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Last year was a great year for music, and here is a forecast, in no particular order, of the most anticipated albums of 2013 (in my book anyway). They include the sounds of pop, rap, rock, and country. So without further ado, the five most anticipated albums of 2013.

1) Britney Spears

This next album will be Britney's eighth studio recording, so there is quite a lot of anticipation. I hope Britney seizes the opportunity to craft a deeper layer to her music, largely because its release will be so momentous. Britney needs to use her past difficulties to inspire her listeners. Hopefully, Britney uses her music to entertain her fans while also touching hearts.

2) Jonas Brothers

It will be interesting to hear the latest effort from this musical brotherhood. Without question, this will be a more mature appearance on the music scene. They will surely face challenges as they try to balance audience expectation and musical inspiration, but hopefully this album will give them an hour or two to explore their new freedom from boyband-hood.

3) Eminem

The rap scene is always crowded and 2013 will be no exception. Eminem's new album is one I'm especially excited for. With Recovery being so well received by fans and critics, Eminem will be entering this new year with great capital and the liberty to create his sound any way he wants to.

4) Tim McGraw (Two Lanes of Freedom)

Two Lanes Of Freedom will be Tim McGraw's most personal effort yet. It marks an official farewell to his former record label and the exploration of a new sound and soul to his music. In one song off the album, “One Of Those Nights,” McGraw sings about chasing the “freckle faced red headed fool” and deserting Patty Sue, the “small town beauty." It's a story of love and pain accompanied by themes of acceptance and rejection. During the most climactic moments in the song, those who were rejected, envision the day when they will be remembered and above all, loved. The song is a cautionary tale that ends with McGraw's own anticipation for the day when he'll love himself. This summarizes the song's main point: the absence of self love can trigger the emergence of pain and scorn for others. Hopefully, the entire album gives voice to messages as equally powerful as those in “One of Those Nights.” The album is set for released on February 5, all questions will be answered. 

5) U2


U2's last album No Line On the Horizon was welcomed with wide acclaim even though there was slight disappointment that it was conventional and not as unorthodox as was promised. Bono has revealed that 10 Reasons to Exist is a potential title for their next album and with further details still ambiguous, there is little evidence to examine. I do hope this thirteenth effort by the band marks a new genesis to their sound.