Music has and always will be a huge part of our lives. We all have our favorite pop divas — Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Britney Spears — who always manage to brighten our day when we hear their voices.
2020 has been a year of adjusting and with that, we have not been able to see our favorite artists perform live due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
However, some artists took advantage of the quarantine. For example, Taylor Swift released her chart-topping album Folklore, while OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder revealed that his band's upcoming album, Human, has several tracks that were written during self-isolation.
From pop icon Grande to country crooner Lee Brice, OK! takes a look at the upcoming new music you need to hear. Scroll through the gallery below to get the scoop.
Ariana Grande — ‘Positions’
Grande released the title song off her upcoming album, Positions, earlier this month, sending fans into overdrive. The pop diva also released the tracklist from the highly anticipated new album. 1. "Shut Up" 2. "34+35" 3. "Motive" feat. Doja Cat 4. "Just Like Magic" 5. "Off the Table" feat. The Weeknd 6. "Six Thirty" 7. "Safety Net" feat. Ty Dolla $ign 8. "My Hair" 9. "Nasty" 10. "West Side" 11. "Love Language" 12. "Positions" 13. "Obvious" 14. "POV."
Release Date: October 30, 2020
Drake — ‘Certified Lover Boy’
The Canadian rapper announced his new album, Certified Lover Boy, over the weekend and shared a teaser clip on social media via his record label, OVO Sound. The one-minute clip starts with a young boy looking into the sky as a bright light shines down on him. The images that follow are recreations from Drake's past album covers, including "Take Care" and "Nothing Was the Same."
Release Date: January 2021
Miley Cyrus — ‘Plastic Hearts’
The Disney alum announced her upcoming seventh album, Plastic Hearts, on Instagram earlier this month. "If you’re reading this … know that I f**king love and appreciate you on the deepest level. I began this album over 2 years ago. Thought I had it all figured out," she wrote alongside the black and pink album art for Plastic Hearts. "Not just the record with its songs and sounds but my whole f**king life. No one checks an ego like life itself. Just when I thought the body of work was finished … it was ALL erased. Including most of the musics relevance. Because EVERYTHING had changed."
Cyrus noted that "nature did what I now see as a favor and destroyed what I couldn’t let go of for myself," she said, referring to the California wildfires. "I lost my house in a fire but found myself in its ashes."
"Luckily my collaborators still had most of the music that was burned up in journals and computers filled with songs for the EP series I was working on at the time. But it never felt right to release my 'story' (each record being a continual autobiography) with a huge chapter missing," she said. Fortunately, Cyrus is blessing us with new tunes sooner rather than later!
Release Date: November 27, 2020
Sam Smith — ‘Love Goes’
Smith's third album originally titled, To Die For, was expected to come out earlier this year, but they changed the name due to what was going on in the world with the coronavirus pandemic. "Obviously, because of what's happened the last six months, it felt a little bit desensitive calling the album that," Smith told NPR. Smith calls the upcoming new album "sad and pensive," and TBH, we're totally here for it.
Release Date: October 30, 2020.
Shawn Mendes — ‘Wonder’
Mendes, a.k.a. Camila Cabello's longtime boyfriend, has announced his fourth studio album, Wonder, will come out just in time for the holidays. Netflix is also releasing a documentary, where they claim the Canadian singer is "exposing who he really is" on November 23.
Release Date: December 4, 2020.
Little Mix — ‘Confetti’
Confetti is the sixth studio album to be released by pop group Little Mix. It will be the ladies' first album since they separated from the previous record label, Syco Music, which is owned in part by American Idol alum Simon Cowell.
Release Date: November 6, 2020.
Lee Brice — ‘Hey World’
Country crooner Lee Brice said that his upcoming new album is his best yet. "Hey World is just my next step in life," the singer explained. "Where I am, who I am, what I love and what I feel. From the songs to the production to the order they play in, I always have and still do make it my goal to get better and better at what I do. Short of my family, my wife and friends, my music is the deepest part of me."
Release Date: November 20, 2020.