The coming year promises to be rich in musical releases. From the return of Sexion d’Assaut to that of Stromae, via Renaud and (perhaps) Beyoncé, an overview of what awaits us.
A strong musical year is coming to an end. From start to finish, 2021 will have brought its share of highly anticipated albums: from Eddy de Pretto to Billie Eilish, via Juliette Armanet, Clara Luciani, Orelsan, Booba, Drake or Adele, all have marked the last few months. And according to the first announcements, the 2022 vintage should not disappoint.
Because if the coming year will undoubtedly reserve its share of surprise releases, certain discs already announced have enough to stir up the impatience of music lovers of all stripes. Whether you are more into rap, French song or pop, all tastes should be satisfied. Overview of the most anticipated albums of 2022.
• Kaaris and Kalash Criminal – SVR
A few weeks ago, these two big names in French rap announced the release of a joint album for January 28. Entitled SVR (for Sevran, commune of Seine-Saint-Denis where they grew up), this disc was revealed in a first extract, Challawhich suggests a very dark album.
Kaaris and Kalash Criminel have already collaborated on several occasions. They released the featuring Heart failure in 2016, then bling bling the next year. According to the Fnac website, SVR will be available in two editions: a Kaaris edition, on which will appear an unpublished solo rapper titled Medaland a Kalash Criminal edition, which will include an unreleased version of the latter, To turn off.
Release date: January 28
• Renaud – Title unknown
We still know very little about Renaud’s next album, the 19th of his career. No date, no excerpt have been revealed, and its title remains a mystery. The singer simply announced that this new opus is scheduled for February and that it would be a cover album. “I’ve been in the studio for ten days, I’m preparing an album of covers, thirteen old French songs that marked me, Yves Montand, Jean Ferrat, Moustaki, Reggiani, Françoise Hardy”, he announced to the Parisian last September. “There’s still the vocals and the violins to do. I’ve wanted to do this album for years.”
Release date: February
• Tears For Fears – The Tipping Point
After 17 years of almost complete silence, Tears For Fears is preparing its comeback. The British duo composed of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith will unveil the album on February 25 The Tipping Point, two excerpts of which have already been unveiled. This seventh studio album will follow Everybody Loves a Happy Endingreleased in 2004.
Kings of the charts between the 1980s and 1990s, the musicians of Tears For Fears signed classics such as Everybody Wants to Rule The World Where Sowing The Seeds of Love. According to RollingStonethey are planning a tour to defend their new album, two excerpts of which have already been unveiled: The Tipping Point and No Small Thing.
Release date: February 25
• Stromae – Multitude
It’s a return-event: nine years after the box of his previous album, Stromae will reinvest the shelves of record stores on March 4 with a brand new opus. The first single Healtha dancing tribute to the invisibles of society, was released in October.
Stromae became a megastar in 2013 with the album Square root, certified quadruple diamond disc. Powered by the tubes Papaoutai, Tremendous or All The same, the Belgian singer had followed up with a monster two-year tour which had resulted in a burn-out. He had then decided to withdraw from the spotlight. After more than six years in the shadows, 2022 will mark his return to stores but also on stage: the 36-year-old artist has announced a festival tour this summer.
Release date: March 4
• Placebo – Never Let Me Go
It is a return that has been delayed many times and will finally be effective on March 25. Placebo Brits will release their eighth studio album, never let me go. The disc was ready in January 2020, according to singer Brian Molko who confided in RTL2: “We were ready to go on tour. And then the world changed.”
Having become a duo since the departure of drummer Steve Forrest in 2015, Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal have unveiled two first extracts from this new album, the first for eight years: Beautiful James and Surrounded By Spies.
Release date: March 25
• Shy’m – Title unknown
Little information has leaked out about this Shy’m album, the first since agape released in 2019. However, he is there, (almost) ready to meet his audience: “The album is likely to arrive in the first quarter. I’m still working on titles”, explained the singer to Pure Charts in November.
It must be said that the calendar of Shy’m, who became a mother at the start of 2021, has been shaken up in recent years: an album entitled Day 222 was to see the light of day in December 2020, before being postponed to the following year. In the end, it was never revealed and, according to the singer, the upcoming disc is “a new project, totally”. In the meantime, she has unveiled two new titles in recent weeks: Tadada Tututu and Sunset Arsonist.
Release date: first quarter 2022
• Sexion d’Assaut – The Return of the Kings
It took ten years for the rappers of Sexion d’Assaut to find themselves. After a decade devoted to their solo careers, the members of this group led by Gims and Black M announced a few weeks ago the release of a new opus entitled The Return of the Kings, May 14. This will be their first album together since The Apogeein 2012.
Their reunion tour will start in February (initially scheduled for 2021, it had to be postponed due to Covid-19). They surprised their fans by announcing that The Return of the Kings would not be available on streaming or in stores, but only in concert halls from their dates at Paris La Défense Arena, May 14 and 15.
Release date: May 14
• MC Solaar – Title unknown
After five years of silence, MC Solaar returns to the studios. The French rapper, whose last album Geopoetics date of 2017, announced to Pure Charts that he was working on a new opus for 2022 (“if I am regular”, he specified). Eight texts are already ready, according to the 52-year-old rapper.
This unreleased will appear when MC Solaar has just reissued his first four albums, unavailable for twenty years because of a quarrel with his first record company. “These albums were born at the time of the cassette and they come back in all forms, including digital (…) It’s a kind of anniversary,” he told BFMTV a few months ago. evoking a “rebirth”.
Release date: sometime in 2022
Other returns, if they have not been formalized, are also to be expected. Beyoncé, whose last solo album was in 2016, said last August that “new material is coming” in an interview at Harper’s Bazaar. Rapper Lomepal, who has been away from the spotlight for two years, announced in September that he was working on a new record, adding that he “would like” to release it in early 2022.