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Adele, Jay-Z among most anticipated albums of 2014

Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor

Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Updated: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 23:02

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Music pushed the boundaries in 2013 with Beyoncé dropping a surprise visual album, Lorde ruling the airwaves and Kendrick Lamar getting stubbed on music’s biggest night. 

This year will be no different with many up-and-coming artists expecting to release new music and embarking on massive world tours.

After the release of “Watch the Throne” in 2011, Jay-Z and Kanye West have alluded to a follow-up to their platinum selling album in multiple interviews. According to The Boombox Online, the hip-hop duo has been busy with various side projects including solo albums and clothing lines.

West told Philadelphia’s Radio Station Power 99 that he would like to release a new album by summer, and he is also working on a remix for “Black Skinhead” with Miley Cyrus. Jay-Z has not made any mention of new projects but instead stays busy with various business ventures said Complex Online. This does not stop the rumor mill from anticipating “Watch the Throne Part 2.”

Forbes Online calculated that the “Watch the Throne” tour grossed $48.5 million in the United States alone.

“During peak weeks their joint concerts yielded close to $3 million per night, far better than two solo shows would have earned, and without the expense of setting up two concerts,” Forbes staff reporter Zack O’Malley Greenburg said.

Other rap/hip-hop artists to look forward to are Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa and Dr. Dre.

The largest radio-friendly genre is pop and some of music’s biggest names are expected to release new albums. MTV projects that Taylor Swift and Rihanna will be topping the list in 2014.

Swift is currently touring for her 2012 album “Red” but has been working on new music for months, according to Swift.

"I'm so obsessed with where [the album] is right now because I think, for me, the goal is that we start coming upon a sound that's different from everything that we've done before, an identity to a new record," she told Rolling StoneMagazine.

While Swift is breaking from her country music roots, Rihanna is working with her producers David Guetta and Nicky Romero on what is sure to be the next club anthem.

"It's gonna be out of the box for me... in a really smooth way,” Romero said to MTV.

The “Pour It Up” singer has consistently released a new album every year since 2005, excluding 2008, and many students at Sam Houston State University are looking forward to what she will crank out this year.

“She’s amazing. ‘Pour it Up’ was my favorite song so far,” freshman mass communication major Danielle Martin said. “She’s so unique and different. Men and women listen to her.”

Christina Aguilera, Ke$ha, U2 and Shakira are just a few additional pop artists that have been busy in the studio prepping for album releases.

No musical list would be complete without rock ’n’ roll, and Bruce Springsteen has already announced his upcoming CD release entitled “High Hopes.”

“High Hopes” will be a compilation of covers by other artists as well as newly recorded versions of previously recorded tracks from his own discography according to the New York Daily News.

Metallica, despite having a 3-D movie in theaters in 2013, did not release any new music. They recently sat down with The Oakland Press to discuss upcoming projects and a possible album release in the near future.

“We have sifted through a lot of the stuff and pulled the cream of the crop — it's just sitting there waiting for us to take it to the next level,” Metallica lead singer James Hetfield said.

Perhaps the most anticipated album of 2014 will come from the multi-platinum record selling, diamond certified, Grammy and Oscar winning artist Adele. Adele’s “21” was released in 2011, and she is long overdue for new music, according to Craig Rosen of Yahoo! Music Online.

This speculation is furthered fueled by reports that the “Rolling In The Deep” singer has been rumored to be collaborating with mega-producer Ryan Tedder, who has worked with the likes of Beyoncé, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson according to All Music Online.

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