With that in mind, I've searched high and mostly low for the albums that have tentative names and nearly firm release dates! The first quarter of 2013 looks to be a great time for people who enjoy illegally downloading albums! Though, I should point out, it would be much better for the continuance of the music industry and your favorite artists' careers if you actually shelled out some cash for their records! After all, they didn't illegally download their instruments!
Note: albums are listed by release date.
24) Yo La Tengo -- Fade, 1/15: Despite looking like former record store employees, Yo La Tengo make a sound that sparkles and feeds back and generally covers for the fact that no one in the band is a singer in the conventional 'rock' sense. Rumors that David Lee Roth was to join the band are just that -- rumors. Made up here. On the spot.
22) Camper Van Beethoven -- La Costa Perdida, 1/22: Ten songs recorded at Jonathan Segel's home studio in Oakland are said to be "steeped in their connection to Northern California, specifically the areas where the band members nurtured their musical talents -- Redlands, Santa Cruz and San Francisco." So, expect this music to quake!
21) Adam Ant -- Adam Ant Is The Blueback Hussar In Marrying The Gunner's Daughter, 1/22: "Completely different from anything else I've done before," says Mr. Ant, whose last album of new material was 1995's acoustic-based Wonderful. Said to include 17 songs, with collaborations with Boz Boorer, Andy Bell of Oasis and Beady Eye, 3 Colours Red guitarist Chris McCormack and longtime Ant conspirator Marco Pirroni, the album sports a title worthy of Fiona Apple at her most succinct.
19) Bad Religion -- True North, 1/22: Longtime running punk rock 'n' roll band Bad Religion return with an album named after the record label that released albums by Canadian folkie Bruce Cockburn. But don't think the band has gone folk. In fact, 15 of the album's 16 songs are under three minutes and are full of "fast and concise punk." First single? Something called "F*** (Forget) You." Oh, such cheeky oldsters!
17) Tegan and Sara -- Heartthrob, 1/29: Everyone's favorite twin sisters from Canada are back with another album! The deluxe version of the album will add two songs. Or you could say the standard album will deduct two songs! It all depends how you look at it. Fans are sure to be disappointed by the song, "I Couldn't Be Your Friend." I mean, don't they even want to try?
15) Eels -- Wonderful, Glorious, 2/5: Mark Oliver Everett's ditched the Unabomber look and decided to rejoin society ever so slightly. His new album features his road band writing the songs with him and recording with the notoriously meticulous and secretive solo performer in the studio!
13) Jim James -- Regions of Light and Sound of God, 2/5: My Morning Jacket's lead beard Jim James has announced his first full-length solo album. He plays all the instruments and engineered the album himself. Inspired by Lynd Ward's 1929 graphic novel God's Man, which "chronicles an artist's struggle with temptation and corruption, along with finding true love," Regions sounds like it could be this year's Dianetics!
12) Coheed and Cambria -- The Afterman: Descension, 2/5: Considering C&C Cola have already issued The Afterman: Ascension, it only makes sense that what comes up must come down. Descension will continue the tale of Sirius Amory as he explores the energy source holding together the Keywork… The album will be released with a coffee-table book to help along those of us who didn't pay attention in school.
10) Bullet For My Valentine -- Temper Temper, 2/12: The follow-up to 2010's Fever, Temper Temper features the band in medically-sound form. Guitarist Michael "Padge" Paget underwent back surgery and is now well enough to stand on stage again, while singer Matt Tuck has finished touring his side-project Axewound in time to begin touring to support the new album. The future is healthy as hell.
9) Azealia Banks -- Broke With Expensive Taste, 2/12: Harlem rapper and authenticity-enthusiast Azealia Banks pushed her new album to 2013, after over-promising in 2012. "The vision and vibe that I have for Broke with Expensive Taste is just for it to be stylish and authentic like anything I do," Ms. Banks told Beats TV, "There isn't a genre I'm trying to go for or a specific vibe I'm trying for. I'm going for authenticity."
7) 50 Cent -- Street King Immortal, February 26: The album is already a year late, but Mr. Cent is looking to get his new album out near the ten-year anniversary of his debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin'. The new album has already seen the singles, "New Day," featuring Dr. Dre and Eminem, "First Date," with Too $hort, and "My Life," with Eminem and Adam Levine, released to the airwaves and is named after his Street King energy drink and is, according to Mr. Cent, "more personal than the albums in the past."
6) Johnny Marr -- The Messenger, 2/26: Tired of guesting on everyone else's albums, Johnny Marr decided to put his own name on something for a change. Marr returned to Manchester, the place of his youth, and told Rolling Stone the new album is inspired by "the New Wave shows I used to sneak in to see when I left school…in terms of the energy, the shadow of the memory of that."
4) Akon -- Stadium, March 2013: Considering the album's lead single "Angel" was released to radio stations on September 14, 2010!!!, it seems Stadium is the banned-from-Sri Lanka's singer's loooongggg-awaited new album. Surely, the public can hardly wait to hear what new potential ringtones the singer has in store for them!
3) Bon Jovi -- What About Now, Spring 2013: Having been busy with planning the 2013 Because We Can World Tour, the band have apparently remembered to issue a new studio album as well. What About Now is the chosen title and it surely will feature new songs!
2) Nicki Minaj -- Pink Friday: The Pinkprint, Spring 2013: Nicki Minaj reported on the Twitter that she will release another album called Pink Friday. That makes three albums with the same name. This one is to be subtitled The Pinkprint. No word on how many of her alter egos will be present this time.
1) Lady Gaga -- ARTPOP, Spring 2013: Word is that Ms. Gaga is looking to expand her creative reach with her next album ARTPOP. The fully-capitalized album is said to be potentially split into a "Commercial" album, with all the radio-friendly hits and stuff, and an "Experimental" album six months later that will be for the music fans who like their music less radio and more weird. Let's just hope they each come with a poster!
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