Read any article on the health of the worldwide record industry; they all paint a picture of an ailing enterprise that is just about ready to conk out. We won’t claim to know more than industry insiders, but for us regular music fans, we couldn’t be more stoked about the state of things to come.
As we start another year in music, tastes are in flux and questions are raised once again. Will folk music kick EDM out of its place in the Top 40? Will the new David Bowie album prove that David Bowie is still awesome? And, more important, will Chris Brown continue to be a jackass? We don’t know the answers to any of these, but just the prospect of all the changes that are about to take place is enough to make us break out Starship’s “We Built This City” and air guitar in our office cubicles.
Below are the music predictions we gleaned from watching the 2013 Grammys, from observing recent musical trends, and from everyday trolling on the Net.
1. Black is back
With R&B crooners Frank Ocean, Drake, and Miguel among the artists who wowed at the 2013 Grammys; newcomer Kendrick Lamar being hailed as the next big thing in hiphop; black music-leaning Justin Timberlake returning to the studio after a long hiatus; Rihanna reuniting with Chris Brown (for better or worse—it remains to be seen), megalomaniac Kanye West shacking up with one of the biggest, uh, personalities in entertainment (yes, we've been keeping up with the Kardashians); and hip-hop’s first couple Jay-Z and Beyonce showing up in practically everything so far this year; it doesn’t take a genius to see that rap and R&B are about to come back in a big way. Fo shizzle.