Summertime means warm weather, beach trips, backyard cookouts and of course, must-hear albums from some of music’s biggest stars. With new full-lengths from Miguel, Kacey Musgraves, Adam Lambert, Carly Rae Jepsen, Young Thug and many more, check out the 25 albums due out this summer that we’re dying to hear.
Of Monsters and Men, Beneath The Skin...
Of Monsters and Men, Beneath The Skin (June 9)
The follow-up to the Icelandic rock group’s hugely successful debut My Head Is An Animal is “much more personal,” singer/guitarist Ragnar "Raggi" Þórhallsson tells Billboard, although anthems like “Crystals” have slaked fans’ thirst for another “Little Talks”-style sing-along.
Muse, Drones (June 9)The veteran prog...
Muse, Drones (June 9)
The veteran prog-rock group’s seventh studio album has been preceded by the No. 1 modern rock track “Dead Inside,” three years after “Madness” became a rock radio force. After smashing Coachella last year, Matt Bellamy and company have spent 2015 bringing their laser lights to European festivals.
Hilary Duff, Breathe In. Breathe Out....
Hilary Duff, Breathe In. Breathe Out. (June 16)
For her first album in eight years, the former Disney Channel star has been creative in her marketing: the album title Breathe In. Breathe Out. was revealed via personally mailed balloons to fans in May, and the video for new single “Sparks” documents Duff’s real-life encounters with the dating app Tinder. “Sparks” was co-written by Tove Lo, and collaborations with Ed Sheeran and Matthew Koma also appear on this long-awaited full-length.
Giorgio Moroder, Deja Vu (June 16)Aft...
Giorgio Moroder, Deja Vu (June 16)
After being honored by Daft Punk on the duo’s Grammy-winning Random Access Memories album, the legendary disco producer is continuing his unexpected career revival with a new full-length brimming with superstar collaborations. Kylie Minogue carried the lead single “Right Here, Right Now,” while the Deja Vu track list also boasts Charli XCX, Kelis, Foxes and a cover of “Tom’s Diner” by Britney Spears.
Adam Lambert, The Original High (June...
Adam Lambert, The Original High (June 16)
After splitting with RCA Records following the release of 2012’s underrated Trespassing LP, Lambert has (somewhat) reinvented himself on The Original High, moving from disco-funk to sleeker, darker pop music. Brian May, who Lambert performed with as the leader of Queen in the album interim, guests on the standout track “Lucy.”
Ryn Weaver, The Fool (June 16)Ryn Wea...
Ryn Weaver, The Fool (June 16)
Ryn Weaver turned heads last July with the out-of-nowhere pop gem “OctaHate”; less than a year later, her unique voice and songwriting approach is put on full display via her dynamic debut album. Top 40 wizard Benny Blanco and Passion Pit leader Michael Angelakos are among the studio experts guiding Weaver, who will perform at festivals like Bonnaroo and Firefly this summer.
Hudson Mohawke, Lantern (June 16)Who&...
Hudson Mohawke, Lantern (June 16)
Who’s the guy behind your favorite superstar’s sound? Oftentimes, it’s Hudson Mohawke, an electronic music maestro who formed the duo TNGHT with Montreal producer Lunice and has worked with Drake, Kanye West, Young Thug and John Legend. For his second album Lantern, Mohawke has formed a band to help capture his studio sound live when he performs across Europe throughout the summer.
Nate Ruess, Grand Romantic (June 16)O...
Nate Ruess, Grand Romantic (June 16)
One year after Jack Antonoff took a break from Fun. to unveil his solo project Bleachers, his bandmate Nate Ruess -- who already has a hit as a solo performer, with the Pink duet “Just Give Me a Reason” -- will give it a go alone with Grand Romantic. Beck, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Lykke Li are among the guest artists, while producers Jeff Bhasker and Emile Haynie helmed the project.
Kacey Musgraves, Pageant Material (Ju...
Kacey Musgraves, Pageant Material (June 23)
Kacey Musgraves has followed up a best new artist Grammy nominee with one of the most anticipated country albums of the year — and one of 2015’s most confessional releases. Musgraves co-wrote all of Pageant Material, including the cheery lead single “Biscuits,” and producers Shane McAnally and Luke Laird have helped the singer-songwriter deliver another full-length to bring in casual fans and pop rubberneckers.
Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (...
Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (June 23)
The hard-rock group has ended a six-year hiatus (a break partially due to frontman Benjamin Brunley’s health issues) with a triumphant comeback track paradoxically titled “Failure.” Burnley is joined by Jasen Rauch (Red), Keith Wallen (Adelitas Way), Aaron Bruch and Shaun Foist (Picture Me Broken) on the new record.
Tori Kelly, Unbreakable Smile (June 2...
Tori Kelly, Unbreakable Smile (June 23)
Long perceived as a promising double-threat in pop, Tori Kelly will finally show off her songwriting over a full-length in 2015, after releasing EPs in 2012 and 2013. Lead single “Nobody Love” was helmed by pop maestro Max Martin, and at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, Kelly performed a searingly stripped-down version of the song to a massive response.
Miguel, Wildheart (June 30)2012&rsquo...
Miguel, Wildheart (June 30)
2012’s Kaleidoscope Dream -- particularly its sumptuous lead single, “Adorn” -- turned Miguel from a rising R&B talent to a riveting superstar within the genre. Now, the singer-songwriter is getting trippier and more explicit (the lead single is titled “Coffee (F—ing)” with Wildheart, an ambitious psychedelic soul record arriving at the end of June.
Little Boots, Working Girl (July 10)L...
Little Boots, Working Girl (July 10)
Little Boots, the synth-pop project of Victoria Hesketh, has quickly returned after 2013’s Nocturnes with Working Girl, which is being released through Dim Mak Records and her own On Repeat imprint. The British star recruited producer Ariel Rechtshaid for the kicky lead single “Better In The Morning,” and will be touring North America throughout July.
Years & Years, Communion (July 10...
Years & Years, Communion (July 10)
Years & Years won the BBC Sound of 2015 poll earlier this year, but based on the British trio’s soulful, forward-thinking approach to dance music, Communion may be the sound of post-2015. Tracks like “Desire” and “King” have helped Years & Years earn a swelling number of stateside fans, including Katy Perry, who took in the group’s show at New York’s tiny Le Poisson Rouge in March.
Tame Impala, Currents (July 17)Main s...
Tame Impala, Currents (July 17)
Main stage performances at festivals like Coachella and Governors Ball have raised the profile of Australian rock act Tame Impala, and have stoked anticipation for Kevin Parker’s third studio album under the pseudonym. Lead track “Let It Happen” is nearly eight minutes of psych-rock bliss, while first single “Cause I’m A Man” has been given a must-see music video featuring a slew of groovy puppets.
MS MR, How Does It Feel (July 17)The ...
MS MR, How Does It Feel (July 17)
The duo of Lizzy Plapinger and Max Hershenow turned heads with early singles “Bones” and “Hurricane,” but new track “Painted” represents MS MR’s most wide-reaching pop statement to date. The group’s North American tour in support of sophomore LP How Does It Feel launches on Sept. 24, with proceeds from tickets going to the feminist/LGBTQ organization Third Wave Fund.
Bea Miller, Not an Apology (July 24)H...
Bea Miller, Not an Apology (July 24)
Hollywood Records’ latest young starlet, Bea Miller has moved on from the U.S. version of The X Factor to capture the attention of a rock young audience with tracks like “Young Blood” and “Fire N Gold.” After opening for Demi Lovato last year, Miller will support Fifth Harmony following the release of her debut album, Not an Apology.
Lianne La Havas, Blood (July 31)Liann...
Lianne La Havas, Blood (July 31)
Lianne La Havas, the promising U.K. singer-songwriter-guitarist, has returned with the follow-up to her 2012 debut, Is Your Love Big Enough? New album Blood has been preceded by the engrossing lead single “Unstoppable,” which was given a mesmerizing music video from director Oliver Groulx (Arcade Fire, Alt-J).
Migos, YRN: Tha Album (July 31)Atlant...
Migos, YRN: Tha Album (July 31)
Atlanta rap trio Migos may still be best known for their crossover hit “Versace,” but Quavo, Offset and Takeoff proved their versatility on outstanding recent mixtapes No Label II and Rich N—a Timeline. The boisterous single “One Time” has previewed debut full-length YRN: Tha Album, which features production from DJ Mustard, Zaytoven, TM88 and more.
Grace Potter, Midnight (Aug. 14)After...
Grace Potter, Midnight (Aug. 14)
After spending years as the leader of Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, the singer-songwriter has momentarily ditched the ampersand and moved on to poppier pastures with the solo effort Midnight. In addition to a slew of North American performances this summer, the must-see live act supported The Rolling Stones on a pair of dates in early June.
Carly Rae Jepsen, Emotion (Summer TBD...
Carly Rae Jepsen, Emotion (Summer TBD)
With 17 tracks brimming with gorgeous pop melodies and fizzy love connections, Carly Rae Jepsen’s new album will include attempts at replicating the success of 2012 song of the summer, “Call Me Maybe.” Jepsen is already off to a promising start with lead single “I Really Like You” (check out the Tom Hanks-starring music video, if you haven’t already) as well as “All That,” a slow jam recorded with Dev Hynes and Ariel Rechtshaid.
Destroyer, Poison Season (Aug. 28)Whe...
Destroyer, Poison Season (Aug. 28)
When he’s not contributing tracks to the latest New Pornographers album, Dan Bejar is rejiggering the shape and sound of his long-running solo project Destroyer, whose new album Poison Season takes cues from idiosyncratic pop acts like Prefab Sprout and Orange Juice. The sequel to soft-rock masterpiece Kaputt will be on full display when Bejar tours the world with Destroyer beginning in September.
Beach House, Depression Cherry (Aug. ...
Beach House, Depression Cherry (Aug. 28)
Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally left Baltimore and headed to Bogalusa, La., to record their fifth album as Beach House, which simplifies the expanding world of the band’s sound and relies on fewer instruments, as well as fewer live drums. Depression Cherry, which reunites Beach House with producer Chris Coady, will send the duo back on the road beginning on Aug. 18.
Young Thug, Hy!£UN35 (Aug. 28)F...
Young Thug, Hy!£UN35 (Aug. 28)
From perceived feuds with Lil Wayne to mind-blowing collaborations with Jamie xx to enduring anthems alongside Rich Homie Quan and Birdman, Young Thug is one of hip-hop’s most eccentric and in-demand personalities. It seems fitting, then, that 2015 will also include his proper debut album. Judging by the fanfare surrounding Barter 6, a mixtape Thugger released in April, Hy!£UN35 will be one of the year’s most anticipated debuts -- hip-hop or otherwise.
Frank Ocean, Boys Don’t Cry (Summer...
Frank Ocean, Boys Don’t Cry (Summer TBD)
Little is known of Frank Ocean’s follow-up to 2012’s star-making Channel Orange album, although the mercurial R&B talent has revealed the title and hinted at a July release. Will Boys Don’t Cry contain the scope and ambition of Ocean’s album of the year Grammy nominee, or sound closer to his laid-back Nostalgia, Ultra mixtape? Only time will tell.