Q4 Is Here! 20 Things That Should Excite Pop Fans
New albums from Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato and (maybe) Adele -- but also big tours, award shows and surprises!
It’s October 1, which means that the fourth quarter of 2015 has officially begun! The final three months of the calendar year includes Thanksgiving, Christmas, Oscar-bait movies, the World Series, general elections and, of course, releases from some of popular music’s most notable A-listers. This year is no different, with must-hear albums being issued in the weeks before the holidays as well as huge tours, events, award shows and secret projects that may or may not be unveiled. Lest we forget, Beyonce’s fifth studio album was surprise-released in the heart of Q4 2013, and changed that Q4 forever.
Let’s celebrate the start of Q4 2015 with a quick list of 20 upcoming events that pop fans should be eagerly anticipating. This is an incomplete rundown, but if even half of these moments live up to expectations, this Q4 will be the best Q4 ever.
Justin Bieber vs. One Direction
Two of the most anticipated releases of 2015 — One Direction’s post-Zayn album Made In The A.M. and Justin Bieber’s long-awaited pop comeback — just happen to be coming out on the same day, November 13. Pop fans will vote with their wallets, and the epic showdown will be rightfully hyped up in the weeks prior to Biebs v. 1D.
Katy Perry’s Christmas song/project
Katy teased something holiday-related on Instagram back in August, and a holiday single/EP/album (pretty please?) would be a lovely stopgap between albums three and four.
Demi Lovato’s Confident album
We all stayed “Cool For The Summer,” and now we’re all feeling “Confident.” Let’s hope Demi’s follow-up to her 2013 opus Demi is as across-the-board consistent as its first two singles.
Selena Gomez’s Revival album
Selena Gomez appears to be entering a new phase of music-making and personal agency, and we’re right there with her.
Taylor Swift’s 1989 tour finale
The epic world trek wraps up in North America on Halloween, and for good in Australia on December 12. Who will come out as surprise guests for those final dates? The limit of star power does not exist.
Little Mix’s Get Weird album
Everything we’ve heard from the British girl group’s third studio album so far promises another exuberant joyride. Perhaps there will be a few lyrical shots at a certain former One Direction member! Strap in!
Rihanna music? Maybe?
It’s Q4, and although Rihanna hasn’t released an album since 2012’s Unapologetic, there’s always a chance that she returns to rule the end of the year with #R8.
Drake’s Views From the 6 album?
Drizzy has already dropped If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late and the Future team-up What a Time to Be Alive in 2015, but told The Fader that his next proper album is dropping “imminently.” Give us a breather, Drake! Just kidding, of course.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' second album?
With “Downtown” climbing the charts, it’s not crazy to think that the Grammy-winning duo’s sophomore album materializes before 2015 is closed out.
Whoa, we really might get new Adele music sometime in the next few weeks! With artists like Ryan Tedder, Max Martin and Tobias Jesso Jr. reportedly attached, more greatness can be anticipated.
Ellie Goulding's Delirium album
New single “On My Mind” debuted at No. 22 on the Hot 100 this week, and with Ellie having hung out at Max Martin’s Los Angeles studio during a bulk of the recording, expect a full-throttle pop masterwork.
2015 American Music Awards
The AMAs are usually the most underrated of the major pop award shows — where else can PSY and MC Hammer reasonably share a stage? Nominations will be announced on Oct. 13, with the big show going down on Sunday, Nov. 22.
Tinashe’s Joyride album
The “2 On” singer’s sophomore LP will feature new single “Player” with Chris Brown and the track “Party Favors” featuring Young Thug. Aquarius was one of 2014’s strongest debuts, and hopes are high for the R&B starlet’s second go-round.
Pentatonix’s self-titled album
The mainstream has embraced the quintet’s covers — their recent take on “Where Are U Now” is a gem — but can PTX make the leap with their originals?
The eligibility period for the 2016 Grammys is officially over, and come December, we’ll know if our early predictions were off the mark or right on target. Let’s just say a pile of nominations for 1989 wouldn’t be gasp-inducing.
More Troye Sivan music?
The YouTube star’s excellent Wild EP was released last month, and Sivan has been teasing “more new material” as he preps for his first live dates.
Lady Gaga at Billboard’s Women In Music event
Okay, this is a shameless plug, but Gaga’s Woman of the Year award acceptance is sure to be epic, and the annual event is being televised for the first time this year. Mid-December can’t come soon enough.
Sara Bareilles’ Q4 takeover
The “Brave” singer has a new book and album coming in October and November, respectively, to effectively follow up her run with The Blessed Unrest. Next up: her Waitress musical heads to Broadway in spring 2016.
5 Seconds of Summer’s Sounds Good Feels Good album
Expect a big chart bow for the Australian quartet, who are approaching 1D levels of #teen popularity after opening on multiple tours for the best-selling boy band.
Jingle Ball Tour
We know that Nick Jonas is performing and that there will be 11 stops across America. After Taylor Swift headlined last year, we can’t wait to see who will lead the charge at this year’s radio spectacular.
The Weeknd’s The Madness tour
Halsey, Travis Scott and Banks will all support Abel Tesfaye on his victory lap following the blockbuster debut of his Beauty Behind The Madness album. Will “The Hills” still be No. 1 on the Hot 100 when the tour kicks off in Toronto on Nov. 3?