Billboard has compiled an ongoing list of major album releases that have been postponed due to the outbreak.
Since the coronavirus pandemic broke out at the end of 2019, live concert organizers began postponing and canceling everything from small shows to whole tours to prevent large gatherings where the disease can spread. Now, some major artists are pushing back their spring album releases until closer to summer.
Billboard has compiled an ongoing list of major album releases that have been postponed or canceled due to the outbreak.
Luke Bryan pushed back his seventh studio album Born Here, Live Here, Die Here from April 24 to Aug. 7 in tandem with his postponed Proud To Be Right Here Tour. “I wanted to reach out myself and let you know that we have decided to push back the release of my next album, BORN HERE LIVE HERE DIE HERE to August 7, 2020 as well as the start of my PROUD TO BE RIGHT HERE tour to July 10, 2020,” he wrote in a note he shared on Twitter April 7. “We are choosing to stay home at this time so we can have fun sharing this music and tour with you this summer. I truly believe that music can provide all forms of emotional connections for everyone and I can’t wait to get on the road and share these new songs with you soon.”
The 1975 have postponed their fourth album Notes on a Conditional Form for a second time, until May 22. Frontman Matty Healy announced the first delay from Feb. 21 to April 24 on his Instagram Live back in January due to the months-long process of pressing vinyl records. But the alt-rock band’s Twitter announcement on March 30 gave no further explanation as to why Notes was on hold until late May. However, the members followed up the news by telling fans their latest single “Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America” will arrive on Friday.
“Sometimes circumstances are beyond our control. I would say that’s the case for folks everywhere in the world right now. Life is postponed until further notice,” she wrote on Instagram.
Lady Gaga‘s sixth studio album, Chromatica,won’t touch down as soon as she had hoped — she made the “incredibly tough decision” to push back the April 10 debut date. Gaga also postponed her residency shows in Las Vegas scheduled through May 11. “While I believe art is one of the strongest things we have to provide joy and healing to each other during times like this,” she wrote on Instagram March 24, “it just doesn’t feel right to me to release this album with all that is going on with this global pandemic.”
Haim announced March 23 that they are postponing the release of their upcoming third album, Women in Music Pt. III, from April 24 to an as-yet-undetermined date this summer due to travel complications and quarantine enforcements. “We had so many amazing things planned-trips to europe & australia as well as tour where we would all dance and sing together,” the Los Angeles-based band tweeted. “in the meantime, we are gonna be dropping some new tunes.”
Alicia Keys put her eponymous seventh studio album Alicia on hold to a later undefined date, according to her Twitter announcement March 19. “Everyone’s health and safety is the #1 priority!” Keys wrote at the time. “Thank u for ur deep love, I’ll let u know about new dates soon. Stay powerful!” But the R&B singer vowed to stay in touch with fans through her voice in a different way. “I’ll be sending voice notes and maybe even sing u a little song. Text me at +1 (917) 970-2001 so we can chat. Love!” Keys announced to her fans.
Kehlani fans won’t be getting her highly anticipated sophomore album as soon as they’d hoped after the R&B crooner temporarily pulled the plug on the project. “To be transparent i HAD a release date,” she tweeted March 15. “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.”
Willie Nelson‘s 70th studio album, First Rose of Spring, won’t bloom in the springtime anymore. The outlaw country legend called off the April 24 release date and announced on his Facebook page March 18 that the LP will arrive July 3.
Cub Sport’s new album Like Nirvana is rescheduled for release on July 24, citing the “pandemic and the effect it has had on the world and music industry.” The Brisbane indie pop band’s LP had been set for release May 8.
The Prince Estate and Legacy Recordings rescheduled Prince‘s 2001 album The Rainbow Children and 2002 album One Nite Alone … first-ever vinyl reissues from April 17 to May 29, according to an email sent March 25. The 2001-2002 legacy reissues bundle also includes two live albums, the four-LP One Nite Alone … Live! and the double-LP One Nite Alone … The Aftershow: It Ain’t Over!, as well as Up All Nite With Prince: The One Nite Alone Collection, a four-CD/one-DVD set that combines the aforementioned two live albums with the concert film Prince Live at the Aladdin Las Vegas, which documents his Dec. 15, 2002, show. For fans who already pre-ordered the reissued album bundle, their orders will be completed on the later date.