The 10 Most Anticipated Albums of 2014
Not every superstar is going to pull a Beyoncé and surprise-release their new album at midnight on a Thursday in mid-December. No, some of them are going to make us wait until next year. With that in mind, we bring you the most anticipated albums of 2014. And as usual, with superstar release schedules, they're subject to change.
1. Bruce Springsteen, High Hopes, Jan. 14
Sure it's just an odds 'n' sods collection of covers and outtakes from the last decade, but the Boss's leftovers are better than most artists' main courses. And, it includes a guest spot from Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, who was filling in for Little Steven Van Zandt, as well as dearly departed E Streeters Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons. We're betting your high hopes are justified.
2. Adele, album title and release date unknown
Her second album, 2011's 21, has been Diamond-certified for sales of 10 million in the U.S. alone. In 2013, she won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her James Bond theme song "Skyfall," so to say that Adele's third album is highly anticipated is putting it lightly. Yet exactly when it's coming remains somewhat of a mystery.
In March 2013, Adele said she would only record a new album when she has "something to sing about." To make matters worse, back in October 2012 after she gave birth to her first child, an exec from her U.K. label XL said her next album "may not come for some years." But there has been some movement. Back in April, she reportedly spent some time in the studio for the first time since becoming a mom with James Ford and Kid Harpoon, known for their work with the Arctic Monkeys and Florence and the Machine. She's also reportedly working with William Orbit and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder.
3. U2, album title and release date unknown
Yes, it's true. Bono and the boys will likely grace us with a whole album of new material some time in 2014, with the rumor mill pointing to an April release. It'll be their first album since 2009's No Line on the Horizon. Possible titles include Songs of Ascent and 10 Reasons to Exist, while producers Danger Mouse, Will.i.am, David Guetta, and RedOne have all reportedly recorded tracks with the band. The band has already teased us with the track "Ordinary Love" from the Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom soundtrack.
In a recent interview with an Irish radio station, bassist Adam Clayton confirmed the band has been in the studio. "We're trying to get these 12 songs absolutely right and get them finished by the end of November, and then we can kind of enjoy Christmas."
In another Irish radio interview, Bono also said, "I think we're nearly there, and once we're there we'll know it. I'd like to think that next year, there'll be a U2 release."
4. Dr. Dre, Detox, release date unknown
This one is a bit iffy. Dr. Dre's Detox has been in the works since 2001; and way back in 2007, the good doctor claimed that Detox would be his final album, telling the Los Angeles Times "it's time to move on" and rapping is a "young man's game." Apparently, Dre isn't ready to move on yet, because here we are approaching 2014 and Detox still hasn't materialized. The album is so legendary, it's even spawned its own blog, Detox-DrDre.com, billed as "the blog for the most anticipated rap album ever." Yet even that blog is short on details on exactly what's happening with Detox and when it might appear. The last entry focusing on the album is from Sept. 30, 2011. "Watch the new Doggisode with Snoop Dogg, DJ Battlecat, D.O.C., DJ Quik, 1500 or Nothin and DJ Pooh in the studio recording for Detox below. Enjoy." The video clip that was posted with that entry has since been removed, but there is a quote from Snoop. "We need to leave here with 4 Hit Records for Dr. Dre, 2 solo and 2 with me on it."
No word on what they accomplished in that session and when Detox will ever see the light of day.
5. D'Angelo, title and release date unknown
This one is a bit like Dr. Dre's Detox. D'Angelo hasn't released a studio album since 2000's Voodoo and the rumor mill about his third album has been churning since 2009, when the album, then titled James River, was supposed to be released. Reported collaborators — at one time or another — have included Prince, Cee Lo Green, Raphael Saadiq, Mark Ronson, Roy Hargrove, and ?uestlove. In late 2010, an import of mysterious origin titled James River (Album Prelude) was released, but the official set has still yet to surface, despite the fact that ?uestlove told Billboard the album was "99% done" back in January 2013.