Confirmed and likely releases coming this month
Below, our editors select some of the key albums due for release in March 2020, listed in alphabetical order by artist. Only albums with firm release dates are included.
5 Seconds of Summer
March 27 (Interscope)
The Australian pop band returns with a follow-up to 2018's Youngblood. The 12-song set includes 2019 singles "Teeth" and "Easier."
March 6 (Def Jam)
Nas, Big Sean, Swae Lee, Miguel, and Kurupt are among the guests on the singer's first studio album since 2017's Trip. A tour kicks off in May.
March 20 (Black River Ent.)
The third album from the country singer and former The Voice panelist follows her Grammy-nominated 2017 set Unapologetically.
March 19 (Universal Latin)
The internationally successful Colombian star follows his 2019 collaboration with Bad Bunny, Oasis, with his sixth solo album. Each track is named after a color, and the album cover and videos feature work from Japanese artist Takashi Murakami.
Before moving on to charity and activism efforts (most famously, the 1985 Live Aid concert) as well as a solo career, Bob Geldof fronted the Irish rock band The Boomtown Rats, known for early alt-rock hits like "Up All Night" and "I Don't Like Mondays." The band's then-final album was released in 1984, but Geldof and his old bandmates have returned to the studio to record 10 new tracks.
"Trash Glam Baby"
The Australian punk-rock trio fronted by Jenny McKechnie recently signed to Merge, who will release the band's second album (and follow-up to their self-titled 2017 debut).
Your Life Is a Record
March 6 (Warner Bros.)
The Grammy-nominated country artist returns with her first album since her critically acclaimed 2016 set Big Day in a Small Town. Jay Joyce produces the 11-song set that features contributions from Randy Newman and John Osborne as well as horn and string sections.
"Who You Thought I Was"
March 13 (Roadrunner)
"Swallowing the Rabbit Whole"
England Is a Garden
March 6 (Ample Play)
"No Rock: Save in Roll"
While composer Roger Eno has contributed to several of his better-known brother's projects, including Apollo and Music for Films, the pair have never before released a joint album. Colours consists of 18 instrumental pieces composed and performed by the pair, dating back to 2005.
March 13 (Text)
Kieran Hebden's first Four Tet studio full-length since 2017's excellent New Energy features 16 new tracks, including the Ellie Goulding-sampling recent single "Baby" and the 2019 track "Teenage Birdsong."
March 27 (ATO)
The Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter-guitarist follows her 2016 debut album Emotions and Math with this new 12-song set, which de-emphasizes her electric guitar sound in favor of different instrumentation. A spring tour of the UK and North America follows.
March 27 (ANTI-)
Pinegrove keyboardist Nandi Rose has released three solo albums as Half Waif, none better than her 2018 LP Lavender. She makes her debut for ANTI- with this 11-track fourth album.
A Written Testimony
March 18 (Roc Nation)
The New Orleans rapper has been releasing music for over a decade—his first mixtape surfaced in 2007—but A Written Testimony serves as his official studio debut album. A final tracklist has not been released (and the title and release date come only from a series of tweets, suggesting that nothing is set in stone yet), but Jay-Z is expected to appear on multiple tracks.
March 20 (RCA)
The Grammy-winning (indeed, Grammy-hosting) pop star finally returns with her first new album since 2016's Here. The identities of just three of the 15 tracks are known so far. In addition to the album, Keys has a new memoir (the Oprah-published More Myself) out at the end of March, followed by a concert tour to launch in July.
The latest studio album from the L.A. hip hop producer (and occasional Anderson .Paak collaborator) follows his 2015 Stones Throw debut Hud Dreems.
"howtokope" and "learn"
March 20 (More Is More/Empire)
Velvet is the first solo album in five years for the pop star, former American Idol finalist, and occasional Freddie Mercury stand-in.
March 20 (XL Recordings)
The English singer-songwriter follows her 2016 debut Long Way Home with this self-produced 10-song set.
New Me, Same Us
March 27 (Ninja Tune)
The Swedish electronic-pop outfit (and Gorillaz collaborators) return with their self-produced fifth album, their first since 2017's Season High. Look for them on tour in America in April.
March 6 (Matador)
The Pavement frontman has been a frequent presence in the studio in recent years, with albums in 2018 (Sparkle Hard), 2019 (Groove Denied), and now, 2020. Like the latter, Techniques is a solo album, but it serves as the acoustic counterpart to that all-electronic set. Contributors include Matt Sweeney and The Decemberists' Chris Funk, who will both be part of Malkmus' live band for a tour that kicks off at the end of the month.
All Visible Objects
March 6 (Mute)
The veteran electronica artist/producer follows his 2018 album Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt with a new 11-song set that includes a cover of Roxy Music's "My Only Love."
"Power Is Taken"
March 6 (Verve)
The actress and pop star has concentrated on being the former during the past decade, and may be best known now as one of the stars of the NBC hit This Is Us. But this week she returns to music with her first LP since 2009's Amanda Leigh. Produced by Mike Viola, the 10-song set finds her backed by her husband, Taylor Goldsmith (of Dawes), and Jason Boesel (Rilo Kiley).
I Am Not a Dog on a Chain
March 20 (BMG)
In recent years the former Smiths frontman has attracted controversy for his political comments as well as uncharacteristically poor reviews (for 2017's Low in High School and last year's California Son). That latter album contained nothing but covers, but Morrissey's latest marks a return to original songs, produced by Joe Chiccarelli. Singer Thelma Houston guests.
Snapshot of a Beginner
March 27 (Jagjaguwar)
The Canadian indie rockers' fourth album follows 2018's I'm Bad Now.
Pantha du Prince
Conference of Trees
March 6 (Modern Recordings)
Berlin-based techno producer Hendrik Weber's first Pantha du Prince album since 2016's The Triad features 10 tracks that incorporate sounds from Weber's homemade wooden instruments.
"Pius in Tacet"
March 27 (Universal)
Thirty years after they formed—and seven years since their last studio album, Lightning Bolt, the Eddie Vedder-fronted grunge band is back with a new album, their first with producer Josh Evans.
March 6 (Republic)
The fourth studio LP from the duo of Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter includes the three tracks the band released last year plus eight brand new songs, including the new single "Pedestal."
March 13 (Domino)
Aaron Maine is joined by Dev Hynes and Mitski on the latest album from his synth-pop outfit Porches.
"Do U Wanna"
Sufjan Stevens and Lowell Brams
March 27 (Asthmatic Kitty)
Prolific indie-folk artist Sufjan Stevens teams with his stepfather, Lowell Brams, on a New Age-y set released on Brams' Asthmatic Kitty imprint. The pair previously collaborated on the 2008 instrumental album Music for Insomnia.
March 13 (Partisan)
Eight years after releasing what seemed like a one-off LP, the trio of Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, singer Laura Bettinson, and prolific percussionist Joey Waronker (like Godrich, also a member of Atoms for Peace) are back with a follow-up.
March 6 (4AD)
The latest from the Meg Remy-led band was recorded live in studio with a group of 20 musicians. Early reviews are excellent for Friday's release, much as they were for the band's previous album, In a Poem Unlimited.
March 27 (Merge)
March 20 (XO/Republic)
Canadian R&B artist Abel Tesfaye's fourth studio full-length marks his first album release since 2016's Starboy. He'll tour North America this summer, beginning in June, and he'll also appear on SNL this weekend.
March 13 (Sacred Bones)
Irish singer-songwriter Hilary Woods (formerly of JJ72) follows her 2018 debut with another atmospheric set, this time produced by Lasse Marhaug.
Truth or Consequences
March 13 (Polyvinyl)
What are you looking forward to?
Which albums are you looking forward to this summer? Let us know in the comments section below, and visit our Album Release Calendar for even more upcoming music release dates.