Music: This is way 2014 will sound as the big names of pop return

Take That. PIC: PA
Take That. PIC: PA
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Just as 2013 saw its fair share of big names making returns – Bowie, the Rolling Stones in Hyde Park, Paul McCartney with a new album – there will be no shortage of familiar faces in the coming 12 months either.

Following on from the news that they’re finally allowing their music on streaming service Spotify, a remastered Led Zeppelin catalogue will be available in 2014.

That leaves just AC/DC and The Beatles as the only musical giants not available on Spotify.

If you’re of the gambling persuasion, it might be worth sticking a fiver on ABBA reuniting to release some new music in 2014. The stumbling block in their reformation always appeared to be Agnetha, but following on from comments she made about marking the 40th anniversary of Waterloo’s release, plus her recent solo album ending a self-imposed retreat from the spotlight, the smart money suggests the Swedish pop pioneers might get back together for their slice of the nostalgia pie.

Adele should be back with a new album, although being a relatively new mum, coupled with the fact that 21 is still selling in vast quantities, who could blame her for taking a bit more time off?

Kylie will be back with her first album since joining Jay Z’s Roc Nation. With that, expect the biggest collaborations and the very best songwriters to be brought in to help, and banish from memory the recent, contract-fulfilling album she made of orchestral versions of her most famous songs. 2014’s Kylie album will sound nothing like that. U2 will be releasing their 13th studio album in April. After the misfiring of their previous album No Line On The Horizon, Bono and co will be hoping it’s not an unlucky omen, although considering the U2 360 tour that accompanied the record became the highest grossing in history, taking almost half a billion pounds, perhaps they won’t be too bothered. Say what you like about U2 – and most people do – they know how to put on a show.

Take That are no strangers to a lavish stadium spectacle, although we’ll have to wait until 2015 to see how the foursome (or fivesome, depending on whether Robbie wants to join in again) are going to attempt to top standing on the hands of a 60ft-tall robot, as they did on their last tour. Nevertheless, the world’s favourite manband are reconvening at the beginning of January to plan their next assault and will have an album out before the end of the year.

Now to something that won’t be happening in 2014 – an Oasis reunion.

The rift between the brothers is as wide as the day in 2009 when they fell out.

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