A new year means new music releases. This year we have albums from Kanye West, The 1975, Drake, and Lady Gaga to look forward to – just to name a few. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most anticipated albums of 2016, shall we?
#1 Kanye West – WAVES
Kanye West’s upcoming seventh studio album is titled WAVES. West tweeted on Jan 26 about the title change of the album from SWISH. “This is not album of the year. This is album of the life”, West tweeted sending fans into a whirlwind of excitement. The album is set to release on February 11th, with a confirmation that the album is complete. This means that fans won’t have to fret over any delays. Kanye has also shared the 11 song track list, including song titles such as “Fade”, “No More Parties in LA”, and “Ultra Light Beam”. Furthermore, he has also suggested appearances from ASAP Rocky, The- Dream, and Swizz Beatz.
#2 The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
The 1975’s second studio album is coming February 26th. The band may be moving in a new direction, as band member Matt Healy affirmed that The 1975 want to be considered an “era-defining” band. More illustrious videos can be expected with their signature cinematic feel, as well as an influence from older acts such as Nina Simone and D’Angelo. Their debut album proved to be extraordinarily successful, as it topped the charts in September 2013. Their upcoming album could be the one that ultimately catapults them into unimaginable success. The sound of the 17 tracks on this new album can be expected to be pervaded with prominent touches of pop and funk. It can be anticipated that the band will play huge shows in support this album.
#3 Drake – Views From The 6
It is speculated that Drakes highly awaited fourth studio album “Views From The 6” could be released at the beginning of this year, specifically between February 11-15. Many fans are anticipating from Drake what could be the biggest project yet. His new album will be launched before the Grammys. It is reported that Drake wants to have a friendly competition with Kanye as far as their music releases. Also, Drake wants his album to be dropped after Kanye’s with the idea in mind that he wants it to be exceptional. His recent social media posts have made it clear that he is hard at work on this new album and fans can expect it to be coming “very soon”.
#4 Lady Gaga –TBA
Lady Gaga announced on the Golden Globes that her new album is coming in 2016. When asked about the style of her new music, she gave this insight, “That’s a difficult thing to say as I don’t know that you yet know what I will look like for my next album, as I’m still creating all of those things. It’s something that is a gradual change always with me.” Also, Gaga told reporters backstage “You know, I am putting out an album this year. I won’t tell you when.” As of now her fifth studio album is untitled and will be her first since September 2014 when she collabed with Tony Bennett for “Cheek to Cheek”. Even though Gaga has not put out a release date, it is safe to say the album will come when we least expect it.
Piece by Jade DiCarlo | @shades0fjade