Finally we can say, "Yes!" Here's a quick rundown: We know Rihanna's next album might be called R8, it might have been secretly scheduled for Christmas 2014, but it's now certainly set for 2015. KIIS-FM radio host DJ Skee told listeners on his program that it'll be a "little edgier than typical Rihanna," and that she's been working with a lot of people. Edgier than our previously beloved edgy RiRi? This is a new reality, and we are ready for it! Click here for our complete guide to the highly anticipated album.
Our "Blank Space" lady Taylor Swift made headlines last year when she elected to remove all of her music from Spotify following the release of 1989—not just her new album. She explained her move in a Time Magazine cover story: "[People] can still listen to my music if they get it on iTunes. I’m always up for trying something. And I tried it, and I didn’t like the way it felt. I think there should be an inherent value placed on art," she explained. "I didn't see that happening, perception-wise, when I put my music on Spotify. Everybody's complaining about how music sales are shrinking, but nobody's changing the way they're doing things. They keep running towards streaming, which is, for the most part, what has been shrinking the numbers of paid album sales. With Beats Music and Rhapsody you have to pay for a premium package in order to access my albums. And that places a perception of value on what I've created. On Spotify, they don't have any settings, or any kind of qualifications for who gets what music."
Will other artists follow in her footsteps?
Ahh, 5 Seconds of Summer! The teen heartthrobs from down under formed their band in 2011 and have since exploded into international superstars. It truly started at the beginning of last year when the guys released "She Looks So Perfect," the runner-up video in Fuse's Top 40 of 2014 countdown and winner of the ARIA (aka the Australian Grammy) for Song of the Year. The youthful anthem gained traction after the boys joined One Direction for a stadium tour two years running, perfecting their playful pop-punk sound late last year.
In fact, 5SOS have kicked 1D's butt on a few online voting polls, which makes us wonder: Are these guys going to take their spot as the biggest band of boys in the world? Only time will tell.
Iggy Azalea ruled the charts with both "Fancy" and "Problem" this year, reigning as the queen of rap until Her Minajesty Nicki Minaj finally took her down at year's end. Meanwhile, some of the biggest controversies in hip-hop have also surrounded the Aussie starlet. So the question becomes: Can Iggy keep it up?
Kendrick Lamar has been on the hip hop radar for years, but it wasn't until 2012's fantastic good kid, m.A.A.d city that the Kanye-blessed rapper truly took over the game. His next album was teased with the track "i" and a performance of an unnamed song on the second-to-last episode of The Colbert Report. The album is slated to drop in 2015, and Lamar has alluded to working with Dr. Dre.
In an exclusive interview with Fuse, the hip hop hot shot told host Esteban Serrano that new music might arrive with the launch of his new Reebok sneaker. Fingers crossed!
We're talking Keri Hilson, LeToya, Amerie, JoJo, Erykah Badu, Jazmine Sullivan... all these lovely ladies have discussed (some have even promised!) new albums in 2015. They've also been missing in action for years. It's about time for an R&B revival, we think. Miguel, you're great, but how about another "Leave (Get Out)," guys?
Taylor Swift is known for her famous and fabulous feminist friends—truly no one has as many gal pals. It appears that the only wonderful woman she hasn't been able to tea with is Katy Perry. In her recent Rolling Stone cover story, Swift said this about an unnamed singer: "For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not. She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think, 'Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?'" The internet conspiracy theory is that Swift was referring to Perry.
There's been other speculative mean comments, tweets here and there... let's hope the ladies patch things up!
Women proved music was never, and will never, just be for the boys in 2014. For seven consecutive weeks last fall, women controlled the top five spots on the Billboard Hot 100... for the first time in the chart's 56 year history! As we mentioned in our Badass Girl-Power Moments list from last year, Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor, Jessie J and Tove Lo collectively put together hits that not only dominated their male counterparts—but also the airwaves. The precedent has been set. Can the ladies keep the momentum going in 2015?
What happens to boy bands when they grow older? Evolving while still maintaining your initial audience, not to mention winning a new one, is no easy task. To date, the biggest success story has been Justin Timberlake, who flawlessly made the transition from teen heartthrob to adult super star. The littlest Jo Bro, Nick Jonas, has been turning heads with his attempt to do the same, and judging by the success of his hit "Jealous," we think he's on the right track.
K-Pop is massively popular overseas, and its U.S. fanbase has been on the rise. 2NE1 is one of the biggest girl groups in the genre, and CL is their frontwoman. She's signed to Scooter Braun (the genius behind Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande) and was recently featured in Skrillex's insane "Dirty Vibe" video. Everything is on the up and up for this singer, but will she be able to translate to a mainstream American audience? Are we ready for our first K-Pop star?
In 2014 we wished for a J Biebs comeback, but apparently it wasn't in the cards. He participated in a steamy Calvin Klein ad, he released some remixes, but no new album was even rumored. Here's hoping our beloved Believe singer returns bigger than ever in 2015! Nick Jonas can't have all the glory, right?
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