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Friday, December 3, 2010
Big News: 2011 in Music Part I

Despite the success of Katy Perry, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Eminem this year, 2010 has been a rather slow year in music. But no worries, because 2011 is going to be a blood bath. Some pop stars have disappeared on the scene for a while and are ready to make a comeback next year, while others look like they're set to continue their success.

Avril Lavigne's last release was back in 2007 with her third studio album The Best Damn Thing which contained the international smash #1 hit Girlfriend. After a couple more successful singles, the album went Gold, Platinum or Multi-Platinum in different countries around the world. She embarked on The Best Damn Tour in 2008 before taking a break and working on new music. There have always been rumours surrounding the new project, and the album was pushed back several times.

She said she was going to return to the sound of her earlier and better work, that it was going to be mellow, acoustic and more deep. Then, most possibly, her label wasn't satisfied with her songs and she returned to the studio to work with Alex Da Kid, the man behind some of the latest hit songs such as Eminem and Rihanna's Love The Way You Lie, to balance things out and include some more upbeat and fun stuff.

Now, things are looking better for Lavigne as the first single off the record officially titled Goodbye Lullaby, is called What The Hell and it will be released January next year, with the video already shot in November. Lavigne says What The Hell will be the most pop track off the album, most probably it'll be punk-ish, which some of her hardcore fans seem to love. Goodbye Lullaby will be released in March next year. Let's hope there are no more pushbacks.

Britney Spears has been out of the public eye for quite a while now. Her last album, the multi-platinum selling Circus was released in 2008. She then embarked on her Circus tour, which became the fifth highest grossing tour. She then took time off before releasing the smash hit 3 from The Singles Collection.

Just hours ago, Spears revealed on Twitter that the album will be released in March 2011, which probably means the pop icon will be releasing the first single off the album in January, putting her head to head with Lavigne. Of course, Jive has spared no expense for the upcoming album, holding a writing camp which had some of the industry's best people involved. Dr. Luke and Max Martin will serve as the project's executive producers.

Kelly Clarkson successfully returned to the pop/rock throne last year when her fourth studio album All I Ever Wanted saw the pop/rockster return to her pop roots. The album helmed the #1 smash hit My Life Would Suck Without You and the album eventually sold over 800, 000 copies in the United States.

For the fifth album, Clarkson announced on Twitter she hopes to have the album's first single out by January 2011 and that two duets might make it on the album. According to some rumours, Clarkson is going for a Radiohead sound. Hmmmmm..

Beyonce Knowles was just backed off a multi-platinum selling third studio album I Am.. Sasha Fierce and a soldout world tour. Of course, being the workaholic that she is, she's gone back into the studio again and has said that the new album is inspired by Fela Kuti, The Stylistics, Lauryn Hill, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson's Off the Wall. The R&B/Pop star has started work with Ne-Yo, The Dream etc. and that the album will contain many uptempo numbers. She's claimed that she's mixing every type of genre she loves to hopefully carve out a niche for herself.

Another year, another Lady Gaga release. Sweeping up just about almost every possible award she can get under her glittery belt, the popstar is still on her Monster Ball Tour. Her next studio album Born This Way is set to contain 20 tracks and that it's set for release in early 2011 with a single in February. She's desribed Born This Way as the best album of the decade. Err...

Check out for Part II soon. Who are you excited about?

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