Even though we’re slowly getting closer to the end of the summer, there’s still a lot of fantastic new music coming your way. The month of August will see a number of great releases from a wide variety of both artists and genres. So whether you’re a fan of indie rock or smitten with R&B and electronic pop, we’ve got you covered. Here, I’ve compiled a tightly knit list of five albums we can’t wait to be released in the coming month.
Number Five: Jess Glynne – I Cry When I Laugh. Jess Glynne is a hit-making machine. All three of the collaborations she’s featured on have stormed right to the top of the UK singles charts. The lead single from her highly anticipated debut album, I Cry When I Laugh (out August 14th), titled “Hold My Hand”, also reached the top spot. Having perfected the formula for churning out the ideal pop song, it comes as no surprise that Glynne’s first full project will tick all the boxes.
Number Four: Halsey – Badlands. New York singer Halsey has been creating quite a buzz throughout the past year with her eclectic slice of R&B-tinged pop. This year, we will see the release of her debut studio album Badlands, which follows last year’s Room 93 EP. Helmed by many as the female equivalent of The Weeknd, Halsey has already mesmerised us with the anthemic vibes from “New Americana” and “Ghost”. Badlands will see the light of day on August 28th.
Number Three: Foals – What Went Down. Earlier this month, UK indie rock outfit Foals announced their new album, What Went Down, will be released August 28. They also shared the record’s lead single, which gave an insight into what direction the band the rest of the album would follow. Describing the record as the “loudest and heaviest” to date, the band are set to make an emphatic return, and we can’t wait!
Number Two: Carly Rae Jepsen – E.MO.TION. It’s time Taylor Swift was dethroned as the Queen of Pop, because Carly Rae Jepsen’s latest full length project, E.MO.TION (out August 21), is shaping up to be an absolute stunner. Having worked with the likes of Sia, Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, Devonte Hynes, Ariel Rechtshaid and more, Jepsen looks like she means business, and from what we’ve already heard with the likes of “I Really Like You” and “Run Away With Me,” it may just be the year’s best pop record.
Number One: The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness. This year has belonged to The Weeknd. No other artist (that I know of) has made the ascent from being barely known to having two tracks (“The Hills” and “Can’t Feel My Face”) sitting snugly atop the Billboard Hot 100’s Top 10 in such a short space of time. Tesfaye’s Beauty Behind the Madness (August 28), is one of the year’s most anticipated albums to date, and there’s no doubt that it’ll live up to its expectations.