Countless great artists pushed out great albums in 2015, making it a wonderful year for music.  One can only hope that this new year will be as great, musically, as last year was. With much-anticipated albums such as Adele’s  25, Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde, Justin Bieber’s Purpose, and Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly being released, that’s exactly how it will be.

While it’s too early in the year to know about every album coming out, there are already a few scheduled releases that are worth keeping an eye – or an ear – out for.  Earlier this month, a tweet came out of the @kanyewest twitter account reading, “new album title, WAVES,” informing the public that Kanye West is finally releasing an album that has been  two years in the making. It is set to release in February. Kanye recently uploaded “No More Parties in LA” on SoundCloud, a track featuring one of the hottest names in hip-hop today, Kendrick Lamar. Judging from this track and previews of other songs already released for the album, one can expect WAVES to be more reminiscent of older Kanye.

While Kanye West’s new album will be getting plenty of big-time media coverage, there are several more albums announced for this year that are definitely worth anticipating. 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and a few other big names in hip-hop also have albums coming out this year, although no release dates have been announced.

Panic! at the Disco just released their latest album, Death of a Bachelor, on the 15 of this month.  Many still have those memories of blasting Panic! at the Disco through their speakers during their high school days. Panic! isn’t the only nostalgia-inducing band still making music, though.

Simple Plan is releasing an album named Taking One for the Team on February 19.  For rock fans of different types, there’s also good news.

Artists and bands like Elton John, 3 Doors Down, Asking Alexandria, and Weezer are also scheduled to release wonderful new music this year. Not only are both Panic! at the Disco and Weezer pushing out new music this year, but they are co-heading a summer tour as well with dates already announced from July to August. Weezer’s new album, Weezer, is set to drop April 1.

Country music fans also have much to look forward to this year. Hank Williams Jr. recently put out a new album, It’s About Time, earlier this month, but “Bocephus” isn’t the only country legend releasing an album this year. Country music all-star Loretta Lynn is releasing her first album in twelve years titled Full Circle, expected to launch March 4 of this year.

While Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams Jr. are some of the biggest names in classic country music, the more modern names in the genre also have new material coming out this year. Big time country artists such as Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, and The Band Perry are all coming out with new albums this year but have yet to set a date.

Ray Martinez
Staff Reporter

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