March 5, 2015 at 1:00 pm EST | by Santiago Melli-Huber
SPRING ARTS PREVIEW ALBUMS: Spring spotty for albums
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It’s a big year for Madonna fans. Her album is out Friday and she plays the Verizon Center on Sept. 12. (Photos by Mert & Marcus)

Madonna releases her 13th studio album, “Rebel Heart” this week. She worked closely with Diplo to produce the album, along with several other collaborators such as Nicki Minaj and Kanye West. Her “Rebel Heart Tour” begins in August and the pop legend has been using Grindr to help promote her album and tour.

Before we get to the upcoming stuff, a few more just-out releases you may have missed.

Mýa, a gay rights and homeless LGBT youth advocate, released “Love Elevation Suite” on Feb. 14, her second Valentine’s Day EP, through her independent record label Planet 9. In the past, she has appeared in a NOH8 campaign and in Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors: Give A Damn PSA.

Kelly Clarkson released her seventh studio album, “Piece by Piece,” on Feb. 27. The lead single is “Heartbeat Song” and two of the album’s tracks were written in part by Sia. Clarkson is an active LGBT rights supporter.

RuPaul released “Realness,” his eighth studio album, on March 2, the same day as the season seven premiere of his show on Logo, “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

British R&B group Blue released “Colours” on March 2. Duncan James, a member of Blue, has identified as bisexual in 2009 and as gay in 2013.

Welsh singer-songwriter Marina and the Diamonds will release her third album, “Froot,” on March 16.

English folk singer Laura Marling will release “Short Movie” in the UK on March 23.

Björk’s ninth album, “Vulnicura,” was released Jan. 20 and “Björk: Archives,” a retrospective book on her career, will be released March 30. One of the album’s tracks features vocals by Antony Hegarty, a transgender English singer. An exhibition of Björk’s work will take place at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) from Saturday-June 7, and her “Biophilia” apps were featured as part of the museum’s permanent collection, the first app showcased in MoMA’s collection.

DC-native Wale will release “The Album About Nothing” on March 31.

Reba McEntire’s 27th studio album, “Love Somebody,” will come out April 14.

Deluxe reissues of Tori Amos’s first two solo albums, 1991’s “Little Earthquakes” and 1994’s “Under the Pink,” will be re-released in deluxe double-CD editions packed with B-sides, live cuts and other rarities on April 14. Both albums will also be issued on 180-gram vinyl for the first time in the U.S.

Shawn Mendes will release his debut album, “Handwritten,” on April 28. The teenage singer-songwriter will open up for Taylor Swift during the North American leg of her “1989 World Tour.”

Brandon Flowers will release “The Desired Effect,” his second studio album, on May 18. Along with his band, The Killers front man annually releases a Christmas-themed song and video to support Product Red.

Faith No More will release “Sol Invictus” on May 19, the band’s seventh studio album. Roddy Bottum, the band’s keyboardist, came out as gay in 1993. He’s said that as a gay teen, he never imagined he would play in a hard rock band.

Florence and the Machine will release their third album on May 29. In February, the band released “What Kind of Man,” the first single off of “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.”

Several artists have announced the titles of their 2015 releases but have not yet announced release dates. Adam Lambert will come out with “The Original High” this year. Ciara will release “Jackie,” and Emeli Sandé will release “Who Needs the World.”

Lana Del Rey is coming out with “Honeymoon,” which will include a song called “Music to Watch Boys to” as well as a cover of Nina Simone’s “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.”

Still more artists have confirmed 2015 albums but have not yet announced release dates or album titles. Look out for new releases by Adele, Becky G, Britney Spears, Carly Rae Jepsen, Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato, Duran Duran, Ellie Goulding, Gwen Stefani, Grimes, Haim, Iggy Azalea, Kylie Minogue, Macklemore, Rihanna, TLC, and more.

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Singer Adam Lambert, on right, with guitarist Tommy Joe Ratliff (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

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