30 Most Anticipated Albums of 2019

Happy New Year! While 2018 was a stellar year for music (read my best albums and best songs lists), I’m even more excited for what 2019 has in store. From the blockbuster soundtracks to the grand return of some of music’s biggest names, 2019 is sure to be a huge year for music. So, without further ado, here are the 30 most anticipated albums of the new year. *Listed in alphabetical order*

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande poses on 2018 Billboard Women In Music red carpet. Source: https://www.marieclaire.com/celebrity/a25581310/ariana-grande-new-song-imagine-release/

Title: Thank U, Next // Relase Date: January 25 (rumored)

What Have We Heard: “thank u, next”; “imagine”

Ariana owned 2018 with her massive Sweetener album (read my review here), and she showed no signs of slowing down when she surprise-released the self-acceptance anthem, “thank u, next.” I’ve written on why that track was one of the most important of 2018 and her latest song, “imagine,” (read my review here) is even more sublime. We’ve heard snippets of the SZA-influenced “needy,” and “7 Rings” is rumored to be the second official single. In short, Thank U, Next already sounds like a worthy follow up to Sweetener and I can’t wait to see what Ariana does next as she explores her artistry further.

Beyoncé

Beyoncé performing in Cologne on her On the Run II tour. Source: beyonce.com

Title: N/A // Release Date: Summer 2019 (Rumored)

Beyoncé, along with JAY-Z, gifted us a gorgeous album with Everything Is Love (read my review here) last year. Some fans aren’t expecting an album until 2020 or even 2021. However, other fans think she’ll take advantage of the release of The Lion King, in which she will star as Nala, and release an album this summer. Beyoncé is notoriously secret about her music. After all, this is the woman who’s successfully and effectively dropped three surprise albums in a row. She could release an album tomorrow for all we know! No matter what, I think we’re all ready for new solo music from The Queen.

Big Sean

Big Sean posing on the 2018 Grammy Awards Red Carpet. Source: https://celebmix.com/big-sean-gives-back-to-detroit-with-d-o-n-weekend/

Title: N/A // Release Date: 2019 (unconfirmed)

Big Sean was very very quiet last year. He only featured on remix of Halsey’s “Alone” and the endlessly fun “Big Bank” which I ranked as one of the best songs of Summer 2018. In an interview with Billboard, Sean teased more singing on this next album. I wasn’t the biggest fan of 2017’s I Decided, but with a breakup under his belt and a substantial break, I’m excited for Sean’s next solo offering.

Camila Cabello

Camila Cabello performing at the 2018 Capital FM Summertime Ball. Source: https://www.capitalfm.com/artists/camila-cabello/never-be-the-same-stb-18/

Title: N/A // Release Date: 2019 (unconfirmed)

The “Havana” chanteuse scored two Grammy noms for her eponymous debut album, and according to her father her next album is “coming and burning.” Whatever that means, I’m interested to see what Camila brings to the table. Although, “Never Be the Same” was a sizable hit and “Consequences” was a minor hit, “Havana” still feels bigger than Camila herself. Camila has teased the writing process for her sophomore record multiple times, so clearly she’s just as excited as the rest of the world is.

Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper accepting an award at the 2018 iHeart Radio Music Awards. Source: https://people.com/music/iheartradio-music-awards-2018-chance-the-rapper-receives-innovator-award/

Title: N/A // Release Date: 2019 (unconfirmed)

Technically we are waiting on three Chance projects this year. First off his next solo album. Coloring Book, Chance’s last record, took home three Grammys and became a history-making album for the streaming industry. Last year, Chance dropped six tepid singles and featured on the pathetic “I’m the One” (read my review here). Nevertheless, Coloring Book still sounds so incredible almost three years later, so I’m still hype for his next album. Also on deck: Chance’s collaborative album with Kanye West, Good Ass Job, and his alleged collaborative album with Childish Gambino.

Childish Gambino

Childish Gambino performing at the 2017 Governor’s Ball Music Festival. Source: MissInfo

Title: N/A // Release Date: 2019 (unconfirmed)

What We’ve Heard So Far: “This Is America”; “Saturday”; “Feels Like Summer”; “Summertime Magic”; “All Night”; “Algorythm”

Earlier last year Childish picked up a Grammy for Redbone. He followed that up with his first #1 single with “This Is America,” five Emmy nominations, one Golden Globe nomination, and five more Grammy nominations. His Summer Pack, read my review here, was strong and “This Is America” proves that Gambino can get political if he wants. Glover has stated that this will be his final album under the Childish Gambino moniker, so of course I’m excited.

FKA twigs

FKA twigs poses for a photograph. Credit: Nick Walker

Title: N/A // Release Date: 2019 (unconfirmed)

What We’ve Heard So Far: N/A

FKA twigs is a gorgeous artist. Maybe, just maybe, 2019 will bless us with a new album from her. Last year, she guested on “F**k Sleep” from A$AP Rocky’s TESTING album, and if that’s any hint for the next record, it’s going to be great.

James Blake


James Blake performing at the 2018 Governor’s Ball Music Festival.
Source: Taylor Hill/Getty Images

Title: Assume Form // Release Date: January 18

What We’ve Heard So Far: “If the Car Besides You Moves Ahead”; “Don’t Miss It”

You may not know James’ name, but he’s probably your favorite rapper’s favorite collaborator. Last year he guested on “King’s Dead” and “Bloody Waters” off the Black Panther soundtrack, as well as Travis Scott’s seminal “Stop Trying To Be God.” James is nothing short of a musical genius and his electronica-soul sound always results in magnificent work. And that’s not even mentioning his soulful and haunting voice. We have the tracklist and neither of “Ahead” nor “Don’t Miss It” are on the tracklist. Regardless, with features that include André 3000, ROSALÍA, Moses Sumney, Travis Scott, and Metro Boomin, this album is sure to be outstanding.

Kanye West

Kanye West on Saturday Night Live. Source: https://www.npr.org/2018/09/30/653106815/the-new-kanye-reaffirms-his-love-for-president-trump-on-snl

Title: Yandhi // Release Date: 2019

What We’ve Heard So Far: “XTCY” and “I Love It”

Ah, Kanye. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. While Kids See Ghosts was great (read my review here), Ye was easily Kanye’s worst album to date. Twitter rants and MAGA hats characterize Kanye now, but alas, the man still knows how to make a decent, and even great, song. Listening to Kanye feel weird and unsettling now, I can’t even stomach the sight of his face. Nevertheless, I can’t say I’m not interested in what Yandhi has to offer, especially is it bears any sonic relation to Yeezus like its title suggests.

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar performing on The DAMN. Tour. Source: http://time.com/5325529/kendrick-lamar-on-winning-pulitzer-prize/

Title: N/A // Release Date: 2019 (unconfirmed)

What We’ve Heard So Far: N/a

Yes, yes, we got the Kendrick-featuring and Kendrick-curated Black Panther soundtrack (read my review here), but it’s not a real Kendrick album. It’s been almost three years since Kung Fu Kenny released his Pulitzer Prize-winning DAMN. That’s around the same amount of time between Kendrick’s last two solo studio albums. Simply put, it might be time for a new Kendrick record. He featured on a plethora of tracks next year and looks on track to possibly win more Grammys and even an Oscar in the coming months. Information is scarce, but the situation was similar before DAMN. Regardless, I’m excited for whatever Kendrick does this year.

LSD

A promotional picture for LSD. Source: https://variety.com/2018/music/news/lsd-sia-diplo-and-labrinth-team-up-for-new-song-genius-listen-1202796730/

Title: Labrinth/Sia/Diplo Present… LSD // Release Date: 2019

What We’ve Heard So Far: “Genius”; “Audio”; “Thunderclouds”; “Mountains”

Comprised of Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo, this supergroup hasn’t exactly been lighting up the charts, but the music has been incredible. Their psychedelic-power pop and electronica fusion is perfect for their talents. Every song, bar “Mountains” has been excellent, so this should be one of the most enjoyable albums of 2019.

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey performing at the 2017 KROQ Weenie Roast. Source: https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8094211/lana-del-rey-radiohead-creep-copy-lawsuit-analysis

Title: Norman F**king Rockwell // Release Date: March 29, 2019

What We’ve Heard So Far: “Mariners Apartment Complex”; “Venice B*tch”

If the first two songs are anything to go by, Lana is leaning fully into her surf-rock personality with this next album. Five albums in, no one is doing it like Lana. She delivers with every album, so I’m ready for whatever she has in store. Read my review of “Mariners Apartment Complex” here.

Lauren Jauregui

A promotional photograph of Lauren Jaurgeui. Source: https://www.coupdemainmagazine.com/lauren-jauregui/14520

Title: N/A // Release Date: 2019 (unconfirmed)

What We’ve Heard So Far: “Expectations”

Best known as 1/5 of Fifth Harmony, Lauren Jauregui’s debut album is sure to be interesting. With a raspy voice and look that evokes Amy Winehouse, Lauren is one to watch. Her debut solo single is almost a sequel to Ariana’s “Dangerous Woman”: it’s sultry, seductive, and oh-so-good. Look out for this record!

Lil Uzi Vert

Lil Uzi Vert poses on the 2018 Grammy Awards Red Carpet. Source: http://thesource.com/2018/09/24/lil-uzi-vert-music/

Title: Eternal Atake // Release Date: 2019 (unconfirmed)

What We’ve Heard So Far: “New Patek”

Uzi was oddly quiet last year. Besides the excellent “New Patek,” we didn’t get anything else from Uzi last year. Alleged label issues have reportedly been holding Eternal Atake hostage from us. Nevertheless, I have faith Uzi will deliver this year. Also, if the album sounds anything like “New Patek,” we’re all in for a treat. I know Uzi recently revealed that he would be quitting music, but let’s hope his situation gets better and surprises us with a record on his own time.

The Lion King Soundtrack

Source: Disney

Title: some variant of The Lion King soundtrack // Release Date: July 2019

What We’ve Heard So Far: N/A

Picture this: Beyoncé, Childish Gambino, Hans Zimmer, Elton John, and Pharrell William re-making and creating new hits for a true Disney classic. You don’t have to imagine because it’s happening this summer! This record will sell like hot cakes and win every possible award. I’m beyond excited for this one.

Madonna


Madonna poses on the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet. Source: https://www.independent.ie/style/galleries/in-pictures-vmas-2018-red-carpet-37236337.html

Title: N/A // Release Date: 2019

What We’ve Heard So Far: N/A

The Queen of Pop confirmed that her 14th studio album will be released this year. We’ve heard rumors ranging from a return to Ray of Light-era sound to Portuguese-influenced music. Even on her worst albums, Madonna always delivers a couple of gems. Never doubt one of music’s greats, they’ll always surprise you.

Maren Morris

Maren Morris performs at the 2018 ACM Awards. Source: https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/acmas/8337841/maren-morris-2018-acm-awards-rich

Title: N/A // Release Date: 2019 (unconfirmed)

What We’ve Heard So Far: N/A

Maren’s last album made her Grammy-nominated superstar and one of country music’s brightest stars. Her next album, according to her, will include more “woke” lyricism and she’s not going to try and remake her signature hit, “My Church.” No matter what Maren has in store, with a voice like that and a pen like hers, it is guaranteed to be great.

Mark Ronson

Mark Ronson on the Stella McCartney Autumn 2018 Fashion Show Red Carpet. Source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/mark-ronson-talks-teenage-panic-attacks-for-mental-health-awareness-month-628964/

Title: Late Night Feelings // Release Date: 2019

What We’ve Heard So Far: “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart (feat. Miley Cyrus)”

The mastermind behind one of history’s biggest songs (“Uptown Funk!”) is set to return with a new album this year. The record’s lead single, “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart (feat. Miley Cyrus),” is a gorgeous fusion of country and dance. The record is set to feature Lykke Li, Yebba, and King Princess, among others, and sounds “futuristic” and “country-tinged.” Just from these descriptions, this record sounds incredible already.

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus on the 2018 Grammy Awards Red Carpet. Source: https://variety.com/2018/biz/news/miley-cyrus-hit-with-300-million-lawsuit-alleging-copyright-infringement-listen-1202726433/

Title: N/A // Release Date: 2019

What We’ve Heard So Far: N/A

Speaking of Miley, her follow-up to 2016’s under-appreciated Younger Now (read my review here) is due this year. We know she’s collaborated with Mark Ronson already, and the mastermind behind her career-defining Bangerz hits, Mike WiLL Made-It, is allegedly also apart of the next record. With this team and Miley’s gorgeous voice, this is definitely a record I’m excited for.

Normani

Normani on the 2018 Billboard Music Awards Red Carpet. Source: https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/bbma/8456973/normani-interview-fifth-harmony-billboard-music-awards-2018-video

Title: N/A // Release Date: 2019

What We’ve Heard So Far: “Checklist (feat. Wizkid)”; “Slow Down”

Normani killed it last year. From “Love Lies” to “Checklist” she conquered about three different genres without breaking a sweat. Her show-stealing performance at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards solidified her rising star status, and everything is poised for her to truly pop this year. We know she’s been in the studio with Ester Dean, Stargate, and, allegedly, Pharrell. Therefore, this album is going to be stellar.

Rihanna




Rihanna poses for a photograph. Source: Rihanna courtesy of Instagram

Title: N/A // Release Date: 2019

What We’ve Heard So Far: N/A

The Fenty Beauty makeup guru and Anti songstress finally confirmed that her ninth record will be dropping this year. Bad Gyal is rumored to be dropping two albums– one reggae and one pop. She’s allegedly gone through hundreds of tracks, and I want all of them. Rihanna’s voice and fire has been sorely missed over the past year, and I can’t wait to have her back.

ScHoolboy Q

ScHoolboy Q performs at the 2017 Rolling Loud music festival. Credit: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images

Title: N/A // Release Date: 2019

What We’ve Heard So Far: N/A

Q’s last album, Blank Face LP, deserved a lot more love and attention. Last year, Q was on one of the strongest cuts on the Black Panther, “X.” After the loss of dear friend Mac Miller, Q definitely has a lot to say on this next album. I expect an emotional and honest album from Q. With his track record, I’m willing to bet that Q’s next album will be one of the best of the year.

Smino, Saba & Noname

Saba, Noname & Smino pose for a photograph. Credit: Evan Brown

Title: N/A // Release Date: 2019

What We’ve Heard So Far: N/A

Smino (Noir), Saba (Care for Me), and Noname (Room 25) released three of the best albums of 2018. If we are to believe Smino’s Instagram story, this dynamic trio will be blessing us with a collaborative album later this year. These three are some of the best rappers out right now and they each have an impressively strong hold of their respective artistries. This is sure to be a great one.

Solange

Solange poses for a photograph for T Magazine‘s Oct. 21. The Greats Issue. Credit: Collier Schorr

Title: N/A // Release Date: 2019

What We’ve Heard So Far: N/A

Now this one, I’m annoyed about. We were supposed to get Solange’s follow up to the spectacular A Seat At the Table last fall, but we were inexplicably forced to wait until 2019. Essentially nothing is known about any potential collaborators or personnel for this record, but I know Solo will deliver. Solange rarely disappoints when it comes to music, or anything in general, so this will be amazing.

Stormzy

Stormzy poses on the 2018 BRIT Awards Red Carpet. Source: Getty Images

Title: N/A // Release Date: 2019 (unconfirmed)

What We’ve Heard So Far: N/A

In a loosie titled “4PM in London,” Stormzy promised that the album would be dropping “soon.” That was October 2017. After picking up an obscene amount of awards for his gorgeous debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer, all eyes are on Stormzy for the follow-up. Little details are known, but it’s sure to be insane.

Tame Impala

Tame Impala performs at the 2016 FYF Fest. Credit: Noel Vasquez

Title: N/A // Release Date: 2019 (unconfirmed)

What We’ve Heard So Far: N/A

Currents still sounds as fresh as it did when it first dropped in 2015. It’s been quiet musically for Tame Impala, but leader Kevin Parker has produced for Kali Uchis (Isolation) and Travis Scott (ASTROWORLD, read my review here). Rumors have been flying about a new album and this already is the longest wait between albums for Parker’s Tame Impala project. Needless to say, I think we’re all ready for a new record from them.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift at her reputation Stadium Tour. Source: https://mhamed-hassine-fantar.com/taylor-swift-concert-london-2019.html

Title: N/A // Release Date: 2019

What We’ve Heard So Far: N/A

Backstage at her record-shattering reputation Stadium Tour, Taylor told Perez Hilton that her next album will be out before she “turns 30.” That would mean that Swift’s next album is coming this year. I, for one, don’t buy it. Nevertheless, I’m interested to see where Taylor goes from reputation. Does she return to country (hopefully) or dive further into electro-pop? No matter what she does, it’s sure to make major waves.

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend perform at the 2018 Lollapalooza Music Festival. Credit: Timothy Hiatt

Title: N/A // Release Date: 2019

What We’ve Heard So Far: N/A

It’s been almost five years since the last Vampire Weekend album and is my patience is thinning as I wait for another. GQ confirmed a new album from the band this year and the record is described as “a slick almost sexy taste of 70s funk licks” and “a more spacey and empty sounding record.” I’m not quite sure how those two things fit together, but I’m ready for it.

The Weeknd

The Weeknd performing. Credit: Scott Roth

Title: Chapter 6 // Release Date: 2019

What We’ve Heard So Far: N/A

Last year, The Weeknd surprised us with My Dear Melancholy, one of the best albums of 2018 (read my review here). He also confirmed that some sort of record will be released this year, referring to it as “Chapter 6.” Whether that’s the title or simply a nickname for his sixth official studio release is unclear. All I know is, new music from Abel is always welcome.

The 1975

A promotional photograph of The 1975. Credit: Jack Caldwell

Title: Notes On a Conditional Form // Release Date: 2019

What We’ve Heard So Far: N/A

Just last year, The 1975 gifted us with the tenth best album of the year with An Inquiry Into Online Relationships. As the time between albums ever shortens, The 1975 is already prepping the lead single for their next album, Notes On a Conditional Form. The lead single is reportedly due sometime in the first quarter of 2018, and if it’s even half as good as anything on Relationships, it’s sure to be a smash.

Honorable Mentions: Adele (rumored), Cardi B (April 2019), Carly Rae Jepsen (2019, confirmed), Demi Lovato (unconfirmed), Dua Lipa (unconfirmed), Florida Georgina Line (February 15), Harry Styles (rumored), Katy Perry (rumored), Lady Gaga (rumored), Migos (2019, confirmed), Miranda Lambert (unconfirmed), Nicki Minaj (rumored), Post Malone (rumored), Sturgill Simpson (unconfirmed).

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