Summer Album Guide: Florence + The Machine, Neil Young, Hilary Duff Highlight June Releases

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Nate Ruess, Tori Kelly and Major Lazer are among the other artists releasing new records this month.

Along with the slew of new films hitting theaters this summer and new TV shows coming out, an extensive collection of new records will also be released within the upcoming months.

Music fans can look forward to expanding their summer playlists with these albums hitting stores this June. Check back later this month for a look at July and August album releases.


Florence + The Machine — How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
The band's third studio album, a long-awaited follow-up to 2011's Ceremonials, was released June 2 in the U.K. Four singles from the album were prereleased in the months leading up to its release: "What Kind of Man," "St Jude," "Ship to Wreck," and "Delilah." Lead singer Florence Welch penned all of the tracks on the record, while Markus Dravs and Paul Epworth helped produce.

Major Lazer — Peace Is the Mission
The electronic music group, led by producer Diplo, dropped their third studio album (previous records Guns Don't Kill People … Lazers Do and Free the Universe were released in 2009 and 2013, respectively) on June 2. The album features a wide range of artists including Ellie Goulding, DJ Snake and 2 Chainz. Pharrell Williams, M.I.A. and Rita Ora have collaborated with Major Lazer in the past.

Other releases:

Algiers — Algiers
Armored Saint — Win Hands Down
Barenaked Ladies — Silverball
KaiL Baxley — A Light That Never Dies
Billy Currington — Summer Forever
The Darkness — Last of Our Kind
Dawes — All Your Favorite Bands
Zella Day — Kicker
Eternal Summers — Gold and Stone
Friend Roulette — I See You. Your Eyes Are Red.
Melody Gardot — Currency of Man
Girlpool — Before the World Was Big
Gloriana — Three
The Great Dischord — Duende
Helloween — My God-Given Right
HOLYCHILD — The Shape of Brat Pop to Come
Husky — Ruckers Hill
Indigo Girls — One Lost Day
Jamie xx — In Colour
Jedi Mind Tricks — The Thief and the Fallen
Kid Wave — Wonderlust
Ben Lee — Love Is the Great Rebellion
Lil Durk — Remember My Name
Marco Minnemann — Celebration
Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard — Django and Jimmie
Northern American — Modern Phenomena
Nozinja — Nozinja Lodge
Paradise Lost — The Plague Within
Queen Latifah and Various Artists — Bessie (Music from the HBO Film)
Chris Robinson Brotherhood — Betty's Blend Volume Two: The Best From the West
Roman à Clef — Abandonware
Marvin Sapp — You Shall Live
Simply Red — Big Love
SOAK — Before We Forgot How To Dream
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin — High Country
Tenement — Predatory Headlights
The Tenors — Under One Sky
Various artists — An American in Paris: A New Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Various artists — Entourage: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Various artists — NOW Summer Hits 2015
Wild Yaks — Rejoice! God Loves Wild Yaks


Of Monsters and Men — Beneath the Skin
The indie band rose to prominence following the release of the lead single off of their debut album (My Head Is an Animal) titled "Little Talks" in 2011. The second studio album from the band, Beneath the Skin is slated to be released internationally on June 9. "Crystals," the record's first single, was released earlier in March.

FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) — FFS
Rock bands Franz Ferdinand and Sparks have joined forces to create a new supergroup, FFS. Their debut album will be released June 9, though two singles — "Johnny Delusional" and "Call Girl" — have already dropped. The album comes two years after Franz Ferdinand dropped their last record, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, in 2013 and six years after Sparks released their 22nd album in 2009.

Other releases:

Ryan Adams — Ten Songs From Ryan Adams: Live at Carnegie Hall
Ash — Kablammo!
Beauvoir/Free — American Trash
Birdstriking — Birdstriking
The Deslondes — The Deslondes
Dave Edmunds — On Guitar … Dave Edmunds: Rags & Classics
Kurt Elling — Passion World
Melissa Etheridge — A Little Bit of Me: Live in L.A.
J Fernandez — Many Levels of Laughter
The Fall — Sub-Lingual Tablet
HoneyHoney — 3
Jenny Hval — Apocalypse, Girl
Institute — Catharsis
Sammy Kershaw — I Won't Back Down
Sonny Landreth — Bound By the Blues
Leaders in the Clubhouse — Won
Leftfield — Alternative Light Source
Montgomery Gentry — Folks Like Us
Muse — Drones
My Sleeping Karma — Moksha
Sam Outlaw — Angeleno
PINS — Wild Nights
The Sandwitches — Our Toast
Tamia — Love Life
A Thousand Horses — Southernality
Pete Townshend, et al — Classic Quadrophenia
Trixter — Human Era
Sharon Van Etten — I Don't Want to Let You Down EP
Various artists — NOW That's What I Call Country Volume 8
Michael Vidal — Dream Center
Dale Watson — Call Me Insane
Young Guns — Ones and Zeros


Hilary Duff — Breathe In. Breathe Out.
Duff's fifth studio album is scheduled to drop June 12, eight years following the release of her last album, Dignity, in 2007. The record's most recent single, "Sparks," was released in April, and its accompanying music video garnered attention for its promotional use of popular dating app Tinder.

Nate Ruess (of fun.) — Grand Romantic
Nate Ruess, frontman of the band fun., will be dropping his debut solo album on June 16. The album features previously released single "Nothing Without Love" and a track featuring Beck titled "What This World Is Coming To."

MIKA — No Place in Heaven
Perhaps best known for his hit "Grace Kelly" off of his first full-length studio album Life in Cartoon Motion, MIKA is expected to drop his new record No Place in Heaven on June 15. "Talk About You," a single off of the upcoming album, was released late April.

Other releases:

Active Child — Mercy
David Benoit (feat. Jane Monheit) — 2 in Love
Donald Cumming — Out Calls Only
Robert Glasper — Covered (The Robert Glasper Trio recorded live at Capitol Studios)
Adam Lambert — The Original High
Amos Lee — Amos Lee Live At Red Rocks With The Colorado Symphony
Sam Lee — The Fade in Time
Left Lane Cruiser — Dirty Spliff Blues
Lenka — The Bright Side
The Lonesome Trio (Ed Helms, Ian Riggs and Jacob Tilove) — The Lonesome Trio
Calvin Love — Super Future
Heartless Bastards — Restless Ones
Lucifer — Lucifer I
Demetria McKinney (of Real Housewives of Atlanta) — Officially Yours
Hudson Mohawke — Lantern
Giorgio Moroder — Deja-Vu
Don Omar — The Last Don II
Outfit — Slowness
Ike Reilly — Born On Fire
The Silver Lake Chorus — The Silver Lake Chorus
Slash (feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators) — Live at the Roxy 9.25.14
The SteelDrivers — The Muscle Shoals Recordings
James Taylor — Before This World
Third Eye Blind — Dopamine
Various artists — Nevermore — The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe (Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording)
Rick Vito (formerly of Fleetwood Mac) — Mojo On My Side
Walk Off the Earth — Sing It All Away
Ryn Weaver — The Fool
Yukon Blonde — On Blonde


Tori Kelly — Unbreakable Smile
Though former YouTube artist Tori Kelly has released two EPs since 2012, Unbreakable Smile will serve as her debut studio album when it drops on June 23. The album will feature lead single "Nobody Love" and collaborative tracks with Ed Sheeran and LL Cool J.

Richard Thompson — Still
For his latest release, legendary singer-songwriter-guitarist Richard Thompson wanted something different. So he approached Wilco's Jeff Tweedy to produce. They recorded Still, Thompson's 16th studio effort, in Tweedy's Loft Studios in Chicago.

Other releases:

Elijah Blake — Shadows & Diamonds
Breaking Benjamin — Dark Before Dawn
Leon Bridges — Coming Home
Bully — Feels Like
Cayucas — Dancing at the Blue Lagoon
Citizen — Everybody Is Going To Heaven
Creepoid — Cemetery Highrise Slum
Jonathan Edwards — Tomorrow's Child
Eskimo Callboy — Crystals
Fist City — Everything Is a Mess
Fort Lean — Quiet Day
Lyfe Jennings — Tree of Lyfe
Rickie Lee Jones — The Other Side of Desire
Trey Songz — Trigga Reloaded
Freedy Johnston — Neon Repairman
Lindemann — Skills in Pills
T. Hardy Morris — Hardy and The Hardknocks: Drownin On a Mountaintop
Kacey Musgraves — Pageant Material
Najee — You Me & Forever
Nappy Roots — The 40 Akerz Project
The Orb — Moonbuilding 2703 AD
Jamison Ross — Jamison
Corey Smith — While the Gettin' Is Good
Son Lux — Bones
Various artists — Teen Beach 2
Virgin Steele — Nocturnes of Hellfire & Damnation
Wolf Alice — My Love Is Cool


Miguel — Wildheart
Three years following 2012's Kaleidoscope Dream, Grammy-winning artist Miguel will drop his third studio album, Wildheart, on June 30. The album will feature a reworked version of his single "Coffee," previously released from his EP

Neil Young + Promise of the Real — The Monsanto Years
Rock veteran Neil Young will team with Promise of the Real (bandmembers include Willie Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah) for a collaborative album set to include nine new tracks and drop June 29. The upcoming record stands as Young's 36th studio album.

Other releases:

Ancient Ocean — Blood Moon
August Burns Red — Found in Far Away Places
Being As An Ocean — Being As An Ocean
Bilal — In Another Life
Bitter End — Illusions of Dominance
Easton Corbin — About to Get Real
Failure — The Heart Is a Monster
Goblin Rebirth — Goblin Rebirth
Good Old War — Broken Into Better Shape
JOBS — killer BOB sings
Jungle Rot — Order Shall Prevail
Love Amongst Ruin — Lose Your Way
Main Attrakionz — 808s and Dark Grapes III
Man Overboard — Heavy Love
Matt Pond PA — The State of Gold
Refused — Freedom
Senses Fail — Pull the Thorns From Your Heart
Slightly Stoopid — Meanwhile … Back at the Lab
Twin Danger — Twin Danger
Various artists — Magic Mike XXL: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Velvet Teen — All Is Illusory
Gin Wigmore — Blood to Bone
Joy Williams — Venus


Alex Winston — Title TBA
B.o.B. — Title TBA
Beck — Title TBA
Carly Rae Jepsen — E·MO·TION
Chic — Title TBA
mewithoutYou — Title TBA
On an On — Title TBA
P.O.D. — Title TBA
The Mynabirds — Title TBA
Act of Defiance — Title TBA
Alice Glass — Title TBA
Bloc Party — Title TBA
Chance the Rapper — Surf
Chemical Brothers — Title TBA
Chris Cornell — Title TBA
Christina Aguilera — Title TBA
Chromatics — Dear Tommy
Coldplay — A Head Full of Dreams
Disclosure — Title TBA
DJ Premier — Last Session @ 320
Drake — Views From the 6
Frank Ocean — Title TBA
Gwen Stefani — Title TBA
Haim — Title TBA
Incubus — Title TBA
James Blake — Radio Silence
Kanye West — Swish
Kid Cudi — Speedin' Bullet to Heaven
Lana Del Rey — Honeymoon
Matthew Herbert — The Shakes
No Doubt — Title TBA
Radiohead — Alraune
Rihanna — Title TBA
Sia — This Is Acting
Sky Ferreira — Masochism
T.I. — Trap's Open
The Cure — 4:26 Dream / 4:14 Scream
TLC — Title TBA
Tyga — The Gold Album

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