A new year means new albums. Given the impact 2020 had on the music industry, it’s an exciting time, because a lot of the albums we’ve been looking forward to could drop this year.
Rihanna’s long-awaited album R9 has been in the works for so long that it’s now infamous. The singer loves to keep fans on edge when it comes to new music, from teasing the album to her dropping hints or slick disses in social media comments. We’re hoping she ends the wait and drops R9 this year.
It’s been a few years since Kendrick Lamar dropped his 4th studio album, the critically acclaimed DAMN. There were a few releases here and there, but we are still waiting on the follow-up. In a statement announcing his headlining spot at Denmark’s 2021 Roskilde Festival, an exciting piece of news was revealed: there’s “new music along the way.” Although this hasn’t been confirmed by the Pulitzer Prize-winning artist, we hope the sources are right, and we get an album from Kendrick by summer.
Lana Del Rey
In 2019, when Lana Del Rey released Norman F*cking Rockwell, she mentioned that she was already working on the follow-up. Fast forward to January 2021 when it was announced that Lana’s next album Chemtrails over the Country Club is set to be released in March, after being delayed 16 weeks.
“I still got some goals I gotta check off for’ I scram…” J. Cole captioned on Instagram, hinting at a retirement. In that same post, Cole reveals he’s got two albums, The Off Season and It’s A Boy, dropping before the highly anticipated The Fall Off.
In late 2020, Lorde seemed to hint at the release of a new album. In a series of posts to her IG story she teased new music and talked to her native fans about the importance of voting in the New Zealand election: “Do it for our beautiful country and for me. And next year I’ll give you something in return.” Fans are taking that as a new release, and we are here for it!
Travis Scott’s latest studio album, Astroworld, solidified him as a pure rockstar and one of the most iconic rappers of our generation. In August of 2020, Scott mentioned his next release, Utopia, on social media: “Happy Astroversary….to everyone that bumps that soundtrack I love you…see you in Utopia.”
Back in October of 2020 Drake dropped an experimental trailer to announce his long awaited project Certified Lover Boy. It was revealed that this album was due to drop sometime in January 2021. Though that was not the case, we can guarantee the wait won’t be much longer due to the heavy amount of hints from Drake himself.
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