Coronavirus: Here Are the Album Release Dates That Have Changed
From HAIM to Willie Nelson to Dua Lipa
The coronavirus has disrupted the entire world, and music isn’t immune. There’s been tour postponements, festival cancellations and musicians even contracting the virus. You can add album postponements now to this growing list of things impacted by the outbreak.
So far, there’s been a handful of musicians who have had to change the release dates on their albums due to the coronavirus pandemic.
From HAIM to Willie Nelson, here are the artists who have had to reschedule album release dates due to coronavirus:
On March 23, HAIM announced that they were moving the release of Woman in Music Pt. III to the summer. It was supposed to be released on April 24.
Nelson’s 70th studio album, First Rose Of Spring, was due out on April 24. But it got pushed to July 3.
Sufjan Stevens and Lowell Brams
The collaboration between singer/songwriter Stevens and his stepfather was bumped up a few days. In explaining why, label Asthmatic Kitty wrote: “We had originally scheduled to release Sufjan & Lowell’s collaborative new-age record this Friday, March 27th, but since things are uncertain for record stores right now, we’ve decided to release Aporia today.”
The singer/songwriter announced on March 23 in an Instagram Live video that she was bumping up the release date to March 27 from April 3. “I’m really excited for you all to hear it and, you know, make of it what you will,” she said. “I hope it brings you some happiness, and I hope it makes you smile, and I hope it makes you dance. I hope I make you proud.”
The singer announced on March 15 that she was pushing the release of her album due to the coronavirus outbreak. She added that she wouldn’t be able to think about music at the moment due to the pandemic.
The Australian band announced they were bumping back the release of their new album, The Glow, to July 10 from April 24. “Due to everything that’s going on, we have had to postpone its release. All pre-orders will be honoured and sent out for the new date, and despite the delay the release, we will have new music for you soon,” the group said in a statement.
The former Pulp leader’s band have announced that they are moving the release date for Beyond the Pale from May 1 to Sept. 4. “It’s a drag to have to make these changes but we’re sure you understand why they’re necessary. We are looking into ways of doing some kind of “virtual performances” in the interim. We miss you!” the band said in a statement.
On March 24, the band rescheduled the release date of their album to June 5. “We all need music now more than ever, and we were so excited to release our album next month and share it with you! but right now, things are a bit scary in spain and the coronavirus is something that is affecting a lot of our loved ones, so for right now we think all of our focus should be on staying safe and staying home, not promoting a new album,” the group said in a statement. They also rescheduled their tour dates.
The pop star’s anticipated album, Chromatica, was due out on April 10. But now, it’s been postponed, the singer announced in a tweet on March 25. Her Las Vegas residency was postponed as well.
The 21-year-old singer/songwriter pushed the release of his album to Aug. 21.
The vinyl release of Liam Gallagher’s 2019 MTV Unplugged performance has been pushed to a later date.
While they had originally meant to release A Celebration of Endings on May 15, Biffy Clyro will now be dropping their ninth album on Aug. 14.
The outlaw country singer has postponed the release of her album. It was scheduled to drop on May 8. She said she’ll be releasing new singles and music in the interim.
In a statement posted on Twitter on March 30, Sam Smith announced that they were moving the release of their new album. Additionally, they also said that they’re changing the title of their album.
The British alt-pop outfit pushed the release of their new album, titled Notes on a Conditional Form to May 22.