Christine Silak, ‘22 Business/Ad and Circulations Manager
This year, some of fan’s favorite artists have hinted towards the release of new, highly anticipated music. While about only half of these albums have been formally announced, the rest are left to speculation. Tap in to 2022’s most exciting albums below.
The Weeknd- The Dawn
During an episode of Apple Music’s Memento Mori on Oct. 4, The Weeknd revealed that his new album, The Dawn, is complete. “Only thing missing is a few characters that are key to the narrative,” he said. “Some people that are near and dear to me, some people that inspired my life as a child… and some that inspire me now.”
Singer Kevin Abstract revealed in a tweet on March 31 that the band would be releasing their final two albums in 2022. Following the release of Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine on April 9, Abstract explained that the band’s final project is delayed until sometime this year. “Pushing the album back to see how these new members we’re scouting make it through tryouts,” he wrote.
Kid Cudi- Entergalactic
During a performance in California at the end of the 2021 Rolling Loud festival, Kid Cudi revealed that he plans to release two albums in 2022 beginning with Entergalalctic, the soundtrack to his upcoming, animated Netflix show. “I have Entegalactic coming in the summer, but I wanna drop another album before that,” he told the audience.
Machine gun kelly- Born With Horns
Machine Gun Kelly plans to release his sixth studio album, a two-years-later follow up to the release of Tickets to My Downfall. Called Born With Horns, and made in collaboration with Blink 182 Drummer Travis Barker, Kelly described the new album as “darker” and “more heavy” than his previous work and will address his struggles with fame over the years.
Khalid- Everything Is Changing
Khalid’s third studio album, originally intended to be released in 2021, has now been anticipated to be released this upcoming year. In July 2021 he dropped “New Normal,” his first single from the album, inspired by “the pandemic and the emotional toll that quarantine took on [him] and [his] friends,” he told Billboard.
Beyoncé has been working on her seventh studio album, her first major release since Lemonade in 2016 and THE CARTERS in 2018 with Jay-Z. “With all the isolation and injustice over the past year, I think we are all ready to escape, travel, love, and laugh again,” she told Harper’s Bazaar on Aug. 10. “I feel a renaissance emerging, and I want to be part of nurturing that escape in any way possible. I’ve been in the studio for a year and a half.”
Frank Ocean- TBD
Four years after the release of his second studio album, Blonde, Frank Ocean is returning in 2023 to headline at Coachella, which may mean we can anticipate new music. Given Ocean’s unpredictability in regard to album releases, we can’t be completely sure that he plans to release new music in 2022, but fingers crossed.
Lil Uzi Vert- The Pink Tape
Originally intended to be dropped before Halloween, Lil Uzi Vert has built up anticipation for his album by continuously delaying its release. In an October interview, he said, “you gotta let me take my time… I’m taking my time so it won’t suck.” Uzi’s most recent comment on the album said that The Pink Tape was in the middle of the mixing process. He said, “I went experimental with the music and traditional on the mixing.”
As listeners, we’re grateful for every album release from our fan-favorite artists. While some albums are just in speculation, it’s certain that a year full of exciting releases is in store.