Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, One Direction -- we can count on them continuing to make headlines in 2014, but what musicians can you expect to hear more from in the new year? Here, both rising stars and seasoned acts set to take center stage.
The British rock band celebrates its 50-year anniversary in 2014, with a worldwide tour in the works that Pete Townshend has said would likely be the group's last -- at least of that scale. Dates have yet to be announced.
Even when she steps away from the spotlight, the Grammy-winning British singer continues to garner praise -- her 2012 track "Skyfall" just received a Grammy nomination. Having spent some time relatively off the radar after giving birth in 2012, Adele is widely expected to release a third album in 2014 -- following up "21," which reportedly sold 26 million copies worldwide.
London-based R&B crooner Sam Smith had a good year in 2013, with high-profile collaborations with Naughty Boy and Disclosure putting his name on the map. Coming in 2014: his debut solo album, highly anticipated by those who've come to love his soulful sound.
2013 was a breakout year for Kiwi singer-songwriter Lorde, culminating in a quartet of Grammy nominations for song "Royals" and debut album "Pure Heroine." Continue to expect big things from Lorde, who only recently turned 17.
Could this brother-sister duo follow in Lorde's footsteps before the year is out? Auckland-based Georgia and Caleb Nott created a huge buzz in October with their debut indie pop single, "Bridges." That track was produced by Joel Little, the man behind Lorde's "Pure Heroine," and Lorde herself gave her seal of approval to the track. In December the duo signed to Polydor/Capitol Records and a Little-produced EP and LP are on the horizon (in February and August, respectively).
UK electronic duo Disclosure soared to the top of the charts in 2013 with debut album "Settle." Having capped off the year with a Grammy nod for that LP, and with plenty of live dates on the horizon, 20-something siblings Guy and Howard Lawrence seem destined for more greatness in the coming year.
After sharing several tracks online over the past year, LA singer Jillian Banks released an acclaimed debut EP, "London," earned praise from Katy Perry and Ellie Goulding and toured with The Weeknd. Expect more of her dark indie pop/R&B on the horizon, as she's said to be at work on a debut full-length album.
Australian electronic group The Avalanches released their highly influential first album, "Since I Left You," in 2000, making Pitchfork Media's list of the top ten albums of the decade. A second album has been anxiously awaited ever since. In June 2013, a tweet from Guardian reporter Nosheen Iqbal announced that, per record label Modular, a new album would be out in February 2014, with a single preceding it in September. There's been no word of the single (aside from a September remix of Hunters & Collectors' "Talking to a Stranger"), but anticipation remains high.
Solange Knowles has steadily risen in the music world with two previous LPs, and her third is creating major anticipation, as it's to release on her own newly launched Saint Records. The first release on that label, "Saint Heron," was a compilation of rising R&B artists that also put Solange on the map as a producer.
The disco master was ubiquitous in 2013: he co-wrote and performed on Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories," including the runaway hit "Get Lucky"; worked on Avicii's album "True"; and collaborated on the much-buzzed track "Together" with Disclosure, Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes. Having recently been given a clean bill of health after a serious brush with cancer, Rodgers is performing with his band Chic (The Guardian called his December performance at the Sydney Opera House "life-affirming"). Will he impart his golden touch to another year of hit records?
Say Lou Lou
The Swedish-Australian twin sisters of Say Lou Lou are hotly tipped to be the rising stars of 2014. Their dream pop -- most recently the single "Better in the Dark" -- has been making waves in the blogosphere over the past year, and a debut LP is expected in early 2014.