Goodbye 2017: It has been another great year for music, but will 2018 be better? Let’s look at the evidence
It’s that time of year where we prepare to give way to the old and welcome in the new. 2017 has been an excellent year for music with some solid releases, but also sadness as we’ve said goodbye to some big names. But let’s concentrate on the positives the year has brought us.
2017 will probably be remembered as the ‘year of the Sheeran.’ While everyone’s summer was brightened up, or haunted, by one particular Spanish-language song, and Ariana Grande fought back against terrorism with the successful One Love Manchester gig.
Many artists will be hoping that Ed Sheeran takes a break in 2018 and gives them the chance to dominate the charts. While the new year promises to be a big one for female artists.
So, what do we have to look forward to in 2018? Although not officially confirmed, fans of Destiny’s Child are convinced that Beyoncé is “getting the band back together.” The evidence? 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the band’s debut album.
Chvrches will release their “most pop album to date.” Australian legend Kyle Minogue is ready to share her tell-all album about her relationship break-up, and Scandinavian sensation Sigrid will unleash her debut album. Also, Little Simz and Ray BLK will be artists to keep an eye on in the new year. Lily Allen and The Streets return with new music and a greatest hits tour respectively.
The 1975 will bring out their third album, Music For Cars. Singer Matt Healy has said of the album: “If you look at third albums, OK Computer, or The Queen Is Dead, that’s what we need to do.”
Jack White is in the studio doing what he does best, which means lots of fuzz and blues riffs, and there’s the also little matter of the return of Arctic Monkeys. As far as legends go, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Public Enemy, and Bjork all have milestone celebrations in 2018. Songwriting Magazine will see you on the other side.