11 Albums to Anticipate in 2019
7. Vampire Weekend
In November 2018, GQ announced that Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig would be appearing at an upcoming sponsored event to talk about the group’s upcoming album. Although GQ immediately walked that back, saying that Koenig had no plans to talk about the upcoming album, fans’ excitement was palpable.
The band hasn’t released an album since 2013’s Modern Vampires in the City and have been extremely secretive about their future plans. There were rumors that Koenig had played some unreleased tracks off his phone at a Lollapalooza afterparty, but those remain unsubstantiated. What we do know is that the band has been in the studio, and hopefully the album will drop in the next 12 months.
8. The Weeknd – Chapter 6
When The Weeknd played a special concert in his hometown of Toronto, he came back home with good news. He told fans at the opening of Toronto’s Hxouse creative space that he was busy working on new music, and they should expect a new album “soon”.
The new album, which he’s already said will be called Chapter 6, comes close on the heels of his last EP My Dear Melancholy, which was released in March 2018. His last studio album Starboy was released in 2016, although he’s been busy with collaborations since then. After his announcement of Chapter 6, he took to Twitter to tell his fans that “some chapters are smaller than others. not this next one though…”
“Chapter 6 coming soon”[resp]
— Genius (@Genius) November 7, 2018
9. Janet Jackson
As one of the best-selling artists in history, any time Janet Jackson makes noise about a new album, people pay attention. Jackson, who made history as the first female African-American musician to own her own record label, was recently nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the third time.
In August 2018, she announced that work on an upcoming album had begun, which will be produced by her own label Rhythm Nation. The next day, she dropped a single, “Made for Now”, which quickly became the singer’s 20th chart-topping single. The upcoming album’s release date is still unknown.