Bey, Rih or 'Ye? Who might surprise us with an unannounced album drop

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PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 12: Beyonce and Jay-Z perform during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at the Stade de France on September 12, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Myrna Suarez/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce and JAY Z perform during the Beyonce and Jay Z - On the Run tour at Stade De France on Friday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Paris, France. (Photo by Rob Hoffman/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 12: Beyonce and Jay-Z kiss during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at the Stade de France on September 12, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Myrna Suarez/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 12: Beyonce performs during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at the Stade de France on September 12, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Myrna Suarez/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 12: Jay-Z performs during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at the Stade de France on September 12, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Myrna Suarez/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 12: Jay-Z performs during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at the Stade de France on September 12, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Myrna Suarez/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 12: Beyonce performs during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at the Stade de France on September 12, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Myrna Suarez/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 12: Beyonce performs during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at the Stade de France on September 12, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Myrna Suarez/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce and JAY Z perform during the Beyonce and Jay Z - On the Run tour at Stade De France on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Paris, France. (Photo by Mason Poole/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce and JAY Z perform during the Beyonce and Jay Z - On the Run tour at Stade De France on Friday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Paris, France. (Photo by Rob Hoffman/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
PASADENA, CA - AUGUST 02: Beyonce performs during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at the Rose Bowl on August 2, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/PW/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
PASADENA, CA - AUGUST 02: Jay-Z performs during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at the Rose Bowl on August 2, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/PW/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
PASADENA, CA - AUGUST 02: Jay-Z (L) and Beyonce perform during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at the Rose Bowl on August 2, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/PW/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
PASADENA, CA - AUGUST 02: Beyonce performs during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at the Rose Bowl on August 2, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/PW/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
PASADENA, CA - AUGUST 02: Beyonce performs during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at the Rose Bowl on August 2, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/PW/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
PASADENA, CA - AUGUST 02: Beyonce performs during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at the Rose Bowl on August 2, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/PW/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 24: Beyonce performs onstage during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at Soldier Field on July 24, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Larry Busacca/PW/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 24: Beyonce (L) and Jay-Z perform onstage during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at Soldier Field on July 24, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Larry Busacca/PW/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 24: Beyonce performs onstage during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at Soldier Field on July 24, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Larry Busacca/PW/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 24: Jay-Z performs onstage during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at Soldier Field on July 24, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Larry Busacca/PW/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 24: Jay-Z (L) and Beyonce perform onstage during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at Soldier Field on July 24, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Larry Busacca/PW/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce and JAY Z perform on stage during the Beyonce and Jay Z - On the Run Tour at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, August 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce performs on stage during the Beyonce and Jay Z - On the Run Tour at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, August 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce performs on stage during the On the Run tour at Safeco Field on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Seattle. (Photo by Mason Poole/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce performs on stage during the On the Run tour at Safeco Field on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Seattle. (Photo by Mason Poole/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce and JAY Z perform on stage during the On the Run tour at Safeco Field on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Seattle. (Photo by Mason Poole/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce performs during the On The Run tour at Investors Group Field on Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada . (Photo by Robin Harper/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce and JAY Z performs during the On The Run tour at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, July 20, 2014 in New Orleans. (Photo by Robin Haper/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce performs during the On The Run tour at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, July 20, 2014 in New Orleans. (Photo by Robin Haper/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce performs on the On The Run Tour at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 in Foxborough, Mass. (Photo by Mason Poole/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce and JAY Z perform during the On The Run tour at Rogers Centre on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 in Toronto. (Photo by Robin Harper/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce performs during the On The Run tour at Rogers Centre on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 in Toronto. (Photo by Robin Harper/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - JAY Z performs during the On The Run tour at the Georgia Dome on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rob Hoffman/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - JAY Z performs during the On The Run tour at Soldier Field on Thursday, July 24, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois . (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce performs on stage during the On the Run tour at Safeco Field on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Seattle. (Photo by Mason Poole/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - JAY Z and Beyoncé perform on the On The Run Tour at the Great American Ball Park on Saturday, June 28, 2014, in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Robin HarperParkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce and JAY Z perform on the On The Run Tour at the Great American Ball Park on Saturday, June 28, 2014, in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Robin Harper/Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce and JAY Z perform on the On The Run Tour at the Great American Ball Park on Saturday, June 28, 2014, in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Robin Harper/Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
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IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce and JAY Z perform during the Beyonce and Jay Z - On the Run tour at AT&T Park on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in San Francisco. (Photo by Mason Poole/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce and JAY Z perform during the Beyonce and Jay Z - On the Run tour at AT&T Park on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in San Francisco. (Photo by Mason Poole/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce performs during the Beyonce and Jay Z - On the Run tour at AT&T Park on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in San Francisco. (Photo by Mason Poole/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 12: Beyonce and Jay-Z perform during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at the Stade de France on September 12, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Myrna Suarez/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 12: Beyonce performs during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at the Stade de France on September 12, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Myrna Suarez/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
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Beyonce bucked industry standards with her surprise album drop last year, but could she have also blazed a new trail for other artists?

Bey (and her label, Columbia) challenged the traditional album rollout last December by releasing a full visual album on iTunes without warning, selling 991,000 copies in its first 10 days of release. And while many speculated that the superstar could pull an encore (a rep for Beyonce told Billboard that a previously "leaked" track list was "completely made up"), we have to wonder whether any star could actually pull off the art of the surprise drop in today's post-Beyonce world.

Azalea Banks, for one, released her long-delayed debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste, on Thursday -- but it was hardly met with a Beyonce level of fanfare. If an A-lister were to follow suit this year, it would probably be one of these five artists.

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BEYONCE, AGAIN:

She's releasing a platinum edition box set of her last album on Nov. 24, featuring two new songs and a handful of remixes, but could this be a ploy to distract us from a September report that she and hubby Jay Z were working on a collaborative album? It's not entirely far-fetched.

Jay's joint album with Kanye West, 2011's Watch the Throne, was a huge success, while Jay and Bey mixed business with pleasure this summer with their On the Run tour. According to Billboard, the global trek topped $100 million in ticket sales, making the idea of a full collab album a lucrative one.

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RIHANNA:

Rumors have been flying that Rihanna could be prepping to drop a surprise album with a leaked -- and possibly fake -- track list finding its way on the Internet just days before @badgalriri made her triumphant return to Instagram. (Hallelujah!) According to the leaked – and again, possibly fake – document, the album would be titled The Lost Files and be released on Nov. 25.

ADELE:

The new mom, who has kept a low profile over the last few years, posted this cryptic tweet on her birthday in May.

Adele fans know that the UK songstress names her albums after her age, so could 25 be the follow-up to 2011's 21? Adele's label recently dashed our hopes for new material, stating in an official filing that Adele would not be releasing new material in 2014 – but that's not to say we couldn't see something early next year.

Not to mention the Beyonce factor: Adele, who is rarely spotted by paparazzi, was seen enjoying a double date with Queen Bey recently in London. Could the duo be working on something together?

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KANYE WEST:

Around this time last year, Kanye West told Power 99 that he was aiming to have a new album out by summer 2014. So far, no word on a new album, but the idea of a surprise drop on iTunes would likely to appeal to Yeezy. His 2013 album Yeezus may have debuted at No. 1 on the charts, but it marked Kanye's lowest-selling debut week of his career. Why? Industry insiders had initially predicted that the highly-anticipated album would move 500,000 copies in its first week, but an early leak likely contributed to significantly diminished figures (327,000 copies sold). So how does one avoid the dreaded album leak? Bypassing the physical CD production and going straight to the web is certainly an option.

JUSTIN BIEBER:

Justin may have been busy with legal drama over the last year, but he still found time to get in the studio. The Biebs shared snippets of 11 new songs on Instagram back in July and by our count, he's due for a new release anytime now. His last album Believe hit shelves in June of 2012. Plus, with his technically-savvy young fandom, skipping the physical CD release (at least at first) isn't likely to hurt sales too much. In fact, he tested that method out earlier this year with his digital-first Music Monday series of single releases.

Who would you like to see pull a Beyonce this year?

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Rihanna attends the CFDA Fashion Awards on Monday, June 2, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Rihanna attends the CFDA Fashion Awards on Monday, June 2, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Rihanna attends the CFDA Fashion Awards on Monday, June 2, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Rihanna attends the CFDA Fashion Awards on Monday, June 2, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Rihanna attends the CFDA Fashion Awards on Monday, June 2, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Rihanna attends the CFDA Fashion Awards on Monday, June 2, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Rihanna attends the CFDA Fashion Awards on Monday, June 2, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Rihanna attends the CFDA Fashion Awards on Monday, June 2, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Rihanna attends the CFDA Fashion Awards on Monday, June 2, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Singer Rihanna arrives at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" on Monday, May 5, 2014, in New York.
Singer Rihanna arrives at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" on Monday, May 5, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Rihanna attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" on Monday, May 5, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Rihanna attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" on Monday, May 5, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Rihanna arrives at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Rihanna arrives at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Rihanna arrives at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Rihanna arrives at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Rihanna arrives at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Rihanna arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Rihanna arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Rihanna arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Rihanna arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Singer Rihanna attends the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MTV)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Singer Rihanna (jewelry detail) attends the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)
Rihanna arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Rihanna arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Rihanna arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Rihanna arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Performer Rihanna arrives for the Brit Awards 2012 at the O2 Arena in London, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short)
Performer Rihanna arrives for the Brit Awards 2012 at the O2 Arena in London, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short)
Performer Rihanna arrives for the Brit Awards 2012 at the O2 Arena in London, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short)
Performer Rihanna arrives for the Brit Awards 2012 at the O2 Arena in London, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short)
Rihanna arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 07: Rihanna attends the Spike TV's 'Guys Choice' Awards held at the Sony Studios on June 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: (L-R) Cliff Dixon, Kevin Durant, Fabolous and Ne-Yo attend Kevin Durant's 25th Birthday Party at Avenue on September 22, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: (L-R) Wale, Kevin Durant and Cliff Dixon attend Kevin Durant's 25th Birthday Party Avenue Club on September 22, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
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