Nine upcoming albums hoping to be the sound of summer

Kendrick Lamar’s highly anticipated “Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers” will be released on May 13. /Photo via

With summer fast approaching, major artists are wrapping up their album rollouts as they seek to gain highly competitive recognition for their music. Hit singles like Jack Harlow’s “First Class” and Harry Styles’ “As It Was” are an early indication that this wave of A-list releases is unlikely to disappoint. From April to the end of July, here are nine highly anticipated upcoming album releases.

Kehlani – “Blue Water Road” (April 29)

Kehlani made a big splash in R&B spaces in 2020 when her album “It Was Good Until It Wasn’t” debuted at number two on Billboard and racked up over a billion streams. Kehlani hopes to continue this momentum with “Blue Water Road”, which will be released at the end of the month. Their debut single, “Alter,” was released in September with the follow-up “Little Story” released last month.

Future – “I Never Loved You” (April 29)

After teasing new music on social media for the past few weeks, Future recently announced a new album which will be released on April 29th. The highly influential trap artist released “Worst Day” earlier this year, his first single since 2020. His latest full album, “High Off Life”, was well received, led by Drake’s collaborative mega hit, “Life is Good”.

Jack Harlow – “Come Home, Miss the Kids” (May 6)

Currently sitting at number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 is “First Class,” a potential song of the summer and the lead single from Jack Harlow’s upcoming album. Harlow had a busy year with high-profile performances, a chart-topping feature (“Industry Baby” by Lil Nas X), and a Rolling Stone cover. Harlow is on top of the world right now, and a solid second album will propel him to even greater heights.

Kendrick Lamar – “Mr. Morale and Big Steps” (May 13)

After an ominous hiatus since his last outing, fans were beginning to wonder: Is Kendrick Lamar retired? Well he answered that one directly when he announced his next album by replying to a fan Tweeter. After his 2017 release “DAMN” received widespread acclaim from critics and fans alike, people were hungry for more Kendrick.

The Chainsmokers – “So Far So Far” (May 13)

EDM duo Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, known as The Chainsmokers, have released the setlist for their album ‘So Far So Good’ which will be released next month. They explained the meaning of the record title on Instagram, saying, “We always say to ourselves…so far so good. I hope that’s all you say soon too.

Harry Styles – “Harry’s House” (May 20)

With a distinctive cover that features what looks like an upside-down living room, mega superstar Harry Styles releases his third solo album, “Harry’s House.” Lead single “As It Was” currently sits at No. 2 on the Billboard charts and is another strong contender for song of the summer. With its dedicated fanbase and wide reach, “Harry’s House” has an opportunity to make some noise in the summer of 2022.

Noah Cyrus – “The Hardest Part” (July 15)

Those who saw Noah Cyrus headlining Hollybash last weekend heard the two unreleased tracks she performed. These two elements should appear on his next album, “The Hardest Part”, which will be released in mid-July. Noah proved to be an excellent performer to the Rowan crowd showing off her impressive stage presence and flawless ability to hit every note.

Lizzo – “Special” (July 15)

Just before appearing on SNL to host and perform last week, Lizzo announced her new album “Special.” The music video for the first single, “About Damn Time”, shows Lizzo in a backing band titled “stressed and sexy”. Lizzo continues to be a strong advocate for body positivity, most evident in her 2020 interview with Vogue where she discussed the subject at length.

Maggie Rogers – “Surrender” (July 29)

Maggie Rogers burst onto the indie-pop scene in 2019 with her breathtaking debut album, “Heard It in a Past Life.” If lead single “That’s Where I Am” is any indication of what’s to come, expect “Surrender” to be even more passionate than its debut. Check out his powerful performance on the track during the first weekend of Coachella.

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