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The Most Anticipated Albums of 2018


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As we edge towards the New Year it’s time to turn our eyes (and ears) to the most anticipated albums of 2018. Read on to find out which bands are working on new music, and when you’ll be able to hear it.

Arctic Monkeys - TBA

October marks the month bassist Nick O’Malley revealed the Arctic Monkeys are working on the follow up to 2013’s chart topping AM. Recording in a secret location, rumours of a new album first surfaced with Instagram posts by photographer Daniele Cavalli of the band hanging out together in LA:

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As well as a photo shared by Matt Helder, also via Instagram.

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Since their AM tour the band have been busy working on various side projects. Helder’s toured with Iggy Pop for Post Pop Depression and Alex Turner’s focused on his other band, The Last Shadow Puppets and their latest effort Everything You’ve Come to Expect.

Will a break from the Arctic Monkeys mean fresh ideas for the new album? If the band can capture even a little bit of the magic that made AM number 1 in the UK charts, the group could be looking at another chart topping effort.

Fall Out Boy - Mania


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Set for release January 19, Mania is the band’s follow-up to American Beauty / American Psycho. While 2015’s hip-hop inspired album brought us sleeper hits like Uma Thurman, Pete Wentz has confirmed that Mania will see a return to FOB’s Chicago punk rock sound, with a nod to the ‘globalisation of music’ that’s happening around the world.

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Two tunes have already surfaced from what is expected to be a 10 track album. Champions and the feet tapping Young and Menace. You’ll have to wait until January though to find out if Mania will truly be a return to the sound that first put the band on the map with hits like Dance, Dance and Grand Theft Autumn.

What we do know is the band Fall Out Boy will tour Australia in March. Can’t wait!

Charlie XCX - TBA

We’ve been waiting for the third full length feature album from the UK pop star for a while now. Back in February of 2017 Charlie even tweeted her frustration at not being able to get music out to her fans.

Fortunately, Number 1 Angel, the fantastic mix tape from March, has quelled our XCX-itch for now. Showing a more emotional side of the singer, it was all but written and produced in two weeks. So when it comes to album number 3, here’s hoping it’s sooner, rather than later.

Interpol - TBA

Confirmed back in January of 2017, the trio from New York City are set to release their sixth studio LP in 2018, probably sometime after their 15th Anniversary tour for Turn on the Bright Lights.

Interpol’s last album was 2014’s El Pintor. Self-produced, it included stand out tracks like All The Rage Back Home and My Desire, but never quite hit the heights of previous efforts Antics and Turn On The Bright Lights. Still, we’re excited to see what the perennial indie favourites can deliver after a few years out of the studio.

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The Prodigy - TBA

Industrial techno lovers everywhere rejoice, The Prodigy will return in 2018. Despite rumours that the group were done with full length albums, we’re going to see both a single and an LP from the British Big Beat group in 2018.

The last Prodigy album, 2015’s The Day Is My Enemy, reached number one in the UK charts. Incredibly, it’s the sixth Prodigy album to do so, making the electronic dance group one of the UK’s most popular in recent years. That fact alone has us salivating for Breathe level bangers in 2018.

Chvrches - TBA

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The info’s a little thin on this one, but as early as February 2017 Chvrches were back in the studio with lead singer Lauren Mayberry posting this pic to Instagram:

And then Dave Stewart tweeted about working with them.

Stewart’s the other half of Eurythmics, working with Annie Lennox on synthpop hits like Sweet Dreams back in the 1980s. 80s synth meets EDM? Sounds like a match made in dance floor heaven. Fingers crossed for an official announcement about a new Chvrches album sometime soon.

That about wraps it up for our most anticipated albums of 2018. Looking for more music news? Check out our picks for the Best Debut Albums of 2017.

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