2012 saw many surprises occur in the music industry. Rihanna & Chris Brown collaborated in the raunchiest way possible, then rekindled their tragic relationship. Kanye West & Kim Kardashian became the new “it” couple, resulting in her pregnancy announcement a few days ago. Little know indie pop/rock band Fun. absolutely dominated 2012 with just one song: “We Are Young.” Rihanna actually delivered quality material with her new album Unapologetic. Miguel was nominated for Record Of The Year at the Grammy’s. Frank Ocean received 5 Grammy nominations. Lana Del Rey got snubbed. Adele got pregnant. Whitney Houston passed away….alot of shit happened? So where does that leave us for 2013? Find out what we predict is going to happen to 2013:
1. Beyonce will rule every chart, airwave, magazine cover, and television screen throughout the entire year, starting at next month’s Super Bowl. She will have the highest rated Halftime show in history, where JayZ, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams will make appearances. She’ll perform both of her new singles at The Grammy’s. Her HBO documentary will reveal something highly shocking about her personal life. New movie projects will be announced. Her 5th album will drop around April/May and it’ll of course go #1. We say she sells 400,000 first week. It’ll be nominated for at least 7 Grammy’s come December.
2. Ciara has a moderately successful comeback. Her follow-up single to “Got Me Good” will be a huge hit. It’ll feature a very popular rapper and top the urban charts. Ciara will then try to conquer the pop world will a dance record. She’ll give one of the best performances of the year at the 2013 BET Awards. Her album One Woman Army will reach #1 on the Billboard 200, doing 130,000 first week.
3. Kanye West & Jay-Z will both deliver solo albums, and Watch The Throne 2. All three albums will be classics, shitting on the rest of rap’s releases for the year. Kanye and his G.O.O.D. Music fam won’t drop another compilation as planned as he’ll be busy tending to his new wife and baby. Yes, he and Kim Kardashian will be married by December 31, 2013.
4. J. Cole & Drake will keep hope alive for the young generation of Hip Hop. Both J. Cole’s sophomore LP and Drake’s third album will be among the year’s best releases. Drake’s will obviously be more successful, but Cole’s will be better quality. Big Sean and Wale will also release new albums, but will be less successful.
5. Big Sean will quietly have a huge year, amassing plenty of mainstream guest features, and plenty of solo hit songs. His sophomore album will set in stone that he is in fact not a trendy rapper, and that he has longevity in the rap game.
6. Usher’s star will continue to grow brighter as he transitions to TV as new judge on NBC’s ‘The Voice.’ He will release a huge dance single (hopefully “Euphoria”) around February/March to coincide with NBA All-Star Weekend and the premiere of The Voice. It’ll go #1 on the charts. He’ll then transition into a new album, set to be released before the end of the year.
7. Nicki Minaj will release yet another Pink Friday album, but this time she’ll realize that she doesn’t have to be AS COMMERCIAL as she was on Roman Reloaded to still be a huge factor in the pop world. The next album will be a much harder Nicki, ala her first album, but thanks to her new gig on American Idol, she’ll still cater to the pop world with a new single in April/May.
8. A new star will be born. And her name will be Tori Kelly.
9. A new star will be born. And her name is Tinashe.
10. A new star will be born. And her name is Alexis Jordan.
11. X Factor runners-up Fifth Harmony will be marketed as the female version of One Direction. Simon Cowell will be sure to promote them as such, thus them becoming the new “it” pop girl group. They’ll tour the US, opening for 1D and deliver a handful of top 40 records by year’s end. Hopefully, there music will be slightly urban, as 3 of the 5 girls have amazing, soulful voices.
12. Whoever Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, signs next, they’ll become a huge star (ala Psy, Carly Rae Jepsen, The Wanted, and Bieber himself).
13. Tamar Braxton will release one of the best R&B albums of the year, showcasing her epic vocals with material that’s very Mariah Carey meets Beyonce. It won’t sell much first week though, doing about 40-50,000.
14. Cassie will release a new mixtape. Then, she’ll become pregnant with Baby Diddy. She’ll win in life, and all of her haters will be jealous it wasn’t them instead.
15. T.I. will continue to resurrect himself, becoming a full-fledged chart topper again (ala his ‘Paper Trail’ era). Expect big singles, big movies, big everything in the next few months.
16. Chris Brown will release his Carpe Diem album in the summer. It’ll be laced with great dance songs, and songs about making love to Rihanna. It’ll be better than Fortune and F.A.M.E. He’ll have a fair share of top 10 hits, one of which will feature the love of his life. It’ll do 110,000 first week.
17. Kelly Rowland will have an unexpectedly successful year becoming a new judge on X Factor after Simon fires Britney Spears. She’ll also have one of the highest rated black shows on TV with her new BET sitcom ‘What Would Dylan Do?’ And her album Year Of The Woman will benefit greatly from her newfound TV success.
18. Teyana Taylor will finally prove to the world why the music industry needs her, releasing her debut album in Fall 2013. Her first few singles will take awhile to buzz, as people are still warming up to her musically, but she’ll deliver amazing, quality songs that showcase her husky vocals and sexy dance moves. Expect big features from her on new material from Kanye West & Big Sean.
19. KiD CuDi will make a much wanted comeback to the music world, delivering an album almost as great as his first. The hipster movement will make the album go #1, although his singles won’t do great on the radio. Unless he releases another “Day N Nite” type record, which we don’t see happening…
20. Imagine Dragons will have a wildly successful 2013, chronicling Fun.’s 2012. They’ll be everyone’s favorite new alternative/rock band and will receive a few big Grammy nominations in December.
21. Miley Cyrus will re-invent herself as a legit force in the music industry and deliver a critically acclaimed album.
22. Rita Ora won’t become the star she was destined to be. Kind of like Jessie J in 2011. She’ll be successful, but that’s it.
23. Dawn Richard will deliver an amazing debut album with ‘Goldenheart.’ Though it’s been released independently, the project will receive a great amount of support and major critical acclaim, making one of the best R&B efforts of the year. Dawn will be signed to a major label by Summer 2013 we think.