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Whatcha Waiting For?: Top Anticipated Releases For 2013

Posted on December 27th, 2012

2012 is almost over and boy has it been a good year for music. No matter what genre is your favourite, there has been something new and exciting for everyone. Scott, Lauren, Phoebe and Liz all picked their favourite albums but now it is time to look ahead to 2013. Here are our picks for some of the most anticipated albums for the New Year.

TBD – Arcade Fire: There isn’t a lot known about this album and it may not even be out until 2014 but our inner optimist is putting it on this list regardless. What we do know is that the Montreal crew is in studio working on some new songs along with former LCD Soundsystem front man James Murphy. Plus, they also workshopped a few songs to a lucky crowd this month under the secretive name of Les Identiks. The show was shrouded in secrecy but according to one tweet, people said that the themes seemed to circle around the mid 19th century and African American history.

Cruel Winter - G.O.O.D. Music: 2012′s compilation Cruel Summer featured some of the best rappers of 2012 all gathered under Kanye West’s label G.O.O.D. Music. It gave us such hits as “Mercy” and “Clique.” So the follow up, Cruel Winter is going to have a lot to live up to. There were a lot of rumours circulating this release but Big Sean confirmed to BBC radio in November, “Oh God. Swerve. Yeah, you’re gonna get it.”

Long. Live. A$AP – A$AP Rocky All of you A$AP Rocky fans have been chomping at the bit for this one since it was pushed back from September to October and then until January. But we are almost there. He managed to nab the coolest of the cool in the music world for his debut studio album including Danny Brown and Santigold, not to mention Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar for the second single “F**kin’ Problems.” The release of the album, on the one year anniversary of his mixtape Live. Love. A$AP, will launch him into a huge tour with Rihanna in March. Fuel the relationship rumours!

ARTPOP – Lady Gaga In typical Gaga fashion, her latest project ARTPOP is set to be more multimedia beast than album. She has been dropping hints about the album almost all year and has even performed the new song “Princess Die” during the Born This Way Ball Tour. She has also been quoted as saying that this album will illustrate a lack of maturity and that it will explore the deterioration of the blonde pop icon. Plus, she announced this week that Terry Richardson will be shooting a documentary about the release of ARTPOP which you can expect to be quite, ahem, revealing.

Free The Universe – Major Lazer Another one of those, “enough already!” delayed albums, the latest from Major Lazer is set to come out in mid February. The list of collaborators is crazy. Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig, Bruno Mars, Wyclef, Shaggy, Tyga, Dev and of course Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffman all teamed up with Diplo for the album. Yes, just Diplo. Long-time Major Lazer co-producer Switch will not be on the album.

Yes, yes. We know that is only a handful. Let us know your picks on Twitter @nml.

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