The Most Anticipated Albums of Fall 2013

September 11, 2013
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Autumn is in the air and with it comes a slew of new music releases – many of which stem from the world’s favorite pop, rock and R&B phenomenons. From Katy Perry to Eminem, here’s a look at some of the most anticipated fall albums of 2013:

Cher Lloyd – Untitled

She made a splash on the music scene last October when her debut album “Sticks + Stones” finally sailed across the pond. The sassy and vivacious pop powerhouse who made a name for herself after coming in 4th on 2010’s “X Factor UK”  stole the hearts of pop culture with her smash hit “Want U Back”, and it wasn’t long before we became mesmerized by her impressive mix of singing and rapping talents. As a result, we can hardly stand the wait for more. Though the title and release date of her follow-up record have yet to be released, music fans across the globe are bound to stay on their toes in anticipation of what Lloyd promises to be a more mature take on her pop roots – though still maintaining her signature sass. What’s more, the follow-up promises a raw insight into a side of the starlet we’ve never seen before.

Drake – “Nothing Was the Same”

Arguably one of hip-hop’s biggest stars, Drake is poised to set the charts on fire with his upcoming release, “Nothing Was the Same”. It’s a highly anticipated record slated to please fans of all genres with its carefully cultivated blend of hip-hop and R&B. With the focus settled on Drake’s lyrical genius above all else, the Canadian superstar is destined to impress. “Nothing Was the Same” promises to up the tempo and energy from what we’ve seen in previous Drake records, indicating that this an album we’re bound to have on repeat. The record drops September 24th from Cash Money/Young Money/Republic.

Eminem – “Marshall Mathers LP 2”

It’s been three painfully long years since Eminem’s last album, which not only scored the rapping phenomenon a Grammy nod for album of the year and almost twice the sales of his previous release (according to Nielson SoundScan), but also sent pop culture abuzz with two of the biggest hits the 2010’s have seen: “Not Afraid” and “Love the Way You Lie”. As a result, it’s self-explanatory why music fans across the globe are eagerly awaiting the Detroit native’s newest release. “Marshall Mathers LP 2” is on track for sheer domination of the charts, and promises the usual Eminem sound that gets the world mesmerized while simultaneously incorporating a rocky vibe. The record is set for a November 5th release from Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records.

Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience Part 2”

We got a glorious taste of JT’s musical prowess in “The 20/20 Experience”, and it’s no wonder why we’re dying for more. The second half of the album took a mere 20 days to record (highly impressive yet not surprising, coming from JT and powerhouse producer Timbaland). With a number of follow-ups to smash hits “Mirrors” and “Suit and Tie”, fans can expect a similar sound to the album’s first half – and therefore should be getting very excited. “The 20/20 Experience: Part 2” drops September 30th from RCA.

One Direction – “Midnight Memories”

Our favorite British-Irish quintet is back with what promises to be yet another smash hit record. Following the release of “Up All Night” and “Take Me Home”, both of which dropped within 8 months of one another last year in the United States and snatched the No. 1 spot on the charts, their third full-length album, “Midnight Memories”, is poised for musical domination. After the impressive No. 2 debut of the album’s first single, “Best Song Ever” (which demonstrated a rockier tone than previous 1D works), it’s safe to say that fans are in for a treat that will garner probable smash success. Working tirelessly over the last few months to write and record the album whilst traveling Europe and the US for their Take Me Home tour, the boys of One Direction are on a roll – especially following their recent release of the group’s 3D concert documentary “This Is Us”. “Midnight Memories” will be released November 25th from Syco/Columbia.

Lady Gaga – “ARTPOP”

The Queen of Pop is back. After suffering a hip injury, Mother Monster was forced to cancel 22 dates of her Born This Way Ball world tour, sending her legions of little monsters into fits of hysteria. But fans can breathe easy, as she is most definitely back in the game. The first single off of her upcoming album, “Applause”, is a smash mixture of pop delicacies and rhythmic dance vibes – the sound iconic to the NYC-bred superstar that the world knows and loves. Little monsters can expect similar outputs of talent and energy with “ARTPOP”, the release that will be accompanied by a free app set to be “a musical and visual engineering system that combines music, art, fashion and technology” – a few of pop culture’s favorite things. “ARTPOP” is set to drop November 11th from Streamline/Interscope.

Keith Urban – “Fuse”

The country megastar is set to exceed all expectations with his upcoming release, “Fuse”. Setting the bar when it comes to the presentation of his signature sound, Keith Urban delves even further into musical experimentation with his new record. Working with eight co-producers and blending vocal, banjo and drum machine, “Fuse” will wow the world with the means through which its sound accurately evokes the title. “There’s something very appealing to me about total machinery – whether it’s drum machines or sequenced keyboard parts – that’s completely robotic. And then there’s a human voice on top. And then add in my human instruments like a mandolin, or a six-string banjo or acoustic guitar.” Urban tells Billboard. “Those things fused together are very appealing to me.” The new record will release September 10th from Capitol Nashville.

Miley Cyrus – “Bangerz”

She can’t stop and won’t stop. The 20-year-old songstress who first came to fame for her role in “Hannah Montana” is intent on a fresh start with her first full-length release in 3 years. “I consider my upcoming album my first, really,” She tells Billboard. Collaborating with the likes of Pharrell Williams and Mike Will Made It, Cyrus’ newest offering will be her first on a new record label and will likely establish the star as the redefined artist she intends to be. If the smashing success of “We Can’t Stop” is any indication, the new record, entitled “Bangerz”, is destined to take the charts by storm and achieve precisely what Cyrus is setting out to do. “Bangerz” will be released October 8th from RCA Records.

Katy Perry – “Prism”

The wait has been long and it’s been painful, but one of pop culture’s favorite female icons is finally back. Katy Perry’s third record, “Prism”, is perhaps one of the most anticipated albums of 2013, promising scores of tracks demonstrating Perry’s iconic upbeat glow infused with her lyrical prowess and theatrical allure. Though “Prism” promises to be more “stripped down” than Perry’s 2010 release “Teenage Dream”, fans can rest assured that it will maintain the sweet and golden energy iconic of the pop princess. “I’m really looking forward to my third upcoming journey with you guys,” Perry stated to new label exec Steve Barnett at Billboard’s 2012 Women in Music Awards. “I just have to let you know, my Saturn has returned, so it will be ugly.” The new record is slated for an October 22nd release from Capitol.

What albums are you most looking forward to this season? Let us know by tweeting us @weknowthedj!

-Shelley DeHekker

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