Summer usually isn't a huge month for R&B and Soul music. Typically, it's in the fall and winter that things start to heat up for this genre of music. But every few years, a blockbuster album will drop during the summer and really set things off. And there's not just one of those albums, there's two. The first is Jill Scott's The Light of the Sun, which fittingly drops on the first day of the summer. Then there's Beyonce's fourth studio album, which comes out the last week of June. Also due: the latest from Mary J. Blige (it's expected the last week of the summer, but could be pushed back to the fall), and a few more.
1. My Life II: the Journey Continues, Mary J. Blige
Mary J's upcoming 10th studio album is the sequel to her triple platinum 1994 release, My Life. The first single's a remixed version of the Diddy-Dirty Money song "Someone to Love Me," which features Lil Wayne. Among the songwriters and producers she's reportedly working with are Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo and Babyface. The full album's due out during the last week of summer.
Due Date: Sept. 20.
2. 4, Beyonce
3. The Light of the Sun, Jill Scott
4. Just Me, Brian McKnight
B. McKnight's 14th album is a two-disc set. The first consists of 10 all-new songs recorded specifically for this project; the second is a recording of a live, solo acoustic performance that was given in Los angeles in February 2011.
Due Date: July 12.
5. LP1, Joss Stone
The latest by British songbird Joss Stone will be her first release on her own label, Stone'd Records. She co-wote and co-produced it with Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics.
Due Date: July 26.
6. Here I Am, Kelly Rowland
7. King of Hearts, Lloyd
After a handful of delays and pushbacks, Lloyd's latest studio album -- which is his first since 2008's Lessons in Love -- is finally coming out this summer. Probably.
Dute Date: July 5.
8. The Remedy, Jagged Edge
9. Love Has No Recession, Kindred the Family Soul
This underrated husband and wife duo will release a concept album about love and world issues in late July via the Shanachie label. The first single is "You Got Love," featuring Snoop Dogg.
Due Date: July 26.