Carrie Underwood, Mark Ronson, Diplo & Charli XCX

Fall 2018 Albums to Watch

It's been a whirlwind year for music releases, with new projects from hip-hop heavy-hitters like Drake and power couple Beyonce and JAY-Z (a.k.a. The Carters), Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music revival, the return of Ariana Grande -- iconic ponytail intact -- in the form of Sweetener, and plenty more exciting drops. But 2018's cascade of new music isn't over yet -- just consult Billboard's 2018 fall preview.

Cover star Lil Wayne’s return from the wilderness with Tha Carter V, delayed since 2014, heralds a fall season packed with charismatic voices, from the familiar to the brand new. Get in the know on this fall's full release calendar, below.

-- Carrie Underwood’s new Cry Pretty leads fall’s country slate, including albums from Eric Church (Oct. 5) and rebel-gal trio Pistol Annies (late fall).

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Carrie Underwood

-- My, my, my! A month after his album Bloom’s release, Troye Sivan takes his dancefloor-ready tunes on tour with fellow pop darling Kim Petras (Sept. 21).

-- It’s a Cash family fall: Johnny gets the spotlight in Alan Light’s The Life and Legacy of The Man in Black, out Oct. 23, while Rosanne Cash’s She Remembers Everything (with guests like Elvis Costello and Colin Meloy) comes Nov. 2.


-- It’s a party -- again: Once scheduled for release in 2013, Waka Flocka Flame’s long-awaited Flockaveli 2 should arrive Oct. 5.

-- Will he rock you? Rami Malek channels Freddie Mercury with tight jeans and (prosthetic) teeth -- and major stage presence -- in Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody (Nov. 2).


-- After an acclaimed West End run, Girl From the North Country, a musical with the Bob Dylan songbook as its score, opens Oct. 1 at New York’s Public Theater.

-- Lauren Jauregui, who repped all “successful dope women” after Tiffany Haddish’s Fifth Harmony dig at MTV’s Video Music Awards, drops her debut solo single by year’s end.

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Lauren Jauregui

-- With Dillon Francis’ first Spanish-language album, Wut Wut (Sept. 28), Latin music’s bilingual explosion comes to the dancefloor in a big way.

-- Who wouldn’t want to sing with Josh Groban? His Bridges (Sept. 21) boasts starry duets with Jennifer NettlesAndrea Bocelli and Sarah McLachlan.

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Josh Groban

-- Expect killer riffs and not-so-veiled political takes when Canadian rockers Metric deliver their guitar-driven new album, Art of Doubt, on Sept. 21.

-- Uncanny-human-YouTube sensation Poppy continues to take over: Her immersive Am I a Girl? world tour hits the United States in late October.

-- Joe Strummer is revered as The Clash’s co-founder and singer, but his work outside of the band is the focus of the compilation Joe Strummer 001.

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Joe Strummer 001

-- Can’t stop, won’t stop: The irresistible pop singles machine that is Charli XCX drops new tracks each month this fall, keeping her “angels” happy.

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Charli XCX

-- Cat Power acolytes, rejoice: Following evocative Lana Del Rey collab “Woman,” Chan Marshall releases her 10th album, Wanderer, on Oct. 5.

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Cat Power

--  If a white Christmas isn’t your jam, consider a yacht-rock holiday! Michael McDonald croons on Season of Peace: The Christmas Collection (Oct. 12).

-- A now-clean Matty Healy confronts his heroin addiction on The 1975’s A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, out in November.

-- Four years after belting about her “Ex’s and Oh’s,” powerhouse Elle King says she’s coming “out the gate swinging” this fall with album No. 2.

-- Logic’s “1-800-273-8255” established him as an ambitious new voice in chart-topping hip-hop. What will his next move be? His Young Sinatra 4 arrives Sept. 28.

-- What happens when Mark Ronson and Diplo combine their super-DJ powers? A string of singles this fall under their new moniker, Silk City.

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Mark Ronson & Diplo

-- The prolific Kurt Vile experiments with new instruments (glockenspiel!) and talented collaborators (Kim GordonLucius) on Bottle It In (Oct. 12).

-- Hip-hop’s Queen Bee, Lil’ Kim, makes a bid to reclaim her throne with her fifth studio album in November -- 22 years after her solo debut, Hard Core.


-- After two epic EPs of ’70s-splashed rock, Greta Van Fleet attempts to bring guitars back to the mainstream on debut Anthem of the Peaceful Army (Oct. 19).

-- She has sung about “Growing Pains,” but 2018 best new artist Grammy winner Alessia Cara looks to be aging gracefully as she preps a fall sophomore album.

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Alessia Cara

-- Plus: Albums from BastilleClean BanditMuse and Tenacious D; a new Vampire Weekend track; rumored music from Mariah Carey; and more...



...And More Must-Know Releases


Sept. 14

Ann Wilson, Immortal
Bob Moses, Battle Lines
David Guetta, 7
Diana Krall and Tony Bennett, LOVE IS HERE TO STAY
Emma Louise, Lilac Everything
Good Charlotte, Generation Rx
Jean-Michel Jarre, Planet Jarre
Lawrence, Living Room
Liam Payne, TBD

Sept. 21

Christine & The Queens, Chris
Frontperson, Frontrunner
Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Electric Light Orchestra -- The UK Singles Volume I: 1972-1978
Macy Gray, Ruby
San Holo, album1
Villagers, The Art of Pretending to Swim

Sept. 28

Against the Current, Past Lives
Cypress Hill, Elephants on Acid
GØGGS, Pre Strike Sweep
Jon Batiste, Hollywood Africans
The Knocks, New York Narcotic
Lucy Wainwright Roche, Little Beast
Muscle Shoals tribute album, Small Town, Big Sound
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Distant Sky: Live in Copenhagen (EP)
Phil Collins, Plays Well With Others
Rod Stewart, Blood Red Roses
Tom Petty, An American Treasure (Box Set)

September TBD


Oct. 5

Idina Menzel, Idina: Live
KT Tunstall, Wax
Lindsey Buckingham, Solo Anthology
Steve Perry, Traces
Twenty One Pilots, Trench
LANY, Malibu Nights

Oct. 12

Elvis Costello, Look Now
Hands Like Houses, Anon
Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Out of Touch
Jess Glynne, Always in Between
Matthew Dear, Bunny
Parcels, Parcels
Tom Morello, The Atlas Underground
Tom Odell, Jubilee Road

Oct. 19

Doe Paoro, Soft Power
Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello, Donovan, Tim Robbins, etc., Appleseed's 21st Anniversary: Roots and Branches
MØ, Forever Neverland
Neneh Cherry, Broken Politics

Oct. 26

Andrea Bocelli, Si
Boy George & Culture Club, Life
Dillon Carmichael, Hell of an Angel
Julia Holter, Aviary

October TBD

Ella Mai, TBD
Social House, TBD

Nov. 2

Bill Ryder Jones, Yawn
Tenacious D, Post-Apocalypto

Nov. 9

Ace of Cups, Ace of Cups
Fastball, All the Pain Money Can Buy (20th anniversary edition)
Jeff Goldblum & the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, The Capitol Studios Sessions
Julien Baker + Lucy Dacus + Phoebe Bridgers (a.k.a. boygenius), boygenius
Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers, Bought to Rot
Muse, Simulation Theory

November TBD

H.E.R., I Used to Know H.E.R.
Jay Park, TBD

Fall TBD

21 Savage, TBD
Ashlee Simpson-Ross and Evan Ross, TBD
EarthGang, Mirrorland
Hanson, String Theory
Jeremih, TBD
Lil Wayne, Tha Carter V
Vic Mensa, TBD
Young Thug, On the Run


Sting and Shaggy (starts Sept. 14)
Miles Kane (starts Oct. 1)
BROCKHAMPTON (starts Oct. 3)
Phil Collins (starts Oct. 5)
Twenty One Pilots (starts Oct. 16)
Violent Femmes (starts Oct. 26)
Elvis Costello & the Imposters, (starts Nov. 2)
Louis the Child (starts Nov. 7)
Jorja Smith (starts Nov. 19)
Bob Seger (starts Nov. 24)


Quincy Jones documentary, Quincy (on Netflix Sept. 21)

Joan Jett documentary, Bad Reputation (in theaters Sept. 28)??

Smallfoot, featuring original songs from Niall Horan and Zendaya (in theaters Sept. 28)

A Star is Born, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (in theaters Oct. 5)

Women Who Rock: Bessie to Beyonce, Girl Groups to Riot Grrrl, an essay collection by Evelyn McDonnell (out Oct. 9)

My Love Story, Tina Turner's memoir (out Oct. 16)

Me, New York City, and the Punk Scene, by Blondie's Chris Stein (out Oct. 23)

Thanks a Lot Mr. Kibblewhite: My Story, by Roger Daltrey (out in the U.S. Oct. 23)

Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin (out in October)

The Cher Show (opens on Broadway Dec. 3)

A version of this article originally appeared in the Sept. 15 issue of Billboard.