As hot as the season, these are the albums set to scorch this summer.

Sam Smith, "In The Lonely Hour"

Release Date: June 17

SAM SMITH

With a terrific "Saturday Night Live" appearance under his belt, the British crooner debuts his first album. The singles "Lay Me Down," "Money on My Mind," and "Stay With Me" prove that the 21-year-old is has a lot to say about romance. "I've never been in a relationship before and I really wanted to make an album that was about love," Smith told Billboard back in January. "But in different forms of love -- so unrequited love and loneliness. I've been brutally honest in the album."

Tiesto, "A Town Called Paradise"

Release Date: June 17

The Dutch master DJ had No. 1 Heatseeker with "Red Lights," and looks to dominate summer dance charts with his fifth album. Hardwell, Sultan & Ned Shepard, and Firebeatz collaborate on production duties, with Icona Pop, Matthew Koma, Krewella, and Ladyhawke singing on a few of the record's 14 tracks.

Lana Del Rey, "Ultraviolence"

Release Date: June 17

Tons of hype, quick fame, and a lack of onstage experience led to a lot of criticism of Del Rey's debut album "Born to Die," so the 27-year-old took a bit of time away from the spotlight to work on her second full-length. After some false starts and a cover of "Once Upon a Dream" for the movie "Maleficent," Del Rey announced she was working on "Ultraviolence" with Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach, who's also recently collaborated with Grace Potter, Dr. John, and Ray LaMontagne, among many others.

Ed Sheeran, "x"

Release Date: June 23

FYI, you'll have to call the Brit singer's second album "Multiply," not the letter X. While "Don't" sparked rumors that he wrote the song about his friends Taylor Swift or Ellie Goulding, what we do know is that Ed collaborated with Rick Rubin, Pharrell Williams, and Benny Blanco on a few of the tracks for this follow-up to 2011's "+."

Deadmau5, "While (1<2)"

Deadmau5, "While (1

Want to sound smart? Tell people that this album title is actually programming code for "to loop indefinitely." Though it's his seventh proper release, the DJ also known as Joel Zimmerman calls "While (1<2)" his first proper album. Tweeting about the 25-track record, He said, "its just that its the first album ive ever done that i would even call an album... it's put together like an album. not a compilation."

Phish, "Fuego"

Release Date: June 24

The jam band legends keep on grooving with their second album since their 2009 reformation. This time, the quartet worked out most of the songs in their Vermont haven the Barn before decamping to Nashville to finish their twelfth studio LP. "Waiting All Night" is the first taste of the album, which was produced by Bob Ezrin (Lou Reed's "Berlin," Pink Floyd's "The Wall").

Trey Songz, "Trigga"

Release Date: June 30

Details about Trey's sixth album remain mostly under wraps, though singles "Na Na" and "Smart Phones" suggest it'll be a solid follow-up to 2012's "Chapter V." That record went to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 on the strength of hits like "Heart Attack" and "2 Reasons," as well as guest verses from Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, T.I., and more.

Seether, "Isolate and Medicate"

Release Date: July 1

South Africa's premier alt-metal band were named Billboard's Active Rock Artist of the Year back in 2011 on the strength of their fifth full-length, "Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray," which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart. First single "Words as Weapons" was originally intended for last year's two-disc best-of compilation, but the trio decided to use it as a launching point for their new album. So far, it seems like a solid choice to help Seether continue their success.

Robin Thicke (title TBA)

Release Date: July 1

Less than a year after scoring his first No. 1 album ever with "Blurred Lines," Robin Thicke will release a new album through Star Trak/Interscope Records that features the already released the single "Get Her Back."  The track, which he debuted live at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, is believed to be a plea to Thicke's estranged wife, Paula Patton.

Busta Rhymes – E.L.E.2 (Extinction Level Event 2)

Release Date: July 4

The veteran's 10th album serves as a sequel to 1998's Grammy-nominated "E.L.E.," and he's certainly bringing the firepower this time. Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Eminem, Q-Tip, and Lil Wayne appear, with Tip and Pharrell producing tracks. Sounds like the perfect recipe for a big comeback from the once-dominant rapper.

 

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