Arianna to Rihanna, these are the 10 hot albums for 2019

  • Music
  • Wednesday, 09 Jan 2019

Photos: AFP

Normani, Rihanna, Ariana Grande – read on to find out what we know about some of the most highly-anticipated albums of the year ahead.


The former Fifth Harmony member, whose collaboration with Khalid on Love Lies heated up the charts in 2018, has been teasing a solo album for arrival some time this year and is said to have been hitting the studio with hitmaker Pharrell Williams.

Rihanna arrives to celebrate the launch of her beauty brand, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna. Photo: AFP


Rihanna appears ready to shift focus from her successful Fenty Beauty line, after revealing to a fan on Instagram that she’s got an album in the works for 2019. Details are scarce on what will be the follow-up to her 2016 LP ANTI.

Kanye West is famous because his T-shirt said so. Photo: AFP

Kanye West

We can only assume that the many-times-delayed album Yandhi will see the light of day in 2019, after initial September and November drop dates fell through. We know Kanye has been in Africa working on the LP, which will be his ninth studio effort.

The Weeknd

Abel Makkonen Tesfaye told Toronto concert-goers last month that his latest album, Chapter 6, would be coming soon. It will follow on from the R&B artiste’s 2016 studio album Starboy, as well as this year’s surprise EP My Dear Melancholy.

Lana Del Rey

The singer spent this fall teasing snippets from her upcoming album Norman F***ing Rockwell after dropping the tracks Mariners Apartment Complex and Venice B***h. She’s been working with producer Jack Antonoff on the Lust For Life follow-up.

Carly Rae Jepsen

The Call Me Maybe singer got fans and critics alike excited with her recent single Party Of One. She’s been teasing a follow-up to her 2015 album Emotion for a long time now, and it looks like it’s finally due to drop in the coming year.

Backstreet Boys

The boy band is back in 2019 with a brand-new album, DNA, and a string of tour dates in Europe and North America. The album drops on Jan 25 and follows on from the release of first single Chances.

Ariana Grande

Soon after dropping her highly successful album Sweetener in August, Grande was back to tease her next studio LP, Thank U, Next. She has so far shared its title single as well as latest track Imagine, although no release date has been set.


The Canadian singer dropped a new song called We Appreciate Power in late November, and it’s said to be the first preview of her fifth album, which will follow 2015’s acclaimed Art Angels.

Avril Lavigne

Anticipation is high for Lavigne’s Head Above Water, which drops Feb 15. After a serious bout of illness, the singer is revealing new sides of herself musically, with its power-ballad title track and a soulful second offering, Tell Me It’s Over. – AFP Relaxnews

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