What do Fergie, Sam Smith, Kelly Clarkson, U2, St Vincent, Kaskade, The Killers, Maroon 5, Demi Lovato, Gwen Stefani and Sia all have in common?
They’re all fighting for the top spot on your fall music playlists.
Fergie/Double Dutchess Hard to believe, but it’s been eleven years since Ms. Fergie served us with her chart destroying debut solo set, The Dutchess. But thanks to some crazy big beats (“Hungry,” “Like It Ain’t Nothin,” “You Already Know,” the electric, “Tension”), A-list guest stars (Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Y.G.) and the fact that will.i.am is nowhere to be found on the project, it’s like the former BEP/Wild Orchid front-diva never left us. Of course, shit does get a little real throughout the “Glamorous” owner’s sophomore set thanks to her recent split from Josh Duhamel, so get ready to grab those tissues when mid-tempo grooves “Life Goes On,” Love is Blind,” “A Little Work” and the rocked out “Love is Pain” take over your love-scorned life. Streaming Now
The Killers/Wonderful Wonderful Whether on the trippy title track, the ramped up “Run For Cover,” the disco-ey, “The Calling,” or the life ready album closer, “Have All the Songs Been Written?,” make no mistake, Brandon Flowers and his killer Killers band mates are back in full force. In fact, it’s hard to believe that it’s been five long years since their set, Battle Room, as it certainly doesn’t sound that way at all. Welcome back, boys. Streaming Now
Demi Lovato/Tell Me You Love Me We all know that Ms. Lovato can sing (see:everything she’s ever recorded), but according to a recent tea with EW, her much anticipated new studio set is the album that proves that she can really, really sang. “I wanted to make sure that this album showcased my voice,” spilled Lovato to the mag about the new record, which is also taking the former Camp Rock diva into a more R&B laced territory thanks to producers Warren “Oak” Felder (Alessia Cara) and John Hill(Santigold). So, who’s ready to scream some new Demi grooves at the top of their lungs this fall? Like you’re not doing that with “Sorry Not Sorry” already. Streaming Now
Shania Twain/Now It’s been fifteen years since Ms. Twain got us all Up!, but the iconic songstress is back and more than fired up on her much, much, much anticipated new set. Recent album cuts, “We Got Something They Don’t,” “Swingin’ With Eyes Closed” and “Life’s About to Get Good,” don’t just showcase a true country music legend that’s still got it, but it makes us realize just how much we truly needed some brand spankin’ new Ms. Shania in our headphones. Go on, girl…Who needs Mutt, anyway? Streaming Now
Gwen Stefani/You Make it Feel Like Christmas It’s Ms. Stefani’s very first Christmas album…need we say more? Absolutely not. Streaming Now
P!nk/Beautiful Trauma Does this one really need an explanation? Welcome back, Ms. Moore. The five years since Let’s Talk About Love has been way too long..but we’re ready to hear whatever you have to say–and chances are it will be wildly relevant–on your much, much anticipated seventh studio set. Streaming Now
St. Vincent/Masseduction You would think the pressure would be high for Ms. St. Vincent (real name..Annie Clark) in recording the follow-up to her 2014 stand out self-titled set, but according to EW, the deep diva had a grand time in creating a batch of ’80s inspired numbers with red-hot producer Jack Antoniff (Lorde, Taylor) while creating a fresh plethora of those bangin’ beats that only she knows how to deliver. “I wanted it to be all programmed beats, and I wanted it to have a lot of pedal steel,” she spilled,” I love the sound of pedal steel-it’s the sound of heartbreak.” Sigh…this should be good and most likely one of the hottest, yet chilled out releases of the fall. Streaming Now
Kelly Clarkson/Meaning of Life If you listen and watch the video for “Love So Soft,” Ms. Clarkson’s lead single to her upcoming eighth (!!) studio album, you may notice that she’s having a really, really good time, both creatively and personally . That’s not to say she hasn’t been having fun serving us hit-after-hit (you know them..all) over the past fifteen years since she won American Idol, but due to a recent and very public battle with her former label, RCA, the “Since You’ve Been Gone” diva has migrated to a much happier place…Atlantic Records. And this time, Clarkson’s got lots of creative control and has created a funkier, jazzier sound that will no doubt take her still oh, so powerful to soaring new heights, especially on the Whitney-esque ballad, “I Don’t Think About You,” the brassed up, “Whole Lotta Woman” and the sultry, “Slow Jam.” Oct. 27th can’t get here fast enough.
Weezer/Pacific Daydream For their eleventh studio outing (yes, you’re that old), Rivers Cuomo and his “Buddy Holly” boys will not just be giving fans their third Weezer album in four years, but creating a sound that’s part ’90s/part their standout Blue Album. But don’t think it’s one-in-the-same as Cuomo recently told EW that the long-last rock band’s new music has a distinct sound that’s “the Clash playing Pet Sounds.” We’re ready. Oct. 27th
Sam Smith Looking at how lead singles “Too Good at Goodbyes” and the Timbaland produced “Pray” have already taken over our love sick worlds, we’ll all be welcoming the English Breakfast Tea sipping crooner back with open arms when his sophomore set, The Thrill of it All, drops at the top of next month. And of course, with a little tears, too. Nov. 3rd
Maroon 5 You might want to grab some Botox because it’s been fifteen years since Maroon 5 served us with their blockbuster debut, Songs About Jane. But then again…time really does fly when you’re continuously owning the Billboard charts and a chair on The Voice, right, Mr. Levine? There’s really nothing to say here except that we can expect more catchy hooks, love laced lyrics and a fresh batch of that M5 disco rock sound that we’ve all come to know and love over the years. Admit it…you’ve already listened to “What Lovers Do” like, one-hundred times today. Nov. 3rd
Taylor Swift/Reputation Sigh…….here we fucking go….again. (Nov.10th)
Walk The Moon/What If Nothing Although lead single “One Foot” is a tad bit more laid-back than their 2014 smash, “Shut Up and Dance,” it still gets the job done while getting us more than ready for whatever these boisterous boys from Cincinnati have planned for their fourth studio set. (Nov. 17th)
U2/Songs of Experience Not only is this the follow-up to 2014’s excellent Songs of Innocence, but Bono and the boys actually put the record on hold due to the many, many political changes that have taken place recently (know of any?), and rewired the record to keep it all relevant. And if there’s any music act out there who can get the point across on top of some truly loud and explosively classic chords, riffs and rhythms, it’s certainly these Jameson swigging rock legends. December 1st
Tove Lo If lead single “Disco Tits” is any indication, Ms. Lo is about to release the greatest fucking album of the year. (TBD)
Sia Although there’s little tea to be spilled about the “Cheap Thrills” diva’s upcoming holiday record (no, you’re not hallucinating), we do know that she’s back with her music bestie, Greg Kurstin (“She is unbelievable,” Kurstin spilled to EW recently), to most likely give us an album–and a few present-popping videos–that’ll be guaranteed to lift all of our spirits…especially this year. You might want to add this one to your list..right now. TBA
Rihanna Although not officially on the roster, the “Kiss it Better” songstress has been rumored to be working on new tracks, and it has been almost two years since she served us with her electrified Anti set. But in the meantime, another round of “Wild Thoughts” is always a good idea while we anxiously await RiRi’s next music move…because life.
Also to put on your music “to do” lists this fall…….
Macklemore/Gemini(streaming now)……….Rostam/Half-Light(streaming now)……….Miley Cyrus/Younger Now(Sept. 29th)……Echosmith/Outside a Dream(Sept. 29th)………. Hurts/Desire(Sept. 29th)…….. Liam Gallagher/As You Were(Oct.6th)…….Kelela/Take Me Apart(Oct.6th)……. Marilyn Manson/Heaven Upside Down(Oct. 6th)…… Same Feldt/Sunrise(streaming now)…….. Jessie James Decker/Southern Girl City Lights(streaming now)…… Robert Plant/Carry Fire(streaming now)…….Beck/Colors(streaming now)……..Margo Price/All American Made(streaming now)……Jessie Ware/Glasshouse(Oct. 20th)………Niall Horan(Oct/TBD)……..Kelsea Ballerini/Unapologetically(Nov. 3rd)……Evanescence/Synthesis(Nov. 10th…….. Mavis Staples/If All I Was Was Black(Nov. 17th)………….Tim McGraw & Faith Hill(Nov.)……Chris Stapleton/From A Room(TBD)……..Wiz Khalifa(TBD)………Bjork/Utopia(TBA)
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