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A new year means a fresh start and a new batch of albums to get excited about dropping in the coming months. From boy banders turned solo artists, to one of music’s most famous couples putting out a joint record, here are the 18 albums we’re most excited to hear in 2018.
After some delay, former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello has confirmed a new name and new date for her debut solo album. Titled Camila, the solo album will drop in January and feature the singer’s huge singles, including “Havana” and “Crying In The Club” as well as the new tracks “Never Be The Same” and “Real Friends.”
Charlie Puth has consistently been releasing strong singles, including “We Don’t Talk Anymore” with Selena Gomez and the massive “See You Again” with Wiz Khalifa. But the singer and songwriter has yet to become a household name. We’ll see if that changes with his upcoming album.
Rap trio Migos was initially set to release their third studio album Culture 2 in October, but now in the new year, we’re still without a new record from the “Bad and Boujee” rappers. The group has finally dropped their lead single “MotorSport” with Nicki Minaj and Cardi B, who is engaged to Migo’s member Offset. So, prepare for a collection of bangers to arrive shortly.
When pop stars want to reinvent themselves after a few successful albums, they usually go a little bit country and head back to their ‘roots,’ wherever those may be. For Justin Timberlake, he’s using his upcoming fifth album to show off his folksy side, releasing what he calls his most personal album ever. The album is set to drop two days before Timberlake returns to the Super Bowl stage and we’re hoping one of his new songs is an apology to Janet Jackson for letting her take the fall for Timberlake’s first solo Halftime Show appearance.
It’s been six years and one album since Awolnation released their debut single “Sail” and took over the airwaves. With the band’s upcoming third studio album due out in February, the political and social climate is prime for another gritty, ‘scream at the top of your lungs and thrash around’ follow-up.
I mean, can you even? We’re still not over Beyoncé’s groundbreaking 2016 Lemonade and we were hugely impressed with Jay Z’s introspective and personal 2017 album 4:44. While the two have worked together in the past, including Jay’s latest single “Family Feud,” we’ve yet to see a full collaboration album from the high-power music couple. Prepare for a Watch The Throne 2.0, except with likely zero Kanye.
Kanye West has many strengths. Producing music, creating his own fashion line, and stirring up controversy with a simple tweet are all on the list. One thing that is definitely not a strength is making albums quickly. In this case, we’re okay with Mr. West taking his time. After not quite finishing The Life of Pablo and having a breakdown in 2017, West needed to take some time to regroup. Lately, he’s been looking happy and healthy in wife Kim Kardashian’s Instagram pics, even reuniting with former friend and collaborator Kid Cudi. There’s a good chance that West will change the current album title he’s working with, but whatever he calls his next collection of songs, we hope they represent the old Kanye, straight from the ‘Go Kanye, chop up the soul Kanye, set on his goals Kanye. Not the one that hangs out with Trump…Kanye.
Since leaving One Direction and signing as a solo artist with Capitol Records in 2016, former boy bander Liam Payne has released the dance-heavy singles “Strip That Down” featuring Quavo, “Get Low” with Zedd and “Bedroom Floor.” He’s set to team up with fellow Brit Rita Ora for the song “For You” from the upcoming Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack, so a full album from the pop singer should be arriving any day now.
According to Sky Ferreira’s November 2017 tweet, the singer has noticed that her work has been influencing other artists. Not that we can really blame them. Ferreira has released some of the most inventive pop music of the past five years and after appearing in 2017’s Baby Driver and Twin Peaks reboot, it looks like she’s finally ready to drop her first album since 2013’s Night Time, My Time.
Here’s one of the several reasons why I can’t wait to put something out: certain people will be forced to come up with their own identity & artistic vision
— Sky Ferreira (@skyferreira) November 21, 2017
Since rocketing to stardom with the uber-catchy “Call Me Maybe,” Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen hasn’t had any issues creating ear worms. She proved that once again with “I Really Like You” and last year’s “Cut To The Feeling” from the 2017 animated film Leap. While her 2015 album Emotion was loved by fans and critics, though largely ignored on the charts, it cemented Jepsen as one of the most exciting voices in pop music. In October, Jepsen told a crowd at the New Yorker Festival that she had 80 songs ready for her next album. Like Emotion, expect an amazing B side.
In 2013, Vampire Weekend dropped their third studio album Modern Vampires of the City, earning the band a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album. Since then, founding member Rostam Batmanglij has moved on to work on solo projects, so we’re likely going to hear a different Vampire Weekend in 2018.
Real talk, when does Donald Glover sleep? Between writing and starring in his Emmy winning series Atlanta, acting in the upcoming Hans Solo movie, and scoring a handful of Grammy nominations for his 2016 album Awaken, My Love!, somehow Glover found time to record another new album under his Childish Gambino moniker. Considering how brilliant his last album was, we can’t wait to hear what the multi-talented performer does next.
Its been four years since Nicki Minaj dropped The Pink Print, but that doesn’t mean the rapper hasn’t stayed busy in the studio. From huge collaborations with Ariana Grande and Katy Perry to reuniting with her Young Money crew Drake and Lil Wayne, Minaj has remained on the charts without dropping an album. During an interview with author Roxanne Gay in October 2017 for the New York Times, Minaj confirmed she’s been recording her fourth album, saying “Now, I can tell you guys what happened for the last two years of my life. I know who I am. I am getting Nicki Minaj figured out with this album and I’m loving her.”
During his annual OVO Festival in his hometown of Toronto this past August, Drake told the crowd he was already working on a follow up to his More Life mixtape. The 6ix God told the hometown crowd he would be recording in Toronto, but has yet to announce when the new music will arrive and whether it will be in the form of a mixtape or full album.
The title single from Jack White’s upcoming third solo album Boarding House Reach is unlike anything we’ve heard from the prolific musician. If he told us that the single was actually a blended representation of the entire album, we’d have an easier time making sense out of the mismatched, disjointed collection. But after so many incredible bands and songs care of White, we’ll reserve our judgment until the album drops in its entirety.
We’d be amazed that Ariana Grande is already reportedly back in the studio so soon after the tragic events that took place at her 2017 Manchester concert, but after watching the singer return to the city for a concert so soon after the event, her resolve and determination goes without question. Whether we’re going to hear a changed Ariana after Manchester or one that still deliver chart-friendly pop hits is to be seen.
Selena Gomez has been releasing singles here and there since taking a self-imposed exit from the public eye in 2016, but since then the singer has undergone more life changes. A life-saving kidney operation, a public relationship with The Weeknd, and a reconciliation with ex-Justin Bieber will all hopefully make for an album that gives fans a more personal look at the famous singer.
Following the release of her fifth studio album Joanne in 2016, Lady Gaga released the solo single “The Cure” in the spring of 2017. The highly anticipated LG6 didn’t immediately follow, but in her 2017 documentary Five Foot Two, Gaga said she’s working on new material. The singer is currently shooting a leading role in Bradley Cooper’s remake of A Star Is Born, but if anyone is able to film a movie and drop a new album in the same year, it’s Mother Monster.