2023 is bound to be a great year for music. A lot of our favourite artists are releasing fresh new music. In this comprehensive list, we have gathered a few of the most anticipated new albums this year that fans across the globe are eagerly waiting for. From U2, Lana Del Rey, Pink Floyd, Linkin Park, and Metallica to Daft Punk, the list keeps getting more and more interesting!
New Albums Dropping in March
March 17 > U2: Songs of Surrender – (Island Records/Interscope Records)
First announced on January 2023 along with a minute-long teaser trailer on Youtube, Irish rock giants U2 announced the follow-up to 2014’s Songs of Innocence, and 2017’s Songs of Experience. The new full-length record, titled ‘Songs of Surrender’ is a collection of 40 songs, most of them being reimagined versions of popular U2 tracks. According to some dedicated fans who received personal handwritten letters from band member, The Edge, the project “started as an experiment” but quickly became an “obsession as so many early U2 songs yielded to a new interpretation.”
March 24 > Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer & Shahzad Ismaily: Love in Exile – (Verve Records)
After her critically acclaimed third LP, Vulture Prince (2021), Brooklyn-based Pakistani songwriter Arooj Aftab became the first Pakistani woman to win a Grammy Award for the Best Global Music Performance. Even Barack Obama himself included one track off her album for his summer playlist favorites. Ranging from Ghazals, to Reggae, to psychedelic rock, Arooj’s influences are diverse. Her artistic vision, unparalleled. Her latest studio effort ‘Love in Exile’ is set to debut at the 2023 Big Ears Festival in Knoxville.
March 24 > Depeche Mode: Memento Mori – (Columbia Records)
With over 43 years of experience and groundbreaking musicianship, the long-awaited fifteenth studio album by Depeche Mode is set to release this March. From pop, electro, blues to industrial metal, this is one band that has seen it all. The album was inspired by the sad passing of synth player and founding member Andy Fletcher. According to guitarist/singer Martin Gore, the title of the record translates from Latin. “It’s a reminder to make the most of life,” he told NME, “and make the most of each day.”
March 24 > Elton John: Honky Château 50th Anniversary Edition – (UMe)
The 1972 LP, one of Rolling Stone’s 500 Best Albums of All Time, was recorded in the now-famous Château d’Hérouville in Paris during a week-long session that included nine songs by John and his band. The new record – ‘Honky Château 50th Anniversary Edition’ features these demos. Additionally, the reissue includes John’s Feb. 5, 1972 performance at London’s Royal Festival Hall, where he debuted many Honky Chateau songs. In advance of the reissue’s release, John also shared the performance of “Rocket Man” from that night, which marked the first time he ever performed the song live:
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March 24 > Fall Out Boy: So Much (for) Stardust – (Fueled by Ramen/Elektra Entertainment)
Pop-punk pioneers from Chicago are back with their eighth full length studio album. Led by the single, ‘Love From the Other Side’, which dropped in January, their newest album is a testament to their rock and emo roots. “Our band has been an ongoing art project for 20 years, and we know there have been many inception points along that journey,” bassist Pete Wentz shared in a press release. “We wanted to create an album that merged those points together — something new, but carved from our foundation.”
March 24 > Lana Del Rey: Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd – (Interscope Records)
American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey has just dropped a brand new single called “The Grants.” The song precedes her upcoming album “Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd,” which is supposedly an ode to some of the industry’s most noted background singers. The ninth full-length studio album comes after Del Rey’s October 2021 studio effort titled “Blue Banisters.” Previously, the record was hinted by the release of the title track, and also the song A&W, which she dropped in February 2023.
March 24 >
Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon (Live at Wembley 1974) (2023 Master) – (Sony)
Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon (50th Anniversary) (2023 Remaster) – (Sony)
This album needs no introduction. Released 50 years ago, the album reached No. 1 on Billboard’s LP chart for a week but has since remained on the chart for nearly 1,000 weeks, selling more than 50 million units worldwide. To commemorate the 50th anniversary, Sony Music is releasing a new deluxe boxed set of the remastered studio album on CD, LP and Blu-Ray and DVD audio, and for the first time in Dolby Atmos. In addition to a CD and LP of “Live at Wembley Empire Pool,” recorded in London in 1974.
According to Wall Street Journal, “The British band’s 1973 album has a hypnotic rock sound and songs that explore the forces—greed, sadness and war, among others—that erode one’s sanity.”
March 24 > Babymetal: The Other One – (Cooking Vinyl)
Ever since they first broke the internet in 2010, this Japanese metal act has been won hearts across the globe. The 4th LP by hem will feature 10 new songs and is supposed to be a concept album, with each song representing a unique theme based on 10 parallel dimensions. The album was led by two brand new singles, namely ‘Divine Attack – Shingeki’ and ‘Monochrome’.
March 31 > London Brew: London Brew – (Concord Jazz Records)
Theon Cross, Nubya Garcia, Shabaka Hutchings, Dave Okumu, Tom Skinner, and other prominent musicians from the 21st century are among those who have contributed to the upcoming Miles Davis tribute — London Brew, which was orchestrated by producer and guitarist Martin Terefe and executive producer Bruce Lampcov. Being recorded during the pandemic and after months of isolation and the inability to cooperate in person, the band’s debut portrays an emotional journey through the time when it was developed. Terefe explains how the resulting music is “sometimes uncomfortable, other times it’s familiar and joyous, and other times it’s like deep meditation.”
March 31 > The White Stripes: Elephant Deluxe – (Third Man Records)
The White Stripes will reissue their 2003 album, and 2004 Grammy Award for “Best Alternative Album” — Elephant, for its 20th anniversary. The revamp comes with a live album recorded in 2003 at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom. Largely recorded over two weeks in April 2002 at London’s analogue Toe Rag Studios, Elephant includes such now-classic singles as the Grammy Award-winning “Seven Nation Army,” “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself,” “The Hardest Button To Button,” and “There’s No Home For You Here,” all of which prompted Rolling Stone’s David Fricke to hail the album as quite simply, “a work of pulverizing perfection.”
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Fresh Releases Dropping in April
April 7 > Linkin Park: Meteora 20th Anniversary Edition – (Warner Records)
Led by the bootleg track ‘Lost’ which Linkin Park dropped last month, Meteora’s 20th year reissue is set to include a Limited Edition Super Deluxe Box Set, a Deluxe Vinyl Box Set, a Deluxe 3-CD collection and more. Co-vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Mike Shinoda recalled the band uncovering the track while going through the Meteora archives. Upon discovering the song, Shinoda described it as “finding a favourite photo you’d forgotten you’d taken.”
April 14 > Metallica: 72 Seasons – (Blackened)
72 Seasons is Metallica‘s first full-length collection of new material since 2016’s Hardwired…To Self-Destruct. Greg Fidelman, James Hetfield, and Lars Ulrich worked together to make the 12-track album, which has a duration of more than 77 minutes. On April 13, a day before the album’s release, Metallica will host a global listening party for their 12th studio album, 72 Seasons, in theatres throughout the world. Apart for being booked for headlining Download Festival 2023, the band was in recent news post the release of their Netflix docu-series: “Some Kind of Monster.”
April 21 > The Smashing Pumpkins: Atum – Act 3 (Martha’s Music)
Chicago-based alt-rock giants, The Smashing Pumpkins, had been releasing their 33-song rock opera, Atum, in parts. The album is distributed across three acts, the release dates for which are separated by eleven weeks starting November 15 2022. Act 3 is due to arrive along with a special edition box set featuring the album’s 33 songs, in addition to 10 bonus tracks.
April 28 > The National: First Two Pages of Frankenstein – (4AD)
The National revealed their upcoming album, First Two Pages of Frankenstein, on January along with its star-studded tracklist. The project is the band’s ninth full-length studio effort, and will contain lead single “Tropic Morning News” as well as collaborations with Taylor Swift, Phoebe Bridgers and Sufjan Stevens.
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May 5 > Ed Sheeran: Subtract – (Atlantic Records)
After the recent news of Sheeran’s new studio album surfaced last week, he explained that it was motivated by personal traumas he has experienced, such as the diagnosis of his wife Cherry Seaborn and the passing of his close friend, British music entrepreneur and DJ, Jamal Edwards. Led by the single ‘Eyes Closed’ to be released on March 24, Subtract would mark Ed’s sixth LP. In light of the events, the singer-songwriter stated that it is an album of him making songs “that’s honest and true to where I am in my adult life for the first time.”
May 12 > Daft Punk: Random Access Memories (10th Anniversary Edition) – (Columbia Records)
2014 Album of the year Grammy winner Random Access Memories by French-duo electronica Daft Punk is due to get a 10-year anniversary reboot. According to the band, the album will include 35 minutes of unreleased material including demos and studio outtakes. After pushing the boundaries of the electronica realm for over 30 years, the band finally decided to call it a day in February 2021.
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New Albums Dropping in June
June 2 > Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds: Council Skies (Sour Mash)
The announcement for Noel’s new album was shared along with the video for lead single, ‘Easy Now,’ which dropped in January, and features House of the Dragon actress Milly Alcock. Council Skies takes its title from a book by northern illustrator and friend of Noel, artist Pete McKee. It covers themes of youthful yearning, and unbridled ambition. Speaking of the album, Noel says: “It’s going back to the beginning. Daydreaming, looking up at the sky and wondering about what life could be …”
June 23 > Jason Mraz: Mystical Magical Rhythmical Radical Ride – (BMG)
American singer-songwriter Jason Mraz is gearing up for the release of his eighth studio album. After the 2020 album “Look for the Good,” this is his first album in three years. Furthermore, there are ten tracks on the album which was preceded with the release of the album’s opening track, ‘I Feel Like Dancing,’ accompanied with a well-choreographed music video on February 15, 2023.
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