Madonna! T-Swift! Nicki! Bono! Bruce! And Dre? The Most Anticipated Albums of 2012
Archeological experts have just checked in, and it turns out a mistake was made: The Mayans did not predict that the world would end in 2012 but, rather, that this would be the year Dr. Dre's Detox would finally be released, after millennia in the making. Good news!
But even if that ancient prophecy doesn't come to pass, there are plenty of surer bets to look forward to in 2012. Some have been officially announced by the record labels, while others have been unofficially heralded in media interviews or the artists' own Twitter feeds. We've got a mega-list of upcoming releases, starting with 20 of the most anticipated:
We've got some doubt the band's new album will be out next year. After all, it's been over a decade since the last (2001's Rock Steady), and Gwen Stefani and cohorts seem to have graduated from the Dr. Dre school of false promises. But for some reason, we kind of believed them when they took to their website in September to say they were close to making a pre-Christmas deadline but couldn't quite make it with the high standards they needed to meet after all this time—writing, "This collection of songs means everything to us." Interscope's accountants, too!
Fresh off her Super Bowl halftime gig, Madonna will be releasing her first album for Interscope after almost three decades with Warner Bros. Her album sales haven't always matched her ability to sell out shows, so it'll be interesting to see what stops she pulls out to push this one. Perez Hilton reported that the albm would open with "Trust," a "strings and flute song" produced by William Orbit and co-written by Sia. Orchestra and wind instruments: now that ought to make the new label feel confident about their investment! Rumor has it that M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj show up for duets, and that one or both will perform "Gimme All Your Lovin'" with her at the Super Bowl.
VAN HALEN (Feb. 7)
David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen have been making nice—so far as we know—ever since they announced their reunion tour in 2007, so here's hoping the four years of good will have added up to good studio vibrations on the reunion album produced by Ross Hogarth. As ancient historians recall, the last full VH album with Roth came out in late 1983; the last tracks with Roth came out on a best-of in 1996; and the last VH album, period, the one with Gary Cherone, caused a stink in 1998. Yet still we yearn to see Diamond Dave twirl the mike, as he does in the video below, shot at a Roxy rehearsal some time in December.