To be honest, 2014 has been a pretty weak year for music so far. Some of that's because the first half of the year is always pretty slow, a result of the music industry going quiet during January and February. Still, the album situation isn't looking great (songs is a different story).

Maybe we just got spoiled last year. In 2013, just about every major rap star released an album. By this time last year, Kanye West, J. Cole, and Mac Miller had all dropped albums (and all on the same day). Beyoncé albums were falling out of the sky last year! This year hasn’t been quite that interesting yet. (Sorry, Mariah.)

Of course, there has been some great music released this year. You just have to know where to look. A good starting place would be our list of the 40 Best Albums of 2014 (So Far).

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