It's been ladies' night for months.
Starting early last summer with Demi Lovato's "Demi" through Beyonce's iTunes exclusive last month, women have pounded the pop charts. Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Cher and Lorde all recently dropped albums.
With the guys busy, too -- Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Eminem, Jay-Z, Kanye and Drake also released albums in 2013 -- are there any pop stars who aren't spent? The short answer is no.
That's fine with me.
Huge rock 'n' roll acts will return in 2014. Here's who to watch out for.
--Bruce Springsteen: The Boss returns Jan. 14 with "High Hopes." Yes, it's an outtakes collection from recent sessions, but the title track is the best thing from Springsteen in a decade. Big Easy horns and Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello boom behind Bruce's cries of "Give me help, give me strength, give a soul a night of fearless sleep." Further encouraging signs: Morello plays on eight tracks and dearly departed E Streeters Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons make their final appearances.
--U2: The band has been working -- they wrote "Ordinary Love" for the new Mandela bio-pic "Long Walk to Freedom" (and nabbed a Golden Globe nomination for it). But it's hard to tell how hard they've been working. Rumors have the band recording with Danger Mouse (great!) and Will.i.am (worst thing ever!) and eyeing an early 2014 release date.
--Metallica: It's been five years since the metal monsters proved they remain the ultimate thrash band with "Death Magnetic." But post-comeback album, it's been bumpy: the awful Lou Reed collaboration "Lulu," too many overseas tours and an unnecessary 3-D movie. But James Hetfield says they've been writing a ton and may hit the studio in the spring. If they work with pro-ducer Rick Rubin again, expect the awesome by late fall.
--Interpol: Once hailed as the future of rock 'n' roll (mostly by sounding like the past), Interpol lost its way and turned into a mush of bad U2 and Radiohead. After four years off, the band tweeted last month that the new record was done. One can hope the break has renewed their artistic integrity.
--Prince: His Purple Majesty released 32 albums between 1978 and 2010, but he's been quiet since. He recently dropped little bits of funky fun (see "Breakfast Can Wait") to tease, well, what? New album? EP? Box set? One thing we can bet on is more fresh stuff -- he inked a distribution deal with Kobalt Music.
--Adele: Since 2011's "21," Adele's laid low. She found a guy, had a baby and popped up long enough to win an Oscar and Golden Globe for the James Bond theme song "Skyfall." But last summer, she began working with producers James Ford and Kid Harpoon (the team behind great stuff from Florence + the Machine, Jessie Ware and the Arctic Monkeys). Adele has refused to divulge a timetable, but label sources have hinted at midyear for the ultimate modern diva's return.
--Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Yes, this is happening. The March 18-due disc is called "Cheek to Cheek" and features the unlikely duo singing songs by Gershwin, Porter, Berlin and other great American composers. You've been warned.
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