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March 10, 2013

Songs of Spring

Temps are heating up in music land

It sure doesn’t feel like it yet, but spring is here in the land of music — and there are plenty of new blooms

Country superstars including Kenny Chesney and Blake Shelton have new material to share ahead of major tours; will.i.am will (reportedly) finally got around to releasing a solo album he said would be out in 2011; and two of the most anticipated releases of the year are Justin Timberlake and David Bowie, who made their latest albums in secret after spending several years away from music.

That just scratches the surface.

Here are 25 of the season’s most anticipated releases:


Justin Timberlake, “The 20/ 20 Experience” (March 19): The hype machine is working overtime for Timberlake’s return to music after a six-year hiatus, complete with a tease on Twitter that led to a teaser video and eventually some released singles, a Grammy performance and a week of Timberlake appearances scheduled for the week of March 11 on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

Timberlake once again collaborated with Timbaland, the primary producer for Timberlake’s influential “FutureSex/ LoveSounds,” but the released tracks “Pusher Love Girl” and “Suit & Tie” suggest he’s exploring a new style inspired by Motown soul.

New Kids on the Block, “10” (April 2): Five years after stunning fans with a comeback album, the New Kids are back with more. Based on album snippets circling the Internet, “10” seems a little more ballad-heavy than the group’s last album, inspired perhaps by its time on the road with Backstreet Boys last year?

Michael Bublé, “To Be Loved” (April 23): The modern-day crooner follows his multi-platinum “Christmas” album with four originals and covers of the Bee Gees, the Jackson 5, Elvis Presley and the Frank and Nancy Sinatra duet “Something Stupid,” with Reese Witherspoon sharing vocal duties.

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