|SuperHeavy | “SuperHeavy”
Date: Sept. 20Twitter: @SuperHeavy
Touring: Possible in 2012
Mick Jagger, Eurythmics founder Dave Stewart, soul singer Joss Stone, Academy Award-winning composer A.R. Rahman and reggae star Damian Marley formed a band as an experiment to see what would happen if the musicians all had different musical backgrounds. Stewart and Jagger started with Marley, who brought along his rhythm section-first single “Miracle Worker” is a reggae tune. Rahman added Indian elements and Stone incorporated soul music. They recorded 35 hours of music in 10 days, writing 22 songs all told. A first for Jagger? Singing in Urdu.
|The-Dream | “Love IV: The Diary of a Mad Man”
Date: TBD Twitter: @MrTeriusNash
The-Dream pens addictive odes to lovemaking. His recent two-song mashup, “Body Work” and “Fuck My Brains Out,” released days after announcing his fourth studio album on Twitter, shows off the hitmaking songwriter’s ability to create an audio aphrodisiac, intertwining propulsive production and lyrical carnality. Prince’s influence is evident throughout “Body Work,” and the subject of cheating is tucked between the lines of “Fuck My Brains Out.” The-Dream plans to do something different, though, with Love IV: The Diary of a Mad Man: call upon the folks he’s worked with. “I’m going to try to get everybody, Wayne, [Kanye], Jay, Drake, Mary,” the-Dream told MTV. “Anybody I’ve worked with or [lent] a hand to, I’m trying to get on my album.”
|Tony Bennett | “Duets II”
Date: Sept. 20 Touring: Planning to make his debut at NYC’s Metropolitan Opera House this fall.
A follow-up to Bennett’s 2006 smash, “Duets: An American Classic,” this time around the legendary vocalist duets with Amy Winehouse, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Mariah Carey, Natalie Cole, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, Willie Nelson, John Mayer, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, k.d. lang, Alejandro Sanz and Andrea Bocelli. As with the first album, Bennett — who has recorded 100 albums and has 15 Grammy Awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award — says he’ll tackle the Great American Songbook, and will likely cover some songs he himself added to that canon.
|Trey Songz | “Chapter 5”
Date: TBD Twitter: @treysongz
Known for his edgy, sexy brand of R&B, the Grammy Award-nominated singer has forged that image through such hits as “I Invented Sex,” “Say Aah,” “Bottoms Up” (featuring Nicki Minaj) and current top 10 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs single “Unusual” (featuring Drake). His as-yet-untitled project will mark his fifth album in six years: I Gotta Make It (2005), Trey Day (2007), Ready (2009) and Passion, Pain & Pleasure (2010). Songz stays busy: In June the video for “Out of My Head” dropped. It’s a collaboration with Lupe Fiasco, from his Lasers album.
|Vince Gill | “Guitar Slinger”
Date: Oct. 25 Twitter: @vgcom
Touring: Planning a Christmas trek.
Gill’s first album of new material in five years finds the country music stalwart living up to the album’s name, beginning with the string-bending boogie of the title track, featuring roadhouse piano, and sizzling solos and confident vocals from Gill. The record mixes swinging uptempos and stellar ballads throughout, with touches of R&B, blues, gospel, roots and trad country. In short, it’s everything Gill excels in, with plenty of cuts radio could and should embrace. His fans will love it.
|Wilco | “The Whole Love”
Date: Sept. 27 Twitter: @Wilco
Touring: U.S./European tour stars Sept. 13
While Wilco was making its best-selling album (and most innovative) album to date, 2002’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, the Chicago band’s major-label deal (Warner/Reprise) deteriorated, and was fully immortalized in the 2002 documentary “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.” The alt-country meets alt-rock act moved on with Nonesuch until most recently, when news surfaced that Jeff Tweedy and company had gone even more indie by forming their own label. The Whole Love will mark the first release on dBpm, which is distributed through big indie player Anti-, and the group is covering a lot of ground. The album doesn’t sound like any one Wilco record, but stands as a culmination of the band’s twangy yet experimental discography-first single “I Might” proudly reps ’60s pop.