The most anticipated albums of 2019

Everything from Madonna to Maggie Rogers

It’s safe to say that 2018 was a great year for music, with some of the best releases of the year coming from rad artists like Florence + The Machine, U.S. Girls, Robyn, Leon Bridges, and more.

Is it too early to start thinking about 2019? No way! There are already tons of announced releases from iconic artists like Billie Eilish, Cardi B, James Blake, Maggie Rogers, The Cranberries, and more.

Check out our list of the most anticipated albums of 2019 below.

Alice Merton

January 18th | Mint

Alice Merton’s upcoming debut studio album Mint is set for release on January 18th. The record will feature singles “No Roots” and “Lash Out,” which were included on her No Roots EP, as well as “Why So Serious,” and “Funny Business.” The lead single, “Why So Serious,” was created as a response to the press asking Merton’s thoughts on being classified as a “one-hit wonder” according to Consequence of Sound.

Ariana Grande

Release Date TBA | Thank U, Next

Ariana Grande dominated the pop scene in 2018, especially after wrapping up the year with the release of “Thank U, Next,” the lead track off of her upcoming album. After releasing what many critics view as the best pop album of 2018 with Sweetener, Grande’s upcoming album is set to be just as hyped following the release of break up track “Thank U, Next” and “Imagine,” which features whistle tones that rival Mariah Carey.

Ben Rogers

Release Date TBA | Not Yet Titled

Following 2015’s album The Bloodred Yonder, Ben Rogers has signed to Dallas Green’s recently launched Still Records label for his upcoming record. Green himself produced the album, including the melancholic ballad “A Changed Man,” which was inspired by other peoples’ experiences with domestic violence. Rogers dedicates the lead track to the victims and survivors of abuse, and also sees the track as a sort of rebirth as both a songwriter and a performer.

Billie Eilish

Release Date TBA | Not Yet Titled

Young teen superstar Billie Eilish burst onto the scene with her shadowy, powerful debut EP dont smile at me in 2017. Following the release of “You Should See Me In A Crown” and “When The Party’s Over,” it’s clear that her debut album is on the horizon. The latter of the two tracks comes accompanied with a dark, eerie video that features Eilish crying black tears.


February 1st | Don’t Feed The Pop Monster

New Zealand brother duo Caleb and Georgia Nott have begun to reinvent themselves sonically after unveiling singles “Peach” and “Everything Goes (Wow)” off of their upcoming album, Don’t Feed The Pop Monster. The renowned indie-pop duo’s third album was written in a tree house in Nicaragua. “It’s about accepting the mortality of everything and finding peace in that,” Georgia explains in a statement. “We wanted to make songs that are true to us without hiding any kind of façade.”

Cardi B

Release Date TBA | Not Yet Titled

Fresh off of her record-breaking 2018, Cardi B shows no signs of slowing down. On January 1st, the breakthrough rapper went live on Instagram, where she confirmed that she’d be releasing a new album this year. “Of course it’s going to be an album in 2019,” she responded to a fan who asked about the status of her new record. She claims that she hopes to release the album around the same time as when she released Invasion of Privacy, but doesn’t know if that will be feasible.


March 8th | Still On My Mind

The Queen is back. Dido has finally returned after six years with her easy listening, electro-infused tracks “Hurricanes” and “Friends” off of her highly anticipated album Still On My Mind. The English singer’s fifth studio album was written in partnership with her brother Rollo, who contributed heavily on her previously releases. In a statement, Dido herself calls the album “a result of the fruitful and incredibly natural production/songwriting partnership.”

Dua Lipa

Release Date TBA | Not Yet Titled

Dua Lipa’s 2017 debut self-titled album exploded onto the scene with the huge hit “New Rules,” and she’s currently in the process of following it up. “It’s very much dance crying. It is a pop album that you’re going to be able to dance to, but a lot of the songs are sad,” she explained to GQ. “They’re about heartbreak and they’re about going through some emotional manipulation.”


February 1st | What Chaos Is Imaginary

Girlpool’s What Chaos Is Imaginary is set to really stray from their previous sound, as Cleo Tucker is in the process of a “gender flow,” which is the term Tucker uses instead of “transition.” When speaking of their new, lower voice, Tucker explains to i-d Vice that “I’m in no way in a comfortable place with my voice. I don’t know what I can or can’t reach, and it’s still changing.”


Release Date TBA | Helium

Homeshake, the project of Mac DeMarco guitarist Peter Sagar, recently shared a video for their new single “Nothing Could Be Better” alongside an announcement for their upcoming album, Helium. The new record won’t be restricted to a certain set of sounds, textures, or instruments, giving it a pure and unmatched sense of vulnerability. The lead track, “Nothing Could Be Better,” is about how “sometimes on the way to a social function you gotta ditch and hang out with your sweety instead because love is beautiful,” Sagar explains in a statement.

James Blake

January 25th | Assume Form

James Blake recently took to New York’s Brooklyn Mirage as part of his DJ circuit, where he performed a variety of new tracks that fans could expect to hear on his next record. A highlight of the evening was a collaboration with André 3000, which is their second collaboration of the year. This new smooth rap track has a catchy, bouncy beat and André 3000’s rapid fire lyrics.

Karen O & Danger Mouse

Release Date TBA | Lux Prima

Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ frontwoman Karen O has recently teamed up with producer Danger Mouse for an upcoming collaborative album, and they’ve shared “Lux Prima,” which is the title track off of the new LP. “After making music for the past twenty years and embarking on making this record with Danger Mouse I knew a couple things,” Karen O explained in a statement. “One was that the spirit of collaboration between us was going to be a pure one, and two was that the more I live the less is clear to me.”

King Princess

Release Date TBA | Not yet titled

King Princess, also known as Mikaela Straus, was a huge pop breakout in 2018 after she was the first artist signed to Mark Ronson’s Zelig Records. Her hit single “1950” pushed her to the top of festival lineups, and she’s already selling out venues across America and Canada. Although there’s no release date yet, if her singles are any indicator of what the album will be like, it’s sure to be a hit.

Lana Del Rey

March 29th | Norman Fucking Rockwell

Lana Del Rey has officially announced on Instagram that she’s completed her new album, Norman Fucking Rockwell. Del Rey has already teased “Mariners Apartment Complex,” “How To Disappear,” “Sylvia Plath,” and “Venice Bitch” off of her upcoming album, and it seems like the record will be classic Lana, with sultry, jazzy vocals and catchy beats.


Release Date TBA | Not yet titled

Swedish singer-songwriter LÉON’s elaborate, intimate indie-pop tunes are catchy and she’s quickly gone viral with her relatable, vulnerable lyrics. The 24-year-old has already dropped the album’s first single, “Baby Don’t Talk,” which is a husky pop tune full of powerhouse vocals and a beat that drives the track forward. Her full length debut is sure to be full of the same sharp lyricism and themes of heartbreak and growing up that we’ve seen on her three EPs, Treasure, For You, and Surround Me.


Release Date TBA | Magic

She’s coming! Legendary Queen of Pop, Madonna, is getting ready for a long-awaited comeback in 2019. According to rumours, the title of her 14th studio album is supposed to be Magic, and she’s already performed a new track called “Beautiful Game” at the Met Gala in 2018.

Maggie Rogers

January 18th | Heard It In A Past Life

Maggie Rogers has quickly risen to the top after Pharrell shouted out her breakout tune, “Alaska,” on a Masterclass session. Her upbeat, synth-pop tracks are rambunctious and exciting, and her debut album Heard It In A Past Life will include five previously released singles alongside seven new tracks. The album will be out in a matter of weeks, with a release date of January 18th.

Royal Canoe

January 25th | Waver

Winnipeg’s Royal Canoe have detailed plans to release their new album, Waver, on January 25 via Paper Bag Records. “Whenever we begin working on a new album we throw everything out, even if it worked last time, just so we have no chance to rest on our laurels,” says singer Matt Peters, “On ?Waver ?we set out to create leaner arrangements and clearer melodies – less between us and the listener.”

Said The Whale

February 8th | Cascadia

Said The Whale have released a series of singles off of their upcoming album, Cascadia, including “Wake Up” and “Cascadia.” “All the elements that initially attracted people to our band are on this album,” Tyler Bancroft explains in a statement. “But filtered through the lens of eleven years of experience with songwriting, touring, and just working together as people…We’ve essentially grown up together.”

The 1975

Release Date TBA | Notes on a Conditional Form

Just last month, The 1975 released their critically acclaimed album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, and frontman Matty Healy has stated all along that the band planned to release a follow up in 2019. According to NME, Notes on a Conditional Form is a “nighttime record,” and its first single is expected to drop as early as February.

The Cranberries

Release Date TBA | In The End

The death of frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan last January appeared to mark the end of The Cranberries, as the remaining members urged over the last year. Recently, the Irish rockers announced that O’Riordan had recorded vocals for their eighth studio album, In The End, prior to her unexpected death. “It’s a very strong album,” guitarist Noel Hogan explained to the Rolling Stone. “We just said, ‘Let’s go back to the original Cranberries sound.'”

The Cure

Release date TBA | Not yet titled

The Cure’s Robert Smith has recently revealed that the iconic English rock outfit are fast-tracking the completion of their first album in a decade. Smith has announced that the honour of being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has pushed the English rock legends to finish their first record since 2008’s 4: 13 Dream. “Seeing all these new bands – I’ve listened to some of these bands and met so many of them that it’s kind of inspired me to do something new,” Smith explained in an interview with SiriusXM.

The Japanese House

March 1st | Good at Falling

The Japanese House has recently released their groovy electronic track, “Follow My Girl,” which is the first single off of their upcoming album Good At Falling. The synthy track is sure to get you swaying with the smooth melody and Amber Bain’s silky, yet mechanical vocals. The single is a great representation of Bain’s upcoming debut album Good At Falling, which is supposed to be more personal and direct than any of her earlier releases.

The Flaming Lips

April 20th | King’s Mouth

Renowned experimental artists The Flaming Lips are making 2019 at least a little bit stranger with the release of their upcoming album, King’s Mouth. The record will include narration from The Clash’s Mick Jones “on almost every song,” frontman Wayne Coyne noted in an Instagram post. Further details on the album are pretty scarce, but King’s Mouth will share the same name as Coyne’s art installation from 2015 that featured unreleased music written solely for the piece.

The Raconteurs

Release Date TBA | Not Yet Titled

According to a statement, Jack White’s The Raconteurs are set to release their highly-anticipated third full-length album in 2019. Two tracks from the upcoming, yet-to-be-titled LP were included in a 10th anniversary reissue of their iconic album Consolers of the Lonely. Band member Brendan Benson takes the lead on the blues-rock anthem “Now That You’re Gone,” whereas the other track is a guitar-heavy rock banger called “Sunday Driver,” and it shows White taking the lead.

Tim Baker

Release Date TBA | Not Yet Titled

Following the break up of Hey Rosetta!, frontman Tim Baker has branched off to create his own solo record. He’s already shared a series of poetic and yearning new tracks such as “Dance” and “Spirit.” According to a statement, the album will be full of “playful arrangements and technically profound” tracks.

Vampire Weekend

Release Date TBA | Not Yet Titled

Vampire Weekend’s highly anticipated follow up to their iconic record Modern Vampires in the City is finally coming! Over the summer, Ezra Koenig revealed that the LP had been completed and was in the process of being mastered. Now, according to GQ, their forthcoming album is set for release in 2019.

Vince Staples

Sometime in January | Not Yet Titled

Although FM! was only just released, Vince Staples is already onto the next project. Complex revealed that Staples is sitting on about four albums worth of content, and is set to drop a new release in January with another following in June. Staples revealed the information at ComplexCon in Long Beach California, where he sat on a panel with Snoop Dogg and Complex’s Pierce Simpson, and discussed his plans for the year.

Weezer – Weezer (The Black Album)

March 1st | Weezer (The Black Album)

Weezer’s long-rumoured Black Album will be released in 2019. The band has already rolled out the first singles from the album, “Can’t Knock The Hustle” and “Zombie Bastards.” The video for “Can’t Knock The Hustle” stars Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz as a flustered ride-share driver.


March 29th | In The Land Of

Canadian rock outfit Wintersleep have announced their seventh full-length studio album, In The Land Of, will be released on March 29, 2019 via Dine Alone Records. The record’s first official single will arrive next month, but in the meantime we’ve been gifted a fast-paced new Wintersleep cut to go with the announcement called “Surrender.”

Yves Jarvis (formerly Un Blonde)

March 1st | The Same but by Different Means

Formerly known as Un Blonde, Yves Jarvis has released a new song, a new video, and announced a new album all under a new identity. Alongside the announcement of the Montreal-based creative’s upcoming album The Same but by Different Means, Yves Jarvis has released a 16mm film video for the smooth new track “Fruits of Disillusion.” The track marks a sort of melancholic theme for the upcoming album, which is set for release on March 1st.