See what our ears are looking forward to in the coming year

By EW Staff
January 10, 2014 at 05:00 AM EST

1. Taylor Swift
Though nothing is official, Swift says that the follow-up to 2012’s multiplatinum smash Red is definitely running ahead of schedule. And she’s already got some worthy male muses (no, not that kind): Max Martin, who co-helmed three of Red‘s biggest hits, is rumored to be on board, and Swift has also teased another tag team with fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, who co-wrote her Golden Globe-nominated “Sweeter Than Fiction.” Title and date TBA

2. Beck
The sonic wanderer’s 12th album is said to be a “companion piece of sorts” to 2002’s folk beauty Sea Change. Morning Phase (February)

3. Ed Sheeran
T. Swift’s favorite ginger folkie recently wrapped things up in the studio with everywhere-haired producer Rick Rubin. Title TBA (February)

4. Johnny Cash
A dozen never-before-heard recordings from 1981 and 1984, featuring duets with Waylon Jennings and June Carter Cash. Out among the stars (March 25)

5. U2
For their first album in five years, the Irish icons brought in Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton to produce, and plan to unveil the new project during an ad at the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. Title TBA (April)

6. Rihanna
RiRi was hardly AWOL in 2013, but it was her first year without a new album since 2008. Rumors say she’ll rectify that soon. Title and date TBA

7. Frank Ocean
However he chooses to follow up 2012’s widely adored Channel Orange — the avant-R&B star has hinted at fresh Beatles and Beach Boys influences — expect a surplus of deep soul. Title TBA (Summer)

8. Adele
The reluctant superstar has reportedly completed several new songs with collaborators including Ryan Tedder and William Orbit. Title and date TBA

9. Kanye West
The ever-humble rap god claims he might limit his next disc to just eight songs, but brevity is no handicap for ‘Ye. Title TBA (Summer)

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