As the hum of 2012 quietly winds down, those catchy melodies a mere memory in your ears, we can already hear the audible buzz of new music on the horizon. We might not know their lyrics, yet we’re already awaiting new material from singers like Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and more—the most anticipated discs of the upcoming year in various genres.
Of course, for every twelve notable names, keep your radar tuned for an unknown to burst onto the scene out of nowhere like 2012’s Carly Rae Jepsen.
The most hyped album for the past, not just year, but ever since Born This Way is Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP, which the singer boasts she’s written at least 50 new tracks for—enough music to possibly hit retail in the form of two discs, one with more conventional pop radio fare, one with more “experimental” sounds like the rap-a-licious “Cake.” Think Outkast or Beyonce-Sasha Fierce.
Speaking of Bey, the flawless singer has been hitting the studio with Hit-Boy, Kanye, Ryan Tedder, Ne-Yo, Miguel, The-Dream, and Frank Ocean, which leaves us with really, really high hopes for her next record. Once she blows us out the stadium of this year’s Super Bowl, Beyonce could do the same with this next untitled album.
A trio of singers who are ready to get their careers thrust back in the limelight are Katy Perry, Mariah Carey, and Britney Spears.
Katy had a massive success with Teenage Dream—that sophomore album alone had five #1s—but she’s ready to release her third offering by this summer, hopefully, and wants it to be her most grown-up and darkest yet.
Mariah wouldn’t just take a judge’s chair with “American Idol” and not have anything in the pipeline, considering “judging” is the new “advertising.” Randy Jackson, her manager, even revealed to Billboard that he’s pushing for a release this March.
On a rival reality music competition, Britney has been putting her name back out there as a judge also as she puts together her eighth album that’s due out sometime this year.
Other pop names of note include Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus (who’s been in the studio with producers like Pharrell), the Jonas Brothers, and Selena Gomez—all former Disney sensations that’ll hopefully surprise us with even more mature sounds.
Reigning prince of pop Justin Bieber also has his fanbase on the edge of their Twitters after he announced he’d be releasing an eight track EP of acoustic versions of his songs with rumors swirling of an Ed Sheeran collab and a mysterious new song.
In rap and R&B circles, fans await for A$AP Rocky to deliver with his Long.Live.A$AP record out this month, Ashanti to make a mainstream comeback with Braveheart, Azealia Banks to breathe new beats and life into the genre with Broke with Expensive Taste, and Lil Wayne to take over radio with a slew of hits off I Am Not a Human Being II.