If we could get our wish, there are quite a few R&B artists that we would love to see release albums in 2015.
We're pretty sure that our wish may be granted for a handful of these artists, but for the others, it may be another year of yearning or disappointment.
Nonetheless, we will remain hopefully, especially after D'Angelo blessed the world with his new album, Black Messiah, late last year (Dec. 2014). The project, led by the single "Really Love," serves as his first release in 15 years and follows up the critically-acclaimed Voodoo.
So as you can see, we are still on a high, and look forward to these upcoming releases.
Check out our Top 15 Most Anticipated R&B Albums in 2015!
Contributions from D. Carson and DJ Jus Music
Conya Doss is known by many as the "Queen of Indie Soul." Doss has released six studio albums and continues to release singles that speaks the truth. Based on her sound, you can tell she was heavily influenced by Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, or Prince. Ms. Doss continues to work on her upcoming album, VII and she released the singles, “When We Love” and "Love's Not," which mentions the countless amount of pain you will endure after someone has hurt you a great deal.
Following her debut album, Perfectly Imperfect, led by the Grammy nominated single "Refill," Elle Varner has been dropping cuts to reclaim a spot on the R&B chart. Well, it's time for her to release a new album. While promoting the single, "Rover," featuring Wale, Varner said the upcoming LP will be sexier.
Philadelphia singer-songwriter Jaguar Wright has worked with Jay-Z, The Roots, and Blackalicious. She’s been on hiatus for a minute now, but music lovers should still add this talented artist to their list. Jaguar's fans are cheering on and would love for her to release her third album, because her voice is one of a kind. She shouldn't be an underrated artists, but sometimes you have to dig deep to find the hidden treasure in music and that's Jaguar Wright.
Besides being a consistent performer, these days Erykah Badu can be seen crashing news interviews or setting artist straight. A little birdie told us that Badu is working on a new project for 2015, which will follow-up to 2010’s New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh), boosted by the controversial but oh so sexy single “Window Seat.” We can’t wait for her to drop that honey!
Jordin Sparks rose to fame after winning the sixth season of the music competition show, American Idol, which made her the youngest artist to win the series. We also loved her collaboration with R&B superstar, Chris Brown on the Grammy nominated song, "No Air." She also had the esteemed opportunity to work with the late Whitney Houston in the remake of the movie, Sparkle, back in 2012. According to Vh1, Jordin is one of the greatest women in music, so we are expecting great things from Ms. Sparks, including a new album. Sparks said she is releasing her third studio album, Right Here, Right Now, in early 2015.
Alicia Keys is an accomplished pianist, singer, songwriter, producer, author, and actress. Keys is also a mother of two and married to rapper, Swizz Beatz. She is known for her songs of love, empowerment, dignity, and unity. The Grammy award winning singer released the inspirational single, "We Are Here" recently, and is working with Pharrell on her upcoming sixth studio album. However, there is a twist, Keys says her sound is more aggressive and belligerent. It may be peculiar, but it will be worth listening to once the album is released.
In late January (2015), Ciara unwrapped her brand new single, “I Bet,” from her forthcoming album, Jackie. The 29-year-old singer-dancer’s recent albums performed below expectations, but with the realism and emotional content of “I Bet,” she may have a nice comeback project on her hands.
Music lovers are ready to see how much singer Mario has evolved as an artist as he continues to work on his new album. He recently gave us a sneak peek with the new buzz single, "Fireball." "I've always been a much broader artist than I've ever been portrayed. But, I honestly had little to no control over what the world heard or saw from me before now,” he says. “I set out to change that not just for myself, but for other artists as well.” Releasing an album after a six year hiatus can be good or bad, so we will see if Mario will deliver or not.
Grammy nominated artist Keri Hilson began her musical journey as a songwriter, but released solo chart hits like "Knock You Down," feat. Kanye West and Ne-Yo, "Turnin' Me On," feat. Lil Wayne & T-Pain and “Pretty Girl Rock.” But, we haven't heard a new note from Hilson within the past five years. However, Hilson says she is working on a new album that will shock the world because she is elevating her sound. Monica previous wrote, "the music sounds AMAZZZZING."
Jill Scott's debut album, Who is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol 1, became an instant smash and fans wanted to know more about the Philly singer. Jill's career skyrocketed as an actress and model as well. Scott is planning to release her first album in four years and she says this album will be more "nourishing," thanks to her son, Jett. Either way, Jill Scott's soprano voice nurtures the soul so this album will be a beautiful project.
Usher, the Golden Boy of R&B, is a top-notch entertainer and singer, who has touched the hearts of many people. For the past 20 years, he released a surplus amount of hits, including his latest hits, "Good Kisser," "She Came to Give It To You," ft. Nicki Minaj, and "I Don't Mind," ft. Juicy J. But, fans are ready for him to release his eighth studio album. RCA’s president of Urban Music, Mark Pitts, gave some insight on the pending release, insisting, "We're 85 percent there."
Yes, we are still claiming RiRi!
Back in January, Rihanna performed the new song, "FourFiveSeconds," from her upcoming 8th studio album at the 57th Annual Grammy awards. The epic record, which features Kanye West and pop legend, Paul McCartney, is a mixture of pop, soul, folk, and country music, and critics respected Rihanna's new artistic vision. Thus far, the Barbadian beauty has already logged studio time with producers like Rodney Jerkins, David Guetta, Ne-Yo, Nicky Romero, and more. She is also working with British songwriter Kiesza, which is a plus. From the sound of the first offering, and with Kanye West as executive producer, looks like this trendsetter will be pushing the creative button.
These days, Brandy stars in the BET comedy-drama series The Game as Chardonnay, a bartender. She also returned to the big screen with a feature in Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor. So as you can seem Ms. Norwood is keeping herself busy, but we can't forget about her sweet and angelic voice. Brandy released her sixth album, Two Eleven, in 2012, led by the singles, "Put it Down” ft. Chris Brown, and "Wildest Dreams." The album received favorable reviews. Brandy will release her new album in 2015 and she hired a new group of songwriters and producers to bring in some fresh energy. And for more exposure, she signed a new management deal with Jeff Robinson, the CEO of MBK.
Monica, who says she’s a wife and mother first, has been focused on family since releasing her last album, 2012’s New Life. 2015 marks her return to music — she’s been spotted in the studio working on her 8th LP with frequent collaborator Polow Da Don as well as rising lesbian singer/songwriter Jo’zzy. She also confirmed the title of her forthcoming LP on Instagram, writing, “#AlbumComingSoon #CodeRed.” Other collaborations may include Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Jazmine Sullivan, Stargate, Mike Will Make It, and Miguel.
Maxwell has been melting hearts since the release of his 1996 single, "Sumthin' Sumthin'." Throughout his long-standing career, Maxwell released a plethora of timeless hits, blessing fans with his raw and sultry sound. In 2009, following an 8 year hiatus, Maxwell returned to mainstream music with BLACKsummers'night. He released the serene single, "Pretty Wings," and receive two Grammys for the album. It was a long time coming for the singer to receive the award, but it was well-deserved. Five years later, fans are still waiting for the follow-up to Max’s hit project. Although incognito, he did appear on Alicia Keys' "Fire We Make," but we love to hear new music from the R&B crooner. For the past three years, he has been working on his new album in Miami. More than likely, Maxwell's prospective album will redefine contemporary R&B since he is the forefather of neo-soul.