The Only 9 Albums You Need to Know About This Spring
Is it just us, or did winter seem exceptionally long this year? We're ready to put bomb cyclones behind us and embrace spring. Good thing we already have an entire playlist of soon-to-be-released music that will take us there.
These nine, buzzed-about new albums, dropping from March to May, are sure to deliver your next spring anthem. With a list including multiple Grammy winners and nominees and an array of genres from rap to R&B to soul to country to pop, there's something for everyone. Read on to see who we're going to be listening to in the sunnier months to come and how to snag tickets before everybody else does.
Chloe X Halle: THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
In the years since Chloe and Halle Bailey were discovered on YouTube, the sisters have put out two EPs and a mixtape, but now they are finally giving us a full studio album. And the Beyoncé proteges are dropping it this Friday, March 23. Although there's no word of a tour yet, we're hoping they'll show up on OTR II with Bey & Jay this summer.
Toni Braxton: Sex & Cigarettes
Toni Braxton is un-breaking many hearts with this new album, her first in four years. Sex & Cigarettes is set to drop March 23. The seven-time Grammy winner is also embarking on a tour, so be on the lookout for TBA dates.
Cardi B: untitled
Oh Cardi B, how we love you. Since the release of her hit single "Bodak Yellow," the 25-year-old has shown no signs of slowing down. And after releasing hit after hit, she's dropping her first album. At the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards last weekend, she announced that it will be released in April. "Stay tuned, motherf-ckers!" she said. We're following her orders.
Sting and Shaggy: 44/876
Wait, what? Sting and Shaggy are collaborating on an album together, and we have so many questions. But after listening to singles "Don't Make Me Wait" and "Morning Is Coming," we're into the vibes this unlikely duo is giving us. Out April 20, it's sure to be an enigma.
Kacey Musgraves: Golden Hour
After her wildly successful debut album, Same Trailer Different Park—which earned her two awards at the 2014 Grammys—and her Grammy-nominated sophomore album, Pageant Material, we are excited to see what country stunner Kacey Musgraves has been up to over the past few years. Golden Hour will be released on March 30. Preorder it here, or see the star live—she's finishing up "The Breakers Tour" with Little Big Town in May before going on tour with Harry Styles in June and July. Then in the fall, she'll be off on a solo world tour, "Oh, What a World."
Leon Bridges: Good Thing
Our favorite soulful crooner (and former Man of Style at the 2016 InStyle Awards) is finally giving us a new album nearly three years after his hit debut, Coming Home, which earned him a Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Album. Good Thing drops May 4, and this summer, he’ll be opening for Harry Styles on his South America and Mexico tour stops.
Janelle Monáe: Dirty Computer
The singer-songwriter-turned-actress is dropping her third studio album on April 27, with two singles, "Django Jane" and "Make Me Feel" (which we've had on repeat) already out. It's been 5 years since her last album, Electric Lady, probably because Monae has spent much of that time acting, in two award-winning movies in 2016. Stay on the lookout for a tour announcement.
Charlie Puth: Voicenotes
James Bay: Electric Light
It's been 3 years since James Bay's last album, which marked his debut and gave us hits like "Let It Go" and "If You Ever Wanna Be In Love" and made us fall in love with his soulful voice. He'll be making tour stops in North America, Europe, the U.K., and Indonesia from now until October, and if you've never seen him live, we highly recommend you grab yourself a seat.