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A look ahead: New music in 2014

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One of the new year's most anticipated new releases is Bruce Springsteen's "High Hopes." It's coming out Jan. 14, but for a brief moment on the night of Dec. 28, an MP3 version was accidentally posted on Amazon.com and swiftly taken down.

Can you imagine back in the vinyl or CD days if record-store clerks mistakenly stocked Michael Jackson albums more than two weeks before its due date? Ah, there is life in the digital world.

There are more albums to look forward to in 2014, from Adele and Mariah Carey to Coldplay and U2 ... and who knows, maybe their albums will get leaked early.

JAN. 7 – Emerging hip-hop star Kid Ink debuts with “My Own Lane,” with guest roles from Chris Brown, Tya, Pusha T and Elle Varner. ALSO: “Tribute,” John Newman; “Wig Out At Jagbags,” Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks. KEY REISSUES: “Selected Works 1972-1999” (box set), Eagles; “Scratch My Back & I’ll Scratch Yours,” Peter Gabriel.

JAN. 14 – Several titles on the horizon, including Bruce Springsteen’s “High Hopes” - namely Rosanne Cash’s “The River & The Thread,” Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings’ “Give the People What They Want” and Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles’ debut album, “That Girl,” produced by Rick Rubin. ALSO: “Fading West,” Switchfoot; “The Crystal Method,” The Crystal Method; “Songs From the Movie,” Mary Chapin Carpenter. KEY REISSUES: “This Is Lone Justice: The Vaught Tapes, 1983,” Lone Justice; “Scratchy: The Complete Reprise Recordings,” Crazy Horse; “Lucinda Williams (Deluxe Edition),” Lucinda Williams.

JAN. 21 – To celebrate 50 years of The Beatles, Capitol is rolling out reissues of all the Fab Four’s American albums, releasing them separately and together in one box set, “The U.S. Albums.” Locally, Damon Fowler’s next Blind Pig Records release is “Sounds of Home.” One to watch out for is Jennifer Holliday’s “The Song Is You,” the “Dreamgirls” star’s first album of new material in 22 years. ALSO: “Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” Against Me!; “Revelation,” Los Lonely Boys. KEY REISSUES: “The Tuck Box,” Nick Drake.

JAN. 28 – David Crosby gets a little help from his friends for “Croz,” his first solo album in decades. ALSO: “Restoring Force,” Of Mice & Men; “Too True,” Dum Dum Girls.

FEB. 4 – “American Idol” season 12 winner Candice Glover makes her debut with “Music Speaks.” ALSO: “July,” Marissa Nadler; “See You Tomorrow,” Bombay Bicycle Club.

FEB. 11 – Neil Finn goes to “Dizzy Heights,” and Eric Church takes us inside with “The Outsiders.” ALSO: “The Truth,” Ledisi.

FEB. 25 – The week’s top releases include Neneh Cherry’s “Blank Project,” St. Vincent’s self-titled album, The Fray’s “Helios” and ScHoolboy Q’s “Oxymoron.”

MARCH – “Louder,” Lea Michele (March 4); “Everlasting,” Martina McBride (March 4); “Slow Me Down,” Sara Evans (March 4); “Underneath the Rainbow,” Black Lips (March 18); “Out Among the Stars,” Johnny Cash.

ALSO COMING UP (with no due dates yet): Adele ... Lily Allen ... Tori Amos ... Beck ... Mariah Carey ... Coldplay ... Lana Del Rey ... Foo Fighters ... Foster the People ... Aretha Franklin ... Ariana Grande ... Don Henley ... Kelis ... a Lady Gaga/Tony Bennett duets album ... Kylie Minogue ... Modest Mouse ... Frank Ocean ... Dolly Parton ... Smokey Robinson ... Röyksopp & Robyn ... Santana ... Shakira ... Ed Sheeran ... Sia ... Taylor Swift ... Take That ... U2 ... Kanye West ... Pharrell Williams ... Brian Wilson.

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