From The Beatles and Bruce Springsteen to Rihanna and Future, Ari joins a rarefied checklist of stars who’ve launched multiple album in a yr.
Releasing a number of albums in below a yr is an bold activity for any artist to undertake. Whether motivated by heady ideas, rabid demand or a state of perpetual creation, many artists and bands have pulled off the spectacular feat over time, with various levels of success.
To commemorate the discharge of Thank U, Next, Ariana Grande’s triumphant follow-up to 2018’s Sweetener, we’ve rounded up 10 artists and bands throughout a number of genres who’ve launched two (or extra!) full-length albums within the house of lower than 12 months.
Future – Future and Hndrxx Release dates: Feb 17, 2017; Feb. 24, 2017
Future turned the primary artist to ever rating back-to-back No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 in consecutive weeks when he launched Future and Hndrxx simply seven days aside in Feb. 2017. The self-titled Future was full of the rapper’s trademark radio-friendly lure bangers, whereas Hndrxx, named for Future’s alter ego, was a extra introspective affair due to confessional tracks like “Turn On Me” and the Rihanna-assisted “Selfish.”
Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience — The Complete Experience Release dates: March 19, 2013; Sept. 30, 2013
When Justin Timberlake introduced The 20/20 Experience in March 2013 after seven lengthy years away from the studio, he was holding one other card up his sleeve. Just two days earlier than the album was launched, JT’s pal Questlove tweeted out that there could be much more new music coming later that yr within the type of The 20/20 Experience — 2 of two. Together, the albums contained a cohesive assortment of 20 songs that completely captured the previous boy bander’s funky, suit-and-tie imaginative and prescient.
The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour Release dates: May 26, 1967; Nov. 27, 1967
As Beatlemania swept via the 1960s, The Beatles mastered the artwork of putting whereas the iron was sizzling, beginning with Meet the Beatles, The Beatles’ Second Album, A Hard Day’s Night and Beatles ‘65 — their string of 4 No. 1 albums all launched in 1964. Even extra spectacular, nevertheless, was the discharge of their seminal traditional Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on the peak of their fame adopted by Magical Mystery Tour (the soundtrack to the Fab Four’s theatrical movie of the identical title) simply 5 months later.
David Bowie – Low and “Heroes” Release dates: Jan. 14, 1977; Oct. 14, 1977
Released as a part of his iconic Berlin Trilogy, Low and “Heroes” had been each recorded following David Bowie’s transfer to West Berlin in late 1976. In an effort to distance himself from the LA drug tradition that had consumed him throughout his Thin White Duke period, Bowie established a house base at Berlin’s Hansa Studios simply steps from the Berlin Wall to battle via his demons and private points. The ensuing physique of labor that got here from the Berlin period — which additionally consists of 1979’s Lodger — stays a permanent, experimental milestone within the rock icon’s decades-long legacy.
S Club 7 – S Club and 7 Release dates: Oct. four, 1999; June 12, 2000
Ain't no celebration like an S Club celebration! Formed by Simon Fuller, the legendary music supervisor additionally behind the Spice Girls, S Club 7 dominated the U.Ok. charts within the late ‘90s and early ‘00s thanks to 3 prime three albums, 4 profitable BBC kids’s collection (which aired on Fox Family within the U.S.) and a relentless advertising blitz on each side of the Atlantic that aimed the septet’s sunny model of bubblegum pop at a rabid pre-teen viewers. The British pop group’s first two albums — fittingly titled S Club and 7 — had been launched in rapid-fire succession inside a mere eight months of one another and spawned the primary seven of the group’s 11 consecutive prime 5 hits within the U.Ok. together with licensed bops like “Bring It All Back,” “Reach” and “Never Had a Dream Come True,” the latter of which peaked at No. 10 within the U.S.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – 5 albums in 2017 Release dates: Feb. 24, 2017; June 23, 2017; Aug. 18, 2017; Nov. 17, 2017; Dec. 31, 2017
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard proposed a loopy thought at first of 2017: They had been going to launch 5 albums of brand-new music within the house of a yr beginning with the Turkish baglama inspiration of Flying Microtonal Banana. Following via on their promise, the Australian psych rockers delivered a totally various array of albums all year long — from the high-concept, multi-chaptered Murder of the Universe in February to Sketches of Brunswick East, a collaboration with psychedelic jazz undertaking Mild High Club in August. Clocking in on the final potential second, the band launched their fifth and closing album of 2017, Gumboot Soup, on Dec. 31 after asserting it simply the day earlier than.
Nelly – Sweat and Suit Release date: September 14, 2004
At the flip of the brand new millennium, Nelly virtually outlined the rise of early 2000s hip-hop with traditional hits like “Ride Wit Me,” “Hot in Herre” and “Air Force Ones.” Coming off the success of the six-times platinum-selling Nellyville (to not point out his Diamond-certified debut album Country Grammar), the rapper expanded his imaginative and prescient with the discharge of dueling idea albums Sweat and Suit in 2004. Released concurrently as contrasting sides of the identical coin, Sweat featured the uptempo, club-ready bangers Nelly was well-known for, whereas Suit stirred up a extra melodic, sexual vibe. The technique labored, with Suit and Sweat debuting at Nos. 1 and a couple of, respectively, on the Billboard 200.
Rihanna – Music of the Sun and A Girl Like Me Release dates: August 12, 2005; April 11, 2006
Rihanna burst onto the scene again in 2005 to the dancehall groove of “Pon De Replay” and by no means regarded again. Positioned by Def Jam because the Caribbean princess of pop, the then-17-year-old churned out a stable string of prime 10 hits over the course of the subsequent yr. Across two albums in eight brief months, singles like “If It’s Lovin’ That You Want,” “SOS” and "Unfaithful” helped the budding star acquire momentum and outlined early RiRi earlier than the long run Fenti Beauty mogul made the leap to true pop superstardom with “Umbrella” in 2007.
Bruce Springsteen – Human Touch and Lucky Town Release date: March 31, 1992
In the wake of breaking apart the E Street Band, Bruce Springstreen famously dropped two utterly totally different albums, Human Touch and Lucky Town, on the identical day in March 1992. Critics most popular the latter’s stripped-down, rootsy sound to the previous’s mainstream pop, although curiously, Human Touch peaked at No. 2 over the better-reviewed Lucky Town, which landed only one spot behind at No. three. The album that saved each from hitting No. 1? Garth Brooks’ monster Ropin’ the Wind, which was the primary nation album to ever debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was the best-performing album of the yr.
Prince – Purple Rain and Around the World in a Day Release dates: June 25, 1984; April 22, 1985
A real grasp of his craft, Prince was consistently and repeatedly creating new music all through his life. In truth, the sheer quantity of music led to the artist’s frustration along with his document label, Warner Bros. Records, who solely needed to launch one album per yr. (This launch technique additionally contributed to the quantity of unheard, unique work left within the late artist's vault.) His Royal Badness’ penchant for fixed creation was maybe most notable within the mid-’80s, when Purple Rain — his first studio album to function backing band The Revolution — topped the charts in June 1984 adopted by fellow No. 1 Around the World In a Day (additionally with The Revolution) simply 10 months later.