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New tunes for the new year

2019’s most anticipated albums

Twenty-nineteen is already shaping up to be an excellent year in music. These highly anticipated new releases from some of music’s biggest stars are bound to make the new year memorable. 

2019 should be an exciting year in music. Photo illustration: Genessa Gutzait · The Sentry

Khalid

Straight off his mixtape release in October 2018, Khalid has been teasing fans with new music at various live shows since May of last year.  Khalid has left fans awaiting the release of his sophomore album after the success that was found with the release of American Teen in 2017. Khalid’s performances of unreleased tracks like “Raining in Miami” early last year and various tweets (one of which being umbrella emojis) between himself and previous One Direction member, Niall Horan, have fans forecasting and craving a future collab between the two singers.

Maren Morris

Another Texas native, Maren Morris, is expected to release her sophomore album sometime this year after the release of her debut album in 2016. After Morris took the country music industry by storm with the commercial success of songs like “My Church” and her collaboration with Zedd on “The Middle,” fans were left wanting more from the country singer. Morris released the leading single titled “Girl” off her TBA album on Jan. 19 of this year as well as tour dates to go along with the newly released single. In the meantime, the country singer has been teasing fans with tracks off the upcoming record at private listening parties in Nashville. 

Hozier

Hozier’s sophomore album, Wasteland, Baby! is expected to make its debut March 1 to coincide with his upcoming spring tour dates in which he’ll be making a stop at the Bellco Theatre here in Denver come April. The newest release is highly anticipated after the success of his debut self-titled album in 2014. While Hozier has released previous EPs, like Nina Cried Power, since 2014, the lengthy waiting period for a full-length album has fans excited more than ever for the release of Wasteland, Baby!

Rihanna

Since the release of ANTI three years ago, Rihanna has been busy indulging other passions besides music. However, the anticipation for Rihanna’s newest record has been confirmed for some time in 2019. The Barbados singer has yet to confirm or announce when in 2019 the album will be released, but she continues to tease fans begging for details on social media. According to her vocal producer, Kuk Harrell, in an interview with NME late last year, he said it’s “Incredible” and “Amazing” before adding that “That’s all I’m going to say.” 

Lana Del Rey

After the release of Lust for Life in 2017, Lana Del Rey spent her 2018 releasing singles and collaborating with other artists. Her singles “Mariners Apartment Complex,” “Venice Bitch,” and “hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have-but I have it” are all expected to be part of her upcoming release Norman Fucking Rockwell; however, a set date has yet to be released. LDR promises that the upcoming release won’t be a “downer affair” due to working with Jack Antonoff. The Born to Die singer stated in an interview with Beats 1, “Working with Jack, I was in a little bit of a lighter mood because he was so funny.”

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