RCA Exec: “New Usher, Pink & Aguilera Albums Due In 2012; Britney To Take Break”

With major releases from the likes of Beyonce, Chris Brown, and Adele, 2011 was quite the year for Sony Music. A trend which looks set to continue after a highly placed exec lifted the lid on some of the label’s big plans for next year.

Details after the jump…

Joe Riccitelli, who serves as Head of Promotions at Sony’s lead label RCA, stopped by Coast 93.3 to talk about what 2012 holds for their roster. Check out what he said in the exclusive interview with Tony Knorp below…

Granted anything other than a 2012 release for Aguilera and Usher would have been crazy, it’s great to hear a new Pink project is also being conjured up. Ever consistent, Ms. Moore rarely disappoints, which has us here at TGJ HQ hyper excited about her first album since giving birth to daughter Willow.

Conversely, it’s equally awesome to hear that Britney Spears will be taking a much needed seat next year. She’s clearly been “zoned-out” for her last few projects; as such we can only hope the happiness in her personal life allows her to recharge her batteries. Or, perhaps, call it a day and focus on what else life has to offer. After all, she has just as much claim to the lyrics in Beyonce‘s ‘I Was Here’ as Beyonce does (see: done did it all).

Speaking of Bey (another Sony staple), I guess it’s safe to say, the mother-to-be won’t be dropping an album until 2013 at the earliest. Sigh.

Your thoughts?




  1. December 19, 2011 at 6:32 am
    Bow Down to The Perrylicious... (The Queen of TGJ) says:

    Britney will make a huge comeback in 2013!!
    She slayed your faves effortlessly this year. 🙂

  2. December 19, 2011 at 6:32 am
    linker nippel says:

    xtina will slay ….she is the best… i think pink is also great … but xtina will have biig biig biig comeback …she will rock 2012 …believe me …. GO XTINA

  3. December 19, 2011 at 6:33 am
    BEYONCE fan says:

    britney spears just go f****** away gaga took your spot

  4. December 19, 2011 at 6:34 am
    Janet says:

    Britney will be featured in Minaj’s new album next year.
    And maybe some collaboration with Madonna.

  5. December 19, 2011 at 6:38 am
    lil minxx says:

    chris brown was a mojar release? m’kay

  6. December 19, 2011 at 6:39 am
    Amanda says:

    Like Britney said before..” At this point (being a living legend), I just enjoy for my career and has nothing to prove”.
    I love to see happiness in her life.
    She has achieved everything. I want her team restructure the musical-concept on her next album. Make it less dance-pop but more to urban+r&b+rock pop.
    That would be amazing.
    We always love and hungry for Britney’s music. No matter what, she always on point when it comes to MUSIC.

  7. December 19, 2011 at 6:40 am
    Mathew says:

    cant wait for usherrr

  8. December 19, 2011 at 6:41 am
    FRJ says:

    It’s sad, but I believe Britney will release some musics or collaboration next year.
    Maybe Femme Fatale re-release. Who knows~~ :p

  9. December 19, 2011 at 6:42 am
    LJ says:

    Femme Fatale slayed me this year!!!!!!!!!
    take your time Brit-Brit, we here always waiting for your music.

  10. December 19, 2011 at 6:51 am
    kimberly says:

    Britney needs that break. she needs to comeback dancing vigorously like before and at least learn to sing live. that would be the greatest comeback.
    meanwhile i’d love to have usher’s new music and hope he doesn’t get into that dance mediocre music which does not suit him at all. DON’T FALL INTO THE TRENDY LANE

  11. December 19, 2011 at 6:54 am
    Misfit says:

    I’m here for P!nk! She is great. Her music is so fun, vibrant, and thought provoking. So can’t wait for her album to drop!

    Kinda interested to see if Usher is gonna stay doing the euro pop or go back to r&b, and, if Christina, will have better sales this time..

  12. December 19, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Rihanna’s TTT sold 1,035,000 in just 3 weeks ww and FAME didn’t even reach 1mil (no shade, i’m a fan of CB) but honestly at first i just thought you hated rihanna but now i believed you’re an obsessive hater thinking more about her than you do your fav. it’s probably cause everyone knows rihanna is more interesting to talk bout than any other female artist!!!

  13. December 19, 2011 at 7:13 am
    Im The Original Doll !! says:

    I can`t wait for Xtina new album. :X
    Fizicaly, This post is about Britney becuze` everybody talk about her new comeback. :X
    She`s a truly LEGEND!

  14. December 19, 2011 at 7:16 am
    JoJo says:

    LMAO at the britney shade lol i still hope she comes back with a bang and snatch her wig back

  15. December 19, 2011 at 7:20 am
    KAT DELUNA FAN says:

    Great but no more electro pop usher or Xtina for real

    Brittany is so useless …her teenage gimmick & avril lavigne image is so lame.Go away

    NB:Goats are so annoying eurk 🙄

  16. December 19, 2011 at 7:47 am
    TruthTeller says:

    Beyonce flopped
    Chris Brown flopped

    Adele MADE Sony this year with both 21 & 19 selling like hot cakes.

  17. December 19, 2011 at 7:49 am
    WizKey says:

    Talk That Talk = FLOP!
    Only 2 weeks in the top 10.

  18. December 19, 2011 at 7:50 am
    TruthTeller says:

    P!nk is the s***. Watch her rule this motha. Can’t wait.
    Even her GH sold 2.6 Milllion.
    She can do no wrong.

    Britney is a LEGEND. And u will deal.

    Xtina? I dunno how I feel about it just wait. I ll just wait and see.

    Usher will flop. He betrayed his r&b fanbase and the pop audience aint gonna buy his album. Even with huge hits like OMG his last album didn t even sell 2 Million ww.

  19. December 19, 2011 at 7:52 am
    Im The Original Doll !! says:


    Waazz` up , s***? 🙂
    Where is Kat on 2011 chart with her flop singles and her invizible album, who no one cares.. =) LOL

  20. December 19, 2011 at 7:54 am
    TruthTeller says:


    TTT already #11 best selling album in the UK this year after barely 4 weeks.

    Un4tunate flopped and failed to make the top10 year end in the US or in the UK… or really anywhere… AFTER 7 MONTHS ON THE SHELVES.

    TTT sold almost as much ww in 3 weeks as Un4tunate sold in a month and the distance keeps increasing. LMAO!

  21. December 19, 2011 at 8:16 am
    Lax says:

    We shall see love all of them Especially “Pink”
    Because “Pink” is a show stopper. Did like xtina
    but since her Deranged fan Christina is Coming
    keep blocking my view to her the Jury is still Out.

  22. December 19, 2011 at 8:17 am
    WizKey says:

    You can’t be a pop star and not keep your album in the top 10 for longer than 2 weeks. That’s just not how it works. TTT is a colossal failure and Rihanna is hereby revoked. Go get a job at Mickey D’s, you Barbadian w****.

  23. December 19, 2011 at 8:18 am

    nuff said! it’s kinda cute how these idiots try to pretend that what they say id intellectual or has any meaning of some sort, but hey let dreamers dream!

  24. December 19, 2011 at 8:18 am

    nuff said! it’s kinda cute how these idiots try to pretend that what they say is intellectual or has any meaning of some sort, but hey let dreamers dream!

  25. December 19, 2011 at 8:19 am
    WizKey says:

    Ooops, I meant to say TALENTLESS Barbadian w**** whose latest flop album TTT only sold 300k and dropped to an embarrassing #12 on Billboard.

  26. December 19, 2011 at 8:22 am

    @WIZKEY it’s so cool how you try to drag when all you are doing is making an ass out of yourself, it’s embarrassing to you and to whom you stan for STOP plz your like a real comedy!!!

  27. December 19, 2011 at 8:38 am
    Lax says:

    @WIZKEY ,,,,To add to your Shitty Attitude to the “Rihanna Queen of Hearts”
    You cna Think on this,,,,The Forbes List that was posted a while ago is
    counting the Dates from May 2010 To May 2011 and since you think that Rih Rih Is All of those Beautiful S*** and Great words that only you know how to use during this Festive Season Remember that Rihanna’s “Loud Tour” In Europe and including the Ten 02 Arena stops Started on Sept 2011 and will go on until Dec 22, 2011. Stick that up your Mangie Ass & Smoke it B******!

  28. December 19, 2011 at 8:45 am
    Lax says:

    @WIZKEY,,,,Which means that Rihanna has got 57 Tour stops from Sep 2011
    starting in Belfast to December 22 2011 and take away the (2) Tour Dates when she was ill for a Total of 55 “Loud Tour Stops” and since U R so
    Passionate about your Dislike of “The Queen Of Hearts” Also you can add to that count all of the other Performances Rihanna did along the way, B******.
    #Stay Salty #Pressed # Destressed and Watch that
    High Blood Pressure because it’s a “Silent Killer You Know.

  29. December 19, 2011 at 8:55 am
    Bria says:

    I cannot Wait on Usher’s new album!!!!! Yeah Man!!!

  30. December 19, 2011 at 8:58 am
    kim says:

    Im in that Usher Usher Zone cant wait for his album.

  31. December 19, 2011 at 9:01 am
    ASAP (As Sincere As Possible) says:

    I really can’t wait for CHRISTINA!!I hope she’ll be a priority!I can feel it, she has something great in the pipeline.She’s collaborating with so many different people, mainstream and non-mainstream, rock, pop, urban, even hip hop (DJ Premier), so I think it’s going to be amazing.

    If P!nk ditches Max Martin, her album could be VERY interesting, but I don’t think she’ll give up the ready to be served hits he can provide, so I don’t think I’m going to like it, but I like HER and her personality and she’s bringing something great and antics-free to the game, so I’m glad she’s coming back

    When it comes to Britney, I hope she won’t stop doing her homework in 2012 😉 She needs to work out, rehearse to keep her body flexible and her reflexes on point and one less weekly visit to Mc Donald’s wouldn’t harm her either.I’ll be waiting for her to come back in 2013 with hopefully much more creative control.’FF’ was a great fun pop album, but it could have been much more experimental if they had let her work with the producers she wanted to work with (Orbit, Billboard, Bloodshy and Avant etc)

  32. December 19, 2011 at 9:20 am
    jill says:

    Britney & Beyonce is going to slay 2013……. Two icons…..

  33. December 19, 2011 at 9:23 am
    ThatBoyLuke says:

    Britney – Glas she’s taking a break, it’s obvious her heart wasn’t in this era like it was with “Circus” but “Femme Fatale” is still a great pop record, Britney never delivers bad quality music. I think she should take a few years off and concentrate on her kids and relationship and then IF she wants to come back she can do it when her heart’s in it 🙂 She’s given so much to her fans and music in general that she doesn’t need to do anything for anyone but herself.

    Xtina – I’m looking forward to this comeback and she has all the potential to make it big again, top songs (as ever), platform (The Voice) and anticipation all she needs to do is make sure the album is cohesive and up to date, lose a few lbs and make sure she promotes the hell outta the album, “Bionic” had barely any promo after the initial release in the US and none internationaly.

    Usher – Unless he’s ditching dance he needs to stay away.

    Pink – Hope she comes up with something better than “Raise your glass”…

  34. December 19, 2011 at 9:27 am
    june says:

    If Usher comes back with that Techno s***, then he’s ass needs to take a seat.

  35. December 19, 2011 at 9:29 am
    aisha aguilera keys says:

    I can’t wait for the albums, especially Aguilera’s! Otherwise BS really needs a long break, or at best retire, since she “done did it all”.

  36. December 19, 2011 at 9:30 am
    TruthTeller says:

    Updated UK YTD Albums sales

    Pos – Artist – Title – YTD

    1 – Adele – 21 – 3607200
    2 – Adele – 19 – 1177000
    3 – Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops & Hooligans – 1100800
    4 – Michael Buble – Christmas – 955600
    5 – Rihanna – Loud – 840200
    6 – Lady Gaga – Born This Way – 750800
    7 – Jessie J – Who You Are – 728200
    8 – Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto – 704400
    9 – Ed Sheeran – + – 642400
    10 – Cee-Lo Green – Lady Killer – 524000
    11 – Rihanna – Talk That Talk – 478200
    12 – Take That – Progress – 472400
    13 – Chase & Status – No More Idols – 440800
    14 – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – 430000
    15 – Plan B – Defamation Of Strickland Banks – 396600
    16 – Beyonce – 4 – 394800
    17 – Olly Murs – In Case You Didn’t Know – 392400
    18 – Amy Winehouse – Lioness : Hidden Treasures – 380800
    19 – Foo Fighters – Wasting Light – 370200
    20 – One Direction – Up All Night – 369400

  37. December 19, 2011 at 9:34 am
    TruthTeller says:

    #5 LOUD despite being released last year.
    #11 TTT despite being out for only 4 weeks.

    That Rihanna reign just won’t let up

  38. December 19, 2011 at 9:39 am
    MISHKA says:

    I’m curious to hear the new Pink.

    She has an husband and a baby now, what is she gonna be mad at LOL

  39. December 19, 2011 at 9:39 am
    TruthTeller says:


    4closure will drop out of the top20 by next week.


  40. December 19, 2011 at 10:30 am
    Girrrl says:

    I really hope usher is going back to r&b. He really is the best male vocalist out right now.

  41. December 19, 2011 at 11:09 am
    Onyx says:

    I’m excited for Christina, Pink , Madonna and also Bruce Springsteen but i want new Music from Justin Timberlake God! that Man knows how to got me nuts.

  42. December 19, 2011 at 11:10 am
    Ajim says:

    Beyonce will be back next year with her single , End Of Time accompanied by a flawless video . I Was Here , I Care , Rather Die Young , Start Over , Schoolin’ Life are the singles for next year . So watch out .

  43. December 19, 2011 at 11:15 am
    1rnbfan1 says:

    Need to hear new Usher album… I’m sure its gonna be his year! 🙂

  44. December 19, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Very excited for P!nk album!
    She is needed back man!
    Glad Brit is taking a break. She needs shouldn’t be back for a long time.

    And Aguelieria? Lets wait and see.

    And as for Bey! She needs to be back soon! ahahaha Love Bey!

  45. December 19, 2011 at 11:24 am
    tyra says:

    truthteller u r so really obseesed with beyonce no offence but u mention her too many times to hate her as much as u say any way im only here fro xtinas album and pink dnt care for the rest as for rihanna sales in the uk they r not surprising she is massive over here and beyonce 4 album is a certified flop compared to her last efforts but im sure its better to have one flop album as opposed to three flops like rihanna just saying

  46. December 19, 2011 at 11:30 am
    bey'knight says:

    yes yes yes for P!NK!!!!!!!!!!

    she’s never disappointed me before

    cant wait 😀

  47. December 19, 2011 at 11:45 am
    bey'knight says:

    smh see how these rhitards stir up sh*t, when they get their asses roast, they cry wolf. anyways keep on reaching for that validation. we all know riherpes status in the industry and u do too else u wouldnt have to single out Bey’s sales. does it really hurt that much to know ur fav will never be referred to as a great? never reach the level of honour and respect Beyonce has and will maintain sales or not

  48. December 19, 2011 at 11:46 am
    ASAP (As Sincere As Possible) says:

    I read on Twitter that Christina’s new single is produced by Max Martin and it’s getting so much positive buzz!!!

    I hope it’s true!A radio friendly single and then an amazing album full of different sounds and genres.She’s worked with so many different people, so it’s going to be amazing I think!!!

    😀 😀

  49. December 19, 2011 at 12:51 pm
    ChristinasCOMING says:

    I am glad Britney is taking a break!

    Let’s hope that this time around, her marriage actually works and not just because she likes the whole idea of everything. If she’s really serious about it this time around, she could have another baby. I just think she was too damn young the first 2 times and very immature and now that she’s 30 and more grown up, she knows what she wants. Plus, serve up something better than what was on Femme Fatale. I know she can do better. I want an In the Zone 2.0

    Anyway, I think the only comeback we’re all chewing our nails off for is Christinas. Apparently, some music and radio programmers have already heard her new single and say it’s BIG and AMAZING and gets stuck in your head. I guess that’s how it works when an artist has a new single. They present it to the major radio markets and THEY determine whether it’ll be what’s needed on the radio. Then if they say yes then that’s when all the viewers start calling it in to add it more and more.

    Usher…..I’m on the fence about you! Pink, BRING IT GIRL!

  50. December 19, 2011 at 12:53 pm
    ff says:

    csquad alllllllllllllllllllllll day 2012 new cd

  51. December 19, 2011 at 1:01 pm
    VivaLaOnyx says:

    Britney SLAYED all these wannabe “Divas” this year!!!

  52. December 19, 2011 at 2:24 pm
    NT says:

    Britney does need a break and come back like the Britney from the late 90’s and Early 00’s and show all these other pop girls who’s the legend ( even though she doesn’t have to). I’m so excited for Pink she has never disappointed me before her albums are always a really good collection , and Usher he does good normally. This is Christina’s shot to make a tidle wave in the industry again.

  53. December 19, 2011 at 2:51 pm
    dang says:

    So excited for Xtina’s new album!!!

  54. December 19, 2011 at 6:56 pm
    Frankie says:

    @truthteller LOL yeah those sales for the UK are great umm how are her US sales?? I think she’s sold about 318000 after 3 weeks beyonce sold about that her first week and rihannas expected to completely drop out of the top 10 next week LOL rihanna is during great in the UK she needs to stay there cuz aint no one checkin for her here Hahaha give us adele u can keep riri

  55. December 19, 2011 at 7:08 pm
    Theman says:

    Pink,Christina & Usher will all do great. They all make outstanding music.

  56. December 19, 2011 at 9:56 pm
    Small_Angel says:

    Wow all this greats are coming back.. USHER.. Pink!
    Im very excited to see the comeback of Christina Aguilera…

    too bad beyonce and britney are going to get a break..

    I mean I like Christina, Beyonce and Britney all in the game… Can’t imagine their all in one award show performing… haizt… but it seems beyonce really need due to her pregnancy and britney for working hard this 2011. But if possible.. Please…

  57. December 19, 2011 at 10:42 pm
    hd live says:

    2012 will be a bad year without brit brit

  58. December 19, 2011 at 11:50 pm
    JDGAF says:

    Thank goodness Britney is taking a “break” and I hope it’s indefinite. She can’t sing and her is corny pop crap. We got enough of that already we don’t need her around just making it worse. Rihanna’s can’t sing ass need to take a break too because she just sucks.

    I’m not looking forward to any of these new albums. Usher sold out to dance/pop and I’m not interested in hearing him come out with more songs that sound like he fished out of Taio Cruz’s toilet. Christina Aguilera is just gonna pull a JLo and put mindless super accessible dance crap – hoping to make up for Bionic. And Pink, I haven’t liked her since “Most Girls.”

  59. December 27, 2011 at 12:49 pm
    Songscribe says:

    K. So usher is releasing an album. I used to be a die hard fan bt after he joined pop crusade, i ws turned off. Think he draws some of the inspiration from Justin Bieber hence this europop stuff. If he goes back to r n b, will b buying multiple copies of his and Brandy’s albums. Brandy is a r n b queen tht is painfully underated and wish pple wld realise the talent she hs. Vocal beast, excellent actress,great dancer-see DWTS and good rapper. Am also hyped fo Pink she makes good music.

  60. January 23, 2012 at 11:09 pm
    Oky says:

    Xtina – I hope she makes a good album like Stripped but more up to date with this era. Her vocals are killer! She needs that banging bod some good singles and I think she’ll do awesome. I’m pretty excited to see what she has instore

    Pink – she’s just badass! Her music is fun, and she’ll do good this year for sure. (:

    Usher – Of course he is going to continue to do dancepop, he’s currently having success with it, so he’s not gonna ditch it. But that good ol’ R&B he does he needs to bring that back for sure. He’ll do good, and I’m soo buying his Album.

    Beyonce & Brit – they will slay 2013 no doubt!

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