Taylor Swift, Adele, Kanye West, & More! Inside The Biggest Music Releases Of 2021
After several highly anticipated music releases were thwarted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, 2021 was the year artists finally got to drop their latest albums.
Newcomers such as Olivia Rodrigo took social media by storm, established singers like Adele made triumphant comebacks, and fans also got to experience the rush of nostalgia with Taylor Swift releasing the first of her re-recorded albums.
Scroll down to see the biggest album releases of 2021.
Kanye West — who recently legally changed his name to Ye — released his follow-up to 2019’s Jesus Is King with Donda, which dropped in August following several listening parties. The new record is named after his late mother, Donda West.
Adele’s long-awaited 30 album came out in November after being delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The songstress famously joked on Instagram Live that the new release was about "divorce, babe, divorce" following her split from Simon Konecki.
Taylor Swift had a busy 2021. The "Love Story" hitmaker dropped Fearless (Taylor’s Version) and Red (Taylor’s Version) this year. The 32-year-old is set to re-record her debut album Taylor Swift, Speak Now, 1989 and Reputation. Swifties are in for an exciting 2022!
Doja Cat released her third album, Planet Her, in June. The release landed the 26-year-old wins for Record of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Pop Solo Performance at the Grammys.
Ed Sheeran’s = album came out in October. The 30-year-old previously described the album as a "coming of age record."
Oliva Rodrigo dropped her debut album Sour in May, after her single "drivers license" took the world by storm earlier this year.
Lil Nas X
Lil Nas X came a long way after his 2019 hit "Old Town Road" came out in 2019. His debut album Montero was released in September.
Megan Thee Stallion
Megan Thee Stallion dropped her second album Something for Thee Hotties in October. She once promised her fans that the record will "hold y'all over for the rest of the year."
Billie Eilish’s sophomore album Happier Than Ever dropped in July. The teen's brother Finneas O'Connell produced the record.
Halsey’s fourth studio album, If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power, was released in August. The album was produced by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
Does your mother know!? ABBA came out with their first new album in 40 years in November, making Voyage the group’s ninth studio album.
Elton John was productive in quarantine. The "Rocket Man" singer’s The Lockdown Sessions came out in October. Stevie Wonder, Stevie Nicks and Pearl Jam made appearances, as well as Dua Lipa and Lil Nas X.
Tyler, The Creator
Tyler, The Creator's sixth studio album CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST dropped in June. The release shot up to the number one spot on the Billboard 200.