Almost 30% of people are clamoring for a new album from this pop star

Now that we’re halfway through 2022, it’s safe to say that it’s been a great year for pop music. With big releases from The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Harry Styles, Lizzo and Beyoncé, there has been no shortage of exciting projects and concerts are back in full swing after a blow from the pandemic. Although the entry period ends on September 30, there are so many strong contenders that Billboard has already released its predictions for the upcoming 2023 Grammy Awards. Better yet, there are still five months left in the year, with opportunities for even more announcements. When artists change their sound and surprise albums become more popular, it really does feel like anything could happen. You could even call it a renaissance!

However, despite the influx of new releases, there are some artists we’re still waiting for. Whether they’re busy with side projects, taking a much-needed break, or simply putting the finishing touches on their future major work, we haven’t heard much from them lately. That’s why Nicki Swift created a poll asking which hiatus pop stars would most like to release a new album by the end of the year.

Fans are hungry for more Lady Gaga

In a Nicki Swift poll of 595 people, nearly 28% said they’re most looking forward to Lady Gaga’s next album. Her latest LP, 2020’s Chromatica, marked her long-awaited dance-pop comeback after switching to jazz and focusing on her acting career. Gaga has definitely not been holding back, recently releasing the single “Hold My Hand” for the Top Gun: Maverick soundtrack, but people are still hungry for a full-length opus.

Surprisingly, Rihanna took second place with 21 percent of the vote. Of all the artists that were up for grabs, Rihanna’s absence was arguably the most felt. Releasing one album a year from 2006 to 2012 and another with “Anti” in 2016, their musical output decreased dramatically before disappearing altogether. After being involved with Fenty Beauty and giving birth to her first son, it might be a while before fans’ wishes come true. Britney Spears was close behind at 20%, as she also hasn’t released a full-length album since 2016’s Glory. The next one might be sooner than we think: Spears has music in the works, including a duet with Elton John, per people.

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As for the other options in the poll, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, and Olivia Rodrigo received 13%, 11%, and 8% of the vote, respectively. Grande released her latest album Positions in late 2020, while Bieber and Rodrigo released their Justice and Sour in 2021, so they might have to wait a little longer to build anticipation.