While Lady Gaga is dominating the charts with “Born This Way,” there are a bunch of albums that have dropped this year as well as others that will release in the coming months that could make you forget humming the Madonna-esque, Gaga track.
“4” by Beyonce
No matter what Beyonce releases, people will always listen. And that’s no different for her upcoming record, “4,” which releases on June 28. With her current single, “Run The World (Girls),” on heavy rotation and a couple of sexified yet powerful live performances, it’s obvious that she’ll be ruling the charts — or maybe the world — soon enough this summer. Perfect for the cross-country road trip with girlfriends or getting your groove on in the club.
“All of You” by Colbie Caillat
Colbie Caillat first broke onto the music scene with her smash hit, “Bubbly,” in July 2007. After releasing a well-received sophomore record called, “Breakthrough” in 2009, the sun-kissed California girl with buttery vocals and calm demeanor is back with her third album, “All of You,” out on July 12. “I Do,” the first single off the album speaks so closely to marriage and love that Caillat got perform it live in Times Square during the TLC’s Royal Wedding event on April 29. Perfect for summer love and lazy days on the beach.
“21” by Adele
London songbird Adele’s record might have dropped earlier this year. However “21” is just so amazing that it had to be part of this list. Drawing inspiration from a past breakup and honestly recounts her feelings and actions during that time, this album is one that will resonate with many people who are currently heartbroken or have known that feeling. From “Someone Like You” to “Turning Tables,” Adele not only sings about pain but also what you can do to move on from it. Perfect for the recently broken hearted.
“The Way It Was” by Parachute
If you’re a “One Tree Hill,” “90210” or “Vampire Diaries” fan, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Parachute. These five adorably cute guys from Charlottesville, Va., released their second record, “The Way It Was,” in May and quickly took the number one spot on the iTunes rock albums chart. Between their great harmonies and big band sounds on songs like “Something to Believe In (Jeremiah)” and “What I Know,” this is a band that can dominate this summer. Touring with Michelle Branch and the Goo Goo Dolls over the next couple of months, they are a band to watch out for and put on repeat. Perfect for pool parties and barbeques.
“TCV” by The Click Five
The last time some of us have heard of the Click Five, they were dressed in matching suits and singing power pop tunes like “Just the Girl.” But that was six years ago, and now the quintet are back with a new record called “TCV,” which is somewhat an ode to the band’s roots.. And if you’re a fan of their old material, you’re sure to love this new album out in July. Perfect for birthdays and slumber parties.
“All Things Bright and Beautiful” by Owl City
When Adam Young (also known as Owl City) released “Fireflies” in 2009, it instantly became a hit. And now he wants to blow everyone away with his latest album, “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” out on June 14. Using his strengths in synthesizers and dabbling in new sounds like hip hop beats, Young delivers a more grown up and conceptualized ethereal sound that you won’t want to turn off. Perfect for lounging at the pool and sunbathing.
“Gimme Some” by Peter, Bjorn and John
Looking for something with more edge this summer? Peter, Bjorn and John are guys to give it to you. Their new record, “Gimme Some,” which dropped earlier this year has a number of headbangers that will let you get loose and put you into party mode. Choice songs include “Breaker Breaker” and “Second Chance.” Perfect for getting ready for a night out on the town or a beach bash.
“Seasons of My Soul” by Rumer
If you’re of a homebody, then perhaps you should give Rumer a listen. This Pakistan-born, UK-raised soul singer carries elements of Dusty Springfield and Etta James. Her liquid vocals and cool presence will make any hard day at work easier. “Seasons of My Soul,” “Am I Forgiven” and “Aretha” are great tracks to listen to while sipping on some merlot and cuddling with a loved one, Perfect for first dates or a relaxing staycation.
“Codes and Keys” by Death Cab for Cutie
Death Cab for Cutie is just one of those indie bands that’s on many must-listen lists. And their new record, “Codes and Keys” is no different. While it is a bit lighter than the band’s past records, it seems frontman Ben Gibbard’s marriage to actress and She & Him singer Zoey Deschanel has made things a bit brighter. Perfect for anyone who needs some optimism in his or her life.
“When You Left the Fire” by The Wilderness of Manitoba
Since we’re midway through 2011, I think it’s safe to name one of my best music finds of the year — The Wilderness of Manitoba. The Toronto-based folk band takes the genre to another level. With their jam band sensibilities onstage and flawless harmonies, you can’t help but be entranced by their sound — even if it might not be your thing. “In the Family,” “St. Petersburg” and “Summer Fires” are standouts from their latest record, “When You Left the Fire.” Perfect for the impromptu bonfire or daytime hike.