6 Dance Albums Expected to Shake Up 2016
Last year saw record-breaking EDM hits and massive collaborations, but there are tons of releases to look forward to in 2016. Seven forthcoming releases, in particular, are expected to really shake things up.
Joel Zimmerman announced back in July that he'd begin working on his eighth studio album as soon as the construction of his new studio was complete. The studio was expected to be up and running by fall, and Zimmerman tweeted that he should have enough new material by January.
"The plan is, when the studios done in the fall, I'm going into winter studio hibernation. Should have a new album done by Jan I think."
It has not been confirmed as of late whether the follow-up to his 2014 album While(1<2) will still come in January, but it's likely fans will receive a new album in the first half of the year and expectations will undoubtedly be high.
2. Jack Ü
During an interview with Frankie Grande (Ariana's brother) on the red carpet at the 2015 American Music Awards back in November, Skrillex revealed that the two producers are working on a new Jack U EP for early 2016. Diplo reiterated the new Jack Ü material in a recent Facebook post reflecting on the past year and looking ahead into the New Year.
"We both had a tough year in parts and I think both of us are gonna go even harder in 2016. Hopefully we finish a new album that is gonna break through even further."
In 2015, Kygo made history as the fastest artist to hit one billion streams on Spotify as well as the first producer to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. After releasing the single "Stay (ft. Maty Noyes)," the Norwegian producer announced that his debut album will be released on February 12th, 2016.
4. Major Lazer
Major Lazer's hit single "Lean On feat. MØ and DJ Snake" became the global song of the summer and racked up over 600 million streams. After announcing an extended version of the third studio album, Peace is the Mission, Diplo revealed that the group would be coming out with their fourth studio album in 2016. And with such incredible commercial success on the last album, we can only expect the next one to feature another hit or two as well as an interesting roster of collaborators.
5. DJ Snake
After teaming up with Major Lazer for "Lean On," DJ Snake was quoted back in October saying that fans could expect his debut album sooner than later. The French producer has since released two singles from the forthcoming album, the banger "Propaganda" and the more tamed "Middle" featuring Bipolar Sunshine.
6. Steve Angello
The former Swedish House Mafia member released the first chapter of his solo album debut, Wild Youth, on November 20th via his label imprint Size Records. Prior to the release, Angello explained in several interviews that the goal of this album is to leave a unique legacy as an individual artist rather than to achieve chart success.
"Making this album has just been about forgetting everything and just being like, 'You know what, I'm going to write something that means something and it's going to have a story’. If it won’t chart, then it won't chart but that’s not the purpose of it either.
The second chapter is expected to release on January 22, 2016 and will complete the story with seven more tracks featuring collaborators Andrew Watt, Franz Novotny, AN21, Tom Taped, Alexis Aery, David Garza, Dan Reynolds and Gavin Jasper.
"The highly personal album spans his life and chronicles era after era from childhood, his career beginning, arena-sized stardom, walking away from Swedish House Mafia, a lucrative major label solo deal (that he bought himself off of) to where he is now- making the art and living the life he wants."