Surprise Albums are Taking the World By Storm This Summer

2021 Grammy's Best New Artist of the Year Megan Thee Stallion.
Megan Thee Stallion on the red carpet at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. Photo by Jay L Clendenin/Los Angeles Times/Shutterstock (11799890w)

Summer is the most carefree season of all, and some of our favorite artists were carried away by its spontaneous nature. Several surprise albums hit the shelves this summer, and here are three that we’ve been listening to on repeat.

Megan Thee Stallion – Traumazine

Megan Thee Stallion knocks us off our feet every time she shares new music with the world and she took things to a whole new level with Traumazine. Her most personal album to date allowed her to take control of her own narrative, look back at some of her darkest moments, and turn them into something extraordinary.

Drake – Honestly, Nevermind

Drake welcomed summer with a surprise release of his latest studio effort Honestly, Nevermind. Unlike most artists, he never had to spend months teasing his new music, and his latest record easily topped the charts and broke several streaming records for a dance album since that happens to be the genre that he explored this time around.

Bad Bunny – Un Verano Sin Ti

Un Verano Sin Ti was technically released back in spring, but that didn’t stop it from becoming one of the defining albums of summer 2022. It spent seven weeks at No. 1 and extended its reign throughout the summer, giving us such bangers as “Moscow Mule” and “Tití Me Preguntó”.