2015’s arrived, and with it a tonne of unanswered questions. Here’s 27 of the most pressing – including whether or not Radiohead will further revolutionise album release methods with their incoming 9th full-length, whether Kate Bush will take ‘Before The Dawn’ on the road, what beckons for Kanye’s new recird and the small matter of a certain Pyramid Stage that needs headlining…
Who will headline Glastonbury?
The moment the proverbial curtains close on one Glastonbury, speculation begins as to who'll headline the next. This year's proved no different, with Foo Fighters and AC/DC the smart bets. Outside shouts include The Libertines, Noel Gallagher and Florence + the Machine. Traditionally we find out in March.
Who will record the next Bond theme?
'Spectre', the 24th 007 film, arrives in November. Sam Smith's been widely rumoured to have inked a deal to provide its theme tune, but there's plenty of others who could pick up the mantle: Lana Del Rey's bruised, elegant melodrama would be perfect if you ask us.
Will we see a new wave of protest music following Ferguson?
The final months of 2014 saw protests across America in the wake of Grand Jury decisions not to indict police officers for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Already there's been a surge in musicians taking up the cause, from the Roots and J Cole to Paul McCartney. 2015's answer to 'Fuck Tha Police' can't be far.
How will Radiohead release their new album?
There's no point trying to predict the ever-shapeshifting Oxforders' next musical steps, we know that now. How their new album arrives in 2015, however, invites plenty of speculation. Thom's 2014 solo LP was delivered via BitTorrent. Will Radiohead's 'King of Limbs' follow-up follow suit or are more release-method innovations in store?
Will Morrissey find a new label?
He's already working on new music, having made his return in 2014. Question is - having split with Harvest, following a row over the imprint's support of 'World Peace Is None Of Your Business', what label, if any, will the former Smith end up with?
How will the general election result impact the music world?
Young musicians in Britain be warned - Labour and the Tories have both proposed changes in the run-up to May 7 that could have a devastating effect on fledging artists, with benefit cuts for 18-21 year olds and further slashes to arts funding expected to take a heavy toll.
Have the Stone Roses split?
New material was originally touted after a triumphant return in 2012, but in May last year the band refused to confirm or deny internet rumours suggesting they'd dissolved their record label contract and were preparing to disband. Their new album was said to be planned for 2015 - will it see the light of day?
Can Flo Welch elevate to pop megastardom, or is she destined to linger on the fringes?
Her new album's almost finished and a spate of festival appearances are in her calendar. Is 2015 the year Florence + the Machine rocket to Beyonce-like levels of pop megastardom or will she embrace the darker elements of her music and reinvent herself as a Kate Bush-ish cult hero? Either's plausible.
What will Liam Gallagher do with himself while Noel releases his second solo album?
March sees Noel release a new High Flying Birds album. But as one Gallagher brother continues to assert himself without Oasis, the other appears to be floundering - Liam's Beady Eye split up late last year, and he's yet to announce future plans. Noel says he should go solo. We agree.
Who will follow in the footsteps of Royal Blood and make a big impression with a debut album?
66,000 copies spold. In a week! Was the huge commercial (and critical) success of Mike Kerr's primal howls and Ben Thatcher's powering tub-thumping on their impressive debut album a one-off, or is another new band set to make a similar splash in 2015?
Does Wembley beckon for Kasabian?
Tom Meighan and Serge Pizzorno, naturally, seem to think so - they told NME in November that having conquered Glastonbury in 2014, they're on course to become an arena band. Can they make the step up?
Does an Alex Turner solo album beckon?
Arctic Monkeys' 'AM' campaign came to a close at Reading and Leeds 2014, granting the Sheffield band a well-earned break. Over 2015, Alex Turner will inevitably begin to think about what's next. More slinking R&B-fleckled rock like 'AM', a return to their scrappy indie roots - or is it time for a solo album?
How much steam is there in the vinyl revival?
Further surges in vinyl sales in 2014 made clear the format is here to stay, batting off suggestions its spike in popularity was down to hipster novelty. Will vinyl sales continue to boom this year?
Will PJ Harvey's recording experiment herald something as special as 'Let England Shake'?
The two-time Mercury winner's next record will be recording in a glass box, open to the public, from January 16 to mid February. Tickets have already sold out. 2011's 'Let England Shake' was a wartime-poetry-inspired fever dream: can this follow-up match its celestial sparkle?
Has Bowie sloped off into retirement, or is there more to come from Dame Dave?
2014 saw two new tracks emerge from the master songwriter. He's yet to play 2013 album 'The Next Day' live. Is he finally returning to the stage in 2015? Are further studio experiments on the horizon? Or, having had one last hurrah, is this goodbye? You're guess is as good as ours...
Will Kate Bush tour?
'Before The Dawn', Bush's surprise live return last year, was an undisputed highlight of 2014 for those who caught her on her month long Hammersmith Apollo residency. Having poured so much effort into that show, it seems a shame not to take it elsewhere in the world...
Will PC Music continue to gather pace, or turn out to be 2015's Witch House?
Full of neon-glow electronics, squeaky cheese-pop hooks and meta weirdness, PC Music was one of the most interesting clubland trends in 2014. Will its ironic sounds spill out into the mainstream, or will it transpire to be another short-lived fad genre? Time will tell...
Can Jay Z revive his public image with a new album?
Since 2011's collaboration with Kanye, Hova's reputation has sank in comparison to his Watch the Throne co-conspirator. 2013 saw his 'Magna Carta...' album (released via Samsung) derided. In 2014, his biggest achievement was an elevator bust-up with his sister-in-law. A new album's needed to reassert his hip-hop heavyweight status.
Will married life have quelled Kanye's rage on his new album?
'Yeezus' was stark, austere and aggressive. The first single from Kanye's upcoming 2015 album, however, the lullaby-like 'Only One' - featuring tender keys from none other than Paul McCartney - was a gentle ode to the power of family. Has fatherhood given the rapper a new perspective that'll shape his upcoming output?
Where is Frank Ocean?
'Channel Orange', Frank Ocean's excellent 2012 debut, seems a long time ago now. Not one to be rushed with new material, apparently, the Odd Future crooner recently posted a clip of new music on his Tumblr, suggesting 2015 might be the year a follow-up finally surfaces.
Where is Grimes?
Another artist who defined 2012 indie with an incredible breakout album, Claire Boucher's 'Visions' follow-up should see the 4AD electro experimenter hit the big leagues - especially now she's signed to Roc Nation's management. A single, 2014's 'Go', originally written for Rihanna, suggests bigger scope this time around. We're excited.
Will Dre leave business behind to work on music again?
Having sold his Beats by Dre headphones brand to Apple for $3bn, the former NWA day man has well and truly conquered the business board room. Now, surely, all that's left to finally get cracking on 'Detox', his much, much, much, much delayed follow-up to 1999's blockbuster '2001'?
Will Adele return with a new album?
We asked the same question last year - and could well feasibly be asking the same at the start of 2016. Having sold an astonishing 30m copies of '21', Adele has made clear she's in no hurry to produce a follow-up. Recent tabloid reports suggest she's been in the studio with Pharrell Williams. We'll see.
What will the Libertines' new music sound like?
Last time we checked in with the band, they had six songs finished for their long-awaited third album. Maybe they'll be all new tracks. Or maybe the boys will raid their canon of old unreleased gems. Either way, we can't wait.
Will Alice Glass go solo?
Crystal Castles are no more. But the feeling is their frantic, compelling vocalist Alice Glass has more to give. As yet there's been no word on new projects but a solo record from Glass would be an intriguing prospect, make no mistake about it.
Can Spotify and the music industry come to a truce?
Taylor Swift made a stand against the streaming service by ripping her music down in 2014. Will more artists remove themselves from the service this year, or will Spotify better their current royalties deal for musicians and win their trust?
Is this the year Daft Punk return to the live arena?
The French robo duo have yet to tour 2013's 'Random Access Memories'. Maybe they've been waiting for the stars to align: for Nile Rodgers' Chic commitments to come to a close and for Pharrell to finish touring his 'GIRL' solo album. Fingers crossed 2015 is the year.