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2017 Pop Culture Preview

The 20 Most Anticipated Albums of 2017

From long-awaited comebacks from Katy Perry and Gorillaz to the records that see our favorites experimenting with new sounds, this is the must-hear music for the year

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Arcade Fire, 'TBA'

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 30:  Win Butler of Arcade Fire performs during Voodoo Music + Arts Experience at City Park on Octob
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Release Date: Spring TBA

Reflektor, the band’s fourth studio LP, enjoyed its fair share of shining festival performances, but fans are itching for a follow-up to 2015’s sparkly, synth-y effort. Drummer Jeremy Gara has confirmed that all the tracks have been recorded, adding: "We've recorded more than we need." Since the death of David Bowie had a huge impact on the group, we’re expecting to hear some heavy Starman influence on this next project—and maybe a return to their more folky, earthy roots.Brooke Bunce

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Avril Lavigne, 'TBA'

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 25:  Avril Lavigne performs onstage during the opening ceremony of The Special Olympics World Games Lo
Michael Tran/FilmMagic

Release Date: TBA

"I wanted to first thank my fans for your patience & support during my time away throughout my battle with Lyme Disease over the past two years," Avril wrote in a recent Instagram to fans explaining her absence. This upcoming album, her sixth, will follow 2013’s self-titled effort, which faced mixed reviews. What’s impressive is Avril’s ability to constantly reinvent herself since 2002, so whatever she’s got her sleeve next is sure to surprise us all. –Brooke Bunce

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Big Sean, 'I Decided'

INGLEWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Rapper Big Sean performs onstage at The Forum on February 28, 2016 in Inglewood, California.  (P
Scott Dudelson/Getty Images

Release Date: Feb. 3

Sean Don is following up 2015’s Dark Sky Paradise with what could very well be his strongest album to date with I Decided. The rapper’s fourth project on G.O.O.D. Music is shaping up to be a massive banger, thanks to singles like “Bounce Back” and “Moves." Bianca Gracie

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Camila Cabello, 'TBA'

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 09:  Camila Cabello of Fifth Harmony attends 102.7 KIIS FM's 2015 Wango Tango - Backstage at StubHub Ce
Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images

Release Date: TBA

Pop fans will be watching closely to see where the former Fifth Harmony member takes her solo career that's expected to be out this year. While we're always here for some girl-group bangers, Cabello has hinted her solo material will more singer-songwriter-y—a la her Shawn Mendes collab "I Know What You Did Last Summer"—which we're totally here for as well. Jeff Benjamin

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Charli XCX, 'TBA'

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Release Date: May TBA

After years of experimenting different sounds, Charli XCX finally found her footing in the pop world with her 2014 album Sucker. She's described the follow-up as simply a "party record" and carefree lead single "After the Afterparty" indicates we'll be getting a ton of irresistible hooks too. –Jeff Benjamin

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Christina Aguilera, 'TBA'

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Christina Aguilera Raises Awareness About Domestic Violence With Verizon's HopeLine Program
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Release Date: TBA

It has been wayyyy too long since we last had a Christina Aguilera album, but all signs point to an early 2017 release to bring that voice back to our hearts. With a slew of exciting and unexpected collaborators and producers on board, we have a feeling the wait will be worth it for Xtina's sixth studio LP. –Jeff Benjamin

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Dua Lipa, 'Dua Lipa'

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 30:  Dua Lipa performs on day 3 of Lollapalooza at Grant Park on July 30, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Pho
Timothy Hiatt/WireImage

Release Date: June 2

For a few years now, there hasn’t been a new girl in pop who has the ability to make the world bubble with anticipation like we've seen with Dua Lipa. The U.K. singer got everyone dancing all summer with singles like “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)” and “Hotter Than Hell.” Now, she will be showing multiple facets of her musicality, as seen with sultry slow jams like “Thinking ‘Bout You." –Bianca Gracie

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Drake, 'More Life'

MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 30:  Drake is seen performing on stage during his Summer Sixteen Tour at AmericanAirlines Arena on August
Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images

Release Date: Q1 2017

We're still waiting to hear what a "playlist project" is, but if it's got "Fake Love" on it, we've got a good feeling. (Hopefully he ditches the diss track skewering Kid Cudi's mental health, though. C'mon.) Originally set for December, More Life is now operating on Drizzy Time, meaning...who knows when it's coming. Zach Dionne

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Ed Sheeran, '÷'

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Recording artist Ed Sheeran performs onstage at A+E Networks "Shining A Light" concert at The
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for A+E Networks

Release Date: March 3

After remaining quiet throughout 2016, Big Ed kicked off the year in a big way with two singles to announce his upcoming ÷ (pronounced Divide) album. "Castle on the Hill" had the same sweeping, singer-songwriter sound we've come to love from Sheeran, while "Shape of Your Body" brought him into synth-y dance territory. The public has been digging both sounds so we're certainly in for a treat (and perhaps even more experimentation!) when the full record drops. –Jeff Benjamin

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Fifth Harmony, 'TBA'

@FifthHarmony on Twitter

Release Date: TBA

It was the news that rocked the pop world for days: Camila Cabello officially left Fifth Harmony to jumpstart her solo career. But the remaining ladies (Normani, Ally, Lauren and Dinah) plan to go on as a foursome and churn out another album this year. 5H aren't strangers to collecting Billboard-loving hits, so their follow-up to last May’s 7/27 will surely rule the charts and airwaves. –Bianca Gracie

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Gorillaz, 'TBA'

Parlophone Records

Release Date: TBA

Damon Albarn waited 12 years between Blur albums and stuck the landing, so six years between Gorillaz LPs shouldn't be too tricky. We're dying to see how Albarn and Jamie Hewlett present their "virtual band" with the technology of 2017. There's already some intriguing stuff going on over on their Instagram... –Zach Dionne

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MANCHESTER, TN - JUNE 11:  Este Haim of Haim performs during the Bonnaroo Music + Arts Festival on June 11, 2016 in Mancheste
Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

Release Date: Summer 2017

After a summer on the festival circuit, HAIM is finally, finally blessing us with new music. This time around, there are only two collaborators: ex-Vampire Weekender Rostam Batmanglij and producer Ariel Rechtshaid. The foursome (the sisters and drummer Dash Hutton) have described the sophomore LP as “more organic,” having written every song in their parents’ living room. Even more intriguing: Our fave bassist Este said she used a fretless five-string bass, which will help contribute to the album’s lived-in feel. –Brooke Bunce

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Halsey, 'TBA'

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 06:  Halsey performs during the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park on Augus
Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

Release Date: TBA

Since releasing her debut album Badlands in 2015, Halsey has owned the festival game, sang on one of the biggest songs of the decade with "Closer" and snagged a slot on the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack. The singer-songwriter confirmed her new record will drop in late 2017 and while we haven't had any word on what sound or direction she'll take, you can count on her trajectory to continue upward with her sophomore release. –Jeff Benjamin

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Katy Perry, 'TBA'

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 28:  Katy Perry performs on the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo C
Paul Morigi/WireImage

Release Date: TBA

Is the pop world ready? Katy Perry looked likely to drop new music in 2016—but instead we got the anthemic "Rise"—but we're all but guaranteed a new LP from the hit queen this year. Our girl's been checking in from the studio and sharing new-music snippets on Snapchat, at one point teasing that "2017 is gonna be tight af." –Jeff Benjamin

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Kehlani, 'SweetSexySavage'

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 28:  Kehlani performs during Lollapalooza at Grant Park on July 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by
Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

Release Date: Jan. 27

After breaking into the mainstream with her excellent You Should Be Here mixtape in 2015, Kehlani is ready to prove why her name should be on the tip of your tongue with this month’s ‘SweetSexySavage.’ Judging by singles like the boastful “CRZY” and newly released Akon-interpolating “Undercover,” the album will be filled with gems. –Bianca Gracie

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Lorde, 'TBA'

INDIO, CA - APRIL 16: Guest singer Lorde performs  onstage during the Disclosure show on day 2 of the 2016 Coachella Valley M
Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella

Release Date: Early 2017

Does this even need explaining? It’s been over three long, torturous years since the 20-year-old wunderkind’s debut Pure Heroine dropped, and her refreshing, unfettered wisdom has been sorely missed. Sure, Lorde has kept herself plenty busy with the time that’s passed, curating Hunger Games soundtracks, paying tribute to David Bowie and Nirvana, and collaborating with Disclosure, but the prospect of a post-teens Lorde LP is too much anticipation to handle. Pure Heroine was a shrine to those teenage years we hold close to the chest, and the follow-up, as she detailed herself, is “about what comes next.” –Brooke Bunce

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Mac DeMarco, 'TBA'

BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 16: Mac Demarco performs on stage at The Corn Exchange on Day 1 of The Great Escape Festival o
Ollie Millington/Getty Images

Release Date: Early 2017

2015’s mini-album Another One brought us an older, sadder Mac DeMarco. Although his bright personality will never be diminished, tracks like “Without Me” saw the singer-songwriter reflecting on his well-documented relationship with his girlfriend, asking “Will she love me again tomorrow? / I don’t know, don’t think so.” 2016 brought Mac a move across the country to sunny California and the announcement that his next #disc is all done, and if the song playing in the background of that Instagram is any indication, this next album is gonna shred. –Brooke Bunce

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Schoolboy Q, 'TBA'

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 22: Quincy Matthew Hanley aka Schoolboy Q performs during the 2016 Panorama NYC on Randells Island on Jul
Kris Connor/FilmMagic

Release Date: TBA

We'd be lying if we said we've been able to process July's expansive, grimy, gratifying Blank Face LP, but Q is already back at it, saying in December, "new album 2017 fuck a break I’m already ready.” We loved when Kendrick Lamar followed To Pimp a Butterfly with unexpected quickness, and we'll love it when his TDE brother does it, too. –Zach Dionne

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Sky Ferreira, 'Masochism'

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Singer Sky Ferreira attends the Saint Laurent show at The Hollywood Palladium on February 10,
Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Release Date: TBA

Sky Ferreira introduced her sophomore LP in probably the dopest way possible—with a pair of Playboy magazine covers—to set the "visual" tone of the record. When the full Masochism album drops, we'll surely be in for a treat now that Ferreira has officially found her in footing in the indie/pop/rock world she lives in with a fully realized. –Jeff Benjamin

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Tinashe, 'Joyride'

BURBANK, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Singer Tinashe performs onstage at the 102.7 KIISFM Tinder Ball at the iHeartRadio Theater on Febr
Amanda Edwards/Getty Images

Release Date: Spring 2017

Following the release of last November’s stunningly dark Nightride albumTinashe will be going the sunnier route for its counterpart—Joyride. The singer plans to include a ton of fresh, party-ready and lighthearted songs that are the opposite of Nightride, as seen with her “Superlove” single. Fans have been waiting for the Joyride release for a long time, but it looks like it’ll be worth the wait. –Bianca Gracie

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