From T.I. to Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean to Jhene Aiko, Maroon 5 to Madonna, there's a huge fall album on the way for music fans of every temperament. Check out our preview of fall's most anticipated releases and get ready to rock.
*All release dates are subject to change
V (Sept. 2)
Adam Levine & ...
Maroon 5 V (Sept. 2)
Adam Levine & co. amp up the winning electro-pop formula on their aply named fifth album, V .Levine’s fellow Voice coach Gwen Stefani is featured on the song “My Heart Is Open,” co-written by Sia. With Levine committed to The Voice this fall, Maroon 5 will wait until February to kick off a world tour, says guitarist James Valentine.
-- Andrew Hampp
Seen It All (Sept. 2)
Jeezy Seen It All (Sept. 2)
Now 36, Jeezy finally dropped the “Young” from his name in 2013. As the title of his fifth LP suggests, he’s taking the elder-statesman approach, combining his street smarts with his near-decade of experience as a successful rapper (who just happened to get a shout-out from President Obama in 2012). Highlights include Jay Z on the title track and Jeezy and Rick Ross deep-sixing their past differences by teaming up on “Beautiful” with The Game. -- Jem Aswad
Lullaby and…The Cease...
Robert Plant Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar (Sept. 9)
As unmistakable as Robert Plant's voice is, you won't hear too many Led Zeppelin echoes on his upcoming 10th solo album. Based on what we've heard so far, his first studio record with backing band the Sensational Space Shifters is a rock record that's restrained in volume but not in emotional scope. Don't be surprised if it seems like a spiritual sequel to his Grammy-winning Raising Sand album with Alison Krauss. -- Joe Lynch
Goddess (Sept. 9)
Banks Goddess (Sept. 9)
After showcasing her lush, darkly lit R&B on 2013 debut EP London, Banks will officially arrive with this 14-song full-length, which features production from SON, Shlohmo and Lil Silva. The Los Angeles singer-songwriter will head out on the Goddess tour beginning Sept. 20 -- for those who have the see the chanteuse live, her cover of Aaliyah's "Are You That Somebody?" remains a sumptuous treat. -- Jason Lipshutz
I Don’t Dance (Sept. 9) ...
Lee Brice I Don’t Dance (Sept. 9)
Brice is the big man on the Curb Records campus -- and this album should only embellish his rep. The lead single/title cut has already topped Billboard’s Country Airplay chart and there are other potential hits to follow: “Drinking Class” isn’t exactly what you think it’s about, “Panama City” conjures up Lionel Richie’s greatest moments, and the inventive “Girls in Bikinis” is sure to stir up Brice’s growing fan base. -- Chuck Dauphin
El Pintor (Sept. 9)
Interpol El Pintor (Sept. 9)
Interpol’s first effort as a trio may also be its strongest in a decade. Without bassist Carlos Dengler and the electronic effects that haunted the band’s last few releases, the group returns to its brooding post-punk roots for El Pintor (an anagram of Interpol). Stripped down to the essentials, tracks like lead single “All the Rage Back Home” hum like a taut, tense band with something to prove. -- Harley Brown
Where My Heart Belongs...
Gladys Knight Where My Heart Belongs (Sept. 9)
Seven-time Grammy winner Gladys Knight returns to her roots with her fourth gospel album. The Georgia native, who began singing in church at age 4, says her faith has always held a special place in her heart. “I don’t flaunt it,” she says. “I just try to live it so people will see that light. That’s the most important and the best part of Gladys Knight -- my spirit and my love for the Lord.” -- Deborah Evans Price
Anomaly (Sept. 9)
Lecrae Anomaly (Sept. 9)
The first hip-hop artist to win a Grammy Award for best gospel album (for 2012’s Gravity), Lecrae has been leading the charge to take Christian rap to a broader audience. He continues the mission on his seventh effort, whose lead single, “Nuthin’,” is No. 7 on the Hot Gospel Songs chart. “This is my most personal album,” says the Atlanta-based founder of Reach Records. “It’s me owning my mistakes, enjoying the roses on the thorn bush of life versus complaining about all the thorns on my rose bush.” -- Deborah Evans Price
Dream Your Life Away (Sept...
Vance Joy Dream Your Life Away (Sept. 9)
The Aussie singer-songwriter started work on his full-length debut in Seattle last summer -- and finished several tracks in a treehouse on the studio grounds. “We recorded some backing vocals and polished a few tracks in there, which was really cool,” says Joy, who’s working with producer Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Gossip). Even cooler: Lead single “Riptide” is the four-times platinum song of the year in his native Australia, and made its U.S. debut at No. 7 on the Hot Rock Songs chart dated Aug. 23. -- Nick Williams
Souled Out (Sept. 9)
Jhene Aiko Souled Out (Sept. 9)
Following up on the success of 2013’s Sail Out EP (which hit no. 8 on the Billboard 200) and its breakthrough hit “The Worst,” the singer-songwriter shows off her ethereal alt-R&B vibe on her first full-length album. The 14 tracks include first single “To Love and Die” (featuring Cocaine 80s) and “Pretty Bird” (with Common). Aiko, who sang on Drake’s “From Time” and performed at Coachella, will further boost her “it” factor by joining Schoolboy Q on The Weeknd’s King of the Fall Tour that starts Sept. 19. -- Gail Mitchell
The Madden Brothers
Greetings From C...
The Madden Brothers Greetings From California (Sept. 16)
After Good Charlotte’s last album, 2010's Cardiology, brothers Benji and Joel Madden took some time off from their long-running pop-punk band to explore a sound more rooted in ‘70s rock. The result is a 15-track album divided into two halves. “Side one is our experimental, pop-only songs,” says Benji of the half that includes lead singles “We Are Done” and “Out Of My Mind,” “and side two is us ... capturing the spirit of a lot of those classic records that were made at Sunset Sound.” That includes two collaborations with Pharrell, the Beatles-referencing “California Rain” and the Steely Dan-esque “Good Gracious Abbey." -- Andrew Hampp
X (Sept. 16)
Chris Brown X (Sept. 16)
Brown has laid a strong foundation for his often-delayed sixth album. Four singles have already landed in the top 10 of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, fueling speculation that X could be Brown’s third consecutive No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. The latest hit is “New Flame,” featuring Usher and Rick Ross (No. 9 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs). -- Gail Mitchell
Sundown Heaven Town (Sept...
Tim McGraw Sundown Heaven Town (Sept. 16)
Country music’s leading man has been teasing his 13th studio album on his sold-out summer tour and on TV: He performed “Shotgun Rider” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,“City Lights” on The Voice and “Overrated” on Today. “This album is very encompassing of everything I’ve done in my career,” says McGraw of Sundown, which features 13 tracks (18 in a deluxe edition). “I’m excited about where music is going to take me and where I’m going to take my music.” -- Nick Williams
Bulletproof Picasso (Sept. 16)...
Train Bulletproof Picasso (Sept. 16)
The San Francisco pop-rockers return with their seventh studio album, produced by longtime collaborator Butch Walker. The lead single, “Angel in Blue Jeans,” soared to the top 15 of the Triple A and Adult Top 40 charts in a month’s time, with the video amassing more than 1 million hits since arriving July 15 on Vevo. “After 20 years of being a band, we feel like this is the album that connects Train fans from the past, present and future,” says frontman Pat Monahan. “We’re so psyched about that.” -- Nick Williams
Nico & Vinz
Black Star Elephant (Sep...
Nico & Vinz Black Star Elephant (Sept. 16)
The album’s title is a nod to the African roots of Vincent Dery and Nico Sereba’s parents, who hail from Ghana and The Ivory Coast -- it combines the nicknames of each country’s national soccer teams, the Black Stars and the Elephants. The duo, who met in Oslo in 2009, started out as a rap group called Envy but shifted its name and sound before signing with Warner Bros. earlier this year. The move to pan-global-pop paid off. Envy’s 2013 Scandinavian hit, “Am I Wrong,” was released stateside by Nico & Vinz in January and swiftly made its way to the Hot 100’s top 10. It has since become the most Shazamed song in the world. -- Megan Buerger
JHUD (Sept. 23)
Jennifer Hudson JHUD (Sept. 23)
The Academy Award- and Grammy-winning singer-actress is back on the Adult R&B chart with the No. 22 single “It’s Your World” (featuring R. Kelly), the third track from her first album in five years. The spirited, soulful homage to Chicago house music follows up on the success of two earlier singles from JHUD, the Pharrell Williams-produced “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” (featuring T.I.) and the Timbaland-helmed “Walk It Out.” -- Gail Mitchell
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett
Cheek to ...
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Cheek to Cheek (Sept. 23)
The Artpop provocateur and the 88-year-old easy-listening legend may seem like an odd couple, but this duets album of pop standards has been in the works for quite some time. If pre-release singles such as "Anything Goes” are any indication, the album may be just the thing to introduce a new generation of listeners to the Great American Songbook. -- Erin Strecker
Plain Spoken (Sept. ...
John Mellencamp Plain Spoken (Sept. 23)
Rugged, rural and packed with an aging rocker’s gimmick-free reflections on life and hope, Plain Spoken is the first album in Mellencamp’s “lifetime contract” with Republic. The stark, soul-baring lead single, “Troubled Man,” like the rest of the album, follows the acoustic path of Mellencamp’s last two projects, 2010’s No Better Than This and 2008’s Life, Death, Love and Freedom. -- Phil Gallo
The Big Revival (Sept....
Kenny Chesney The Big Revival (Sept. 23)
Chesney can’t wait until his fans sink their teeth into his 15th studio album. “If I can’t give them something that gets them pumped up, there’s no reason to make a record,” says the four-time Country Music Association entertainer of the year, who shared production chores with longtime partner Buddy Cannon. No doubt, The Big Revival will be big: Lead single “American Kids,” released June 20, topped the Country Digital Songs chart in its second week and has already sold more than 500,000 copies. -- Chuck Dauphin
747 (Sept. 30)
Lady Antebellum 747 (Sept. 30)
Lady A’s fifth album in six years finds the band at its most playful, from channeling Bon Jovi on “Long Stretch of Love” to the post-feminist Dixie chick manifesto “Just a Girl.” “We were in a bit of a lull,” says the trio’s Charles Kelley. “This album was an opportunity to reinvent our sound and fight to get heard again.” Universal Music Group plans to cross over lead single “Bartender” (No. 5 on Hot Country Songs) to pop radio in September. -- Andrew Hampp
ART OFFICIAL AGE (Sept. 30)
Prince ART OFFICIAL AGE (Sept. 30)
It’s time to bring back the funk. Prince fans recently got word that the Minneapolis maven would release a new solo album, his first since 2010’s 20Ten, in September. The news came from Prince’s all-female backing band 3rd Eye Girl on Good Morning America, where they also dropped word that they’d be releasing their debut album, PLECTRUMELECTRUM, on the same day. When it purple rains, it pours. -- Erin Strecker
Neon Future (Sept. 30)
Steve Aoki Neon Future (Sept. 30)
The first installment of Aoki’s two-part Neon Future is billed as another extravaganza of A-list collaborations, including tracks with Fall Out Boy, Empire of the Sun, Will.i.am and more. The cake-tossing DJ has been busy teasing his third album this summer, playing its first two singles -- “Rage the Night Away” (featuring Waka Flocka Flame) and “Delirious (Boneless)” (featuring Chris Lake, Tujamo and Kid Ink) -- at festivals all over the world. Neon Future II is expected to surface sometime next year. -- Megan Buerger
Bringing Back the Sun...
Blake Shelton Bringing Back the Sunshine (Sept. 30)
It’s rare for two blockbuster country artists to release new music on the same date, but that’s exactly what is going to happen as Blake Shelton releases his latest disc on the same date that Kenny Chesney's. Shelton teams up once again with Scott Hendricks for the set, which is his eleventh studio album. The Voice star remains on a very impressive hot streak, as 14 of his past 15 singles have topped the Billboard country charts. -- Chuck Dauphin
Everything Will Be Alright in...
Weezer Everything Will Be Alright in the End (Oct. 7)
“Rockin’ out like it’s ’94,” sings Rivers Cuomo on “Back to the Shack,” the lead single off Weezer’s first album in four years. Indeed, Everything Will Be Alright in the End pops with the crunchy guitars of the band’s 1994 debut, The Blue Album. Acerbic lyrics also remain intact as Cuomo disparages the glut of “stupid singing shows” that have popped up in the two decades since “Buddy Holly.” -- Harley Brown
Old Boots, New Dirt (Oc...
Jason Aldean Old Boots, New Dirt (Oct. 7)
Where does the time go? Jason Aldean will mark a decade as a recording artist in 2015, and his upcoming seventh studio album will serve as the perfect kick-off for the party. The lead-off single, “Burnin’ It Down,” wasted no time in hitting the top of the charts. Co-written by Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, the track is somewhat of a departure for the two-time defending ACM Male Vocalist of the Year. “For me, it was about going in a little bit of a different direction to launch an album. It is probably the steamiest song we’ve ever put out, but I love the song." -- Chuck Dauphin
Point of No Return (Oct...
Keyshia Cole Point of No Return (Oct. 7)
Accompanied by a who’s who lineup of guests (Wale, Future, 2 Chainz, Juicy J, August Alsina) and producers (Mike WILL, Stargate, DJ Mustard), feisty and outspoken R&B songstress Keyshia Cole sashays back onto the scene. Now separated and a single mom, the 32-year-old singer/songwriter once more mines the depths of love and relationships on her sixth outing. She fearlessly focuses on physical self-love on seductive new single “She” after notching early buzz with tracks “Rick James” and “Next Time (Won’t Give My Heart Away).” -- Gail Mitchell
Aquarius (Oct. 7)
Tinashe Aquarius (Oct. 7)
Propelled by the top five R&B/Hip-Hop Songs hit “2 On” and a series of buzz-building mixtapes, the 21-year-old singer-songwriter serves up a full-length of her fusion of hip-hop energy and R&B atmospherics. “At least one-third of the album sounds like my mixtapes,” says Tinashe, who got big-name production help from DJ Mustard, Boi-1da and Stargate. “Then there are other songs that have the ‘2 On’ feel that I love.” -- Gail Mitchell
Hozier (Oct. 7)
Hozier Hozier (Oct. 7)
The breakout blues-folk musician is poised to become Ireland’s answer to John Mayer by the time his debut full-length arrives this fall. Lead single “Take Me To Church” has already captivated Triple A and Alternative audiences, while new songs “Someone New” and “Foreigner’s God” reveal a more uptempo Memphis soul sound. -- Andrew Hampp
Ride Out (Oct. 14)
Bob Seger Ride Out (Oct. 14)
Seger’s first album in eight years may well make him Capitol’s longest-running signing -- he has been on the label since 1969 (Brian Wilson, who is also releasing an album this year, has recorded for others). The big news on Ride Out isn’t musical -- punchy, soulful arena rock remains Seger’s calling card -- it’s technological: Plans call for this to be his first studio album available at digital retail, though he remains a streaming holdout. -- Joe Levy
Florida Georgia Line
Anything Goes (...
Florida Georgia Line Anything Goes (Oct. 14)
Early signs point to a grittier sound from Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard as they work to follow up Here’s to the Good Times, the duo’s 2012 double-platinum No. 1 debut. Producer Joey Moi -- a rock veteran (Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman) fast becoming a Nashville kingpin -- is again at the helm, and FGL’s audience is onboard: The first single, the nostalgic “Dirt,” sold more than 200,000 downloads in its first week. -- Chuck Dauphin
Otherness (Oct. 14)
Kindness Otherness (Oct. 14)
Adam Bainbridge, aka Kindness, became the cool kids’ favorite cool kid with his 2012 chill-house debut, World, You Need a Change of Mind. Robyn and Dev Hynes proclaimed their fandom; Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis booked studio time with him. Now Robyn and Hynes are lending their vocals to two tracks on an album that also features alt-R&B singer Kelela. Veteran mixer Jimmy Douglass (Aretha Franklin, Roxy Music) lends an appropriately vintage ’70s soul touch. -- Andrew Hampp
Heart On My Sleeve (Oct...
Mary Lambert Heart On My Sleeve (Oct. 14)
Mary Lambert scored her first Top 20 hit as the hook deliverer on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' gay-rights anthem "Same Love.” The pop singer-songwriter will expand upon that song's themes of self-empowerment and social reflection on her official debut. Heart on My Sleeve has been preceded by the release of the engrossing solo single "Secrets" and a tour supporting Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson. -- Jason Lipshutz
Hungry Ghosts (Oct. 14)
OK Go Hungry Ghosts (Oct. 14)
Nine years after “Here It Goes Again” sent treadmills viral during YouTube’s infant days, new wave revivalists OK Go are still earning big pats on the back for their music videos. For new single “The Writing's On the Wall,” the quartet frolicked through a series of trippy visual effects inside a Brooklyn warehouse and won the 2014 MTV VMA for Best Visual Effects. This ups the ante for their fourth studio album, which was predominantly produced by frequent Flaming Lips collaborator Dave Fridmann. It’s also the Chicago band’s first LP released exclusively for its own label, Paracadute. –- Chris Payne
Paperwork (Oct. 21)
T.I. Paperwork (Oct. 21)
The Atlanta rapper’s ninth album has “something for his trap boys,” says Shawn Holiday, Columbia senior vp urban A&R, and “a few more soulful-leaning songs.” It includes ”New National Anthem,” featuring Skylar Grey, which addresses gun control. ”The idea was doing Paperwork volume 1, 2 and 3,” says Holiday. “That’s still the plan, but we have to come up with a creative way of doing it.” -- Gail Mitchell
Nostalgia (Oct. 21) To ...
Annie Lennox Nostalgia (Oct. 21)
To begin work on her first non-holiday album since 2007's Songs of Mass Destruction, Annie Lennox got sucked into a YouTube wormhole exploring jazz recordings from the '30s and '40s. After spending extended periods of time with songs originally composed by Billie Holiday, Hoagy Carmichael, George Gershwin and Louis Armstrong, Lennox culled together the exquisitely arranged (and deeply affecting) Nostalgia, which includes new interpretations of blues-y numbers like "Strange Fruit," "Memphis In June" and "I Put a Spell on You." -- Andrew Hampp
Tough Love (Oct. 21)
Jessie Ware Tough Love (Oct. 21)
Tough Love is stacked with special guests. Besides producer BenZel (Benny Blanco and Two Inch Punch), the follow-up to Jessie Ware’s smashing 2011 debut Devotion features Miguel, Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes, Ed Sheeran, Arctic Monkeys producer James Ford and more. The first listens off the record -- the title track, “Share It All,” and “Say You Love Me” -- slow burn like Ware’s feelings for her soon-to-be husband, whose proposal last year influenced the record. -– Harley Brown
Little Big Town
Pain Killer (Oct. 21...
Little Big Town Pain Killer (Oct. 21)
The quartet’s sixth album, including its title, was inspired by the first track it worked on, “Day Drinking.” “The energy and fun of that song was the catalyst,” says LBT’s Kimberly Schlapman. “We had it in the back of our minds the whole time that it would be the first single.” That helped relieve the jitters of trying to follow up the whirlwind success of Tornado, which spawned LBT’s first No. 1 Hot Country Songs single, the Grammy-winning “Pontoon.” “We are a little more sure of ourselves now,” says Schlapman. “We didn’t second-guess.” -- Deborah Evans Price
Sucker (Oct. 21)
Charli XCX Sucker (Oct. 21)
The electropop singer-songwriter’s second album is at once a pushback and an embrace of the recent success of her first Hot 100 top 10 single, “Boom Clap,” and her even bigger collaboration with Iggy Azalea on the No. 1 summer smash “Fancy.” Right now, she’s working a rebellious new single called “Break the Rules,” the pop byproduct of her punk phase. “Part of this record is me being angry at the commercial pop world and the people who run it,” says Charli, “and part of it is me enjoying being a part of the circus.” Featured artists on the album include Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend. -- Harley Brown
MTV Unplugged (Oct. 21)...
Pepe Aguilar MTV Unplugged (Oct. 21)
Aguilar is the first ranchero star to record an MTV Unplugged, and he has done so by deeply mining his rocker soul. Produced by Emmanuel “Meme” del Real of Cafe Tacuba, the set is an unexpected genre-mash that includes collabs with del Real, as well as singer-songwriter-actor Miguel Bose, cumbia star Amanditita and Aguilar’s son and daughter. -- Leila Cobo
Sonic Highways (Oct. 21...
Foo Fighters Sonic Highways (Oct. 21)
Eight is the magic number for Dave Grohl & Co. The eight songs on the Seattle alt-rockers’ eighth album were recorded in eight different cities. “This album is instantly recognizable as a Foo Fighters record, but there’s something deeper and more musical to it,” says Grohl. Produced by Butch Vig and the band, the new album shares its title with an upcoming eight-episode HBO series directed by Grohl, who describes it as a love letter to the history of American music. It will premiere Oct. 17. -- Nick Williams
Diana Krall Wallflower (Oct. 21)
Diana Krall Wallflower (Oct. 21)
Grammy-winning jazz artist Diana Krall returns this fall with Wallflower, a covers album that finds the singer-pianist tackling everything from the Mamas & the Papas' "California Dreamin'" to the Eagles' "Desperado" to Harry Nilsson's "Everybody's Talkin.'" Wallflower also includes a new song written by Paul McCartney (she played on his mostly-covers album Kisses on the Bottom) called "It I Take You Home Tonight." –- Joe Lynch
1989 (Oct. 27)
Taylor Swift 1989 (Oct. 27)
For her fifth album, Swift chose her birth year as the title for an inspired look back at the late-1980s. “It was a time of limitless potential,” she said in her ABC/Yahoo telecast announcing the LP. “You can ... be who you want, and you get to decide what your life is going to be.” That includes taking a full-on pop approach to her craft. Lead single “Shake It Off,” produced by Max Martin and Shellback, makes these ambitions known from the moment Swift starts talk-rapping on the bridge. Expect more pure-pop from collaborators like Fun’s Jack Antonoff and Ryan Tedder, who completed sessions with Swift earlier this year. -- Andrew Hampp
Feels So Good (Oct. 2...
Dionne Warwick Feels So Good (Oct. 28)
Nearly 30 years after enlisting Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight for “That’s What Friends Are For,” Warwick is still calling on her famous friends -- this time to revisit her greatest hits, including duets on “A House Is Not a Home” with Ne-Yo and “Message to Michael” with Cyndi Lauper. Cee Lo Green contributes the album’s sole original cut, the disco workout “Feels So Good.” -- Andrew Hampp
Money Sucks, Friends ...
Dillon Francis Money Sucks, Friends Rule (Oct. 28)
L.A. DJ Dillon Francis got his start producing moombahton for Cory Enemy and Diplo. But thanks to a comically provocative social media presence, the 26-year-old has emerged as EDM’s beloved class clown. His debut studio album, Money Sucks, Friends Rule, will feature collaborations with DJ Snake, Martin Garrix, Twista and Major Lazer, among others. Francis warns that while half of album is made up of beat-focused, underground dance tracks, the other half is primed for pop radio. “I love pop music,” he said. “EDM and pop can co-exist and still be good. Watch.” -- Megan Buerger
She & Him
Classics (Oct. 28)
She & Him Classics (Oct. 28)
An LP of standards from She & Him isn’t new territory for Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. They’ve covered oldies on four previous albums, but this time the duo recorded live with a 20-piece orchestra. Deschanel’s voice has never sounded richer than it does on Maxine Brown’s “Oh No Not My Sweet Baby,” the lyrics floating over a gentle swell of strings co-arranged by Ward. -- Harley Brown
Tha Carter (Oct. 28)
Lil Wayne Tha Carter (Oct. 28)
Wayne’s rollout strategy? Sports. Kobe Bryant announced the opening of “Carter Season” on Twitter; Kevin Durant shouted out his single with Drake, “Grindin’,” on Instagram; and Wayne himself revealed the album cover on SportsCenter. As retirement rumors swirl again, Wayne will try for a million-selling three-peat with the fifth and final installment in his Tha Carter series. Fans responded by making “Grindin’ ” No. 1 on Billboard’s Trending 140 Twitter chart the day of its release. -- Gail Mitchell
The Doobie Brothers
The Doobie Brothers Southbound (Nov. 4)
Like Lionel Richie before them, the Doobie Brothers are packing up their gear and taking a trip to Nashville. With legendary frontman Michael McDonald back in tow, the acclaimed California group will release Southbound, an album that features countrified versions of some of the band’s biggest hits. Veteran artists Zac Brown, Toby Keith, Chris Young and more will be on board to help authenticate the band’s country excursion. –- M. Tye Comer
Lost on the River: T...
Various Artists Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes (Nov. 11)
Producer-musician T Bone Burnett has gathered a group of modern troubadours to help adapt some long-lost lyrics penned by Bob Dylan in 1967. Dylan recorded the original Basement Tapes with The Band, while Burnett’s collaborators include Elvis Costello and Marcus Mumford. Burnett tells Billboard, “It’s been most interesting working with Bob’s lyrics from that time with 50 years’ perspective.” -- Shirley Halperin
Non-Fiction (Nov. 11)
Ne-Yo Non-Fiction (Nov. 11)
Ne-Yo has an easy explanation for the “99.9998 percent R&B” feel of his sixth album and its lead single, “Money Can’t Buy” (featuring Jeezy). “I had to come on home,” the singer-songwriter and Motown senior vp A&R told Billboard this summer. But that doesn’t mean he’s abandoning a recent EDM phase, highlighted by his 2012 hit, “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself).” Some tracks on the new album (which also features T.I. and Juicy J) may remind everyone of Ne-Yo’s dance music fling, but “they also make sense with all the R&B,” he says. -- Jem Aswad and Gail Mitchell
The Endless River (Nov. 1...
Pink Floyd The Endless River (Nov. 11)
Oddly, Pink Floyd’s first album in 20 years was announced in a tweet from frontman David Gilmour’s wife, who described it as a “swan song” for late keyboardist Richard Wright. Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason then revealed that The Endless River is “mainly ambient and instrumental music based on the 1993-94 Division Bell sessions.” Expect big first-week sales, though the band already has downplayed expectations. And no, there aren’t any tour plans. -- Jem Aswad
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail ...
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead IX (Nov. 11)
The Austin, TX-based rabble rousers often known simply as the Trail of Dead, are the latest act going the release numbered title route, nodding to their ninth studio full length. In a press release, the band hinted IX will follow the scorched-Earth hard-rock of its previous three releases (most recently, 2012’s Lost Songs). “This transmission is here to transport and ruin you," said the band in a recent press release announcing the album. "It is the release of your mortal coil...Just let the rain wash it away from the mountains...down to the motherfucking sea...wash it away ...blow it all away and check this moment out.” Obviously not a release for the faint of heart. -- Chris Payne
TV on the Radio
Seeds (Nov. 18)
TV on the Radio Seeds (Nov. 18)
Seeds marks the quintet’s debut with Harvest Records, its first disc without bassist Gerard Smith (who died of lung cancer in 2013) and the first batch of new material since the release of a Myspace collaboration, “Million Miles,” in 2013. The Seeds trailer doesn’t give away much, except for a hint of epic synth scapes and drums. “We would need a full-size brass band,” says vocalist Tunde Adebimpe, “to accurately toot how great this album is.” -- Harley Brown
The Hunger Games: Mo...
Various Artists The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (Nov. 18)
The hotly anticipated soundtrack, which hits stores three days before the film’s premiere, is being curated entirely by 17-year-old wunderkind Lorde. She’s delivering the first single, recruiting friends and supposedly has final say on the track list. Republic Records’ two previous Hunger Games soundtracks have sold a combined 687,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. -- Nick Williams
Tyga The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty (No...
Tyga The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty (Nov. 18)
Tyga is serious about The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty. The rapper stepped away from Wiz Khalifa's Under the Influence of Music tour to work on his fourth studio album. As he's steadily working on the full-length effort, he's been garnering buzz with singles as "Wait For a Minute," featuring Justin Bieber, and "Hookah," featuring Young Thug. And it doesn't stop there -- Kanye West places his Midas touch on The Gold Album as executive producer. – Erika Ramirez
Nick Jonas (Nov. 21)
Nick Jonas Nick Jonas (Nov. 21)
The youngest Jonas brother recorded his self-titled solo debut while shooting Kingdom, a mixed martial arts TV series coming in October. He says acting opened him up to being emotionally vulnerable. First single “Chains” reflects that sensitivity, reverberating with dark beats and R&B-tinted vocals. He says, “It was about combining classic influences -- Prince, Stevie Wonder -- with modern influences.” -- Harley Brown
The Pinkprint (Nov. 24)
Nicki Minaj The Pinkprint (Nov. 24)
After her stint on American Idol and a film debut in The Other Woman, Minaj is raring to defend her crown by duplicating the No. 1 success of her two previous albums, Pink Friday and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. The new set already boasts two hits: “Pills N Potions” peaked at No. 7 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100, while follow-up “Anaconda” currently sits at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. -- Gail Mitchell
The Last Don 2 (November TB...
Don Omar The Last Don 2 (November TBD)
“El Rey” celebrates the 10th anniversary of his platinum-selling solo debut, The Last Don, by returning to his reggaeton roots with some massive pop-appealing fusion. Standout tracks include Lock It Down,” a “moombah” mix of house and reggaeton (featuring Jennifer Lopez), and “En lo Oscuro” (featuring Wisin & Yandel). Other collaborators include Daddy Yankee and possibly Flo Rida. “My fans wanted to hear me do reggaeton again,” Omar told Billboard. “Looking back a decade, I fell in love again with urban music. It’s not a lie that we changed the music world.” -- Leila Cobo
Big K.R.I.T. Cadillactica (November...
Big K.R.I.T. Cadillactica (November TBD)
Big K.R.I.T. has been intently working on his sophomore studio album, Cadillactica, for some time. The album -- highly anticipated after the positive reviews of his latest mixtape, King Remembered in Time -- features the rapper/singer/producer exploring a range of soundscapes and themes. His first single, "Pay Attention," showcases the rapper love-stricken, while his buzz single, "Mt. Olympic," is laced with aggressive rhymes aimed at his competition. – Erika Ramirez
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Now that he’s produced for the likes of Kanye West and Jay Z, Travis Scott is in hot pursuit of solo rap stardom with his debut album, a love letter to his hometown. “I want to redesign Houston and show how I’ve seen it growing up versus how other people perceive it,” he says. Though Scott handled most of the production himself, his collaborators include West, longtime producer Mike Dean, Kid Cudi and T.I. “Now, I have the money to do awesome shit and work with certain people,” he says. “I’d rather show people than tell people.” — Sowmya Krishnamurthy
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Elle Varner 4 Letter Word (Release Date TBD)
The singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist follows up the home-run surprise of her 2012 debut, Perfectly Imperfect (which hit No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums), with another showcase of the quirky, left-of-center style she calls “trap jazz.” The smooth R&B groove of the lead single, “Don’t Wanna Dance,” is countered by Varner’s riffs on the club scene, seconded with a funny rap by labelmate A$AP Ferg. (“We could have stayed home and watched Martin.”) -- Gail Mitchell
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K. Michelle AWBAH (Release Date TBD)
Still building off the success of last year’s breakout debut, Rebellious Soul (which hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums), the queen of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop franchise has been teasing her second album all summer. She has tweeted snippets of songs with the hashtag #AWBAH, though she hasn’t said what the acronym stands for. So far, the producers, writers and artists linked to AWBAH include Meek Mill, Missy Elliott, Flippa and Sevyn Streeter. -- Gail Mitchell
The Album About Nothing (Rele...
Wale The Album About Nothing (Release Date TBD)
The rapper is collaborating with Jerry Seinfeld to make something out of nothing. No I.D. is producing Wale’s fourth album, which picks up the trail of the rapper’s earlier Seinfeld-inspired projects, The Mixtape About Nothing (2008) and More About Nothing (2010). It’s also the follow-up to something special: 2013’s The Gifted, Wale’s first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. -- Gail Mitchell
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Mikky Ekko Time (Release Date TBD)
Ekko’s long-percolating debut album has yet to see the light of day, but the Louisiana native already has the distinction of being featured on a top five hit -- Rihanna’s “Stay,” which he co-wrote and co-produced. Ekko’s recent run of live performances and his bittersweet-but-sync-ready new single, “Smile,” show he’s for real. The album’s guest lineup also promises an unusually diverse debut, ranging from hitmakers Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder and Stargate to TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, Modest Mouse/Elvis Costello producer Dennis Herring and avant-hip-hop artist Clams Casino. -- Jem Aswad
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Run the Jewels 2 (Rel...
Run the Jewels Run the Jewels 2 (Release Date TBD)
Rappers El-P and Killer Mike hope their newest gems sparkle like 2013’s critically lauded self-titled debut. El-P says the sequel features 11 tracks, co-produced by friends Little Shalimar and Wilder Zoby. Guests include Yo La Tengo’s James McNew, Rage Against the Machine’s Zack de la Rocha, Blink-182’s Travis Barker and The Mars Volta’s Isaiah “Ikey” Owens, rocking a “beautiful” piano solo, says El-P. “This is our Empire Strikes Back,” he jokes. “Same cast, same fun, but with a bit more of a somber edge here and there -- it is not in any way similar to Return of the Jedi.” — Nick Williams
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After stepping away from his career to raise his three daughters more than a decade ago, Garth Brooks is gearing up for a comeback. During a July 10 press conference in Nashville, Brooks announced his signing with Sony Music Entertainment and plans to release an as yet untitled album around Black Friday. “The new record is going to be a double album because we have a lot to say,” he commented. Brooks is embarking on a world tour with his wife, Trisha Yearwood, on Sept. 4 in Chicago that has shattered his previous record for ticket sales in a single city in North America. -- Chuck Dauphin
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Madonna has been teasing fans through her Instagram account that new music is coming, but few official details have surfaced beyond those revealed by recent Billboard cover boy Diplo (who has already contributed four or five songs) and hookups with Avicii and Natalia Kills. Expect some reference, however, to “Unapologetic Bitch,” a phrase Madonna has been hashtagging all summer, and perhaps some sort of collaboration with recent V magazine cover co-star Katy Perry. -- Andrew Hampp
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It’s arguably fall’s most mysterious and highly anticipated album -- and the less West says about it, the more curiosity grows. He reportedly has been spending a lot of time in the studio with -- get this -- Paul McCartney, but no word yet on whether a full-blown collaboration is in the works. Confirmed studio guests include everyone from Rick Rubin, Rihanna and Q-Tip to Yeezus collaborator Evian Christ, Young Thug and Young Chop. West was reportedly smitten with Beyoncé’s sneak attack, so expect this one to drop with little-to-no notice. -- Jem Aswad
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The boy band’s fourth album in four years is still being recorded in between sold-out stadium gigs across North America. Expect reunions with songwriters like Ed Sheeran, Savan Kotecha, Julian Bunetta and Ryan Tedder, but there’ll be at least one brand-new collaborator on the 1D team: Naughty Boy. The British writer-producer has been working closely with singer Zayn Malik on several new songs. “I think you’ll be surprised with Zayn, especially — he’s the quiet one, but he’s quite talented with writing and melodies and all these ideas,” Naughty Boy told Billboard earlier this year. “I’ve been amazed.” -- Andrew Hampp
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Starting with a playlist that included Steely Dan, Chicago, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, Usher focused on music that would translate to the stage. “I felt re-engaged, introducing myself to instruments again -- I’m picking up drum sticks and I got a bass guitar.” The first single, “Good Kisser,” is throwback funk, but “Miracle” and “Missin U” have a slo-mo grandeur that ups the ante on Coldplay for futuristic dream-pop ballads. “Good Kisser” producers Pop & Oak helm four songs; Max Martin contributes two; Diplo also worked with Usher on new tracks. -- Gail Mitchell
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The rock giants delayed a 2014 fall tour to create additional songs for their new album, which will be executive-produced by Danger Mouse with likely first-time contributions from Paul Epworth and Ryan Tedder. Why the long wait? The band doesn’t take its living legacy lightly, as Bono noted in a February cover story in The Hollywood Reporter. “To be relevant is a lot harder than to be successful,” he said. Though reports pegged the album as an early-2015 release, Interscope chairman/CEO John Janick says, “We hope to have it out sometime this year.” -- Andrew Hampp
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Following her 2007 release, Dignity, Duff took a break from music to focus on acting and her family. But she kicked back into gear with the July 23 announcement of her signing to RCA Records for her untitled fifth album. Colbie Caillat, Jason Reeves and Toby Gad handled songwriting duties for the breezy first single, “Chasing the Sun,” while Kristian Lundin, Savan Kotecha, Carl Falk and Duff penned the recent follow-up, “All About You.” The music pivots away from pop sheen, instead employing live instrumentation, and Duff has hit the studio with Ed Sheeran, Ian Kirkpatrick, Billy Mann and former OneRepublic member Jerrod Bettis. -- Steven Horowitz
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The fever surrounding the next album from one of EDM’s biggest hitmakers began burning in March, when lead single “Summer” quickly reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and became a seasonal anthem on the electronic pop music circuit. Harris’ next single, “Blame,” is out in early September and spotlights emerging British soul star John Newman, whose “Love Me Again” was a major hit in the United Kingdom. The new album’s title and release date haven’t been finalized, but expect the roster of celebrity friends to rival Harris’ last album, 2012’s 18 Months, which featured Florence Welch, Ne-Yo, Ellie Goulding and Rihanna. -- Megan Buerger