In a year that has included a global pandemic, social unrest and an exhausting presidential election, the likes of Future, Lil Baby, The Weeknd, Lil Uzi Vert, Pop Smoke and others have dropped both banging singles and dope projects that have helped to soundtrack everything from dance challenges to Zoom calls to protests to savage habits. Hit-makers like Drake, Cardi B, Travis Scott, Megan Thee Stallion and others have let it be known that they also have new releases to get hyped about on the horizon. Here is a look at some of the most anticipated albums coming soon.
Singles: “Franchise” featuring Young Thug and M.I.A.
Back like he never left, Travis Scott returned with the hard-hitting “Franchise.” The first single from his fourth album debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100, making Travis the first artist to have three songs debut at the top the charts within a 12-month period.
Singles: “WAP” featuring Megan Thee Stallion
Although Cardi B’s debut was titled Invasion of Privacy, expect her to spill the tea with her upcoming album. The Grammy Award-winning rap star, who recently filed for divorce from husband Offset, promised that her sophomore album will be her Lemonade moment.
Megan Thee Stallion
Singles: “Don’t Stop” featuring Young Thug
Megan Thee Stallion is almost ready to deliver her highly anticipated debut album, which is expected to feature anthems, as well as her side of the Tory Lanez incident.
Singles: “Hit Different” featuring Ty Dolla $ign
In 2019, SZA spoke about her long-awaited sophomore album saying, “This next album is even more of me being less afraid.” Produced by The Neptunes, “Hit Different,” the album’s lead single, debuted at No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Title: The Fall Off
Singles: “Lion King on Ice”; “The Climb Back”
Months after J. Cole dropped the singles “Lion King on Ice” and “The Climb Back,” his alter ego kiLL Edward hopped on Instagram to deliver a message: “ima make sure we end 2020 something special!” kiLL Edward appeared on Cole’s 2018 album KOD.
Title: Donda: With Child
Singles: “Wash Us in the Blood” featuring Travis Scott
In the midst of designing sneakers and apparel, running for president and causing controversy with tweets and interviews, Kanye West has found time and energy to focus on the music. Donda: With Child, Yeezus’ 10th solo album, is expected to feature the gospel vibes found in 2019’s Jesus Is King.
In a recent interview, the Pulitzer Prize-winning artist revealed that he spent a year just trying to “execute a new sound” for his next album. “I can’t do the same thing over and over. I need something to get me excited,” said the rapper, who is currently working on the follow-up to his critically acclaimed DAMN.
Nowadays when Rihanna has a new release or a concert, chances are that it’s in support of her FENTY Beauty or FENTY clothing lines. However, fans have been eagerly awaiting her forthcoming, reggae-leaning project, since the release of her last album Anti, which dropped almost six years ago.
Title: Certified Lover Boy
Singles: “Laugh Now Cry Later” featuring Lil Durk
Drake revealed that the project that was originally scheduled to drop this year will instead hit the streets in January 2021. Hopefully, the album can help us kick off the new year on the right vibe.
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