Big Album Releases: 2014
2013 was a big year for music. It brought us Daft Punk’s dizzying success with Random Access Memories, Beyonce’s totally unprecedented LP release, Bowie’s comeback album and Arctic Monkeys tearing up fields and festivals worldwide once again with AM. All of that and an assortment of new artists and material to listen to. Now it is time to look forward and 2014 is heating up to be another exciting year in an ever-changing industry. Here are just a few of the bands and artists who have new material in the pipeline, ripe for release over the next 12 months.
Ed Sheeran has been busy since the release of + back in 2011. He supported Taylor Swift on her North American tour, penned a few numbers for the One Direction boys, performed at the London Olympics opening ceremony as well as recording a song for ‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ soundtrack. In the midst of this he has recorded a new album stateside, rumoured for release in 2014. Produced by Rick Rubin and with a number of songs co-written by Derry’s own Foy Vance, it is sure to be a cracker. No release date has been announced of yet, although it is likely it will precede his October stadium tour. As for a title, Sheeran will only confirm that it “doesn’t start with a letter.” Watch his space.
Adele has a tough act to follow. Forget about the difficult second album ‘21′ that remains the bestselling record of the 21st century. So what can we expect with her third? While the previous albums explore themes of love and heartbreak, the new album will surely show the influence of her experiences of motherhood. She has been collaborating with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, who stated that she sounds ‘better than ever’ on this record.
The US trio are planning a return to the recording studio in early 2014. The Grammy award-winning Some Nights was written and recorded over a two-month period, and it seems the band are planning a similar time frame in which to nail their second album. A vinyl release of their live EP is slated for 2014 too – a busy year on the cards for the band.
U2 are returning to their ‘spiritual home’ Island records for their thirteenth album. Having parted ways with long-time manager Paul McGuinness, the world waits with baited breath for the album which is expected to be released in April. Rumours are rife that Chris Martin will feature on the new record. Dave Fanning, Bono’s best friend, traditionally gets the first airplay of the band’s new singles so stay tuned to the 2fm for the latest news.
Columbia Records have confirmed that Pharrell is to release his first solo album in eight years in 2014. Following collaborations with Robin Thicke and Daft Punk last year, his solo single ‘Happy’ is getting huge airplay and is an exciting indicator of tracks to come.
Lily Allen has grown up a lot since her trainer-wearing days. Now a mother of two, she insists the new album will not be all ‘babies and nappies’ and will have a feminist, primal scream vibe. Two singles from the upcoming album have already been released and if the rest are just as infectious, we are in for a treat.
Dave Grohl has confirmed that the Foo Fighters have written a new album and 2014 is likely for a release date. After a brief hiatus, the band are aiming to do something ground-breaking, unexpected and ‘badass’ with this new record. This will be the band’s eighth album and one of MTV’s most anticipated of the year.
And if that wasn’t enough, here are some more confirmed and rumoured albums said to be heading our way this year:
Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga- Cheek to Cheek
Lana del Ray
Foster the People
Johnny Cash – Out Among The Stars
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