From new albums to festival comebacks, here's what we're wondering about next year
2014 is upon us and music fans are already beginning to look at the twelve months ahead and ask questions; questions like ‘will Daft Punk clamber back into their flashing pyramid and hit the road with their sci-fi sonics? A ‘Random Access Memories’ tour would be incredible.
Are Outkast planning a comeback? Rumours that Big Boi and Andre 3000 will reunite at Coachella festival in April were intensified recently by a photo of the pair apparently hanging out again after a lengthy hiatus. Is a new album in the works? Will they make their way over to the Europe for shows?
Will La Roux finally release another album? Not long ago, Elly Jackson seemed to have the world at her feet – a critically acclaimed debut and friends in high places, like Kanye West and Jay-Z (the singer guested on the pair’s ‘Watch the Throne’). Her second album is now almost five years in the making. Recent shows across the UK performing new material suggest it might finally drop in 2014.
Speaking of Jay-Z and Kanye West, could 2014 herald a second ‘Watch the Throne’ album? The rap titans have talked up the possibility of pairing up again and producer Hudson Mohawke has hinted he’s working on material for the project. Following the success of ‘Yeezus’ and the lukewarm reception Jigga’s ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ received, it’s Jay that needs the collaboration more. Will it happen?
Where is PJ Harvey? It’s been almost three years since the Mercury Prize winning ‘Let England Shake’ and a follow-up is due. An MBE alongside Adele in the Queen’s Honours should tease her out of hiding in the new year, when hopefully we might find out about a new album.
Will there ever be a Smiths reunion? It’s a question asked every year but Morrissey’s obvious continuing affection for the band – glimpsed in his recent autobiography – hints he might be up for it. A Johnny Marr autobiography is due in 2014 – maybe writing it will remind the guitarist of the good old days and spur a reunion? We’re clutching at straws but can you blame us?
Is there a new Blur album on its way? Damon Albarn has announced a solo album for 2014 but, with the Britpop band now in the third year of their comeback, whispers of a return to the studio have begun to do the rounds. Fingers crossed….
Same goes for The Stone Roses. What’s happening with them in 2014? Guitarist John Squire’s talked about fresh material, but will there be a new album? There aren’t any more live shows in the diary. Yet.
After the Harlem Shake and twerking in 2013, what will be pop’s next dance fad? We’re sure Miley’s already working on a new phenomenom sure to cause a stir. And ‘Gangnam Style’ novelty Psy has been awfully quiet of late…
Another year passed and still no sign of Azealia Banks’ debut album. Is it ever coming out? Like, ever? Dr. Dre’s ‘Detox’ will see the light of day before ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’ at this rate…
Can U2 reinvent themselves as relevant again? The ‘tax-efficient’ Irish rockers have drifted close to dad-rock status over the last decade. But with a new album due in spring, they have the chance to prove critics wrong. Here’s hoping they take it.
Might 2014 be the year Dr. Dre’s ‘Detox’ finally surfaces? A new Beats by Dre advert also starring Kendrick Lemar appeared to show the hip-hop veteran working on new material in November. Could a return to the rap fore be on the cards at long last?
Will Wu-Tang mark their 20th anniversary with a new album? The group were said to be working on a new record but recent comments from core member RZA cast doubt on its progress: “I need some more energy from Ghost and GZA. If they give that energy, I will give us a great last album. If they don’t give us the energy, I gotta figure out a plan B”.
Can Spotify win over its critics at last in 2014? Thom Yorke spent much of 2013 rallying against the streaming service for not paying artists better. Johnny Marr also had stern words for the Swedish-based company in the recent Christmas issue of NME. Can Spotify work out a better business model for artists and end the protests against them in the coming months? Time will tell…
At the end of 2013 The Strokes sent a message to their fanclub saying they were “looking at a return to the scene in 2014”. Even if Albert Hammond Jr. is still touring his latest solo LP, and Julian Casablancas will be playing some forthcoming solo dates, could it still be a big comeback year for New York’s finest?
He’s retiring. No he’s not. He’s tweeted saying he is. His management’s saying he’s not. The on/off saga of Justin Bieber’s retirement has led to a lot of tears and head-scratching the past few weeks. After a year filled with headlines about pet monkeys/graffiti/tardiness – will he actually hang up the mic in 2014?
Just what kind of wedding will Kanye and Kim have if they tie the knot in 2014? From the guy who rented out a baseball ground in order to propose on the big screen, you just can’t imagine them doing a quiet local town hall to buffet lunch at the Holiday Inn, can you?
Here’s what we know. Arcade Fire will be headlining the Pyramid Stage on Friday at Worthy Farm. But, we don’t know who is joining them. Michael Eavis has thrown the cat among the pigeons by ruling out Fleetwood Mac. Headline names in the frame, still? Daft Punk? Kanye West? Kasabian? A reformed Oasis? Who knows…
Will David Bowie continue to unveil surprises? It’s David Bowie. Of course he will.