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Sunday, December 31, 2006

The last day of 2006 is upon us and, although this year has been a great one for music, 2007 is shaping up to be even better. Here are my top ten most anticipated releases of the new year.

1. The Ark (spring)
Their new single Absolutely No Decorum sounds like it’s going to be marvelous, the band is gunning for a victory at Eurovision this year, and they’ve promised a new album that hearkens back to the sound of their debut. All is very well in the Ark world, which means the same for my world. Look for the whole of the single to be debuted next month, with the album released not long after.

2. Niklas Stenemo (summer)
It’s no secret to anyone who reads this blog regularly that The Mo is one of my favorite bands of all time. Now that the band is no more, lead singer (and Melody Club bassist) Niklas Stenemo is going solo. Said to be more pop/electronic than his work with The Mo, the album may be released late Summer, but I have yet to hear anything definitive. I am ridiculously excited about it, though.

3. Mika (February)
The only record on the countdown with an actual track listing released, I’m a bit disappointed that I’ve already heard two thirds of the album, but knowing how brilliant those tracks are, there’s no way that Life In Cartoon Motion (out Feb. 5th) is going to suck. Mika is the bright new star of 2007, no competition. So, make sure to pick up his album (and single, which is out early January).

4. Alphabeat (tba)
I have been harping about this Danish band’s first single Fascination for awhile now, but I know frustratingly little about their debut album. Fascination has done well in Denmark and the other songs on the band’s myspace sound fantastic, so we’re really just waiting on a release date.

5. Kylie Minogue (tba)
One of the more mysterious releases of the year, little is known about Kylie’s comeback album. Clips of live performances of maybe-first-single White Diamond have been floating around. She’s been working with the Scissor Sisters (always a good sign) and she’s freaking Kylie Minogue, so it’s bound to be good!

6. Maroon 5 (spring)
Promising a funkier, “more hyper” follow-up to their ancient (it was released in 2002, for gods sake!) debut, the band have kept pretty quiet about their much-delayed 2007 album. They say that all the elements fans loved about them before are still present, but the songs are harder with a real kick to them. Sounds good to me.

7. Kaiser Chiefs (February)
The Kaiser Chiefs will attempt to follow up their massive debut early next year with their as-yet-untitled follow up. Their new single will be called Ruby and will be out in mid-February and the band will also embark on a UK tour around that time. Apparently, the album was recorded in six weeks and promises more of the same sound, gimmick-free.

8. Kelly Clarkson (late spring)
Now that she’s parted herself completely from American Idol, Clarkson is set to release a different sounding record next Spring. In her own words: “the soft songs will be softer, the hard songs will be harder.” And, given that she’s written 50 songs for album consideration, it should boast the cream of the crop.

9. Lucky Soul (spring)
I’ve heard early March is the planned release for this UK band’s debut, preceded by a single in late February. Given that their current EP has been delayed until early 2007, we’ll see if these plans stick. Still, should be a fantastic album and I think it has a really good chance of becoming a success.

10. Lorraine (February)
The album is reportedly titled Pop Noir and will be preceded by another single release early in 2007. Given all of the tracks I’ve heard already, it’s shaping up to be a fantastic synth-pop record. All that’s left is for these guys to expand their following beyond Norway and take over the world.

Honorable Mention: Robyn - Only because I am oh-so-confused about whether she's releasing a brand new album or simply distributing her most recent one to other countries in 2007. Anybody know for sure?


Blogger Paul said...

i'm very excited about 1,3,5,6,7,8 and 10! MAroon five i absolutely adore :) I think adam is so filthy looking RAR! but it hopefully will be a great year for pop :)

3:20 PM  
Blogger Adrian said...

I thought about you when I read about The Ark in Melodifestivalen. I'm intrigued, I thought they had strongly denied being interested in MF/ESC, so who knows. They should be good for performance, and irrespective of a win, MF is a great platform for Sweden.

4:36 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

I just really want them to subvert the entire thing, or go all out and write some insanely catchy glam rock song that dominates the competition.

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mika definitely comes top of my list for this year, but the new Kaiser Chiefs album should be good too. Let's hope it's as good as the last one.

8:03 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

I have never trusted Britney Spears. Too dangerous... far too dangerous.

8:10 PM  

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