Our Most Anticipated Albums for the Remainder of 2018

Our Most Anticipated Albums for the Remainder of 2018

March 23, 2018 | Music

We may be a quarter of the way through the year, but there's still a whole lot of new music to look forward to. Here are 31 of our most anticipated albums, numbered but not ranked (because numbering keeps everything organized).

1. Jack White — Boarding House Reach — March 23 (pictured above)

Back in January, Jack White released two singles for his upcoming album, to be released through Third Man Records. As Jack White is a lover of vinyl, a special limited-edition version will be released on a black and blue swirl vinyl, complete with alternate album artwork and original poetry by White.

2. Frankie Cosmos — Vessel — March 30

3. Father John Misty — TBA — TBA

Back in September Father John Misty said he was nearly finished with a follow up album to 2015’s Pure Comedy, and released a self-referential track, “Mr. Tillman,” in February (Get it? Because FJM’s real name is Josh Tillman).

4. Blood Orange — TBA — TBA

Dev Hynes released two songs for Black History Month that he said would not appear on the new album, which he called “78% done” back in November.

5. Kylie Minogue — Golden — April 6

She returns with her first studio album in over four years.

6. Beach House — 7 — May 11

In February, Beach House dropped “Lemon Glow” in preparation for the follow up album to 2015’s Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars.

7. Kanye West — TBA — TBA

Kanye’s post-Life of Pablo album has been in the works since 2016, and has been reported to have changed the name of it nearly a thousand times. He left the bustle of Los Angeles and reportedly retreated to a mountaintop in Wyoming to work on his album. Perhaps we’ll be getting a more introspective Kanye with this one.

8. Wye Oak — The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs — April 6

9. Carly Rae Jepsen — TBA — TBA

Canada’s Queen of Pop told a crowd at the New Yorker Festival last October that she had already written 80 songs for her fourth album, citing new influences that we have yet to see on her previous albums, like understated disco. Currently, she’s opening for Katy Perry, but we wouldn’t be surprised if she drops an album announcement while on tour.

10. My Bloody Valentine — TBA — TBA

They’re coming back, announcing their first live shows in over five years. According to Kevin Shields, MBV will “one hundred percent” release an album this year.

11. Kimbra — Primal Heart — April 20

12. Janelle Monáe — Dirty Computer — April 27

Monáe has released bisexual funk song, “Make You Feel,” and black girl magic anthem, “Django Jane” ahead of her third album.

13. Neko Case — Hell-On — June 1

14. Weezer — The Black Album — May 25

After trying an EDM-inspired direction with Pacific Daydream, Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo says that this direction is “10 steps in another direction.” We’ll see where that direction takes us.

15. Chvrches — Love Is Dead — May 28

The National’s Matt Berninger collaborated with Chvrches on some tracks on this new album, but the singles still seem to be rooted in their quintessential synth-pop goodness.

16. Cardi B — TBA — April

2017 seemed to be the year of Cardi B, with “Bodak Yellow,” “Finesse” and “Bartier Cardi,” but we have yet to get a full-length album from the new rapper. When she accepted her iHeartRadio award in March, she teased about an album dropping in April, so let’s see if she was telling the truth.

17. Charli XCX — TBA — TBA

She’s been making mixtapes with a great lineup of guests after the 2014 release of her first album, Sucker. The world wants a full length album full of new bangers and it sounds like we may get it this year.

18. Lily Allen — No Shame — June 8

19.  Courtney Barnett — Tell Me How You Really Feel — May 18

Barnett has done a lot of collaborating (notably with Kurt Vile) since her 2015 full-length debut album, and she has spent her time honing her songwriting skills for her follow-up. With her wry lyrics and guitar artistry, we’re excited to see what more Barnett has to offer.

20. Nicki Minaj — TBA — TBA

We’ve been waiting for a new Nicki album since 2014, and the rapper has gone on a social media break to work on it. She’s been saying nothing but good things about how the album creation process is going, so hopefully we get to hear something soon.

21. Snail Mail — Lush — June 8

Their first full-length album was announced after releasing the single, “Pristine.”

22. Drake — TBA — TBA

With the enormous success of “God’s Plan,” many are saying Drake should never release an album again. But recently at a Toronto Raptors game, he told fans that he’s happy to be back in Toronto and is working on an album “for the city.” We’ll see if it tops “God’s Plan.”

23. Kate Nash — Yesterday Was Forever — March 30

Yesterday Was Forever will be Nash’s first album in five years. The title, according to Nash, comes from her teenage diary, is her way of stating that these days, teenage girls are more respected, as they have taught and fought the world for that respect.

24. Sky Ferreira — TBA — TBA

After appearing in Twin Peaks: The Return and Baby Driver in 2017, Ferreira is ready to release her second album, which she calls more “visual” than her debut.

25. Vampire Weekend — TBA — TBA

Frontman Ezra Koenig confirmed on Instagram that a new album was in the works, their first album without band co-founder Rostam Batmanglij and a follow-up to 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City. In January, the band announced their first show in four years, so hopefully that means the new album is not too far behind.

26. Parquet Courts — Wide Awake! — May 18

27. Frank Ocean — TBA — TBA

In November 2017, Frank tweeted, “Well, I made the album before 30. I just ain’t put that bitch out!’ – quotes from an interview I haven’t given haha.” While Frank Ocean is known for spending time creating albums, he’s released several singles in 2017, so we haven’t ruled out that the new album rumors are true.

28. Hop Along — Bark Your Head Off, Dog — April 6

29. Selena Gomez — TBA — TBA

Selena has been releasing a steady stream of singles, but has not put out a new album since 2015’s Revival. In interviews, she has stated she’s hungry to release a full-length album, but wants to fine-tune the album so she is confident in the music.

30. Kacey Musgraves — Golden Hour — March 30

Country musician Kacey Musgraves earned critical acclaim in 2016 with her second album, Pageant Material. She describes her new album as “trippy,” citing non-country influences like Sade and the Bee Gees.

31. The 1975 — Music for Cars — June 1

The band told fans in 2016 that they should expect new music in 2018, and it looks like they were right. Frontman Matt Healy has big aspirations for the third album, comparing what he wants it to do to what OK Computer did for Radiohead.

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