Music fans had plenty of good music to enjoy in 2015, and it appears the new year will also offer many listening pleasures. While Adele and Drake took the charts by storm in 2015, there are many highly anticipated albums to come out in 2016, including new music from Kanye West, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lady Gaga and Rihanna.
Here are 19 albums expected to be released in 2016:
1. David Bowie – “Blackstar”
The “Changes” singer is back with his 25th studio album, which will available on Jan. 8, Bowie’s 69th birthday. “Blackstar” will contain seven tracks, including a song of the same name that was released on Nov. 20. You can hear the nearly 10 minute-long song below:
2. Charlie Puth – “Nine Track Mind”
Puth had a gigantic 2015, which he'll look to carry into 2016 when his debut album “Nine Track Mind” is released on Jan. 29. The 24-year-old singer has made waves in the music world following his work with Wiz Khalifa on “See You Again” and his song “Marvin Gaye,” featuring Meghan Trainor.
3. Sia – “This is Acting”
Sia will look to build on the success she won when she released her last album “1,000 Forms of Fear” in 2014. She’ll follow it up with “This is Acting,” due out on Jan. 29. So far the singer has released one single off the album, “Alive,” which can be heard below:
4. Jeff Buckley – "You and I"
Fans of Buckley, rated one of the greatest singers of all time by Rolling Stone , will get to hear new unreleased material on March 11. “You and I” will consist of 10 songs, including covers and a few originals. Buckley died in 1997 and only got to release one studio album, 1994’s “Grace.”
5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis exploded onto the scene with 2012’s “The Heist,” which included the smash singles “Can’t Hold Us” and “Thrift Shop.” A new release was expected in 2015, but was pushed to 2016. The rap duo has released three new songs, “Downtown,” “Kevin” and “Growing Up (Sloane's Song).”
Following a year that once again saw guitarist Tom DeLonge leave the band, punk legends Blink-182 will be back with a new album in 2016. Replacing DeLonge is Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba, who is believed to currently be in the studio with bass player Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker. Fans are curious to hear what new Blink will sound like on the album, which will be their first full release since 2011’s “Neighborhoods.”
7. Missy Elliott
The 44-year-old rapper returned to music in 2015 when she appeared at the Super Bowl halftime show and released her first new song in 10 years, "WTF (Where They From)." In an interview with Billboard, she said she'll release a new album in 2016 but wouldn't give a specific date.
8. Gwen Stefani
The “Don’t Speak” singer has been busy as of late with her band No Doubt and coaching on NBC’s “The Voice.” She’ll look to release her third solo album in 2016, which will feature her new single “Used To Love You.”
9. Drake – “Views From The 6”
The Canadian rapper has been teasing the album a lot as of late, but there still is no official release date. Many believe he could release it as early as Wednesday. The “Hotline Bling” rapper had lots of success in 2015 after dropping two mixtapes, “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” and “What A Time To Be Alive.” Both reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
10. Rihanna – “Anti”
The highly anticipated “Anti” is reportedly finished and ready to be released. However, her producer Glass John blamed her boyfriend Travis Scott for convincing her it’s not good enough. Expect the album to arrive in early 2016.
11. Brand New
This record has been on rock fans’ most anticipated release lists for years, but 2016 might finally be the year Brand New puts out their long-awaited follow-up to 2009’s “Daisy.” According to Absolute Punk, members of the band were spotted in the studio. Lead singer Jesse Lacey said the next album could be the band’s last.
12. Lil' Wayne – "Tha Carter V"
Just like Brand New’s new record, Lil’ Wayne’s “Tha Carter V” has been a long time coming. The record, which was originally expected in 2014, has been delayed several times due to conflicts with Cash Money Records. In September, Lil' Wayne told ESPN's Cari Champion on her podcast "Be Honest" that the album is finished, he's just working on a deal to get it out. The album is supposed to be one of the last releases of the 33-year-old rapper’s career.
13. Lady Gaga
The “Just Dance” singer will be taking her experience from “American Horror Story: Hotel” into the studio after her character, the Countess, brought out her dark side. She can now turn her full attention to making the follow-up to 2013’s “Artpop,” which Billboard says she has started to work on.
14. Red Hot Chili Peppers
It’s been almost five years since the California rockers last released an album. The band spent most of 2015 working on new material. Lead singer Anthony Kiedis told Rolling Stone that the songs “are as good as any songs we’ve ever written.” No official release date or title has been announced yet, but it’s expected in 2016.
15. Kanye West – “Swish”
Although no official release date has been announced yet, Kanye tweeted in early December that his latest album was almost finished. The rapper has said the album will be called “Swish,” and will be his seventh release following up 2013’s “Yeezus.”
16. Katy Perry
After playing the Super Bowl halftime show in 2015, the “Roar” singer will look to put out new material in 2016. Billboard reported in May that Perry plans to get new material out in 2016 after she finished up touring for her last album, 2013’s “Prism.”
One of the biggest bands in the rock world has left their fans craving new music since their last output, 2006’s “10,000 Days.” The band will tour the US in early 2016 and it’s possible their new album could finally arrive in the new year. In an interview with Rolling Stone, guitarist Adam Jones said the album is coming along "really well" and he's "blown away" by what's coming together.
Fans of the alternative rock band have been anxiously awaiting new music since the release of 2011’s “The King of Limbs.” Spin reports that the band has recorded a lot of new material, but there is still some work to be done. No official release date has been announced.
The new year could bring new music from Jay-Z. In May 2015, BET reported that he was rumored to be working on a joint album with his wife Beyoncé. It still has not been released, but it’s very possible it could come out sometime in 2016. The “99 Problems” rapper last released an album in 2013 with “Magna Carta Holy Grail.”