2019 Release Radar: Upcoming albums build fans’ anticipation


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‘Lust for Life’ was on the Billboard 200 for 22 weeks.

Ariana Grande, “Thank U, Next” 

“Thank U, Next,” Ariana Grande’s upcoming fifth-studio album and follow up to her critically acclaimed “Sweetener,” is already bringing the former Nickelodeon star to new career heights. Due Feb. 8, this release marks Grande’s first album since the death of ex-boyfriend Mac Miller, and the end of her engagement to Pete Davidson. With its first two singles, “Thank U, Next” and “7 Rings,” reaching the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100, Grande joins singers Mariah Carey and Britney Spears as the only artists in history to debut more than one track at the chart’s peak position.

Lana Del Rey, “Norman F—ing Rockwell” 

With a March 29 release date announced by MTV, “Norman F—ing Rockwell” will be Lana Del Rey’s first album since her 2017 “Lust for Life.” Promoted by the singles “Mariner’s Apartment Complex,” “Venice B*tch” and “Hope Is A Dangerous Thing For A Woman Like Me To Have – But I Have It,” the indie pop songstress has teamed up with Grammy-winning Jack Antonoff for this release. Confirmed album tracks include titles such as “Cinnamon” and “How To Disappear.”

Kanye West, “Yandhi”

2018 was a controversial year for rapper Kanye West, with events ranging from political rants to outrageous claims about slavery during an appearance on TMZ. Following the TMZ interview, West re-recorded his entire eighth-studio album, “Ye,” in a single month and later that year announced his upcoming album, “Yandhi.” Suffering from multiple delays, “Yandhi” is expected to release sometime this year. Judging by the similar album  art, speculation has arised that “Yandhi” may be a follow up to West’s 2013 “Yeezus” album.

Normani, TitleTBA

Following the announcement of an indefinite-hiatus of massively successful girl group Fifth Harmony in 2018, Normani Kordei is expected to release her debut solo album later this year. Since releasing the top 10 hit “Love Lies” with Khalid and Sam Smith assisted “Dancing with a Stranger,” Normani has already become the most successful member of the four remaining Fifth Harmony members, and is expected by some to  rival former band-mate Camila Cabello’s success. The upcoming album is already confirmed to feature guest appearances from Missy Elliott and Pharrell Williams, and is rumored to also feature a Nicki Minaj collaboration.

Solange, Title TBA

Back in 2016, R&B singer-songwriter and sister to Beyoncé, Solange Knowles, released the heavily-acclaimed “A Seat at the Table.” After winning her first grammy award for the album, much attention has been placed on its upcoming follow up, with expectations held high. Previously announced in fall of 2018, the project was then delayed until 2019. Solange has stated in an interview with the New York Times that there will be “a lot of jazz at the core” of the album, and wrote in an essay for Dazed about recording parts of the album in Jamaica.