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5 Albums We Can’t Wait to Listen to

2016 has been another year of both surprise and highly-anticipated releases. Between Rihanna’s ANTI, Beyonce’s visual album LEMONADE, and even Drake’s long awaited VIEWS; to Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman and Fifth Harmony’s 7/27, it has been a good year for music, and it’s only a little over halfway finished. Although there are a number of albums coming out in the second half of the year and on, here are the 5 albums we can’t wait to listen to.


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1. Rae Sremmurd – Sremmlife 2 (Date: 12 August 2016)

The follow-up to the brother’s 2015 debut album Sremmlife, which featured hits like “No Flex Zone,” “No Type,” and “Throw Some Mo” is heading towards an August release. Of the three songs released from the album so far, the latest single “Look Alive” is the one that inspires the most excitement for the album. Hopefully the album builds on this sound.

2. Major Lazer – Music is the Weapon (Date: TBA)

Justin Bieber and MØ (who sung on the hit single “Lean On” from their 2015 album Peace is the Mission) feature on the album’s lead single “Cold Water.” Though the features for the album aren’t finalized, some of the people who are featured on the album are Usher, Sam Hunt, Sia, and The Weeknd, among others.

3. Tinashe – Joyride (Date: Fall 2016)

On the back of her 2014 debut album Aquarius (which featured singles “2 On” and “All Hands on Deck”) and 2015 mixtape Amethyst, Tinashe’s sophomore album Joyride is tentatively expected to be released in Fall 2016. The album was preceded by the songs “Player” featuring Chris Brown, “Ride of your life,” and the most recent single “Superlove,” which is expected to have a Baywatch influenced video.

4. Haim – TBA (Date: TBA)

Although the album has no name, single or release date at this time, the sisters are currently in the studio recording the follow-up to their 2013 album Days Are Gone. Some highlights from their 2013 album were “My Song 5” (both original and remix), “Running If You Call My Name,” “Forever,” and “Falling.”

5. Shawn Mendes – Illuminate (Date: 23 September 2016)

Preceded by tracks “Treat You Better,” “Ruin,” and “Three Empty Words,” his sophomore album Illuminate is headed towards a September release. Shawn’s 2015 album Handwritten (and the Handwritten: Revisited re-release) featured the singles “Stitches” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer” a duet with Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello.

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