Categories: New releases

A look ahead: New music in 2014

One of the new year’s most anticipated new releases is Bruce Springsteen’s “High Hopes.” It’s coming out Jan. 14, but for a brief moment on the night of Dec. 28, an MP3 version was accidentally posted on and swiftly taken down.

Can you imagine back in the vinyl or CD days if record-store clerks mistakenly stocked Michael Jackson albums more than two weeks before its due date? Ah, this is life in the digital world.

There are more albums to look forward to in 2014, from Adele and Mariah Carey to Coldplay and U2 … and who knows, maybe their albums will get leaked early.

JAN. 7 — Emerging hip-hop star Kid Ink debuts with “My Own Lane,” with guest roles from Chris Brown, Tya, Pusha T and Elle Varner. ALSO: “Tribute,” John Newman; “Wig Out At Jagbags,” Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks. KEY REISSUES: “Selected Works 1972-1999” (box set), Eagles; “Scratch My Back & I’ll Scratch Yours,” Peter Gabriel.

JAN. 14 — Several titles on the horizon, including Bruce Springsteen’s “High Hopes” – namely Rosanne Cash’s “The River & The Thread,” Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings’ “Give the People What They Want” and Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles’ debut album, “That Girl,” produced by Rick Rubin. ALSO: “Fading West,” Switchfoot; “The Crystal Method,” The Crystal Method; “Songs From the Movie,” Mary Chapin Carpenter. KEY REISSUES: “This Is Lone Justice: The Vaught Tapes, 1983,” Lone Justice; “Scratchy: The Complete Reprise Recordings,” Crazy Horse; “Lucinda Williams (Deluxe Edition),” Lucinda Williams.

JAN. 21 — To celebrate 50 years of The Beatles, Capitol is rolling out reissues of all the Fab Four’s American albums, releasing them separately and together in one box set, “The U.S. Albums.” One to watch out for is Jennifer Holliday’s “The Song Is You,” the “Dreamgirls” star’s first album of new material in 22 years. ALSO: “Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” Against Me!; “Revelation,” Los Lonely Boys. KEY REISSUES: “The Tuck Box,” Nick Drake.

JAN. 28 — David Crosby delivers “Croz,” his first solo album in more than 20 years. ALSO: “Restoring Force,” Of Mice & Men; “Too True,” Dum Dum Girls. KEY REISSUES: “Here Come the Nice: The Immediate Years 1967-1969” (box set), Small Faces; “No Depression: Legacy Edition,” Uncle Tupelo.

FEB. 4 — On “The Royal Sessions,” former Free/Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers covers blues and soul classics of Memphis, recorded at Memphis Royal Studios, home of Willie Mitchell and Hi Records. ALSO: “July,” Marissa Nadler; “See You Tomorrow,” Bombay Bicycle Club; “Unconditional Love,” Ruben Studdard; “NOW That’s What I Call Music! 49,” various artists. KEY REISSUES: “From His Head to His Heart to His Hands” (box set), Mike Bloomfield; “The Queen of Soul” (box set), Aretha Franklin; “The King of Soul” (box set), Otis Redding.

FEB. 11 — Neil Finn reaches “Dizzy Heights,” and Eric Church takes us inside with “The Outsiders.” ALSO: “The Truth,” Ledisi; “American Nights,” Plain White T’s. KEY REISSUES: “The Rainbow Singles Box,” Rainbow.

FEB. 18 — “American Idol” season 12 winner Candice Glover makes her debut with “Music Speaks,” and will Ashanti’s label her long-delayed “BraveHeart” yet again? ALSO: “You Should Be So Lucky,” Benmont Tench; “Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles,” Suzanne Vega.

FEB. 25 — The week’s top releases include Neneh Cherry’s “Blank Project,” St. Vincent’s self-titled album, The Fray’s “Helios” and ScHoolboy Q’s “Oxymoron.” ALSO: “Fanatic Live From Caesar’s Colosseum: CD + DVD Deluxe Edition,” Heart. KEY REISSUES: “Your Arsenal: Deluxe Edition [CD/DVD],” Morrissey.

MARCH 4 — It’s all about the ladies: “Sparks,” Imogen Heap; “Louder,” Lea Michele; “Everlasting,” Martina McBride; “Slow Me Down,” Sara Evans. ALSO: “Man on the Rocks,” Mike Oldfield; “TV En Francais,” We Are Scientists. KEY REISSUES: “Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright.”

MARCH 11 — Christina Perri unleashes her second album, “Head or Heart.” ALSO: “The Truth,” Ledisi. KEY REISSUES: “The Essential Eric Carmen.”

MARCH 18 — So far, it’s a slow week … only “The Muppets Most Wanted” soundtrack and Belinda Carlisle’s “The Collection” are worth noting.

MARCH 25 — Johnny Cash died 10 years ago, but they’re still discovering unreleased music, including “Out Among the Stars,” recordings with Billy Sherrill from the early 1980s.

APRIL AND BEYOND — “Celebrate,” James Durbin (April 8); “Cast Away,” Strange Talk (April 29); “Journey to Freedom,” Michelle Williams (June 10).

ALSO COMING UP (with no due dates yet): Adele … Lily Allen … Tori Amos … Beck … Mariah Carey … Coldplay … Lana Del Rey … Foo Fighters … Foster the People … Aretha Franklin … Ariana Grande … Don Henley … Kelis … a Lady Gaga/Tony Bennett duets album … Kylie Minogue … Modest Mouse … Frank Ocean … Dolly Parton … Smokey Robinson … Röyksopp & Robyn … Santana … Shakira … Ed Sheeran … Sia … Taylor Swift … Take That … Tears For Fears … U2 … Kanye West … Pharrell Williams … Brian Wilson.

Gerry Galipault @

Gerry Galipault debuted Pause & Play online in October 1997. Since then, it has become the definitive place for CD-release dates — with a worldwide audience.

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