The best of the rest

What’s left of 2016

This year has already given us some musical gems, albums that we will be listening to for years to come that have perfectly summed up the zeitgeist. Where to start? Well, there was the long anticipated Blonde from Frank Ocean, surprise releases from Beyonce, Kanye West, Radiohead and Rihanna and recently the career defining A Seat At The Table from Solange. And that is before we have even mention the incredible Blackstar from the late, great David Bowie.

But 2016 isn’t over yet, not by a long shot. Here we count down the top five albums that are yet to make their impact on the charts. But it won’t be long now.

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Lady Gaga – Joanne

Titled Joanne and slated for an October 21 release Lady Gag’s fifth album is most definitely one of the most hyped of the latter part of the year. The first single taken from it, Perfect Illusion, reached number one in France and Spain and hit the top 20 of most other charts. Wanting the album to sound like a “surprise” for fans, Gaga has been working with Emporio Armani favourite Mark Ronson and Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker.

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Alicia Keys – Here

Alicia Keys sixth album Here will be released on November 6 and will be her first in four years, following Girl On Fire in 2012. The lead single from the album, Blended Family, which features ASAP Rocky, is currently making its way up the charts and if it is anything to go by, marks a new sound for the international singer who was made famous with 2001’s Songs in A Minor.

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Justice – Woman

Justice incited near mass hysteria in fans earlier this year when they announced that they will be releasing their third album, Woman, in November after an almost five year wait. Singles Safe and Sound and Randy have already been released, giving people a taste of what to expect from the French electronic duo, but for anymore, we’ll have to be patient.

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Childish Gambino – "Awaken, My Love!"

While Donald Glover may be currently enjoying success on his television series Atlanta, his musical alter ego Childish Gambino is gearing up to release his next album. Titled "Awaken, My Love!" there’s no release date yet but he did perform it for a few select fans at Joshua Tree in California in September, but as phones were banned, the majority of us are still none the wiser. What we do know is that Childish Gambino wants the album to be an immersive experience, so watch this space.

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Bruno Mars, 24K Magic

Since taking over the airwaves with Mark Ronson and Uptown Funk, Bruno Mars has been rather quiet, but that is set to change very soon. 24K Magic, his first album in four years will be released on November 18 and features collaborations with Mark Ronson and Skrillex. Expect a number one imminently.

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