Shearer’s Spotlight: 5 Things That Need To Happen In To Make 2012 A Great Year For Music


Each week here on VH1 Tuner, our VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown host Jim Shearer (@jimshearer on Twitter) will be sharing his Shearer’s Spotlight with us.

As you know, 2012 is still an infant — yes, just like Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s baby girl — so while January welcomes us with open arms, here is a list of things that need to happen in the next 12 months to help ensure a high-quality year of music:

1. Adele Needs To Sing
No word yet if Adele will be performing at the Grammys, but she will be singing at the Brit Awards in March. You can’t have an album as big as 21 and not tour. And because Adele’s sophomore album was so huge, she may have to play arenas, the type of venue she fears playing (ironically, her voice is made for such big places).

2. Buy A Ticket To See Madonna
Every young pop star needs to buy a ticket to see Madonna when she inevitably goes out on tour this year in support of her forthcoming album, MDNA. Yes, there are pop stars younger, sexier and more talented than Madonna, but this is a lesson in longevity and consistency. Madonna is 53 years old and is going to put on a high-energy, non-stop show that will humble the artists who drive on the pop-highway she paved.

3. Mumford & Sons Rock
Mumford & Sons’ sophomore album is one of the most highly anticipated rock albums of the year. Their reign on rock radio over the last couple of years was highly unexpected, because, c’mon, how many modern rock bands have banjo solos? Mumford & Sons need to keep their bluegrass edge, while also churning out rock-friendly jams like “Little Lion Man” and “The Cave.” If they dive too deep into their folk roots, the mainstream may get bored, but if they can craft a perfect balance, Mumford & Sons could possibly transform the rock landscape and cultivate the world’s next down-home, blue-collar rock band, say, a group like Credence Clearwater Revival.

4. Guns N’ Roses Unite
In April, Guns N’ Roses will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, where it’s customary to perform live. Will Axl Rose reunite with the heyday line-up of GNR? At least for one night, the world of rock would go bonkers. If it does happen, and you want to see it, you’ll have to watch from home; tickets sold out in seconds.

5. Glory, The Remix
When I first heard that Jay-Z wrote a song, “Glory,” about his new baby girl I scoffed… then I actually listened to the song, and I gotta say that I really like it (I hope all of the lyrics were written post-birth, otherwise it takes away from the legitimacy of the joy of a first-time father). When Beyoncé gets enough rest, I would hope she would put together a nice hook for the remix of the song. If so, Partridge Family watch out.

[Photos: Getty Images]

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