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20 Most Anticipated Pop Albums of 2016

Katy Perry, Zayn Malik and more

Sia; Lady Gaga; Rihanna; Bruno Mars

Sia, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Bruno Mars are the among the many pop stars set to release highly anticipated new albums in 2016.

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From hit machines like Katy Perry and Bruno Mars, to up-and-comers like Zendaya and Tinashe, to legends like Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears, 2016 is looking to be another year full of giant hooks. Here's the pop albums we're most looking forward to.


LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 26: Actress and singer Zendaya performs onstage at the Barbie Rock 'N Royals Concert Experience at the Hollywood Palladium on September 26, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

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Disney star Zendaya became a prominent figure in 2015 outside of the tweens who adore her shows and films on the family-friendly channel. On red carpets, she became a style icon, and on social media, she spoke out against racism and sexism. She's poised for pop stardom, and the first step is her sophomore album, originally rumored to debut in February though never confirmed by the singer or her label. For her next album, the singer has been working with Diane Warren and Timbaland. In November, she gave a taste of what's to come with the Timbo-produced song "Close Up," which was featured in a fashion film for Vivienne Westwood. 


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We already got a taste of one of 2016's first big releases, Santigold's 99¢ (Due January 22nd), from the album's first single, "Can't Get Enough of Myself," a giddy tune driven by a unique and uncharacterizable global pop beat. "The record cover is a picture of me basically in a bag, shrink-wrapped, with a bunch of items, random clutter from my life …  and there's a 99-cent sticker on it," Santigold said of the album title. "Everything is a product at this point, including people and relationships, and everything's about marketing products. So, I'm a product. And also, everything is undervalued, so I thought 99 cents is a good price for me and my life and all my hard work."