Let's hear it for female artists

Lily, Mariah, Lana and more..

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It's like all our Christmases have come at once - ELLE couldn’t be happier at the recent realization that a host of our favourite female singers are releasing coinciding albums. Here’s our round-up of the ones to watch out for:

Lykke Li – I Never Learn

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Since she appeared on the music scene, the acclaim that has followed the Swedish born singer has at no point diminished, and her third studio album, I Never Learn, makes one thing immediately clear: Lykke Li is certainly not going anywhere. Filled with minimalistic compositions and introverted sounds, the album is a perfect showcase of the brilliant, yet understated vocal talent of the artist.

I Never Learn is out May 2.

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Lily Allen – Sheezus

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Lily Allen has come a long way since she first made us Smile (sorry!). And if it wasn’t already clear from the album’s brave Kanye-inspired title, and her recent controversial G.A.Y impersonation antics – the singer hasn’t lost her fiery spark. Sheezus presents as an album choc with catchy pop tunes, filled with empowering lyrics that touch upon topics such as internet trolling and feminism. We salute you Lily.

Sheezus is out May 5.

Blondie – Ghosts of Download

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Fronted by Debbie Harry, one of rock’n’roll’s most preeminent fashion icons, Blondie are back with their first album in three years. With an eclectic tracklist that boasts a Frankie Goes To Hollywood cover and a track featuring The Gossip’s Beth Ditto – the album carries that quintessential effortlessly-cool Blondie feel with classic and modern infuences.

Ghosts of Download is out May 13.

Dolly Parton – Blue Smoke

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With a career spanning nearly 50 years, the big-haired, outspoken country legend makes a return with her 42nd (yes you heard us right!) studio album, Blue Smoke. From electrifying duets to tender ballads - the album is even more impressive at the realisation that Parton is 68. Feeling unaccomplished yet? What’s more, the first lady of country will be headlining Glastonbury this year – may we hang our heads in shame.

Blue Smoke is out May 13.

Mariah Carey - Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse

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Although the title may present as somewhat of a mouthful, this hasn’t stopped us excitedly anticipating the arrival of the diva’s fourteenth album. Despite now having two twins in tow, the songstress certainly hasn’t let this slow her down, with her album featuring a host of current and veteran r’n’b artists – all infused with Mariah’s trademark breathy raspiness.

Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse is out May 27.

Lana del Rey – Ultraviolence

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The crooning songstress is back with her highly-anticipated second studio album, Ultraviolence, and with the undeniable success that poured forth with her debut – this one looks to be an even bigger hit. The singer has already leaked teasers from the album such as her single, ‘West Coast’: all moody guitar notes and Lana’s trademark saccharine vocals (which hints at a potentially darker album tone). To say we can't wait is an understatement.

Ultraviolence is out June 2.

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