s last album ‘MDNA’, but Madonna’s 13th studio effort ‘Rebel Heart’ is due for release in early March. After a succession of leaks late last year, Madge was forced into rush-releasing six tracks and categorise them as “an early Christmas present”. There’s been plenty of excitement in the lead-up to its release, along with confirmation that she’s been working with some of the biggest names in the EDM game, including Diplo and Avicii, along with pop songstress Natalia Kills. There are some strong offerings in amongst the six tracks already released (‘Living For Love’ and ‘Ghosttown’ our favourites), but her global fandom will be wanting, needing, waiting for plenty more when MLC drops album XIII in MMXV.
• MARINA & THE DIAMONDS
We already know that we’re expecting new music from Marina & The Diamonds in 2015. The songstress has confirmed the upcoming release of her latest album ‘Froot’ and will be releasing one track per month in the lead-up to its retail date of April 03. Three tracks from the LP have already dropped; the very pop lead single and title track, along with the more subdued piano ballad ‘Happy’ and the pop ballad ‘Immortal’. Stay tuned, because going on what we’ve heard so far, Marina is on a mission to ensure April pop horizons are looking mighty juicy.
• JESSICA MAUBOY
In our LATE OCTOBER interview, Jessica Mauboy gave us the strongest hint yet that a new album will drop this year. Yes, she may have disappointed fans with a repackage of her last album instead of an entirely new one, but she confirmed that was because “it’s just not finished yet”. She did, however, go on to say that latest single ‘Can I Get A Moment?’ was indicative of the new LP and that she already had half of it done. “Personally, I think I’ll have it mid-year,” she said. Watch this space.
• DANNII MINOGUE
Oi! Dannii! Yes, you! We’ve been hearing rumour for way too long that you’ve been spending time in recording studios laying down tracks for a new album. ‘X Factor’ seasons come and go and we’re left with nothing but hope. While we thank you for your lovely ‘Disney’ cover (revealed exclusively here on auspOp last year) and thank you for unlocking a hidden gem for Warner’s best-of, it wasn’t a new album. And let’s face it, that’s all we and our fellow ‘Disco’-devotees are really after here. We love that you’re most often on the cutting edge of pop and we love that you’re consistently immersed in the business and its beats. But what our dirty hands demand from you is a new album in 2015. Thankyou.
Another Aussie artist we’re expecting an album from this year is Nathaniel. The singer has already achieved top ten success with the singles ‘You’ and ‘Live Louder’ and he’s already confirmed to us that he’s been overseas working with some big name songwriters for his LP release. “We’ve got nine of the songs chosen that we definitely want on the album and there are probably one or two more that we want on there,” Nathaniel told us in September, hinting that we may have seen the album before the end of last year. Given that didn’t come to fruition, its release can’t be too far away, so expect a single imminently.
• ONE DIRECTION
Given that the UK supergroup has a penchant for releasing a new album every November (well, at least for the last four years), will we see a new One Direction album landing at retail towards the end of the year? Or, given they’ve now released 14 singles, could album number five simply be a best-of collection coupled with a handful of new songs, released to coincide with the busy pre-Christmas period? There’s already rumour that at least one of the boys has begun work on his solo career, but which will step out first – and in which direction?
• PET SHOP BOYS
It’s usually a few years between each Pet Shop Boys album, but Neil and Chris revealed late last year that they were already at work on their 13th studio album. In their Christmas message to their devoted followers, they confirmed that they were once again working with Stuart Price, who also produced their previous LP ‘Electric’ and that writing would continue throughout this month. Given the previous LP only took six months to get together, album 13 might see the light of day sometime in the middle of the year.
• EMELI SANDE
It’s been almost three years since British songstress Emeli Sandé broke through with her stunning debut album ‘Our Version Of Events’, so a release for its all-important follow-up is virtually guaranteed in 2015. She has indeed been working on new material and early indications are that we’ll be hearing the lead single from it within weeks. If the quality and calibre of the songs on ‘Our Version Of Events’ are any guide, the second serve of Sandé is one of our most highly anticipated releases of the year.
• GWEN STEFANI
There’s (ahem) no doubt that Gwen Stefani still holds a mass of popular appeal. It’s just sad that said popular appeal hasn’t translated into chart success with her 2014 singles ‘Baby Don’t Lie’ and ‘Spark The Fire’. But there’s reportedly much more than just the two singles ready to roll; an album full of new Stefani gems is reportedly ready to see the light of day this year. Let’s just hope they’re more diamonds than the cubic zirconias she’s served up to us thus far.
• TOVE STYRKE
As she mentioned in our first pop interview of 2015, which went live on Thursday (HERE), Sweden’s Tove Styrke is hopeful of having her long-awaited sophomore album in the shops in the second quarter of the year. Though she’s currently putting the finishing touches on the LP, she confirmed to us that it’s “close to finished” and that the ‘Borderline’ EP, released late last year, provides audiences with a delicious little sample of the kind of pop diversity we should expect when the album sees the light of day.
• WILL YOUNG
Yes, ’tis true… Britain’s original ‘Pop Idol’ Will Young is feverishly working on the follow-up to his altogether excellent 2011 album ‘Echoes’, confirming early last month that production would begin late December. The last LP saw Will diving into more uptempo waters, with a succession of stylish and classy pop numbers that melded his velvety vocals with smooth beats and divine melodies. It’s one of those albums that you can go back to a couple of years later and it still sounds fresh. So we can’t wait to hear what Will’s got hiding away in his box of tricks for 2015.