2016 Music Preview: 100+ Notable Upcoming Albums

  • Publish Date: January 18, 2016
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Listed below in alphabetical order are over 100 of the most noteworthy albums expected to arrive in 2016. Release dates (when available) are for the U.S. unless otherwise noted.

Albums with announced release dates

ImageAnimal Collective
Painting With
February 19 (Domino) Amazon

The Baltimore collective's 11th album and first since 2012's Centipede Hz has so far only been heard by passengers flying out of Baltimore-Washington International Airport, where it played over terminal loudspeakers during Thanksgiving weekend. John Cale and Colin Stetson guest on the upbeat 12-song set. One-time band member Deakin (who does not appear on the new AC album) also plans to release his long-delayed solo LP within the next few months.

WATCH: "FloriDada"

ImageThe Coral
Distance Inbetween
March 4 (Ignition) Amazon iTunes

While former member Bill Ryder-Jones has been earning raves for his recent solo work, his ex-bandmates in The Coral have been on a five-year hiatus. But the Liverpool act is due to break their silence in March with their eighth LP and first since 2010's Butterfly House. It features the work of new guitarist Paul Molloy, formerly of The Zutons.

WATCH: Album trailer
WATCH: "Chasing the Tail of a Dream"

ImageExplosions in the Sky
The Wilderness
April 1 (Temporary Residence) Amazon iTunes

After a few years spent putting its highly cinematic, instrumental post rock to its most natural use—soundtracking actual films like Prince Avalanche—the Texas outfit returns in April with its seventh studio album and first since 2011.

LISTEN: "Disintegration Anxiety"

ImageField Music
February 5 (Memphis Industries) Amazon iTunes

English brothers David and Peter Brewis return with a follow-up to their Mercury Prize-nominated 2012 album Plumb.

LISTEN: "Disappointed"
LISTEN: "The Noisy Days Are Over"

ImageJack Garratt
February 19 (Interscope) Amazon iTunes

You may not have heard of 24-year-old multi-instrumentalist Jack Garratt yet, but if history holds, he's headed for big things. The British artist was just honored as the winner of the BBC's influential Sound of 2016 poll as the year's most promising newcomer, following in the footsteps of such names as Adele, Haim, Ellie Goulding, and Sam Smith. Phase marks his full-length debut.

LISTEN: "Worry"
WATCH: "Breathe Life"
WATCH: "Chemical"
WATCH: "Weathered"

ImageJunior Boys
Big Black Coat
February 5 (City Slang) Amazon iTunes

Aside from a few solo singles from both members, there hasn't been much output from the Canadian electro-pop duo of Jeremy Greenspan and Matt Didemus since 2011's It's All True. But 10 new tracks (plus the return of their previously released cover of "What You Won't Do For Love") arrive next month in the form of Big Black Coat.

LISTEN: "Big Black Coat"
LISTEN: "Over It"

ImageDamien Jurado
Visions of Us on the Land
March 18 (Secretly Canadian) Amazon iTunes

Concluding a conceptual trilogy that began with 2012's Maraqopa and 2014's Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, Visions Of Us On The Land again finds the singer-songwriter working with producer Richard Swift.

WATCH: "Exit 353"

ImageLoretta Lynn
Full Circle
March 4 (Legacy) Amazon iTunes

Loretta Lynn's last album, 2004's Van Lear Rose, was a stunner—and still ranks among the all-time highest-scoring releases on Metacritic. Now, a month shy of her 84th birthday, the country legend is finally ready to release a follow-up, produced by Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash and featuring appearances by Willie Nelson and Elvis Costello. An American Masters documentary about Lynn will debut on PBS the same night as the album's release.

ImageMacklemore & Ryan Lewis
This Unruly Mess I've Made
February 26 (self-released)

Three and a half years after releasing their Grammy-winning debut The Heist, the Seattle hip-hop duo is set to return with a follow-up. Their sophomore set will include collaborations with Leon Bridges and Ed Sheeran.

WATCH: "Downtown"
WATCH: Album trailer

ImageBob Mould
Patch the Sky
March 25 (Merge)
Amazon iTunes

Though a rumored Hüsker Dü reunion doesn't appear to be a possibility, Bob Mould continues to move forward with his solo career. This darker follow-up to 2014's Beauty & Ruin was again recorded with bassist Jason Narducy (Split Single) and Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster.

WATCH: "Voices in My Head"

January 29 (Ipecac) Amazon iTunes

Alt-rock's latest supergroup consists of Faith No More's Mike Patton, TV on the Radio frontman Tunde Adebimpe, and Anticon-affiliated rapper Doseone. The trio began work on their debut album as The Nevermen back in 2008, and the resulting 10-song LP finally arrives later this month.

LISTEN: "Mr. Mistake"
LISTEN: "Tough Towns"

ImagePrimal Scream
March 18 (Ignition) Amazon iTunes

The Bobby Gillespie-led band return with their first album since 2013's More Light. Sky Ferreira is expected to guest on the 10-song LP, though the band has yet to confirm her appearance on the record.

WATCH: Album trailer

February 26 (Atlantic) Amazon iTunes

Motherhood has delayed Santigold's follow-up to 2012's Master of My Make-Believe, but the 12-song 99¢ will drop early this year (though it has been delayed a month past its original January release date). iLoveMakonnen guests on an album that also features production from Dave Sitek, Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij, Hit-Boy, and more.

LISTEN: "Can't Get Enough Of Myself"
WATCH: "Who Be Lovin' Me" (feat. iLoveMakonnen)

Adore Life
January 22 (Matador) Amazon iTunes

After emerging in 2013 with their Mercury Prize-nominated debut album Silence Yourself, the London post-punk band took a detour in 2014 with a 37-minute single-track collaboration with Bo Ningen called Words to the Blind. This week comes a proper (and intense) second album, again produced by Johnny Hostile but with the final mix handled by electronic artist Trentemøller (working on a rock record for the first time).

WATCH: "Adore"
WATCH: "The Answer"

ImageTy Segall
Emotional Mugger
January 22 (Drag City) Amazon iTunes

When he isn't busy forming and/or recording in other bands (including his newest outfit, GØGGS, which should release a debut album this year), Ty Segall is a prolific solo artist, with 2015 the only year since 2008 in which he hasn't released a solo album. His eighth LP, Emotional Mugger, features 11 heavy psych-rock tracks.

LISTEN: Full album stream (NPR)

This Is Acting
January 29 (RCA) Amazon iTunes

The Australian singer-songwriter's seventh album compiles songs that she originally wrote for other artists (including Adele, Beyoncé, and Rihanna) to record. Much of the album has already been released in recent weeks as singles, including "Reaper," co-written and co-produced by Kanye West.

LISTEN: "Bird Set Free"
LISTEN: "Cheap Thrills"
LISTEN: "One Million Bullets"
LISTEN: "Reaper"
WATCH: "Alive"

Night Thoughts
February 5 (Rhino) Amazon iTunes

The Britpop band's seventh studio album continues the group's recent reunion that began with their well-received 2013 comeback album Bloodsports. Deluxe versions of the new album come with a companion film on DVD.

LISTEN: "Outsiders"
WATCH: "Like Kids"
WATCH: "No Tomorrow"
WATCH: "Pale Snow"
WATCH: Film trailer

ImageThe Thermals
We Disappear
Saddle Creek (March 25) Amazon iTunes

The Portland, Oregon indie punk band's follow-up to 2013's Desperate Ground was produced by Chris Walla.

LISTEN: "Hey You"

The Catastrophist
January 22 (Thrill Jockey) Amazon iTunes

The Chicago post-rock outfit return after a lengthy hiatus with their first album since 2009's Beacons Of Ancestorship. Most of the album is instrumental, as is the norm, though a pair of songs feature vocals from Yo La Tengo's Georgia Hubley and Dead Rider's Todd Rittmann.

LISTEN: "Gesceap"
LISTEN: Full album stream (The Guardian)

Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future
March 18 (Astralwerks) Amazon iTunes

After a few years devoted to solo endeavors, scoring the London Olympics opening ceremonies, and reissuing classic albums, the 35-year-old duo of Karl Hyde and Rick Smith have returned to the studio to record their first new album since 2010's Barking. Underworld are also expected to tour in support of the new LP.

LISTEN: Album teaser

ImageViolent Femmes
We Can Do Anything
March 4 (PIAS)

The 1980s-era alt rock trio last released a studio album in 2000 (Freak Magnet). After a decade and a half of intermittent performing and some intra-band squabbling (including a lawsuit), original members Gordon Gano and Brian Ritchie have returned to the studio with Dresden Dolls drummer Brian Viglione to record the band's ninth album, produced by John Agnello. It follows a four-song EP released last year for Record Store Day.

LISTEN: "Memory"

ImageM. Ward
More Rain
March 4 (Merge) Amazon iTunes

The singer-songwriter's eighth album includes contributions from Neko Case, Peter Buck, and k.d. lang. It's his first solo release since 2012's A Wasteland Companion, though his side project She & Him (a duo with Zooey Deschanel) has released two albums in the interim.

WATCH: "Girl From Conejo Valley"

The White Album
April 1 (self-released)

Weezer is going the self-released route for its fourth self-titled album and 10th LP overall. The so-called White Album will include both of last year's singles as well as the just-released track "King of the World."

LISTEN: "Do You Wanna Get High?"
LISTEN: "Thank God for Girls"
WATCH: "King of the World"

Kanye West
February 11 (Def Jam)

Early 2016's most-anticipated album is Kanye West's delayed follow-up to 2013's Yeezus. The rapper has yet to reveal any details about Swish other than its title and release date, so it is unknown which (if any) of his recent collaborations—including tracks with Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar, Ty Dolla $ign, and Sia, just to name a few—will make the final tracklist. It isn't even clear if Kim Kardashian's recent hints about a revival of West's "G.O.O.D. Fridays" new-song-a-week series will prove to be true.

ImageLucinda Williams
The Ghosts Of Highway 20
February 5 (Highway 20) Amazon iTunes

The Americana artist follows her acclaimed double album Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone with a new set inspired by travels down the titular highway that runs through Louisiana. Also included is a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Factory."

Likely releases (but no release dates yet)



Previous album:

Swanlights 79 (2010)

Antony Hegarty, who usually performs under the name Antony And The Johnsons, will release her debut as ANOHNI at some point this year. Hopelessness is the result of work with producers Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never, and will include the track "4 Degrees". Hegarty (who is also now going by Anohni in real life) also received a surprise Oscar nomination last week for her original song "Manta Ray" (with J. Ralph) from the documentary Racing Extinction.

Iggy Azalea
Digital Distortion


Previous album:

The New Classic 56 (2014)

The Australian rapper's 2014 debut was a critical disappointment (though it did earn four Grammy nominations), but she'll have a second chance to win over critics with her sophomore album, due this year. Britney Spears may guest. Lead single "Team" has yet to surface in full, but album track "Azillion" leaked earlier this month.

Band of Horses


Previous album:

Mirage Rock 68 (2012)

The band reported last fall that they were nearly done with recording sessions for a new album, produced by Grandaddy's Jason Lytle (with mixing by Dave Fridmann still to come). A spring release is likely.

Azealia Banks
Business & Pleasure


Previous album:

Broke With Expensive Taste 77 (2014)

Banks told NME last summer that she was already halfway done with her second album, though a contract dispute will prevent her from releasing any new music until March at the earliest.

Volume 1

Currently at work on a debut album is this new indie-rock supergroup consisting of most of the members of Midlake, plus Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos, Band of Horses' Ben Bridwell, Grandaddy's Jason Lytle, and Fran Healy of Travis.

Bat for Lashes


Previous album:

The Haunted Man 78 (2012)

After collaborating with the band TOY (and producer Dan Carey) on Sexwitch last year, Natasha Khan is expected to return to her solo Bat for Lashes project for a new album in 2016.



Previous album:

Morning Phase 81 (2014)

Beck has been teasing a more energetic follow-up to Morning Phase since 2014. The new album is expected to be a garage rock/dance hybrid, and will likely include last year's single "Dreams".



Previous album:

The Green [EP] 71 (2004)

The Warp artist's still-untitled eighth album is targeted for a spring release. It will include the recently released track "Petals".

James Blake
Radio Silence


Previous album:

Overgrown 82 (2013)

Kanye West, Connan Mockasin, and Justin Vernon will guest on the London artist's overdue third album, which was first given its title back in 2014.

Car Seat Headrest
Teens of Denial


Previous album:

Teens of Style 79 (2015)

Formerly a one-man home-recording project for the prolific Will Toledo, Car Seat Headrest has evolved into a full band, recently signing to Matador after a dozen (!) self-released albums on Bandcamp in the span of five years. While the group's 2015 Matador debut featured new recordings of previously released CSH tracks, Teens of Denial will serve as a proper debut, featuring all new material recorded in a studio.

Charli XCX


Previous album:

Sucker 75 (2014)

The singer has suggested that her upcoming third album will be even poppier and more electronic than past releases. It could include tracks recorded with British producer SOPHIE.

Dear Tommy


Previous album:

Kill For Love 80 (2012)

Chromatics, one of several synth-pop projects led by Johnny Jewel (and perhaps best known for their contribution to the Drive soundtrack), were originally expected to release their follow-up to the excellent 2012 album Kill for Love last spring, but it never arrived, despite reportedly being complete as of last April. The tracklist is expected to include "Shadow", "In Films", "I Can Never Be Myself When You're Around", and "Just Like You".

Crystal Castles


Previous album:

(III) 76 (2012)

The electronic band are expected to release their fourth album—and first since the acrimonious departure of lead singer Alice Glass—this year. It will likely include "Frail" and "Deicide", the first tracks featuring new vocalist Edith Frances. Glass, meanwhile, is moving on as a solo artist, and she may also release her debut this year.

Death Grips
Bottomless Pit


Previous album:

The Powers That B 73 (2015)

Not even a breakup has stopped the progress of Death Grips, who have continued to record and tour since announcing their disbanding in 2014. Their latest album was announced last fall.



Previous album:

Koi No Yokan 86 (2012)

Deftones' first album in four years (and eighth overall) was already in the mixing stage as of last fall, and is expected to arrive in the very near future.

Views From the 6


Previous album:

If You're Reading This It's Too Late 78 (2015)

We did get one Drake release last year—just not the one we expected. The release of his next studio album Views From the 6 has drifted into 2016, and as of this month recording still isn't complete. The album may include a collaboration with Beyoncé.

Frightened Rabbit


Previous album:

Pedestrian Verse 79 (2013)

The Scottish indie rockers completed work on their fifth album last fall with The National’s Aaron Dessner serving as producer. It'll be their first release since the departure of guitarist Gordon Skene.

PJ Harvey


Previous album:

Let England Shake 86 (2011)

Harvey recorded her ninth album early last year in a rather unusual location: a glass-enclosed installation at London's Somerset House, where a live audience was able to observe the recording sessions. The resulting album, however, never surfaced last year, and is now expected this spring. (Watch a short album teaser.) Producers are expected to include Flood and longtime collaborator John Parish.

The I Don't Cares
Wild Stab

The I Don't Cares are a new duo consisting of indie rock veterans Paul Westerberg and Juliana Hatfield. After releasing a single, "1/2 2 P", last year, they are expected to return with their full-length debut this year.

The Last Shadow Puppets


Previous album:

The Age Of The Understatement 77 (2008)

Consisting of the Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner, The Rascals' Miles Kane, and Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford, the Last Shadow Puppets have reconvened to record a follow-up to their Mercury Prize-nominated 2008 debut. Owen Pallett again contributes string arrangements to the still-untitled new LP (tentatively set for a spring release), which is preceded by lead single "Bad Habits".

LCD Soundsystem


Previous album:

This Is Happening 84 (2010)

After calling it quits in 2011, James Murphy has announced that he is rebooting LCD Soundsystem in 2016, a year that will see both a reunion tour (including headlining date at Coachella) and a new studio album.

Lupe Fiasco


Previous album:

Tetsuo & Youth 80 (2015)

It might be a tad over-optimistic to believe that Lupe Fiasco will really release three separate albums in 2016, but those are his stated plans, with a fourth album (The Cool 2) a possibility for early 2017.



Previous album:

Hurry Up, We're Dreaming 76 (2011)

Anthony Gonzalez has cited "Who's the Boss" and "Punky Brewster" as influences on his latest M83 album, and while we're not exactly sure how that translates to music (though count us among the curious), we do know that work on the album was completed last month. Vocalist Morgan Kibby is absent this time around, though "unexpected guests" will help fill the void. A world tour kicks off in April.



Previous album:

Love Letters 73 (2014)

The English band have cited Bryan Ferry and Midnite Vultures-era Beck as influences on their "big and poppy" fourth album, which will be released this year.



Previous album:

Matangi 78 (2013)

The increasingly outspoken artist is expected to release her fifth LP this year, and has suggested that she will also release a video to accompany each track on the album (which may include production from Skrillex).

Minor Victories

Yes, it's another supergroup. The new Minor Victories consists of Slowdive's Rachel Goswell, Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite, James Lockey of Hand Held Cine Club, and Justin Lockey of Editors. Their debut album will include a duet between Goswell and Mark Kozelek and possibly other collaborations.

Pusha T
King Push

The rapper's December release is intended to serve as an appetizer for the upcoming King Push, which early reports had arriving in either April or late June.



Previous album:

The King of Limbs 80 (2011)

The suspense here isn't whether Radiohead will or won't release an album in 2016—it's virtually certain they will, with recording taking place in spring and summer of last year—but rather the method they will choose to release it. Note that the band has formed a new company in the months prior to the release of their previous two albums, and has recently filed paperwork to create Dawn Chorus LLP—meaning that the release date could be sooner rather than later. The band also hopes to tour this year.

Rae Sremmurd
SremmLife 2


Previous album:

SremmLife 78 (2015)

Though its originally suggested release date of December came and went, the second album from Mississippi brothers Khalif and Aaquil Brown should find its way to listeners at some point this year, perhaps as soon as February.



Previous album:

Unapologetic 61 (2012)

The once-prolific pop star has already passed the third anniversary of her last LP (Unapologetic). She has been teasing the release of Anti (possibly executive produced by Kanye West) for months, though there's still no official release date.

Run the Jewels


Previous album:

Meow the Jewels 74 (2015)

After giving impatient fans an album of cat remixes last year to hold them over, the hugely acclaimed duo of El-P and Killer Mike will likely release their third proper album this year. Zack de la Rocha and Nas have been spotted in the studio with Run the Jewels and could guest on the new set.

Tegan and Sara


Previous album:

Heartthrob 75 (2013)

The duo's eighth album was mastered last month, so a release should be imminent. Will it continue their successful move into poppier territory that began with 2013's Heartthrob? We should know soon.



Previous album:

Aquarius 80 (2014)

The artist's second studio album was originally expected to arrive last fall, but the only sign of it was the LP's lead single, "Player", featuring Chris Brown. A tour in support of the album kicks off in late February, though there's still no official release date for the album itself.

Songs of Experience


Previous album:

Songs of Innocence 64 (2014)

Reactions from the band's surprise 2014 release ranged from "best album of the year" to "what's this thing doing on my iPod?". The companion album is expected to arrive this year, with the bulk of the recording already complete as of last fall. The Edge recently compared the new material to the band's underrated 1993 gem Zooropa. At least it will give a pair of Scotts another reason to talk U2 to each other.

The Wrens


Previous album:

The Meadowlands 85 (2003)

This is really happening. As of last fall, the New Jersey band had finally completed its mythical follow-up to 2003's The Meadowlands. Don't let a silly thing like a lack of title or release date dampen your enthusiasm.

Still Krazy


Previous album:

My Krazy Life 80 (2014)

The Compton rapper's second LP is expected to arrive sometime this year on Def Jam.

Possible additional releases

American Football

After reuniting in 2014 for the first time in 15 years, the Illinois emo band led by Mike Kinsella have continued to perform together, and began writing new material late last year. If all goes well, an album (which would only be their second LP) could follow.

Arcade Fire

Preliminary work on the band's fifth album was ongoing as of last fall, though the group's leisurely pace may mean that 2017 is a more realistic target date. Meanwhile, Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara will release his solo debut, Limn, on March 11.

The Avalanches

Will audio-collage masters The Avalanches continue their streak of not releasing their follow-up to Since I Left You while either a Democrat or a Republican is in the White House? The group made news last year by announcing that co-founder Darren Seltmann has left the then-trio (now duo), but at least it forced label Modular to acknowledge that the second album is still in the works.


The pop star has been relatively silent since releasing her stunning self-titled album at the end of 2013, leading to increasing speculation that new material (possibly in the form of a collaborative album with her husband, Jay Z) could be forthcoming. Fueling that speculation are new reports that she may be booking live dates this summer (though so far only an appearance at the Super Bowl halftime show is confirmed) as well as rumors of a secret music video shoot last month.


Travis Barker has suggested that a new Blink-182 album could arrive in 2016. If so, it would be the band's first release since Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba replaced former frontman Tom DeLonge.

Blood Orange

Dev Hynes performed new Blood Orange material in concert last year, suggesting that a follow-up to 2013's Cupid Deluxe could be nearing release.

Chance the Rapper

The Chicago rapper's 2013 mixtape Acid Rap was our highest-scoring hip hop album of that year, besting even Kanye West. While many fans expected his studio debut to follow, Chance instead detoured with Surf, a 2015 album in which he was merely one member of a larger band, Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment. Could 2016 be the year he finally makes his official debut? If not, we could at least get a new mixtape from him in the near future.

The Cure

Since 2014, The Cure have been suggesting that two new albums (4:26 Dream and 4:14 Scream, both compiled from leftover tracks from their 2008 recording sessions for 4:13 Dream) were forthcoming, but several years later they still haven't arrived. However, a big 2016 tour suggests that the new material could finally surface this year.

DJ Shadow

The artist is currently at work on his first full-length since 2011's The Less You Know, The Better, announcing the existence of his new project last month with the release of lead single "Swerve".

Missy Elliott

A strong new single ("WTF") last year gave fans hope that Elliott is finally getting ready to release her new album, which would be her first since 2005's The Cookbook.

Sky Ferreira

Nearly a year ago, Ferreira announced Masochism as the title to her follow-up her 2013 debut Night Time, My Time. The recording process has taken longer than originally anticipated (a new single, originally set for release last summer, still hasn't arrived), but earlier this month she promised that she would release something in 2016.

Future Islands

The band was spotted at Abbey Road Studios last spring, so it is certainly possible that the results of those sessions could surface this year.


Damon Albarn began work in the studio on a new Gorillaz album (the animated band's first in five years) last fall with the plan of releasing the album in 2016. However, given Albarn's busy schedule (he also has a new The Good, The Bad, & The Queen album planned for this year, among other projects), consider that date tentative.


Beloved Modesto, California indie-rock outfit Grandaddy split up in 2006 after four albums, reuniting briefly in 2012 for a few shows. But late last year frontman Jason Lytle confirmed that the band will now record one final album, with a release in 2016 a possibility.

Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear hasn't released an album since 2012's Shields, but the band was in the very early stages of recording a "more adventurous" album last spring.


Almost exactly a year ago, Haim reunited with producer Ariel Rechtshaid in the studio to begin recording a follow-up to their 2013 debut Days Are Gone. As of last fall, work on the new album was still ongoing.

The Horrors

The band has been working on a fifth album with producer Paul Epworth, although preliminary plans to release the new album in 2015 fell through.

The Jesus and Mary Chain

Though they have toured fairly regularly since re-forming in 2007, the legendary alt-rock band haven't released an album since 1998's Munki. But last fall they returned to the recording studio, and if brothers Jim and William Reid can manage to stick together long enough to complete an album, it could arrive this year.


The London-based neo-soul outfit made a splashy debut a few years back, earning fans on the festival circuit and scoring a Mercury Prize nomination for their first album. The band was planning to begin work on a follow-up last fall.

The Killers

After confessing that their previous album, 2012's Battle Born, "wasn't good enough," Brandon Flowers & co. hope to record another LP, although there are no definite plans yet to do so.

Kings of Leon

The band's stated goal for 2016: complete their next album, the follow-up to 2013's Mechanical Bull.

Mark Kozelek

The ever busy Mark Kozelek was working on a follow-up to 2014's Benji last year, which looks like it will be a piano/vocals-driven album (that may include a collaboration with Mike Patton). Even if that doesn't arrive this year, other projects will, including a collaboration between Kozelek's Sun Kil Moon and Jesu (due this Friday and now streaming online).

La Roux

Elly Jackson has begun work on her third album, which she describes as "futuristic and innovative."

Lady Gaga

The recent Golden Globe winner is expected to take a break from her newfound acting career and release her fifth album at some point this year.


New Zealand's pure heroine began studio work on her second album last spring.


The surviving members of the great British shoegaze/alt-rock band Lush have reunited for the first time since 1996, and have big plans for 2016. A reunion tour will be bookended by a new four-song EP and—potentially—a new full-length album further down the line.

Massive Attack

Six years on from Heligoland, Massive Attack finally appear to be ready to release a new album, having announced that their upcoming tour (which begins this week) will be in support of new music.


Metallica have been recording their first LP since 2008's Death Magnetic since last year, but early hopes that it would arrive this year have been tempered by recent comments from guitarist Kirk Hammett that it may not be ready until early 2017.


After a few years of inactivity, it looks like MGMT are ready to do something in 2016, though it's unclear if that involves a new album.

Modest Mouse

The band has suggested that a companion album to Strangers to Ourselves (recorded during the same sessions) has been ready to go for about a year now. The new set is expected to include at least one collaboration with Nirvana's Krist Novoselic.

My Morning Jacket

Jim James and co. also had numerous leftover tracks after releasing The Waterfall last year, and thus are expected to return with a very quick follow-up this year.

Nine Inch Nails

Busy soundtracker Trent Reznor recently tweeted that Nine Inch Nails would return with something new in 2016, though no further details were revealed.

Frank Ocean

Now going on four years since dropping one of the strongest debut albums in recent memory, R&B singer Frank Ocean still hasn't revealed when album #2 might surface.

Katy Perry

Both the pop star and her manager suggested last year that a new album would arrive in 2016, though there still is nothing definitive.


The rapper/producer has been working on a new solo album called The Last Zulu, which could involve collaborations with Beck, Kanye West, and Fiona Apple.

The Radio Dept.

Upon releasing a new single last fall, the Swedish band clarified that the track “will not appear on the upcoming album”—which suggests that there is indeed an upcoming album for it to not appear on.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

RHCP have been working on a new album (their second with guitarist Josh Klinghoffer) since 2014, and have suggested the results so far are "super danceable." Danger Mouse is producing the record, which still does not have a release date.

The Rolling Stones

A decade since their last release, the still-alive Rolling Stones are planning to head to the studio this spring to record what would be their 23rd album.

Ed Sheeran

Sheeran announced a break from social media last month so that he could concentrate on recording his third album.

The Shins

Last month, the band's label (Columbia) suggested that new Shins music would be arriving in 2016.

Sigur Rós

The Icelandic band will tour this summer, and have stated that the live dates will feature new music.

Sleigh Bells

Still "finishing up" a new record as of late last year, the Brooklyn duo has at least released a new song as a teaser of things to come.


Spiritualized recorded new material with producer Youth (of Killing Joke) a year ago, and it could finally surface as part of a new album this year.

Bruce Springsteen

After wrapping up a tour with the E Street Band in support of the re-released The River, Springsteen will head to the studio to record a new solo album.

The Stone Roses

Rumors persist that the recently reunited Manchester band has begun work on a third album (which would be their first since 1994's Second Coming). At the very least, they do have new live dates set for this summer.


Michael Gira's revived Swans have delighted critics and fans, and they aren't quite done yet. Gira plans one last album with this version of the band, followed by one final tour.


Why, exactly, haven't Tool released their fifth album despite appearing in our yearly preview every year for as long as we can remember? The culprit, according to a report from the band last year: a decade-long lawsuit that has finally been resolved. Recording is progressing—though, in typical Tool fashion, an end date seems nowhere in sight—but perhaps a planned 2016 tour will spur the group to hasten the process.


The band told reporters last fall that a new album would "definitely" come out in 2016.

Wolf Parade

The indie rockers have been on the dreaded "indefinite hiatus" since their 2010 album Expo 86, but the band's website now suggests new activity in 2016. They have already booked their first live dates this year, and have indicated that work on new music has begun.

The xx

After earning raves for his 2015 solo album In Colour, Jamie xx is now back with his two bandmates in The xx recording the trio's third album (and first LP since 2012).

What are you looking forward to?

Which albums are on your most-anticipated list for 2016? Let us know in the comments section below.


Comments (3)

  • AlecSweatshirt  

    What about the Kendrick & J Cole album???

  • frankrog29  

    Contrary to what is written above, Sun Kil Moon have released an album since 2014: they released Universal Themes in 2015.

  • therussiansteve  

    I can't believe Brand New isn't on this list after the news that the band will be breaking up soon.

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