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Who to listen to in 2014?

09/10/2012 File photo of Led Zeppelin, from left, bassist and keyboard player John Paul Jones, guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, and drummer Jason Bonham at a press conference ahead of the worldwide theatrical release of Celebration Day, at the Museum of Modern Art on in New York. See PA Feature MUSIC Music 2014. Picture credit should read: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/PA Photos. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature  MUSIC Music 2014. UK REGIONAL PAPERS AND MAGAZINES, PLEASE REMOVE FROM ALL COMPUTERS AND ARCHIVES BY 31/12/2013.

09/10/2012 File photo of Led Zeppelin, from left, bassist and keyboard player John Paul Jones, guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, and drummer Jason Bonham at a press conference ahead of the worldwide theatrical release of Celebration Day, at the Museum of Modern Art on in New York. See PA Feature MUSIC Music 2014. Picture credit should read: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/PA Photos. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature MUSIC Music 2014. UK REGIONAL PAPERS AND MAGAZINES, PLEASE REMOVE FROM ALL COMPUTERS AND ARCHIVES BY 31/12/2013.

The New Year is here, and with it comes a raft of great new music.

Time waits for no man - least of all in music, a world so blindly fixated on planning six months ahead and trying to spot the ‘next big thing’ that it doesn’t realise a new Beyonce album is going to be released until it’s available on iTunes...

Speaking of which, that might be one thing to expect more of in 2014. Surprise albums are, well, no surprise, really.

Following on from the news that they’re finally allowing their music on streaming service Spotify, a remastered Led Zeppelin catalogue will be available in 2014.

That leaves just AC/DC and The Beatles as the only musical giants not available on Spotify.

Adele should be back with a new album, although being a relatively new mum, coupled with the fact that 21 is still selling in vast quantities, who could blame her for taking a bit more time off?

Kylie will be back with her first album since joining Jay Z’s Roc Nation. With that, expect the biggest collaborations and the very best songwriters to be brought in to help.

U2 will be releasing their 13th studio album in April. After the misfiring of their previous album No Line On The Horizon, Bono and co will be hoping it’s not an unlucky omen.

Enough with the old faces. Let’s turn our attention to newcomers.

Solo singers are having a grand old time of it at the moment and there’s no sign of that changing next year. The Brit Awards Critics’ Choice prize has already been awarded to Sam Smith, who beat fellow nominees Ella Eyre and Chloe Howl to the award. He’ll be hoping to do even better than last year’s recipient Tom Odell, who released one of the best-selling albums of the year.

 

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