The Most Anticipated Albums of 2019

From Blueface’s studio debut to Rihanna’s long-awaited return, these are the most anticipated new albums coming out in 2019.

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In the surprise-album era, we’re often left in the dark about new releases from our favorite artists until they actually arrive. That won’t stop us from obsessing over every little piece of information we can find on the internet, though. Judging by interviews, social media snippets, and press releases, it’s clear that 2019 is going to be another great year for music. Album titles and release dates remain a mystery for many of the inclusions on this list (and there’s a distinct possibility that some of them won’t see the light of day over the next 12 months), but there are enough clues about each album to warrant eager anticipation. From the curiosity surrounding Blueface’s studio debut to the promise of Rihanna’s long-awaited return, there is a lot to be excited about this year. These are Complex's most anticipated albums of 2019.

51. Blueface


50. Post Malone

Post Malone

49. Kehlani

kehlani tim mosenfelder

48. Ski Mask the Slump God and Juice WRLD, ‘Evil Twins’

ski mask the slump god getty scott dudelson

47. Billie Eilish

billie eilish getty steve jennings

46. Playboi Carti, ‘Whole Lotta Red’

playboi carti

45. Wiz Khalifa and Currensy, ‘2009’

Wiz Khalifa

44. Megan Thee Stallion, ‘Fever’

megan thee stallion press

43. Major Lazer

major lazer jeff kravitz

42. Lil Baby

Lil Baby performing in Atlanta

41. Busta Rhymes

busta rhymes

40. Valee


39. Offset

Offset at iHeartRadio Music Festival

38. Nas

nas getty prince williams

37. Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, ‘Bandana’

Freddie Gibbs

36. Young Thug, ‘Hy!£UN35’

young thug Thaddaeus McAdams

35. Joey Badass

Joey Badass

34. Big Sean

big sean getty tim mosenfelder

33. Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne

32. Rick Ross, ‘Port of Miami 2’

rick ross getty joseph okpako

31. 2 Chainz, ‘Rap or Go to the League’

2 Chainz

30. Kid Cudi

kid cudi

29. Gunna, ‘Drip or Drown II’

gunna getty kevin mazur

28. Tame Impala

tame impala gordon stabbins

27. Vince Staples

vince staples

26. Dreamville, ‘Revenge of the Dreamers III’

dreamville group getty johnny nunez

25. James Blake, ‘Assume Form’

James Blake performing live.

24. Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber Met Gala

23. Bad Bunny and J Balvin

Bad Bunny

22. J. Cole

J. Cole performing in Inglewood

21. Childish Gambino

Childish Gambino

20. Tierra Whack

Tierra Whack performs during day one of Pitchfork at Union Park

19. Future, ‘The WIZRD’


It feels weird to say “finally” about a guy who's always quick to make 20 songs with a peer in a couple of days and then release them as a collaborative mixtape (WRLD ON DRUGS). But if you're the type of fan who still draws a delineation between albums and mixtapes, then it's been a while since we heard from the wizard. In 2017, he came close to rivaling the perfect zeitgest storm of DS2 with a slick double-album rollout. One project fully indulged his hedonistic, nihilistic trap ways and the other finally saw him conquering the sounds he had first attempted on Honest. Now he's finally back, without Juice WRLD or anyone else, and he claims The WIZRD is even better than his last two. The first two singles he's dropped ahead of the January 18 release date haven't fully convinced us yet, but we want to believe. Wow us, wizard. We're ready. —Frazier Tharpe


17. JAY-Z


16. SZA


15. Lil Uzi Vert, ‘Eternal Atake’

Lil Uzi Vert

14. Lana Del Rey, ‘Norman F***ing Rockwell’

lana del rey

13. The Weeknd

The Weeknd

12. Pusha-T

pusha t

11. Drake

drake getty prince williams

10. Cardi B

cardi b

9. Chance the Rapper

chance the rapper

8. Solange

panorama solange

7. Kanye West, ‘Yandhi’

Kanye West

6. Ariana Grande, ‘thank u, next’

Ariana Grande

5. Frank Ocean

frank ocean getty josh brasted

4. Schoolboy Q

schoolboy q getty scott dudelson

3. Kendrick Lamar

This is Kendrick Lamar at the 2017 Forbes Under 30 Summit.

2. Beyoncé

beyonce performance

1. Rihanna

rihanna kevin mazur

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