Music aficionados would want to buy and stream this year's songs. Here are some of the albums we are waiting to drop.
Leaving Thomas - Leaving Thomas (Jan. 26)
Canadian country music duo Leaving Thomas kicks off our preview. Annika Odegard and Bryton Udy are expected to become one of country music's breakout stars of the year. The pair could expand their fanbase in the United States with their powerful guitar riffs, super vocals from Odegard, and catchy tracks such as "Waiting Kind of Girl," "Best Adventure," and "Blame It on the Neon."
Justin Timberlake - Man of the Woods (Feb. 2)
Just days before Justin Timberlake will take the Super Bowl stage, he will release his highly anticipated fifth studio album. Timberlake's Man of the Woods will reunite the "Mirrors" singer-songwriter with longtime collaborators Timbaland and Pharrell Williams. He is also expected to release collaborations with The Voice coach Alicia Keys and Chris Stapleton.
Kendrick Lamar And Various Artists - Black Panther: The Album (Feb. 9)
Hip-hop superstar Kendrick Lamar is producing the highly anticipated studio album to accompany Marvel Studios' Black Panther. The first single, "All the Stars," is a collaboration between Lamar and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter SZA. If Lamar continues to release quality tracks, then perhaps we might see this album nominated for several awards at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
Various Artists - Fifty Shades Freed (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Feb. 9)
Fifty Shades Freed is the final movie in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. To commemorate the end of this franchise, Universal Music Group has recruited a plethora of musicians to record original music and covers of classic hits. Among the artists included in this line-up are legendary composer Danny Elfman, Hailee Steinfeld, Jessie J, Julia Michaels, Liam Payne, Rita Ora, and Sia.
Jack White - Boarding House Reach (March 23)
The singer-guitarist is going to have a busy 2018. Jack White is expected to release his third studio album: Boarding House Reach. He is also scheduled to perform at the 2018 Governor's Ball Festival in New York City this June.
Kylie Minogue - Golden (April 6)
Pop music icon Kylie Minogue will release her 14th studio album. The dance-pop queen, who has recorded countless classics such as "The Loco-Motion," "Can't Get You Out of My Head," and "All the Lovers," recently dropped her first single off the record "Dancing." Minogue is expected to release a duet with rocker Jack Savoretti.
Charlie Puth - Voicenotes (May 11)
Charlie Puth has successfully crossed over from internet personality to recording artist. Puth's songbook includes superb tracks such as "Marvin Gaye" with The Four: Battle for Stardom panelist Meghan Trainor to "We Don't Talk Anymore," his highly charming duet with Selena Gomez. In May, Puth will release his highly anticipated sophomore album Voicenotes. The 13-track album will feature "If You Leave Me Now," a collaboration with Boyz II Men.
Cardi B - TBA
2017's breakout superstar, Cardi B, is preparing to release her first full-length studio album. She is scheduled to perform "Finesse (Remix)" for the first time at the Grammy Awards with Bruno Mars. Also, the "Bodak Yellow" rapper celebrated surpassing Beyoncé Knowles-Carter on the Billboard charts by having five songs on the music chart at the same time. Cardi B has not announced when her full-length record will drop this year.
Christina Aguilera - TBA
It has been six years since the founding coach of NBC's singing competition, The Voice, has released an album. Since Aguilera paid homage to Whitney Houston at the 2017 American Music Awards, fans wondered if Aguilera was returning to the studio anytime soon. The "Your Body" singer has been leaving little breadcrumbs for fans to follow. Some of the clues include releasing an all-star photo that featured Janelle Monae and Anderson.Paak to reuniting with longtime collaborator Linda Perry.
As of this article's publishing, Aguilera has not announced the album's release date.