2015 went hard when it came to good music. This year saw the release of a few historical albums: Kendrick’s To Pimp A Butterfly, Justin Bieber’s Purpose,and of course, Adele’s 25. Will 2016’s albums be as monumental? Here are five albums we can’t wait for.
Rihanna – Anti
RiRi released three singles this year from her upcoming eighth studio album, but halfway through the year told media she would be putting her music career on the back burner while she focused on her fashion career. Since then, Rihanna has been making waves in the industry. She’s become the new face of Dior, teamed up with Puma to make her own sneakers, and designed her own Stance line. Rumor has it that she might even be creating her own line of accessories. While it’s unclear whether or not releasing this album is high on her priority list, we’re still hyped on it. We need a new Bad Gyal anthem.
Drake – Views From The 6
We all expected Views to drop this year—it didn’t. But that didn’t mean we were deprived of new tracks from the 6God himself. While we waited, he gave us If You’re Reading This, What A Time To Be Alive and a handful of tracks including the bangers Back To Back and Hotline Bling. We thought Views might be coming sooner than we thought, especially when Drake posted this billboard in Toronto, but realized three full length albums in one year would be greedy.
Kanye – SWISH
The album formerly known has So Help Me God was another album we were expecting this year. Suddenly, Ye changed the name to SWISH. Between the album name change, two seasons of his Yeezy collection and the birth of a new son, it seemed that Kanye forgot to drop the record. We’re fine with that, but we would like a pair of Yeezy Boosts as compensation for our pain and suffering.
Ariana Grande – Moonlight
As Ari continues on her way of becoming master of the universe (one illegally licked donut at a time), we’ll be waiting patiently for her anticipated follow-up to My Everything, Moonlight. The lead single, Focus, acts as a transition track, as Ari has said Moonlight won’t have the same retro jazzy sound. She told V Magazine that the album contains the most personal music she’s released to date. She just released a surprise Christmas record, called Christmas & Chill, six sexy slow jams to get down to this holiday season. We’ll probably have it on repeat until Moonlight drops.
We’re really close to filing a missing person report. The Forrest Gump singer hasn’t made so much as a peep since the released of his critically acclaimed masterpiece Channel Orange. In the summer, we though he hinted at a July release date in this Tumblr post. But alas, July came and went with no album release. The running joke surrounding this album’s release isn’t even funny anymore. FRANK WHERE IS THE ALBUM?