It’s crazy to think that 2014 is already almost over! From some of my favorites which include Jhene Aiko’s Souled Out and Chris Brown’s X to Trey Songz’ Trigga and Ariana Grande’s My Everything -2014 has brought us some great music! However, 2014 in music is far from over! The final quarter of 2014 includes some heavy hitters including rereleases from pop divas Iggy Azalea and Beyonce to highly anticipated projects from Rihanna and Kanye West! Check out our list of eight albums to expect before the years over!
1. Eminem – Shady XV
Eminem celebrates 15 years of Shady Records with his tenth studio album Shady XV. The album will include new tracks from Shady Record signees Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil, Yelawolf, D12 and Em himself. Eminem plugs in Skylar Grey and Sia for the album’s new singles “Twisted” and “Guts Over Fear” . The project consist of a second disc which will incorporate some of Shady Record’s greatest hits and a collaboration amongst Detroit’s finest artists on “Detroit Vs. Everyone”. Shady XV is due for release Novemeber 24th.
2. Iggy Azalea – Reclassified
Iggy Azalea keeps the momentum going with the re-release of her debut album The New Classic. The album will consist of 7 tracks from the previous project and 5 new tracks. Iggy Azalea plugs in Swedish singer Mo, Jennifer Hudson and Ellie Goulding for the albums singles! Iggy Azalea is definitely looking at a successful year! Reclassified is due for release November 24th.
3. Kendrick Lamar – TBA
Kendrick Lamar surprised fans with the release of his Good Kidd, M.A.D.D City follow-up single “i”. While not much has been discussed on the new project we know that the album will have a unique and diverse sound.“It’s really been a process about me grabbing from these different types of inspirations that I’ve been growing up off of and putting them into my own batch of hip-hop,” he explained. Kendrick Lamar is due for ‘SNL’ November 15th so expect more news soon!
4. Rihanna – Lost Files ?
With Rihanna’s return back to Instagram comes a new album for 2014! While nothing has been confirmed, information on the new album leaked revealing all the projects details! The project includes collaborations with Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Big Sean, DJ Mustard and Drake! Are you ready Rihanna Navy? If the leakage is factual, Rihanna’s eighth studio album, Lost Files, is due for release November 25th. Expect the unexpected!
5. Tyga – The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty
Amongst the Young Money beef comes Tyga’s much awaited album The Gold Allbum: 18th Century. While the album spawned single “Wait For A Minute” ft. Justin Bieber, “Hookah”, “Real Deal” and “40 Mill“, the best is still to come! “This new album, this shit is raw. I don’t want to give away too many ideas, man. This shit is gonna be crazy. But it’s not like the Careless World: Rise of the Last King album. It’s still story-based, but the tempo is going to be faster. It’s going to hit you harder. I called it nighttime music. Two, three in the morning, you are driving by yourself.”, he explained. Tyga’s The Gold Album: 18th Century is due for release November 18th.
6. Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint
Nicki Minaj fans have been anticipating the MCs return with her third studio album The Pinkprint. Thus far, the album has spawned the three singles “Pills N Potions“, “Anaconda” and “Only“.“I want female rappers to be able to pattern themselves with what I’ve done one day. I think the album is so classic. It’s gonna feel so good and I think it will probably be something that female rappers look to as a Pinkprint for years to come,” she continued. With the diversity of the project’s first three singles, I don’t know what to expect but what Nicki has in store, it will be good! Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint is due for release December 15th.
7. Beyonce – Beyonce: The Platinum Edition
Beyonce doesn’t know how to stop! Yesterday, the “Flawless” singer announced the re-release of surprise 2013 album. Beyonce’ Platinum Edition Box will include two new tracks titled “7/11″ and “Ring Off”, as well as some remixes featuring Pharrell Williams & Mr. Vegas! The package will also include the original Beyonce tracks, videos and footage from Beyonce & Jay Z’s ‘On The Run‘ Tour! Beyonce: The Platinum Edition is due for release November 24th!
8. Kanye West – TBA
Finally, the album we’re all waiting for -Kanye West’s Yeezus follow-up! We’ve had numerous leaks, teasers and previews but no confirmations! What we do know is that the album is finished and 20 lucky individuals have listened to it in it’s entirety. I anticipate that the follow-up will be a continuation of the Yeezus artistry with a combination of The College Dropout’s depth and Graduation’s sound, if that makes any sense. While Yeezus was out there, I believe Kanye needs to return to his roots in order to please all of his fans. While Idolator has a list of details and things to expect, I would say expect the unexpected!