2013 al­bums from U2, Gaga, Eminem, Vil­lagers, and more...

Bray People - - LIFESTYLE - WITH JIM HAYES

WILL we see a new U2 al­bum in 2013? Yes, ac­cord­ing to Paul McGuin­ness who told the Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent just be­fore Christ­mas that we can ‘cer­tainly ex­pect a new record' this year.

The U2 man­ager's com­ment con­firmed what Mer­cury Records UK la­bel pres­i­dent Ja­son Iley said back in July when he tweeted: ‘2013 could be one of the best years Mer­cury's ever had'.

He was re­fer­ring to the news that Mer­cury ex­pected to re­lease new al­bums from not only U2 but also Metallica, Ar­cade Fire and Noah And The Whale in 2013.

It's not yet clear if the Metallica al­bum will see the light this year but they have been work­ing on a 3D con­cert movie and that's al­most cer­tain to get a sum­mer 2013 re­lease.

Mean­while, Ar­cade Fire are con­fi­dent that their fourth al­bum will be re­leased in 2013, prob­a­bly late in the year, ac­cord­ing to re­cent com­ments by drum­mer Jeremy Gara. And Noah and the Whale also plan to re­lease their fourth in 2013, with the folksy quin­tet promis­ing a re­turn to the English roots.

So what else can we ex­pect on the al­bum front this year?

Kings of Leon have been work­ing on ma­te­rial for their sixth stu­dio al­bum, and with a string of sum­mer dates al­ready an­nounced, it doesn't take a ge­nius to pre­dict an al­bum re­lease to co­in­cide with the tour.

Lady Gaga con­firmed as far back as Au­gust that her fourth stu­dio al­bum would be called ‘Art­pop' and re­leased in 2013. Gaga says she sees ‘ Art­pop' as a project rather than sim­ply an al­bum and plans an Art­pop app al­low­ing fans to in­ter­act, view film clips of songs and ac­cess ex­tra mu­sic. Ex­pect a late spring re­lease date.

Among the other ma­jor league stars plan­ning a 2013 al­bum is Eminem who shunned Twit­ter and Face­book when an­nounc­ing his in­ten­tion to re­lease his eighth al­bum in 2013 back in Oc­to­ber. In­stead, the rap­per posted a pic­ture of a lim­ited edi­tion base­ball cap for his home­town of Detroit, with a side panel list­ing the years of all his solo al­bums...in­clud­ing a dis­creetly stitched ‘2013'.

With Eminem dates al­ready con­firmed for the sum­mer - in­clud­ing a Read­ing and Leeds fes­ti­vals head­liner - we could see the fol­lowup to 2010's ‘Re­cov­ery' around that time.

One ea­gerly awaited al­bum with a con­firmed re­lease date is Azealia Banks' ‘Broke With Ex­pen­sive Taste' which comes out Fe­bru­ary 11.

Af­ter the success of her ‘212' sin­gle, ‘1991' EP and ‘Fan­tasea' mix­tape, much is ex­pected of the de­but al­bum from the cel­e­brated New York singer and rap­per.

Other artists with al­bums in pro­duc­tion for the year ahead in­clude Bey­once, Katy Perry, Dido (‘Girl Who Got Away', March 5), Paramore (self ti­tled, April 9), Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (‘Push The Sky Away', Fe­bru­ary 18), The Smiths’ Johnny Marr (‘ The Mes­sen­ger', Fe­bru­ary 26), Vil­lagers (‘Awayland', April 9), 50 Cent (‘Street King Im­mor­tal', Fe­bru­ary 26), Deep Pur­ple, Justin Bieber, Pearl Jam, Nicki Mi­naj, Akon and Beck who, ap­par­ently, plans to re­lease two al­bums in coming months.

Given Ri­hanna's prolific out­put, I sup­pose we shouldn’t rule out some­thing from her as well.

U2 - new al­bum on the way this year.

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