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Most anticipated albums of 2018 – II

January 13, 2018
By Sameen Amer

Her meteoric rise last year on the back of the surprise summer hit ‘Bodak Yellow’ turned Belcalis Almanzar – a.k.a. Cardi B – into hip hop’s most prominent newcomer. The rapper will try to prove that her debut single was no fluke and cement her place in the industry with the release of her first album this year. The record’s second single, ‘Bartier Cardi’ (featuring 21 Savage), came out a few weeks ago, with an album set to arrive later this year.

Death Cab for Cutie

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Indie music giants Father John Misty and Death Cab for Cutie set to return.

In this concluding chapter, we look at artists across genres, from pop, rock, hip hop, or indie, who have promised new records.

Cardi B

Her meteoric rise last year on the back of the surprise summer hit ‘Bodak Yellow’ turned Belcalis Almanzar – a.k.a. Cardi B – into hip hop’s most prominent newcomer. The rapper will try to prove that her debut single was no fluke and cement her place in the industry with the release of her first album this year. The record’s second single, ‘Bartier Cardi’ (featuring 21 Savage), came out a few weeks ago, with an album set to arrive later this year.

Death Cab for Cutie

“LP9 // 2018,” indie rock icons Death Cab for Cutie announced in a post on Instagram a few months ago, which means the group’s ninth album should be with us sometime soon. This will be the band’s first set without guitarist Chris Walla who announced that he was leaving the group during the production of their previous effort, Kintsugi (2015).

Father John Misty

After receiving critical acclaim for 2017’s Pure Comedy, Josh Tillman has already created its follow-up. Written over a six-week period while he was staying at a hotel and produced by Jonathan Rado, Tillman has described the forthcoming LP as “a heartache album”. Song titles for this new record reportedly include ‘Ouch, I’m Drowning’, ‘Dum Dum Blues’, ‘Mr Tillman, Please Exit The Lobby’, and ‘Well, We’re Only People And There’s Nothing Much We Can Do About It’.

Gorillaz

Fans won’t have to wait seven years this time for a new Gorillaz album. After a much-publicized fall-out led to a long break for the British group, Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett eventually reunited their virtual band to create 2017’s Humanz. And now they seem to be making up for lost time, as a follow-up to their comeback record is already in the works and slated for a 2018 release. Details may still be scant, but a “new direction” has been promised by the duo, both sonically and visually.

Nicki Minaj

For a while it seemed like Nicki Minaj could release the follow-up to The Pinkprint (2014) in 2017, especially when she dropped three singles – ‘Changed It’ featuring Lil Wayne, ‘No Frauds’ featuring Wayne and Drake, and ‘Regret In Your Tears’ – on the same day. But the Trinidadian-born American rapper’s much anticipated fourth record has yet to surface. 2018 could finally be the year the album lands in stores, and the best-selling female rapper of all time is promising an epic new era for her fans, claiming that her next record will be her best work yet.

Selena Gomez

2017 was a year of ups and downs for Selena Gomez. While the singer struggled with personal and health issues, the songs she released – ‘Bad Liar’, ‘Fetish’, and ‘Wolves’ – did signal more growth for her as an artist as she experimented with her sound and tried to make some interesting pop music. These singles are expected to lead to an album in 2018, and while there is no release date yet, the singer has confirmed that she will be coming up with more new music this year.

The 1975

Their second album, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It, was deemed by many to be one of the best releases of 2016. Now The 1975 will hope to continue their impressive streak with their third album, Music for Cars, which will come out this year. Frontman Matt Healy has hinted that the record will include songs titled ‘Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America’, ‘It’s Not Living (If It’s Not with You)’, and ‘I Always Wanna Die, Sometimes’.