Summer music releases you can’t miss

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Forget the beaches, forget the bikinis — the hottest part of your summer will be your Spotify playlist. Get ready to hit replay over and over again. With new albums every month, there’s no room for “Summertime Sadness.” From Prince to Billie Eilish, the options are limitless.

First, here comes MARINA, formerly known as Marina and the Diamonds. MARINA will be releasing a pop/alternative album entitled Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land on June 11. Inspired by the horrors of the Salem Witch Trials, MARINA’s new album revolves around feminism and the LGBTQ+ community.

June 11 is a major day in the music industry. Along with MARINA, both Maroon 5 and Migos will be releasing their albums — prepare for a battle of the M’s. Maroon 5’s album is entitled Jordi — a tribute to the band’s late manager Jordan Feldstein who passed away at age 40. The album features the hit “Beautiful Mistakes” with Megan Thee Stallion.

As for Migos, the announcement of its album Culture III was followed by the statement: “June 11. We’re Back.” Initially, the album was set to emerge last summer, but due to COVID-19, Migos decided on a later date. Regardless, we’re excited to listen.

On July 4, we’ll hear from Lana Del Rey. With unmatched vocals, Lana plans to release another album in 2021. Her new album, Blue Banisters, delves into her identity and psyche but also addresses her past controversies regarding anti-feminist lyrics.

After we celebrate the Fourth of July with Lana, John Mayer will be releasing Sob Rock on July 16. While Mayer has yet to clearly define the album’s genre, he noted that its songs would be similar to the music he listened to growing up in the ‘80s.

And, one of the most anticipated albums, Billie Eilish’s Happier than Ever, is expected to drop July 30. Though it’s more than a month away, we can sit tight because Eilish has already gifted us with two songs: “Lost Cause” and “Your Power.”

Along with Eilish, Prince’s Welcome to America will also be released July 30. The late artist’s estate will be releasing the unreleased tracks. “The world is fraught with misin4mation. George Orwell’s vision of the future is here. We need 2 remain steadfast in faith in the trying times ahead,” Prince wrote about the album.

Last but not least, Planet Her by Doja Cat will soar high up the charts. Doja’s playful energy and innovative lyrics make her famous in the music industry. In an interview with Billboard, she said: “All the goofy kids, or the kids who don’t put themselves on a pedestal, or are just not normally accepted — I feel like making that example is good for those kids.” Doja’s Planet Her will do just this — it will be a blend of afrobeat, dancehall, funk and house, including artists such as SZA, Ariana Grande and Megan Thee Stallion. The release date? TBD. Doja Cat, we’re waiting for you!

With albums about feminism, the psyche and the future, these beloved artists are making a big splash this summer. We can’t wait to listen and see what’s in store.

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