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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

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

Betty Who

Betty

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?

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

BTS

Map of the Soul: Persona

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

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

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

CĂ©line Dion

Courage

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

Dido

Still on My Mind

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

King Princess

Cheap Queen

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!

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

Lizzo

Cuz I Love You

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

Madonna

Madame X

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

Maggie Rogers

Heard It in a Past Life

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

Marina

LOVE + FEAR

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

Mark Ronson

Late Night Feelings

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

Melanie Martinez

K-12

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

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

Of Monsters and Men

Fever Dream

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

P!nk

Hurts 2B Human

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

Post Malone

Hollywood's Bleeding

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

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

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

Sigrid

Sucker Punch

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

Stealing Sheep

Big Wows

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

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

King Princess