EW asks an oddsmaker to weigh in on anticipated potential album releases

By Ruth Kinane
September 06, 2016 at 04:55 PM EDT
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Place your bets! Every year, a handful of artists who are expected to release new albums keep fans wondering, will they or won’t they?

Now, EW has asked Rob Dixon, a senior odds compiler from the firm William Hill, to predict whether artists like LCD Soundsystem, who have said new music is on the way, Nas, and Christina Aguilera, will finally put out a new album in 2016.

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Jay Z and Beyoncé

For months, rumors have swirled that music’s reigning monarchs would release a collaborative album. Could it become a reality in 2016? Dixon doesn’t think so: “There’s more chance of a solo album from Jay at this point.”

17% chance

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Justin Timberlake

JT has had a huge summer with “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” and he’s overseeing the soundtrack to the animated fall flick Trolls, where he voices Branch. Dixon thinks a new album could hap­pen “late 2016 or early 2017.”

33% chance

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LCD Soundsystem 

James Murphy confirmed the dance-­rockers were prepping a new album after announcing their reunion this year. With LCD’s summer of playing high­ profile festivals wrapped up, Dixon says it’s a safe bet there will be a record this year.

67% chance

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Christina Aguilera

Xtina’s departure from The Voice should give her time to finish the record she’s confirmed she’s working on—and promised would be out by year’s end. Still, Dixon says, “It’s more likely to see a 2017 release.”

14% chance

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Nas

The rapper recently told EW that his first album in four years will “come out at the perfect time.” Dixon believes the opportune moment might be Q4.

66% chance

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