previews... - December 21, 2018 previews... 2019's Best Pop, Dance & Hip-Hop Albums
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by James hmv London, Bio "Like the legend of the Phoenix, I've just eaten a whole packet of chocolate HobNobs..." Editor, previews... 2019's Best Pop, Dance & Hip-Hop Albums

Over the next few days, we'll be previewing 50 of the best albums you can expect to hear in 2019. Almost all of them will come out, some inevitably won't, but they are all worth getting excited about. 

Next up, we're looking ahead to some of the best pop, dance and hip-hop albums coming in 2019...



Title: Culture III
Release date: Early 2019

Atlanta rap trio Migos sure have been busy recently – the group comprising rappers Quavo, Offset and Takeoff have released two albums in as many years with 2017's Culture and 2018's Culture II, as well as solo albums from each of the three members, but they're already gearing up for a third album release which could arrive sooner rather than later.

Migos set to continue their chart-busting run early next year with Culture III, which Quavo has confirmed will arrive “at the top of 2019”. There's no release date as yet and beyond Quavo's confirmation there's not much info about their third LP, but if their recent run is anything to go by you can probably expect a third chart-topper from the group sometime before the spring.



Title: Toast to our Differences
Release date: January 25th

It has been nearly four years since Rudimental unleashed their second album We the Generation, but the boys have been prepping their comeback in fine style this year with the release of two new singles and scoring their third UK Number One with 'These Days', a cut from their next album featuring the vocal talents of Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen.

Their third album Toast to our Differences was announced in May this year and was originally slated to arrive in September, but new tracks have reportedly been added to the new LP and the release date for the album is now set for January 25th. As ever with Rudimental, the new album will feature a laundry list of guests including Major Lazer, James Arthur, Stefflon Don, Rita Ora, Tom Walker and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, among many others.



Title: Sucker Punch
Release date: March 1st

After scoring hits with songs like 'Don't Kill My Vibe' and topping the BBC's Sound of 2018 poll earlier this year, the debut album from young Norwegian singer-songwriter Sigrid has been one of the year's most keenly anticipated, and for a while it looked as though the LP might arrive before the end of the year.

However, Sigrid has clearly been taking her time to perfect her debut album, to be titled Sucker Punch, and a release date has now been set for March 1st. Sigrid will also be on the road a lot next year with support slots on both Maroon 5's and George Ezra's 2019 tours.


Gucci Mane

Title: Evil Genius
Release date: TBC

Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane finally dropped his highly-anticipated Evil Genius album in December on digital formats and streams, but a physical version has yet to arrive and is likely to do so early in 2019, but there's no release date for a CD or confirmation of a vinyl release as yet.

His latest LP feature a veritable army of production talent that includes Migos star Quavo, Murda Beatz, OG Parker, Southside and Bruno Mars, to name just a small handful. Guest on the album include Lil Yachty, Kevin Gates and Kodak Black.


The Chemical Brothers

Title: No Geography
Release date: Spring 2019

Dancefloor supremos Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons are set to follow their 2015 album Born in the Echoes next year with their ninth studio album, which is due to arrive in the spring (although there's no confirmed release date as yet).

The pair have already unveiled the first track from the new album 'Free Yourself' and have lined up a series of tour dates in the US and the UK next year in support of the new LP, with the UK leg of the tour set to take in their biggest arena shows yet.



Meghan Trainor

Title: Treat Myself
Release date: January 18

The 'All About That Bass' singer was originally planning to release the follow-up to her 2016 sophomore album Thank You in August this year, but the release of her third album Treat Myself was then delayed so that Trainor could add more songs to the record, which is now lined up for release on January 18th.

The new album will feature several of her recent singles including 'Can't Dance', 'Let You Be Right' and 'No Excuses', with production on the album being overseen by Andrew Wells, whose previous credits include work for Fall Out Boy, 5 Seconds of Summer and Jason Mraz.


Avril Lavigne

Title: Head Above Water
Release date: February 15th

It has been six years since Avril Lavigne's eponymous fifth album, the long gap being largely the result of illness. Much like country legend Shania Twain, Lavigne's career was somewhat derailed in 2014 when the singer was diagnosed with Lyme disease, a fact she eventually revealed to People magazine in 2015. Personal circumstances have been difficult in other areas of her life too, with the singer announcing her split from Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger later that year.

The road to recovery has been a long one and plans for her long-awaited sixth LP have been in the pipeline since around 2017, but after numerous delays a release date for her new album Head Above Water was finally set for February next year. Lavigne has co-produced the album herself along with Stephan Moccio, Jonathan Rotem and Travis Clark. The LP will land in stores on February 15th.


Nina Nesbitt

Title: The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change
Release date: February 1

By the time Nina Nesbitt's second album arrives in February it will be almost five years since the release of her debut LP Peroxide, but the Scottish singer-songwriter is clearly happy to have taken her time with her new record and has declared that “this is the album I always wanted to make, under my own terms.”

The Sun Will Come Up, the Seasons Will Change is due to land in stores on February 1st and features production from Lostboy and Fraser T. Smith, as well as a guest appearance from Nicki Minaj on the album's closing track 'All On Me'.


Carly Rae Jepsen

Title: TBC
Release date: TBC

While there's been no confirmation of a title or release date for 'Call Me Maybe' singer Carly Rae Jepsen's fourth album as yet, rumours have been swirling for a while now that the singer is gearing up to release a follow-up to 2015's Emotion and for a while it seemed like it might even arrive before the end of 2018.

However, it now looks like 2019 will be the year her fourth LP sees the light of day and the first single from the new album 'Party for One' was unveiled in November. That's as much as we know right now, but we'd expect to hear some news on the album front early in 2019.




Title: Half Way There
Release date: February 8th

Following their triumphant 2016 return after a 13-year hiatus, pop-punk trio Busted are making preparations for a follow-up to their comeback album Night Driver, with a fourth full-length offering scheduled to arrive on February 8th.

Half Way There contains 10 new tracks from the band comprising Charlie Simpson, James Bourne and Matt Willis, including their recent single 'Nineties', which landed in November this year. Gil Norton is handling production duties on the new LP.


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