To try and predict how a year in music will unfold is nearly impossible. Any prognosticator who claims to have predicted that "Call Me Maybe" and "Gangnam Style" would be the two biggest songs of 2012 is lying. But one can look at the release calendar and figure out some of the albums that will leave fans either excited or disappointed.
Here are 10 releases due out over the next 12 months that will dominate the 2013 music conversation:
It feels like will.i.am's latest album has already been out forever; the first single, "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)," was released in late 2011. Expect an all-out media blitz in early 2013 with the Black Eyed Pea being inescapable.
'I Am Not a Human Being II'
February 19, 2013
The Young Money emcee's self-professed penultimate album has been delayed multiple times, but is now set for February. Guest appearances are said to include Big Sean, 2 Chainz and Young Money colleagues Nicki Minaj and Drake.
'Street King Immortal'
Feb. 26, 2013
Amazingly, it's been nearly 10 years since Fitty took us "In Da Club." Now, he's best known for schilling energy shots with Joan Rivers. Has the rap world been waiting for a comeback?
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Karen O and company are set to release their fourth album and first since 2009's "It's Blitz." Will the trio continue in the more dance-oriented direction of songs like "Heads Will Roll," or head back toward the more rock-oriented "Y Control"?
The Mother Monster's new album will be released both as a traditional record and a computer app, with bonus artwork, films for every song and "Gaga-inspired games," which hopefully isn't code for "yet another 'Angry Birds' variant."
The pop star has described her newest songs as "really f------ dark" in an interview with British tabloid The Sun. Will her fans be up for a "Teenage Nightmare"?
'The Last Zulu'
The latest from the Tribe Called Quester will be his first on Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label. If it's anything like 2008's "The Renaissance," expect lots of "Best of 2013" plaudits to follow.
Slim Shady returned from a lengthy hiatus in 2009, sounding hungrier than ever on the albums "Relapse" and "Recovery." Will he be able to stay motivated for a third record in five years?
The worldwide EDM superstar is planning for an early 2013 release of the follow-up to 2011's "Fire and Ice." His "Freaks of Nature" tour in 2012 was one of the biggest in the genre's history.
The Canadian indie superstars will follow their Grammy-winning "The Suburbs" with an album that reportedly features collaborations with James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem fame. That sound you just heard was all of Williamsburg fainting.