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Under-the-radar pop albums to watch for this year

Under-the-radar pop albums to watch for this year

The marketing plans are likely being discussed as you read this: brainstorming sessions focused on delivering glistening, big-ticket records from Kanye West, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar and Adele — 2015 albums so brightly anticipated that they threaten to blind us to the pearls beneath.

Guessing when these records will arrive is a fool's errand. It'll happen based on timing, trending and bang-for-the-buck exposure. Perhaps tomorrow, perhaps another December surprise.

As we bide our time — or brace ourselves — for those platinum few, dozens (hundreds? thousands?) of artists are preparing to unveil work in the coming months that will wrestle for attention, offering quality less...

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