Saturday 10 December 2016

The most anticipated albums of 2016

Sasha Brady

Published 04/01/2016 | 15:03

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 07: Singer Rihanna at Rihanna's 8th album artwork reveal for
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 07: Singer Rihanna at Rihanna's 8th album artwork reveal for "ANTI" at MAMA Gallery on October 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for WESTBURY ROAD ENTERTAINMENT LLC)

2016 is set to be a bumper year for new music releases and here are the albums we're most looking forward to hearing.

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Rihanna - ANTI

Rihanna has been promising to drop her much-anticipated eigth studio album for what seems like forever (as far back as 2014) and industry insiders expect it to be released early in the year. The album is rumoured to feature collaborations with Drake, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Ne-Yo, Charli XCX, Florence Welch, Sia and Young Thug.

While no official word from either Rihanna or Roc Nation currently exists in regard to the collaboration rumors, Kanye West, who teamed up with Rihanna and Paul McCartney for their 2015 hit “FourFiveSeconds,” serves as an executive producer for Rihanna’s upcoming album and has noted in previous interviews that he plays a "major role" in ANTI.

Kanye West - Swish

Anticipation for Kanye's new album has intensified since the rapper dropped surprise single Facts on New Year's Eve. He hasn't provided much information about the release - even the name Swish is up in the air as Kanye announced alternative working title So Help Me God on Twitter alongside a disclaimer that the name might change.

Kanye's friend Pusha T has hinted that the album will be a surprise drop and there's speculation that it will be released through Tidal, Jay Z's streaming service, before being published on iTunes and other music sites.

David Bowie - Blackstar

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Bowie's 26th album is due to be released on Friday, the day he turns 69 -  an album which allows the star to reinvent himself through hip hop, Brechtian theatre and abstract jazz, while referencing Norse history, Jacobean drama and Atlanta trap.

The singer decided to jettison the long-serving musicians who backed him on The New Day in favour of young New York jazzists – saxophonist Donny McCaslin (in the Bowie right-hand man role of a Mick Ronson, Brian Eno or Carlos Alomar), drummer Mark Guiliana, keyboardist Jason Lindner and bassist Tim Lefebvre.

It's winning rave reviews from critics already, which prove that even as he edges closer towards his 70th year, there's no one quite like Bowie.

Drake - View From The 6

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Drake keeps us happy by continually releasing new tracks, even if he has forced us to wait for an entire album.

The Canadian rapper has promised that a release date is just around the corner as he performed at a New Year's Eve event in Miami. We can't imagine he'd want to start the new year off on a lie so we'll believe him. Not much else is known about the release so we'll just have to wait with bated breatg.

Sia - This Is Acting

Sia released Cheap Thrills in December, a tropical house-tinged track (originally intended for Rihanna) which is the fourth single from upcoming album This Is Acting. The songwriter has said that every song on the album was originally intended for other artists.

“I guess all of them were written with the intention of being for somebody else. But there is one I didn’t send to anybody called ‘One Million Bullets.’ That one I liked" she said to Rolling Stone.

The Australian singer will look to build on the success she won when she released her last album 1,000 Forms of Fear in 2014 which featured hit singles Chandelier and Elastic Heart.

Radiohead - Untitled

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Radiohead are apparently busy in the studio working on the follow-up to 2011’s The King of Limbs and Thom Yorke recently played a collection of new tracks at a solo gig.

We presume the new album should drop before the year is out if all goes to plan.

HAIM are also set to be working on their second, as yet untitled, album. Frank Ocean is still torturing fans by dragging out the release of his highly-anticipated second album (will it ever see the light of day?) and Nile Rodgers, who promised us a new Chic album in 2015, has hinted that the funk supergroup's latest offering will be with us in 2016.

Blink-182, Pearl Jam, Gorillaz, Modest Mouse, All Tvvins and Band of Horses are all set to release albums this year. The Last Shadow Puppets have confirmed they've finished their new album and it will be released "soon" and Santigold is making a comeback with a new album set to be released on January 22.

Brit Critic's Choice winner Jack Garratt will also release his debut album on February 22.

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