As promised, here is my list of artists and bands that are due for a new album. I'm a big believer in musicians spitting out as much music as often as they can. I think the music industry is going to continue to change the way music is distributed, which may eventually kill the album. But in the meantime, here are a few groups that are over due. Can you think of more?
Kings of Leon: Their last album was released in 2004 and they've been talking about their next album since before I saw them open for U2 in 2005.
The Arcade Fire: Their debut hit was the sleeper hit of 2005 and still one of the greatest albums in the last decade.
U2: It's hard to believe that it's coming up on two years since HTDAAB was released. They released the collaboration with Green Day for Music Rising a few weeks ago, and are due to release a greatest hits album that will not only include the Green Day single, but also another brand new track. Rumors have them working on their next album with Rick Rubin in Abbey Road Studios. My spidey senses tell me that ultimately, although Rubin might be on board to produce it, they'll either make it in their studios in Dublin or a unique room like The Unforgettable Fire and Achtung Baby called for.
Counting Crows: Their last full length studio album was 2002's Hard Candy of which I've worn out multiple copies. With all the creativity that has surrounded members and ex-members of the band, I'm sure we're not far from some new material.