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Future, Lana Del Rey, Weezer and more of the winter’s most anticipated 2019 albums

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Left to right: Future, Lana Del Rey and Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo
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Future, The WZRD (January 18) Even after dropping six full-lengths—albums, mixtapes and a soundtrack—over the past two years, the Atlanta trap giant improbably has another 20 songs coming our way, and it’ll be paired with a documentary sharing the same name.

Deerhunter, Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? (January 18) Bradford Cox and his indie-rock gang return for their first album in more than three years, featuring contributions from underground luminaries Cate Le Bon, Tim Presley and Ben H. Allen.

James Blake, Assume Form (January 18) The revered British soul/bass artist and in-demand hip-hop collaborator looks to have an enviable guest list on his fourth album, with names like André 3000, Travis Scott, Metro Boomin, Rosalía and Moses Sumney.

Sharon Van Etten, Remind Me Tomorrow (January 18) The acclaimed singer-songwriter showcased a more strident sound in October with pulsating “Comeback Kid.” Expect more of that with Van Etten’s fifth label-released album, which will also boast the equally robust “Seventeen.”

Keuning, Prismism (January 25) The Killers guitarist, who helped pen “Mr. Brightside” and “When You Were Young,” among other hits for that band, steps out with his first solo album, for which he wrote lyrics and sang lead vocals for the first time ever.

Backstreet Boys, DNA (January 25) The veteran pop group will end its Planet Hollywood residency in late April to focus on the promotion of its ninth studio album, which features songs co-written by the likes of Shawn Mendes and Andy Grammer.

Beirut, Gallipoli (February 1) The colorful, globally influenced indie folk outfit led by multi-instrumentalist Zach Condon recorded its fifth studio album in Italy (which also inspired the record’s title), Germany and New York City.

Guided by Voices, Zeppelin Over China (February 1) Leader Robert Pollard has released more than 100 full-length studio records in his lifetime, but fewer than a handful have been double-albums (as this one will be), plus it features arguably the tightest backing band with which he has worked.

Panda Bear, Buoys (February 8) Noah Lennox was notably absent from 2018 Animal Collective LP Tangerine Reef while he worked on this sixth solo release, which he called “the beginning of something new” for him musically in a Rolling Stone interview.

Florida Georgia Line, Can’t Say I Ain’t Country (February 15) The leadoff single (“Simple”) from the popular bro-country duo’s latest album already hit No. 1, and you can expect the act’s fourth full-length to follow suit.

Royal Trux, White Stuff (March 1) Holy wayback, Batman! Scuzz-rock partners Neil Michael Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema, who reunited to play shows in 2015, have crafted their first collection of new material in 19 years.

Weezer, Weezer (aka The Black Album; March 1) The alt-rock stalwarts’ fifth self-titled album (and 12th overall studio effort) goes black, following blue, green, red and white. Expect to hear some of it on April 12, when the band (and the Pixies) play Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Ex Hex, It’s Real (March 22) Mary Timony and company finally follow up 2014’s lauded Ex Hex debut, Rips, prefaced guitar-driven by earworm “Cosmic Cave” earlier this month.

Lana Del Rey, Norman F*cking Rockwell (March 29) No less than five songs have been released or teased in as many months, but there’s no official word whether any of them will make the iconic pop singer’s sixth album.

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