The 30 Most Anticipated Albums of 2015

25. Miguel – TBD

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Release Date: TBD

Miguel is going on his third album, since his solid 2010 debut All I Want Is You and his improved, and critically successful, Kaleidoscope Dream album in 2012. If Miguel continues the trend, his next project should be great. He will have a lot of competition in the R&B world in 2015, as The Weeknd and Frank Ocean are both expected to release albums this year, but the 3-track EP he gave us in 2014 has us very excited for his next complete project.

24. Mike Posner – Pages

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Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Release Date: TBD

There was a time when only Detroit natives and Duke Blue Devils knews who Mike Posner and Big Sean were. Then in a short period of time, both saw their hard work pay off as Big Sean’s signing with Kanye finally propelled him deep into the rap game and Mike Posner’s hit ‘Cooler Than Me’ blew up and was the song of the summer in 2010. Soon after the success of ‘Cooler Than Me’, Mike released his debut album 31 Minute to Takeoff, a great followup to his successful dorm room recorded mixtapes A Matter of Time and One Foot Out the Door. Since then, Mike has kept relatively quite, touring colleges campuses, producing and writing for others artists ( such as Justin Bieber and Maroon 5) and preparing for he second studio album Pages. Name after the pages in his journal which contain Mike’s thoughts, song lyrics and more, Mike has recorded over 100 songs since 2010’s 31 Minutes to Takeoff and Pages will feature the best of the bunch. Expect great things from this album and a lot of star power as the singer/producer’s sophomore album is scheduled to include Justin Bieber, Big Sean, 2 Chainz and more.

23. Rihanna – TBD

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Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Release Date: TBD

Late last year, Rihanna teased her upcoming eight album, which has been kept relatively secret ever since she left Def Jam for Jay-Z’s Roc Nation. It has been over two years since her latest album Unapologetic, but we do know Rihanna has been working on her next album and that any news on the project will come directly from her. Unfortunately however she hasn’t given fans too much news yet, but since the only singers that can make hits like RiRi are Beyonce and Taylor Swift, we don’t have any doubt that her first Roc Nation album will be well worth the wait.

22. Wale – The Album About Nothing

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Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Release Date: March 31, 2015

It seemed as though Wale was headed down the plummeting tunnels of oblivion. Through an average album release among the same weeks Kanye, J Cole, Mac Miller and Jay-Z dropped, his public feud with Complex when his album didn’t make their annual “Best of” list, and even feuding with his own label mate Meek Mill, it seemed he was in a tailspin both in public antics and musically. 2014 though, was the year Wale officially announced his album The Album About Nothing, a collaborative album of sorts with the legendary Jerry Seinfeld. On top of this, Wale’s recent mixtape Festivus with Canadian-legend DJ A-Trak was one of his best pieces of works in recent years, and if those are supposed to be the leftovers for the album, we can’t wait till March.

21. Vince Staples – TBD

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Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Release Date: TBD

2014 was a big year for Vince Staples. He started it off by releasing a sequel to his street-mixtape series Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2, and before the year ended released the commercially pleasing but equally as hard EP, Hell Can Wait. The spectacular EP thematically represents the time leading into high school according to Staples, and the album is supposed to cover what he believes to be the most important summer of his life, the summer after high school. Vince Staples occupies an interesting place as a retrospective storytelling street-rapper with some of the rawest lyricism in the game right now, and if his two-punch combination in 2014 is any indication, his album should be another feather in the cap.

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