Mariah Carey's Me. I am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse (May 27)
Yes, it has an absurd title and has been plagued by repeat release delays, but the previewed music for Mariah Carey's new album has been good--some of her best since The Emancipation of Mimi. These great tracks include last summer's jam "#Beautiful" and the ballad, "The Art of Letting Go." If the rest of the album matches these songs in quality, it should be a treat.
Imogen Heap's Sparks (June 10)
Imogen Heap has been working on her fourth record since 2011, releasing tracks along the way, collaborating with fans, and experimenting with new music technologies. She is a maverick, and Sparks sounds like it will be just as gorgeous as anything she has recorded.
Jennifer Lopez's A.K.A. (June 17)
Though her last album, Love?, was lackluster at best, Jennifer Lopez is back on her game. Her first single from A.K.A., "I Luh Ya Papi," finds her returning to her roots, and the second single, "First Love," is the most vibrant track she has recorded since "Get Right."
Sia's 1000 Forms of Fear (July 8)
Sia has collaborated with many major pop stars (including Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Beyonce, Kesha, and Celine Dion) but has yet to garner solo success in the United States. However, her profile keeps rising in the music business, and that bodes well for her forthcoming sixth studio album. It also helps that the lead single, "Chandelier," has a quirky, likable energy and may be one of the best pop tracks this year.