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Allmusic 2019

Year In Review

Pop juggernauts like BTS, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Madonna, and P!nk all put out records that proved how they've claimed their headliner status, while up-and-coming acts Melanie Martinez, Shura, Sigrid, and King Princess offered glimpses at who may be next to ascend the ranks.

Ariana Grande

thank u, next

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A swiftly delivered Sweetener sequel that confirms Ariana Grande's place as 2019's pre-eminent pop star.

Betty Who

Betty

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On her third album, the singer/songwriter returns to being an independent artist and delivers some of her catchiest, most confident songs.

Billie Eilish

When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

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A promising debut from the genre-blurring anti-pop star of the disaffected Gen Z masses.

BTS

Map of the Soul: Persona

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The first installment of the Map of the Soul era finds the K-pop group at the peak of their performance and popularity.

Camila Cabello

Romance

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The former Fifth Harmony singer's ecstatic sophomore album finds her in the sway of new love with a candid pop sophistication.

Carly Rae Jepsen

Dedicated

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On her fourth album, the Canadian pop star adds sophistication and ambition to her always-relatable songs.

CĂ©line Dion

Courage

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Cathartic comeback that finds the vocalist moving forward in life following a pair of personal tragedies.

Dido

Still on My Mind

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Sparkling fifth album that updates the English singer's hybrid electro-folk/trip-hop sound with reinvigorated production.

King Princess

Cheap Queen

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A dusky, sensual debut that evokes Prince and straddles the line between atmospheric R&B and candid indie pop.

Lana Del Rey

Norman Fucking Rockwell!

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Sixth album from this icon of sad pop is her most subtle and majestic yet.

Lizzo

Cuz I Love You

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The boundary-breaking artist's major-label debut is a triumphant showcase for every part of her talent, physicality, and sexuality.

Madonna

Madame X

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A dense, arty album that embraces the world outside the United States.

Maggie Rogers

Heard It in a Past Life

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The singer/songwriter's debut album is filled with polished production and heartfelt performances.

MARINA

LOVE + FEAR

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Sparkling double album that finds the Welsh pop songstress ruminating on the titular emotions.

Mark Ronson

Late Night Feelings

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The Grammy-winning producer's fifth album offers one dejected pop-R&B delight after another.

Melanie Martinez

K-12

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Martinez's sophomore album of arty hip-hop- and R&B-influenced pop is once again conceptualized around her Cry Baby alter ego.

Mike Posner

A Real Good Kid

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Heartbreaking journey that finds the pop singer processing his father's death to devastating yet hopeful effect.

Of Monsters and Men

Fever Dream

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The Icelandic indie rock quintet's third set gives them a colorful synth pop makeover.

P!nk

Hurts 2B Human

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P!nk broadens her horizons on this lively, colorful album.

Post Malone

Hollywood's Bleeding

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Third effort from the multi-platinum hybrid hitmaker pushes him further into the mainstream.

Sara / Tegan / Tegan and Sara

Hey, I'm Just Like You

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The duo revisit songs they wrote as teens, giving them a modern update that nods to all the phases of their long career.

Shura

Forevher

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The singer/songwriter's triumphantly romantic second album celebrates love with joyous disco-pop and introspective ballads.

Sigrid

Sucker Punch

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Refreshing debut from the Norwegian pop singer/songwriter that appropriately captures the messiness of growing up.

Stealing Sheep

Big Wows

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The London trio complete their transformation into a bright and shiny modern pop group and do it with impressive skills and style.

Taylor Swift

Lover

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Taylor Swift embraces all sides of her musical personality on this generous, colorful album.

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King Princess