Summer has officially ended. School, in session. And before we know it, 2019 will come to a close. To deal with the rapidity of life and time’s inability to cease, we at TickPick chose to compile and divulge everything we know about 2020 Concert Tours. Rumors, predictions, trends. Here are our best guesses of Who Will Tour in 2020.
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Her seventh studio album, Lover, took No. 1 on the Rolling Stone Top 200 Albums a week after its release—by a landslide. Critics agree it’s the best Taylor Swift album to date. And according to the artist herself, a 2020 “Lover” Tour is definitely in the works, though it’s not shaping up to be like Taylor Swift tours of the past. Swift will tour a more intimate concert experience in 2020, unlike the stadium and arena tour fans last saw for Reputation. “My goal for whatever live setting that we decide to do things in, is gonna be to try to make it feel smaller like a living room.” Though this means fewer tickets sold for individual concerts, we think this will be perfect for Swift, who truly bore her soul on Lover.
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The last time “The Boss” took his famed E Street band on the road was in 2016-17, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of The River and The Ties That Bind: The River Collection box set release. Earlier this year, Bruce Springsteen confirmed not only that the band will be recording new music this Fall, but that they will be touring 2020. “We will go on tour next year,” he said. “I’ll record with the E Street Band in autumn and, when we are done, we’ll go on tour. Of course I’ll come to Rome. I love it.” There you have it, E Street fans. The Boss will be taking his live act around the globe in 2020, bringing 3+ hours of music (if he’s holding to the past) to loyal audiences everywhere.
It’s been a long time—nearly four years—since we’ve heard new music from Adele. After 25 and its subsequent tour (which ended, brutally, with the cancellation of two Wembley Stadium shows) Adele took a much needed rest for her vocal cords, family, sanity. But now, as reported by PEOPLE magazine, Adele is getting ready to release new music by the end of this year. PEOPLE spoke to industry execs and those close to Adele for insights on what’s coming up for the artist. “She is definitely getting ready both mentally and physically to promote new music. It seems it will happen later this year,” one source told PEOPLE. “She talks about last year as a very difficult year, and she’s said in the past that creating new music is almost like therapy. You can tell that she is ready to share with her fans.”
There you have it. Despite 2017’s vocal cord damage, despite her split from longtime partner Simon Konecki, Adele is “perky as hell” and ready to share with her fans everything she’s been through. That is why, in all likelihood, Adele will tour in 2020. Though she may go easy on herself and prepare a shorter tour schedule, we have no doubt in our minds that Adele is itching to get back in front of her fans.
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Fall Out Boy
Considering Fall Out Boy’s last album came out in 2018, we doubt fans are in for a new release this year. But, once 2020 rolls around, it will mark the 15th anniversary of the album which really put FOB on the map. The record breaking LP which gave us “Sugar, We’re Goin Down”, “Dance Dance”, “A Little Less Sixteen Candles”, and so many others. From Under The Cork Tree is lightening in a bottle. It’s a perfect encapsulation of the genre. And we wouldn’t be surprised if Fall out Boy, led by punk-rocksters Patrick Stump and Pete Wentz, decided to go on tour in honor of it. Though this hasn’t been confirmed in the slightest, we are hoping the band doesn’t let this anniversary go unnoticed. Either way, From Under The Cork Tree lives on, in all of us.
Sam Smith’s The Thrill of It All arrived just two years ago, but our ears have been perked to the possibility of a new album drop in 2020. Notably, Smith has already dropped two singles this year: “How Do You Sleep?” and “Dancing With A Stranger” feat. Normani. Both singles have been met with critical acclaim and the unanimous observation that Sam Smith is returning to a familiar creative space, the one in which older singles such as “Money On My Mind” and “Nirvana” were made. And according to internet rumors, Sam Smith has eight new tracks laid out. Though we are unlikely to hear a new album announcement before the end of 2019, we are very confident that the notice will come—along with a tour—in 2020.
“Album mode full effect” was all he said. The announcement arrived back in August, with a post as inconspicuous as it can get between The Weeknd and his fans. Although he wasn’t pictured in the studio or with any recording exec or producer to speak of, the words were all we needed to anticipate The Weeknd’s forthcoming album—reportedly titled Chapter VI. And if Tesfaye holds to album release + tour patterns of his past, fans can expect a “Chapter VI Tour” three months after the record drops. Though he’s remained tight-lipped since August, we think fans are safe to assume there will be new The Weekend music coming, likely around November of this year.
Be. Still. Our. Hearts. Good, Rihanna-based news has finally arrived. Universal Music France held it’s yearly “open session”—where the label shares its yearly successes and future releases—and lo and behold, Rihanna’s highly anticipated ANTI follow-up is set to arrive in December. This is huge news for fans who feared Rihanna’s dancehall-focused album would never come to light. “It really does suck that it can’t just come out, because I’m working on a really fun one right now. I’m really happy with a lot of the material we have so far, but I am not going to put it out until it’s complete,” Rihanna stated previously. But now, with a release officially stated, fans can and should get ready for a potentially massive Rihanna 2020 tour.
What’s going on with Miley Cyrus these days? Oh, only a huge year of music releases. Unlike previous LPs, her newest album will be distributed over a series of EPs, the first of which was SHE IS COMING featuring Ghostface Killah, Swae Lee, and RuPaul. Her latest single “Slide Away” seems to be a direct address to her recent split from Liam Hemsworth and finds Miley in a surreally matured place. The aftermath of a party lifestyle, of when her anthemic and iconic hit single “We Can’t Stop” came to a hypothetical end.
Though we are sorry for Miley’s personal plights, it seems like the star is on the up. In addition to releasing tons of music this year, she is also slated to appear in the new Charlie’s Angels soundtrack on a single with Ariana Grande and Lana Del Rey. With so much music on the horizon, we think it’s nearly impossible that fans won’t see a Miley Cyrus tour in 2020.
Early this year, Bruno Mars dropped “Please Me” with Cardi B, gifting fans that charismatic dynamo that is created between the two stars when they collaborate. So far, “Please Me” and “Finesse” are the only two Bruno Mars singles fans have seen since 2016’s 24K Magic, which launched a massive world the following year. According to the clock and past Bruno Mars releases, fans are due for more new music. Next year will mark four since his last LP, which is the same amount of time between Unorthodox Jukebox and 24K Magic. Therefore, in all likelihood, Bruno Mars will be presenting a new album to fans shortly—hopefully at the beginning of 2020—and a world tour to follow.
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