While many of the acts on the 2017 Life Is Beautiful Music & Art Festival lineup have released new albums, there are some who haven’t had much output as of late. We did some digging to see what’s in the works.
Russ There’s Really a Wolf (May 5, Columbia Records) After years of independent hustle, the 24-year-old rapper/singer/producer blew up last year with inescapable banger “What They Want.” Now he readies his debut, promising 20 self-produced (and self-mixed and engineered) tracks with no guest appearances.
Melodrama (June 16, Republic Records) The New Zealand songstress is no one-hit wonder. Her long-awaited sophomore release comes this summer and features the painful yet joyous “Green Light,” which she debuted last month.
Vince Staples Big Fish Theory (“very soon,” Def Jam Recordings) The “norfside” Long Beach spitter garnered critical acclaim for his gritty 2015 debut, Summertime ’06 (and upset at least one Christian mother on YouTube). With his first headlining tour in the books, his full-length follow-up is due any day now, according to reports.
Pusha T King Push (TBD) The Kanye cohort and G.O.O.D. Music president dropped three singles last year, including the menacing, Jay Z-assisted “Drug Dealers Anonymous”—and then went ghost. Fingers crossed that we get the rest of it by September
Haim (TBA) It feels like forever since “Forever.” The SoCal sisters’ follow-up to 2013’s Days Are Gone has been rumored for years, but ambiguous billboards have started popping up and recent clips on the band’s YouTube page are teasing something with an April 27 date. More of their sweet pop-rock, we hope.
Kiesza (TBA) The Canadian singer had a massive hit in 2014 with “Hideaway,” but the redhead has remained fairly mum since her debut. In January, she returned with a new single, “Dearly Beloved,” in honor of her late best friend, showcasing the bright, powerful vocals we’ve missed so much.
Zhu (TBA) One of 2016’s great electronic dance music successes, the young producer broke out with the pop-leaning Generationwhy. Recently, the ever-mysterious artist dropped some cryptic teasers on social media, along with his new dark house single “Nightcrawler” and the announcement of his Blacklizt warehouse party. Rabid fans are speculating—and we’re hoping—that there’s more to come.