2013 was undoubtedly a popular year for album releases. Within a few short months we saw new albums from Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, One Direction, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears and Beyonce (!!)—it was exhausting to say the least.
Next year may not be filled to the brim with new music, but that doesn’t make us any less excited for what’s to come from these five awesome artists:
Kelis — The “Milkshake” queen dominated the summer of 2010 with the release of her fifth studio album, Flesh Tone (if we’re not also counting Robyn’s legendary Body Talk trilogy). Though the flawless electro-heavy dance album was considered a disappointment by some, she was favored by the gays and managed to remix some of the album’s tracks with Benny Benassi, David Guetta, and will.i.am.
After three years in hiding, this “Bossy” bitch announced a follow-up album—Food—for an April 2014 release. After being dropped from her record label, she’s reportedly paying the album’s producers with home-cooked meals. You betta work!
Lana Del Rey — The sultry songstress revealed plans for a follow-up album to her first major-label album, Born To Die at the Hollywood premiere of her 27-minute short film, Tropico. Very little is known about the new album, Ultraviolence, including a tentative release date. The heavy use of religious imagery in Tropico has led some to suggest it may be a more “spiritual” album.
In October, she told Nylon, “When people ask me about it, I just have to be honest — I really don’t know. I don’t want to say, ‘Yeah, definitely — the next one’s better than this one,’ because I don’t really hear a next one. My muse is very fickle. She only comes to me sometimes, which is annoying.”
Lily Allen — If there’s only one thing to look forward to when Lily Allen drops her new album in 2014, it’s the song reportedly inspired by her Twitter feud with Azealia Banks. She’s been working with Grammy-nominated producer Greg Kurstin since 2012, “throwing shit at the wall and seeing if anything sticks.”
Adam Lambert — The newly anointed Queen frontman hasn’t officially announced his first post-Glee, post-Avicii album, but in a recent interview with Yahoo, he said if he doesn’t release a new album in 2014, “something is seriously wrong!” He became the first openly gay artist to debut at #1 on the Billboard charts with 2012’s Trespassing and shocked the world by making out with his guitarist at the American Music Awards.
Needless to say, this literal queen is going to nail it again next year (the album, not the guitarist).
Ja’mie King — Could dancing lead to a career as an International pop icon? We can only hope.