This year looks to be a great year for pop music! I'm going to share with you some upcoming releases from the poptastic artists we love the most.
In no particular order ...
The Lovely Wars have a new EP coming soon and their first Welsh-language single. Apparently the single will also be available in English. We can't wait. The single will be out later this month and the EP out in by Easter.
And speaking of the Welsh language, Gwenno will also be releasing her first full-length solo album called Y Dydd Olaf. That is Welsh for "The Last Day." And there will be another single out before the album! Hooray. The first single was “Chwyldro.”
Poptastic Confessions-favourite dancefloor diva Annikafiore could have a new release this year. If so, expect it later in the year.
Annikafiore's former bandmates Alcazar have a new song out In February/March as part of Melodifestivalen, Sweden's preselection for the Eurovision Song Contest. The song is called "Blame It On The Disco." Goodness, by the title alone, it promises to be really good.
Jody Watley, who had the #1 spot in 2013 with "Nightlife" will be releasing her next album called Paradise. I'm not sure what the next single will be, but hopefully it will be just as fabulous as "Nightlife."
Le Kid ... I'm not sure what is up next for them, but hopefully their sophomore album! And lots of great music. If there was any pop justice, they'd be a global smash!
Rebecca & Fiona should also be releasing their sophomore album. I know a third single is on its way. I am unsure if it it "Hot Shots" or not. Hopefully we will know soon.
After a busy year in 2013, I'm not sure if the Pet Shop Boys will have any more singles from Electric. Definitely the best songs from the album have already been released, so I wouldn't think so.
Melanie B's Spice Girls mates might have some solo releases, too. Melanie C is often releasing music. And Geri Halliwell got the music bug again. Even though her first song back "Half Of Me" didn't make a huge splash, she definitely has the songwriting talents as well as the charisma. So don't count her out just yet. It would be lovely to hear from Emma again, but I'm not sure if she has anything planned. Sadly, I think Victoria is done music.
The Sugababes ... oh the Sugababes. Well, I think 2014 will definitely have more music from Mutya Keisha Siobhan. I'm not sure if they will use their first names or get the Sugababes name back. Lots of rumours there ... stay tuned!
Amelle from the Sugababes should finally release her debut solo album. It was supposed to happen last fall, so it is now or never. Heidi and Jade are doing musicals now and Jade says she is recording solo music. Will Heidi, Amelle and Jade return in 2014? It certainly doesn't look good.
The Saturdays will have another single from their album Living For The Weekend. Fans are craving for it to be the dance song "Not Giving Up" and I agree 100%. It's wonderful song and it deserves to be a big hit. If you are in the UK, be sure to check them out on tour this year.
Norwegian singer Annie has said she will have another EP out. Sadly, there were no more singles from her "A&R EP." There were some amazing tracks there that deserved to be singles. But let's see what else she has.
My all-time favourite group Bananarama might have new music out this year. We know they've been working on a new album. Their last full-length album was "Viva" in 2009. But we were lucky enough to get the amazing EP "Now Or Never" in 2012.
My childhood favourites Duran Duran spent a lot of time in studio in 2013 so hopefully there will be a 2014 release. Let's hope this time around they pick the best songs to be the singles, unlike their last album that was actually quite good. The album had some great songs, but the best ones weren't singles.
Former Real McCoy singer Lisa Cork-Twiss, who I interviewed last year for Poptastic Confessions, has been recording new songs with my friend DJ/Producer Brad Eller (aka Bradelectro). Their collaboration is called Glass Slipper. And they met because of the interview I did with Lisa. Brad realized they both lived in the same city and the rest is history! Hopefully 2014 will see the songs released.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor has a new album out this month called Wanderlust. This album isn't aimed the dance floor like some of her other releases. Instead, it had a pop rock feel to it. "Young Blood" was the first single. Not sure if there is a second one. Watch the album trailer here.
Kylie Minogue will also be back with a new album! Hooray! And the first single is called "Into The Blue." The video has already been filmed, so we should hear it soon!
Dannii Minogue is back in the studio again after a long absence. And I couldn't be more happy! We featured Dannii's music career last year in Poptastic Confessions. So hopefully we will get new music this year!
In 2013, we were introduced to Molly Smitten-Downes. She has a new song called "Strange Alien." Not sure if it will be the next single, but hopefully we'll find out before long.
Army Of Lovers will be back next month being featured on the Gravitonas single "People Are Lonely." I'm not sure what else is planned for the year, but I'm sure if it does, it will be interesting. In the meantime, check out the latest remake/remix of "Crucified 2013" available on iTunes now.
Belinda Carlisle enjoyed her single "Sun" so much that she will be back with another single called "Goodbye Just Go." Can't wait to hear it!
The rumour is that Madonna is working a "grown up" album of ballads for her next album. Not sure if it is true or if anything is planned for 2014. We wait and see.
Who would I love to come back in 2014? Without a doubt, Ace Of Base. But sadly, I don't think that would happen. The band went through some rough times in 2010 when two new singers were added to the group after Jenny and Linn left. Well, the new singers are gone. But will Jenny, and possibly Linn, return to the group? Fans can only dream. Hopefully one day. But perhaps it is still too soon.
And as always, we'd love for The Human League to return, too. But their last album Credo was out in 2011. So ... that means we have at least a few more years until they churn out another album.
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