Wednesday, February 1, 2012
2012 is here! Thus, it's time for our Year in Preview series. Here, Karan Davay, one of our CD selectors and marketers, discusses what to look forward to this winter.
As the music industry prepares to honor the best of 2011 at the Grammy’s in February and honor music legends at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in April, music artists continue to give us great new music in 2012.
Van Halen kicked off the New Year, quite literally, in Times Square on New Year’s Eve with a billboard announcing their new album, A Different Kind of Truth (February 7), and a U.S. Tour that reunites David Lee Roth with his old band mates.
It isn’t just Van Halen hitting the tour circuit, though. Bruce Springsteen—on the heels of his new album announcement (Wrecking Ball, releasing March 6)—will not only launch a tour, but will make a rare appearance at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas as the keynote speaker. Rolling Stone also has tours predicted for Lady Gaga, Madonna, The Rolling Stones, and others.
Newcomer Lana Del Rey, aka Lizzy Grant, has been creating quite a stir with her new album Born To Die. Her internet viral hit “Video Games,” which Pitchfork Media named “Best New Track, “has led her to the nightly talk show rounds, including the coveted Saturday Night Live spot. Of course, that appearance didn’t necessarily go so well. Still, it’s more press for the breakthrough artist.
Canadian folk singer Kathleen Edwards has also been hitting the talk shows, promoting her latest CD, Voyageur. She has teamed up with her boyfriend, Justin Moore of Bon Iver, who helped co-produced her fourth album.
In the classical world of music, Grammy winning violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Jeremy Denk have landed on the Billboard charts with their highly anticipated album, French Impressions.
Reality music shows are also revving up. Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest return to American Idol for its 11th season. Madonna is headlining the Super Bowl on February 5 with special musical guest M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj. Both Madonna and Minaj have new music coming out: MDNA and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded respectively. Following the Super bowl, The Voice starts their second season with judges Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green, Blake Shelton, and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine returning.
Taylor Swift will be gracing the cover of February’s Vogue catalog. She is chatting up her upcoming fourth album, which will again be about a romance gone badly. Taylor Swift also has a new single off the upcoming Hunger Games soundtrack. There are more artists releasing albums that I’m pretty excited about. Look for CDs from No Doubt, U2, Maroon 5, Adam Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Usher, Ke$ha, Faith Hill, and Rascal Flatts.