Summer is a great time for new pop music, and the summer of 2011 is no exception. Upcoming albums to watch for range from the latest by superstar Beyonce to the eagerly awaited debut by alternative duo Cults. This is your guide to the key albums to watch for in the summer of 2011.
Adam Young, aka Owl City, came seemingly out of nowhere in 2009 to land the #1 hit single "Fireflies" and the top 10 album Ocean Eyes. This follow up album has been slightly delayed, but Adam Young explained the reason for that was there was, "An attempt to better connect the dots and ensure that every cloud in the sky is stitched together with its own special silver lining."
Although Barry Manilow has been prolific in recording cover versions of songs in recent years, this is his first collection of all new songs in 10 years. The album is inspired by the concept that everyone gets their "15 minutes of fame." It follows a story of someone who becomes famous, falls from the pinnacle and then begins again. Barry Manilow has sold somewhere in the range of 80 million albums over his long career.
Volume III of Tha Carter series of albums sold over a million copies in its first week of release back in 2008. It seems unlikely this new collection will match that, but it will still be a landmark album of summer 2011. Included is the surprising pop ballad "How To Love" and the top 10 hit "6 Foot 7 Foot."
Folk pop singer-songwriter Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver, is riding a rolling wave of critical acclaim and fan buzz. He was featured on Kanye West's single "Monster" last year, and his song "Skinny Love" became a top 20 pop hit earlier this year in the UK when recorded by 14 year old singer Birdy. This summer's release of his second and self-titled album will be one of the indie music events of the season.
Beyonce may be struggling with the seeming indifference of fans to her single "Run the World (Girls)" and a lackluster reception for the R&B slow burn of "1 + 1," but she remains one of the world's biggest pop stars. Her fourth studio album will gain plenty of attention whether it becomes a commercial success, by her standards, or not.