2011 was a GREAT year for music. With new records from Lil Wayne, Drake, Lady Gaga, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, Kanye West & Jay-Z, AND Beyonce, it’s hard to think that 2012 can top the sounds that 2011 offered, but a lot of artists have been talking some big game. There are literally more albums we’re stoked for this year than we can count on our hands and feet so we decided to narrow it down for y’all. Welcome to our Most Anticipated Albums of 2012 list:
4. The xx – TBA
This UK shoegaze group stunned the world in 2009 with their debut release xx, and we’ve been eagerly awaiting their sophomore record for, well, almost three years now! The band’s been writing and recording their new album for the majority of 2011, so sometime in 2012 we know it’s gonna drop. We can’t wait for more slow jams from these brilliant songwriters.
3. Lana Del Rey – Born To Die
Ever since we heard Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games” in the summer of 2010, we knew this it girl would be blowing the minds of people around the world with er unique vocal stylings, glamorous persona, and mysterious demure. Out on January 27th, 2010, her debut LP Born To Die is guaranteed to make the online music community even more enamoured with her.
2. Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
We’ve heard “Roman in Moscow” and “Stupid H**”…but it’s just not enough! Pink Friday was mostly a slow jam filled record, with just a handful of aggressive songs sprinkled throughout, so we’re hoping Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded brings it hard.
1. Kanye West – G.O.O.D. Music / Jay-Z – TBA
After the massive success of Watch The Throne’s album and tour, we were totally surprised to hear that these two were not only each planning a solo project of their own, but ANOTHER collab. Kanye’s GOOD Music album is set for a Spring 2012 release, while Jay’s being slightly more tight lipped about the details on his music. But as long as Bey-Jay Jr. gets a feature on the album, we could care less about its release.
What albums are you looking forward to in 2012?