It’s happening, people. Yep, you guys might want to brace yourselves because not only did Louis Tomlinson just confirm that his second album is officially in the works, but he also spilled all the tea on the inspiration behind his new music.
Yep, as fans know, his debut solo LP, Walls, came out earlier this year, so the fact that he’s already back in the studio working on another new batch of songs is seriously a dream come true! But wait, what do we know so far about LT2? When will it come out? What inspired his upcoming tunes? And what will they sound like? We went ahead and rounded up everything we know so far, here’s all the details we have…
Louis Tomlinson First Confirmed That He Was Working On His New Music In May
As fans know, the One Direction member was supposed to be heading out on his world tour this year, but unfortunately, it got delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. So instead, he decided to start writing songs for his next album!
“I’m doing good. Tried to be more creative these last few weeks,” he wrote to a fan in May 2020.
The singer added that he had “lots of ideas” but that he didn’t expect to be “writing so soon” after his first album dropped.
Then, in October 2020, he gave us a much-needed update!
“Wrote four songs in four days. It’s cooking,” Tomlinson shared. And when a fan asked what exactly was “cooking,” he explained, “Banger after banger.”
When Will Louis Tomlinson’s Second Album Come Out?
When a fan asked the star when we could expect the new music to drop, he said it probably wouldn’t come out until 2021.
“Assuming ’21 [but] who knows,” he said.
And unfortunately, he wouldn’t tease any new lyrics. “Far too soon for that s**t,” he tweeted to a fan who asked him to give us a sneak peek.
What Will The New Album Sound Like?
While chatting with Telegraph in a recent interview, the “Walls” crooner explained that the pandemic has given him time to “really get into what I want to say” on his new album.
“I’m very, very excited. I had basically penciled down a plan before corona took over our lives,” he explained. “And now it’s kind of given me a little bit of time to really get into what I want to say and what I want things to sound like.”
When asked about the sound, Tomlinson said that fans can expect it to be a lot like his hit song “Kill My Mind.”
“There’s a certain energy in that song, in its delivery, in its attitude, that I want to recreate,” he continued. “People are struggling at the moment, so I want to create a raucous, exciting atmosphere in my live show, not a somber, thoughtful one.”
But don’t expect him to play any new instruments on the upcoming LP. He tweeted that “guitar was enough” for him when a fan asked if he learned any new instruments during quarantine.
What Artists Inspired Louis Tomlinson’s New Album?
According to the musician, he’s been listening to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers a lot over the last few months, and they will have a big influence on LT2.
“I grew up on their album ‘By the Way’. And during lockdown I’ve been knee deep in their stuff,” he explained to Telegraph. “I’ve watched every documentary, every video. And I find their lead guitarist John Frusciante just fascinating.”
Plus, he also wrote on Twitter that he’s going to talk about more social issues in his lyrics!
Louis Tomlinson Announced That He Left His Record Label Earlier This Year
Back in July 2020, Tomlinson shocked the world when he announced that he was parting ways with his former record label, Syco Music, which was owned by Simon Cowell.
“Hope everyone is doing OK! Just wanted to let you know that Syco Music and I have agreed to part ways. I’m really excited for the future and to be back in the studio writing the next album,” he wrote on Twitter. “Can’t wait to finally see you all on tour!”
At the time, a music insider told The Sun, “Louis and his team felt they had come to the end of their working relationship with Syco and Simon didn’t stand in the way of Louis leaving. They mutually agreed he could leave and the technicalities were sorted this week. He had been with another Sony label in the U.S., Arista, and the door is still open for him to discuss the possibility of staying with them. Louis has been working on new music in recent months, has a world tour next year so he is looking forward to what’s next.”
He Has A Virtual Concert Coming Up
And his new album isn’t all that we have to look forward to! Yep, Tomlinson announced last month that he was going to have a virtual concert on December 12, 2020, and that the proceeds would go to charity.
“So excited to announce that I’m getting my band and crew together to put on a special show for you all that will be live streamed on December 12. The show will support five important causes very close to my heart,” he tweeted. “Really excited to get on stage again!”