Consider this more a plea than a demand.
We all know that 2020 hasn’t been the best year (I’m putting it mildly because this is a family-friendly newsletter). And we could really use a pick-me-up.
Music soothes the savage beast, and this year has been the very definition of savage. So it would be great if we could get albums from some artists we, ahem, have been waiting on.
Folks like …
Adele: Shout-out to the award-winning singer for hosting “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, because any Adele is a beautiful thing.
But a new album would be like a glass of cold lemonade in the hot mess that is 2020 right about now. Fingers crossed that Adele’s “SNL” gig is the kickoff to dropping new music — because “25” came out five years ago.
She’s well aware of our thirst, BTW. She responded in June to one of her many social media followers asking if new music was imminent.
“Of course it’s not. Corona ain’t over,” Adele replied. “I’m quarantining. Wear a mask and be patient.”
Rihanna: She’s another artist who has long been fielding fan requests for new music.
Rihanna’s last album was “Anti” in 2016.
True, she has been slightly busy building her Fenty beauty and fashion empire (as well as handling some backlash), but four years is a crazy long time to wait for new music.
And her appearance on PartyNextDoor’s song “Believe It,” released earlier this year, doesn’t count as anything but a tease.
Kendrick Lamar: The first rapper to win a Pulitzer Prize, Lamar has a huge following to go along with his multiple awards.
So, naturally, people are anxious for him to release his follow-up to 2017’s studio album “Damn.” He whetted our appetites by curating and performing on 2018’s “Black Panther” soundtrack. We’re ready for our next course.
Sade: Technically, Sade is the band whose lead singer goes professionally by Sade Adu.
She’s one of the few artists who can drop off the face of the Earth and return years later to just as much acclaim and love as before.
I had to include Sade because she has been on a 10-year cycle of giving us studio albums, with “Lovers Rock” in 2000 and “Soldier of Love” in 2010, so she’s due.
acey Musgraves: This country darling hasn’t made us wait as long as some others for new music, but given the critical success of 2018’s “Golden Hour,” which won the Grammy for album of the year, we miss her and it seems right for her to bless us beyond last year’s “The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show.”
It seems like Musgraves feels our pain.
She told The Boot this past January, “Post-creation depression, I think, is a thing. But you can always sing those songs. The chapter isn’t dying. You’re gonna move on to things that inspire you just as much.”
We could really use a rainbow hangin’ over our heads these days.