It’s the beginning of the craziest time of year, at least if you love movies, music, and/or television. This summer saw some massive totals at the box office, and Hollywood’s gearing up for both more large releases and indie projects vying for Oscar statues. With Grammy deadlines coming soon and Black Friday not far behind, the music industry’s also gearing up for some major releases.
So where can you possibly start? We’ve narrowed down a slew of new releases to the top ten you must be on the lookout.
Fall 2015 Music
Jewel, Picking Up the Pieces
After spending much of the 21st century skipping between musical genres, Jewel returns to her roots for her latest project. Jewel produced the album on her own, and referred to it as a bookend to her 1995 breakthrough, Pieces of You.
Available Sept. 11
For her third full-length album, Lana Del Rey describes her work as “surrealist” and inspired by “late-night Miles Davis drives.” Whatever she’s doing, it must be working: lead single “High By the Beach” debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, only her second song to go so high (after “Summertime Sadness”).
Available Sept. 18
His debut album, True, found Avicii mixing dance music with elements of other genres, like folk on “Wake Me Up.” For his follow-up, Avicii is bringing in a bunch of big-name vocalists like Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Jon Bon Jovi, and Robbie Williams.
Available Sept. 25
These dance producers blew up big-time when their single with Sam Smith, “Latch,” took off last year. They’re back with a bigger list of collaborators, including Lorde and The Weeknd. Sam Smith even returns to provide vocals on new single “Omen.”
Available Sept. 25
Selena Gomez, Revival
With her current single, “Good for You,” Selena Gomez is scrubbing off the last remnants of her Disney days. Expect more of this on Revival, Gomez’ first album after leaving her previous record label, the Disney-owned Hollywood Records.
Available Oct. 9
If Selena’s scrubbing off Disney, Demi’s going out of her way to completely distance herself from those early Disney days. As lead single “Cool for the Summer” shows, Demi’s dabbling in some Sapphic love and flaunting her body for all the girls and boys.
Available Oct. 16
We’re taking a guess with the title, since the originally rumored title of 25 would’ve worked better a year ago. In any case, we don’t know much about Adele’s next album, but her record label has confirmed toBillboard that it’s coming this November.
Ms. Jackson (if you’re nasty) is already on tour for her next album, and while we’re just starting to hear new tracks live, we do know that the album (her first since 2008’s Discipline!) finds producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (thankfully) returning to produce.
Justin Bieber, TBA
Canada’s most prominent Kate Gosselin doppelganger has been making a musical comeback in recent months, first with his Skrillex/Diplo collaboration “Where Are U Now?” and now with the lead single from his next album, “What Do You Mean?” The full album’s coming at some point this fall, likely in October.
Remember when Rihanna was releasing new music every November like clockwork? It’s been nearly three whole years since she released her last album, Unapologetic, and while she released a handful of singles earlier this year, we’re not sure when to expect Rihanna’s eighth album. In a time where artists like to drop albums out of nowhere (Beyoncé) and sometimes even for free (Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz), though, who knows what Rihanna has up her sleeve.
Originally published in David Atlanta.