August is a big month for album releases, with highly anticipated LPs coming from Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Troye Sivan and many more. Get the lowdown on some of the big ones below.
Ariana Grande, “Sweetener” – August 17
Few pop albums in recent memory have been so hyped for so long. Grande has been keeping the buzz steady with regular teasers of her highly anticipated album, which includes “No Tears Left to Cry” and “God is a Woman” as well as the Nicki Minaj collaboration “The Light is Coming.”
Nicki Minaj, “Queen” – August 10
Alongside her frequent collaborations with other high-profile artists, rapper Nicki Minaj has been getting her own LP ready. It includes the Ariana Grande-featuring “Bed,” as well as “Chun-Li,” “Barbie Tingz” and “Rich Sex” featuring Lil Wayne, while a making-of documentary is said to be in the works.
Troye Sivan, “Bloom” – August 31
Grande is on Minaj’s album, Minaj is on Grande’s — and Troye Sivan brings on Ariana Grande for “Dance to This,” which is currently generating hype for his own forthcoming LP. There’s more in store from this Australian singer-songwriter and YouTube vlogger.
Meghan Trainor, “Treat Myself” – August 31
Keep the pop coming: Meghan Trainor also has a new album and it’ll get people dancing. It includes previously released tracks “No Excuses,” “Let You Be Right” and “Can’t Dance,” and Trainor has called it “my favorite album that I’ve ever created.”
Iggy Azalea, “Survive the Summer” – August 3
The rapper’s highly anticipated EP is set to drop after a bit of delay, and fans are more than ready after hearing its first tracks, “Tokyo Snow Trip” and “Kream” featuring Tyga. All six of the EP’s tracks are set to get their own videos.
Death Cab For Cutie, “Thank You For Today” – August 17
If indie is your preference, August has got you covered. Veteran indie band Death Cab For Cutie is back with its first music since 2015 album “Kintsugi,” with the longtime bandmates joined by musicians from their touring band on tracks such as “Gold Rush” and “I Dreamt We Spoke Again.”
Alice in Chains, “Rainier Fog” – August 24
In the mood for metal? The legendary US rock band is following up the Grammy-nominated 2013 album “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” with this new LP. In addition to being their first album in five years, it marks their first time recording in their hometown of Seattle in more than 20 years.
Still not sold? August has something for everyone, from YG’s “Stay Dangerous” to Mac Miller’s “Swimming” to Interpol’s “Marauder.” You’re sure to find something that suits you before the month is out.