Album title: Our Version of Events
Label: Capitol Records
Management: Adrian Sykes
Release date: June 5
Scottish-born Emeli Sandé has already hypnotized audiences across the pond with her soulful vocals and thoughtful pop songwriting. After winning the Critic's Choice Award at the 2012 BRITs, Sandé topped the U.K. albums chart when "Our Version of Events" arrived in February. So how will Sandé become a household name stateside? If recent appearances on "Conan" and "Rachael Ray" helped, a 13-date stint opening for Coldplay in North America in July and August should, too.
Album title: +
Label: Elektra Records
Management: Stuart Camp, Rocket Music
Release date: June 12
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.
Album title: Believe
Label: Schoolboy/Raymond Braun/Island/Island Def Jam Music Group
Management: Scooter Braun
Release date: June 19
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.
Album title: Overexposed
Management: Jordan Feldstein
Release date: June 26
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. After a performance of "Moves Like Jagger" during the show's first season drove the track (featuring Levine's fellow coach Christina Aguilera) to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, 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."
Although "The Voice" has made Levine more visible than his bandmates, Feldstein says that keyboardist Jesse Carmichael, bassist Mickey Madden, guitarist James Valentine and drummer Matt Flynn are more present than ever on Overexposed, with four songs completely written by the band.
Album title: Wild Ones
Label: IMG/Poe Boy/Atlantic
Management: Lee "Freezy" Prince, Strong Arm Management
Release date: July 3
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.
Album title: Gossamer
Label: Columbia Records
Management: Rich Cohen, Foundations
Release date: July 24
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.