These days, women rule pop music, and it's the talented solo females who are going to keep their winning streak going with new albums in 2019. Sure, there are men who are also making excellent art in what can be called the "pop" music space (though that term now encompasses many different styles, and it's tough to pinpoint exactly what pop is in 2019), but looking forward, it's the women who have the public the most excited about what's to come, and they're sure to deliver some incredible new music in the coming months. Here's a look at eight of the most anticipated pop albums likely arriving in 2019.
Ariana Grande - Thank U, Next
When it comes to the charts, 2018 was very good to Ariana Grande. She saw her latest album Sweetener start at No. 1 with ease, and two of its three singles bolted into the top 10, while the third, the criminally-ignored “Breathin’,” stalled just a few spots shy of joining that group. As if that wasn’t enough, her even-more-recent single “Thank U, Next” debuted at No. 1, becoming not only her first leader, but one of fewer than 40 songs to manage such a feat in history. “Thank U, Next” is reportedly both the lead single and the title track of Grande’s upcoming fifth full-length, which was initially expected by the end of 2018, but which will arrive early in 2019 instead.
Avril Lavigne - Head Above Water
After a longer-than-usual absence of over five years, Avril Lavigne returned in late 2018 with her first taste of what’s to come with her single “Head Above Water,” and longtime fans were surprised. Instead of the pop-punk-leaning-pop she’s been peddling for almost two decades, the Canadian singer-songwriter’s new material is much more mature, and it finally sees her trying something completely new. Due in February, Head Above Water will be Lavigne’s sixth full-length.
Carly Rae Jepsen
Fellow Canadian Carly Rae Jepsen exploded into the mainstream in 2012 with the inescapable “Call Me Maybe,” but it was her next collection of pop bangers, Emotion, that solidified her as one of the most consistent musicians in the game, if not necessarily one of the most commercially successful. Now, after several re-releases, she’s ready to move on to the next, and she kicked things off with the single “Party For One,” a catchy tune with a decidedly adult meaning.
Halsey’s sophomore solo album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom debuted at No. 1 in 2017, and it spun off her highest-charting single on her own, “Bad at Love,” which climbed all the way to No. 5. Just a few months after she stopped promoting that full-length, she shared her new single “Without Me,” which officially kicked off a new phase of her career, and things are going even better than before. “Without Me” has outpaced any other song she fronts on the Hot 100, replacing “Bad at Love” as her highest solo placement. It previews an as-yet-untitled new album, which will probably come in 2019 to piggyback on the success of the new track.
Lady Gaga - Enigma (probably)
When she’s not writing and recording an entire soundtrack for a film or campaigning to win her first Academy Award (or is that awards?), Lady Gaga has been busy prepping the next era of her career, which may see her return to the electro-pop that made her a global superstar. From the moment she revealed the name of her upcoming Las Vegas residency was to be called Enigma, fans took that as a sign that a forthcoming album would bear the same title, and a number of social media hints dropped by the pop icon since have only backed up that assumption.
Lana Del Rey- Norman Fucking Rockwell
With two songs (“Mariners Apartment Complex” and “Venice Bitch”) already out, it’s likely that Del Rey’s fifth major label album will arrive within the first half of 2019. The record title and the name of at least one of the songs show the artist isn’t shying away from pushing the envelope with this one, which will delight her fans and make some parents cringe.
Meghan Trainor - Treat Myself
Trainor’s third full-length Treat Myself was originally supposed to come out in mid-2018, but after singles “No Excuses,” “Let You Be RIght” and “Can’t Dance” underperformed, it was pushed to early 2019. The album now has a street date of January 25, and with a new single entitled “Genetics” supposedly arriving sometime before that, it seems like Trainor has one more shot at making waves before the title drops.
The Queen of Pop hasn’t been coy when it comes to talking about her next album, and at one point, it even seemed like it might arrive at some point in 2018, though that didn’t end up being the case. The untitled effort, her fourteenth proper studio album, will be her first in four years, and it will see the superstar going in a different direction stylistically, which is always the case with her...though what it will sound like is anybody’s guess at this point.
Look Out For
British pop mainstay Ellie Goulding has already started a new era with her single “Close to Me,” and as it’s been four years since her last proper effort, a new album is expected. Singer and actress Ashley Tisdale could finally return to music with her third album Symptoms, though chatter around the project has been going for some time. In between his many projects, super-producer Mark Ronson might finish a new solo album, which is already off to a good start thanks to his Miley Cyrus collaboration “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart.” Up-and-comer Billie Eilish has seen three singles from an upcoming project reach the Hot 100, so an album is sure to come very soon. Jason Derulo is now several singles into what could be an album entitled 2Sides, but by the time it arrives, it's not clear which songs will make the final cut, as some will be years old by that point.
It also wouldn’t be surprising to hear new music from Bruno Mars, Selena Gomez or possibly even Adele, though nothing has been confirmed by any of them yet.
- Bron: Forbes