COLUMN: Albums I am looking forward to in 2023


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Ashanti Thomas is a junior digital media technology major and can be reached at 217-581-2812.

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It’s a new year so that means time for new music.

I’m really excited for what’s to come with artists dropping new music, so here’s some albums I’m looking forward to listening to in 2023.

Let’s start off with Paramore, one of my favorite bands ever. Paramore is releasing their new album, “This Is Why” February 10th and have already released a couple songs so far which include the title track and “The News.”

The trio literally cannot make a bad album if they tried their hardest. They’re really 5/5 right now with their albums and I have hope the new project will be 6/6.

It’s been a long 6 years since their last album “After Laughter” released so this is a very anticipated project but again I have no doubt it will be amazing.

Especially after the already released tracks I can tell this is going to be a very fun and angsty album, similar to their first couple projects like “All We Know Is Falling” and “Riot!”

If you’re a Tyler, The Creator fan, you know that he has been releasing albums every 2 years (this would be hilarious if he somehow doesn’t this year) consistently since his mixtape “Bastard.”

His latest album, “CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST” released summer 2021 (this is crazy to me because it feels like it came out yesterday), so it’s time for a new album and new era for Tyler which I’m sure everyone who follows his music is eagerly anticipating.

Tyler has been through different phases, sounds, and personas with his music, so I really don’t know what direction he’ll go with his newest project, but being in the unknown makes it more of a fun surprise.

With “CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST” in contrast with “IGOR,” he definitely rapped more and included hip-hop elements throughout the album but still had production aspects from “IGOR,” so I wonder what elements he may keep or ignore with this year’s.

Honestly it would be really funny if he goes completely backwards and goes towards the “Goblin” era again. I’m here for it either way.

Next, we have Miley Cyrus’ “Endless Summer Vacation” coming out in March. I haven’t listened to much of her music at all until “Plastic Hearts” came out and to be honest I was kind of in shock because I absolutely loved the direction she went for this one.

Her voice perfectly matches the alternative/rock sound and I hope she keeps doing something similar for her next project.

There are so many other artists most likely to be dropping in 2023 like J. Cole, A$AP Rocky, and Travis Scott, so I’m super excited to hear where they go with their new albums as well.


Ashanti Thomas is a junior digital media technology major. She can be reached at [email protected] or 217-581-2812.