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12 Albums We’re Looking Forward to in 2013

David Bowie, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce and more lead off a big spring music season

We're only a few weeks into 2013, and it's already shaping up to be a big year for new music – with David Bowie, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake and more all announcing major albums coming soon. Here are 12 of the first-quarter releases we're most excited about.

By Patrick Doyle


Courtesy of Fat Possum Records

Wavves, ‘Afraid of Heights’ (March 26th)

The California punks took a full year to finish their follow-up to 2010's King of the Beach, staging marathon sessions in L.A. with producer John Hill (M.I.A., Santigold). They dabbled in loops and samples, ranging from high-speed pop-punk ("Sail to the Sun") to spacey acoustic pop ("Everything is My Fault.") "It's definitely a different pace than anything we've ever put out before," says Williams, adding, "This past year has ruined my liver. I drank more during the recording process than I've ever drank."