Albums, unlike movies, are a hard thing to anticipate. There’s a lot more change, tweaking, and last-minute decision making that goes into releasing an album. And that’s not even taking into consideration the “marketing decisions” that are made. Just take a look at the most recent Beyonce album that completely took everyone by surprise–one of the world’s most popular female pop stars somehow managed to keep her new album a secret.
But just because it’s difficult to guess which albums are going to come out next year doesn’t mean that we’re not going to give it a shot. And right now it’s looking like there’s plenty of quality music to look forward to (especially since Bieber has apparently retired).
Here are the 15 albums you should start paying attention to for the new year. And if you’re in the mood to check out “The 30 Most Anticipated Movies” you can do that afterwards.