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10 of 2013's most anticipatedalbums

What 2012 lacked is solid pop albums from our favourite artists – but 2013 is sure to make up for this in spades. Or so we think.

There's promise of new albums from ever-present pop heavyweights – like Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé – and a handful of surprising comebacks from Cher, David Bowie and Justin Timberlake.

Could these household names match past successes with their new albums? Or will 2013 be overridden by crescendoing buzz surrounding new faces like Azealia Banks and Aussie indiefolkster Josef Salvat?


Beyoncé

All signs are pointing to a massive new era in music for Queen Bey as she prepares to release her fifth, yet-untitled solo album this year.

Following the critically-lauded 2011 album 4, which spawned massive singles like Run The World (Girls) and Love on Top – the favoured child of Destiny is threatening a full-bodied return to R&B music with her latest project.

In her latest interview with GQ, Beyoncé revealed that she'll be serving up a blend of R&B with rock and soul influences – name checking influences from Prince, D'Angelo, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and a bit of 60s doo-wop music.

Collaborators on board include Pharrell (who produced Beyoncé's first solo single Work It Out), Timbaland, Justin Timberlake (who is also making a comeback this year himself) and The-Dream, who co-wrote Bey's iconic Single Ladies (Put A Ring on It). Rapper Azealia Banks revealed in a chat with fans last week that she had recorded a rap verse for a Beyoncé album track, which may or may not appear in the final cut.

Although there's no due date confirmed for Beyoncé's new album as yet, the wind machine-ready diva is expected to premiere her new single at the end of her Superbowl Half Time Show next month.

Watch Beyonce performing Love on Top:


Cher

It's been 12 years since we last had a Cher studio album and while she's doing pretty well for herself as a full-time Twitter personality, it's time for the premiere goddess of pop to get back to work.

Cher's upcoming 26th studio album is expected to be an “eclectic" mix of dance music styles, with the diva already touting it to be as defining as her 1998 album Believe.

Her new single Woman's World, produced by Paul Oakenfold, is a slamming Eurodance anthem. And if that's a taste of what's to come, queens, hang on to your wigs. Some artists who have contributed to the new album include Lady Gaga and Pink.

Cher's comeback album is slated for a late March 2013 release and we can expect announcement of a world tour to follow.

Listen to Woman's World below.


Tegan and Sara

My lesbian best friend and I suddenly have another artist to fangirl over together. Brace yourselves for a glossier and more commercial new sound from Canadian rockers Tegan and Sara.

Heartthrob, their seventh studio album, hears them embrace a bigger synth pop sound and work with new producers to create their poppiest album yet.

The Quin sisters have teamed up with Greg Kurstin (the super producer behind Pink's Blow Me One Last Kiss and Kelly Clarkson's Stronger) and Mike Elizondo, who has worked with the likes of Kimbra and Alanis Morrissette. Aussie indie song bird Sia has also contributed vocals to an album track.

There's already a great deal of excitement surrounding Heartthrob, following the radio-ready summer rock single Closer. Let's just hope old Tegan and Sara fans can be a little accommodating of the twins' new teeny bopper fans in the next tour.

Heartthrob is out in Australia on 8 February. Watch Tegan and Sara's Closer video below.


Justin Timberlake

By now you would've heard that the actor Justin Timberlake is making a return to music this year and you might've already stumbled on mixed reviews of his comeback single Suit & Tie (featuring Jay-Z). But I'm here to tell you that this is all going to be worthwhile.

It has been over six years since JT released the brilliant FutureSex/LoveSounds album and frankly, while the masses are still expecting a sequel to SexyBack – I think the future for Justin Timberlake lies in classy, more mature soulful pop.

The 20/20 Experience sees the former-N*Sync heartthrob return to the studio with Timbaland, who fashioned his last album.

Suit & Tie is a stylish, R&B slow jam that recalls a few seductive singles served by Robin Thicke. But if FutureSex/LoveSounds is anything to go by, JT could well have a few different sounds and styles percolating in this project that we aren't expecting just yet.

The 20/20 Experience is due for release later this year.

Listen to Justin Timberlake's Suit and Tie:


Britney Spears

Following her mostly flat stint as a judge on the US X Factor, Britney Spears is set to refocus her attention on music again in 2013. The American popstar garnered plenty of praise for her 2011 killer pop album Femme Fatale, which yielded smash singles like Hold It Against Me, Till The World Ends and I Wanna Go.

Although not much is known about the new album, it was teased in footage on the X Factor that Britney was back in the studio with hit producer Darkchild, who had produced smashes like Lady Gaga and Beyoncé's Telephone and remixed Spears' own single Overprotected some years ago.

Britney's recent appearance on will.i.am's single Scream and Shout might also hint that the Black Eyed Peas frontman will also be called in for her album.

Other names involved in the project so far include Danja (who famously produced Britney's 2007 album Blackout) and Grammy-nominated songwriter Elijah Blake (co-writer of Usher's Climax). Spears herself has stated that she's working with “new, inspiring producers" for her eighth album.

Is the world ready for urban Britney 2.0?

Watch will.i.am and Britney's Scream and Shout…


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Matt Akersten

Matt Akersten said on the 16th Jan, 2013

It's gonna be a great year! Can't wait for so many of these. Thanks Limmy :-)

Phazz

Phazz said on the 16th Jan, 2013

Destiny's Child and Kelly Rowland have albums too.

Brad_Woodford

Brad_Woodford said on the 16th Jan, 2013

I struggle to see why people still give Britney credence as a pop star. She cant sing, never has sung live and her albums are basically a showcase of the amazing things a professional recording studio can do to a persons voice.

Im really looking forward to hearing Beyonces new stuff, and also Justin Timberlake who has really matured as a singer and songwriter in recent years.

As for Cher, I will watch with interest. That woman must be 93 years old now right?

adamlove

adamlove said on the 16th Jan, 2013

The Destiny's Child's album is all old songs, and one new one... But hey those Goddesses deserve to be able to keep us in suspense & milk it for all it's worth!

Bar Wench

Bar Wench said on the 16th Jan, 2013

Azealia Banks is hopefully going to be off the hook... filling the void left by Santigold and MIA's latest lacklustre offerings.

And forget about Beyonce, her little sister Solange is making amazing pop music right now. By the sounds of her EP it may well be her year to shine.

I'm so excited to hear about JT and T&S... Two of the best pop acts around. As much as I enjoyed Sainthood, it was a patchy album. Hopefully they show a little more consistency this time around.

Personally, I am bursting at the seams to hear Roisien Murphy, Haim and Robyn's new material this year.

Clever pop is about to have a renaissance.

david_margeaux

david_margeaux said on the 16th Jan, 2013

Cher's should be good if it ever gets released...

feedlimmy

feedlimmy said on the 16th Jan, 2013

@Bar Wench: Yeah, I'd absolutely love it if Robyn can grace us with an album this year. I considered HAIM too for this list, but after hearing a few songs, I'm not sure if I can hand-on-my-heart say I'm gagging for a full album. ;)

PS - Origibabes (MKS) FOR. THE. WIN.

feedlimmy

feedlimmy said on the 16th Jan, 2013

Hey y'all Michelle Williams has another gospel album coming too. And she co-wrote Destiny's Child's "comeback single" 'Nuclear'. This is evidently gonna be the Year of Tenitra.

xtacee1990

xtacee1990 said on the 16th Jan, 2013

ARTPOP2013 or nothing.
Beyonce Gaga Azealia Banks = Rachet.

Matt Akersten

Matt Akersten said on the 16th Jan, 2013

Loving Tegan & Sara's new track: http://www.popjustice.com/songs/tegan-sara-fool-for-love/

ernesto_1

ernesto_1 said on the 16th Jan, 2013

im looking forward to adeles next album... just in time for my next big heartbreak

Brad_Woodford

Brad_Woodford said on the 16th Jan, 2013

I guess moving away from the traditional gay icons, divas and "oh im so indie because we are lesbians" set that has been provided in this thread, there are a few albums coming out this year that Im also looking forward to.

Empire Of The Sun are just about to release their follow up to "Walking On A Dream" and it will be interesting to see if they can follow up the success on that album with this new one.

A band who I have been paying particularly close interest in, is a Melbourne band called Strange Talk. They specialise in electronic pop/rock music, and their debut album "Cast Away" is coming in early February.

Phoenix are another band Im quite into, and they have a new one coming soon. And I was unaware that Roisan Murpy had a new album coming out soon. I had wondered what had happened to her because she is great, but shes been a bit quiet of late. I im hopeful she will drop another crafty collection of intelligent electronic pop music.

zebra23

zebra23 said on the 17th Jan, 2013

More manufactured syrup...yawn....

Bar Wench

Bar Wench said on the 17th Jan, 2013



I know, right? I feel like every time I listen to Overpowered my IQ doubles. My god I've flogged it.

kirky1986

kirky1986 said on the 23rd Jan, 2013

Can't wait for Gaga, Beyonce, Hurts & MKS