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12 albums to get excited about in 2014: Coldplay, Kylie Minogue, more

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2013 delivered some unexpected album surprises in David Bowie, Daft Punk and Beyoncé, as well as some much-hyped releases that failed to impress.

But what releases can we expect in 2014? Read below to find out what albums you can get excited about over the next 12 months.

Kylie Minogue
This is definitely coming next year and it will most likely tie in with her appearance on The Voice. We already know that she's signed a management deal with Roc Nation, is working with producer Darkchild, whose credits include Britney Spears and Mariah Carey, and that she's recorded a duet with rapper Brooke Candy.

Kylie Minogue joins Roc Nation.

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Kylie's in a bit of a tricky spot in her career at the moment (too old for Radio 1, too cool for Radio 2), but the exciting thing about her next album is that it sounds as if it will be nothing like 2010's Aphrodite or last year's Abbey Road Sessions. Someone at her record label told us they've heard two songs and they're good, which shouldn't get us excited but still does.

Coldplay
The same person who told us about Kylie also confirmed that a new Coldplay album will be arriving at some point in 2014 (rumoured for May/June). That's about all we know at this point, but it'll be interesting to see where they go after 2011's Mylo Xyloto, which was easily their poppiest offering yet. They've already collaborated with Rihanna, so surely one with Miley Cyrus isn't entirely out of the question? Right?

Mutya Keisha Siobhan
Since announcing their comeback to rapturous praise last year, things haven't exactly gone according to plan for the original Sugababes, but fingers crossed their album sees the light of day next year because the songs we've heard from it so far are seriously impressive.

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Lily Allen 'Hard Out Here' single artwork.

Lily Allen
Again, we don't know much about this one, other than it will likely come out before the summer. She's already ruffled feathers with 'Hard Out Here' and confirmed herself for Glastonbury, and given her track record of amazing albums (two out of two), this will most likely also be brilliant.

Shakira
Shakira will release her first English-speaking album in five years in 2014. We've got mixed feelings about this release because a) She's been pictured in the studio with LMFAO's Redfoo and Akon, but b) She's also been working with RedOne and has reportedly teamed up with Rihanna for her new single, which will apparently debut within a month.

Sia
Despite five solo albums under her belt, Sia has never managed to score a top 40 album in the UK. Of course, this was before she made a name for herself writing hit songs for Rihanna, David Guetta and Beyoncé, which have since made her practically a household name. And given the calibre of songs she's given away, we can't wait to hear what she's kept for herself on her new LP next year.

Sia

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Adele with the 'Best Original Song' Oscar for 'Skyfall'

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Adele
In some ways this will be a difficult release for Adele because it will be expected to repeat the success of 21 in terms of sales and worldwide impact. There's also no confirmation as yet whether this will be released next year, but we're going to go out on a limb and say there's a strong chance that it will.

OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder - who co-produced 'Rumour Has It' and 'Turning Tables' on 21 - has confirmed he's back in the studio with her and that she is sounding "even better than before".

Foo Fighters
Their 2011 album Wasting Light will be a hard one to top, but we're excited by the news that Foo Fighters will have a new record out next year and that they've made it "in a way that no-one's ever done before". We have no idea what they mean but it could prove very interesting indeed.

Lana Del Rey
Lana recently announced the title of her second opus as Ultraviolence, which is a reference to A Clockwork Orange. Despite the unnecessary backlash she received at the time, Born To Die was a very strong debut, so consider us excited to see what she turns out next.

Mariah Carey
We were disappointed when Mariah decided to delay her new album The Art Of Letting Go until 2014, but if it means the LP is as big as 2005's The Emancipation Of Mimi then we're all for it. Lead single '#Beautiful' was a promising start, though follow-up 'The Art Of Letting Go' confused us as to what she hopes to achieve with this record.

Mariah Carey performing live at 2013 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center Plaza in New York

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Take That, tour reunion announcement in 2010

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Kelis
We know she isn't the biggest artist on the planet, but the recent announcement of Kelis's new album FOOD got us quite excited because a) 2010's Flesh Tone was amazing and b) Kelis tends to set trends rather than follow them, making us think whatever she puts out is what the more mainstream acts will be doing come 2015.

Take That
With The X Factor now behind him, Gary Barlow has revealed that he will go straight to work on a new Take That album in 2014, with the aim to release it by Christmas.

We were disappointed by Barlow's recent solo effort, but his Take That stuff always seems to be infinitely better for some strange reason. Expect plenty of big ballads, swooping choruses and the occasional song where Mark Owen takes the lead.

What albums are you looking forward to hearing in 2014? Leave your comments in the box below

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