2017 was an explosive year for music. Cardi B had us singing Bodak Yellow all summer long, while Lorde and Childish Gambino made some major comebacks with respective their albums, Melodrama and Awaken, My Love! Now that we’re at the beginning of 2018, anything could happen. There are a handful of artists that could drop albums at any moment (Frank Ocean, I’m talking to you) and many more to keep an eye on in the upcoming months. Here’s my take on the top five highly anticipated albums to be released in 2018.
- Justin Timberlake – Man of the Woods (February 2)
The 20/20 Experience brought unexpected beats, percussion, strings, and strange melodic surprises into 2013. His next album, Man of the Woods, will be released on February 2nd, just two days before his performance at the Super Bowl Halftime Show.
“This album is really inspired by my son, my wife, my family, but more so than any other album I’ve ever written, where I’m from,” Timberlake said in a video announcing the album on January 2nd. “And it’s personal.”
Combined with his family inspiration and all-star collaborations (Timberlake has announced that songs will feature Alicia Keys and Chris Stapleton), this could be JT’s biggest album yet.
- Vampire Weekend – Mitsubishi Macchiato
It’s been five years since Vampire Weekend’s third album Modern Vampires of the City, which featured the hit singles “Unbelievers” and “Diane Young”. Since then, the cult fanbase of Ezra Koenig and Vampire Weekend have been patiently awaiting the next hit album. They may not have to wait much longer.
Koenig posted on Instagram in 2017 that Mitsubishi Macchiato (the album’s working title) is still a work in progress.
“it’s a lil more springtime than the last one. guitar’s next dead. there are songs called ‘Conversation’ & ‘Flower Moon.’ Flower Moon is hard to finish but I think it belongs on the album,” he posted. “working title is Mitsubishi Macchiato cuz it is a helpful concept. I should probably stop there cuz all of that information is subject to change & I can’t tell you the really good stuff anyway.”
That was in March 2017. We’re hoping that 2018 is the year to see Vampire Weekend share some music.
- Post Malone – Beer Bongs and Bentleys
After releasing his debut album Stoney in 2016, Rockstar by Post Malone featuring 21 Savage was released in September 2017, and it topped the Hot 100 Chart for eight weeks. It was announced that his sophomore album Beer Bongs and Bentleys was originally set to release December 1st, 2017, before eventually being pushed back into 2018.
“i know a lot of you guys were expecting a project today, it won’t be dropping for a little while. I’m sorry to let you down, but i need to make sure this album is perfect for you.” Post Malone tweeted on December 1st, 2017.
We’re expecting that 2018 will be the year Beer Bongs and Bentleys is released.
- The 1975 – Music for Cars
“Our first three albums are the story of a person, it’s always kind of been my story. It spanned adolescence to maturity, success and trying to mediate the two, and the third one is where we are now,” Matty Healy said of their upcoming album Music for Cars.
The album is the third and last LP in the band’s planned trilogy. In an interview with Rolling Stone in April 2017, Healy said that there were eras created from the last two albums and that Music for Cars marks the end of an era, but not the end of The 1975.
Although the band has not revealed an exact release date, Music for Cars will be out in 2018, and many fans suspect the album will drop June 1st.
- Arctic Monkeys – Untitled
In an interview for For the Ride, bassist of Arctic Monkeys Nick O’Malley revealed that the band had started recording their sixth studio album in September of 2017, after taking a much-deserved hiatus for four years.
“If it isn’t out [in 2018], we’ve got problems,” O’Malley said. Lead singer Alex Turner remained busy in 2016, with the Last Shadow Puppets, whom Turner has been a member of since 2008.
This upcoming album will be the first since the band released AM in 2013, which reached #1 on the UK charts and featured the Grammy-nominated single Do I Wanna Know? The band has announced that the album will come out in 2018,, an exact date remains vague.