It’s a new year and that means a new selection of new music to look forward to. As every online news and information blog wraps up the best of 2013 with a list of what’s coming out in 2014, I’m following suit, if only because this year already has a selection of albums on the horizon that I have my eyes on.
A Great Big World – Is There Anybody Out There
Of the albums confirmed already, new artist A Great Big World will be releasing their first album Is There Anybody Out There on January 21. The album contains the hit Say Something, which subtly features Christina Aguilera. Could they be this year’s fun.?
Nicole Atkins‘ third album Slow Phaser, preceded by the first single Girl You Look Amazing, will be out the first week of February.
Imogen Heap is finally releasing her first album since 2009 on March 3. Sparks will be made up of the songs she has been releasing since 2011 with a few new unreleased tracks.
Other albums pretty much confirmed with all except a date include U2, whose album is rumoured to be out in April, Frank Ocean‘s followup to channel ORANGE in the Summer, Ed Sheeran‘s second album out before his just-announced Fall tour, and the Lady Gaga/Tony Bennett collaborative album out in late 2014.
The speculative side of 2014 in music sees Adele finally following up her 2011 album 21. The Foo Fighters and Kendrick Lamar are also both in the studio working on their respective albums and Nicki Minaj is expected to release her next Pink Friday instalment at some point this year.
Sia (image from panicmanual.com)
Sia has gained a lot of success as a collaborator and songwriter of hit songs for Rihanna and Ne-Yo, as well as contributing to tracks for Beyoncé, Celine Dion and Katy Perry. She’s been featured on songs with Flo Rida, David Guetta and Eminem and has been featured on two of last year’s biggest movie soundtracks, The Great Gatsby and Catching Fire. She’s expected to release her first album since all of that sometime this year.
Pharrell is also following a period of success as a featured artist, songwriter and producer with a new album expected out in the summer, his first since 2006. It will feature his current single Happy.
The rumour mill is claiming that Jay-Z and Kanye West are working on Watch The Throne II, and Outkast are apparently reuniting for their first album since the Idlewild Soundtrack from 2006.
And finally, last year was the first year since 2008 that Rihanna didn’t release a new album – that year instead releasing Good Girl Gone Bad Reloaded, a re-release album with several new tracks. It goes without saying that she’ll likely release her eighth album this year. In the meantime, her new single with Shakira is out next week called Can’t Remember To Forget You and apparently Katy Perry confirmed a collaboration with Rihanna will be released soon as well – possible a remix from Prism?
These are some of what I’ll be looking out for while also hoping for an influx of new artists and other fun musical surprises this year.