It might not seem like it based on recent articles, but yes, there is music coming out this year beyond May 13 and the Black Keys' “Turn Blue” album. And while the release of “Turn Blue” will be one to not be missed, it's not the only big upcoming release this spring. Next month is actually looking quite interesting in terms of new music.
June is looking to be an eclectic mix of genres and artists. Below are the albums of June that'll be worth checking out the most. What albums will you be picking up next month?
Matisyahu, the premiere Jewish hip-hop/reggae artist, is back with his fifth album. After his breakout single, “King Without A Crown”, dropped back in 2004, Matisyahu has been releasing music at a steady clip. His fifth studio album is set to come out June 3 via Elm City Music.
Jack White's “Lazaretto”
If anything, Jack White's solo career is proof that he doesn't need a band to support him (although White Stripes fans might disagree). Now that White is fully free to explore his own unique sound without being held back, we will soon have “Lazaretto” on June 10 to see what he has become. It will be released by White's own record label, Third Man Records, which has already turned out some exceptional talents such as Pokey LaFarge and Kelley Stoltz.
Linkin Park's “The Hunting Party”.
It didn't seem likely only several years ago, but Linkin Park has been enjoying a renaissance in popularity that hasn't been seen since their early “Hybrid Theory”/”Meteora” years. With “Hunting Party” on June 13, the band will reportedly be shedding their usual hip-hop and electronic influences and going pure rock and roll, which may turn off some long term fans.
Jennifer Lopez's “A.K.A.”
Obviously, working as a judge on FOX's “American Idol” hasn't put a damper on Jennifer Lopez's musical career. Her eighth studio album is scheduled to be released on June 17 and features collaborations with Wiz Khalifa, Pitbull and Nas. It may not be the most adventurous or unknown pick on this list, but it's worth a listen before its singles get overplayed on top 40 radio stations across America.
Ed Sheeran's “X”
Sheeran is currently the songwriting vocalist darling of England, rivaling even One Direction in popularity. His “X” album, which will be release June 23, will only serve to further his worldwide fame. Plus, with a Pharrell Williams produced track, it's destined to be a success no matter what.
Sia's “1000 Forms Of Fear”
You've heard Sia all over the place, although you may not know her by name. She has collaborated with such artists as David Byrne, Tegan and Sara, Angel Haze and David Guetta. Her sixth solo album, "1000 Forms Of Fears", set to drop on an undisclosed date in June, continues her discography of strong vibrant vocals and genre-bending music. Just give the album's lead single “Chandelier” a listen and say it isn't so.