We’re only a couple of weeks into the new year and it’s already a good year for music. David Bowie announced a new album and released a single, Daft Punk decided to come back and Destiny’s Child released a new song1. On top of all that goodness, Justin Timberlake teased us for three days with his return to music. His first solo (okay, not really solo, but you get the point) outing in almost seven years is called Suit & Tie and will be the lead single of The 20/20 Experience. That album immediately shot to the top of my most-anticipated-releases-of-2013-list. Here’s the rest of it, in no particular order:

J. Cole – Born Sinner

After a promise last November, I kinda hoped we would see a new J. Cole album in January. The follow-up to Cold World: The Sideline Story should have been released on his birthday, January 28th, but it was postponed to “some time later this year”. All we have for now, is this teaser-trailer for Born Sinner:

Beyonce – TBD

2013 will be the year of Beyonce. She’s already signed a 50 million dollar deal with Pepsi and she’ll perform during the most watched event of the year2. In a much-talked-about interview with GQ, she revealed some things about the upcoming album. Bey has already has recorded around fifty songs with collaborators Pharrell, The-Dream and Justin Timberlake. About the sound of the record she says “We all started in the ’90s, when R&B was the most important genre, and we all kind of want that back: the feeling that music gave us.” As inspirations she names Prince, D’Angelo and some Aretha and Diana Ross. As long as Beyonce stays away from EDM, everything will be alright.

The Weeknd – TBD

After the surprise of House of Balloons and the other two mixtapes building up to The Trilogy, it is time for The Weeknd’s real major label-debut. Very little is known about the album, only that it is in the works:

http://twitter.com/theweeknd/status/287046714848854016

Kanye West & Jay Z – Watch The Throne 2

This one is more hope than reality, but one can wish. Just after releasing Watch The Throne, word spread that the duo was already working on a follow-up. Producers like Jahlil Beats and Mike Dean stated to be working on WTT2 and Jay Z himself said, back in 2011, that we “might see a Jay, then Kanye and a Throne album next year”. So if not in 2012, then it must be in 2013, right? RIGHT?!

D’Angelo – TBD

We’ve been waiting on a new D’Angelo album ever since Voodoo was released back in 2000, and now it seems like the wait is over. Last year, D’Angelo toured across Europe and debuted some new material along the way. Of course, that doesn’t mean the album is anywhere near completion. But tweets from long-time collaborator ?uestlove take away that doubt:

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He’d better be right.

Maxwell – Summers’

It’s been almost four years since Maxwell released the first part of the trilogy BLACKsummers’night. Back then, it was said part two would be released pretty soon after part one. No such thing. But 2013 promises to be the year when we will finally hear some new Maxwell music. Earlier this year, he posted a picture of a partial track list on Instagram and you can listen to 73 seconds of the single GODS. It’s not much, but it sounds pretty much the same as BLACKsummers’night. And I have absolutely no problem with that.

  1. It’s called Nuclear and is produced by Pharrell, in case you’ve lived under a rock the last days. It will be released on a greatest hits album, so it’s not sure whether there will be a complete new album from the ladies.
  2. The Super Bowl, that is.

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