2019 is bound to be a big year in music, with new releases expected from artists including Lana Del Rey, Madonna, and maybe even Cardi B (who just dropped an album last year) and Rihanna (who won't stop teasing her album-hungry fans).
Here, we're tracking all of the new releases you need to know throughout the year. Check out our picks so far below, and watch this space for updates. Missed our favorite songs of 2018? Catch up with our roundup here.
“Song 31” by Noname feat. Phoelix
The Chicago MC wasted no time to release new music into the new year. On January 1, she treated her fans to a one-off single sonically reminiscent of her recent stellar album, Room 25, with its jazz influences, smooth background vocals, and Noname’s slick, nonchalant flow. The rapper is no stranger to discussing race in her music, and in “Song 31,” she touches on a number of topics, including African American representation onscreen and the problems with mass incarceration in the U.S.