Azealia Banks - 'Broke With Expensive Taste' (February 12)
After breaking out with the irresistible "212," working with Kanye West and Lady Gaga, and dropping one of 2012's most entertaining mix tapes with "Fantasea," the sassy, foul-mouthed rapper finally makes her official debut this winter. Like her previous work, "Broke" will once again crunch together more dance beats and razor-sharp lyrics, this time under the eye of Adele producer Paul Epworth. Can she live up to the hype?
Katy Perry - TBA
The pop princess has so dominated the pop culture landscape of the last few years that it's hard to believe that all of her massive success came from just one album (which followed two barely-released efforts). 2010's "Teenage Dream" spawned something like 900 hit singles, including "California Gurls," "Firework," "E.T." and the recent hit "Wide Awake." What will she do for an encore?
Lady Gaga - 'ARTPOP' (TBA - Possibly Spring)
There’s no official release date yet, but Lady Gaga has dropped plenty of hints about the project, aside from its all-caps pretentious name (“When POP sucks the tits of ART,” she declares on Twitter), she’s revealed that she’s written more than 50 songs for the album. It will be a multi-media release 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.
Eminem - TBA
Kanye 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.” (In between, he combined with Royce da 5’9” for Bad Meets Evil.) He’s firm for headling the Leeds and Reading Festivals in England in August, so expect at least something from him by then.
Paramore - 'Paramore' (April 9)
Nashville-based rock group’s fourth studio album, and its first in three years, will be its first without founding members Josh and Zac Farro. Produced by Justin Meldal-Johnson, the album was a “rediscovering of ourselves as a band and as friends,” said the group, now a trio, on its website. First single, “Now,” will be released shortly.