It's our ultimate music wish list for the year 2013.
Shopping for Christmas or Hanukkah presents for friends and family can be hard, but figuring out what we'd like to give to our readers was pretty easy this year. And since it's almost New Year's Eve too, we thought we'd combine a holiday wish list of things we know you want to see happen (like yesterday) with a set of resolutions for your favorite artists to try to commit to this year. Like new albums. We're looking at YOU, Jonas Brothers. And you, Paramore. And DEFINITELY you, Tokio Hotel. Just like with resolutions, some will happen, and a lot of them might not. But it's the trying that counts, right?
1.) A New Jonas Brothers Album: While there was that solo album from Joe Jonas, a Broadway role for Nick, a reality show for Kevin, a "reunion" performance in New York City, as well as assurances from the Jonas boys that there's music on the way, there still hasn't been a new album of Jonas Brothers material since 2009. And if you've ever seen fans lined up outside one of their appearances, (or been to one yourself), you know they're not a patient bunch.
2.) A New Tokio Hotel Album: Speaking of taking your time, the architecturally coiffed German rockers Tokio Hotel have been been out of the action for almost as long. It's not like excitement from fans is dying down either, based on our Musical March Madness tournament, and the O Music Awards, but there hasn't been any **official** word on new releases since their best-of and live albums in 2010. Are they afraid of causing some sort of international panic incident when millions of fans around the world faint with glee simultaneously when it finally comes out? That's probably it.
3.) A New Paramore Album: Finally, a bit of actionable intelligence we can work with here, because Paramore finally set a date for the release of their fourth album, Paramore, on April 9, 2015. (Kidding, kidding, the new Paramore album comes out April 9, 2013). Maybe they spent all that time trying to come up with a better title? BTW, the title of the first single is "Now," which is roughly when fans of the pop-punk cuties want to hear it. Fortunately, they'll only have to wait a couple weeks.
4.) A New 30 Seconds To Mars Album: More like 30 years to a new album, right? We know that 30 Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto has been busy acting again lately, but would it kill him to get back to what made fans fall for him in the first place? Oh wait, that was acting. You know what we mean. In their defense, the band did play about 50 kajillion shows and set a world record touring around the world in the last couple years, so let's cut them a little slack. Plus, as Leto has said of the new album, set for a 2013 release, "I really think that this could be the best thing that we've ever done."
5.) A New A Day To Remember Album: Are you also saying their new album is some of the best material they've written? A Day To Remember's Jeremy McKinnon said, "I know people say that with every album, but I know it is." They've been cryptically dropping teasers, so fans should hurry over to the website now and find out what they got you for Christmas. Maybe it's a puppy?
6.) A New Evanescence Album: Maybe we're just impatient, since Evanescence did technically just release the final single from their last self-titled album in May, but COME ON! We're not saying three Evanescence albums isn't enough. We're just saying WE REALLY NEED A FOURTH EVANESCENCE ALBUM!
7.) A New Miley Cyrus Album: Did you wish for a new Miley Cyrus album on your last birthday? Guess what! It worked! Magic is real. Last we saw, Miley was in the studio with a couple of dudes you may have heard of by the names Pharell Williams and Tyler, the Creator. And Pharrell himself told us Miley's next album is totally not what you think it'll be. Now all we need is Miley's release date... and Miley's wedding date.
8.) A New Britney Spears Album: While we love Britney Spears on "The X Factor," it'd be nice to see her working a bit of her own x-factor magic back in the studio in 2013, especially since we've already played "Till The World End" 10,000 times in a row and people are starting to think we're weird. (Screw them, though!) Sure, Brit may have been the top-earning woman in music in 2012, and that's very nice to hear and all, but we can't exactly dance to it.
9.) A New Beyoncé Album: When you're Beyoncé, which you're not, sadly :( , you can pretty much call up anyone you want and get them to work on a new song starting yesterday. For her forthcoming record, she's already got tracks in the works with Hit-Boy, Kanye West, and Miguel, who must have really thought he was in the middle of a Kaleidoscope Dream when he got that call.
10.) A New Justin Timberlake Album: We know he said he can't "pump out albums every year," and fine, we get that, but how about every seven years? At least we all got to hear Justin Timberlake sing a new song at his wedding. Remember that? Oh, you weren't there? Yeah, me either. (#hangsheadsolemnly)
Check out more things in music that need to happen in 2013 after the jump!
11.) Lady Gaga's ARTPOP to Come Out: Last we heard Lady Gaga had some 50 songs to choose from for her forthcoming ARTPOP, (and we tried to help her narrow things down a bit). But since she didn't seem to speed the process along, how about this for a solution: 50-song album. Boom, problem solved. Or, failing that, five 10-song albums, one a day every day for five days. Does that work for everyone? Cool.
12.) A Destiny's Child Reunion: While we're all ecstatic about Beyoncé's appearance at the 2013 Super Bowl, the only thing that would make that any more exciting is if she brought teammates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams out of the locker room. And then, you know, made an album, and won the Super Bowl on a last-minute touchdown pass to Kelly.
13.) A New Mariah Carey Album: Speaking of wins, Mariah Carey sounded positively "Triumphant" on the single of the same name she released over the summer. If that's a taste of things to come on her 14th (woh) album this year, then it seems like we all win.
14.) A New Katy Perry Album: It's been nice of Katy Perry to take a little bit of a break (if you call having one of the highest-grossing music concert films of all time "taking a break") and let some of the other singers have a chance at hit singles. But it's time she get back to work, isn't it? For all we know it might not even be a collection of pop hits, based on what she's said about the darker direction her next album is likely to take. Katy Perry death-metal album anyone?
15.) A New Robyn Album: Oh, Robyn. When you release the type of album so perfect that every song feels like its own little miracle, it makes the wait for the next album cycle feel so much longer. In the meantime, if you need us, we'll just be over here in the corner dancing on our own.
16.) A New Janelle Monae Album: What, you think appearing on one of the biggest and best songs of the year -- fun.'s "We Are Young" -- pulling in a handful of MTV Video Music Award nominations, and six Grammy nominations, and managing to be the cutest ever while giving out perfect advice was enough? There hasn't been an album of new material from Janelle Monae since 2010, which isn't very fun at all.
17.) Taylor Swift Dating Someone For More Than Three Months: On the one hand, Taylor Swift seems like a sweet chick, and we want her to be happy, buuuuuut, then again, breakups are kinda Taylor's thing and usually make for good songwriting material, so you can see how we're conflicted here. That said, HAYLOR 4EVER!
18.) Chavril's Wedding: Biggest music wedding of the year? Biggest music wedding of the year. That year just happens to be about 10 years ago, but we're still psyched -- the '90s were awesome! While we've already heard what a musical baby from #Chavril (Avril Lavigne + Chad Kroeger of Nickelback) might sound like. So it's high time for the Canadian music royalty to make it official!
19.) Rihanna Publishes A Book Of Her Twitter/Instagram Photos: Rihanna looks good in just about anything she's wearing, (or not wearing), and we love her constant stream of Instagram and Twitter photos, but wouldn't it be nice to have them all collected together in one big book we could keep on the coffee table/hidden under the bed?
20.) Kimye's Wedding: Against all odds, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian actually seem like the perfect couple. (Second cutest couple of 2012 behind Jay and Bey. Well, Wiz and Amber are way up there, too, but Kimye is still SO good!) Did not see that one coming. You know what they say: First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the reality show about the marriage, so let's speed this one along, shall we?