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What's ahead for 2013 in music? Here's a few things...

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With a nod to Dick Clark and a wink at Kanye West's approaching fatherhood, '12 has given way to '13.

Are you feeling lucky?

There are plenty of music acts hoping for if not luck then good fortune in the new year. Plans are still being formulated, of course, and you can be there will be plenty of surprises as the year unwinds.

But from our vantage point at the turn of the calendar, here are two dozen of the stories we know we'll be paying close attention to in the coming months...

*Bob Seger: He's still working on his next album (surprised?) but the Ramblin' Gamblin' Man plans to hit the road again this year, most likely in late winter, and rock into the spring, including rumored some shows with...

* Kid Rock:...who kicks off his own tour to promote last year's Feb. 2 in Kansas City. The prospective shows with Seger -- a select number, we're told -- are being determined, as are home town date for Rock, although he's playing shows in Toledo (March 22), Grand Rapids (April 3) and Saginaw (April 5-6). Also on Rock's docket this year, he says, is a re-recording of 1998's "Devil Without a Cause" to celebrate its 15th anniversary.

*Eminem: The Detroit rapper announced, via a baseball cap, that his eight studio album will be released in 2013, though he hasn't revealed a title or date yet. He's also booked to play the Reading and Leeds Festivals during August in England, and we're betting those aren't the only shows he'll be doing.

*Orion Festival: There have been a lot of raised eyebrows since Metallica announced it would be brining its second Orion Music + More Festival to Detroit (Belle Isle is the heavily rumored locale) on June 8-9. Last year's inaugural event was an eclectic triumph, and now we await word on the lineup as well is whether Metallica itself will a) have a new album ready by then and/or b) play any of its older albums in their entirety, as they did at the first Orion.

*Big Sean: The Detroit rapper is still enjoying the high from his Dec. 1 show at the Palace of Auburn Hills, which -- along with his contributions to the G.O.O.D. Music drew's "Cruel Summer" album -- has stoked anticipation for his sophomore album this year. Expect to hear him on G.O.O.D.'s "Cruel Winter" sequel as well, and he'll be launching his Sean Michael Anderson Foundation, focusing on inner city education initiatives, later this year.

*"American Idol:" "The Voice" stole its thunder and 2012 winner Phillip Phillips didn't make a whole lot of noise with his new solo album. Can the new judges panel -- Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban -- turn things around? And can they find some talent with genuine, marketable (not to mention artistic) potential? The coming season, which kicks off Jan. 16 on TV, could either rescue or end the franchise.

*"Sound City:" Always up to something, the irrepressible Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures) will premiere "Sound City," his documentary about Los Angeles' venerable Sound City Studios, during February at the Sundance Film Festival. An all-star soundtrack includes the already released "Cut Me Some Slack" collaboration between Paul McCartney and the surviving members of Nirvana, as well as tracks featuring Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, Rick Springfield, Trent Reznor, members of Rage Against the Machine and others. Grohl will also be the keynote speaker at this year's South By Southwest Music + Media Conference, and he's playing drums on the next Queens of the Stone Age album.

*The Rolling Stones: The British rock vets celebrated their 50th anniversary with seven shows and a slew of product in 2012; rumors for this year include a bunch of festival appearances ranging from California's Coachella to England's Glastonbury, as well as more live dates, though fewer, big-impact shows are more likely than a full-on tour.

*Beyonce: She'll be the halftime act at Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3 in New Orleans, and word is she'll have some new music by then, with her fifth solo album to follow later in the year. Her voice will also be starring in the animated "Epic," due out May 24.

*Taylor Swift: After setting a slew of records with her latest, "Red" -- including a chart showing that brought her in league with The Beatles -- the Swift boat hits the road with a world tour that kicks off March 13 and makes its way to Detroit's Ford Field on May 4.

*Fleetwood Mac: The exciting news about the group's first tour in three years, kicking off April 4 and ending June 12 at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena, is that there will be fresh music -- two or three new tracks, one a previously unfinished Buckingham Nicks song, that quartet has recorded and will likely release digitally. An expanded edition of 1977's "Rumours," meanwhile, comes on Jan. 29.

*Bon Jovi: The group will add to its 130-million-copies --sold catalog with "What About Now," which is slated to drop March 26, and Because We Can -- The Tour, which makes its way to Detroit on July 18 at Ford Field. Jon Bon Jovi can also be heard with "Old Habits Die Hard," his contribution to the "Stand Up Guys" soundtrack that comes out Tuesday.

*Green Day: After frontman Billie Joe Amstrong's unexpected rehab stint, the group is ready to tour in support of its underwhelming "Uno!," "Dos!," "Tres!" set of releases in 2012. Things get under way on March 28 in Chicago. Armstrong promises that he's "getting better every day" and that the group's "passion has only grown stronger." Hopefully fans will feel the same way once the group hits the road.

*Emmylou and Rodney and Bruce and Kelly: Country/Americana icons Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell have joined forces for "Old Yellow Moon," a sublime collaboration due out Feb. 25 and featuring four new Crowell composition as well as covers of songs by Hank DeVito, Roger Miller and others. We're also excited that the husband-wife team of Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis have teamed up for "Cheater's Game," due out Feb. 12 with seven originals and covers of tunes by the Dixie Chicks, George Strait and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

*A$AP Rocky: The New York rapper's highly anticipated debut, "Long. Live. ASAP," comes out Jan. 15 with a guest list that includes Drake, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar, Santigold, Skrillex, YelaWolf, Big K.R.I.T. and Detroit's Danny Brown.

*Natalie Maines: The Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines makes her solo debut this year with "Mother," which is due out May 7 and is said to be more rock than country. The Chicks aren't completely dormant, however; the trio will play Canada's Craven County Jamboree, filling in for Lady Antebellum.

*Arcade Fire: After the Canadian group's surprising Grammy Award win for Album of the Year in 2011, it's hooked up with LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy for its fourth album, an unexpected combination that has some genuinely explosive potential.

*Black Sabbath: It's been 36 years since the iconic headbangers have released a full new studio album with Ozzy Osbourne singing lead. Despite guitarist Tony Iommi's battle with lymphoma, the group is hard at work on it now for an expected spring release -- albeit without original drummer Bill Ward, who's a hold-out while Detroit's Tommy Clufetos, currently part of Osbourne's solo band, is occupying the drum stool.

*Trixie Whitley: The daughter of the late Chris Whitley established herself as a fledgling artist to watch as part of the Daniel Lanois-led Black Dub. Ths spring she releases her debut album, "Fourth Corner," that proves her well worthy of the company she keeps.

*John Fogerty: The Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman revisits his past glories on "Wrote a Song For Everyone," on which he performs his hits with Bob Seger, Kid Rock, Foo Fighters, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and others. Fogerty is also working on what's sure to be a forthright and outspoken memoir that will be published in 2014.

*Yes: Early ticket sales indicate that fans have been responding in the affirmative to the prog rock heroes' spring concert concept, during which they'll play three of their biggest albums -- 1971's "The Yes Album," 1972's "Close to the Edge" and 1977's "Going For the One" -- in their entirety. The tour wraps April 12 at Detroit's Fox Theatre, and bassist Chris Squire promises that they'll still play "Roundabout" even though it's not on any of those releases.

*Camper Van Beehtoven: The 80s cut band has been in gear again on and off since 1999, but the new year brings its first new album in nine years, "La Costa Perdida," on Jan. 22 as well as a tour to celebrate the group's 30th anniversary.

*The Black Crowes: The rockers end an almost two-year hiatus by heading to the U.K. and March, then coming back to these shores for a spring tour that includes an April 14 show at the Fillmore Detroit.

*Adele: The darling of 2011 took her success well into 2012, to the Grammy Awards and even the latest James Bond film, "Skyfall." The new mom has said not to expect anything in the near future, but how many times have we heard (and bought) that line before?

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