With a mysterious announcement from Fall Out Boy and the fact that the Grammys were basically a Justin Timberlake comeback show, this might be a year of the comebacks for pop music. A lot of new faces made their way onto the music scene last year, but now it’s time for the seasoned vets to make their return. We’re definitely not complaining either! Keep reading to find out who will stage the year’s biggest comebacks.
Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience”
Move over Justin Bieber, the real prince of pop is back, and he’s better than ever. Instead of teen girls screaming out his name, it’s the 20-something’s who’ve been waiting since 2006 for the return of the king. After the phenomenal “FutureSex/LoveSounds,” JT focused way too much on his acting career, taking turns in movies like “The Social Network” and “Friends with Benefits.” Now he’s taking back his rightful place on stage. His first single (featuring Jay-Z) “Suit & Tie” left fans feeling iffy. It’s different, but still quintessentially Justin, with his falsetto and R&B undertones. “The 20/20 Experience” is due out March 15, the buzz is only getting louder.
Lady Gaga’s “ARTPOP”
It’s been so long since we’ve gotten our dose of the weird craziness we expect from Lady Gaga. It’s only been two years since her last release, but “Born This Way” pales in comparison to “The Fame Monster,” and we’re itching for a new album. With Mother Monster busy touring and recording, it’s taken a long time to perfect ARTPOP. Unfortunately, Gaga just cancelled the rest of the Born This Way Ball due to injury, and that might just push back the release date for new music. We miss the kookiness and fabulous flair she brings to the Top 40, so here’s hoping for a miracle.
Fall Out Boy’s “Save Rock and Roll”
After a three-year hiatus, fans had no idea if Fall Out Boy would ever return. Patrick Stump, the band’s lead singer, released a solo album in 2011 and it got good reviews, so it look like any new music was on the horizon. But a few weeks ago the band flabbergasted fans with a new single and music video, and sent shockwaves when they announced a new album and tour dates. FOB fans scrambled to get tickets and preordered “Save Rock and Roll,” which hits shelves April 15. These boys sure know how to make a scene. This year will definitely be big for them.
David Bowie’s “The Next Day”
To say that this shocked fans would be an understatement. It’s been nearly a decade since his last album, but Bowie is back with not just one new album, but two. He’s been secretly recording for the last two years, and has enough tracks to release another album in 2014. “Where Are We Now” is the lead single and it’s already a top-10 hit in the UK. The rock legend claims that he has no intention of going on tour in support of the album and said that all he wants to do is make records. He’ll definitely have enough money to do so, because “The Next Day” comes out March 12.
Beyoncé’s TBA album
It’s Beyoncé. We don’t even need details, we’re already beyond excited. “4” came out in 2011, and since then she’s still been, well, on top. Becoming a mother, singing at Barack Obama’s second inauguration, performing at the Superbowl and winning a Grammy are just some of her recent accomplishments. In January, she reunited with Destiny’s Child to release a compilation album called “Love Songs” which includes one new song from the three divas. Beyoncé also released a documentary about her life called “Life is but a Dream” which premiered on HBO February 16. She has just about everything going for her, doesn’t she? She recently announced that she will release a new album in April, with basically no details except that it will be fabulous. So far, 2013 is a great year for Sasha Fierce.
Which 2013 releases are you most excited for? Leave us a comment or tweet us @SpeakeasyMag and let us know what you think!