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    It's a new year in pop music, and already artists are gearing up for their 2017 releases. While we can never be 100% sure what's around the corner nowadays (we can thank Beyoncé and her surprise release strategy for that), we do already have some idea of how the next twelve months in music will play out if all goes according to plan - and from what we can tell, this year will be an even bigger year than the last when it comes to amazing new releases. Check out all you have to look forward to down below!

    Allie X - CollXtion II

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    The release of Allie X's second EP, CollXtion II, has been a long and convoluted one thanks largely to an ill-advised plan to get fans involved in the creative process. Taking to Spotify, Allie announced her ɄNSOLVED initiative, in which she would post early demos and acoustic versions of her songs so that her fans to vote on which would make the ultimate album cut: we got singles 'Too Much To Dream', 'All The Rage', 'Casanova', 'Old Habits Die Hard' and 'That's So Us' that way. But fans preferred to be involved in other capacities, leaking dozens of songs that potentially have a place on the album in the radio silence that followed each single release. There's definitely enough material out there to make this EP an LP, but it remains to be seen if the project will ever be completed at all.

    Charli XCX - TBA

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    Charli XCX had ambitious plans for 2016, hoping to release an EP, an album and a mixtape all in the same calendar year; although at the end of the day we only got the EP, the genre-defying Vroom Vroom project. The EP debuted a new sound XCX had masterminded with Tumblr It Girl and PC Music producer SOPHIE, a clash of 90s pop, J-Pop and trip-hop beats which was further showcased in her live performances for tracks like 'Girls Night Out', 'No Angel' and 'Bounce'. So far, though, the only sound we have of the album is the lead single 'After the Afterparty', which stepped away from the alternative sound she had been exploring for a pure bubblegum pop fantasy. Hopefully XCX will manage to tread the line between label desire and personal creativity successfully.

    Dua Lipa - Dua Lipa

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    Since the release of her debut single ‘New Love’ back in August of last year and the blow up of her breakthrough track 'Be The One', Dua Lipa has captured the hearts of pop fans who prefer a little more substance from their tunes. Although she’s released six more singles and several collaborations since then, Dua’s album has been pushed back majorly from September of last year to February of this year as she focuses on breaking into the US market, so we’re still not sure if she has the chops to pull off a full-length album. Time will tell if she has what it takes!

    Fergie - Double Dutchess

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    Fergie's second album has been a long time coming since the release of her first solo album, The Dutchess, back in 2006. We've had several false starts so far - from 2014's moderate R&B hit 'L.A. Love (La La)' to last year's hard-hitting hip-hop hit 'M.I.L.F. $' to the recently released reggae-inspired 'Life Goes On' - but from what we can tell Fergie has more than enough tracks for the album and photoshoots and music videos already handled, so a release seems imminent. Her first album was marked by it's variety, and we can expect more of the same here, with a range of collaborators from will.i.am to Mike Will Made It to Dr. Luke to Nicki Minaj all expected to contribute.

    Iggy Azalea - Digital Distortion

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    Iggy Azalea may not be the most popular girl on the Internet these days, but if nothing else the girl knows how to write a fun tune. Her second album, the interestingly named Digital Distortion, was due for release last year but has been retuned since the commercial failure of the lead single ‘Team’, which only managed a position of #42 on the Billboard Hot 100. Despite that, other tracks (including the promo single 'Azillion' and leaked tracks 'Sexy' and 'Savior') have been confirmed for the album, along with registered titles such as 'Middle Man' and 'I Got That Boom Boom'. Since then, she's headed back into the studio to work with the likes of Zedd and Verse Simmonds on new tracks which are apparently inspired by her newfound sense of freedom and fun as a single woman. Hopefully she'll be able to recapture the magic of 'Fancy'.

    Katy Perry - TBA

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    Katy Perry’s fourth studio album has been teased mercilessly, with multiple leaks of snippets, the stellar leaked song ‘Witness’ and stand-alone single ‘Rise’ all hinting at possible directions the project might take. If ‘Rise’ and her new nose ring are anything to go by, Katy might be aiming for a more dark-pop sound this time around; although with Max Martin, Savan Kotecha and Shellback all still in the mix for her recording sessions you can expect some more radio-friendly hits like ‘California Girls’ on the way as well.

    Kesha - TBA

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    Kesha’s long-awaited third studio album was also on last years list of the most anticipated albums of the year, which should be some indication of how long fans have longed for this album. Back then, there was a single called 'Lover' released with Spookey Ruben, along with rumours of a lead single called 'Child of the Moon' which had a "Stevie Nicks-witchy vibe"; although lately Kesha's been working with a country music band called Yeast Infection. Thanks to the lawsuit between her and her accused rapist Dr. Luke which has been dominating most of her life in recent years, the album has been continuously delayed; but Kesha has apparently submitted over twenty two songs to her label for consideration and Sony itself has issued a statement saying that they “hope to share exciting new music with Kesha’s fans soon”. Take that with a grain of salt.

    Major Lazer - Music Is the Weapon

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    Aside from a few bops that were released in the form of singles, Major Lazer's last album Peace Is the Mission was a bit disappointing in terms of tracklisting, featuring only eight tracks of which about four of them were listenable. Thankfully, the supergroup seems to be taking their time for their sophomore release, and they've already lined up a veritable whos who of pop music for collaborators. The album is set to feature vocals from Justin Bieber, MØ, Ariana Grande, Sia, Nicki Minaj, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Gwen Stefani, Iggy Azalea, Konshens, Benny Blanco, Tinashe, The Weeknd, Travis $cott, Bonnie McKee and Camila Cabello, just to name the works that have already been announced. Do we sense the album of the year coming soon?

    Rihanna - TBA (#R9)

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    Rihanna’s #R9, the unofficial title fans have already given her upcoming album, seems to have been in the works since at least when the Bajan popstar dashed fans hopes for an ANTI re-relase by confirming she was instead working on something new. Despite this, Rih’s gone uncharacteristically quiet about the release and her planned collaborators, which suggests it might be further away than we originally thought. With upcoming roles in Bates Motel and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, however, we know Rihanna will still manage to keep herself busy in 2017.

    Tove Lo - TBA (Lady Wood Part 2)

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    Tove Lo’s latest album, the inventively titled Lady Wood, was released this year to positive reception - its lead single ‘Cool Girl’ made it to our list of the top ten best songs of 2016, and the album itself made the cut as well - so it’s no surprise that she’ll be moving forward with plans to release a sequel to the album, which according to her has already been finished. Lady Wood was split into two parts - ‘Fairy Dust’ and ‘Fire Fade’ - and we can expect more of the same with this one, which will apparently be split into 'Light Beams' and 'Pitch Black'. Our only concern is one of variety - Tove’s already covered the highs and lows of love and drug addiction with her last album, and we’re not really sure where she’s going to go with this one. Still, given how talented of a songwriter she is (Tove has written songs for stars like Hilary Duff, Ellie Goulding and Girls Aloud), we’re pretty positive she’ll make it work somehow.

    Nelly Furtado - The Ride

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    Nelly Furtado's been almost completely absent from the popular charts since the release of 2007's groundbreaking Loose, the album which spawned singles such as 'Maneater' and 'Promiscuous' and which made her a household name. Despite that, she's still been quietly releasing songs which range from the Spanish-language 'Manos Al Aire' to the hip-hop inspired 'Big Hoops' to last years collaboration with Blood Orange, 'Hadron Collider'. She's set to make a comeback this March with her album The Ride, which seems to harness a new experimental sound thanks to a partnership with producer John Congleton. The lead single 'Pipe Dreams' is already out: check it out here for a sample of the project.

    Zara Larsson - TBA

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    When she's not talking about how much she hates men, Zara Larsson can occasionally release some pretty good pop songs: and hard as it is to believe given her age, she's released plenty of them, with a debut album and several EPs already under her belt. She's set to make her international debut this year with her new album, which already has the hits 'Lush Life', 'Never Forget You' 'Ain't My Fault' and 'I Would Like' to back it up. Apparently there's only one more single to go before the albums released, so you can expect this one to pop up on our radars pretty soon.

    And there's more...

    Also coming this year are albums from Bonnie McKee (the project may or may not be connected to her recent 'Stars In Your Heart' single, which was recorded several years ago), Kanye West (Turbo Grafx 16, which was announced as soon as work on his last album wrapped up but which has been put on pause as he recovers from his well publicised mental breakdown last year), Kiiara (her first full length album, led by single 'Dopamine'), Melanie Martinez (her yet to be titled second album which has already been completed), Rita Ora (her long-awaited second album) and Terror Jr (their first, which may feature songs 'Trippin' and 'heartbreaks'. Plus, they may not have been officially confirmed yet, but we've been dropped hints by artists like Aly & AJ, Kylie Minogue, Lana Del Rey and Nicki Minaj that new music from them is imminent.

    Which album are you most looking forward to in 2017? Let us know your thoughts down below?

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    Countess hun. I'm sorry, but this list is so incorrect.  Knowing Lana, Mariah, and maybe Miley are  coming this year, you pick Major  Flopzer, Tove Hoe, Nelly Whoretado, and Allie Shits....

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    32 minutes ago, Tweener said:

    Countess hun. I'm sorry, but this list is so incorrect.  Knowing Lana, Mariah, and maybe Miley are  coming this year, you pick Major  Flopzer, Tove Hoe, Nelly Whoretado, and Allie Shits....

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    4 minutes ago, Wild Things said:

    countess darling... iggy, nelly, allie? :tragic:

    Getting pretty fucking sick of y'alls negative comments on these articles. If you have alternative opinions, write a piece yourself but don't keep coming in and talking shit on the work I've spent hours on, thanks. :magic: 

    And @Tweener, none of those albums are confirmed to even be in production and I only included albums that were confirmed to have a release date of 2017.

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    2 minutes ago, Countess said:

    Getting pretty fucking sick of y'alls negative comments on these articles. If you have alternative opinions, write a piece yourself  but don't keep coming in and talking shit on the work I've spent hours on, thanks. :magic: 

    i've tried but i can't for whatever reason sorry sis xx

    also we didn't say anything rude about your work, only your album picks :die:

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    5 minutes ago, Countess said:

    Getting pretty fucking sick of y'alls negative comments on these articles. If you have alternative opinions, write a piece yourself but don't keep coming in and talking shit on the work I've spent hours on, thanks. :magic: 

    And @Tweener, none of those albums are confirmed to even be in production and I only included albums that were confirmed to have a release date of 2017.

    I mean... It's good that we don't agree :)

    Lana is confirmed tho, however Allie is scrapped af:magic: 

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    3 minutes ago, Tweener said:

    I'm low key interested in what Iggy is gonna deliver, but I agree with the rest:tragic:

    i mean Team was cute but is anyone actually looking foward to listening to that album? no:lol:

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    2 minutes ago, Tweener said:

    I mean... It's good that we don't agree :)

    Lana is confirmed tho, however Allie is scrapped af:magic: 

    Lana has never had a confirmed album for 2017. We saw her recording in March of last year but we have no idea what project it was for.

    1 minute ago, Wild Things said:

    i mean Team was cute but is anyone actually looking foward to listening to that album? no:lol:

    I guess her 7.15 Twitter followers would be pretty interested in it...Alessia can stay pressed with her 469 000 tho. :magic: 

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    2 minutes ago, Countess said:

    Lana has never had a confirmed album for 2017. We saw her recording in March of last year but we have no idea what project it was for.

    I guess her 7.15 Twitter followers would be pretty interested in it...Alessia can stay pressed with her 469 000 tho. :magic: 

    well Eclipse spilled the tea tbh :magic: 

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    Just now, Countess said:

    Lana has never had a confirmed album for 2017. We saw her recording in March of last year but we have no idea what project it was for.

    I guess her 7.15 Twitter followers would be pretty interested in it...Alessia can stay pressed with her 469 000 tho. :magic: 

    twitter followers? L E L also what miss alessia has to do with this darling 

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    5 minutes ago, Tweener said:

    well Eclipse spilled the tea tbh :magic: 

    Eclipse has no inside tea other than what he hacked from Lana's e-mail a couple of years ago tho...

    4 minutes ago, Wild Things said:

    twitter followers? L E L also what miss alessia has to do with this darling 

    You asked who would be interested in listening to the album and I answered you...Don't ask questions if you can't handle the answers. :hottie: 

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    2 minutes ago, Countess said:

    Eclipse has no inside tea other than what he hacked from Lana's e-mail a couple of years ago tho...

    You asked who would be interested in listening to the album and I answered you...Don't ask questions if you can't handle the answers. :hottie: 

    she has 7.5 millions yet they both get basically the same amount of likes and retweets next :hottie:

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    2 minutes ago, Countess said:

    Eclipse has no inside tea other than what he hacked from Lana's e-mail a couple of years ago tho...

    You asked who would be interested in listening to the album and I answered you...Don't ask questions if you can't handle the answers. :hottie: 

    He heard the new single and he talked to her personally on twitter :o

    I hope she will drop a solid record this year. Her suicidal fans deserve it :'(

    We haven't had any Lana leak in sooooo long

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    1 hour ago, Wild Things said:

    she has 7.5 millions yet they both get basically the same amount of likes and retweets next :hottie:

    Poor Iggy, maybe if she told her ugly fans how pretty they all are like Weighlessia ha would have more impact. :hottie: 

    1 hour ago, Tweener said:

    He heard the new single and he talked to her personally on twitter :o

    I hope she will drop a solid record this year. Her suicidal fans deserve it :'(

    We haven't had any Lana leak in sooooo long

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    1 hour ago, 24/7 said:

    Why is there absolutely no mention of Bebe's album?? yall know its actually coming in February.. 

    BEBE REXHA - ALL YOUR FAULT - FEBRUARY

    No tea no shade, I honestly forgot about Bebe or I would have included her. :stretcher: 

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    7 hours ago, Woodcrest said:

    I'm so fucking excited for Nelly and Allie X

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    Thank you for the positive feedback on my article queen, it's nice to know I have at least one friend on this forum I can count on. 

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    3 hours ago, Heart Station said:

    I really hope Azel Bank releases new music this year, I've been perched

    And there goes any positive feelings I had towards you... :disgusted: 

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    On 1/8/2017 at 5:26 PM, Countess said:

    Thank you for the positive feedback on my article queen, it's nice to know I have at least one friend on this forum I can count on. 

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    And there goes any positive feelings I had towards you... :disgusted: 

    She serves me bops though :(

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      'Reaper' was another This Is Acting album track, and the third song on the album that had originally been hand-crafted with Rihanna in mind. 'Reaper' was written by Sia and her frequent collaborator Jesse Shatkin alongside Kanye West and his team of 88-Keys and Dom $olo for ANTI - however, the track was scrapped when the album underwent a last-minute change in direction. 'Reaper' was for the version of ANTI pre-'Work' which also featured 'FourFiveSeconds', 'Bitch Better Have My Money' and 'American Oxygen', which existed back when Kanye was executive producing the album. After a falling out between him and Rih, she retooled the album without their collaborations, making it the hit record we know today. As for our thoughts on the song, Sia summed them up pretty nicely herself when she said, "I don't care about the song. I know in print that will look bad, but what I mean is I'm not emotionally attached to it. I thought it was a fun song. I think it's a good, fun song, but I didn't anticipate it being on the record." 'Reaper' is fun and catchy, but it seems like a throwaway track for Sia and more like something we'd expect from Rihanna's fifth album than her eighth.
      13. Beyoncé - Pretty Hurts
      'Pretty Hurts' is often regarded as the standout from Beyoncé's self-titled 2013 album, and even it's lead songwriter Sia considers it to be her "best song". As such, it makes some sense that the track was in demand by multiple musicians before Bey finally snagged it for herself. The track was originally written by Sia alongside producer Ammo on the same day as she recorded 'Titanium' for David Guetta in 2011, and as with 'Titanium' first dibs for the song went to Katy Perry. Somehow, Katy ended up missing the e-mail that 'Pretty Hurts' was attached to, and the track was instead passed onto Rihanna's team. Rihanna, who was at the time recording for Talk That Talk, showed interest in the song and placed it on hold; but after she failed to pay the track's fee for a whopping eight months, Sia continued to shop it around once more. 
      While 'Pretty Hurts' remained in limbo, Beyoncé heard it and labelled it as "my song". She would later go on to state, "The second I heard the song, I'm like, 'I have to sing this song, I don't care how hard I have to fight for this song!'". Ultimately, she paid the fee to make the song hers and stole the track right out from under Rihanna's nose. Given that 'Pretty Hurts' originally had a very different composition from the version that Bey released, it's hard to say how Rihanna's vocals would have worked on the track; although given that the song is a statement on the beauty industrial complex, we can't imagine that her Fenty Beauty company would have gone on to great success after she recorded it.
      14. Jordin Sparks - Battlefield
      2009 was the year of Ryan Tedder, with the English-born songwriter penning hits for balladeers ranging from Beyoncé to Kelly Clarkson: and if things had played out differently, he may just have added Rihanna to that list. 'Battlefield', which was ultimately released by Jordin Sparks as the first single from her album of the same name, was initially written with the intention of pitching it to Christina Aguilera. After a demo was recorded it was then considered as a duet for Rihanna and Chris Brown, but after news of Brown's physical assault broke these plans were scrapped. Instead, Sparks went on to nab the song and turn it into a moderate success, with the song hitting #10 on the US charts.
      15. Jessie J - Do It Like A Dude
      Jessie J had success with writing on Miley Cyrus's 'Party In The U.S.A.', and it didn't take long before she tried to replicate the hit when she wrote 'Do It Like A Dude' for Rihanna. Jessie had Rihanna on the mind at the time due to the prominence of 'Rude Boy' on the radio, and she thought that the "tongue-in-cheek" and "empowering" nature of 'Dude' would be perfect for Rih to embody. After her completion of the song, Jessie sent it to both Rih's management and her own record label Island Records; and while she received no response from the former, an enthusiastic review from the latter encouraged her to release the song as her first single. Although Rih would have undoubtedly improved the song just by her very presence, we're kind of glad she didn't lend her vocals to this one; I'm pretty sure even Rihanna couldn't have saved this tryhard mess of a song.
      16. Ariana Grande - Dangerous Woman
      'Dangerous Woman' is a favourite among not only Ariana Grande fans, but also the popstar herself, who liked the track so much that she ended up scrapping her original lead single 'Focus' in it's favour and reworking her entire album to fit it's theme. Despite this, writers Johan Carlsson and Ross Golan had a very different artist in mind when they penned the song. Initially, the song was written with the intention of sending it to Carrie Underwood, who passed; and following this, it was also sent to Alicia Keys. Rihanna was third on the list of artists who were sent the song, and it was only after she rejected it that Grande got sloppy...fourths? While it would have been cool to hear Rih do her thing on this thumping mid-tempo, we're honestly more interested to hear what Carrie Underwood could have done with the song. She's never headed in such an R&B direction before, and it could definitely be an interesting change of pace for the country singer.
      17. Major Lazer & DJ Snake - Lean On (Feat. MØ)
      'Lean On' was one of the biggest songs of 2015, and one of the largest hits of the streaming era. Despite only peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, the song reached #1 in nine other countries, and went on to become the most streamed song of all time, as well as selling over 13 million copies worldwide. Surprisingly though, the track was offered to multiple artists who turned it down before it became the smash we know it as today. Major Lazer and MØ wrote the track together as a slower reggae song, pitching it to Nicki Minaj who turned it down. Later, they reworked the track into a more upbeat version with the help of DJ Snake, and went on to pitch this version to Rihanna. "I played her 'Lean On,'" Diplo would later recount. "She was like, 'I don't do house music.' I face-palmed so hard on that one." Weirdly enough though, despite the song's tropical influences, we think MØ is way more suited for the track than Rihanna would ever be. Ultimately, this track went to just the singer who needed it most.
      18. Pitbull - Timber (Feat. Ke$ha)
      Out of all of the songs that Rihanna turned down, this has to be the one we're most happy to see her let go of. Although Pitbull was always (unfortunately) intended to rap over the 'Timber' beat, he had initially wanted Rihanna to sing the chorus later made famous by Kesha. Fortunately, due to Rihanna's focus on her Shakira duet 'Can't Remember To Forget You', she was unable to find time to record vocals for the song. This was a positive thing for two reasons: one, because Rih didn't have to besmirch her good name by working with a rent-a-rapper like Pitbull; and two, because Kesha's southern roots and party girl image were perfect for the chorus of 'Timber', which gave her a greatly-needed hit at the perfect moment in time. We just wish she'd been given the chance to rap the verses herself.
      Which of these songs would you most like to hear Rihanna's vocals on? Let us know in the comments down below!
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    1. 1. Which song will win Record of the Year at the Grammy's?


      • Cardi B - I Like It (Feat. Bad Bunny & J Balvin)
      • Brandi Carlisle - The Joke
      • Childish Gambino - This Is America
      • Drake - God's Plan
      • Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper - Shallow
      • Kendrick Lamar & SZA - All The Stars
      • Post Malone - Rockstar (Feat. 21 Savage)
      • Zedd, Marin Morris & Grey - The Middle
    2. 2. Which album will win Album of the Year at the Grammy's?


      • Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy
      • Brandi Carlile - By the Way, I Forgive You
      • Drake - Scorpion
      • H.E.R. - H.E.R.
      • Post Malone - Beerbongs & Bentleys
      • Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer
      • Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour
      • Various Artists - Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired By

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