The Most Anticipated Albums of 2021 Will Get You Through Whatever This Year Throws At Us
St. Vincent, Drake, Travis Scott and music's top artists give us something to look forward to.
In March of 2020, it actually felt like music was gone for the foreseeable future. Golf equipment closed. Tours were canceled. Albums were pushed. But musicians pulled Through in a time once we wanted their artwork the most, and released some obligatory and powerful music as we hunkered at space watching the information and avoiding a pandemic.
We’re not out of the woods but. It is a new yr, But our issues persist. There is not any telling when concerts will probably be again. But music will not be gone. We do not know what 2021 will throw at us, But we do know that artists will proceed to offer us with escape. Whereas nothing is for certain in the music business proper now (or anyplace else), we will count on to get some new albums from the biggest artists working at the moment. Actually, nothing on this record is about in stone. But now we have purpose to imagine that 2021 would possibly deliver music from Drake, St. Vincent, Travis Scott and more.
Hell, we’d like it now. See under for a tentative record of some of the biggest releases we’re hoping for in 2021. And check again on this space because the yr progresses the place we’ll be curating the best as quickly as its released. Keep protected and preserve listening. Music is all the time here for you.
Thankfully there’s one thing we can count on this year. In December of 2020, St. Vincent tweeted that she has a new album “locked and loaded,” and that she “can’t wait for you to hear it.” In an interview that month with Mojo she said this new music would mark “a tectonic shift.” “I felt I had gone as far as I could possibly go with angularity. I was interested in going back to the music I’ve listened to more than any other — Stevie Wonder records from the early ’70s, Sly And The Family Stone. I studied at the feet of those masters.”
With one debut album written with her brother in their childhood home, Billie Eilish became one of the most successful breakout artists in decades. Her follow-up to that is certainly one of the most anticipated sophomore albums in a long time. And in a December interview with Vanity Fair, Eilish confirmed that she and her brother had 16 songs for the new album. “We’ve been working and I love all of them,” Eilish said.
Though Kendrick hasn’t released a solo album since 2017’s astounding, Pulitzer-winning DAMN., the writing on the wall indicates that he has something big brewing. Before the pandemic hit last year, he was scheduled to headline Glastonbury Festival, a strong indicator he was planning a new release. Since then, TDE bosses have hinted at new Lamar music on the way. He’s also been reportedly seen filming music videos in LA.
The world needs more Adele right now. Hell, the world has needed more Adele since at least November 21, 2015, the day after she released her transcendent 25. We know she has new music ready to go—in fact it was expected in 2020, but the pandemic might have thrown off her release plans. Let’s hope 2021 is her year.
After a four year break between her smash hit 2013 debut Pure Heroin and her astounding 2017 follow-up Melodrama, the time has come for a new Lorde album. In May of 2020, Lorde sharde in a message to fans that she’d been in the studio since December working on new music with Jack Antonoff. “The work is so fucking good, my friend,” she wrote. “I am truly jazzed for you to hear it … It flowed. A thing started to take shape. And then, of course, the world shut down. We’re still working away—Jack and I FaceTimed for over an hour this morning going over everything. But it’ll take a while longer.”
There has thankfully been no shortage of Travis Scott music in recent years. He had a huge 2020 full of appearances, collaborations, and Fortnite concerts. And he has plenty more on the way. While celebrating his third No. 1 single of 2020, Scott tweeted back in October that he was getting ready for the release of his fourth album, which he’s been calling Utopia.
I know, every year we pray that there will be a new Frank Ocean album. But, with a few singles in 2020, Frank Ocean seemed to be gearing up for some sort of release. Who can say if this will be the year. Certainly he’s overdue for a full-length now nearly five years after Endless and Blonde.
Though he was secretly planning on releasing Certified Lover Boy in January, Drake decided to push his sixth studio album so he could recover from knee surgery. “I was planning to release my album this month but between surgery and rehab my energy has been dedicated to recovery,” he wrote on Instagram. “I’m blessed to be back on my feet and feeling great and focused on the album, but CLB won’t be dropping in January.” For now, we can likely anticipate the album sometime in the first half of 2021.
At this point it really does feel like Rihanna is teasing us with R9. While she’s been focusing on her fashion line recently, we also know she’s been working on new music. In 2018 she promised a new album the following year, but that was pushed to 2020, then pushed again with hopes that it’ll be out this year. Please? We need it.
After dominating pop and hip-hop for the last few years, Cardi B confirmed multiple times throughout 2020 that the follow-up to Invasion of Privacy is on the way. Last summer, Cardi tweeted to fans about her new music: “It’s comin .Its going to hit too!!!”