2017 is behind us, and the New Year promises plenty of special musical moments, thanks to stars ranging from Taylor to Timberlake. Here's a peek at what we can look forward to music-wise in 2018.
Taylor will kick off her Reputation stadium tour May 8 in Glendale, Arizona. We'll be looking to see if the tour will feature special guest artists at nearly every stop, as her 1989 trek did. We'll also be waiting for Taylor's video for "End Game," which she was spotted filming in the last weeks of December. The rumors that Katy Perry is in the video may or may not be true, but 2018 might be the year that the two finally bury the hatchet.
We'll also be looking to see if Taylor gets an Oscar nomination January 23, for her 50 Shades of Gray song "I Don't Wanna Live Forever." That song has already earned her a Grammy nod, and we'll find out if she wins that on January 28; that same night, she may also win the Best Country Song trophy for writing the #1 Little Big Town hit "Better Man."
Finally, we'll be looking to see if Taylor will do any interviews to promote either Reputation or the tour. Unlike her previous album launches, she's made very few TV appearances, and hasn't done any sit-downs with any media outlet.
JT will be performing during the halftime show of Super Bowl 52 in Minnesota in early February. It'll be his second time being part of the halftime show, and his first since the notorious Nipplegate scandal of 2004. Among the questions we have: Will Justin make reference to Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" during his performance? Will his 'N SYNC bandmates join him, considering this year will mark the 20th anniversary of their first single? And will he be performing any new music?
Regarding the "new music" question, there are rumors that we could get a new single from Justin as early as this Friday, January 5. As for a new album release in 2018, well, we'll just have to stay tuned.
It's not just Taylor who'll be hitting the road in 2018: some of your favorite artists also have major tours scheduled for the new year. For example:
The North American leg of Sam Smith's The Thrill of It All tour starts in Toronto on June 18.
Pink kicks off her Beautiful Trauma tour on March 1 in Phoenix, AZ.
Maroon 5 kick off their Red Pill Blues tour May 30 in Tacoma, WA, with opening act Julia Michaels. Frontman Adam Levine will also welcome his second child with wife Behati Prinsloo early in the new year.
Demi Lovato and DJ Khaled are teaming for a tour that kicks off February 26 in San Diego, promoting their respective albums Tell Me You Love Me and Grateful.
Niall Horan kicks off a new North American leg of his Flicker tour July 18 in The Woodlands, TX. Country star Maren Morris will open. Meanwhile, Harry Styles kicks off a new North American leg of his tour in support of his debut solo album June 5 in Dallas, TX. Country star Kacey Musgraves will open.
Charlie Puth is hitting the road starting July 11 in Toronto in support of his upcoming album Voicenotes; Hailee Steinfeld will join him as his opening act.
Lorde kicks off the North American leg of her Melodrama tour March 1 in Milwaukee, WI.
The North American leg of Ed Sheeran's stadium tour gets underway August 18 in Pasadena, CA
American Idol, The Voice and The Four
March 11 will see the debut of ABC's reboot of American Idol, featuring judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie and longtime host Ryan Seacrest. Original American Idol champ Kelly Clarkson joins NBC's The Voice as a coach for season 14. And Fox will attempt to fill the American Idol hole with The Four: Battle for Stardom, a new singing competition with host Fergie, and judges Meghan Trainor, Diddy, DJ Khaled and record executive Charlie Walk. That debuts January 4.
January 12 is the release date for Camila Cabello's solo debut, Camila.
Charlie Puth's Voicenotes is coming January 26.
Jennifer Lopez is expected to release a new Spanish-language album -- a collabo with her former husband Marc Anthony -- at some point in 2018.
Selena Gomez has hinted that her long-awaited new album is coming "very soon."
We may also get new albums from Daya, 5 Seconds of Summer, Liam Payne, Alessia Cara and James Arthur, among others, in 2018.
The star's Las Vegas residency at the Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino will get underway in December; in October, she'll make her big-screen acting debut opposite Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born.