Top albums We’re Excited For in 2019

2 Chainz

The Atlanta trapper formerly known as Tity Boi announced his fourth studio album, Rap or Go to the League, back in February 2018, but has said relatively little about the project since then. Musically, he’s been active as ever—he was among the rap heavyweights featured on the Creed II soundtrack, and dropped the one-off track “Bigger Than You” with Drake and Quavo in June. He recently released two new songs, but didn’t comment on whether or not they’re tied to his fourth album. Here’s hoping Rap or Go to the League isn’t far off.

American Football, American Football

American Football are back with a third album. Like their 1999 classic debut and their 2016 comeback record, the new album is self-titled. Unlike their first two records, American Football (LP3) doesn’t feature that famous house at 704 W. High St on the cover. Oh well. American Football is out March 22 on Polyvinyl.

Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next

It’s only been a few months since the release of Sweetener, and Ariana Grande is already back in the studio. “Thank u, next,” recorded in the wake of her split from Pete Davidson, was her first number one song. Last week, she followed it up with another one-off single, titled “Imagine.” In Grande’s recent Billboard cover story she revealed that her new album, also titled Thank U, Next, is almost finished. Expect it (early) next year.

Avril Lavigne

In a lengthy personal letter on her site, Avril Lavigne wrote that her upcoming sixth album “holds nothing back” and describes a personal crisis that inspired recent single “Head Above Water”: “One night, I thought I was dying, and I had accepted that I was going to die. My mom laid with me in bed and held me. I felt like I was drowning. Under my breath, I prayed ‘God, please help to keep my head above the water.’ In that moment, the song writing of this album began.” It’s a long-recognized truth that Avril is at her best when she allows herself to be vulnerable. No word on a release date yet.

Beirut, Gallipoli

Beirut’s Zach Condon has thus far released two singles for the upcoming album Gallipoli.  The title track is a stately trumpet-driven song in the vein of 2006’s Gulag Orkestar. Condon says he wrote it “entirely in one sitting, pausing only to eat.” Second single “Corfu” is an instrumental track with a decidedly more modern vibe. The full album is out February 1 from 4AD.

Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen has hinted at a new full-length coming sometime in 2019. No word yet on the title or release date; for now, we can tide ourselves over with recent single “Party for One.”

Cass McCombs, Tip of the Sphere

The follow-up to Cass McCombs’s 2016 album Mangy Love arrives February 8, 2019 from Anti-. Hear first single “Sleeping Volcanoes” here.

Chance the Rapper

It’s no secret that Chance the Rapper has been in the studio. This past July, he released four new singles—“65th & Ingleside,” “Wala Cam,” “Work Out,” and “I Might Need Security”—prompting speculation that a new project was on the way. There was some buzz about potential seven-song collaboration with Kanye over the summer, but Chance ended it with a tweet: “Sorry no album this week, def been in the stu tho. 😎” Don’t be surprised if he announces a project sometime in 2019.