52 Reasons 2015 Will Be The Best Year For Music Since Ever

Adele! Kanye! Rihanna! Frank Ocean! Sufjan! Seriously, we’re freaking out.

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1. Adele, TBA

Adele, TBA

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Thanks to a single, winking tweet from Adele, many fans expected the follow-up to her world-conquering sophomore album last year. However, 2014 came and went without so much as a song title and the project remains shrouded in mystery. In a recent interview, long-time collaborator Paul Epworth refused to comment on the sound or status of the album, saying only that it “will come when it’s ready.” Will she pull a Beyoncé? Collaborate with Pharrell? Make good on her promise to go country? Only time will tell because her people aren’t talking.

2. Kanye West, TBA

Kanye West, TBA

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Appreciators of G.O.O.D. music are starved for new ‘Ye after a 2014 in which a much-anticipated follow-up to Yeezus was teased repeatedly but never produced. One track allegedly leaked, while another made a brief and tantalizing appearance in a World Cup Adidas commercial. On New Year’s Eve, Kanye threw fans for another loop by premiering the first official taste of his next project — an emotionally devastating ballad written from the perspective of his late mother and featuring Paul McCartney. Dubbed “Only One,” the piano-driven tearjerker is about as far from the queasy pyrotechnics of Yeezus as you can get. And with several more McCartney collaborations promised in a press release, the only thing we know is that everything we thought we knew about Yeezus II is wrong. New day, new ‘Ye.

3. Rihanna, TBA

Rihanna, TBA

Def Jam

It’s been two years since Rihanna’s last album and expectations are at an all-time high. Once known for releasing a new album every year, pop’s hardest working hit-maker decided to take some time off in 2013. While she continued to listen to demos and “phuck round” in the studio, it wasn’t until October 2014 that she really buckled down and got to work. According to insiders, her eighth album — dubbed #R8 by fans — will be a mix of ballads and edgier, Hudson Mohawke-esque bangers. She’s also reportedly recordeda song titled “Burritos,” so, yeah, it sounds like this album will be worth the wait.

4. Kendrick Lamar, TBA

Kendrick Lamar, TBA

Interscope

What we know: 1) “i” and the untitled track he performed as the last musical guest ever on Colbert both slay. 2) His last album Good Kid M.A.A.D City was a rare kind of insta-classic revelation that floored just about everyone exposed to it. 3) Kendrick himself is a rare music artist, unafraid to take risks, confound fans, and say what’s on his mind in this era where nearly everyone is content to play it safe. All that adds up to next-level anticipation for whatever it is King Kendrick has planned, and we’re told from a label rep who has heard the album that our expectations aren’t misplaced. “I can’t tell you anything about the album,” he told us. “Except it’s going to blow you away.” Of course, label reps are paid to make hyperbole sound natural, but we are completely inclined to agree here.

5. Troye Sivan, TBA

Troye Sivan, TBA

EMI

If you don’t know the name Troye Sivan yet, you will soon. Thanks to a startlingly self-assured EP and an enormously dedicated fanbase, the Australian YouTuber-turned-singer is poised for IRL stardom. His five-song debut, TRXYE, cracked the top five of theBillboard 200 with almost no press and just three days of sales. More than just a stylish collection of synth-pop, TRXYE established Sivan as an artist with things to say and a voice worth listening to; mixed in with the songs about love and lust are critiques of prescription pill culture and thoughts on toxic masculinity. His forthcoming debut album for Capitol is to likely solidify his standing as one of pop’s most exciting newcomers.

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Kelly Clarkson is Back with ‘Heartbeat Song’

Kelly Clarkson Returns in Style on 'Heartbeat Song': Single Review
Kelly Clarkson’s highly anticipated single is out! The track, off the singer’s upcoming album, is the definition of pop, despite fans thinking she was going to dive deeper into her country roots.

“Holy cow I didn’t even know my song would be up on iTunes already!! I just bought it haha! #heartbeatsong,” the 32-year-old singer tweeted just before midnight on Sunday (January 11).

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Kelly Clarkson is BACK! New Music Coming Soon

Kelly Clarkson is BACK! The Idol alum will return with the lead single from her forthcoming seventh studio LP called “Heartbeat Song,” due out on January 12.  This will be the first track from Clarkson’s first full-length studio album of original material since Stronger released in 2011.

This Day in Music History — October 5

1979 : ABBA visits the White House while on tour for the first and only time in America. They meet President Carter’s daughter Amy, who is a big fan.

1997 : Garth Brooks fans snap up more than 139,000 tickets in less than four hours, selling out eight shows at Chicago’s Rosemont Horizon.

2002 : Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This” goes from #52 to #1 on the Hot 100, breaking the record for biggest leap to the top spot. The previous record was held by The Beatles, whose “Can’t Buy Me Love” went from #27 to #1. Maroon 5 beat Clarkson’s record in 2007 when “It Makes Me Wonder” rose to the top spot from #64.

2012 : Adele posts her new theme to Skyfall, the 23rd film in the James Bond series, at 0:07 AM BST. The theme song, written by Adele and her songwriting partner Paul Epworth, featured a 77-piece backing orchestra. In an informal Billboard poll, 69% of responses voted it the best theme to a Bond film ever.

11 Covers That Prove Kelly Clarkson Can Sing Anything

Three Grammys, 13 Billboard Music Awards and 12 years after being crowned the first American Idol, Kelly Clarkson is still amazing as ever.

The “Stronger” singer thrilled fans this week when she announced a new album for 2015.

Of course, it’s not just new songs we love Kelly for: When she tours, Clarkson invites fans to make song requests online and then picks one to perform when she gets into town—everything from Etta James to Eminem.

11. “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” Pat Benatar


10. “Scrubs,” TLC


9. “You & I,” Lady Gaga


8. “You’re Still The One,” Shania Twain


7. “We are Young,” Fun feat. Janelle Monae


6. “Someone Like You,” Adele


5. “We Found Love In a Hopeless Place,” Rihanna


4. “Call Me Maybe,” Carly Rae Jepsen


3. “Always Be My Baby,” Mariah Carey


2. “Wide Awake,” Katy Perry


1. “I’ll Stand By You,” The Pretenders

This Day in Music History — September 4

1952 : Gladys Knight & The Pips form at a birthday party for her brother Bubba.

1965 : While The Who shop for a guard dog, their van and $10,000 worth of equipment is stolen.

1982 : Frank Zappa’s single “Valley Girl” reaches #32 on the US Billboard Hot 100. This marks the sole time Zappa charted in the Top-40 in the United States, despite being an international hit abroad and producing a career total of 62 albums in his lifetime.

2002 : Kelly Clarkson beats Justin Guarini to become the first winner of American Idol.

2007 : The Bob Dylan “biographical” movie, I’m Not There: Suppositions On A Film Concern Dylan, premieres at the Venice (Italy) Film Festival.