Five Albums to Look for in the First Half of 2017

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by DeeJay Rolison

The best thing about any new year is the promise of the excellent music that is sure to be bestowed upon us in the next 12 months. 2017 promises to produce some high profile albums and might even keep up with 2016 as far as the quality level is concerned. Here’s a rundown of some of the most anticipated albums we can expect to drop before July.


Ed Sheeran: Divide

Release Date: March 3


The British singer-songwriter has released two songs from his third studio album, and has already topped the charts in the United States as well as his homeland. Sheeran described the album as a continuation of his career, his next logical step. If the light-hearted “Shape of You” and rhythmic “Castle on a Hill” are any indication, we can expect Divide to be a massive album.


Nicki Minaj: TBA

Release Date: TBD

Not much has been spoken about Minaj’s fourth LP, but it is speculated to be released in the first half of 2017. After 2014’s The Pinkprint, all we’ve heard from Nicki Minaj is an expert list of features on other people’s tracks, notably her collaboration with Ariana Grande, “Side to Side” which peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. She did clown everyone on Twitter in October of 2016, teasing a new album potentially called Pick My Fruit Out before admitting that it was just a joke. Minaj hasn’t disappointed in the past though, and is sure to impress with her next release.


Drake: More Life

Release Date: TBD

At this point Drake is the biggest male artist in the game, and we can usually expect him to release something every year. His upcoming 7th release is set to drop in the first half of 2017, but nothing has been confirmed. Following the success of his album Views and upcoming lead single “Fake Love”, Drake shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.


Lorde: TBA

Release Date: TBD


Fall of 2013 was dominated by New Zealand’s 17-year-old anti-pop star Lorde. She released the 10-week chart topper “Royals” and anti-pop hasn’t been the same since. Lorde has certainly taken her time on her sophomore effort and hasn’t done too much since Pure Heroine came out. Releasing only one other solo single, “Yellow Flicker Beat” for the Hunger Games Mockingjay Pt. 1 soundtrack, and “Magnets” a collaboration with Disclosure. Needless to say, everyone is waiting to see what she can do next.

Beck: TBA

Release Date: TBD

Beck hasn’t done much more than release some stand-alone singles since his massive Album of the Year win for Morning Phase at the 2015 Grammys. 2015’s alt-rock smash “Dreams” and 2016’s electro-rock “Wow” indicate that the rocker’s next album will be a big one, and should we really expect anything less?


Little Big Town: The Breaker

Release Date: February 24


This country group has had massive success in the past couple of years, working with the likes of Pharrell Williams, Taylor Swift, and Justin Timberlake. Their 2014 single “Girl Crush” proved to be a smash, winning two Grammy’s and hitting number one on the country charts. The Breaker is expected to return Little Big Town to country music domination. Their lead single, Better Man, which was written by Taylor Swift, has already started climbing the charts and isn’t expected to slow down anytime soon.


Brad Paisley: Love and War

Release Date: March 3

Brad Paisley is one of country music’s biggest artists, and has been for nearly 20 years. His upcoming 11th studio album is his first release in three years and is set to follow up some of the cowboy crooner’s biggest hits like “Remind Me”, “Online”, and “Whiskey Lullaby”. With two singles already out from the album, “Without a Fight” featuring Demi Lovato and “Today” his first Country Digital Songs number one, Love and War is set to be a staple in Paisley’s career.


Katy Perry: TBA

Release Date: TBD


The early 2010’s have been dominated by Katy Perry’s infectious pop music. Her nearly 4-year break has left her KatyCats craving new music from one of pop music’s biggest hit-makers. Not a lot of info has been released on her upcoming 4th studio album, but if we base it off of her last three, it’s sure to be a hit and will likely contain some number one songs (she’s already had nine). Look for information any day now.

Avril Lavigne: TBA

Release Date: TBD

Avril Lavigne dominated airwaves in the early-to-mid 2000’s and was just as crucial to music and pop culture as Beyoncé or Britney Spears. Everyone’s favorite pop/punk princess is set to return this year with her first album since 2013’s eponymous effort which spawned fan favorites “Here’s To Never Growing Up” and “Rock N Roll”. The pop-rocker hasn’t been very active since then due to her two-year-long battle with Lyme disease, but was able to release an inspirational ballad entitled “Fly”. Here’s to hoping that Avril Lavigne can dominate once more and peace be restored to the world.


Taylor Swift: TBA

Release date: TBD



Taylor’s last album, 1989, came out in 2014, nearly three years ago, but she has managed to stay on top of things, releasing seven singles from 1989 and seeing five of those singles go top 10 in the United States alone (“Shake It Off”, “Blank Space”, and “Bad Blood” all went number one). She has also had her fair share of controversy between her hectic breakup with Calvin Harris, her days-later relationship with Tom Hiddleston, her incognito writing credit on Harris’s top five collab with Rihanna “This Is What You Came For”, and her overly-dramatic spat with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, resulting in Swift releasing a statement and even acknowledging it at the 2016 Grammy awards for her Album of the Year acceptance speech. Needless to say, Taylor has PLENTY to write about and we should expect another blockbuster album from her.

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Capricorn. Hufflepuff. Pop culture junkie. Aspiring music journalist. And probably the biggest Britney Spears fan in Mississippi.

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