Hey: Albums! In case people still care about these things, here’s a batch of potentially interesting releases arriving in the calendar year.
Beyonce will headline 2013 Super Bowl’s Halftime on February 3rd, which means there’s a possibility she may release new material before the big show. “I’m sure there will probably be a couple of records you hear before the Super Bowl is here,” The-Dream told Billboard about the album recently. So far we know she is working with heavy hitting producers for her follow up of 4, including Hit-Boy, Kanye West, The-Dream and Miguel.
Phoenix fans rejoiced when the head honcho of Glassnote Records, Daniel Glass, confirmed at the Spotify Press Event at Cedar Lake Studios that he listened to Phoenix’s new album and stated it’s “completed.” He also hopes the album will be released in April and says it will be “revolutionary.” Bring it!
Adam Ant Is The Blueblack Hussar in Marry the Gunner’s Daughter
It’s been almost 18 years since Adam Ant released his last solo effort, Wonderful, and now he’s releasing a 17-track album titled Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marry the Gunner’s Daughter. In a recent interview with Billboard, Ant explained that the album would be “completely different from anything else I’ve done before. It’s quite personal.” The album will feature collaborations from Andy Bell of Oasis and many more.
Cher released the first single, “Woman’s World,” off her upcoming, still-untitled album and it does not disappoint. With her distinctive voice, girl power lyrics and club thumping beat, we’re sure Cher will have her loyal fans still dancing after all these years. This will mark her 26th studio album. Like, whoa.
Juicy J had the surprise hit of the year with “Bandz A Make Her Dance” and to follow up with his strippers anthem, he launched a website – to help everyone find their own stripper name (I’m Heidi Sweethooter. Classy!). There are no other details on what’s in store for the album, but we’re sure, at the very least, it’ll be trippy mayne.
Miley Cyrus is making a hip-hop album, y’all! The girl who once admitted she never heard a Jay-Z song prior to screeching “and a Jay-Z song was on” in the guilty pleasure tune “Party in the USA” is leaving her country ways behind. Cyrus is working with Pharrell Williams, Tyler, the Creator and other notable hip-hop producers to give her “Dirty South vibe, a little ATL in there” Cyrus admitted to Huffington Post back in November. What the hell will this sound like. We gave you our guesses a couple months back. You tell us yours.
In a series of tweets, (https://twitter.com/ducidni), Kid Cudi gave his fans some inside information on what to expect from his latest effort, Inidcud; Kendrick Lamar, Pusha T, Kanye West, Common and Jaden Smith (yes you read it right, Will Smith’s son) are all slated to appear on the album. The first single, “Just What I Am,” debuted at #13 in October on the Billboard Rap charts and he also made his directorial debut with a trippy video for the song. There might even be a follow up collabo with Ratatat, whom he worked with on “Alive” and “Pursuit of Happiness”, from his first album Man on the Moon. Sounds like old Kid Cudi is back!
The always creative and innovative pop star, Lady Gaga cleverly titled her third album ARTPOP. On Twitter (http://twitter.com/ladygaga) she admitted the inspiration came from “the decay of the blonde pop icon and how culture loves to build and give birth to fantasies and then destroy them and what that means.” Makes perfect sense! We hope she brings us to the dance floor again. The biggest surprise may be the possibility of a sequel to the hit “Telephone” with Beyonce. Beyhives and Little Monsters are going to lose their minds, yet again!
After signing a deal for 18 million dollars to be a judge on American Idol, Mariah Carey released the lackluster “Triumphant (Get ‘Em)” that barely peaked above 37 on the r&b charts. But with Idol starting back up in January, Randy Jackson spoke highly of the album’s progress and stated, “the album is going to be one of the great Mariah Carey albums with a lot of stuff that you’ve come to love about her over the years”. At this rate anything is better than “Triumphant”.
Even though the Smashing Pumpkins returned with a spectacular album with Oceania back in June, they’re priming a new one already. Their next album, Adore, is expected to release just in time for Christmas in 2013.
Black Veil Brides
Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild One
Back in October our guest music editor Alice Cooper declared Black Veil Brides a band that’s “doing something right” and even considered them to be the love child of Motley Crue and his own. Working with John Feldman as the executive producer of the record, lead singer Andy Biersack says the album is going to be “more punk rock than ever before, it’s Social Distortion meets Metallica.” Who wants a Motley Social D Metallica Alice Cooper slab of punk rock that does it right? *raises hand*
The iconic punk rock band is returning with their 16th studio album, which will be released on January 22. Their first single “Fuck You” premiered on November 5 with rave reviews. Singer Greg Graffin says the album is more “fast and concise punk songs, all less than 2 minutes.” Perfect.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 4, 2013