The Biggest Music Releases To Get Excited About In 2019

While very few artists have confirmed concrete plans for releases next year, the musical projects most buzzed about online are enough to spark hope in even the most jaded cynic’s heart.

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While very few artists have confirmed concrete plans for releases next year, the musical projects most buzzed about online are enough to spark hope in even the most jaded cynic’s heart. While Rihanna has been busy taking over pretty much every industry other than music, she’s also rumored to have been finishing up R9, and even assured an impatient fan that music would be coming oh so soon.

Ariana GrandeThank 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 McCombsTip 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. 

Cherry Glazerr, Stuffed & Ready
The wonderfully titled new project from L.A. indie-psych act Cherry Glazerr project arrives February 1. First single “Daddi” is out now, along with a deeply weird video.

ChromaticsDear Tommy
We were supposed to get Dear Tommy in 2015. But following some kind of near-death experience in HawaiiJohnny Jewel destroyed every copy of the album—15,000 CDs and 10,000 vinyl copies. According to manager Alexis Rivera, the new version of Dear Tommy will have the “same titles, same lyrics, same track order, as when it was announced in Dec of 2014. Nothing’s changed except it’s better.” Back in May, Chromatics dropped the first single from this newly re-recorded Dear Tommy, “Black Walls.” Will we finally hear the full thing in 2019?

Danny Brown
Danny Brown had a bigger year as a Twitch streamer than as a rapper. In the hours and hours he’s logged on Persona 5Red Dead Redemption 2, and Dream Daddy, he’s dropped more than a few hints about a new record, and even pointed to an “early” 2019 release date. He also debuted an unreleased track. Stayed tuned for more from Danny in 2019.

DeerhunterWhy Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?
Deerhunter’s eighth studio album arrives January 18. Hear first single “Death in Midsummer” here.

Die Antwoord, 27
Ninja and Yolandi have billed their upcoming 27-track project as their “final” Die Antwoord release. Back in June, they said it would be “released unusually over the next year or so,” and would feature “many collaborations with our favorite artists in the world.”

Notes on a Conditional Form, part two of the Music For Cars era (following A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships) is already scheduled to be in your earbuds at the end of next May. Till then, you can check out our interview with frontman Matty Healy, here.

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