Are you feeling a little overwhelmed with all the looming pressure of 2013?  While everyone else seems excited and prepared, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to carpe diem the shit life out of the great new expanse of fresh starts waiting for all of us in 2013… Are you the grinch of New Years’ Eve?

Well, even if you’re not quite as out-there on the 1 to grinch scale of New Years’ Eve naffness, but you’re feeling a little… mild… about all the hoohaa. Here’s something to get amped about.

In fact, I’ve got 10 reasons, at least one of them should get your heart aflutter. If not, check for a pulse.

ASAP, as in January 15th – that’s when A$AP Rocky will drop his debut album featuring acts like Lana del Rey, Santigold, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Drake, Big K.R.I.T., Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Florence Welch etc.

‘Nuff said.

His rumoured girlfriend, the lady with the filthiest mouth on the charts, Azealia Banks will also drop her HIGHLY anticipated debut offering on 212 – also known as New York’s telephone code, the 12th of February, her debut single or all of the above. You choose.

And then from two bright young things, to a lady of some pop music pedigree. Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong, a.k.a. Dido, is back. 10 years after White Flag, she’s put together a new offering sampling the talents of her brother Rollo (one half of Faithless) as well as breakout Britpop hit makers Rizzle Kicks. Let’s hold thumbs they spice up her ethereal awesomeness just a bit, since I still think her work is best appreciated when juxtaposed with Eminem’s…

‘Paramore’ (April 9th)

Their self-titled fourth studio album, the first in three years, will also be their first without founding members Josh and Zac Farro. Produced by Justin Meldal-Johnson (M83, Neon Trees) and featuring former Nine Inch Nails and Lostprophets and current Angels & Airwaves drummer Ilan Rubin. Nice!

Have I mentioned that I might have a teeny tiny girl-crush on Hayley?

50 Cent
 – ‘Street King Immortal
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After umpteen delays and soap opera-style long-running tension with his record label, Fiddy’s overdue, extensively reworked fifth full-length is due in February – reportedly to coincide with the 10th anniversary of his 2003 debut Get Rich or Die Tryin’. Let’s hope he doesn’t actually die trying’ – it’s taking long enough!

Lady Gaga – ARTPOP

There’s no official release date yet, but Lady Gaga has dropped plenty of hints about the project, aside from its name (“When POP sucks the tits of ART,” she declared on Twitter), she’s revealed that she’s written more than 50 songs for the album. A multi-media release, it will be available as a mobile and computer app, complete with a film for every song and Gaga-inspired games. Photographer Terry Richardson will chronicle every minute of its creation for a documentary, as well. Go big or go…. Monster, ne?

 

What's poppin'?

What’s poppin’?

Beyonce.

It’s only been 18 months since her last album 4 — and less than a year since she gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy — but with a Super Bowl gig and a Pepsi campaign on the books, Queen B will undoubtedly give the BeyHive new songs to buzz about. The big question is wether she’ll drop the debut single of her new album on Ivy’s B-day (Jan 7th) or on Superbowl night (Feb 3rd)…

Lady in red?

Lady in red.

Katy Perry

It’s hard to believe that all of her massive success (EIGHT hit singles!) came from just one album. 2010’s “Teenage Dream” debuted at no1 on the Billboard album chart – so, how do you top that?

Well, you reunite with the old team Greg Wells (“Waking Up in Vegas,” “Ur So Gay”) and Bonnie McKee (“Teenage Dream”, “Last Friday Night” and “California Gurls”). Recent songwriting and production credits by Greg Wells include working with Adele Colbie Caillat Kid Cudi

Following the break-up of her marriage to comedian Russell Brand, she admitted: ‘I would love the next album to be the black box of who I am.’ However she denied that the entire album would have such a focus, saying: ‘I’d never devote a whole record to heartbreak. ‘I’m happy, I’m in a good place, I’m looking forward to my future.’ She’s currently dating John Mayer – who wouldn’t be?

Cute, julle!

Cute, julle!

Goodluck

They definitely haven’t been Taking it Easy!

103 live shows

4 international tours

6 number 1 hit tracks.

GoodLuck have been in constant demand this year. Their recent mixtape ‘The Lucky Packet’ launched a month ago and has already positioned them as the number 1 selling electronic act on the iTunes South Africa charts. They’ll see in 2013 by taking some time out of their performance schedule to start work on album number 2.

Can. Not. WAIT!

Eminem

Kanye’s producer No I.D. and longtime pals Dr. Dre & 50 Cent are firmed to be on Slim Shady’s next effort, which is confirmed to arrive in 2013 as the follow-up to 2010’s “Recovery”. He’s also headlining the Leeds and Reading Festivals in England in August, so expect at least something from him by then. In the meantime, you can buy his baseball cap. It’s for a good cause.

How to look Slim Shady 101

Look-Like-Slim 101

 

Happy 2013 – here’s to much more awesomeness in your ears, for the 12 months ahead!