2019 is shaping up to be a great year for albums. This year has already seen big records from Ariana Grande, Tom Walker, Dave, Billie Eilish, Pink and Lewis Capaldi top the Official Chart. Here are the other albums you can expect to see make a big impact on the charts this year...
Taylor Swift - Lover - August 23
Taylor Swift's seventh studio album will be the first on her new record deal with Universal, and could earn her a fourth UK Number 1 album. The first two singles ME! featuring and co-produced by Panic! At The Disco's Brendon Urie the peppy You Need To Calm Down both reached the Top of the Official Singles Chart. Promo tracks The Archer and Lover were also released.
Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell - August 30
Lana announced at Benicàssim Festival that her fifth studio album will drop on August 30, 2019. The record was made with Bleachers frontman/producer Jack Antonoff, Watt and longtime collaborator Rick Nowels, whom she worked with on her three previous chart-topping albums Born To Die, Ultraviolence and Lust For Life.
Recently-released tracks Doin' Time and Mariners Apartment Complex will feature on the 14-song tracklist, as do singles Venice Bitch and Hope Is a Dangerous Thing for a Woman Like Me to Have – but I Have It".
Sheryl Crow - Threads - August 30
Sheryl Crow's final studio album is a duets project with an incredible array of country vocalists, featuring the likes of Johnny Cash, Chris Stapleton, Stevie Nicks and Maren Morris.
The S.L.P - The S.L.P - August 30
Serge Pizzorno from Kasabian drops his first solo album on August 30. Featuring the singles Favourites (ft. Little Simz) and Nobody Else, the self-produced album also features a collaboration with slowthai.
Natasha Bedingfield - Roll With Me - August 30
Rounding out a busy #NewMusicFriday on August 30 is Natasha Bedingfield! Natasha's first studio album in nine years Roll With Me features the singles Roller Skate and Kick It.
Jax Jones - Snacks - September 6
One of the world's most sought-after producers, Jax's household-themed debut album Snacks is long-awaited, featuring almost all of Jax's Top 40 hits plus a few brand new tracks. Expect an all-star array of some of music's brightest stars including Bebe Rexha, Demi Lovato, MNEK and Jess Glynne. An EP of the same name has so far peaked at Number 12 on the Official Albums Chart.
MUNA - Saves The World - September 6
Pop rising stars MUNA will put out their second studio album Saves The World on September 6. The lead single Number One Fan is out now, as is the second single Who. If you think a blend of HAIM, The Japanese House and The Aces will be up your street, you'll be a fan of MUNA.
Iggy Pop - Free - September 6
After scoring his highest-charting album ever in 2016 with Post Pop Depression, the legendary rocker releases Free on September 6. Lead single James Bond is out now.
Bat For Lashes - Lost Girls - September 6
Will Lost Girls give Bat For Lashes her fourth consecutive UK Top 10 album? Her follow-up to 2016's The Bride, the new album is inspired by Los Angeles. The first cut Kids in the Dark is available now.
The Lumineers - III - September 13
III is the follow-up to the US group's second album Cleopatra, which reached Number 1 on the UK's Official Albums Chart and was the best-selling Americana album of 2016.
Sam Fender - Hypersonic Missiles - September 13
The winner of the 2019 BRITs Critics' Choice Award, Sam Fender's debut album has been hugely anticipated - and it's finally got a release date. Hypersonic Missiles was written, recorded and produced at Sam's own self-built warehouse studio in North Shields. Featuring the singles Dead Boys, That Sound, Play God and the title track, as well as a stack of emotive new tracks, it'll be available on download, CD, cassette, mini-disc, and limited edition black and white vinyl.
Metronomy - Metronomy Forever - September 13
Metronomy return with their sixth album this September, which they describe as being "infused with a sense of tranquillity and a calm joy". If trailer singles Lately and Salted Caramel Ice Cream are anything to go by, the record takes cues from Robyn's latest album Honey, which frontman Joseph Mount helped work on.
Emeli Sande has announced her third album Real Life, to be released this June. It’s been described as a brand-new chapter for the artist, and one that she hopes will give people hope and confidence.
“With this album, I knew exactly what I wanted to say and do,” she said. "I’ve came out the other side more confident, happier with more self-love.”
The lead cut from the album Sparrow is out now, while the second single Extraordinary Being was used as part of the X-Men: Dark Phoenix movie. The album was also preceded by the radio hit Shine.
Pixies - Beneath The Eyrie - September 13
Pixies have scored two Top 10s on the bounce on the Official Albums Chart, and will look to make it a hatrick with Beneath The Eyrie. The album was produced by Tom Dalgety (Rammstein, Royal Blood).
Charli XCX - Charli - September 13
Featuring the Top 20 single 1999 with Troye Sivan, Charli XCX's album is wall-to-wall filled with huge pop collaborations with the likes of Christine and the Queens, Lizzo, Kim Petras and HAIM.
Scouting For Girls - The Trouble with Boys - September 20
The fifth album from Scouting For Girls, The Trouble with Boys could become the group's fifth Top 20 album. The track's lead single Grown Up was written with James Blunt.
Liam Gallagher - Why Me? Why Not - September 20
The Oasis frontman is returning with his second solo album in 2019. Why Me? Why Not is the follow-up to As You Were, one of this decade's fastest-selling debut albums. Lead single Shockwave was released on June 7, co-written with Andrew Wyatt, the co-writer on Lady Gaga's Shallow, and Greg Kurstin, pop producer behind big hits for Pink, Adele and Sia.
Blink-182 - Nine - September 20
Fresh from claiming their first UK Number 1 album, Blink-182 return with their ninth studio album, aptly titled Nine. The band have teamed with Pharrell this time around to produce some of the 15-strong tracklist.
Keane - Cause and Effect - September 20
After frontman Tom Chaplin released two solo albums, Keane are returning with a new record in 2019 called Cause and Effect. The band's fifth LP features the singles The Way I Feel and Love Too Much. All of Keane's studio albums have reached Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart.
Tegan & Sara - Hey, I'm Just Like You - September 27
After scooping their highest charting album with Love You To Death in 2017, Canadian pop geniuses Tegan & Sara will be hoping for a third consecutive UK Top 40 appearance with their ninth studio album Hey, I'm Just Like You.
The nostalgic album features the lead single I'll Be Back Someday. The album comprises of demos from the siblings recorded back in high school that were recently unearthed. Modern production breathes new life into these hidden gems.
Dermot Kennedy - Without Fear - September 27
The Irish breakthrough star of 2019, Dermot Kennedy recently scored his first UK Top 40 single with Outnumbered, with the song has peaked at Number 2 in his native Ireland. After releasing a compilation of tracks from various EPs, Derm's debut studio album Without Fear features the singles Power Over Me and Lost.
Adam Lambert - Velvet: Side One - September 27
It's been four years since the Queen frontman's last album, and Adam Lambert has revealed that he’s “definitely way into [his] seventies rock star fantasy right now”. Velvet will be released as two EPs: Side One features new single Superpower and is out in September. Recent singles New Eyes and Comin in Hot aren't featured, so we can expect to see them emerge on the second half.
Post Malone - September
The US singer and rapper announced at a gig in July that his new studio album was finished and ready to go. He said: "I’ve got some pretty awesome news, and the reason my voice is kinda f**ked is because I was in the studio for the last three days and we just finished up the new album, and I think it’s gonna be pretty god damn out of sight."
Post Malone's last album Beerbongs & Bentleys debuted at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart in May 2018 and finished as the sixth biggest album that year. His new record is expected to feature recent singles Wow and Goodbyes (both were Top 5 hits on the Official Singles Chart) and the new track Circles.
Angel Olsen - All Mirrors - October 4
After her last album All Woman became her first Top 40 effort and ranked high on plenty of year-end rankings in 2016, Angel Olsen looks to match her previous success with All Mirrors. Angel has described the album as being about "a woman lost in a labyrinthine dream reflection" who "climbs upward and traverses in and out of passages". Colour us intrigued!
Mika - My Name Is Michael Holbrook - October 4
Mika's fifth album is incoming! It's been four and a half years since he released his previous record No Place In Heaven, and while he's been keeping busy over on the French edition of The Voice, the singer finally returns with a new album this October. Lead single Ice Cream is available now.
Elbow - Giants of All Sizes - October 11
After their last album went to Number 1, can Elbow scoop two chart-toppers in a row? Giants of All Sizes was recorded in Hamburg, a new experience for the Guy Garvey-fronted four piece. He's described the album as "a bleak record, but it has a huge, if bruised, heart." Sounds like the Elbow we all know and love.
Foals - Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 2 - October 18
Fresh from claiming their fourth Top 5 album with Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1, the second chapter in Foals' latest era will be released on October 18. Black Bull is the first track taken from the Mercury Prize 2019-nominated band's second album of the year.
Louise - Heavy Love - October 18
Michael Kiwanuka - KIWANUKA - October 25
The man who scored his first UK Number 1 album on the Official Albums Chart's 60th birthday, Michael Kiwanuka looks to make a statement with his third studio album. "It’s an album that explores what it means to be a human being today," explained Michael, who wanted to challenge both himself and the listener with the 15-track collection.
Stereophonics - Kind - October 25
Welsh music royalty, Stereophonics' 11th studio album Kind is released in October. Trailed by the lead single Fly Like An Eagle, will the album become fourth Top 5 effort in a row?
Westlife – Spectrum – November 8
Westlife are well and truly back! Following the success of their latest singles Hello My Love, Better Man and Dynamite plus their fastest-selling tour ever, the band have announced the “best album of [their] careers”. It's the legendary Irish group's first studio album in nine years, with tracks co-written and produced by the lads as well as hitmakers including Steve Mac, Ed Sheeran and James Bay.
Simply Red - Blue Eyed Soul - November 8
The first studio album since signing with BMG, Simply Red are back with Blue Eyed Soul this November. Turns out Mick Hucknall is all about having fun with this one.
"At this stage of my career, I could do one of those dark reflective albums looking back on my life that people tend to do at a certain age," Mick admits. "But I thought sod that! I wanted to make something punchy. I want to have a good time."
Celine Dion - Courage - November
The superstar has announced details of her new album Courage - her first English-language album in six years. Celine announced the title of the record and its November release date along with a new tour at a show in Los Angeles, explaining: "I think I went through a lot. And life had given me the tools… to find my inner strength, to find courage, and to keep going."
Sia, who worked on Celine's 2013 Loved Me Back To Life album, is working on the project and alluded to the song title Baby, tweeting her: "You sing the S**T out of 'baby' And I'm so proud to write for you!!!!". Lead single Flying On My Own is out now.
The Chainsmokers - World War Joy - TBA
The producer/DJ duo will release a ten track studio album in 2019, first announced on March 26. The tracklist is being revealed in reverse order as singles, which have so far featured 5 Seconds of Summer, Bebe Rexha and Lennon Stella.
Miley Cyrus - She Is Miley Cyrus - TBA
Miley Cyrus is planning to release three six-track EPs in 2019 that all combine to become a full album called She Is Miley Cyrus. First EP She Is Coming featured the lead single Mother's Daughter, with She Is Here and She Is Everything coming soon.
Kanye West - Yandhi - TBA
Another album that has been delayed twice, Kanye West's Yandhi follows his two Top 10 albums from 2018, Ye, and Kids See Ghosts. Set for release originally on September 28, 2018, who knows when Kanye will drop this one.
Cheryl - TBA
Cheryl's label told Music Week: "So we’re going to go song by song and see how it goes. There’s a body of work there, so there is a possible album – we’ll see how it reacts." Top 40 single Love Made Me Do It is expected to feature, as will Let You, both co-written by Chezza's Girls Aloud bandmate Nicola Roberts. One more single is expected before the album's release later in 2019.
Niall Horan - TBA
Niall Horan is unsure whether his new album will be coming in 2019, or if he's saving it for 2020. What we do know is that the lead single Nice To Meet Ya was co-written by RuthAnne Cunningham who penned Slow Hands, and there's another song on the album produced by Greg Kurstin called Put A Little Love On Me.
Katy Perry - TBA
Will she or won't she? Katy Perry has revealed that she's concentrating on stand-alone singles releases at the moment, evidenced by Never Really Over and Small Talk. She's not ruled an album out however, stating one could follow "if there's demand for a full body of work".
However, the boss of Katy's record label Virgin EMI Ted Cockle has confirmed to Music Week that a new album from Katy is in the works: "There’s plenty of goodness to come. The album will come in its own fine time.”
Royal Blood - TBA
Both of Royal Blood's previous albums debuted at Number 1 - could a third be on the horizon?
In July the duo posted on Instagram: "We are very much in the middle of creating something very special together that is going to be the wildest and scariest record we have ever made." The duo have been performing live over the summer, so is new material imminent?
The Killers - TBA
Brandon Flowers & Co have gotten political with Land Of The Free, a response to President Trump. Discussing a new album - and follow-up to 2017's Number 1 Wonderful Wonderful - Brandon told Beats 1 that The Killers would have a new project out at the end of 2019 "in a perfect world".
Samantha Mumba - TBA
The Irish singer has taken an extended break from music, but that's all about to change. After signing a new record deal with Warner-Chappell, Samantha is gearing up to release her long, long awaited second studio album this year, in which she's collaborated with MNEK.
Ellie Goulding - TBA
After several writings camps across her last few albums, Ellie Goulding's calling on her own skillset for her fourth release. "I have sort of gone back to basics and am doing a lot of the writing on my own," she told the Evening Standard. The first slice of the album Close To Me with Diplo and Swae Lee reached Number 17. The next track Flux was released in March, followed by Sixteen in April and Hate Me ft. Juice Wrld in June.
The Cure - TBA
New inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and 2019 Glastonbury headliners, The Cure are celebrating their recent success in style, with a new album. Sirius XM got the scoop from frontman Robert Smith: "We’re going in about six weeks time [to the studio] to finish up what will be our first album in more than a decade. It’s very exciting times for us all around."
Normani - TBA
The former Fifth Harmony vocalist has released a collaborative EP with Calvin Harris, plus high profile songs with Sam Smith, Khalid and 6LACK in preparation for her debut solo album. Billboard reports that the "sultry and dominant" collection will be released in the second half of 2019, and has worked with Victoria Monet and Daniel Caesar.
The Who - TBA
We don't know the name or release date for The Who's first album in 13 years, but we do know that it's arriving in 2019. Roger Daltrey has promised "dark ballads [and] experimental electronica" from the legendary band's 12th studio album.
Ava Max - TBA
The Sweet But Psycho star will be hoping her debut album can replicate the success of her Number 1 single. The currently untitled collection is coming in 2019, and will also feature Ava's new single So Am I. The entire album is produced by Cirkut. Ava told NRJ Radio in France that the album will feature 14 tracks and no collaborations.
Tinie Tempah - TBA
The founder of Tinie Tempah's record label Disturbing London has confirmed the seven-time chart topper has a new album coming soon. Dumi Oburota told Music Week: "He makes amazing singles and now is the prime time for massive singles. He can adapt to whatever the industry throws at him. He's prolific."
Halsey - TBA
Halsey says her upcoming third studio album released in 2019 has taught her to forgive herself. The message to her fans on Twitter was: "I hope when it’s finally in your hands it brings you that same peace. It’s not a quiet peace. It’s a loud one."
In the interim between her latest albums, Halsey has collaborated with her boyfriend YUNGBLUD, her ex partner G-Eazy and Benny Blanco on the Number 1 Eastside. Top 3 smash Without Me and Top 40 hit Nightmare are set for inclusion.
Jeff Goldblum - TBA
Following his debut album The Capitol Studio Sessions last year, Jeff is returning this year with a second album of piano jazz. "I only hope that listeners feel what I felt when we made the record – an explosive release of ecstasy," he said of the collection. Expect some of his Hollywood pals to feature alongside his long-time band The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra.
Stormzy - TBA
Number 1 single Vossi Bop is the lead single from Stormzy's second studio album, which he told BBC Radio 1 would contain no filler tracks: "There’s no way I’m making a body of work with filler songs. Every song is gonna serve such a purpose. I’ve tried to do the epitome of every single part of my DNA.
"I’m about to drop my second album. The public have elevated me to this position, and now it’s about me repaying everyone. I’m excited to prove my worth."
Selena Gomez - TBA
When Selena took to Instagram Live to promote her Benny Blanco-assisted single I Can't Get Enough, fans were quick to ask her for an update on her second solo album.
"I'm just nervous about it, honestly, 'cause I feel like the next few choices that I'm gonna make are very crucial. So I'm trying to be really really diligent and patient with everything ... the album is coming very soon."
She then confirmed on social media in June that the album was finished, before telling Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show: "I think there’s always going to be a sense of strong pop in my music, but I definitely explore more with electric guitar. It took me four years now to even feel at a good place with this album."
HAIM - TBA
Both of HAIM's previous album charted within the Top 2 on the Official Albums Chart, so big things are expected from their third studio set. The mellow first track taken from it Summer Girl is out now.
Rihanna - TBA
Rihanna's Navy are keen (you could say) to hear new material. She's reportedly prepping a dancehall-inspired album and has been pitched over 500 songs, but she's remaining tight-lipped about the record.
Zara Larsson - TBA
Zara told Billboard: "I change my mind five million times, so I don’t know what it’s going to end up being like or who I’m collaborating with. On the day of the deadline, that’s when I’ll know." The Number 11-peaking Ruin My Life should be included, as could other recent singles Don't Worry Bout Me and All The Time.
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