Maybe it was Foals' triumphant show at London's illustrious Royal Albert Hall in March? An early-year warning shot to those later to see them at Glastonbury, T In The Park and Reading and Leeds, which basically said 'we will own you'. Or maybe it was Arctic Monkeys' ballsy choice of comeback show at Glastonbury – a do-or-die moment which was either going to be a repeat of their jittery headline slot in 2007 or successfully launch the album of their career in front of an audience of millions (only one answer to that)?
Beyoncé has released her new, self-titled album online overnight with no fanfare, marketing campaign or lead-up. We knew she would put out a record next year - earlier this week, the chairman of her record label said the singer will "obviously" put out a new album some time 2014 - but today? It's Bowie levels of surprise.
[a]R Kelly[/a] is releasing a Christmas album, and not just any Christmas album. The man who brought us 'Sex Me (Part 1)' and 'Sex Me (Part 2)' has promised there's "gonna be a lot of lovemaking" on the future masterpiece and that he'll "come bearing gifts". Called 'The 12 Nights Of Christmas', Robert's already started work on the crescendo of festivity and erotica, but don't get over-excited just yet.
It's that time of the year again... Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat and music magazines the world over are herding truculent albums into carefully-determined formation. Needless to say, the only 100% true and accurate reflection of the year's musical output was published by this very magazine, and can be found in full here. We know that other (less accurate) lists are available.
Steven Ellison aka Flying Lotus has kept a relatively low profile this year. That's not to say he hasn't been busy. Since revealing himself as Captain Murphy at the end of 2012 he's worked with a ton of artists including Goldie, Earl Sweatshirt, Mac Miller, Kendrick Lamar and Thundercat as well as curating a radio station for Grand Theft Auto V and scoring short film 'Wildcat' and cartoon series 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force'. Last night he answered questions from fans and revealed loads of cool stuff about his 2014 plans including a desire to work with Brian May.