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The 6 Stages Of Waiting For An Album

Did your favorite artist forget to release their new album? Did they make a promise to give you some new songs, and then completely drop off the face of the earth? Does this make you feel a lot of things? If so, then you're currently experiencing "album grief".

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Waiting For Albums Suck. (Especially When It Doesn't Happen.)

Let's just face it. Waiting sucks. Especially for music. You see that drop date and it seems like a million years away. It's even worse when it DOESN'T drop.

It's happened again. Your favorite artist -ahem Frank Ocean - has failed to drop his/her latest album. Again.

"Is it my fault? Did I do something wrong? Where is freaking album?" are some things you might be asking yourself at this point. But breathe, everything’s okay.

You're just experiencing album grief, which is a term I just made up to describe the sadness/betrayal we get when that artist -ahem Frank Ocean- spends an entire summer TESTING YOU with videos and no album.

At this point you might be asking yourself, "What do I do now? Am I going to be annoyed forever?" and the answer is: Probably Not..

Album grief, like any other type of grieving, is a process. It takes time, but eventually you cycle through it.

Stage One: Denial

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You're looking at the date on your phone. There's no way you missed this album. The internet definitely said it'd be out right now. Twitter doesn't lie, right?

You must've just missed it. Maybe it's on one of those exclusive platforms. Maybe it's a different time zone. Whatever it is, it's wrong. It'll definitely be out within the week, right?

Stage Two: Anger

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It didn't come out within the week.

In fact, it's now been several weeks since the promised due date, and you find yourself getting progressively angrier. Like so angry you would never listen to this artist again, if they weren't so good.

Stage Three: Bargaining

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"Well you know there's a lot going on right now, maybe he's just waiting for the right moment. Drake just dropped views and Beyonce did lemonade, he's gotta wait for the hype."

You can't figure out why this famous artist can't hear you bargaining his new album for an old Nickleback album and some gum.

Stage Four: Denial (AGAIN.)

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At this point you really can't believe they'd play you like that. You were so excited and ready - and still nothing happened.

But you're not giving up hope, and you're sticking with them until something pops up in your music library.

Stage Five: Depression

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You've given up hope. They're never releasing the album. Maybe they didn't even start writing it.

At this point you're so sad you don't even want their album.

And Then Suddenly..

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They release an album. And it's amazing.

You can't even remember being mad at them. Angry at musicians? What? Where can I stream this now? Is this downloadable?

Stage Six: Relief

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Now you're just like "oh woah, got a little crazy there for a second."

You don't remember throwing away all their band t-shirts or tweeting hateful things at them. You're just stoked to have a new album to listen to.

(BONUS STAGE: Crying because they -he- put out an album and forgot to apply for a Grammy)

Seriously, Frank? YOU RELEASED 2 ALBUMS. You couldn't be on time for that?

And you can keep up to date with the latest albums via streaming music/exclusive apps.

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