Does the world need new music from Lindsay Lohan? Well, it looks like we are set to find out soon enough.
After teasing fans last year by revealing a snippet of the yet-to-be-released song Xanax, Lohan cleared the decks – so to speak – to reboot her music career. Her normally colourful social media account has been scrubbed clean and replaced with a post showing a cryptic video in which she declares "she is back".
While Lohan, 33, has yet to make a statement regarding her latest move, the social media strategy and increased media appearances – she was a judge in the Australian version of The Masked Singer last year – point to this being a big year for the star.
If all roads lead to an album, here are four ways in which she could approach the project.
Keep it personal
From Marilyn Monroe to Madonna, songs about the struggles of fame are as old as pop music itself. When it comes to Lohan, she has no shortage of drama she could mine to glean some pop music gold. Subjects could include her childhood, celebrity, addiction or her recent spiritual awakening in the Middle East.
The Instagram video she posted points towards an introspective lyrical outlook. It features a trio of televisions playing news reports of her escaping the paparazzi and footage and images of her having fun with friends. It is all underscored by vague dance pop beats.
It will probably be club friendly
Lohan has always had an ear for the dance floor. Her previous two albums, 2004's Speak and 2005's A Little More Personal (Raw) sailed to the upper echelons of the charts on the back of its dance-ready sounds, such as the 2004 hit Rumours.
I suspect she won't mess with that formula. Xanax, which was previewed on the Kris Fade Show last year, maintained that club sound with its breathy vocals and standard issue EDM beats. Lohan also has a bigger stake in keeping the tunes club friendly. After all, she will want them to be played at her ritzy Mykonos beach club Lohan Beach House.
Who will she work with?
While there is no information yet about who her collaborators are and whether she recorded any songs in Dubai during her frequent visits to the Emirates, Lohan will probably call in the big guns for her musical comeback. She has done this before.
Her 2008 hit, electro-pop banger, Bossy, was written by none other than pop star Ne-Yo and Norwegian super producers Stargate. What we can also reasonably expect is a duet with her younger sister, Aliana, 26. The collaboration was hinted at last year in an interview Lohan did with Entertainment Tonight . "That is something we have talked about, her and I," she said.
Will she perform in Dubai?
Why not? She is here a lot of the time, anyway. And since she already has ties with Virgin Radio – due to her friendship with breakfast radio host Kris Fade – what better way to announce her return to the music world than with a short set at next year’s RedFestDXB. Even better, she could bring her sister along, too.
The event, held each February, would be the perfect gig for the Lohans. It would be relatively low-key industry-wise and she could perform in front of a crowd of star-struck teenagers. It’s a win-win.