Top tips for 2014

Mariah Carey. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Mariah Carey. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
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After taking time off to enjoy motherhood, Adele revealed she was in “very early stages” of a new record at the Grammy Awards in February 2013. Little has been said about it since, but with 21 giving her a hefty number of awards, whatever the 25-year-old unveils, it will surely be a triumph.


Damon Albarn, the Blur and Gorillaz frontman, gave a teasing glimpse of his upcoming record with a 21-second video on YouTube, followed by the announcement: “Damon Albarn, First solo album, Coming 2014.”


Having supported Taylor Swift on her US tour and headlined at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Ed Sheeran will release the follow-up to his debut album. Being buddies with Swift could surely lead to another collaboration, and he’s been in the recording studio with Rudimental and The Game, with Rick Rubin on producing duties.


Back in January 2013, the group’s frontman Dave Grohl said the band had started writing material for an eighth studio album and that they were starting to work on it in February. He later said: “I think next year is going to be a really big year for the Foo Fighters, without question.”


With former bandmember Slash about to release his new album in 2014, Guns N’ Roses fans could be in for a treat in the coming months. According to guitarist Richard Fortus, the group spent a lot of 2013 in the record studio and are aiming for 2014 release.


Fans were upset when Lily Allen announced she was retiring from performing in 2009 to focus on being a mother, but Lily confirmed she would make her musical comeback with her upcoming third album. Last June, she said: “I’m really enjoying writing it and hope it will be ready for March.”


Mariah Carey’s 14th album, The Art Of Letting Go, had been expected to drop in 2013 but its release suffered a setback when the singer dislocated her shoulder in July. Following the release of singles #Beautiful (with Miguel) and the title track, the album is now expected to be out in 2014.


Everyone’s favourite boy (man)-band will be starting work on their next - and seventh - album shortly, with a release expected for late 2014. Gary Barlow will reunite with bandmates Howard Donald, Jason Orange and Mark Owen in January, although it’s not known if Robbie Williams will join them.


Following their duet on The Lady Is A Tramp on Bennett’s Duets II, a new album, Cheek To Cheek is due for release in late 2014 as the unlikely pair take on jazz standards in their inimitable style.


It’s been four years since the Irish rockers released No Line On The Horizon so fans lapped up the news when frontman Bono recently revealed he’d “like to think next year there’ll be a U2 release”.