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The 11 New Albums That Will Save 2017

Posted On02/15/2017

ContributorShirin Miller

Featuring Drake, Kanye and his G.O.O.D. crew, the women of Haim, and more.

One of 2016’s few redeeming qualities was its music. While we lost a myriad of heroes along the way, rarely has there been a year as stacked with soon-to-be-classic records (especially from black musicians). In 2017, we’ll once again be looking to music to entertain us, unite us, and carry us forward.

Already 2017’s musical forecast looks promising. MGMT has readjusted its comeback plans. Lorde seems confident in her new record. The Gorillaz camp is edging toward a new release as eccentrically as ever. And everyone from Kanye, Arcade Fire, and LCD Soundsystem to the Killers is reportedly in the studio.

But if we learned anything in 2016, it’s that the effects of a rapidly shifting music industry are re-contextualizing how albums are released entirely. In other words, things aren’t nearly as simple as they used to be. It’s grown harder to speak about upcoming albums in definite terms. For all we know, the albums that will excite us the most will arrive late, be leaked early, not come at all, or emerge entirely from left field.

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