2019 Music Preview: 88 Key Albums

Confirmed releases coming this winter (and spring)

Our preview is divided in two parts. In this first section, we pick out the key albums with confirmed release dates, listed by date. Further down the page, find over 50 of 2019’s most-anticipated releases without announced dates.

Album coverJames Blake

Assume Form
January 18 (Republic) iTunes Prime Video

The London artist’s follow-up to 2016’s The Colour In Anything was nothing more than a rumor until a few days ago, when the details of its release were confirmed. Guests on the new 12-song set include André 3000, Rosalía, Moses Sumney, and Travis Scott. A tour begins in February.

Album coverFuture

January 18 (Epic) iTunes Prime Video

The prolific Atlanta rapper follows a pair of 2017 albums (Hndrxx and Future) and his recent Beast Mode 2 mixtape with his seventh studio album. The tracklist has not yet been finalized.

Album coverSteve Gunn
The Unseen in Between
January 18 (Matador) iTunes Prime Video

The folk-rock singer-songwriter (and former member of Kurt Vile’s Violators) is joined by Meg Baird (Espers) and Bob Dylan bandleader/bassist Tony Garnier on his follow-up to 2016’s acclaimed Eyes on the Lines, produced by James Elkington. A tour begins a few weeks after the album’s release.

Album coverPedro the Lion

January 18 (Polyvinyl) iTunes Prime Video

David Bazan retired the Pedro the Lion name over a decade ago to embark on a solo career. He has resurrected the band, albeit with a new lineup (featuring guitarist Erik Walters of Silver Torches and drummer Sean Lane), to record his first Pedro the Lion album since 2004’s Achilles Heel, with songs focused on Bazan’s childhood spent in the titular city. Four additional albums—tied to the other cities where Bazan grew up—could follow.

Album coverMaggie Rogers
Heard It in a Past Life
January 18 (Capitol) iTunes Prime Video

Past Life is the full-length, major-label debut for the young pop artist, who has been building buzz over the past few years with singles like “Alaska” (featured on the album in a reworked form), a recent appearance on SNL, and an EP, Now That The Light Is Fading, released in 2017. Greg Kurstin and Kid Harpoon are among the producers on the 12-song set.

Album coverToro y Moi

Outer Peace
January 18 (Carpark) iTunes Prime Video

Chaz Bundick’s sixth Toro y Moi album follows 2017’s Boo Boo. Guests on the breezy, synth-y half-hour album include Wet and Abra.

Album coverSharon Van Etten
Remind Me Tomorrow
January 18 (Jagjaguwar) iTunes Prime Video

After taking a five-year break from albums to pursue soundtrack and acting work (including appearances in The OA and the revived Twin Peaks), the singer-songwriter returns with her first new studio album since 2014’s Are We There. John Congleton produces, and the sound marks a change for Van Etten, with Consequence of Sound already describing it as “her own OK Computer.”

Album coverBring Me the Horizon

January 25 (Columbia) iTunes Prime Video

The British rockers follow their acclaimed 2015 set That’s the Spirit with this 13-song LP produced by the band’s own Oliver Sykes and Jordan Fish. Grimes guests on one track. Lead single “Mantra” has already been nominated for a Grammy.

Album coverDAWN

new breed
January 25 (Local Action) iTunes

R&B singer-songwriter (and Danity Kane member) Dawn Richard’s latest solo set (released, this time, under the name “DAWN”) is her first since 2016’s Redemption. Contributors include Hudson Mohawke.

Album coverWilliam Tyler

Goes West
January 25 (Merge) iTunes Prime Video

A member of Lambchop and Silver Jews but now based in Los Angeles rather than Nashville, singer-songwriter William Tyler returns with his first solo album since 2016’s Modern Country. The supporting band includes Meg Duffy and Bill Frisell, while Scott Hirsch (Hiss Golden Messenger) produces. Some versions come with a bonus disc, Dispatches from Echo Magic, containing demos and bonus non-album tracks.

Album coverBeirut

February 1 (4AD) iTunes Prime Video

The fifth album from Zach Condon’s Beirut project was recorded in Berlin, New York, and Italy with producer Gabe Wax, who also produced the band’s 2015 album No, No, No.

Album coverGuided by Voices

Zeppelin Over China
February 1 (self-released) iTunes Prime Video

Robert Pollard’s first release of 2019 clocks in at a mere 32 songs and 75 minutes. Zeppelin will be followed by the relatively succinct 24-song album Warp and Woof in April, though half of the latter album is already out via a pair of EPs, 100 Dougs and Wine Cork Stonehenge. Another album, Street Party, is also in the works, though you’ll get a bit of a break: It shouldn’t arrive until early next year.

Album coverLadytron

February 1 (!K7) iTunes Prime Video

The English synth-pop band went on hiatus after their 2011 album Gravity the Seducer, which seemed like it would be Ladytron’s final release. But the group recently reunited and turned to a Pledge Music campaign to fund the recording of this self-titled LP, produced by Jim Abbiss, who previously worked with the group on 2005’s Witching Hour.

Album coverHEALTH

Slaves of Fear
February 8 (Loma Vista) iTunes Prime Video

The fourth album from the all-caps-loving L.A. noise-rock band follows 2015’s Death Magic and a 2017 remix collection. Lars Stalfors (St. Vincent) produces.

Album coverCass McCombs

Tip of the Sphere
February 8 (Anti-) iTunes Prime Video

Billed as his most coherent and immediate release to date, Sphere marks the ninth album from the singer-songwriter, and first since Mangy Love in 2016.

Album coverBob Mould

Sunshine Rock
February 8 (Merge) iTunes Prime Video

Bob Mould continues to add to his legacy as a solo artist—which now spans many more years and albums than his bands Hüsker Dü and Sugar combined—with this 13th album and follow-up to 2016’s Patch the Sky. It was recorded in part in Mould’s new home of Berlin and features strings from the Prague TV Orchestra.

Album coverPanda Bear

February 8 (Domino) iTunes Prime Video

Animal Collective member Noah Lennox’s first solo album as Panda Bear since 2015’s Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper is a concise (31-minute) set recorded in Lisbon, where Lennox now resides.

Album coverJessica Pratt

Quiet Signs
February 8 (Mexican Summer) iTunes Prime Video

The Los Angeles-based folk artist has two prior albums to her name, including 2015’s On Your Own Love Again. But Quiet Signs, recorded with Matthew McDermott, is her first LP made in a professional studio rather than at home.

Album coverXiu Xiu

Girl With Basket of Fruit
February 8 (Polyvinyl) iTunes Prime Video

The indie oddballs appear to be returning to more challenging material after the poppier sound of 2017’s Forget on this 11th album, which finds the band with a new lineup that includes Thor Harris of Swans. Girl was produced by the band’s Angela Seo with Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier.

Album coverOur Native Daughters

Songs of Our Native Daughters
February 22 (Smithsonian Folkways) iTunes Prime Video

Rhiannon Giddens teams with fellow singer-songwriters Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla, and Allison Russell for this new Smithsonian-backed project that features new songs inspired by the stories of female slaves in the New World.

Album coverSleaford Mods

Eton Alive
February 22 (Extreme Eating) iTunes Prime Video

The English punk duo of Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn follow their 2017 Rough Trade LP English Tapas with their first album for their own new label, Extreme Eating.

Album coverGary Clark Jr.

This Land
March 1 (Warner Bros.) iTunes Prime Video

The first album in three years from the Austin-based blues rocker spans 15 stylistically diverse tracks (including the political title track), recorded solo. A tour follows in March.

Album coverRoyal Trux

White Stuff
March 1 (Fat Possum) iTunes Prime Video

Alt-rockers Royal Trux last released a studio album in 2000 before going on hiatus the following year. But the group (specifically, founders Jennifer Herrema and Neil Hagerty) has performed live off and on since 2015, and they recently continued that reunion in the studio, resulting in this 11-song set. Kool Keith guests.

Album coverWeezer

Weezer [The Black Album]
March 1 (Crush Music/Atlantic) iTunes Prime Video

Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio) produced this follow-up to 2017’s Pacific Daydream and the Rivers Cuomo-led band’s fifth untitled “color” album to date. Weezer will head out on tour in March (with the Pixies) in support of the record.


Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (Part 1)
March 8

After going three years without releasing a new album, the indie rockers will release two in 2019, with the second arriving this fall. Despite the shared title, Foals considers the two parts to be separate albums, and they will be the band’s first LPs without bassist Walter Gervers, who departed the group last year.

Album coverMeat Puppets

Dusty Notes
March 8 (Megaforce) iTunes Prime Video

It’s the first album from the original lineup of the Arizona rock band since 1995’s No Joke!, and the first Meat Puppets album of any kind since 2013’s Rat Farm. The reunited group will tour in April.

Album coverMatmos

Plastic Anniversary
March 15 (Thrill Jockey) iTunes

Many albums from the experimental electronic duo of Martin Schmidt and Drew Daniel have a central theme, or a common source of instrumentation (be it a washing machine or samples of surgical procedures). Plastic Anniversary has both, celebrating the pair’s actual anniversary as a couple, and utilizing “sounds derived from plastic objects.”

Album coverAmerican Football

American Football (LP3)
March 22 (Polyvinyl) iTunes

After exiting the “bands that only ever released one album” club by unexpectedly returning after 17 years to release their second LP in 2016, emo band American Football seem to have become an actual ongoing project. Rachel Goswell (Slowdive) and Hayley Williams (Paramore) are among the guests on their third album, which has a familiar title, font, and producer (Jason Cupp).

Album coverEx Hex

It’s Real
March 22 (Merge) iTunes Prime Video

Indie rocker Mary Timony’s newest project returns with a follow-up to their excellent 2014 debut, Rips. Producer Jonah Takagi returns from that album. Ex Hex will tour in April in support of the new record.

Album coverLambchop

This (is what I wanted to tell you)
March 22 (City Slang/Merge) iTunes Prime Video

The Kurt Wagner-led alt-country outfit enlists Bon Iver drummer Matthew McCaughan for their 13th studio album (which they are billing as their 14th for triskaidekaphobic reasons). It’s their first LP since 2016’s excellent FLOTUS.

Album coverPriests

The Seduction of Kansas
April 5 (Sister Polygon) iTunes Prime Video

The D.C. post-punkers impressed critics with their 2017 debut Nothing Feels Natural. Their highly anticipated follow-up features 11 new tracks produced by John Congleton.

Album coverRyan Adams

Big Colors

April 19 (Blue Note/Capitol)

The prolific singer-songwriter didn’t release any new albums in 2018, but he’s making up for it in 2019. The first of three new LPs scheduled for the year, Big Colors is produced by Don Was and Beatriz Artola (plus Adams himself). It will be followed by Wednesdays (with guests Emmylou Harris, Benmont Tench, and Jason Isbell) and a still-untitled album later this year. And, no, it’s not the first time Adams will release three albums in one year; he last did so in 2005.

Additional noteworthy releases expected in 2019

The following noteworthy artists are expected to release albums at some point this year, though in most cases precise album details haven’t been announced.

The 1975

Not content with releasing one of 2018’s best albums, the English band is already prepping its “nighttime” follow-up, Notes on a Conditional Form. The first single could arrive in a matter of weeks.

Archers of Loaf

The indie rock band’s first new studio album in over 20 years could come this year. Frontman Eric Bachmann (more recently of Crooked Fingers) recently revealed he hopes to record with his old bandmates in the near future.


The Georgia metal band has been working on a follow-up to Purple since 2017. It’ll be their first album with new lead guitarist Gina Gleason, who replaces Peter Adams. The band is touring this spring with Deafheaven—could the new release coincide with the live dates?

Broken Bells

The collaboration between James Mercer of The Shins and producer Danger Mouse has resulted in an EP and two albums so far (most recently 2014’s After the Disco). In August, they began teasing their return, and in December the duo dropped a new single, “Shelter.”

Danny Brown

Brown’s first studio album since 2016’s excellent Atrocity Exhibition is in the works. The rapper has teased that “it’s being produced by one producer, who’s legendary in hip-hop.”

Cardi B

The rapper intends to release a quick follow-up to last year’s hit Invasion of Privacy, one of 2018’s best debut albums.

Chance the Rapper

Sure, 2018 came and went without the long-awaited official studio debut album from the Grammy-winning rapper. Will 2019 be any different? There were encouraging signs last year, including the release of six new tracks and news of work on at least two different albums—one a collaboration with Kanye West tentatively titled Good Ass Job, and the other a project with Childish Gambino.

The Chemical Brothers

The electronica duo’s first studio album in four years is titled No Geography and will arrive this spring on Astralwerks, though there’s no exact date at the moment. The album will feature the recently released tracks “Free Yourself” and “MAH”. A tour begins in May.

Childish Gambino

Newly announced Coachella headliner Donald Glover is expected to release his next album this year. The bad news? It may also be his last. But 2019 could be a huge year for Glover, who also has a third season of his FX series Atlanta due this year and a starring role in Disney’s The Lion King remake.


No, we don’t have any concrete evidence that the Johnny Jewel-led band’s long-shelved Dear Tommy will finally come out in 2019; this is here more out of habit than anything else. Last year did see the release of “Black Walls,” which may or may not appear on the album, which may or may not exist.

The Cure

Here’s another illusory album, though the news may be slightly more encouraging. After claiming that a follow-up to 2008’s 4:13 Dream was coming way back in 2014 (hint: it didn’t), Robert Smith & co. actually spent time in the studio in 2018, and in December were just weeks away from completing work on the LP. The band will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this spring.


Last month, the band confirmed that they would be releasing new music sometime in 2019. It will be their first LP since 2016’s Gore.

Lana Del Rey
Norman Fucking Rockwell is the title of the pop star’s next album, which is slated for an early 2019 release and produced (and co-written) by Jack Antonoff. Last week, Del Rey released a new track, “hope is a dangerous thing…”, and the album is also expected to include “Mariners Apartment Complex” and “Venice Bitch”. We also forgot to mention her upcoming book of poetry, at least until we began this sentence.


The English duo will release their first LP since 2015’s Caracal this year. They have already released five new tracks that could appear on the album, including “Ultimatum”, “Moonlight”, “Love Can Be So Hard”, “Funky Sensation”, and “Where You Come From”.

Missy Elliott

The upcoming Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee (she’s the only female rapper so honored) hasn’t released a studio album since 2005’s The Cookbook. But last fall she revealed that she was recording new music with frequent collaborator Timbaland.

Sky Ferreira

The singer/actress was expected to release Masochism, her follow-up to her 2013 debut Night Time, My Time, last year. The last indication given by Ferreira is that it would arrive in the winter. Ariel Rechtshaid returns as producer for at least part of the album.

Flying Lotus

Steven Ellison’s last studio album as Flying Lotus was 2014’s You’re Dead!. But work on a follow-up was reportedly in the mastering stage last October, which suggests that it could arrive very soon.


The French producer/DJ and recent Kanye collaborator will release an LP entitled Hyperion this year as part of a new deal with Columbia Records. The album should include recent singles “Reset” and “Lost in the Fire,” the latter a collaboration with The Weeknd.

Ellie Goulding

The Grammy-nominated English singer recently confirmed that she will release her fourth album (and first since 2015’s Delirium) this year.

Ariana Grande

Despite releasing Sweetener just five months ago, the actress/pop star is close to completing her fifth album, Thank U, Next. It will include the title track as well as the recently released “Imagine”. Grande will be one of the headliners at this year’s Coachella, which comes near the beginning of a massive tour.


Claire Boucher’s first album since 2015’s stunning Art Angels looks like it’s getting closer. The album’s first single, “We Appreciate Power”, arrived in late November.

Hot Chip

While there’s nothing official yet, the clues are starting to point to a new Hot Chip release this year. It has been an unusually long time—four years—since their last album, the band teased new activity a year ago, and they now have a number of live dates set for this summer.


The Irish artist’s first album since his hit 2014 debut already has a title (Wasteland, Baby), and though it doesn’t yet have a release date, it should arrive near the launch of his North American tour in March. It’ll include his recently released track “Movement”.

Carly Rae Jepsen

The pop star’s fourth album and follow-up to 2015’s E-MO-TION will arrive in 2019 and include her recent single “Party for One”.

Karen O and Danger Mouse

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman teams with super producer Danger Mouse for an album-length collaboration that will include the new track “Lux Prima”.


The Norwegian metal band will feature a new lead vocalist (Ivar Nikolaisen, replacing Erlend Hjelvik) on their follow-up to 2016’s acclaimed Nattesferd.

Jenny Lewis
On the Line is the title of the singer-songwriter’s planned spring follow-up to 2014’s The Voyager, her best solo album to date since the hiatus/reunion/dissolution of her band Rilo Kiley. The new LP features an all-star lineup of guests that includes Ringo Starr, Beck, Ryan Adams, Don Was, and Benmont Tench.

Dua Lipa

The English pop superstar is aiming for a 2019 release for an OutKast- and Prince-influenced follow-up to her self-titled 2017 debut. She will also contend for two trophies (including Best New Artist, now that she’s no longer a new artist) at the upcoming Grammy Awards.


The Minnesota rapper (and flautist) could release her first album in four years (following 2015’s Big GRRRL Small World) this year. Earlier this month, she dropped the new single “Juice” to rave reviews.


The debut album from the new-ish collaboration between Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo was slated for a November 2018 release, but failed to materialize. Could it arrive this year instead?


“Soon” is the estimated release date for the French electronica band’s follow-up to 2016’s Junk, as reported by M83 in September.


There are no details yet, but Madonna has been strongly hinting that her follow-up to 2015’s Rebel Heart will surface in 2019. Mirwais, who has produced Madonna in the past (most notably on Music), is rumored to be among the collaborators.


The neo-soul superstar is expected to wrap up an album trilogy (that began in 2009 with BLACKsummers’night) with NIGHT this year.

My Bloody Valentine

Just because a new MBV album is possible doesn’t make it probable. In fact, Kevin Shields originally announced that the first of several new EPs (the band’s first new music since 2013’s M B V) would arrive last summer ahead of a new album. Nothing emerged in 2018, with Shields instead suggesting that the band was working on two full-length albums, with the first to be completed last November and the second to be recorded in 2019. We’ll see.

The Raconteurs

It has been over a decade since this Jack White side project (which also features Brendan Benson and members of The Greenhornes) released a studio album. But album #3 is coming in 2019. The recording sessions have already produced two new tracks, “Now That You’re Gone” and “Sunday Driver”.


Having long ago shed her album-a-year pace, the pop star has now gone three years since her last album, Anti. But last month she confirmed that her ninth studio album would arrive sometime in 2019, and early reports suggest it may be a reggae album.

Mark Ronson

The ubiquitous super-producer last released an album as a solo artist in 2015 (Uptown Special, his biggest hit to date). He has another one coming in 2019 (possibly titled Late Night Feelings) and though the final details haven’t been revealed, it may include collaborations with Tame Impala, Miley Cyrus, Lykke Li, The xx, and King Princess.

Run the Jewels

After several years off (except for an odd soundtrack cut here and there, such as “Let’s Go” on last year’s Venom soundtrack), the acclaimed hip-hop duo is expected to release their fourth non-cat album this year, perhaps as soon as the summer.

(Sandy) Alex G

After earning critical acclaim for his 2017 album Rocket, indie lo-fi artist Alexander Giannascoli looks like he could be prepping for a follow-up after recently debuting multiple new songs in his live sets.

ScHoolboy Q

Will the rapper’s long-delayed follow-up to 2016’s Blank Face LP (originally due in 2017) finally arrive this year? He was reportedly nearing completion of the album last fall, though he then announced he would delay the album after the death of friend and fellow rapper Mac Miller.


The indie rock legends ended a 10-year hiatus in 2015 with their stellar album No Cities to Love, and the reunion won’t stop with just one album. The band recently revealed that they have recorded a follow-up produced by St. Vincent’s Annie Clark, and it will be out in 2019.


No, the singer’s new album didn’t arrive last fall as she originally announced. But the follow-up to 2016’s A Seat at the Table should surface this year.


The experimental pop artist doesn’t just have a follow-up to last year’s Oil Of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides planned; she has three, though some (or all) of them could be EP-length projects.

Vince Staples

The rapper’s latest acclaimed release, FM!, was released just a few months ago. But Staples claims to have four (!) additional albums ready to go, with the first due at any moment and another to come in June.

Moses Sumney

The singer announced last month that his second album (which follows 2017’s Aromanticism) will be out in 2019, though no further details were revealed.


The R&B singer’s sophomore full-length—long rumored to be titled A—was completed last fall according to a tweet by the artist. If that’s true, a 2019 release seems more than likely.

Tame Impala

Kevin Parker’s fourth Tame Impala album (the band’s first since Currents in 2015) seems likely to arrive this summer, if not sooner (given that Tame Impala is one of March’s Coachella headliners). Fellow Australian outfit Pond, which shares multiple members with Tame Impala’s touring band, also has a new album due this year (Tasmania, out March 1st), produced by Parker.

Tears for Fears

The duo’s first new album in 15 years could arrive in 2019 after it was first slated for release last fall. It may contain their recent track “I Love You But I’m Lost”.

These New Puritans

A follow-up to 2014’s Field of Reeds appears to be on tap for 2019, and the group describes it as “a banger.” In November, the Puritans released the first song from the album, “Into the Fire”.


This time we mean it. While we have included Tool in every one of our annual music previews this decade (sometimes more out of habit than anything else), the band claimed early this month to have completed the recording of their mythical fifth album, which has now reached the mixing stage. That’s an uncharacteristically optimistic and specific report, so … 2021?

Vampire Weekend

The band’s long-delayed fourth album, their first since the departure of Rostam Batmanglij and possibly titled Mitsubishi Macchiato, should finally arrive this year, though there’s no official confirmation. One encouraging sign: Vampire Weekend currently has a handful of festival dates planned for the summer.

The Weeknd

The non-vampire Weeknd released an EP nearly a year ago, and should return with his sixth full-length (likely titled Chapter 6) at some point this year.

Kanye West

At one point, it looked the rapper would cap an especially busy 2018 (which included his five-album Wyoming project) with his ninth solo studio album (and second of the year, following his somewhat disappointing Ye). In fact, the album—Yandhi—looked so certain that we even created a page for it on our site. Silly us. Though West has returned to the studio (in Uganda) at least once to continue work on Yandhi, it remains indefinitely delayed.

Thom Yorke

The Radiohead frontman last released a solo album in 2014 (Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes), though last year he provided the score for the Suspiria remake. Another solo album follows in 2019, and it finds him working with longtime collaborator/producer Nigel Godrich.

What are you looking forward to?

Which albums are you looking forward to this year? Let us know in the comments section below, and visit our Album Release Calendar for even more upcoming music release dates.


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