The Most Anticipated Comebacks of 2014
Don't call it a comeback — at least not yet. With the new year approaching, we decided to break out the crystal ball and take a glance at some of the most anticipated comebacks of 2014. Only time will tell if these artists will really regain their foothold on the charts or if they're just making another failed attempt to recapture past glories.
OutKast — The rumor mill is running overtime with talk that the ATLiens are reuniting to headline a day at Coachella, the spring's hottest music festival, held over two weekends in April in the Southern Californian desert. Following 2006's Idlewild, Andre 3000 and Big Boi pursued solo careers, but even that's been sporadic at best. There's been more talk of new solo albums from both and perhaps a reunion album, but so far it's just talk. Still, their influence has only seemed to have grown this their absence. Even Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala recently paid tribute to duo.
Billy Joel — The Piano Man returned to the stage in late 2013 and will be turning up on a regular basis in 2014 with a residency at Madison Square Garden, but there's no word yet if the return to the stage will prompt Joel to record his fist new pop material in 20 years.
Prince — It's been a heck of a long time since we partied like it was 1999, but his Royal Badness has been making some noise lately with his latest combo 3rdeyegirl and the song "Breakfast Can Wait," so perhaps there's a new album in the offing. If we learned anything from the passing of Michael Jackson, maybe we shouldn't wait until they're gone to appreciate our national treasures.
U2 — Bono and the boys have already teased us with the new track "Ordinary Love" from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and it appears they'll have their first new album since 2009's No Line on the Horizon some time in 2014, possibly as soon as April.
Lily Allen — Way back in 2007, Lily Allen appeared to be primed to duplicate her success in the U.K. here, but it never quite happened. However, she still has a loyal cult of fans. Late last year she made her return with the sassy-as-ever track "Hard Out Here," she's already confirmed she'll be playing at Glastonbury this summer, so they'll likely be a new album to promote as well.
Toni Braxton — In 2013, battling lupus and having grown tired of the grind of being a pop star, she announced her retirement, but apparently she thought better of it once Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and others voiced their support. Braxton will be back with Love, Marriage & Divorce, her duet album with Babyface, in February.
Oasis — There's been talk of the Gallagher brothers burying the hatchet to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album, Definitely Maybe, but that title could also serve as an optimistic view of any such reunion ever happening. Earlier this month, there were reports that Noel Gallagher had turned down offers of 20 million pounds to reunite with his younger brother Liam.