Surprise albums are all the rage, and it’s easy to understand why. They make sense for both fans and artists, and there’s hardly any downside to just throwing your highly anticipated album up for download on a random Saturday night with nothing else going on around the Internet. It practically sells itself at that point.

Kendrick Lamar LiveKendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly saw an early release

Take a look at Kendrick Lamar: his new record, To Pimp A Butterfly, wasn’t even technically a surprise, as it was just allegedly “accidentally” released early on iTunes before its release. It still yielded the same results as a complete surprise album would, and it smashed a ton of streaming records like the 9.6 million number that was achieved via Spotify listens. The record-holder before that was, of course, none other than Drake’s surprise mixtape, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. You can see the trend here.

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You could argue that new albums from Lamar and Drake would still get those same kind of figures even if they were planned to be released on a certain date, but something about a surprise release from a massive star is borderline exhilarating - it’s a model that can simply never get old. We’re only three months into the year, so there’s a lot of new music left to be heard - which acts are most likely next in line to release new music without notice?


Blink-182 were recently responsible for some of the most entertaining pop-punk band-drama the world’s ever seen. This past January, it was announced that the legendary rockers would be moving on without their longtime vocalist/guitarist Tom DeLonge, and social media basically went crazy. A very long story short: DeLonge is out, and Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba is in temporarily - at least for now. While Skiba is just around to play some Blink shows with bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker, nobody has ruled out the possibility for new music. If it all goes well, the high might be so great that they decide to hit the studio in the near future, and what better way to debut a new-look Blink than to release it without telling anyone?

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