Is there common belief within the music industry that 2012 really does mark the end of the world? That might account for the long list of anticipated albums scheduled for release throughout the year, especially from among Grammy winners and nominees, as well as reality TV sing-off competitors.
When new-comer Lana Del Rey received much praise for her debut album, Born To Die, at the beginning of this year, she set the standard for other debut albums such as One Direction’s, set to follow their very popular hit single, “What Makes You Beautiful”.
However, all eyes will be on the four-way pop diva battle as the highly acclaimed Madonna and Christina Aguilera prepare to prove to the newbies, Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga that seniority counts in this hugely competitive industry. MDNA, Madonna’s 12th studio album, is set to release on 26/3/2012; while Aguilera has yet to confirm a release date for her’s.
Adding to the popular music hype is news that American Idol contestants Adam Lambert, Kris Allen (S8) and Casey Abrams (S10) are going head-to-head again as they did in their respective Idol Seasons — this time in terms of album sales rather than audience votes. Moreover, Grammy Winners like Esperanza Spalding and John Mayer are boarding the bandwagon too, scheduling their respective releases for the second half of this year.
And that’s not all, folks! Rockers have much to expect from metal pioneers like Metallica, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden (10th album En Vivo to be released 26/03/2012). Others like Marilyn Manson, Skillet and Linkin Park want their share of this massive music hype too. Even The Cranberries will return with Roses on Monday 27/2/12, after a long seven-year hiatus.
Do look out for more reviews of the latest hit album releases & concerts, interviews with local musicians and music tips from one of Singapore’s youngest keytarist, the MOnster, all here on The Supplementary Paper’s Music Column. If you have albums or concerts you would like reviewed, do drop us a comment below and we will do our best to grant YOUR request.
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