Fall Album Preview 2012


From No Doubt and Green Day to Wiz Khalifa, Deadmau5, and Jason Aldean and far beyond, Billboard spotlights which rock, hip-hop, Latin, country, indie and pop artists and albums to watch for in the season ahead. Who will reign supreme in autumn 2012? Here are 125 contenders we've got our eyes on.

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No Doubt
"Push and Shove" | Sept. 25 (Interscope)

GREEN DAY UNO No Doubt"s first album in 11 years, "Push and Shove," is an 11-song set that once again straddles the pop, rock and reggae influences and audiences that made 1995"s "Tragic Kingdom" an 8.2 million-selling sensation (according to Nielsen SoundScan), and also made hits out of "Hey Baby" and "Underneath It All" in the early 2000s, with 2001"s "Rock Steady" moving 2.8 million. Unlike 2001"s "Rock Steady," a sonically expansive set that saw the band collaborating with the likes of the Neptunes, Prince and William Orbit, "Push and Shove" is a defiantly "80s-referencing new wave/pop record that was produced primarily by longtime collaborator Mark "Spike" Stent (Bjork). Only the title track, a collaboration with Major Lazer, could be considered any kind of response to recent pop music trends -- it opens with a giant, wall-shaking dancehall beat that abruptly shifts into a dubstep-like breakdown for the chorus, with Stefani trading verses with Jamaican rapper Busy Signal. Lead single "Settle Down," No Doubt"s first new single in nine years, debuted at No. 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July. --Andrew Hampp

10 To Watch
Green Day
"¡Uno!" | Sept. 25 (Reprise Records)

GREEN DAY UNO How does recent Billboard cover act Green Day follow two successful rock opera albums that combined have sold more than 7 million copies, according to SoundScan? By releasing three full-lengths in 16 weeks, of course. First in line is !Uno!, whose single "Oh Love" debuted at No. 7 on the Alternative chart. Next in line are !Dos! (Nov. 13) and ¡Tré! (Jan. 15).

"The 2nd Law" | Oct. 2 (Warner Bros.)

MUSE THE 2ND LAW The English rock band"s new "Survival" was adopted as the official song of the 2012 Olympics, and Warner Bros. VP of marketing Esther Somlo says the track will help set up first single "Madness," out Aug. 20. Somlo describes the marketing and promotion of the act"s sixth album as an "old-school" approach heavy on rock radio and retail exposure, followed by a global arena tour beginning in mid-October. In 2009, The Resistance debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. It has sold 739,000 copies, according to SoundScan.

The Killers
"Battle Born" | Sept. 18 (Island Records)

Following 2008"s Day & Age, which has sold 775,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the Las Vegas band took a brief hiatus, during which frontman Brandon Flowers released solo debut Flamingo. For their fourth album, the Killers recruited such top-shelf producers as Steve Lillywhite, Stuart Price and Brendan O"Brien. First single "Runaways" recently hit the top 10 on Billboard"s Alternative chart.

Corin Tucker Band
"Kill My Blues" | Sept. 18 (Kill Rock Stars)

Singer/guitarist Corin Tucker-and former Sleater-Kinney bandmates Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss, who"ve formed Wild Flag-seem content with their projects outside of SK. Tucker"s second solo album follows 2010"s rocking 1,000 Years, which debuted at No. 9 on Heatseekers Albums and has sold 8,000 copies, according to SoundScan.

Ben Folds Five
"The Sound of the Life of the Mind" | Sept. 18 (Imaveepee Records/Sony Music Ent.)

Ben Folds Five teased fans last year by including three new tracks on The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective. Now, The Sound of the Life of the Mind marks the first studio album in 13 years from the trio: Ben Folds (piano), Robert Sledge (bass) and Darren Jessee (drums). A year before disbanding in 2000, the act released The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, which has sold 299,000 copies, according to SoundScan.

Yoko Ono, Kim Gordon & Thurston Moore
"YokoKimThurston" | Sept. 25 (Chimera Music)

Sure to be one of the fall"s noisiest collaborations, Yoko Ono has joined with Sonic Youth"s Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore. In June, the trio digitally released the 14-minute benefit track "Early in the Morning," which will appear on the upcoming six-song set. Sonic Youth landed its highest-charting album with 2009's Eternal, which went to No. 18 on the Billboard 200. Ono has notched nine No. 1s on the Dance Clubs Songs chart.

The Wallflowers
"Glad All Over" | Oct. 2 (Columbia Records)

Seven years have passed since the Wallflowers" last album, Rebel, Sweetheart, which bowed at No. 40 on the Billboard 200 and has sold 116,000 copies, according to SoundScan. Glad All Over was produced by Jay Joyce and recorded in Nashville. The Clash-inspired first single, "Reboot the Mission" (featuring the Clash's Mick Jones), recently debuted on the Triple A chart.

The Script
"#3" | Oct. 9 (Epic Records)

The Dublin rock band scored a No. 3 debut on the Billboard 200 with 2010"s Science & Faith, which has sold 314,000 copies, according to SoundScan. The set also generated two top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hits, "For the First Time" (No. 23) and "Nothing" (No. 32). The group has tapped Will.i.am for first single "Hall of Fame."

Bat For Lashes
"The Haunted Man" | Oct. 23 (Capitol Records)

The first single from the set, the third from English singer Natasha Khan, who performs as Bat for Lashes, is the emotional ballad "Laura." The artist"s last album, Two Suns (2009), debuted at No. 2 on Heatseekers Albums and has sold 56,000 copies, according to SoundScan.

Titus Andronicus
"Local Business" | Oct. 23 (XL Recordings)

After road-testing new material in March, the New Jersey rock act holed up in New York"s Marcata Recording studio for two months perfecting the 10 songs on third album Local Business. The band says the set moves away from the historical themes found on 2010"s The Monitor-which bowed at No. 7 on Heatseekers Albums and has sold 39,000 copies, according to SoundScan-and focuses on more modern-day affairs.

Soon To Come
IMAGINE DRAGONS - "Night Visions" (Sept. 4)
THE VACCINES - "The Vaccines Come of Age" (Sept. 4)
THE HELIO SEQUENCE - "Negotiations" (Sept. 11)
CALEXICO - "Algiers" (Sept. 11)
TOM TOM CLUB - "Downtown Rockers" ep (Sept. 11)
DINOSAUR JR. - "I Bet on Sky" (Sept. 18)
BETH ORTON - "Sugaring Season" (Oct. 2)
TAME IMPALA - "Lonerism" (Oct. 9)
A FINE FRENZY - "Pines" (Oct. 9)
TRASH TALK - "119" (Oct. 9)

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Ellie Goulding
"Halcyon" | Oct. 9 (Cherrytree/Interscope)

Ellie Goulding recognizes the precariousness of having a single in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100 but not among the tracks set to appear on Halcyon, the album she"s releasing through Cherrytree/Interscope in two months" time. "It"s definitely weird and not necessarily a good thing, but I guess you can"t moan about it," says the 25-year-old singer/songwriter, whose title track to her 2010 debut, Lights, rose into the Hot 100"s top 10 in its 27th week in June to solidify its status as a surprise smash. As the song spread stateside, the Herefordshire, England, native, whose debut album reached the top 10 of the U.K. chart and propelled her to a performance at Prince William and Kate Middleton"s wedding last year, prepped a more mature sophomore set with producers like Jim Elliot and Billboard. With club-ready lead single "Anything Could Happen" arriving Aug. 21 and a tour that will be "bigger in terms of production," Goulding says she"s ready to forge ahead with her new effort, arriving Oct. 9, whether or not "Lights" continues its chart success. "I"m just hoping that it will die down a bit," Goulding says of the hit, "so I can introduce my next song, my next adventure." --Jason Lipshutz

10 To Watch
Nelly Furtado
"The Spirit Indestructible" | Sept. 11
(Interscope/Mosley Music Group)

NELLY FURTADO ALBUM After taking a Spanish-language detour with 2009"s Mi Plan, Furtado is back to the pop sound of 2006 hit parade Loose. Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins and Salaam Remi helmed the majority of the album, including the soaring title track.

"The Truth About Love" | Sept. 18
(RCA Records)

PINK ALBUM Fresh off a best-of (2010"s Greatest Hits . . . So Far!!!) that spawned two more top five singles, as well as the birth of her first daughter, P!nk returns to tell The Truth About Love through 13 new pop-rock anthems. Producer Greg Kurstin (Kelly Clarkson, the Shins) handled the cheekily titled single "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)," while Max Martin and Shellback are also onboard.

Carly Rae Jepsen
"Kiss" | Sept. 18 (School Boy Records/Interscope)

Only two songs have been confirmed for Carly Rae Jepsen's sophomore album, and they're both smash hits: her Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper "Call Me Maybe" and her feel-good Owl City collaboration "Good Time." Expect a duet with School Boy Records compatriot Justin Bieber as well.

Olly Murs
"In Case You Didn"t Know" | Sept. 25 (Columbia)

The former U.K. "X Factor" finalist has got a little stateside help leading up to the release of his U.S. debut when joined One Direction on a handful of U.S. dates this summer, where he got to expose his warm vocals to amphitheater crowds.

Cher Lloyd
"Sticks + Stones" | Oct. 2 (Syco/Epic)

Lloyd fans, or "Brats," have already snagged a version of Sticks + Stones thanks to its U.K. release last fall, but the upcoming American version will include a Snoop Dogg-assisted bonus remix of the Brit pop singer"s single "Want U Back," which has invaded the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100.

Cody Simpson
"Paradise" | Oct. 2 (Atlantic)

The 15-year-old Australian heartthrob (another from Justin Bieber manager Scooter Braun) finally releases his debut after a handful of winning singles ("iYiYi," "So Listen"). A trek with Big Time Rush will take Simpson across North America through Sept. 18.

Paloma Faith
"Fall to Grace" | Nov. 27 (Epic)

The soulful 27-year-old singer/songwriter scored a No. 2 debut on the U.K. albums chart when sophomore set Fall To Grace arrived overseas in May. To introduce her sound-including debut stateside single "Picking Up the Pieces"-to U.S. audiences, Faith has scheduled shows in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.,for September.

"The Origin of Love" | fall (Universal Republic)

The kaleidoscopic pop of London singer Mika will receive a leg up from some familiar artists on his third full-length. Benny Benassi, Empire of the Sun and William Orbit are all featured on the project, while first single "Celebrate" gets an assist from Pharrell Williams.

TBD | fall (RCA Records)

"We"re getting really close [to finishing the LP]," executive producer Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald says, although neither title nor release date has been confirmed. "You"re going to hear an artist that"s grown and is evolving, but it"s Ke$ha. She"s no choirgirl yet." The all-star cast of producers includes Benny Blanco, Max Martin, the Black Keys" Patrick Carney and fun."s Nate Ruess.

Bridget Mendler
"Hello My Name Is . . ." | TBD (Hollywood Records)

The 19-year-old star of the Disney Channel"s "Good Luck Charlie" is ready to branch outside the brand. Her debut single, the uptempo Delfonics interpolation "Ready or Not," arrived Aug. 7, and a handful of performances have been plotted for late summer ahead of the fall release.

Soon To Come
SEAN PAUL - "Tomahawk Technique " (Sept.)
DIANA KRALL - "Glad Rag Doll" (Oct. 2)
JESSIE J - TBD (fall)
WILL.I.AM - "#willpower" (fall)

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G.O.O.D. Music
"Cruel Summer" | Sept. 4 (G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam)

G.o.o.D. ALBUM Slightly more than a year after teaming with Jay-Z for the collaborative album and statement piece Watch the Throne (with accompanying blockbuster tour), Kanye West is set to deliver a second collaborative project, this time with his own G.O.O.D. Music crew. The album, titled Cruel Summer and intended as a companion to the 30-minute film/video installation of the same name that West debuted at this year"s Cannes Film Festival, has already spawned the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart-topper "Mercy" (featuring West, Pusha T, Big Sean and 2 Chainz) and earned West his sixth No. 1 on the tally. Second single "New God Flow" is No. 4 on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs. Though details about the album have been closely guarded, Cruel Summer is due Sept. 4 through G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam and reportedly includes appearances by Frank Ocean, Jay Electronica, Marsha Ambrosius and producer Mannie Fresh, in addition to the G.O.O.D. roster. --Erika Ramirez

10 To Watch
Wiz Khalifa
"O.N.I.F.C." | Sept. 18
(Rostrum/Atlantic Records)

WIZ KHALIFA ALBUM Originally scheduled for August, Khalifa's second full-length through Atlantic Records has gotten off to a bit of a slow start-single "Work Hard, Play Hard" peaked at No. 13 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart-but there's no denying the draw of the Pittsburgh MC. His recent tour with labelmate Mac Miller was a strong draw across 11 dates, and "Payphone," his single with Maroon 5, set the record for the best digital sales week by a group in April and has been a fixture in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 since spring.

"Somethin "Bout Kreay" | Sept. 18

KREAYSHAWN ALBUM Slightly more than a year after her single "Gucci Gucci" went viral and she inked a reported $1 million deal with Columbia, Kreayshawn"s solo debut arrives as a digital-only release-out to prove that the sassy Oakland, Calif., MC can connect beyond her one hit. Expect plenty of party-drug talk as hinted at on new single "Go Hard."

Big Boi
"Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors" | Nov. 13 (Def Jam Recordings)

Big Boi"s follow-up to 2010"s critically acclaimed Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty is marked by genre-bending collaborations (Little Dragon, Phantogram"s Sarah Barthel) and plenty of electro-funk. Lead single "Gossip," featuring UGK and Big K.R.I.T., peaked at No. 45 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs chart.

50 Cent
"Street King Immortal" | Nov. 13

After repeated delays, 50 Cent"s fifth studio album will finally see the light of day. Lead single "New Day" features Dr. Dre and Alicia Keys, and, at least according to one of 50"s tweets, Interscope Geffen A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine called Street King Immortal the rapper"s best album since 2003"s Get Rich or Die Tryin".

"Trouble Man" | fall (Grand Hustle/Atlantic)

With his reality show "T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle" returning to VH1 for a second season, and his second novel, "Trouble & Triumph" (with David Ritz), due in September from HarperCollins, T.I. readies his eighth studio album and first since his release from prison last fall. T.I."s last studio set, No Mercy, released in 2010 while he was in prison serving a sentence for probation violation, bowed at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. Current single "Go Get It" is No. 62 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Meek Mill
"Dreams & Nightmares" | October
(Maybach Music Group/Warner Bros.)

One of the year"s most hotly anticipated debuts, Dreams & Nightmares will look to build on a string of recent successes, including Meek Mill"s second Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs top 10 ("Amen," featuring Drake, from Mill"s spring mixtape Dream Chasers II) and cement the Philadelphia MC and Rick Ross associate as hip-hop"s next big thing.

A$AP Rocky
"LongLiveA$AP" | fall (RCA)

The toast of young New York, A$AP Rocky rode a series of self-released singles and videos to a major-label deal last fall. Now, bolstered by exposure and a budget, A$AP is out to grow his A$AP Mob movement with his debut. "The mainstream"s going to be that A$AP [movement]," he says. "We"re going to change the whole world with this shit." Hit-Boy-produced lead single "Goldie" is No. 65 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Lupe Fiasco
"Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1" | Sept. 25 (Atlantic)

The fourth album from chart-topping Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco doesn"t hide from its ambitions. Instead, Fiasco is out to tackle universal themes on the follow-up to his debut (and first installment of a promised double album). Singles "Around My Way (Freedom Ain"t Free)" and "Bitch Bad" have peaked at Nos. 2 and 13, respectively, on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs.

Kendrick Lamar
"good kid, m.A.A.d city" | Oct. 2
(Top Dawg Ent./Aftermath Ent./Interscope Records)

Coming mere months after inking with Interscope and Dr. Dre"s Aftermath Entertainment, Kendrick Lamar"s solo bow is being watched as the launching pad for the West Coast"s new breakout hip-hop superstar. "The Recipe," Lamar"s first single under the deal, featured Dre and peaked at No. 38 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart on July 14. New single "Swimming Pools (Drank)" has been immediately embraced.

Ca$h Out
"Patience" | Oct. 16 (Epic)

With one year in the rap scene, Ca$h Out has already reached No. 1 on the Rap and Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop charts with "Cashin" Out." As he put the final touches on his debut studio album, the track continues its reign in the Rap tally's top 10 and "Big Booty" is climbing on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

Soon To Come
BLU & EXILE - "Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them" (Sept. 4)
DJ DRAMA - "Quality Street Music" (Sept. 18)
FLYING LOTUS - "Until the Quiet Comes" (Oct. 2)
WU-BLOCK - TBD (October)

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"Kaleidoscope Dream" | Oct. 2 (ByStorm/RCA)

MIGUEL KALEIDOSCOPE DREAM ALBUM COVER Miguel left a lasting impression with debut album All I Want Is You. The 2010 project scored three top 10s on Billboard"s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, including the No. 1 "Sure Thing." The album peaked at No. 9 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and has sold 397,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Further boosting Miguel"s heat quotient: his BET Award-winning turn on Wale"s No. 1 "Lotus Flower Bomb." Now the singer/songwriter is taking his progressive brand of R&B to the next level with sophomore set Kaleidoscope Dream. With its minimalist approach-enhanced by a throbbing, mesmerizing beat-lead single "Adorn" is a tasty portent. Upping the edgy factor: production by Salaam Remi, Pop & Oak and Jerry Wonda. To heighten expectations, Miguel is issuing his Dream in three parts. The first of two three-song digital EPs, Kaleidoscope Dream: Water Preview, became available July 31 on iTunes. Arriving next will be Kaleidoscope Dream: Fire Preview (Sept. 11), followed by the final full-length album, comprising the two EPs plus five new songs. "[Dreams] represent the truest freedom we can experience," Miguel said in label publicity materials. "Totally unrepressed and totally creative." Kaleidoscope Dream arrives in full Oct. 2 on ByStorm/RCA. --Gail Mitchell

10 To Watch
Mint Condition
"Music @ the Speed of Life" | Sept. 11
(Shanachie Entertainment)

MINT CONDITION ALBUM COVER After 20 years, this timeless band is still going strong. With its last album, 7, garnering a top 10 hit (the Kelly Price-assisted "Not My Daddy") and two Grammy Award nods, the group returns with guests DJ Jazzy Jeff and Brother Ali.

"Two Eleven" | Oct. 16 (Chameleon/RCA)

BRANDY ALBUM The release date has been pushed back several times, but it looks like all systems are now go for Brandy"s first RCA project under the Breyon Prescott-helmed Chameleon. She just completed the Hype Williams-directed video for her top 30-and climbing-R&B hit featuring Chris Brown, "Put It Down."

"R.E.D." | TBD (Motown)

Ne-Yo"s fourth album, R.E.D. (which stands for "Realizing Every Dream"), marks two milestones: the formal launch of the revamped Motown and his first for the label after gold and multiplatinum success at Def Jam. Leading the charge for the singer/songwriter (and now Motown senior VP of A&R) are first single "Lazy Love" and newly released follow-up "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)."

Angie Stone
"Rich Girl" | Sept. 25
(Saguro Road Rhythm/Saguro Road/Time Life)

Angie Stone"s soulful voice powerfully underscores the keep-on-pushing theme of her top 20 adult R&B hit "Do What You Gotta Go." With lyrics written for Stone by BET "Sunday Best" winner Y"anna Crawley, the upbeat track is the first single from Stone"s first album under the Saguaro Road banner.

Kenny Lattimore
"Back 2 Cool" | Oct. 9 (Sincere Soul/Capitol)

Best-known for his perennial 1997 hit "For You," the romantic crooner shows he"s still got the chops on his first album of original material since 2001. This first release on his label features production by Carvin Haggins & Ivan Barias, J.R. Hudson and Vidal Davis; climbing Billboard"s Adult R&B chart is lead single "Find a Way."

Marcus Canty
TBD | Oct. 16 (Epic)

Marcus Canty initially gained notice last year as the fourth-place finalist on the first stateside season of "The X Factor." After appearing on the "Think Like a Man" soundtrack, Canty will shift into full gear with his debut album-prefaced by high-energy single "In & Out" featuring Wale.

Anita Baker
"Only Forever" | Oct. 23 (Blue Note/EMI)

The eight-time Grammy winner premiered new single "Lately" on Aug. 6 in a style befitting an R&B icon: with an unprecedented, every-hour-on-the-hour playing of the song on all Clear Channel adult R&B stations. Produced by the Underdogs, the love ballad-an update of a 1999 Tyrese top 15 single-is one of 10 tracks on the singer's seventh studio album and first album in seven years.

Keyshia Cole
"Woman to Woman" | TBD (Geffen/Interscope)

Despite being a happily married mom, Keyshia Cole still knows how to pack a punch when it comes to heartbreak. She does just that on this project"s first single, "Enough of No Love," featuring Lil Wayne. The returning BET reality star (fall's new "Family First" series) is already in the top 15 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart after only five weeks.

Kelly Rowland
(Universal Motown/Universal Republic)

Kelly Rowland reunites with Lil Wayne on the chillingly sensual "Ice," the kickoff for her fourth studio album, reportedly a return to her R&B roots. The last time she and Wayne hooked up, she delivered one of the biggest hits of her solo career: "Motivation" spent seven weeks at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, has sold 1.5 million downloads (according to Nielsen SoundScan) and earned a Grammy nod.

Alicia Keys

The singer/songwriter will introduce a new track from her fifth studio album when she performs at MTV's Video Music Awards on Sept. 6. The upcoming project is the follow-up to 2009"s The Element of Freedom, which has sold 1.5 million copies and features the hit "Unthinkable (I"m Ready)," which spent 12 weeks atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Soon To Come
GRAHAM CENTRAL STATION - "Raise Up" (Sept. 25)
BOBBY V - "Dusk Til Dawn" (Oct. 2)
CIARA - "One Woman Army" (TBD)
BOBBY V - "Dusk Til Dawn" (Oct. 2)
DALEY - "Alone Together" EP (Oct. 9)
WHITNEY HOUSTON - "Greatest Hits" (TBD)
PLEASURE P - TBD (Oct. 16)
ANTHONY DAVID - "Love Out Loud" (October)
THE FLOACIST - "The Floacist Presents Floetry -Rebirth" (Oct. 2)
URBAN MYSTIC - "Love Intervention" (October)
LUKE JAMES - "Made to Love" (TBD)
KARYN WHITE - "Carpe Diem 2012" (Oct. 23)

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Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean"s forthcoming album is already off to a record-setting start. Entering Billboard"s Hot Country Songs list at No. 19, lead single "Take a Little Ride" marked the Georgia native"s highest debut on that chart and made history by notching the best-selling first week for a single by a male country solo act with 189,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Take a Little Ride" is from Aldean"s fifth studio album (title and release date TBD), the follow-up to 2010"s My Kinda Party, named album of the year in 2011 by the Country Music Assn. Broken Bow went five singles deep on the album with Aldean scoring three No. 1 and two No. 2 hits. On his new effort, Aldean reteamed with producer Michael Knox. "I"m obviously a lot more confident and a lot more sure of myself than I was on my first couple of records, [where] we really didn"t even know what our direction was," Aldean says. "It was like, 'Man, here"s a bunch of songs we like. Nobody knows who we are. Let"s just cut them and see what happens, go play my show." Then, all of a sudden it started to come together." Did it ever. -Deborah Evans Price

10 To Watch
Little Big Town
"Tornado" | Sept. 11 (Capitol Nashville)

LITTLE BIG TOWN ALBUM COVER Teaming with producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Cage the Elephant) Little Big Town has been cruising up the charts this summer with hit single "Pontoon," which topped Billboard"s Country Digital Songs chart and hit the top five on Hot Country Songs. The group"s last album, The -Reason Why, debuted at No. 1 on Top Country Albums.

Kix Brooks
"New To This Town" | Sept. 11 (Arista Nashville)

KIX BROOKS ALBUM COVER After 20 years of collecting awards and scoring hits as half of Brooks & Dunn, country music"s most successful duo, the Louisiana-born Brooks returns to music as a solo artist with this 12-song collection. Brooks, who co-wrote nine of the album"s dozen tracks, recruited the Eagles" Joe Walsh to lend his guitar to the title tune.

Aaron Lewis
"The Road" | Sept. 11 (Blaster Records)

Best-known as lead vocalist for hard rock outfit Staind, Lewis made his bow in the genre last year with the Town Line EP, which spawned the single "Country Boy." The Road marks his first full-length country solo set. He"s currently courting country radio with the single "Endless Summer."

The Time Jumpers
"The Time Jumpers" | Sept. 11
(Rounder Records)

Nashville"s informal jam session-turned-must see act (the group"s 2007 live set was nominated for two Grammy Awards) delivers its Rounder debut featuring new members Vince Gill, steel guitarist Paul Franklin and drummer Billy Thomas, in addition to Dennis Crouch (upright bass), Larry Franklin (fiddle), "Ranger Doug" Green (vocals/archtop guitar), Dawn Sears (vocals), Kenny Sears (vocals/fiddle), Joe Spivey (vocals/fiddle), Andy Reiss (electric guitar) and Jeff Taylor (accordion, piano).

Dwight Yoakam
"3 Pears" | Sept. 18 (Warner Music Nashville)

For his first album of new material in seven years, Yoakam returns to Warner Bros. where he helped redefine country music in the "80s with such hits as "Guitars, Cadillacs" and "Streets of Bakersfield." The new album features collaborations with Beck, who produced two tracks, and serves up a diverse collection of tunes that includes a revival of the Joe and Rose Lee Maphis classic "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke" as well as the Kid Rock-penned "Take Hold of My Hand."

Easton Corbin
"All Over the Road" | Sept. 18 (Mercury Records Nashville)

Corbin debuted in 2010 with a self-titled set that spawned two No. 1 singles ("A Little More Country Than That" and "Roll With It"), and his career has gained momentum through extensive touring, particularly an opening slot on Brad Paisley"s tour. The new set, produced by Carson Chamberlain (Billy Currington), is off to a strong start with lead single "Lovin" You Is Fun," which hit the top No. 20 of the Hot Country Songs chart.

Jake Owen
"Endless Summer" EP | Sept. 25 (RCA Nashville)

Owen"s 2011 album, Barefoot Blue Jean Night, has produced two No. 1s: the title track and "Alone With You," which both camped at the summit for two weeks. Current single "The One That Got Away" is No. 26. Looking to serve up some new tunes before the next studio record, Owen announced at his June fan club party during the Country Music Assn. Music Fest that he"d be releasing an EP this fall. The four-song set was produced by Joey Moi (Theory of a Dead Man, Nickelback).

Jerrod Niemann
"Free the Music" | Oct. 2 (Sea Gayle/Arista Nashville)

After achieving early success as a songwriter with cuts by Garth Brooks, Neal McCoy and Jamey Johnson, among others, Niemann made the transition to successful artist in 2010 with his chart-topping album Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury, which spawned the No. 1 hit "Lover, Lover." Now, lead single "Shinin" on Me" is rising.

Jamey Johnson
"Livin" for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran" | Oct. 16
(Mercury Nashville)

In paying tribute to Cochran"s considerable legacy, Johnson is joined by an all-star cast that includes Willie Nelson, George Strait, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello, Ray Price, Vince Gill and Ronnie Dunn.

Toby Keith
TBD| Nov. 13 (Show Dog)

Country music"s big dog follows his 2011 release, Clancy"s Tavern, with a yet-to-be-named set that is sure to be one of the major fourth-quarter releases. The lead single, "I Like Girls That Drink Beer," bowed at No. 28 on the Hot Country Songs list.

Soon To Come
VARIOUS ARTISTS - "An All Star Tribute to Shania Twain" (Sept. 11)
BUCKY COVINGTON - "Good Goys" (Sept. 11)
WAYLON JENNINGS - "Last Recordings" (Sept. 11)
KATHY MATTEA - "Calling Me Home" (Sept. 11)
KASEY CHAMBERS & SHANE NICHOLSON - "Wreck and Ruin" (Oct. 23)
LONESTAR - TBD (October)
BILLY RAY CYRUS - "Change My Mind" (Oct. 23)
BIG & RICH - "Jedi" (Spet. 18)
JAKE OWEN - "Endless Summer" EP (Sept. 25)

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Album Title Goes Here | Sept. 25 (Ultra Music)

For deadmau5, aka Joel Zimmerman, there's no better time to let the music do the talking. After a spring spent touring Europe and picking fights with everyone from Madonna to Skrillex on Twitter and in the press, the prolific producer/DJ returns with his sixth full-length. Album Title Goes Here, out Sept. 25 on Ultra Music, is a follow-up to his 2010 breakthrough 4x4=12, which peaked at No. 47 on the Billboard 200, and attempts to address the issue that's kept Deadmau5 off the FM dial even as his signature mouse head has become ever more visible: his music's lack of recognizable vocals. (His only track to sneak onto the Billboard Hot 100 to date? "Raise Your Weapon," one of the only vocal cuts on 4x4=12. The song peaked at No. 100.)First came lead single "The Veldt," which famously got its dreamy topline from a Ustream collaboration with songwriter/fan Chris James. Second single "Professional Griefers" features a rock-bark from Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance and is already one of label Ultra's first tracks to crack rock radio, snagging spins on KROQ Los Angeles and KITS San Francisco. The album also features collaborations with Cypress Hill and Imogen Heap, and according to Ultra president Patrick Moxey, the collection reaches "new musical heights," a characterization that could be translated to mean: We've got the visibility, now we just might finally have some hits. -Kerri Mason

10 To Watch
Martin Solveig
"Smash" | Sept. 18 (Big Beat)

ALBUM COVER Madonna producer Solveig's Smash is already one, released overseas last year on the back of massive single "Hello," featuring Martina Sorbara from Dragonette. The sprightly song peaked at No. 46 on the Billboard Hot 100, after appearing in commercials for Trident gum and hit Fox comedy "New Girl." The album contains three more songs with Sorbara, each a potential "Hello" repeat.

The Presets
"Pacifica" | September (Casablanca)

ALBUM COVER This synth-rock duo radiates swagger, and vocalist Julian Hamilton is part Dave Gahan vampire crooner, part David Bowie glam. With harder-edged beats plus melodies ruling the EDM scene, it's the right album at the right time.

"Body Parts" | Sept. 25 (Dragonnette Inc.)

A little bit Go-Gos, a little bit Goldfrapp, Dragonette is all about Martina Sorbara, its spark plug frontwoman. The trio (with Dan Kurtz and Joel Stouffer) decided to go the self-release route after parting ways with Mercury in 2009, but Body Parts has the pop polish of a major-label release, with Sorbara providing the unrestrained attitude.

Boys Noize
"Out of the Black" | Oct. 2

Nobody does dark-hued, dance-ready electro quite like Germany's Alexander Ridha, aka Boys Noize (and head of the same-named label). His third full-length will fuel more downtown dance parties with cuts like the techy "XTC" and the punky, funky "What You Want."

"Music Box Opera" | Oct. 30 (Nettwerk)

One of the many projects of super-producers Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber, Delerium has created some of the most epic vocal anthems in trance history, including "Innocente" with Leigh Nash of Sixpence None the Richer and international hit "Silence" with Sarah McLachlan. Delerium's first new collection in six years promises more lush soundscapes, rife for remixing.

Calvin Harris
TBD | October (Ultra Music)

The poster boy for dance crossover and, thanks to unexpectedly monstrous hits like Rihanna's "We Found Love" and his own "Feel So Close," the third full-length by David Guetta's heir apparent (though Guetta never sang now, did he?) Harris comes loaded with expectations. The album - Harris' first as a certifiable hitmaker - will feature "Feel So Close," plus "Let's Go" with Ne-Yo and upcoming single "We"ll Be Coming Back" with Example.

TBD | October (Interscope)

Jimmy Iovine's favorite young producer Zedd (aka Anton Zaslavski) released "Spectrum," featuring vocalist Matthew Koma, in early June, teasing the dance chops and pop savvy that landed him in the studio with Lady Gaga this year. His debut full-length will include "Spectrum"- which has already sold 20,000 downloads as of mid-August, according to Nielsen SoundScan - plus collaborations with Ellie Goulding and Porter Robinson.

Major Lazer
"Free the Universe" | Nov. 6 (Reprise Records)

The second album from Major Lazer (white-hot producer Diplo's reggae-based project with Chicago producer Switch) is decidedly higher-profile than 2009's debut. But judging by first single "Get Free" with Dirty Projectors' Amber Coffman, the guys are keeping heads level and spliffs lit. Other guests include Bruno Mars and Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig.

Sympho Nympho
TBD | November (Subliminal)

Subliminal founder Erick Morillo may still be collecting royalties from his 1994 ragga-dance blast "I Like to Move It" (thanks, "Madagascar" penguins), but he has still been focusing on his international DJ'ing career. The debut release of Sympho Nympho, a producer supergroup with Morillo's longtime labelmates and buds Harry "Choo Choo" Romero and Jose Nunez, will feature collaborations with artists like Dizzee Rascal, Wyclef Jean, Pitbull and Sean Paul.

Dada Life
TBD | TBD (Dada Life)

Tracks like "Kick Out the Epic Motherfucker" -a pitch-shifting synth tirade-usually don"t sell 33,000 downloads. But with its banana suits, absurdist attitude and massive electro-riffs, this Sweedish duo just might be onto something. (Sharing Tiësto's management team probably helps too.)

Soon To Come
THE GASLAMP KILLER - "Breakthrough" (Sept. 18)
HOW TO DRESS WELL - "Total Loss" (Sept. 18)
DIAMOND RINGS - "Free Dimensional" (Oct. 23)

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Bob Dylan
Tempest | Sept. 11 (Columbia)

Tempest, Bob Dylan's 35th studio album arriving Sept. 11 on Columbia, coincides with the 50th anniversary of his self-titled debut album that the label released in 1962. Dylan's last two sets, Modern Times and Together Through Life, hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200, with the former selling more than 1 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The first track released from the album, "Early Roman Kings," a 12-bar blues that features David Hidalgo of Los Lobos on accordion, was used to promote the Cinemax series 'strike Back." 'scarlet Town," which is heavy on a British folk accent, will play during the end credits of the first two episodes of "Strike Back," which air Aug. 17. The album marks a return to straightforward, story-driven songwriting for Dylan. Its centerpiece is the 14-minute title track, which has 45 verses about the sinking of the Titanic. The closer, "Roll On John," is a tribute to John Lennon that references the Quarrymen and the Beatles songs "Come Together," "The Ballad of John and Yoko" and 'slow Down." Dylan will be adding songs from the album to his ever-changing set lists when he begins a six-week, 29-city tour of North America with Mark Knopfler on Oct. 5. -Phil Gallo

10 To Watch
Matchbox Twenty
"North" | Sept. 4 (Emblem/Atlantic)

MATCHBOX TWENTY NORTH ALBUM COVER For their first album in a decade, Rob Thomas, Paul Doucette, Kyle Cook and Brian Yale lived together in Nashville where they collaborated on new material before recording with producer Matt Serletic. The new single, "She's So Mean," hit No. 12 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 airplay chart.

Dave Matthews Band
"Away From The World" | Sept. 11 (RCA Records)

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND ALBUM COVER If Dave Matthews Band can debut at the top of the Billboard 200, it will become the first group to have six consecutive studio albums enter atop the chart. The album marks DMB's reunion with Steve Lillywhite, producer of the band's first three studio records.

Van Morrison
"Born to Sing: No Plan B" | Oct. 5 (Blue Note)

After recording two discs for Lost Highway, Pay the Devil and Keep It Simple, the latter opening at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 and becoming his highest-charting album, Morrison returns to Blue Note for a self-produced set recorded in his native Belfast in Northern Ireland.

Papa Roach
"The Connection" | Oct. 2
(Eleven Seven Music)

The first track from Papa Roach's sixth album, "Still Swingin"," made its debut during Major League Baseball's Home Run Derby and will be used in more ESPN/MLB programming while the track is being serviced to radio. The band was on the 31-city Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar festival tour until frontman Jacoby Shaddix was temporarily sidelined for vocal cord surgery.

John Fogerty
"Wrote a Song for Everyone" | Oct. 9 (Vanguard Records)

A celebration of John Fogerty's iconic Creedence Clearwater Revival songs, the album features the singer/guitarist teaming with 10 contemporary acts: Foo Fighters partner on "Fortunate Son," My Morning Jacket is on "Long As I Can See the Light," and Kid Rock joins in on "Born on the Bayou." Many of the guests come from country music, including Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson and Miranda Lambert. Jennifer Hudson also appears.

"Monster" | Oct. 16 (Universal Music Enterprises)

Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer return with Kiss' 20th studio album, the band's first since 2009's Sonic Boom, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Inspired by the British rock of the band's youth-the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Led Zeppelin-all four members contribute to the writing and lead vocals.

The Sword
"Apocryphon" | Oct. 23 (Razor & Tie)

The fourth album from Austin metal band the Sword was recorded in Baltimore in five weeks. J. Robbins (Clutch) produced the set, which the band members say will have more of a live sound than its predecessor.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
TBD | October (Reprise Records)

After wrapping Americana, the band started jamming and Young began writing new material for a potential fall release. Young told Billboard they plan to play new songs on a North American tour in October and November.

"Music From Another Dimension" | Nov. 6 (Columbia Records)

Aerosmith heralded its return with a summertime Global Warming tour that hit 18 markets after 2011 treks in South America and Japan. Release of the album, produced by Jack Douglas, was moved from September to the fourth quarter. At least three songs are slated to be released prior to Nov. 6.

TBD| Nov. 13 (Interscope)

Bandleader Ryan Tedder says the act's third album would contain songs he had "hoarded" for the band rather than offer to others, including first single "Feel Again." Expect a change in sound from 2009's Waking Up, which has sold 540,000 (according to Nielsen SoundScan), half as many as debut Dreaming Out Loud.

Soon To Come
BOB MOULD - 'silver Age" (Sept. 4)
THE SHEEPDOGS - "The Sheepdogs" (Sept. 4)
DAVE STEWART - "The Ringmaster General" (Sept. 4)
HOOBASTANK - "Fight or Flight" (Sept. 11)
STONE SOUR - "House of Gold and Bones" (Oct. 23)
THREE DAYS GRACE - "Transit of Venus" (Oct. 2)
HEART - "Fanatic" (Oct. 2)
JEFF LYNNE - "Long Wave" (Oct. 9)
DONALD FAGEN - 'sunken Condos" (Oct. 16)

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Alejandro Sanz
La Musica No Se Toca | Sept./Oct. (Universal Music Latin Ent.)

After a lifetime on Warner Music, Spanish superstar Alejandro Sanz signed last year to Universal Music Latin Entertainment in a multitiered deal that includes such revenue streams as touring and sponsorships. In turn, UMLE is putting all its guns behind La Musica No Se Toca, a release slated for September/October that Sanz describes as symphonic pop. Comprising all original material, the album, produced by Julio Reyes Copello (Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony), includes highly melodic tracks set to complex, sometimes lush arrangements. First single "No Me Compares" has been rising slowly up Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart but has already reached No. 1 in much of Latin America and Spain, where Sanz is the country's top-selling act. Sanz's album release will come in tandem with the launch of his world tour, beginning at Mexico's Foro Sol Stadium in October. Fresh from a stint as a judge on "The Voice Mexico" and from recording a duet with Tony Bennett for the latter's Duets II (the only Latin act included), awareness of Sanz at an international level is at an all-time high: He has 6.7 million Twitter followers and 2 million Facebook likes. -Leila Cobo

10 To Watch
Daddy Yankee
"Prestige" | Sept. 11 (El Cartel Records/EMI)

DADDY YANKEE PRESTIGE ALBUM COVER Yankee goes to market with an album that has already notched two No. 1s on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart and yielded two endorsement deals (Verizon, Zumba). He continues to tour the United States and Europe in anticipation of the release.

Los Temerarios
"Mi Vida Sin Ti" | Oct. 16


Brothers Adolfo and Gustavo Angel, aka Los Temerarios, are self-releasing their new set after a lifetime on Fonovisa. But the romantic essence of their melodic fare, produced by Adolfo Angel, remains intact.

Robi Draco Rosa
"Draco Vida" | October (Sony Music Latin)

Rosa returns to recording after battling cancer with an album of some of his biggest hits performed as duets with friends like Juanes, Maná, Ricky Martin, Juan Luis Guerra, Ruben Blades and Alejandro Sanz. First single "Penelope," featuring Maná, goes to radio in September.

Tommy Torres
TBD | Oct. 2
(Warner Music Latina)

The singer/songwriter/producer finally turns to his own material after delivering albums for Ednita Nazario and Jesse & Joy. Catchy, acoustic songs like "Querido Tommy" and "11:11" have already made an impact thanks to online campaigns.

Tony Bennett
"Viva Duets" | Oct. 23 (Columbia Records)

The third installment of Bennett's Duets series pairs him with major Latin acts covering some of his classic hits in Spanish, English and Portuguese. Guests include Marc Anthony, Chayanne, Thalía, Juan Luis Guerra, Gloria Estefan and Roberto Carlos.

Larry Hernandez
"Capaz de Todo, Larryvolucion" | Oct. 16


The young corrido star releases two albums simultaneously-one devoted to ballads, another to hardcore corridos. It's an interesting gamble aimed at reaching all spectrums of Hernandez's fan base.

Café Tacvba
"El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco" | Oct. 16 (Universal)

The Mexican alternative group's first recording in five years features back-to-basics arrangements and was recorded in front of fans in studios in four countries. The release follows a 12-date U.S. theater tour.

Frankie J
TBD | October (Universal Music Latino)

As lead singer of the Kumbia Kings, and later a crossover soloist whose Billboard Hot 100 hit "Obsession (No Es Amor)" topped mainstream and Latin charts, Frankie J is one of few acts in the market to have a successful release in two languages. After several years off the radar, he returns with a bilingual album, bolstered by an opening slot on the Enrique Iglesias/Jennifer Lopez tour.

Tierra Cali
TBD | Nov. 6 (Venevision)

The leading group within the fast-paced tierra caliente subgenre of regional Mexican releases an album of all-original material, written and produced by lead singer Humberto Plancarte. First single 'solo Queria Tener Sexo" is a collaboration with Dinastia de Tuzantla.

Tito "El Bambino"
"Invicto" | Nov. 12 (Venevision)

The Puerto Rican singer continues to evolve his pop/urban sound as heard on first single "Dame la Ola," which is climbing the charts. The CD/DVD will include videos of many of the tracks on the set, and a roster of guest artists will be announced in coming weeks. might be onto something. (Sharing Tiësto's management team probably helps too.)

Soon To Come
JUAN GABRIEL - "Celebrando" (Sept. 4)
LOCOS POR JUANA - 'somos de la Calle" (September)
JUAN MAGAN - "The King of Dance" (Sept. 11)
BELINDA - "Catarsis" (Sept. 25)

EL DASA - TBD (Oct. 30)
RICARDO MONTANER - "Viajero Frecuente" (October)
JKING & MAXIMAN - "Los Sucesores" (Oct. 16)

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Cat Power
Sun | Sept. 4 (Matador)

Six years after she scored the highest-charting album of her career with The Greatest (No. 34 on the Billboard 200), Chan Marshall-better-known as Cat Power-returns with a new collection of original songs that she wrote, performed and produced herself. In news that should surprise no one, the new Cat Power album isn't much like the old one. Rather, on Sun, due Sept. 4 from Matador, one of indie music's most mercurial and mystifying auteurs shifts gears with a practiced ease. Gone is the warm, rootsy folk of the Memphis Rhythm Band that marked The Greatest, supplanted by Marshall's new love for synthesizers and breakbeats. At 40, 20 years after she left her native Atlanta to make it as a musician in New York, she finds a pocket of fresh air on kinetic lead singles "Ruin" and "Cherokee."

Initial recording sessions for Sun took place in Malibu, Calif., but Marshall absconded to Paris after a breakup with her longtime boyfriend, actor Giovanni Ribisi. There the album was mixed by Philippe Zdar, a member of French electronic duo Cassius and producer for Phoenix, the Rapture and others. Marshall's first announced show in support of the project is at the Carona Capital festival on Oct. 13 in Mexico City, where she'll share a bill with the Black Keys, New Order, M. Ward and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. -Reggie Ugwu

10 To Watch
Animal Collective
"Centipede Hz" | Sept. 4 (Domino)

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE CENTIPEDE HZ ALBUM COVER After cracking the top 15 on the Billboard 200 with watershed release Merriweather Post Pavilion in 2009, the Brooklyn via Baltimore experimental pop practitioners get back to their roots following the return of guitarist Josh "Deakin" Dibb.

Two Door Cinema Club
"Beacon" | Sept. 4 (Glassnote)

TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB BEACON ALBUM COVER Irish indie rock trio Two Door Cinema Club attempts to beat the sophomore slump after 2010 debut Tourist History reached No. 5 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. For the new effort, the band teamed with producer Jacknife Lee, who previously helmed anthemic rock records for R.E.M. and Bloc Party.

David Byrne & St. Vincent
"Love This Giant" | Sept. 11

(4AD/Todo Mundo)

Two irrepressible forces collide on this indie rock dream project that was two-and-a-half years in the making. St. Vincent and David Byrne fuse their progressive and singular styles into a new whole that sounds at once strange and familiar.

The xx
"Coexist" | Sept. 11 (Young Turks)

British electro-rock act the xx has steadily built a stateside fan base through constant touring, TV synchs and favorable press coverage since the release of its 2009 self-titled debut. The set peaked at No. 92 on the Billboard 200 and has sold 366,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Leading up to its sophomore album, Coexist, the xx appeared on Billboard's Social 50 chart at No. 27 after a surge of online activity resulting from its late-July performance of new single "Angels" on "Conan."

Grizzly Bear
'shields" | Sept. 18 (Warp Records)

Brooklyn baroque pop gods open things up by getting hyper-collaborative on their fourth LP and first since bowing at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 with 2009 breakthrough Veckatimest. Lead singles 'sleeping Ute" and "Yet Again" telegraph a more expansive and high--energy direction than heard on previous efforts.

Aimee Mann
"Charmer" | Sept. 18 (Superego Records)

An alt-rock heroine returns with her first album since 2008's well-received @#%&*! Smilers, a Billboard 200 personal best at No. 32. Charmer, Mann's eighth album, which is to be released by her own SuperEgo Records, explores the not-always-pure intentions of people who are charming.

Mumford & Sons
"Babel" | Sept. 25 (Glassnote Records)

The British folk-rockers look to make lightning strike twice with the follow-up to 2009 debut Sigh No More, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 on its way to selling 2.4 million copies, according to SoundScan. On Babel, the Grammy Award-nominated quartet reteams with producer Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire) to build out from an established acoustic template, as evidenced by barnstorming first single "I Will Wait."

Sun Airway
'soft Fall" | Oct. 2 (Dead Oceans)

The new album by Philadelphia-based bliss pop architect Sun Airway builds on the shimmering soundscapes and open-hearted songwriting of his well-received 2010 debut, Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier.

Benjamin Gibbard
"Former Lives" | Oct. 16 (Barsuk)

The Death Cab for Cutie frontman goes it alone on a debut solo album bearing his given name. Gibbard returned to Death Cab's old label Barsuk Records for the project, which features unreleased songs that span his entire career.

Chelsea Wolfe
"Unknown Rooms" | Oct. 16 (Sargent House)

The doom-folk chanteuse strips things down on her third album in as many years, an all-acoustic collection produced and recorded in her native California.

Soon To Come
DEERHOOF - "Breakup Song" (Sept. 4)
JENS LENKMAN - "I Know What Love Isn't" (Sept. 4)
STARS - "The North" (Sept. 4)
THE AVETT BROTHERS - "The Carpenter" (Sept. 11)
WOODS - "Bend Beyond" (Sept. 18)
MATT & KIM - "Lightning" (Oct. 2)
THE MOUNTAIN GOATS - "Transcendental Youth" (Oct. 2)
TAMARYN - "Tender New Signs" (Oct. 16)

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Third Day
Miracle | Nov. 6 (Essential Records)

For Miracle, the follow-up to its hit 2010 effort, Move (No. 9 on the Billboard 200, No. 1 on Top Christian Albums), Third Day teamed with producer Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC) to craft an album anchored in the substantive lyrics fans have come to expect of the Grammy Award-winning band while expanding its sound. "To have something new to say and to say it in a different way is really exciting," Third Day lead vocalist Mac Powell says. "It's invigorated us as a band." Since debuting in 1996 with its self-titled album, the Georgia-based rockers (Powell, Mark Lee, Tai Anderson and David Carr) have won four Grammys and 24 Gospel Music Assn. Dove Awards, and become a mainstay on Christian radio. The band will preview Miracle with lead single "I Need a Miracle," a song Powell penned after a couple told them their son was about to commit suicide and changed his mind when he turned on the radio and heard Third Day's "Cry Out to Jesus." "I'm super proud of it," O'Brien says of the new album, the band's 12th studio release. "It's very inviting. It brings people in. It's saying, 'Come along and hear what we have to say.' It really moves me." Miracle arrives Nov. 6 on Essential Records. -Deborah Evans Price

Soon To Come
MARK SCHULTZ - "All Things Possible" (Sept. 4)
THE GAITHER VOCAL BAND - "Pure and Simple" (Sept. 11)
STARS - "The North" (Sept. 4)
THE AVETT BROTHERS - "The Carpenter" (Sept. 11)
GROUP 1 CREW - "Fearless" (Sept. 11)
MATTHEW WEST - "Into the Light" (Sept. 25)
JONATHAN BUTLER - "Grace & Mercy" (Sept. 25)
BRANDON HEATH - "Blue Mountain" (Oct. 9)
LECRAE - "Gravity" (Sept. 4)
PERCY BADY - TBD (Oct. 23)
CHRIS TOMLIN - "Burning Lights" (Nov. 13)

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