With the pandemic running rapid currently, many artists have had to cancel concerts and postpone their albums from releasing. Artists are trying to do their part in making sure large gatherings don’t happen and understand that right now might not be the right time to release new music.
Most spring releases have been pushed back to summer, so which artist made the tough decision to postpone their album release? We compiled a list of albums releases that have been delayed or canceled due to the outbreak.
1. Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga’s 6th album has been highly anticipated for some time now. Originally Chromatica was due to release April 10, but Gaga had a change of heart. She took to her Instagram to announce the postponement of Chromatic, as well as postponing her residence in Vegas. Gaga has not announced when she will drop LG6 or return to her shows.
2. Willie Nelson
First Rose of Spring will be Willie Nelson’s 70th studio album, but it won’t see the light of day in the spring like initially planned. Nelson called off the April 24 release and announced on his Facebook that he now plans to release his new album on July 3.
Kehlani was set to release her highly anticipated sophomore album, but she has now pulled the plug among the outbreak. On March 15, she tweeted, “To be transparent, I HAD a release date. We’re unable to complete any of our plans or move forward with the album at the moment due to the pandemic. Not thinking about music at the moment, focused on how to just be a good citizen to society at this time. Stay SAFE luv y’all.” There is no news on when we can expect her newest album.
On March 23, HAIM announced that they would postpone the release of their third album, Women In Music Pt. III. It was due to release on April 24, but HAIM has yet to release a new date due to travel complications and quarantine enforcement. HAIM tweeted that they planned to tour Europe and Australia and now had to cancel their tour due to the outbreak.
Prince’s Estate and Legacy Recording were going to re-release The Rainbow Children and One Nite Alone for the first time on vinyl. The release date has been pushed back, and according to an email sent on March 25, the estate plans to release Prince’s albums between April 17 and May 29, but no firm date has been set yet.
These are just a few artists that are taking the outbreak seriously and postponing their music during the time. With the outbreak still running wild, there are sure to be more artists canceling tours and postponing music.