Andi Akhaven


A lot happened in 2015. Drake & Future put an album out together. Adele took the world by storm again. Kendrick Lamar created a masterpiece. Justin Bieber made a triumphant return to music. Alabama Shakes arguably made one of the best albums of the year. The Weeknd went pop. Yet we still have a whole lot to look forward to in 2016. Here are a few of the most anticipated albums of the year:

James Blake – Radio Silence

It’s been just over 3 years since his last effort, hopes are high and chances are that he’ll deliver.

Blood Orange aka Dev Hynes – TBD

His songwriting skills are among the best in the business and Hynes is an artist with purpose. His lyrics force us to face the society we live in head on and in world where pop music is overtly simple and basic; he brings a level depth we aren’t used to seeing.

The xx  – TBD

Romy, Oliver, and Jamie have haven’t released any music as ‘The xx’ in over 3 years. They’ve been sharing a bit of the album’s progress on Instagram, it’s still unclear if the album will soak up some of Jamie’s dance edge, but either way it’s going to be special.

Rihanna – ANTI

The tour’s been announced but still no album. There have been rumors that her current boyfriend, Travis Scott, had her scrap a pop heavy album for something more trap influenced. Sounds like a good way to put the press in a frenzy if you ask me… We should be expecting a surprise drop within the next few months.

Frank Ocean – Boys Don’t Cry

After leaving us empty handed all the way through 2015, everyone is left waiting for the follow up to his critically acclaimed debut “Channel Orange”. Hopefully he decides to share it with us this year…

Drake – Views From The 6

Ever since Drake started dancing like a drunk uncle, everyone loves him even more than they already did. Therefore the hype is at an all time high, my guess is that it’ll drop just in time for NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto this February.

Gorillaz – TBD

When news broke of a Gorillaz reunion, the music world rejoiced. Damon Albarn and visual artist Jamie Hewlett have resolved their issues and it looks like this is the year we see 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle, and Russel Hobbs get the band back together.

Kanye West – SWISH

Kanye’s follow up to his magnum opus, Yeezus, is set to come out this February. He’s sharing new music with his fans every Friday until then with his G.O.O.D. Friday releases. So far it’s sound like this album will be much different than his last.

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