Five Hot Artists Who Will Break Through (Again) In 2014

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.”

The new album doesn’t have a release date yet, which is fine, because she’s currently sitting at the top of the UK charts with not one, but two new songs—”Hard Out Here” and “Somewhere Only We Know.”

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.

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  • robirob

    I can’t stand Lana Del Ray and the likes of her who come from privileged families and expect their mommies and daddies to buy them a successful careers.

  • stranded

    Lily Allen should come back strong. The rest, meh.

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  • RomanHans

    @robirob: I completely agree, but Ms. Del Rey still has some great songs out, like Joy Orbison’s remix of Video Games.

  • balehead

    Your whinning is equally shallow….Talent can come from anywhere… even the rich….Love Lana Del Rey…

  • robirob

    @balehead: Yeah, she proved her ‘talent’ on SNL in January 2012. I rest my case.

    She’s all PR hype for which some people fall for. Not me.

  • Niall

    Yay for Lily Allen and Kelis- FleshTone is actually an underrated album. Couldn’t care less about the rest.

  • Dixie Rect

    Sorry, Lambert is long over. He’ll be opening new supermarkets and 7-11’s in 2014. He couldn’t get something going on his own, so he had to try to impersonate Freddie Mercury instead.

  • Chico

    Most excited for Adam Lambert and Kelis! Trespassing is one of my favorite albums to walk to and Fleshtone had so many great numbers. It was wonderful to experience and R&B songstress lend her grit to the electro genre! More please.

  • tdx3fan

    @Dixie Rect: Glambert’s problem has always been attitude. You do not sell albums by declaring yourself against the world and telling it to change if it has a problem with you. You also do not win equality that way.

  • nf0603

    Not trying to pull a Jimbryant here, but how about covering something besides pop? Not all of us are 21 year olds who only go to the club and listen to divas. There’s a ton of great (and many queer-friendly) artists out there in other genres as well instead of just lamestream top 40 music. I already have about 12-15 albums on my to-buy list for 2014 and none of the five you listed are amongst them.

  • heatstroke1981

    Kylie’s album is the only one I’m in any hope for.

  • Millilicious

    Homygod I’m so excited for Adam Lambert’s stuff. He’s by far one of my most favouritest artists

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