Solange Didn't Forget About Us

But waiting for these albums is still keeping us up at night.

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Good Lorde, Where Is the New Lorde Album?

Last Album: Pure Heroine, 2013.

"I still think about you all the time," Lorde recently wrote in a caption for a photograph of David Bowie that she posted on Instagram. "You need to be thinking about some new music," one of her thousands of commenters snapped back. Lorde's social media accounts are flooded with all kinds of messages like this, often imbued with all the endearing, lovelorn angst of, well, a great Lorde song. Lorde's latest tweet? "I do the work and feel the force field around myself get stronger." We feel it, too, Lorde. We feel it, too. We'd also like to hear it, if you don't mind.

We Bet It Will Come Out: Late, late fall or early 2017.

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Maybe When the Clock Strokes Midnight, We'll Get a New Strokes Album

Last Album: Comedown Machine, 2013.

In all fairness, The Strokes released an EP earlier this year, but if anything, the three songs just made us even more eager to hear a full-length album of new material. The band is clearly working together right now; they hit the festival circuit this summer in support of the EP, which makes it seem possible that some songwriting and studio sessions may have happened. At least we hope they happened, because we are seriously overdue for some good, old-fashioned rock 'n' roll.

We Bet It Will Come Out: Late 2017 or early 2018, but let's hope for an early surprise.

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Still Waiting to Go HAM for HAIM

Last Album: Days Are Gone, 2013.

The Haim sisters took the music world by storm when they released their debut LP three years ago, but since then we've been watching them play the same festival sets, with the same 11 songs on repeat. It's been said that the Californian trio's sophomore LP will be released this fall, but it's fall...and we're still waiting.

We Bet It Will Come Out: Late 2016 or early 2017. All we can say is, it's coming down to "The Wire."

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Casting My Vote for Outkast

Last Album: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, 2003.

Fans of rap's greatest duo had all but given up hope on ever hearing a new Outkast album—and then, suddenly, Gucci Mane appeared on Snapchat telling the world he'd just done "a record for Outkast!" Reps for the group have since denied the accuracy of the comments (in all likelihood, he probably just did a guest vocal for either Big Boi or Andre's solo work), but that doesn't mean we're going to stop dreaming.

We Bet It Will Come Out: They might just keep us waiting forever, forever ever, forever ever.

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I Can't Even Comprehend, Vampire Weekend

Last Album: Modern Vampires of the City, 2013.

Vampire Weekend had a busy 2016: they were hot on the campaign trail with Bernie Sanders for a while, Rostam Batmanglij left the band to (rather successfully) go solo, and lead singer Ezra Koenig got a writing credit on Lemonade. Back in January, Koenig said that the band was working on its fourth album with the working title Mitsubishi Macchiato, but now we are nearing the general election and we have heard nothing. Come back, Vampire Weekend. Please.

We Bet It Will Come Out: February or March 2017.

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Sometimes I Sit and Think About a New Courtney Barnett Album

Last Album: Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, 2015.

Admittedly, Barnett's last album didn't come out that long ago, but it's been more than a year and a half, and she's spent the entire time touring, making her debut on live national television, and getting a Best New Artist nomination at the Grammys. She says she's written half of her next album—but if you're listening, Courtney, and you've got an album title, release date, or a single, please just let us know. We need this.

We Bet It Will Come Out: August 2017.

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This Generation Needs the Smooth Operator

Last Album: Soldier of Love, 2010.

Technically, Sade did release a live album in 2012—but that doesn't count, because it didn't include any new material. If you love Drake, Bryson Tiller, and the rest of the emo set, a Sade album is what you need! If you think "By Your Side" is one of the greatest love songs ever written (which, of course, you should), then imagine what Sade could do in 2017. Instead of bringing sexy back, Sade would bring back her soothing, dreamy brand of love—for both humans and smooth jazz, of course.

We Bet It Will Come Out: Oh, it will definitely be the record of the summer in 2017. Hands down. 

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