Most anticipated album releases of 2016

By Jean-Paul Escobar

2015 was a great year for music. From Kendrick Lamar’s socially conscious “To Pimp a Butterfly” to the revival of Justin Bieber and his comeback album “Purpose,” music fans had great additions to their music libraries. But, the Internet is still hungry for seconds, thirds and dessert. These are the most anticipated albums everybody should be excited for in 2016. Get ready to renew your music streaming accounts, hop in the whip and press play.

5. M.I.A. ” “Matahdatah ” (TBA)

M.I.A. has been able to withstand the test of time. Not only was she ahead of her time since her debut in 2005, but her “Broader Than a Border” approach on “Matahdatah” is going to give us a refreshing take on to her catchy genre-defying sound. M.I.A. has definitely not been MIA; if the last thing members of the public remember is “Paper Planes,” then they need to check out her newest single, “Borders.”

4. Rihanna ” “ANTi” (TBA)

We’ve been waiting for you, RiRi. Rihanna has been teasing the Rihanna Navy on Twitter with visuals and snippets from her eighth studio album with the hash tag #ANTIdiaRy. She’s ready for her ANTi World Tour, which kicks off on Feb. 26. After “FourFiveSeconds” and “Bitch Better Have My Money,” everybody is ready for what she going to bless us with this year.

3. Frank Ocean ” “Boys Don’t Cry” (TBA)

Frank Ocean is harder to find than Nemo these days. (This is tardiness at its worst.) He’s been mostly under the radar since his debut album “Channel Orange” in 2012, but fans were expecting him to return with his second studio album last July. When that album was ultimately delayed, it has left fans wondering where he is. We’ve waited long enough. Please don’t take too long, Frank.

2. Drake ” “Views From the 6” (TBA)

2015 was a good year for Drake. From “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” to the hottest pop song of the year, “Hotline Bling” as well as a super collaboration with Future on “What a Time to Be Alive,” Drake has not showed any signs of slowing down. It has been Drizzy season consistently since 2009, but nobody is mad about that. (Well, except maybe Meek Mill.)

Drake has teased us on “30 for 30 Freestyle” on a possible January release date for “Views From the 6.” You got to love the 6 god himself for consistency and quality.

1. Kanye West ” “Swish” (Feb. 11)

There is no denying Kanye West’s major influence on pop culture or his impact on the biggest genre in America. He has been keeping his fans and haters since 2013’s “Yeezus.” Last year, he gave a taste of “Swish,” his seventh studio album,” with singles such as “Wolves” and “All Day.” Now, West has brought back “G.O.O.D. Fridays” with three new releases already this year. From working with Paul McCartney, Q-Tip and Rick Rubin, there is no denying the impact this album is going to have in 2016.

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Courtesy of Roc Nation

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