Summer Albums 2012: 40 Hottest Releases
BILLBOARD SUMMER ALBUMS

Summer has been making its presence known this month, but most of the summer heat is still in front of us: from Justin Bieber's sophomore set to the Smashing Pumpkin's first studio album in five years to Kenny Chesney's 13th record, here are the full-lengths we're dying to listen to this season. Check out our 2012 summer album preview, and tell us which releases are on your must list in the comments section below.

 

Usher | "Looking 4 Myself"

Usher's seventh studio album, "Looking 4 Myself," is a testament to the singer's growth throughout his 15-plus year career. "Looking 4 Myself" effortlessly blends genres that Usher has once dabbled in, but not quiet succeeded in melting into a collection of hits. That is until his upcoming full-length opus in which he appeals to his core audience and beyond when lending his soulful voice to soundscapes from some of the best dance and hip-hop architects, such as Diplo, Swedish House Mafia and Pharrell. The success of the album's versatility is already peeking through. As his steamy first single, "Climax," stays steady at No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, his other two "Looking 4 Myself" singles -- "Scream" and the Rick Ross-assisted "Lemme See" -- continue to climb the charts.

 
Rush | "Clockwork Angels"

It's been more than five years since Rush's last studio album, "Snakes & Arrows," which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. "But we really haven't been away," manager Ray Danniels says, noting that the Canadian rock trio has actively toured behind the release in recent years. For "Clockwork Angels," co-produced by Nick Raskulinecz, Rush has "revisited the idea of a concept record," Daniels says, adding, "This is their 20th record. I'm thrilled that we got there."

 
Ed Sheeran | "+"

Following a string of top 10 singles and last year's chart-topping debut, "+," 21-year-old Ed Sheeran is already a U.K. superstar. His boyish good looks and catchy pop-rock hooks draw in listeners, but Sheeran's real talent lies in his lyricism: "The A Team" reflects on drug addiction. Meanwhile, the singer is branching out as a collaborator. In February he released "The Slumdon Bridge" EP, a four-song collaboration with rapper Yelawolf, and on May 15, Taylor Swift tweeted that she was writing songs with Sheeran.

 
Waka Flocka Flame | "Triple F Life: Fans, Friends & Family"

Driven by the street anthem "Hard in Da Paint," Atlanta-by-way-of-Queens rapper Waka Flocka Flame sent his 2010 debut album, "Flockavelli," to No. 6 on the Billboard 200. Since then, he's built a brand and a following, thanks to his bombastic songs and raucous stage presence. Expect guest appearances by Flo Rida, Tyga, Slim Thug, Ludacris, Alley Boy, Trey Songz, Drake, Bun B and more.

 
Hot Chip | "In Our Heads"

The follow-up to 2010's highly praised "One Life Stand," " In Our Heads" is Hot Chip's fifth album (and first with new label Domino) and finds the London-based electro-pop act crafting increasingly joyous, infectious and danceable earworms. These traits have helped Hot Chip's audience grow, and to that devoted fan base the group offered, in exchange for an email address, the chance to win a limited-edition, signed white-label 12-inch promo single of "Flutes" in March. Hot Chip will hit the festival circuit this summer, as well as larger venues, including the Hollywood Bowl on Sept. 9.

 
Edens Edge | "Edens Edge"

Big Machine Label Group president/CEO Scott Borchetta offered Edens Edge a deal after seeing the band perform at the annual Nashville Songwriters Assn. International Awards. Since then, the trio-Hannah Blaylock, Dean Berner and Cherrill Green-has delivered a debut EP and the top 20 Billboard Hot Country Songs single "Amen," which showcased the act's earthy, organic sounds and stellar harmonies. Edens Edge will hit the road this summer with Rascal Flatts, and new single "Too Good to Be True" just arrived.

 
Josh Turner | "Punching Bag"

Turner wrote or co-wrote eight tracks on his fifth studio album, "Punching Bag," in a log cabin he built on his College Grove, Tenn., property as a writer's retreat. Led by the single "Time Is Love," the album was produced by Frank Rogers (Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker). The Grand Ole Opry member will preview "Punching Bag" during an hourlong special on HSN (May 25) sponsored by Cricket.

 
Metric | "Synthetica"

Metric offered more than just a new song when it released "Youth Without Youth," the first single from "Synthetica." Revealing the lyrics stanza by stanza on its website, the band also rewarded fans with song commentary from singer Emily Haines and guitarist James Shaw; a free download of another new cut, "Reflections #2"; and the sheet music to "Youth Without Youth," encouraging fans to record and post their interpretations on YouTube. Metric is also selling 500 handmade "stereoboxes"-3-D viewers complete with a booklet and slides to accompany a "Synthetica" premium pack for $64.99.

 
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs | "Trouble"

Since 2009, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs-aka British DJ/producer/performance artist Orlando Higginbottom-has made charmingly quirky, shoegazer electro-pop, frequently passed from friend to friend and blog to blog. Primarily released on European indie Greco Roman, TEED's early work snagged more than word-of-mouth success: 2010's "Garden" was licensed for a global Nokia Lumia campaign, attracting the attention of Polydor. Debut "Trouble" will be released in the United States on once-dormant Casablanca, which is refocusing on its dance roots in the wake of the EDM explosion. "He makes dance music that is listened to by people who really care about music," Casablanca president Thomas Dunkley says. "It's fun, smart, warm and heartfelt."

 
Cypress Hill & Rusko | "Cypress x Rusko"

Bonded by a love for bongs and bass, hip-hop crew Cypress Hill and dubstep prankster Rusko are making it official with a five-track EP, following the arrival of single/video "Roll It, Light It" in February. The brass-knuckles set features a "Roll It" remix by Travis Barker and "Can't Keep Me Down" with Damian Marley, who also turned up on a recent Skrillex single.

 
Justin Bieber | "Believe"

Since Justin Bieber's last official full-length, 2010's "My World 2.0," the superstar has released a 3-D biopic, a memoir, his own line of nail polish and two more No. 1 albums, "Never Say Never: The Remixes" and "Under the Mistletoe." Executive-produced by manager Scooter Braun and mentor Usher, "Believe" will showcase a more grown-up version of the 18-year-old's R&B-inflected pop through Bieber's maturing vocal range and collaborations with Drake, Nicki Minaj and Big Sean. First single "Boyfriend" is already a hit.

 
Kenny Chesney | "Welcome to the Fishbowl"

Country's biggest star keeps soul searching with his 13th record, produced by Chesney and his longtime studio collaborator Buddy Cannon. Like many of Chesney's records, "Welcome to the Fishbowl" alternates between party music, unadulterated romance and aching sentimentality, but he also ups the ante with new songs that are deeper, heavier and more insightful. "I'm more comfortable as a vocalist and as an interpreter of songs and a songwriter, more than I have been on the previous 12 records," Chesney says. Sony Music Nashville chairman/CEO Gary Overton says "Fishbowl" is "truly a special record," and was struck by its personal tone. The album will hit shelves a few weeks after Chesney and Tim McGraw kick off their "Brothers of the Sun" tour in Tampa on June 2.

 
 
Maroon 5 | "Overexposed"

Maroon 5 has another hit on the radio, multiple late-night performances planned for June and a South American tour kicking off in July. But the best exposure that fourth album "Overexposed" could receive has already happened, as frontman Adam Levine wrapped his second season as a coach on "The Voice" on May 8. A performance of the group's new single, "Payphone," alongside Wiz Khalifa on "The Voice" last month has helped that track sell 1.7 million downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The success of "Moves Like Jagger" has changed the sonic direction of the band, which broke out in 2002 with rock-based hits like "Harder to Breathe" and "This Love." Like "Jagger," "Payphone" features production from pop auteurs Benny Blanco and Shellback, while "Overexposed" gets assists from Ryan Tedder and Max Martin, who executive-produced the album. Manager Jordan Feldstein says "Jagger" "sort of opened the floodgates to using outside resources to help make the record."

 
Linkin Park | "Living Things"

Linkin Park's sixth studio album is hitting multiple platforms in the marketing plan. The first single, "Burn It Down," was used in TNT's NBA playoffs ads. Presales linking the album with tickets to an August North American tour topped expectations at the Collective. Prior to playing the United States, Linkin Park will be in Europe where its music will be tied in with the Euro Cup soccer tournament. Film and videogame tie-ins are forthcoming later in the year.

 
R. Kelly | "Write Me Back"

"Share My Love" is the debut single from R. Kelly's 11th studio album, "Write Me Back." Picking up where 2010's "Love Letter" left off, the new release filters in such influences as Smokey Robinson and Barry White. Kelly also served as executive music consultant on the film "Sparkle" (Aug. 17) and penned three original songs for the soundtrack including the Whitney Houston/Jordin Sparks duet "Celebrate." His memoir, "SoulaCoaster: The Diary of Me," arrives June 28.

 

Beto Cuevas | "Transformacion"

The second solo album from Beto Cuevas, former frontman of Chilean rock band La Ley, has a decidedly dance sound, judging from first single "Quiero Creer," which features Flo Rida rapping in English. It's a departure for Cuevas, who wrote the album's 12 tracks (Jared Lee Gosselin produced) and collaborated with Leire and Deborah Del Corral. The album includes one all-English track, written by Cuevas with his son, Diego.

 

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Chris Brown | "Fortune"

Chris Brown continues down the comeback road he began paving with 2011's "F.A.M.E." That project's cache of hot singles ("Deuces," "No BS," "Look at Me Now," "She Ain't You," "Wet the Bed") has been succeeded by a new crop of songs from "Fortune," including "Turn Up the Music" and "Strip" featuring Kevin "K-MAC" McCall. Also in play are "Sweet Love" and "Till I Die" featuring Big Sean and Wiz Khalifa. Waiting in the wings is new single "Don't Wake Me Up."

Expanding on the R&B/pop/electronic dance music interplay that permeated "F.A.M.E.," Brown has tapped a creative team that includes the Underdogs, Polow Da Don, Tha Bizness and Danja. Although Brown continues to attract controversy -- he and Rihanna guesting on each other's remixes; chided for lip-synching at the Billboard Music Awards -- it all boils down to the music. As Hollywood Hernandez, PD of Cumulus' syndicated R&B channel "The Touch" noted following the "Cake" remix, "If it's a hit song, I'll play it."

 
Flo Rida | "Wild Ones"

Flo Rida's singles "Good Feeling" and "Wild Ones" have already stormed the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, and new radio cut "Whistle" could very well follow. But for the Florida rapper, having three hits on his fourth studio album just isn't enough. "With this album, there's going to be a lot of No. 1s, so that's why I came up with the title 'Wild Ones,'" Flo Rida says. The goal isn't too far-fetched: His Ke$ha-assisted 2009 hit, "Right Round," spent six weeks atop the chart.

 
Wisin & Yandel | "Lideres"

Reggaetón duo Wisin & Yandel has been everywhere lately. Since releasing the single "Follow the Leader" with Jennifer Lopez on April 10, the pair shot an action-packed video with her in Acapulco, announced a North American summer tour supporting Lopez and Enrique Iglesias that begins in July and performed with Lopez on the "American Idol" season finale. In June, Wisin & Yandel will release their eighth studio album, "Lideres." The 15-track set, which is mostly in Spanish, includes "Algo Me Gusta de Ti," featuring Chris Brown and T-Pain, who sing in English (while W&Y rap in Spanish), and the "Spanglish" remix of Timbaland's "Pass at Me."

 
50 Cent | "5 (Murder By Numbers)"

On May 23, 50 Cent tweeted that he'd deliver his long-delayed fifth album despite the say of his parent label, Interscope. He said he doesn't have a "beef" with Interscope, but added, "I'm tired of waiting." Last year, 50 Cent took to Twitter several times to air his differences with Interscope regarding the progress of the album. Although a single has yet to surface, on May 5, 50 told KVEG Las Vegas DJ Bootleg Kev that the "project is pretty much done." Interscope reps say the date is "tentative."

 

Zac Brown Band | "Uncaged"

Since exploding in 2008 with the No. 1 single "Chicken Fried," the Zac Brown Band has become one of country's hottest acts. Label debut "The Foundation" has sold nearly 3 million units, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and 2010 follow-up "You Get What You Give" has sold 1.5 million. "'Uncaged' represents a musical freedom that comes from not having any pressure on us to create," ZBB fiddler Jimmy DeMartini says. "The only people we have to answer to are our fans and ourselves."

The set features guests like Amos Lee and Trombone Shorty. ZBB's Coy Bowles describes the album as taking "the scenic route through multiple genres," and although it incorporates a variety of musical styles the band's Clay Cook sees it as a more focused effort. "The last couple albums have just been a collection of songs that we had been playing," Cook says. "This is an album."

 
Hank Williams Jr. | "Old School... New Rules"

In ramping up to release his new collection, Hank Williams Jr.'s Bocephus Records partnered with Cleveland-based Blaster Entertainment Group (distributed by Warner), and first single "That Ain't Good" was just released to country radio. "Old School... New Rules" features duets with Brad Paisley and Merle Haggard as well as a special tune that unites Bocephus sonically with his legendary father. Williams will support the release this summer with fair and festival dates.

 
Seri Tankian | "Harakiri"

System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian may have surprised some fans by following up his rock-heavy 2007 solo debut, "Elect the Dead," with the elements of electronica, orchestral music and jazz found on his second album, 2010's "Imperfect Harmonies." But Harakiri, Tankian's third solo effort, should please the rocker's core fan base. "This is definitely a return to his more edgier, heavier side," Warner Bros. Records head of marketing Xavier Ramos says.

 
Rebecca & Fiona | "I Love You, Man"

Currently making their first rounds on the stateside DJ touring circuit, Rebecca Scheja and Fiona Fitzpatrick released their debut album, "I Love You, Man," in their native Sweden last year. The heady collection of dream-pop recalls Annie, Oh Land and the 4AD roster, particularly Lush -- but with the wall of guitar fuzz replaced by a blanket of synth. It's a welcome anomaly in EDM's drop-obsessed, testosterone-driven landscape.

 

Dirty Projectors | "Swing Lo Magellan"

On street date, avant-pop outfit Dirty Projectors will perform at the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn for its largest headlining show-a fitting cherry to top off the release of "Swing Lo Magellan" (Domino). It's the band's first record since 2009 breakout "Bitte Orca," and following its sudden success, the group kept busy collaborating with Björk (2010's "Mount Wittenberg Orca") and touring, which left little time for songwriting. So in 2011 frontman Dave Longstreth retired to a house in upstate New York and set to work, with the rest of the band later joining him to record the album in the attic. In April, the group released first single "Gun Has No Trigger." "Dave's always trying to approach things for the first time," band manager Jake Friedman says. "And it's been an exciting, creative moment for him." Dirty Projectors have plenty planned for the album's rollout, including such deluxe packages of "Swing Lo Magellan" as a limited-edition square vinyl single for "Gun Has No Trigger" with lyrics translated into Sumerian Akkadian cuneiform. It's a full plate, but Friedman doesn't bat an eye. "Do I have expectations? I don't need to," he says. "I'm just working with what we have: a great album, a great band, and we all just want to get to work again.

 

Nas | "Life Is Good"

In the time since Nas delivered his 2008 "Untitled" album, he's undergone a divorce and released the collaborative album "Distant Relatives" (Universal Republic/Def Jam) with Damian Marley in 2010. Now, as he returns with his 10th solo album, "Life Is Good," he's inspired. "I'm happy about music," Nas says. "It's pushing me back into the studio. There's not one concept that sums up the record. It's free-flowing."

Building on the excitement surrounding buzz single "Nasty," Nas released "The Don" in April. The track, produced by Da Internz, Salaam Remi and the late Heavy D, celebrates New York and Nas' 20-year career. Another song from the album, "Train," was recently heard in ESPN's broadcast of the 2012 NFL draft. The latest cut, the No I.D.-produced "Daughters," features Nas rapping about raising his 17-year-old daughter, Destiny Jones. Nas has yet to confirm any collaborations for the album, but he has been seen in the studio with singer/songwriter Frank Ocean, who he calls "a new gust of wind."

 
The Gaslight Anthem | "Handwritten"

Signed to Mercury Records last summer, the Gaslight Anthem will release its fourth album and major-label debut, "Handwritten," produced by Brendan O'Brien. "They're a young, dynamic rock band in the tradition of long-term artists like Bruce Springsteen," Mercury president David Massey says. "They have a rock edge, but it's very melodic, classic songwriting." The act has yet to experience radio success, but new single "45" is bubbling under Billboard's Alternative chart. The group's 2010 album, "American Slang," has sold 96,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

 
Passion Pit | "Gossamer"

Passion Pit transitioned from a one-man bedroom project that Michael Angelakos created as a Valentine's Day gift for his then-girlfriend to an electro-pop quintet whose debut album, "Manners," arrived in 2009. Now, the act returns with a new full-length whose lead single, "Take a Walk," shrouds its topical economic musings in a bouncy synth line. After performing at summer festivals like Lollapalooza and Outside Lands, the group will share a bill with Hot Chip at the Hollywood Bowl on Sept. 9.

 
Deadmau5 | "The Veldt" (EP)

Deadmau5 (aka Joel Zimmerman) has always been open with his fans, inviting them into his daily life on Twitter and Facebook. But he took it one step further with "The Veldt," which he created during a live 22-hour session on streaming platform Ustream. Aspiring singer/songwriter Chris James was watching: He took the track's raw instrumental (which Deadmau5 posted to SoundCloud), wrote a melody and lyrics, and uploaded his own vocal version. Deadmau5 could be seen finding, listening to and instantly loving James' vocal-and even calling his manager to draft the appropriate documents. The EP also contains remixes and "Failbait," a new collaboration with Cypress Hill that's more hip-hop than EDM.

 
Rick Ross | "God Forgives, I Don't"

The fifth album from Miami rapper Rick Ross is one of the summer's most anticipated, and not just because it was originally scheduled for December. (It was postponed due to health concerns after Ross suffered a pair of seizures in October.) Ross sent his first three solo albums to the top of the Billboard 200 and his most recent, 2010's "Teflon Don," just missed making it four for four, coming in at No. 2. "'God Forgives, I Don't' is a very dark story," Ross said at a May 2 press conference he held in New York to announce the album as well as other moves at his Warner imprint Maybach Music Group. "I'm expecting nothing but the biggest results."

 
Colt Ford | "Declaration of Independence"

Former professional golfer Colt Ford has found a successful second act in country music. He launched Average Joe's in 2008 with Shannon Houchins and has built a roster that includes Montgomery Gentry, Corey Smith and Kevin Fowler. As a songwriter, his credits include co-writing the Jason Aldean chart-topper "Dirt Road Anthem." "Declaration of Independence" is Ford's fourth studio album on Average Joe's. Guests on the 15-song collection include Aldean, Boyz II Men, Kix Brooks, Jake Owen and Darius Rucker.

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The-Dream | "Love IV MMXII"

In a series of tweets on May 16, the-Dream (@mrteriusnash) announced that his new album will arrive Aug. 14. Predecessor Love King hasn't fared as well as his earlier CDs, selling 171,000, according to SoundScan. But don't count out the seduction guru just yet: In one of those tweets, he said that "Love IV MMXII" is the best album he's made, adding, "I don't care what the sales will be."

 
2 Chainz | "Based on a TRU Story"

2 Chainz is a marvel of rebranding. Long mired in obscurity and recording under the name Tity Boi, the Atlanta-based MC rechristened himself 2 Chainz last year and set about capturing his home market and turning his name into a catchphrase. It worked. In late January, he signed a solo deal with Def Jam, and he's rumored to be aligning himself with Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music imprint (through Def Jam). Currently on the road supporting Drake's Club Paradise tour, his "No Lie," the first single off his solo debut, entered Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs chart at No. 1.

 
Wiz Khalifa | "O.N.I.F.C."

Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa took the charts by storm last year when "Black and Yellow," the lead single from his major-label debut, "Rolling Papers," hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Since then, Khalifa has become one of the biggest names in hip-hop and a touring force. His recent mixtape "Taylor Allderdice" was hailed by fans and critics, and he took home the top new artist award at the Billboard Music Awards. Khalifa also has two hits on his hands: "Payphone" (with Maroon 5) and "Work Hard, Play Hard," which kick-starts the campaign leading up to "O.N.I.F.C."

 
Meek Mill | "Dreams & Nightmares"

With two mixtapes out -- "Dream Chasers" and "Dream Chasers 2" -- Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill will release his major-label debut on Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group imprint with Warner Bros. "[The album] is just telling you about both sides of my life, coming from the streets and the life I'm living now, traveling the world and making money," he says.

 
 

Daddy Yankee | "Prestige"

EMI will release "Prestige" this summer, distributing the album in the United States and licensing it for the rest of the world. Meanwhile, fans have already been teased with "Llegamos a la Disco," "Ven Conmigo" (featuring Prince Royce) and "Lovumba," which topped Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart in February and has spent 20 weeks in the top 10. An English-language remix of "Lovumba" is getting play on top 40 and rhythmic stations, and new single "Pasarela" is on the horizon. "Pasarela" will be used in Verizon's "My Fabulous Quince" campaign and appear in TV and radio spots promoting an essay contest in which teens will vie for a sweet 15 party, with a Yankee performance as part of the prize. Prestige includes such guests as Aussie duo Yolanda Be Cool (of "Me No Speak Americano" fame) and Spanish singer Natalia Jiménez. Additionally, fans can plan to catch him on the road: he'll launch a U.S. club tour in July.

 

Monsta | Untitled EP

Monsta has the melodic synth thrum of Flux Pavilion, the tech-soul vocal drops of Moby and the reverberant snares of trip-hop act U.N.K.L.E. -- but its sound is instrument-based and sample-free. The Welsh trio (producers Rufio and Rocky and vocalist Bryn Christopher) has captured some new kind of dubstep-driven pop lightning in a bottle, and it was Skrillex who found it. The group will release its first, still-untitled EP on the electronic dance music (EDM) star's indie imprint Owsla this summer.

"I was at South by Southwest with my manager Tim [Smith] and a few friends," says Skrillex. "Tim says, 'I got something,' and pulls up [Monsta's "Holdin' On"]. I said, 'That's a sick track and a cool vocal sample. Where'd they get that from? Is that Aretha Franklin?'"

But it wasn't a sample. It was Christopher's powerfully androgynous performance of an original song written and recorded by the group using live instruments as well as synths and beats. "Holdin' On" has all the makings of a radio hit-not only an irresistible vocal hook, but a complete verse-chorus-verse song structure. Skrillex is onboard to remix it: His last remix of a full vocal, of Benny Benassi's "Cinema," won him a Grammy Award. "This is not your typical dubstep. A lot of that has already become cliché," he says. "This is next-level."

 
Brandy | "Two Eleven"

Brandy makes her RCA debut with "Two Eleven," her sixth studio album. Recorded in association with producer Breyon Prescott's Chameleon Entertainment, the set features collaborations with an array of songwriters and producers, including Timbaland, Hit-Boy, Danja, Rico Love, Sean Garrett, Ester Dean and Frank Ocean. Earlier this year, Brandy told Billboard that her goal was to record an "album that has something for everybody; real R&B with dance songs and bang-out ballads." Following on the heels of her reunion with Monica ("It All Belongs to Me"), Brandy teams with Chris Brown for her set's first single, "Put It Down."

 
Trey Songz | "Chapter V"

A release date hasn't been slated, but Trey Songz' "Chapter V" has already spun off a hit single in "Heart Attack." If the Benny Blanco and Rico Love co-production is any indication, then Songz and Atlantic can expect a warm reception from fans (aka Trey's Angels) for his fourth album. Reported guests include T.I., Lil Wayne, J. Cole, Big Sean and Kelly Rowland. His previous album, 2010's Passion, Pain & Pleasure, has sold 848,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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