All hail the reigning song of the summer king! Not only did Drake top last year’s summer songs chart with the viral-friendly “In My Feelings,” he also dominated the chart two years prior with “One Dance.” Who knows if he will even have a proper single to serve as a 2019 summer bid -- outside of his new co-starring role on Summer Walker’s “Girls Need Love,” anyway -- but discounting an artist as prolific and unstoppable as Drake seems like a poor decision.
In a month, the time between the release of Rihanna’s 2016 full-length Anti and now will officially mark the longest album drought in the pop superstar’s career. We know that she has new music coming in 2019… but will it come soon enough for a summer-owning anthem to be unleashed upon the thirsty world? With scant information available about Rih’s next project and its timing, cross your fingers and toes, folks.
Few artists in modern pop are as in-demand as Billie Eilish, the 17-year-old singer-songwriter who has exploded on streaming services ahead of her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, out March 29. Eilish has released a few tracks ahead of the record release -- the menacing “Bury a Friend” recently became her highest-charting hit to date, streaking to No. 14 on the Hot 100 -- but it will be interesting to hear what bullets she’s saving for the album, and potentially for a single release ahead of this summer. If one of the album tracks catches fire upon release and receives a splashy live debut at Coachella in April, look for Eilish to enter her first song of the summer race.
Chance the Rapper
With 2016’s Coloring Book, Chance the Rapper transitioned from mixtape darling to A-lister; since that lauded project’s release, he’s also topped the Hot 100 for the first time as part of DJ Khaled’s “I’m The One” with Justin Bieber, Quavo and Lil Wayne. Anticipation is high for the newly married rapper’s next project, which has been given a July release date. If a more traditional album rollout yields a splashy lead single issued in May or June, Chance may be primed to compete for a Song of the Summer crown to potentially replace his signature ‘3’ baseball cap.