It’s been a big month for music fans, with many prominent artists releasing new albums to critical acclaim and commercial success.

Here we run down the best new music from across the world in a whole host of different genres, from alternative to pop, rock and more.

The Strokes

Although their 2006 debut album New York, I Love It! was critically acclaimed and scored the band one of their biggest UK hits to date, the band’s subsequent albums Haven’t Got Time Yet and The New York Times noted for its darker tones and jolted guitar sounds, were overshadowed by their breakout year. But these albums too have stood the test of time, and the band are still going strong in 2017, releasing their 10th album Is Anything Next?

The Strokes continue to innovate, and Is Anything Next? demonstrates their continued growth as songwriters and musicians. The album’s 10 tracks are characterised by their jolting guitars and dark, anthemic choruses, with the band showing off their more mellow and psychedelic sides on standout tracks like ‘Sober’ and ‘Happy Birthday.’


BTS are the most popular K-pop band in the world right now, with nine Grammys, 29 Billboard Chart No. 1s and 29 Guinness World Record-holder awards to their name. The septet achieved all this despite not having released a full-length album in over a year, with their last release being the chart-topping soundtrack to the 2016 movie The Boy Whisperer. But the band are clearly not resting on their laurels, as they recently announced their official debut album would be released in August 2017.

The reaction to the album has been incredibly positive, with the band scoring seven out of five stars on review aggregate site Metacritic and being hailed a “glorious return” by NME in the UK. The Boy Whisperer soundtrack sits at number eight on the Billboard Top World Albums list, and is one of the best-selling albums of all time, with over 32 million copies sold worldwide. It’s not hard to see why.

With a sound that fuses R&B, rock and pop, The Boy Whisperer Official Soundtrack is a glorious mixture of styles, boasting a guest appearance from Halsey, as well as appearances from Blink-182’s Tom Hardy and Justin Bieber.

In keeping with their album theme, the band have recently unveiled the artwork and tracklist for their upcoming album, Love Yourself: Her (2018). Boasting a guest appearance from Ariana Grande, the album will be released on August 31st.

The Lonely Island

It is well-deserved praise when a comedian group’s first album is recognised as one of the greatest debut albums of all time – as is the case with The Lonely Island’s 1000 Thumbs album. The album landed the group not one, but two Grammys in the ‘Best Comedy Album’ category, with the group going on to win a total of five Grammy Awards. Not bad for a band that didn’t exist when the album was released in 2014!

The group’s musical influences are clear to hear on the album, with Jay Z, Childish Gambino and Kendrick Lamar all being named as influences on the group’s own website. But it’s not just about the references: the album is full of solid hip-hop tracks, boasting guest appearances from some of today’s biggest names in hip-hop, including Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott and Drake. The production quality is also amazing, with the album being produced mostly by DJ Mustard, with contributions from a range of top-notch producers including Mike Will Made It, Vinylz and DJ Khalil.


Sober is the solo recording project of New York City-based songwriter/artist Jonathan Evans, who has been described as “the musical equivalent of a whiskey priest” by The Guardian. Evans started the project as a way to deal with his father’s death, with the album seeing him explore themes of death and alcoholism through his music, as well as the struggles of everyday life.

Evans invited some of his closest friends to collaborate with him on the album, with the result being an incredibly strong collection of songs full of haunting, emotive deliveries and razor-sharp lyrics. It’s clear that Evans has something to say, and as the title track demonstrates, he doesn’t hold back in expressing his feelings: “I want you to know / That I’m not alright / I’m not being coy / I just need someone to blame,” he sings on the song. But while the personal nature of the lyrics are refreshing, it’s the album’s overall message that truly makes it special – there are no easy answers, Evans’ father’s death cannot be blamed on alcohol, and neither can life’s daily struggles, as Evans highlights on the closing track ‘A Moment Of Clarity.’


Like many other artists on this list, Eminem is back with a vengeance, having spent the last couple of years focusing on other projects – namely, his active lifestyle and his stint in rehab. But it seems that 2017 will be the start of a new phase in Eminem’s career, with not only did he release one of the most talked-about albums of the year in Revival, but also scored a best-selling album with his last project, Kamikaze.

The Slim Shady rapper has been criticised in the past for not bringing anything new to the table, and while that may be true in terms of lyrics, it certainly doesn’t apply when it comes to recording – both albums feature guest appearances from some of today’s biggest names in hip-hop and R&B, as well as some pretty surprising cameos from Eminem’s friends and family.


Drake continues to score mainstream success with each new album, with Take Care recently becoming his fifth album to debut at number one on the Billboard Top Albums list, while his latest project, Scorpion, scored him a record-breaking five trophies at this year’s Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Best Male Solo Performance. The album also spawned a world-class music video for the single ‘Nice for What,’ which has now been viewed over 150 million times on YouTube.

Like many other artists on this list, Drake’s sound has developed over the years, with older albums such as Thankful featuring guest appearances from Lil Wayne, while his recent albums have boasted a more stripped-back, piano-pop sound. But regardless of the style, Drake always delivers an incredible performance, as can be heard on the new album Scorpion, where he shows off his new range of dynamic vocals.

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar is one of the biggest names in modern hip-hop, with his music regularly placed on trend-setting TV shows and in the charts, while his albums consistently feature on best-seller lists. To put this into context, when 2015’s Alright was released, it became the best-selling album of that year without a single purchase from iTunes – this was back in the ‘App Store’ days, when album sales were tallied manually. Lamar has also been credited with helping to redefine the hip-hop album in the process, with his album albums typically surpassing the 20-million mark in sales.

Lamar has been making waves in the mainstream since his breakthrough album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, which was released in 2013. The album was an immediate success, prompting Lamar to follow it up with another critically acclaimed album, To Pimp A Butterfly, in 2017.

But it’s not only about critical acclaim for the rapper, with his music scoring him a dedicated global fan base. Look no further than the album title of Lamar’s latest record, to see the pride he takes in his music.

Jack White

It’s been a big month for music fans, with many prominent artists releasing new albums to critical acclaim and commercial success.

Here we run down the best new music from across the world in a whole host of different genres, from alternative to pop, rock and more.