New album release dates, from Drake to Nicki Minaj

Drake, Florence + the Machine and other top artists have new albums slated for release this summer. / Getty Images for Coachella / Christopher Polk

New season, new music.

Summer 2018 is full of highly anticipated new tracks from artists like Drake and Nicki Minaj. Below, a look at the new albums slated to drop in the coming months. 

Florence + the Machine — "High as Hope" (June 29): Album single “Hunger” is a Florence + the Machine song in all of the best ways: The somehow consistently- surprising percussion, the showcase of Florence Welch’s powerful voice, the shout-along, festival-ready hook. 


Gorillaz — "The Now Now" (June 29): It’s somehow been 17 years since Damon Albarn’s cartoon band dropped “Clint Eastwood” on the unsuspecting public. The newest record comes only one year after “Humanz,” which won British music magazine Q’s Best Album of 2017 honor. 

Jim James — "Uniform Distortion" (June 29): If one counts his contribution to the New Basement Taps collective, James has released a solo, collaborative or My Morning Jacket album each year since 2010 — and 15 albums or E.P.’s in the last 20 years.

Drake — "Scorpion" (June 29): Most news about the album is coming from vague social media posts — but presuming it shows up, it’ll be the fodder for his upcoming tour with Migos.

The Internet — "Hive Mind" (July 20): The R&B collective’s album comes three years after the Grammy-nominated “Ego Death,” and a year after founding member’s Syd’s “Fin,” which grabbed year-end honors from Pitchfork and Complex. 

Nicki Minaj — "Queen" (Aug. 10): The latest from Minaj looks to be stuffed; the pre-order page shows 19 songs, three of which are the already-released collaborations with Ariana Grande and Lil Wayne, along with previous single “Chun-Li.” 

Mitski — "Be the Cowboy" (Aug. 17): Her fifth album in seven years, the New Yorker singer-songwriter released the grand build of “Geyser” as the first single. 

Interpol — "Marauder" (Aug. 24): The early-2000s survivors keep the spirit of New York’s indie rock scene alive on “The Rover,” picking up right where 2014’s “El Pintor” left off. 


Troye Sivan — "Bloom" (Aug. 31): The young singer and actor turned heads (some toward him, some away from him) with his performance on “Saturday Night Live” earlier this year; “Bloom” follows his debut record, 2015’s “Blue Neighborhood.” 

Prince — "Piano and a Microphone: 1983" (Sept. 21): The last day of summer will bring the latest release from the dearly departed’s vault: A taped rehearsal from 1983, featuring an embryonic version of “Purple Rain.”