What is pending or could come: 16 albums for 2023

With Metallica, Iggy Pop and Depeche Mode, some of the most important musicians are just around the corner with a new record. And then there are rumors that Britain’s biggest rock band might be releasing fresh material after more than 17 years.


the essentials in brief

  • After decades, some finally want to delight their fans with new songs, others decorate their farewell with a musical retrospective.

The music year 2023 promises to be an extraordinary one. What’s in the starting blocks:


The new album by the American metal band will be released on April 14: “72 Seasons” is 77 minutes long and will contain 12 songs. It is the first new studio album since “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” from 2016. For the US icons it is the twelfth album in 40 years of band history. There is also a world tour planned – Metallica will also play four shows in Germany!

Lana DelRey

With the song “Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd”, Lana Del Rey not only released a new song, but also announced the title of her album of the same name, which will be released on March 10th. A few guests will also be heard on the album – including the band Bleachers and musician Jon Batiste.

Jennifer Lopez

Over twenty years after the release of her album This Is Me… Then, Jennifer Lopez has announced a follow-up album. “This Is Me … Now” contains 13 new songs and is scheduled for release later this year. It is the musician’s first album since “AKA” was released in 2014.

dike child

“News from the permanent state” (February 17) is the name of the eighth record by the Hamburg MCs. “The Deichkinder wring out their souls to offer you only the hottest shit,” announces the band. The preliminary electro track “In der Natur” paints a bleak picture between big city life and climate catastrophe.

Depeche Mode

After the surprising death of founding member and keyboardist Andrew Flechter in May, the now British synth-pop duo released their first album «Memento Mori». Six years after their number one album “Spirit”, the 15th record will be released in spring. A world tour is also planned for Dave Gahan and Martin Gore.

Everything But The Girl

Almost 30 years after the number one hit “Missing” and more than two decades after their last record, the British duo have announced a new album for spring. Since the turn of the millennium, Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt, who are now married, have disappeared from the scene.

Ed Sheeran

His albums have a number one subscription. In his homeland, the 31-year-old Briton has so far brought all five to the top of the charts, and he’s also at the top in Germany – most recently with “=” (“Equals”) and the mega hits “Shivers” and “Bad Habits”. . After a break he wants to start with a new album in 2023.

Fat bread

After almost 30 years in the business, the Hamburg hip-hop trio will celebrate their farewell in 2023 with a huge tour. Before the last curtain falls in their home town on the Elbe in early September, König Boris, Doc Renz and Björn Beton relive their greatest successes with “Hitstory” (February 10).

Herbert Gronemeyer

Most recently, the 66-year-old had the single “Your Hand” on the ZDF show “Wetten, dass ..?” presented live – and the new album “Das ist los” (March 24) announced. 20 years after the mega-seller “Mensch”, this record is almost certainly making an attempt to climb the charts throne as the 14th of his long players.

Iggy Pop

Right at the beginning of the year, the shirtless godfather of punk pulls the ends of his socks with his loud and rough sound. If you believe the pre-single “Frenzy”, then the 75-year-old, after the jazz record “Free”, is back to hard rock with his 19th solo album “Every Loser” (January 6).

Kylie Minogue

In Great Britain, the 54-year-old had recently set a remarkable record with “Disco” (2020): in five decades she reached number one in the charts. The head of her label revealed in the summer that the 16th studio record with the Australian will be recorded in 2023. However, more details are not known.


After the success of the predecessor “Teatro d’ira: Vol. I” with the super hits “Zitti e buoni” and “I Wanna Be Your Slave”, the Italian ESC winners of 2021 want their third record “Rush” (January 20 ) heat up again. The melodramatic rock ballad «The Loneliest» offers a first foretaste.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

The last album by the new band around the former Oasis singer was more than five years ago. The hitherto unnamed successor is scheduled to appear in 2023. The 55-year-old Brit revealed in the spring that his band’s fourth record would have a largely orchestral sound. Well, we’ll see.

Peter Fox

With the euphoric anti-crisis anthem “Zukunft Pink”, the Berlin Seeed frontman and singer Inéz topped the charts for several weeks in autumn. Fans hope that the 51-year-old will soon shoot the successor to his first solo album “Stadtaffe” (2008). However, nothing has been confirmed in this regard.

peter gabriel

This is a real sensation! In 2023 the Genesis founding member will be on a big European tour and will have a new album with them. There is no more precise information about “i/o” yet, but fans of the 72-year-old should be rubbing their hands about the first record with new material in more than 20 years.

The Rolling Stones

That would be no less spectacular. “New sounds in sight,” guitarist Keith Richards posted from a recording studio at the end of October. This fuels the rumors that the British rock legends around singer Mick Jagger could soon release their first album with fresh songs since “A Bigger Bang” (2005). The drummer Charlie Watts, who died in 2021, should also be heard on some tracks, according to the British “The Sun” from guitarist Ron Wood.

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