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Will We See New Albums from Rihanna, Kanye West, Drake & Beyonce in 2016?


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With 2015 in the rear-view mirror, it’s a good time to take a look at the new music we can expect to hear in the coming year.  We’ve got a lot of new studio albums from top artists and veteran acts to look forward to, including Rihanna, Kanye West, Drake, Beyonce, Frank Ocean and many more.

The anticipation for Rihanna’s ANTI has reached new levels thanks to her ANTIdiaRy website, an immersive experience that takes fans on a journey through Rihanna’s life story. So far, we know that Kanye West provided production and the album will include her earlier singles “B**** Better Have My Money,” “American Oxygen” and “FourFiveSeconds.” Still no released date has been announced, but Rihanna kicks off her ANTI tour in February.

Speaking of Kanye, fans have been waiting for updates about his upcoming album all through 2015. After a year in which several different titles were batted around, the follow-up to 2013’s Yeezus is now called SWISH and features Rick Rubin and Q-Tip among the producers. President of G.O.O.D. Music, Pusha T, recently described Kanye’s upcoming album as “incredible,” while Kanye has already dubbed it a “sonic painting.”

Anticipation is growing for Drake’s upcoming album, Views from the 6, named after his home city of Toronto. Drizzy has teamed with longtime producer Noah “40” Shebib for the set, which will follow his chart-topping mixtape If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late and Future collabo What a Time to Be Alive, both of which topped the Billboard 200 in 2015.

Beyonce’s next project has many hoping it will be another stealthy release similar to her 2013 self-titled album, which spawned her triple-platinum selling single “Drunk in Love,” featuring husband Jay Z. Other R&B projects that fans are waiting patiently for include Frank Ocean‘s Boys Don’t Cry, which will follow his 2012 debut, Channel Orange, as well as TLC‘s Kickstarter-funded reunion record with surviving members T-Boz and Chilli.

Meanwhile, hip-hop heads also are awaiting Wiz Khalifa‘s Rolling Papers 2: The Weed Album and Puff Daddy‘s No Way Out 2.

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