Pop-corn, pop-corn, get your pop-corn here! With 2014 finally here, we’re doling out all the music we can’t wait for — from Taylor Swift to Austin Mahone to… Nick Jonas? Who knows? Anything can happen!
Check out our list below to get your salty-sweet taste of what’s to come. And don’t forget to sound off on your picks via Twitter: Hit us up @MTVNews using the hashtag #mostanticipated.
Even though Taylor Swift is still touring in support of her 2012 album Red, the “22” singer has new material on the way. From the sound of “Sweeter Than Fiction,” co-written with Fun.’s Jack Antonoff, Swift’s fifth LP may head in an even more pop-y route than “I Knew You Were Trouble” or “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”
“I’m so obsessed with where it is right now because I think, for me, the goal is that we start coming upon a sound that’s different from everything that we’ve done before, an identity to a new record,” she told Rolling Stone. “Having come upon that so early in the process is just really thrilling,”
And, as she admitted in a recent Billboard interview, she’s really into collaborations this time around. So who will make the record? She revealed to EW that she’s obsessed with Sia, who’s penned songs for Rihanna, Katy Perry and so many more of pop’s biggest stars.
Rihanna has put on an album every year since 2005 (forget 2008), so when 2013 came and went without a new LP from Rih Rih, we knew she probably had plans for this year. Though deats are scant, Nicky Romero did tell us in August that he and David Guetta were working with the singer for the Unapologetic follow-up, saying, “It’s gonna be out of the box for me… in a really smooth way.”
Ed Sheeran says his new album is coming right after awards season (he’s hoping his “Hobbit” song will garner an Oscars nomination). And the new album already has Taylor Swift’s stamp of approval. As he finishes a song, he sends it to his pal Taylor, who hosted him on Red. “She’s heard all the songs and she’s a good judge of what’s good or not good,” he said.
Fifth Harmony confirmed to us in October that their debut album will be out in 2014. Their EP debuted at #2 on the iTunes albums chart. Of the EP, Camila Cabello said “It’s like a sneak peek of what’s to come on the album.” That said, expect a “teenage girl little diary,” if you take their word for it. If you think tourmate Demi Lovato may make a cameo on the album, well, you just might be right. “Of course! There’s plans to collaborate with them,” Demi told us after the “X Factor” finale.
No speculation here: “X Factor” alumnae Little Mix are giving us their Salute on February 4. The album has been out in the U.K. since November with its lead single “Move” and has a more dancey feel than their first album DNA. When the girls talked to us, they gave us a hint at what it would sound like. “Maybe another ’Wings’ kind of a thing. … We want it to be a little more mature ’cause we feel like our fans grow with us,” Jesy Nelson said.
With his current single “Banga! Banga!” out, we’re wondering if the rest of Austin Mahone’s debut album will sound just as upbeat. “I want my first album to just be crazy, like, ’Aw man this kid is like, this came out of nowhere, he’s got an insane album,’ so, I mean, I’ve worked with so many talented producers and so I just want to pick the right songs for it,” Austin told us. The singer has producers RedOne, Sean Garrett and Max Martin on lock for the album, expected at the beginning of the year.
Christina Aguilera has been all “Voice” all the time. But since she won’t be back to the show until season six, the coach will have a clear schedule to work on new music. She’s been dropping in on song like Great Big World’s “Say Something” and Lady Gaga’s “Do What U Want,” proving that she’s primed to get back to recording. On Christmas Eve, she posted a mysterious photo teasing a “something special.”
Shakira’s new single was supposed to be out in 2013, but we’re thinking that it’s worth the wait for one reason: Rihanna will be on it. As she preps her album, an upcoming “Voice” mentorship (she’s taking over for Christina) and possible tour, we’re more than ready for Shakira’s year.
A Great Big World
A Great Big World seemed to pop out of nowhere. At the top of 2013, the duo was virtually unknown, but at the end of the year, their collaboration with Christina Aguilera, “Say Something,” had charted at #1 on iTunes, they performed at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and on “The Voice.” Needless to say, we’re waiting for what the rest of their debut album has in store come January 21.
Ke$ha is taking a little break from the studio to “learn to love herself again,” but the singer told us last year she’s already prepping the follow-up… and the songs will be angsty.
“Right now [my new songs are] more dude-oriented, because I recently had this boy just be a total piece of sh–, douchebag piece of garbage [to me],” Ke$ha said back in September. “He’s just a lying sack of sh–, balls, sh– -filled b—sack, he’s just a giant pair. And he has a tiny penis, and he sucks real bad, so I’m writing about that.”
While she won’t be returning for a third season of “X Factor,” that doesn’t mean Demi Lovato will be relaxing in the coming year. Instead she’ll be focused on her true passion: music.
“I started the show being a singer and a musician, and so I’m going to go back to that,” Lovato said after the finale. “It’s been really great, but I’m so excited for 2014. I’m going to dedicate it completely and entirely to music — touring and making a new album. Possibly releasing one.”
This would be a quick turnaround for the “Heart Attack” singer, who dropped her fourth studio album Demi in early 2013. Although the status of a new LP is indefinite, there’s one thing that’s certain: you can see her alongside Fifth Harmony, Little Mix and Cher Lloyd on the Neon Lights Tour this year.
Lea Michele is channeling all her emotions on the upcoming Louder out March 4. Up until his death, boyfriend Cory Monteith had heard all the songs on her album. But after he died, Lea felt the need to add the personal song to help her cope and pay tribute. Songwriter Sia helped her write “If You Say So,” which even had her dad crying in the studio. “It’s a very personal and it’s a very intense song for me, that’s one thing,” she told us. We’re expecting a very intimate album.
She’s already released countless songs as her “Glee” character Santana Lopez, but come 2014 Naya Rivera plans to release an entire album of original music. Her first single “Sorry,” featuring fiancé Big Sean, made the top 10 on iTunes’ Pop chart. “It took a long time to figure out where I wanted to go musically,” Rivera, who’s actually been signed to Columbia Records for three years, told Rolling Stone in November.
According to Lindsay herself, she’s been spending time in the studio. After her stint in rehab earlier this year, it’s rumored that she’s working with The Kills for a more rock direction. But enough “Rumors”; let’s get LiLo to “Speak” for herself! Lindsay?
We may be guessing here, but does Nick Jonas have some solo music coming out this year? 2013 saw a big breakup for the Jonas Brothers, citing “a deep rift within the band” and “a big disagreement over their music direction” for the split. But now that photogs caught Nick and his girlfriend snoggin’ while shooting a music video, we’re not so sure Nick is done with music forever.