As always, the best pop music last year came from the most unexpected places as Hannah Montana’s comeback made her the biggest star on the planet and an unknown 16-year-old, Lorde, topped the charts around the world with her debut single.
The public have evidently became bored with the EDM trend on radio and have put their support into new artists in the last 12 months, which we expect to continue – but 2014 will also see the big names return. Take a look at our predictions below…
RETURN OF THE LEGENDS
Australian pop queen Kylie Minogue has already announced music-related news today as she revealed her new single and/or album title, ‘Into The Blue‘. In 2013, Kylie signed with Roc Nation management so we expect big things to come from her next era as she will finally attempt to “crack America”. The buzz single she released to tease fans in 2013, ‘Skirt‘ (produced by Darkchild), was one of our favourite songs of the year so we are looking forward to see what she brings to the table.
The Queen of Pop usually takes three or four years between her album releases but Madonna teased the possibility of new music in 2014 today as she posted the following on Instagram: “2014. Is mine! Bring It!” with a picture declaring “DARLING, JUST FUCKING OWN IT.” Now, this would excite us – her last release ‘MDNA‘ may not have performed as well as expected but she definitely still has another classic album, or two, left in her.
Despite her last two albums failing to perform successfully either commercially or critically, we have a feeling that 2014 will be the year that Christina Aguilera makes a triumphant return. In 2013, she had two Top 10 singles in the US as a featured artist and enjoyed another successful run as a judge on the US version of The Voice. Now, with her slim body back, the ‘Beautiful‘ singer rang in the New Year last night replacing R. Kelly on Lady Gaga’s hit single ‘Do What U Want‘ following a positive reaction from the pair’s performance last month. The song is a ready-made hit so, with a hot video to accompany it, our beloved Xtina may finally remind the world that she is pop royalty. Christina still has the biggest voice in pop music and has written many killer songs – and the public are clearly still interested – so as long as she can deliver the goods music-wise like she once did then 2014 could be her ‘Emancipation of Mimi‘ moment.
New mum-of-one Adele will return with ‘25‘ and you won’t be able to turn on the radio without hearing her voice. She will win all of the awards, all of the sales and all of your money with the third instalment of her heartbreak diary.
Queen of Instagram-and-all-things-ratchet, Rihanna is going to release her eighth studio album and show Miley how trashy R&B-pop is really done. It’ll be as cohesive as ‘Unapologetic‘ but we expect the tempo to change this time for another album full of big pop songs that are perfect for the club.
Nicki Minaj, Leading Lady of Young Money, will remind the “haters” of her undefeated wordplay and rap skill after abandoning the EDM sound that took her success to mainstream levels in 2012. If you need a reminder, listen to her freshly-dropped remix of PTAF’s viral hit ‘Boss Ass Bitch‘ that she released just yesterday. Expect collaborations with Drake and Lil’ Wayne.
Iggy Azalea stated that her debut album ‘The New Classic‘ is ready for release months ago but, as always, label issues have caused the project to be delayed until Spring 2014. The Australian rapper is keen for a March release, however.
Whilst Ariana Grande may have only released her debut album in 2013, the ‘Right There‘ singer announced her second LP will follow in 2014. As the 20-year-old comes to the end of her Nickelodeon contract this year, fingers are crossed that the singer will show growth with the new material whilst maintaining the effortless and timeless R&B appeal from her debut.
Lana del Rey is set to release her third album ‘Ultraviolence‘. After the disaster that was ‘Tropico‘ we will wait until we hear the music to judge on her new material.
Fresh from the success of her feature on Pitbull‘s surprise hit ‘Timber‘, Ke$ha is set to release her third album in Summer 2014. The set will undoubtedly – and unfortunately – be mass-produced by Dr. Luke and overlooked by many but, despite her label issues with Luke, the singer has promised her new material is her most personal yet and will showcase a different side to her.
Miley Cyrus, the most-talked about singer of 2013, may well release another round of ‘Bangerz‘ as she’s been talking about her next album since before the first set was even released. Will she take the former Rihanna approach and release one album per year whilst she’s in demand? Will she grind on Justin Bieber‘s lap at the 2014 VMAs to the next album’s lead single? We’ll have to wait and see.
Miley’s biggest celebrity fan Lily Allen is also set to release a new album in 2014. Allen returned to massive success in November as her cover of Keane‘s ‘Somewhere Only We Know‘ spent several weeks at #1 in the UK and the album’s fiery lead single ‘Hard Out Here‘ became another Top 10 hit for the singer. The 28-year-old’s third album’s sound is “derived from trip-hop” and will experiment with “electronic pop”. Allen has revealed one of the songs was inspired by her brief Twitter feud with hip-hop’s most hated Azealia Banks in summer last year, so that will be interesting to hear…
Azealia Banks herself was scheduled to release her debut album in January 2013 but was, as you’ll know by now, delayed for multiple reasons. ‘Broke With Expensive Taste‘ is now scheduled for release in February but may well be delayed for another 12 months, or at least until summer as no lead single has been released yet to promote the record; and let’s face it, she needs another hit to save the thread of relevance left to her name.
UK supergroup One Direction will release their fourth album in four years and it will go straight to #1 around the world, winning all the awards and even more hearts. Harry, Liam, Louis, Niall and Zayn can do no wrong.
Paris Hilton is set to release her second studio album, the follow-up to 2006’s ‘Paris‘. The record will prominently be based in the EDM genre (unfortunate timing) but will also offer some “more urban” tracks, with the help of rappers such as Snoop Dogg and Lil’ Wayne. The untitled record will be Paris’ first to be released since signing with Cash Money Records and will hopefully contain many more iconic songs like its lead single ‘Good Time‘. Loves it!
‘Do What U Want‘ singer Lady Gaga may release the second instalment of her ‘ARTPOP‘ as she did suggest it was a possibility for 2014. Will we finally find out what her ‘ARTPOP’ means?
BEYONCÉ. The one name that kept us waiting all year and then dropped the best album of the year 18 days before it ended without any warning. Will she do it again? Who knows. On June 13 we could go on iTunes and see the set’s 6-month anniversary edition, ‘CARTER‘; an even more cohesive set of ***Flawless songs featuring the single of the summer.
Pitbull will try to capitalise on the success of his latest single ‘Timber‘ and will release a string of embarrassing EDM singles. However, he will somehow manage to bag another hit by the end of 2014 due to his relentless nature.
Lorde still won’t have learned how to shut her mouth and will lose herself even more followers with her hypocrisy and anti-female feminism rants.
James Arthur will continue to be an embarrassment to UK music.
Ciara will release her sixth studio album and will surprise even more people by proving she makes good R&B music, yet somehow no one will care because of Rihanna’s existence.
EDM will die, officially. The public have grown tired of the trend over the last year or so, evidently. DJ Calvin Harris is still going from strength to strength with the genre but mainstream artists aren’t being so lucky. The rota in popular music shows that R&B returns to mainstream audiences every few years and that is exactly what is happening right now.
Danity Kane: As you may know, the former 5-piece have reunited as a quartet and they delivered a better show than any other mainstream artist this year with their comeback showcase at the House of Blues in December. The girl group debuted a new single ‘All In A Day’s Work‘ (above) with a killer performance that reportedly resulted in record labels fighting over DK, as they should. With the correct label support, Danity Kane could return to even bigger levels of success the second time around.
Shakira: The mum-of-one will return after her short hiatus with a triumphant string of hit singles, captivating the world with those hips once more. Rumours are swirling that the album’s lead single features Rihanna and, if true, then Shakira may have the biggest hit of career still waiting on her – and it would set the bar for the full year. Look out for a summer smash that will see similar success to ‘Hips Don’t Lie‘ but sound more like ‘Loca‘.
Will Smith: Earlier in 2013, multi-talented former rapper Will Smith stated that he had been in the studio with Kanye West and that ‘Ye had been trying to make him record again. Could 2014 bring another dose of this crunk heaven?