20 Albums to Look Out For in 2016

20 Albums to Look Out For in 2016

The most anticipated new albums of 2016 swing wildly – as always at this time of year – from the rumoured and hoped-for to the formally confirmed. If we're lucky, this year's releases should include deadmau5, David Bowie, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Drake, Metallica and a long-awaited return from The xx.

Bon Iver

Release date: 2016

Justin Vernon is as low-key as internationally renowned frontmen get. With a slew of tour dates announced for 2016, a new album seems like an inevitability – but there's still no official confirmation.


Release date: 2016

Dance music's favourite floppy-eared hero promised last summer to have a new album ready in early January, so let's hope the famously straight-talking DJ/producer is true to his word.

David Bowie, Blackstar

Release date: 8 January

After 2013's The Next Day brought Bowie back to the modern music scene with a typically unconventional bump, the impending release Blackstar (technically ★, actually) has got the critical world on the edge of its seat.

Drake, View From The 6

Release date: 2016

In the works since 2014 – well before the unexpected release If You're Reading This It's Too Late became last year's top selling album – View From The 6 feels like it might just keep Drake at the very top of the world for a while longer. Beyoncé, Tinashe and Willow Smith are his rumoured collaborators.


Release date: 2016

"Really fast" with "lots of energy" is how Damon Albarn has described the upcoming Gorillaz album – their first for five years – and the news has also been confirmed by the band's artist Jamie Hewlett, who mentioned that 2016 will be a year of Gorillaz for him.

James Blake, Radio Silence

Release date: 2016

Blake's follow-up to Overgrown was rumoured to drop last year following his cover of The Sound of Silence and the inclusion of the album's title track (Radio Silence) in his live sets. However, fans are still waiting for the album that will feature Kanye West and Justin Vernon. Maybe 2016 will turn out to be the year?

Jay Z & Beyoncé

Release date: 2016

While nothing has been officially confirmed, songwriter Glass John has all-but confirmed that the project is in motion. After a series of tweets discussing his work on Rihanna's 'Anti" album, John went on to say "I am actually working my ass off to get on this Jay Z and Beyoncé album...it's going to be #HUGE".


Release date: 12 February

Crowned in December as Spotify's Breakout Artist of 2015, Kygo could barely have timed the release of his debut album any better. It'll be with us before the winter is out, and if new single Stay ft. Maty Noyes is anything to go by, it'll be a beautiful and compelling listen.


Release date: 2016

Fifteen years after their debut, M83 are back with a "quite different" new album. Due for release sometime this year, it has been described by frontman Anthony Gonzalez as "very epic. There’s a lot of different genres that are not supposed to live together, but I tried to make them live together." 

Major Lazer, Music is the Weapon

Release date: 2016

The pressure is on after the wild success of single "Lean On'" - the most streamed song on Spotify in 2015. Diplo revealed in an interview with Bilboard that collaborations on this new album include Sia, The Weeknd and Travis Scott. Major Lazer are set for appearances at Benicassim & Les Vielles Charrues.


Release date: 2016

Starved of new material since 2008's Death Magnetic, Metallica fans the world over have been waiting with bated breath for well over a year already. More than 20 tracks are said to have been recorded already, and strong suggestions from drummer Lars Ulrich would have the heavy metal legends' 10th studio album with us before the year is out. Here's hoping.

Missy Elliott

Release date: 2016

After an unfortunate absence due to Graves' disease, 2015 was the ultimate return for Missy. Her year included the most watched Super Bowl halftime show performance ever with Katy Perry, the warmly-welcomed release of WTF (Where They From) as well as an outstanding performance at Bestival 2015. All we know about this album so far is that producers include long-term collaborators Timbaland and Pharrell Williams.


Release date: 2016

Hints from guitarist Jonny Greenwood that Radiohead have recorded "lots of new material" and are listening it through "to see if it's any good" have built some strong rumours of an imminent new album. If they turn out to be true, expect the Oxfordshire band to start appearing on 2016 festival lineups the world over.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Release date: 2016

Marking the first time since 1989 that the band are not working with Rick Rubin, Danger Mouse is set to take up the production role, with music already recorded in December 2015 awaiting Anthony Kiedis' vocals. The band will also be embarking on a summer festivals tour which will include Roskilde, Reading & Leeds.

Savages, Adore Life

Release date: 22 January

Youthful, mature, and aggressively positive: Savages are back after 2013's debut Silence Yourself, and they seem intent on everyone, everywhere, enjoying life.

Sia, This Is Acting

Release date: 29 January

Telling Spin magazine she wants her 2016 material to look like "it's just been fucked", Sia went on to say that This Is Acting will have a stronger pop focus then previous works. Including Alive – originally written for Adele – and songs composed for Beyonce and Kanye West but kept for herself, the Australian singer-songwriter's 7th studio album promises equally powerful emotions.

Sigur Rós

Release date: 2016

Shrouded in the kind of mystery that has defined Sigur Rós for over twenty years, the only thing that's certain about the Icelandic band's new release is that it will be with us this year. We're promised "new unreleased songs" and "some other *new* things."

The Last Shadow Puppets

Release date: Spring 2016

Fans of the Turner/Kane supergroup have been eager for news of a follow-up to 2008's Age of the Understatement, and it seems they've now got their wish in the form of a grainy montage-clip of dusky American cities and motel bars. Promised to drop sometime this Spring, the news has also been confirmed by Owen Pallett, the man responsible for the orchestral arrangement on their debut, which, we hope, means the strings are back for round two. 

The Strokes

Release date: 2016

Having swaggered onto festival stages around the world in 2015, it looks like The Strokes are set to release their sixth studio album sometime this year. Let's hope it's less like Comedown Machine (2013) and more like Is This It (2001).

The xx

Release date: 2016

Jamie xx's In Colours featured high up on everyone's favourite albums of 2015, but news (in the form of an Instagram/Facebook image) now suggests that he's back in the studio with Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim to record The xx's third album. 


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