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14 Most Anticipated Albums of 2020

Halsey, Dua Lipa, Tame Impala, and more.

While it's plenty fun to revisit music of the last year (or decade), it's equally exciting to point our focus to future releases.

2020 is coming soon, with no shortage of both indie and major-label releases in the early months to keep our ears busy. Below, we've picked just a few that we can't wait to hear.

The 1975: Notes On A Conditional Form (Interscope/Dirty Hit, 2/21)

After dropping their acclaimed A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships late last year, the modern indie pop legends return this year with their fourth studio album. They've released three songs from it so far, including opener "The 1975," featuring teen climate activist (turned Matty Healy's friend) Greta Thunberg.

The 1975 - People (Official Video) www.youtube.com


Grimes: Miss Anthropocene (4AD, 2/21)

The follow-up to Grimes' 2015 magnum opus, Art Angels is "a concept album about the anthropomorphic goddess of climate change." She's released five singles, most recently "4ÆM."

Grimes – 4ÆM www.youtube.com


Georgia: Seeking Thrills (Domino, 1/10)

British producer Georgia Barnes' second album is due at the beginning of the year. If '80s-indebted synth-pop is up your alley, check out her fantastic single "About Work the Dancefloor."

Georgia - About Work The Dancefloor (Official Video) www.youtube.com


Frances Quinlan: Likewise (Saddle Creek, 1/31)

Frances Quinlan is best known as the lead singer of Philadelphia indie rockers Hop Along, but her inimitable voice still packs a punch as a solo act. Her first album under her own name comes out next month. Check out a single from it, "Now That I'm Back."

Frances Quinlan - Now That I'm Back www.youtube.com


Tame Impala: The Slow Rush (Interscope, 2/14)

The Slow Rush is Kevin Parker and company's first album since 2015's instant-classic, Currents. The Australian band has released three singles so far: "Borderline," "It Might Be Time," and "Posthumous Forgiveness."

Tame Impala - Borderline (Audio) www.youtube.com


Halsey: Manic (Capitol, 1/17)

Manic is Halsey's third album. It includes her No. 1 hit "Without Me," as well as features from Alanis Morrisette, Dominic Fike, and Min Yoon-gi of BTS.

Halsey - Without Me www.youtube.com


Beach Slang: The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City (Bridge Nine, 1/10)

Last year, James Alex released the mellowed-out, acoustic-focused Everything Matters But No One Is Listening as Quiet Slang. Now he's back with his full punk band, Beach Slang, with their third studio album. It features Tommy Stinson of the Replacements on bass.'

Beach Slang - Bam Rang Rang www.youtube.com


Kesha: High Road (Kemosabe, 1/10)

After the stream of empowerment anthems that comprised 2017's Rainbow, Kesha is returning to her party-pop roots for her fourth album. Singles "Raising Hell," "My Own Dance," and "Resentment" are out now.

Kesha - Raising Hell (Official Video) ft. Big Freedia www.youtube.com


Mura Masa: Raw Youth Collage (Polydor, 1/17)

Grammy-winning British producer Mura Masa's second record is on the horizon. It features guest vocals from pop darling Clairo, idiosyncratic rapper slowthai, lo-fi R&B upstart Tirzah, and more.

Mura Masa, Clairo - I Don't Think I Can Do This Again (Official Video) www.youtube.com


Bombay Bicycle Club: Everything Else Has Gone Wrong (Island, 1/17)

After taking some time off, London indie pop band Bombay Bicycle Club are back with their first new album since 2013. So far, you can hear "Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You)," "Racing Stripes," and the album's title track. Read our interview with bassist Ed Nash about the band's return.

Bombay Bicycle Club - Racing Stripes www.youtube.com


Okay Kaya: Watch This Liquid Pour Itself (Jagjaguwar, 1/24)

Norweigan singer-songwriter Okay Kaya's second album is out soon, intertwining her themes of melancholy and anxiety into dark, eerie pop. She's released three singles so far: "Ascend and Try Again," "Baby Little Tween," and "Asexual Wellbeing."

Okay Kaya - Ascend and Try Again www.youtube.com


Wolf Parade: Thin Mind (Sub Pop, 1/24)

Indie rock stalwarts Wolf Parade are back with their fifth album, their first since departure of multi-instrumentalist Dante DeCaro. They've already released two songs from it, "Forest Green" and "Against the Day."

Wolf Parade - Forest Green [LYRIC VIDEO] www.youtube.com


Andy Shauf: The Neon Skyline (Anti-, 1/24)

Canadian singer-songwriter Andy Shauf is soon releasing his sixth solo album. The singles "Things I Do" and "Try Again" are out now.

Andy Shauf - "Try Again" www.youtube.com


Dua Lipa: Future Nostalgia (Warner, TBA)

Dua Lipa's second studio album doesn't have a set release date, but we know it's coming in early 2020. If the two lead singles so far—"Don't Start Now" and "Future Nostalgia"—are any indication, it won't be a disappointment.

Dua Lipa - Don't Start Now (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

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RELEASE RADAR | Uffie is back

Plus new music from Lillian Frances, JD Simon, Balms and more

RELEASE RADAR is here to give you the breakdown of the top singles, albums, and videos of the week, so you can head into your weekend with a new list of killer tunes.

SINGLES…

Uffie | "Sadmoney"

Uffie took over MySpace with her track "Pop the Glock" back in 2011. Eight years and two kids later, she's back with an equally infectious single.

You Might Also Like: Charli XCX, Little Boots, Grimes

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JD Simo | "You Need Love"

JD Simo - You Need Love (Official Audio) www.youtube.com

Old school blues has never sounded so modern. With classic influences and modern technology, JD Simo redefines traditional blues for a new generation.

You Might Also Like: The Allman Brothers Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Blackberry Smoke

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PREMIERE | Fuel on Fire | "Figured You Out"

The brothers-turned-bandmates in Fuel on Fire incorporate traditional bluegrass into their unique blend of indie rock.

You Might Also Like: Switchfoot, U2, Coldplay

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A Brilliant Lie | "The Tarot"


Explosive pop-punk outfit A Brilliant Lie kicked off a 2019 tour last month and teased their upcoming album (out this March) with their track, "The Tarot"

You Might Also Like: Bully, Paramore, Underoath

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PREMIERE | Trapdoor Social | "The Move"


Trapdoor Social - The Move (audio only) www.youtube.com

Environmental activists/musical collective Trapdoor Social is a band with a conscious. Their music, including their latest single "The Move," uses breezy indie pop to play with social critique and philosophy.

You Might Also Like: Truslow, Polite Fiction, Call Security

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Jackie Venson | "A Million Moments"

Jackie Venson - 'A Million Moments' www.youtube.com

Sharp guitar and pop beats pair beautifully with Jackie Venson's powerful vocals for a fresh take on what we've dubbed "electro-soul."

You Might Also Like: Gary Clark Jr., Elles Bailey, The Stone Foxes

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VIDEOS

David Leonard | Signs Of Life

David Leonard - Signs of Life (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

In his latest video, Grammy-nominated David Leonard heads to a house party and spends the night searching for something he doesn't quite find.

You Might Also Like: Tori Kelly, NEEDTOBREATHE, All Sons & Daughters

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RENYA | Heartbeat

REYNA - Heartbeat (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

Sister act RENYA bake up sweet treats in their new, very pink, video.

You Might Also Like: Tegan and Sara, Robyn, Carly Rae Jepsen

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Lillian Frances | Super Bowl Party

Super Bowl Party by Lillian Frances www.youtube.com

Lillian Frances throws up a big middle finger to the Patriots and the patriarchy in her cheeky new video.

You Might Also Like: Sylvan Esso, Maggie Rogers, Dido

Follow Lillian Frances on Facebook | Spotify | Instagram

ALBUMS/EPS

Balms | Mirror

The debut album from San Francisco trio Balms is a dreamy blend of indie rock--but sometimes, the dreams turn to nightmares.

You Might Also Like: Bon Iver, Beach House, Holy Fawn

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Allie Delyanis is an award-winning and losing freelance journalist based in New York City. She likes bands, books, breakfast food, and would love to be David Sedaris when she grows up. You can find more of her work on www.delyanis.com.