The new year brings along new music from artists across the globe. Here are the biggest and most anticipated releases for January and February.
Jan. 17: Mac Miller – Circles
The world of rap was shaken following the death of Mac Miller in September of 2018. His fans had been waiting for his next release following his successful album, “Swimming,” which dropped earlier that year. In a letter posted by his family on Jan. 8 on his social media, it was announced that Miller’s unfinished project, “Circles,” would be released for the fans to enjoy later in the month. The post read, “This is a complicated process that has no right answer. No clear path. We simply know that it was important to Malcolm for the world to hear it.” The album features 12 tracks and was welcomed with open arms by the fanbase.
Jan. 17: Halsey – Manic
“Manic” is Halsey’s third studio album with 16 songs and features from Alanis Morissette, Dominic Fike, and SUGA from BTS. In an interview with Billboard, Halsey reveals the tracks on her latest release are part of a “musical biopsy,” something for her fans to relate to. Themes of frustration, anguish, and a stripping of her celebrity persona can be heard track by track.
Feb. 14: Tame Impala – The Slow Rush
With their fans eagerly awaiting new music since 2015, Tame Impala will finally be releasing a full studio album on Valentine’s Day. The group rose to fame with their wildly successful album “Currents,” which featured a psychedelic rock and synth-pop vibe. Since 2007, Tame Impala grew steadily from a local band in Australia to a global success, which is why so many are looking forward to their new music.
Feb. 12: The 1975 – Notes on a Conditional Form
The 1975 have shifted concepts a few times since their creation in 2002, and their last album, “A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships,” was perhaps their most successful concept switch to date. Most fans remember hearing the band for the first time when their hit single, “Chocolate,” went viral back in 2013. Since then, the band has exploded in popularity, topping the U.K. and U.S. Billboard charts on multiple occasions. It’s safe to say the world is anticipating this release; will the band stick with their monochrome, British branding, or will they stray from their comfort zone and show their fans something different?
Feb. 21: BTS – Map of the Soul: 7
The viral sensation known as BTS is putting out their first album since April of 2018, which is a long time for their fans to wait in the scope of the Korean pop industry. BTS has taken the world, and more specifically the western music charts, by storm since the latter half of 2017, and this album proves they have no signs of stopping. With the album still a month away from release, the band has already received over 3.42 million preorders — and that’s just in one week. The official cover art, tracklist, and main single have yet to drop, but one thing is for sure: BTS’ fans — known as ARMY — are anxiously awaiting what may be the biggest album the band has ever released.