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Music to the ear: the most anticipated songs of 2023

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Buckle up, guys, because 2023 is going to be an exciting journey for music lovers.

Some of the most anticipated albums of the last few years are finally dropping, and some long-ago fan favorites are also planning a comeback.

Here are some of the records we’ve been looking forward to this year.

Sam Smith – Glory – January 27th

We’ve all had a taste of what’s to come on British singer Sam Smith’s fourth studio album with the hit ‘Unholy’, featuring German pop star Kim Petras. The queer anthem quickly catapulted Smith to the top of the charts, earning him a Grammy nomination and their first No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 single. Smith’s album will feature more collaborations with artists such as Ed Sheeran, Jessie Reyez and Koffee.

Kim Petras – TBA

Speaking of Petras, he also teased new music in 2023, riding on his recent viral hit. Now the first openly trans woman to be nominated for a Grammy for “Unholy,” Petras hasn’t released a studio album since 2019 and said her previously recorded third studio album was canceled over the summer. Last month, she told a US radio station who is working on a new album and said his latest single ‘If Jesus Was a Rockstar’ is a ‘perfect first look’.

Moonshine – Rush – January 20th

Italian glam rockers Måneskin caused a sensation in Europe when they won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2021, but are now aiming for global domination. With a Best New Artist nomination under their belt at this year’s Grammys, the band has announced their new album Rush will be out at the end of January. Check out their single “The Loneliest” for a taste.

Eurovision superstars Måneskin will support the Rolling Stones in Las Vegas

Heinali – Kyiv Eternal – February 24th

To celebrate one year since Russia invaded Ukraine, Kyiv-based electronic artist Oleh Shpudeiko, who calls himself Heinali, is releasing a tribute album to the city he loves. The 11 tracks feature field recordings from different parts of the besieged capital.

“After the end of the battle of Kiev, many Kievites noticed this strange feeling,” Shpudeiko said. “It was as if the city was alive, breathing. We wanted to hug him, to protect every inch of him from harm. I didn’t know how to do it then. It took time and distance to understand it, but ‘Kyiv Eternal’ is my embrace”.

You can listen to the title track here.

Iggy Pop – Every Loser – January 6th

Iconic godfather of punk Iggy Pop is releasing his – wait for it – 19 studio album in early January and it’s back to its sparking roots. Every loser features Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, among others. In a statement, Iggy Pop didn’t get punched: “The players are guys I’ve known since they were kids and the music will beat the shit out of you.”

John Cale – Mercy – January 20th

Sorry, what year is it again? Just two weeks after Iggy Pop’s new album, rock legend John Cale (of Velvet Underground fame) is releasing his first album in a decade. Mercy is the 80-year-old Welshman’s latest exploration of sound, with cutting-edge creatives such as Animal Collective, British electronic musician Actress and Weyes Blood.

PJ Harvey – TBA

If John Cale and Iggy Pop weren’t enough to satisfy your rock nostalgia, British indie darling PJ Harvey has said she’s also releasing new music this year. Though the actual release date is yet to be confirmed, Harvey said Rolling stone her tenth studio album is due out this summer and she’s “very pleased” with it. Her latest album, The Hope Six demolition projectreleased in 2016.

Jennifer Lopez – This is me…now – TBA

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When Jennifer Lopez released This is me… then in 2002, it was Bennifer’s peak era. She and Ben Affleck basking in the sun on a yacht in her “Jenny from the Block” music video became instantly iconic. More than 20 years later, Jen and Ben have tied the knot, and Lopez pays tribute to her past with her first new album in nearly a decade: This is me… now. No release date has been announced yet, but Lopez promises “an emotionally raw and honest project unlike anything produced before.”

Cardi B – TBA

And finally, US rapper Cardi B says she’ll be dropping her highly anticipated sophomore album this year, five years after her acclaimed debut Violation of privacy. The rapper said his indecision held her back, but that the album will be released in 2023. “I have no choice,” she said. “I have to turn it off.”