With 2014 well under way, it's only a matter of time before the summer anthems, and their respective albums, become a staple to the summer nights of 2014. With the April release of Iggy Azalea's debut album, "The New Classic," Azalea has made a name for herself with her hit song "Fancy." The single, reached a spot in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100. A collaboration between Azalea and Ariana Grande has also made the Billboard Hot 100 in the number three spot, with the song "Problem." The "Work" singer will perform at Austin City Limits in October.
With the rise of Azalea come other hopeful albums in 2014 to turn known musicians into household names. Of those artists releasing albums, Lana del Rey, The Black Keys, Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar, are widely known names with big things to prove with their second or third albums being released this year.
Lana Del Rey at Coachella
Lana del Rey released the track list for her upcoming album "Ultraviolence" on Facebook on Thursday. With such tracks as "The Other Woman" and "Money Power Glory." The "West Coast" singer also released her music video for "West Coast"in the same week.
With just one studio album under her belt, del Rey's 2014 album leaves a lot in the air for the rising artist. The success of "Summertime Sadness"in 2013 has solidified her name in the music world, and "Ultraviolence" could be the push needed to become the next U.S. superstar.
Del Rey is currently on a North America tour, and is scheduled to perform at Austin City Limits this October.
Dan Auerbach and "The Black Keys"
Dan Auerbach and his "Black Keys" are releasing a new album Tuesday, titled "Turn Blue." The band had not released anything since their 2011 album "El Camino." The new album features 11 tracks with titles such as "Fever," "Year in Review," and "Weight of Love." The new album was available for a first listen on iTunes Radio the second week of May.
In 2013, The Black Keys won a Grammy for Best Rock Album with "El Camino," for a total of seven Grammy award wins, with their previous album.
The band will go on tour in support of "Turn Blue," and be in Dallas, Texas, on November 16 with supporting act Jake Bugg.
The success of Sheeran's first album, "+" was seen not only internationally, but here in the U.S. as well. A Grammy award nominee.
The new album "x" already has radio airtime with the song "Sing." The track list was released April 9 via Sheeran's Instagram. The album will release June 23.
Kendrick Lamar released his album "good kid, m.A.A.d city" in October 2012 and now in September new Lamar music is expected from the up and coming artist. Lamar, a seven time nominated Grammy artist, performed with Imagine Dragons at the Grammy Awards.
False information about Lamar's upcoming album leaked yesterday, and nothing about the anticipated September release date is known about the project at the time.