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The 14 Albums I’m Most Excited To Hear In 2014

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With 2013 rapidly approaching our rear-view mirror, I wanted to take the time to highlight a few releases that I am most looking forward to in 2014. After ending the year on a somewhat sour note with my 10 Worst Songs of 2013 post,  I’ve decided to start the new year off with an optimistic attitude by saying that next year is gonna be filled with some fuckin’ amazing albums. Seriously amazing.

We have new music coming from veteran artists like Swedish pop singer Robyn, Australian pop pixie Kylie Minogue and Irish loose cannon Sinéad O’Connor. And, although they didn’t make the list, I am pretty excited about records from several newcomers, including British singer-songwriter Sam Smith, London duo Pale and rising music star Chlöe Howl. Below you will find a list of my most anticipated albums scheduled for release next year and a few not-quite-scheduled discs that we can hope, dream and pray for. So without further ado, here are the albums that should make 2014 a year to remember.

Frank Ocean – TBD
Release Date: Summer 2014
Producers/Collaborators: Tyler, the Creator, Pharrell Williams, and Danger Mouse
What We Know: According to Frank Ocean, the album is being influenced by The Beach Boys and The Beatles.

George Michael – TBD
Release Date: 2014 (?)
Producers/Collaborators: Unknown
What We Know: Actually, it hasn’t even been officially reported that George Michael will release a new album next year, but he has been busy in the studio for months working on something. His official website is currently teasing “Exciting news coming in 2014.” Despite promises a new dance album was coming a year or so ago, George has yet to deliver a full LP since 2004′s Patience, which peaked at number 12 in the United States. Maybe 2014 will be the year of George Michael.

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Kylie Minogue – TBD
Release Date: 2014
Producers/Collaborators:  Fernando Garibay, Pharrell Williams, Darkchild, Sia, Nervo and Jay-Z
What We Know: Kylie has been keeping hush-hush on her forthcoming 12th studio album, so little is known. But the Australian pop star has described her new single as a  cross between the avant-garde sound of “Slow”, the classic pop sound of “Love At First Sight”, and the modern sound of “Can’t Get You Out of My Head.” Kylie rarely misses the mark, so I think we are in for something pretty amazing. As long as will.i.am stays far, far away from Kylie, we should be in for a real treat.

Kelis- “Food”
Release Date: April 28, 2014
Producers/Collaborators: TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek.
What We Know: The record is being spearheaded by the single “Rumble,” which Kelis recently shot a music video for. “I’m really happy to be partnering with Ninja Tune on my new record,” Kelis recently said in a statement. “This is the album I’ve wanted to make for a long time and I want the team around me to be as excited and energetic about it as I am. I’m also very happy to be working with some of the most creative people in the industry.”

Robyn – TBD
Release Date: 2014
Producers/Collaborators: Patrik Berger and Style Of Eye
What We Know: Besides the fact that Robyn could single-handedly save pop music in 2014, we know nothing. Absolutely nothing, and it’s breaking my heart. Robyn will join Norwegian electronic music duo Röyksopp for a huge tour next year — lets hope it’s to support a new record.

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Neneh Cherry- “Blank Project”

Release Date: February 26, 2014
Producers/Collaborators: Robyn, Four Tet
What We Know: Produced by award-winning electronic musician and producer Four Tet, the album is said to be a step in a new direction for Neneh.

Adele – TBD
Release Date: 2014 (?)
Producers/Collaborators: William Orbit, Ryan Tedder, James Ford, and Kid Harpoon
What We Know: According to reports, Adele began recording “edgier” new music for the record back in April with James Ford and Kid Harpoon, who are known for their work with Arctic Monkeys and Florence and the Machine. Little else is known about the project, which could be a good thing…excitement is building.

Katy B – “Little Red”
Release Date: February 3, 2014
Producers/Collaborators: Sampha, Jacques Greene, Joker, George FitzGerald, Route 94, and Geeneus
What We Know: We’ve already heard two songs from Katy’s forthcoming record — 5 AM and “Crying for No Reason”. Based on those two songs, this record should be nothing short of spectacular.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor – “Wanderlust”
Release Date: January 20, 2014
Producers/Collaborators: Ed Harcourt
What We Know: Pop diva Sophie Ellis-Bextor is hanging up her dancing shoes in favor of something more sensible, at least for the time being. The two songs from the LP that have appeared online (“Yound Blood” / “Birth Of An Empire”) show a more mature and romantic sound.

The 12 Albums I'm Most Excited To Hear In 2014

Sinéad O’Connor  – “The Vishnu Room”
Release Date: 2014
Producers/Collaborators: Unknown
What We Know: “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer Sinéad O’Connor began working on her new LP earlier this year. She recently performed a song from the album titled “How Nice a Woman Can Be.”

Tori Amos – “Unrepentant Geraldines”
Release Date: Spring 2014
Producers/Collaborators: Unknown
What We Know: According to the press release, Unrepentant Geraldines finds Tori returning “to her core identity as a creator of contemporary songs of exquisite beauty following a series of more classically-inspired and innovative musical projects of the last four years.”  The album will also document Tori’s  artistic evolution: ”Fueled by this array of unique projects and experiences Unrepentant Geraldines is both one further step in the artistic evolution of one of the most successful and influential artists of her generation and a return to the inspiring and personal music that Amos is known for all around the world.”

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Tears For Fears – TBD
Release Date: 2014
Producers/Collaborators: Unknown
What We Know: After recording a series of cover songs, U.K. synth pop group Tears For Fears, best known for the singles “Shout,” “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and “Sowing the Seeds of Love”, have finally confirmed they will release a new studio album in 2014: “And finally… we’d like to officially announce that we are writing and recording new original material to be released in 2014!” The band released their last studio album, Everybody Loves a Happy Ending, in 2004.

Hurts – TBD
Release Date: 2014 (?)
Producers/Collaborators: Unknown
What We Know: The Manchester-based pop duo began working on new material for a new album earlier this year. While it is still unclear if they will even release the album this year, we do know it won’t be another 2+ year wait. “The gap between albums last time was two and a half years, which was because we got swept up in it and had no time, but now we’re constantly making music and new things for the next record.”

Veil Veil Vanish – TBD
Release Date: 2014
Producers/Collaborators: Unknown
What We Know: Despite releasing one of the finest records (and I mean finest) of 2010, San Francisco based alternative band Veil Veil Vanish has failed to strike a chord with the mainstream. But that could change soon. The band has revealed little about their forthcoming effort, other than the fact that is should be out early next year. If you’ve yet to discover Veil Veil Vanish, stream the song “Modern Lust” below. It’s the song that got me hooked on the band.

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Tony Kimsal says:

I am hoping new music will arrive sooner rather than later from Robyn, George Michael and TFF. It looks like there’s good stuff to look forward to this year!

Jared says:

I think so, too. I am very excited for new music from Robyn and Tears For Fears. I have a feeling it’s going to be a great year for pop music.