2013: The year of the most anticipated albums

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Danielle Burch
Entertainment Editor

Let’s be completely honest last year was an okay year of music, but 2013 is going to be a year to remember. This year will be known as the year of come backs, reinventions, and fighting off the so called sophomore slump.

It’s been a long five years but prepare yourself for the return of 50 Cent. That right the club hit and chart topping artist will release his fifth album “Street King Immortal” at the end of next month. His latest single “My Life” features Eminem and Adam Levine. The track isn’t the normal getting chicks, drinking, and blowing money song. It has real substance and if that is the theme of 50’s new album then we are all in for a big surprise.
Another artist that has recently answered the call to release new music is none other than the man who brought sexy back, Justin Timberlake. It has been a whopping eight years since we last heard from Timberlake.
Don’t get me wrong he has been keeping himself occupied with his acting career, but we all know it was time for him to return to the studio and make another album we can all dance to.
Timberlake just released his new single “Suit and Tie’ which features Jay Z. The track is extremely smooth and is reminiscent of classic R&B hits from back in the day. Maybe Timberlake is bringing sexy back again, but this time in a smooth sophisticated way. His new album “The 20/20 Experience” is expected to come later this year.
The pop divas were quite this past year but the silence is soon to be broken. Lady Gaga has over 50 songs written already for her upcoming follow up to her 2011 album “Born This Way.” “ARTPOP” is the rumored name of the album but there is no telling when Gaga will release said album. She has been hinting on twitter that it will be dropping sometime this year.
Another diva that is jumping in the booth is none other Miss California Girl herself, Katy Perry. We can all say goodbye to the sweet candy themed fun Perry for a darker side of the diva. That comes with no surprise considering all that Perry went through last year. Sources say that her album will be finished just in time for this summer.
One pop diva from another stroke, Hayley Williams and her band Paramore are releasing their highly talked about fourth album titled simply “Paramore.”
It seemed like the band had seen its end when lead guitarist Josh Farro and drummer Zac Farro departed from the band in 2010. But Williams marched on with bassist Jeremy Davis and guitarist Taylor York.
According to a recent interview Williams did with Alternative Press Magazine fans can expect to hear a different side of the band. She goes on to say that the band played with a lot of new sounds and experimented quite a bit. We can all hear a first glimpse of the band’s new sound in a few weeks when their first single from the album “NOW” is released on Jan. 22.
Continuing with the alternative genre Florida based band A Day To Remember is in the studio right now recording their follow up to 2010’s “What Separates Me from You.” The band is currently in Orlando writing and recording what will become “Common Courtesy.”
The band recently released a taste of what is to come and if the entire album is like their single “Violence (Enough is Enough)” then this will be the heaviest ADTR has ever sounded. The track is full force and doesn’t let up for one second.
Bring Me The Horizon is also keeping up with releasing heavy music. This British metalcore band is dropping its fourth album “Sempiternal” at the end of April. “Shadow Moses” is the first single off of the album. The track is a bit of a departure from pervious work. It still has the fundamental BMTH sound, but lead vocalist Oli Sykes tend to lean more of the singing side than screaming which most BMTH fans are accustom to. This could be the beginning of a new chapter for the quintet.
Overall 2013 has quite a bit of promise and could be a nice turn around compared to last year. Seriously if “Ganganam Style” was the best last year had to offer then there is no place else to go than way up.

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