The start of summer brings with it some of the most anticipated albums of the year, including Justin Bieber’s Believe, Usher’s Looking For Myself and Maroon 5’s Overexposed. Check out our roundup of June album releases below!

June 5

– Neil Young and Crazy Horse join forces for the first time in nine years with their latest album filled with American folk songs, Americana. Stream the full album at Rolling Stone.

– After 50 years of “Surfin’ Safari,” the Beach Boys reunite for an anniversary tour and a new album in That’s Why God Made the Radio, the band’s 30th studio album. Listen to “From There To Back Again,” the second single off the new album, here.

June 12

– Looking For Myself is Usher’s seventh studio album with “Climax” as its lead single. The singer debuted his newest tracks during a one-night off-Broadway stint as the Running Man in Fuerza Bruta.

– Metric, the Canadian indie rock band known for its contribution to The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack, returns with its fifth studio album, Synthetica. The band will tour Europe through June and July and returns to North America for Lollapalooza in August.

June 19

– Justin Bieber’s highly anticipated third studio album, Believe, makes its debut this summer with a little help from Drake, Nicki Minaj and Ludacris. The music video for the album’s first single, “Boyfriend,” broke YouTube records with more than eight million views in 24 hours. Watch it here.

– It might be one of the longest album titles of the summer, but Fiona Apple’s fourth album, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Dois short compared to the title of her second album dubbed When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks like a King What He Knows Throws the Blows When He Goes to the Fight and He’ll Win the Whole Thing Fore He Enters the Ring There’s No Body to Batter When Your Mind Is Your Might So When You Go Solo, You Hold Your Own Hand and Remember That Depth Is the Greatest of Heights and If You Know Where You Stand, Then You’ll Know Where to Land and If You Fall It Won’t Matter, Cuz You Know That You’re Right. Listen to the lead single, “Every Single Night,” below.

 

– The Smashing Pumpkins are back with Oceania – their ninth album and third since losing most of their original band members. They will perform in Chicago, Australia and New Zealand this summer.

June 26

– A decade since releasing their debut album Songs About Jane, Maroon 5 are fully embracing pop music with their fourth album, Overexposed, featuring the lead single “Payphone.”

– Linkin Park will follow up 2010’s A Thousand Suns with their fifth album, Living Things. The band performed the album’s first single, “Burn It Down,” during the Billboard Music Awards and released the music video last week. They will hit the road with Incubus in August.

 

What albums are you most looking forward to?

The film adaptation of Wicked is currently in production and Stephen Schwartz revealed at Comic Con that the film will feature plenty of new songs!

Warm up those vocal pipes and get your best “Defying Gravity” cape dry cleaned, the Wicked film is gearing up for production at long last! The Broadway hit, currently in its 13th year, has had audiences clamoring for a filmed production since Idina Menzel Kristin Chenoweth brought Elphba and Glinda to life. Now, that dream is becoming a reality, but probably not with the original cast.

At the CW3PR’s 8th Annual Behind-The-Music: Crime, Death and Resurrection Panel at Comic Con, Stephen Schwartz the man behind the music of Wicked appeared to announce that the film will feature songs both old and new. The “old” of course includes songs from the stage production such as “Defying Gravity,” “Popular,” and most likely, “One Fine Day.” But it also includes songs that were written and cut from the production before its Broadway opening.

Winnie Holzman will be writing the screenplay as she also wrote the book to the stage show based on Gregory Maguire’s novel. Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) is attached to direct.

You can watch Schwartz’s announcement from the panel below!

Now its time to start some casting speculations! It is my hope that the casting director sticks with strong Broadway talent to carry the roles. The musical has enough of a following to garner a strong viewership, but it also wouldn’t hurt to throw Menzel and Chenoweth in for a cameo or two!

Wicked is expected to hit theaters in December 2019.

U! S! A! U! S! A! A new Fantastic Beasts poster debuting at San Diego Comic-Con has American pride peppered into the design, giving us a hint at the film’s plot.

The film’s official social media channels unveiled Fantastic Beasts’ SDCC poster on Friday morning, just a day before the movie hosts a panel at the conference with the cast and crew. Presumably these posters will be handed out on the show floor, and/or at the Fantastic Beasts event.

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There’s a lot to unpack in this poster, which features Newt and a brightly lit “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” sign.

Newt is looking over his shoulder in the middle, holding a wand in one hand and a suitcase (with a beast trying to get out!) in the other. Supporting characters Graves, Jacob, Queenie, and Tina appear in the wings. Also here: Our very first looks at two female characters. We believe the one in the bottom left is Mary Lou, played by Samantha Morton. The guy on the right is Credence played by Ezra Miller.

So what’s with the American flags? They’re not only to remind fans that the movie is set in New York — We believe they’re teasing an election of some sort. The last Fantastic Beasts trailer briefly depicted a political event (See a screenshot below). We’re guessing an election will be taking place over the course of the movie with possible ramifications for the well-being of the North American Wizarding World.

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Fantastic Beasts opens this November. Return to Hypable on Saturday to check out our coverage of everything that happens during the movie’s panel!

Have a round, or two, with Lin-Manuel Miranda when he steps in to tell the story of Alexander Hamilton on Drunk History.

Comedy Central is keeping Lin-Manuel Miranda connected to Hamilton for a little while longer by setting the scribe up on the next season of Drunk History to spin another verse about the founding father. The show will concentrate on the rivalry between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton duel that resulted in SPOILER Hamilton’s death.

Hamilton was the first subject that the series took on in season one. With the rising success of the Broadway hit, fans clamored for Lin-Manuel Miranda to give Alexander Hamilton a reprise on the series.

Miranda is not throwing away his shot at telling another version of Hamilton’s decision to throw away his on the shores of New Jersey in 1804. Even though Miranda stepped away from the show on July 9, we expect to see him sticking close to the production for quite a while, especially as the show begins performances across the nation.

Miranda was not the only guest announced for Drunk History‘s fourth season. Joining him will be Aubrey Plaza, Ben Folds, Billie Joe Armstrong, Busy Phillips, Dave Grohl, Ed Helms, Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Charles, Mae Whitman, Michael Cera, Rachel Bilson, and Tony Hale, to name a few.

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Drunk History returns for its fourth season on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 10:30 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.