Gaga to Beyonce: What will the big albums of 2013 be?
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- 2012 was about touring for Gaga. Her globe-straddling Born This Way jaunt grossed an impressive £77 million according to figures compiled by Billboard. But she's also been working on her third album, ARTPOP. She says it'll be best consumed as a "multimedia experience".
- The speed at which James Arthur scored his first number one suggests there's a huge appetite for new music from The X Factor 2012 winner. Fresh from being crowned he said he would have "complete creative control" over his debut.
- Jay-Z may be on baby-sitting duties in 2013, as Beyonce readies her comeback. The star has already pencilled in a half-time performance at the Super Bowl in February – a sure-fire hint that she wants to come back in a big way.
- Biffy Clyro's sixth studio album Opposites hits shelves in January. We say album, it’s actually two albums. An old skool double disc 22-track monster. Recorded in LA, it could cement them as one of the UK's biggest rock acts.
- Having taken a break (five years) from making music in the mid-noughties Eminem is set to follow up 2010’s Recovery. His live tours are still few and far between, but he’s still seen by many as one of the biggest rappers on the planet.
- With rumours abound that Arcade Fire could headline a UK festival or two in 2013, they'll return with their fourth album. Reports saying ex-LCD Soundsystem man James Murphy is producing make the prospect especially tantalising.
- Jessie J spent the second half of 2012 writing music for her second album. She’ll be back on BBC One in the spring as a coach on The Voice but wants to have fresh material out in time for her rescheduled October headline arena tour.
- Californian sister-trio Haim caught the imagination of many music lovers in 2012 with tunes as bubbly as their personalities. After a couple of critically-acclaimed EPs, they’ll release their debut album in 2013.
- The very definition of prolific - based on her recent track record (four new albums in four years) you can almost guarantee Rihanna will come back with something new in 2013. She'll also embark on a huge world tour.
- With or without Robbie – Gary Barlow says he’s itching to get back in the studio to record new music with Take That. The challenge will be matching the record-breaking success that their 2011 Progress album brought them.
- Tinie Tempah had already named the follow up to Disc-overy by February 2012 (Demonstration) suggesting it would be out before too long. It never came - but that's only served to make his fans even more eager to hear new material. Surely it will come this year?
- Tips for success in 2013 don't come much hotter than 26-year-old Birmingham singer Laura Mvula. She'll release her debut album, Sing To The Moon, in March. She's already been compared to Amy Winehouse and Adele.
- The original Suga... sorry, new group Mutya Keisha Siobhan will release their debut soon. 10 years ago they were the first three members of a certain girl group. Now back together, they said: "All the fans wanted this to happen."