It's the first day of fall, and as we look forward to the end of the year, here are our 25 most anticipated releases. (Pictured: Ty Dolla $ign, Katy Perry & French Montana)
Jory Lee Cordy
Ty Dolla $ign, 'Campaign' (Sept. 23)
Known for delivering his unique blend of Rap&B, West Coast rep Ty Dolla $ign follows up his revered Free TC set with Campaign, a sure-to-be banger for both the club and the bedroom. Beyond the lead single "Zaddy," the 16-track project hosts collaborators Future for the title track, Travis $cott for the woozy number "3 Wayz," as well as Trey Songz, Meek Mill and his incarcerated brother, singer Big TC.
Warpaint, 'Heads Up' (Sept. 23)
At the start of August, L.A. indie pop quartet Warpaint dropped “New Song,” a sexy, intensely rhythmic ode to getting a fresh romantic start. Leading with your catchiest song yet is quite the kickoff to an album cycle, so expectations are high for the band’s third LP, Heads Up.
Mick Jenkins, 'The Healing Component' (Sept. 23)
After a widely-celebrated breakout mixtape (The Waters) and a successful follow up EP (Waves), Mick Jenkins is finally on the cusp of his long-awaited debut full-length release. But rather than leaning on the marijuana-heals-me trope that THC may imply, he instead sets his sights on love as that component, merging a message of love and unity with an unflinching look at himself and his own actions, all over a diverse palette crafted by THEMpeople, Sango, Kaytranada, BadBadNotGood, TheMIND and more.
Bon Iver, '22, A Million' (Sept. 30)
A lot of commentators thought Bon Iver's hiatus was basically a breakup, so the existence of a third Bon Iver album, titled 22, A Million, is cause for celebration in itself. And while you can expect certain things from a Bon Iver album -- Justin Vernon's piercing falsetto, lovelorn pathos, banjos -- the band's restless creativity means you never quite know what to expect.
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Zion y Lennox, 'Motivan2' (Sept. 30)
After a string of radio hits, the reggaetón duo is releasing their first album in six years, with new management and a bunch of high-profile collabs bridging past and present reggaeton royalty, including Don Omar, J Balvin, Maluma and Daddy Yankee. Major bonus? A collab with R. Kelly.
Danny Brown, 'Atrocity Exhibition' (Sept. 30)
It's been three years since Danny Brown's last album, the endlessly creative and slightly schizophrenic Old, and Brown had been relatively quiet since. But his return has built feverish anticipation, for many of the same reasons that Brown is so beloved by hip-hop heads in the first place: with such a vast array of influencers and potential collaborators, the album could sound like absolutely anything, but is guaranteed to sound like nothing else this year. There's the woozy "Tell Me What I Don't Know," with Brown slowing things down and almost drawling into the mic; then the stripped-down posse cut "Really Doe" where he ramps back up into his insane, high-pitched and breathless cadence, and invites Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Earl Sweatshirt along for the ride.
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Childish Gambino, 'Pharos' (Expected September)
While Donald Glover continues to rake in viewers for his FX hit show Atlanta, his rap alter ego Childish Gambino has also been putting in work for his third studio effort Pharos. Little is known about the set except that he fuses hip-hop with soul and blues, as heard during his two-day visual album experience that took place in the desert of Joshua Tree, Calif. earlier this month. His track record also includes the Grammy-nominated Because The Internet.
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Kid Cudi, 'Passion, Pain and Demon Slayin'' (Expected September)
With a high-profile beef with Drake and Kanye West keeping his name in headlines, Kid Cudi assured fans on Twitter that he will "let the music speak." His fifth studio effort Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven earned co-signs from the likes of the aforementioned 'Ye and Andre 3000 though receiving mixed reviews for its emo rock-meets-rap combo. However, Cudi is a master at trippy, in-the-feels deep cuts so expect him to go in for the kill for his upcoming project, possibly titled Passion, Pain and Demon Slayin'.
Miguel Bosé, 'MTV Unplugged' (Oct. 7)
After decades of experimentation, the veteran Spanish singer/songwriter releases his first ever all acoustic album, featuring reimagined hits and two new tracks. Featured artists include Fonseca (on first single “Bambú”), Pablo Alborán, Natalia LaFourcade, Juanes and Marco Antonio Solís.
Green Day, 'Revolution Radio' (Oct. 7)
Green Day’s 2012 trio of albums — ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré! — lagged critically and commercially and sent the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers into a multi-year break. They returned recharged and politically charged, with an album that’s already put them back atop the rock airwaves. “Bang Bang,” the fiery lead single from Revolution Radio, has already hit No. 1 on Mainstream Rock songs, making it their first song in seven years to do so. In the coming weeks, we’ll see if the new LP gets them back to their American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown form.
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Franco De Vita, 'Libre' (Oct. 14)
They say good things come to those who wait and Franco de Vita fans have been waiting long enough for a new album from the Venezuelan singer/songwriter. Seven years after releasing his last studio album En Primera Fila, De Vita comes back with an epic production that he describes as “very different” from anything he has done. His first single, “Dónde está la vida?,” with fusions of classical rock and electric guitars, sets the tone for the highly anticipated LP.
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Ricardo Montaner, 'Ida y Vuelta' (Oct. 28)
Billed as a “double tribute” to the ranchera genre, the Venezuelan crooner is stepping outside his comfort zone for this new album, which includes duets with some of the biggest Mexican regional artists including Calibre 50 and Espinoza Paz. Ida Y Vuelta includes the participation of 10 different Mexican artists who will sing Montaner’s biggest hits while Montaner, in return, will give his renditions of his colleagues' most popular tracks.
Laura Pausini, 'Laura Xmas' (Nov. 4)
Christmas albums are almost extinct in the Latin realm. But Pausini, fresh from stints as a reality show judge in Spain, Mexico and the U.S., is gambling on this holiday release.
Metallica’s long-awaited follow-up to 2008’s Death Magnetic is finally on its way. Hardwired… To Self-Destruct will drop Nov. 18, and we've already heard its lead single, the bulldozing title track. So far it’s proved itself commercially, breaking the top 10 of Hot Rock Songs and remaining on the tally for four weeks (and counting). When the whole thing does arrive, it will do so through Metallica’s own Blackened Recordings, making it their first studio album release on their own imprint.
The Weeknd, 'Starboy' (Nov. 25)
Riding high off the success of his 2015 sophomore effort Beauty Behind The Madness (home to the hits "Can't Feel My Face," "The Hills" and "Earned It"), the Toronto crooner is prepping another intoxicating set called Starboy. The title track features electronic duo Daft Punk and showcases his signature high-pitched vocals on a pop/R&B beat. Let's hope Max Martin also works his magic with the Weeknd so the XO leader can tack on to 2016's lengthy list of stellar releases.
Pearl Jam, Title Unknown (Date TBA)
So far, Pearl Jam has spent much of its year on tour, kicking it with pals like Cheap Trick and Dennis Rodman onstage and playing a dizzying amount of songs from its massive catalog. They’ve hinted at studio plans in interviews this year, so perhaps we’ll hear new music before December is out. Their last studio LP was 2013’s Lightning Bolt.
Katy Perry, Title Unknown (Date TBA)
After a half-decade-long run of virtually uninterrupted chart domination, Katy Perry finally took it easy the last few years, only emerging this summer with the soaring Olympics power ballad “Rise.” We’re definitely ready for Perry’s return, and with 2016’s second half lacking a little in star power compared to the year’s event-release-stacked first half, the track is clear for the Dark Horse to come roaring back to the front of the pack.
Beck, Title Unknown (Date TBA)
Beck’s taken his time since his 2014 album Morning Phase and we can hardly blame him. The somber LP won him the Grammy for Album of the Year and new touring and promotional opportunities delayed the release of the new Greg Kurstin-assisted album he’s been working on. We’re not quite sure what it’s called or when it’s dropping, but if the trap-influenced “Wow” he released this June is any indicator, it’ll be much better for your party playlists than Morning Phase.
Meek Mill, 'Dreamchasers 4' (Date TBA)
Despite being a beef magnet, Meek Mill has bars. Just look to his major label debut, 2012's Dreams and Nightmares and his 2015 set Dreams Worth More Than Money. The Philadelphia rapper has enough fuel to fire up his sixteens (see: feuds with The Drake and Game) to remind his contemporaries why he was able to turn dreams into reality in the first place.
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Phonte, 'No News Is Good News' (Date TBA)
The underground veteran has been busy of late, with a Foreign Exchange album last year, a collaborative release with Eric Roberson called Tigallero earlier this year, and now his upcoming second solo album, No News Is Good News. The former member of Little Brother has little left to prove -- he's one of the most respected MCs in hip-hop, after all -- but with his last and only solo offering coming in 2011, fans are ready to hear it. The only problem is they may have to wait a little longer -- the North Carolina-born artist wrote on Twitter this week that the release has been delayed until next year.
X Japan, Title Unknown, (Date TBA)
Though largely unknown in America, X Japan were one of the most internationally successful metal bands of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, electrifying audiences with their heavy symphonic rock and glam-influenced kei visuals before dissolving in 1997. In 2015, the band finally returned with the galloping “Born to Be Free,” and is now poised to drop their first album since ’96 — sure to be a must for fans of classic progressive metal on both sides of the Pacific.
Joey Bada$$, Title Unknown (Date TBA)
His impressively charismatic performance in an otherwise overcooked second season of Mr. Robot made a lot of doubters realize how much they underestimated the star potential of throwback Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$. Now, it’s time for Joey to prove it again on wax, and based on early returns — particularly the triumphant (and distinctly 2016-sounding) advance single “Devastated” — his next album might be the one that officially makes the MC as visible and recognizable as his new bud Rami Malek.
French Montana, 'MC4' (Date TBA)
It's hard to believe that, despite how long he's been around, French Montana still only has one official album on his resume. That was supposed to change on Aug. 19, when his MC4 album -- shorthand for Mac & Cheese 4, one of several mixtape series he's cultivated -- was set for release after the success of singles "Lockjaw" featuring Kodak Black and "No Shopping" alongside Drake. Then suddenly, three days before it was set to drop, French pushed MC4 back indefinitely citing sample clearance issues -- only to have his label boss L.A. Reid out him as a liar by saying the following week that the album was pushed back because the buzz wasn't there for it to have "a moment." The album leaked anyway, sending French back to the drawing board; as of now, it's hard to tell if MC4 will resemble what it was going to be, or if it will be all new material.
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Nas, Title Unknown (Date TBA)
Hip-hop heads have long been waiting for the follow-up to Nas' 2012 offering Life is Good, which could arrive this year. DJ Khaled drummed up hype for the effort by titling a collaborative track on his chart-topping Major Key album "Nas Album Done," which featured the Queens wordsmith himself saying, "My album done, n---as, wait and see." A new album from the lyrical vet, who's known for his poignant wordplay and vivid storytelling, would be a welcome break from the trap-heavy hits that dominate the radio and Internet today.
OG Maco, 'Children Of The Rage' (Date TBA)
All the momentum was in place for Maco to release his genre-mixing Children of the Rage LP before the end of the year -- Maco himself said he wanted to put it out before the summer ended. But a freak car accident in July that nearly killed him and forced him to lose an eye put the statement album on the back burner, or at least removed it from the concrete release schedule; it currently has no release date. That, of course, couldn't stop the prolific Maco from putting out some new music anyway -- this week he dropped a seven-song EP called Blvck Phil Collins, a sonically moody journey that can't be pinned into any one corner. Just like Maco himself.