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Pitch Please: New year brings new tunes, old faves

26 January 2014 By Kristopher Jones, Columnist No Comments
Columnist predicts artists to dominate the charts

With 2013 in the books and the music landscape changed for better or worse, another year is upon us. As 2014 gets underway, there are some music trends that you should be aware of, because they’ll more or less dictate who and what you’ll be hearing during the next 11 months.

 

Hello authentic EDM. With DJs like Martin Garrix and Zedd claiming chart positions left and right, be prepared for songs that you would usually hear during dance events like Creamfields or EDC on the airwaves more often.

 

Pharrell’s Domination. The never-aging producer, singer, rapper and fashion icon brought funk and disco back into the mainstream, helming two of last years mega hits — “Get Lucky” and “Blurred Lines.” With a new record deal with Columbia Records and his current single “Happy” taking the world by storm, more accolades and hits are on the horizon.

 

The British Are Coming. America has had at least one or two artists from across the pond but this year is already shaping up to be the biggest in a while. The 1975’s “Chocolate” and John Newman’s “Love Me Again” are getting heavy (if late) rotation on top 40 stations, Arctic Monkeys’ “Do I Wanna Know” is dominating the alt rock charts. 17-year-old singer phenom Birdy and house duo Disclosure plan on dropping their first American singles in February and X-Factor alums Little Mix and One Direction have projects on the way. It’s also been rumored that

Adele will be storming the scene with a new single in March with her follow-up to the diamond certified “21” to come later on.

 

The return of Rihanna. The biggest surprise of last year was the fact that Rihanna did not put out an album in 2013 and stuck to feature spots (and extending her Hot 100 record). It’s been confirmed that she’s recording the “Unapologetic” follow-up with DJ Mustard and David Guetta.

As long as she stays away from any more Chris Brown collaborations, she should be racking up more No. 1 hits.

 

Song of the summer. The song of the summer will definitely belong to Magic! and their reggae-tinged single “Rude.” Australia, New Zealand and Canada are already hip on the song and it’s just a matter of time before it hits us and joins the ranks of international smashes like “Somebody That I Used To Know” and “Call Me Maybe.”


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