When it comes to music—much like movies—the second half of the year is where it's at. The first three months are usually a drag, with the big dogs falling back after their 4th quarter releases—and it's freezing out so life just sucks in general. But as the temperature rises, the narratives of the year start to emerge and the big releases start to drop. In the past few months alone, we've endured/enjoyed a whirlwind of marquee-name releases (and an accompanying whirlwind of marquee-level marketing). Kanye West, Jay Z, Wale, J. Cole, Mac Miller. And yet, there's still so much more to come. To help you navigate your way through the rest of the year, plan out your purchases etc., here are The 40 Most Anticipated Albums For The Rest of 2013.

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