Let's get to it! (All release dates subject to change. This is the music business, folks.)
24) Matchbox Twenty -- North (September 4): Rob Thomas remembers he has a day job and returns with his band after nearly a decade. First single "She's So Mean" is likely a good idea of what to expect. Unless there's a theremin solo on there I don't know about.
23) T.I. -- Trouble Man (September 4): Word has it that September 4 is too optimistic and that T.I. is too busy choosing between 80+ tunes. Early reports have collaborations with R. Kelly, Andre 3000 and Pharrell being strong candidates. Even a song called "Guns and Roses" is possible! Somebody call Big Daddy Axl Rose and wake him up out of the jacuzzi and let's make this happen, for reals!
22) Willow Smith -- Knees and Elbows (September 4): Already campaigning as just "Willow," this Will Smith offspring has had her debut album pushed to September and maybe beyond, considering initial reports had it dropping on April 3. While "Whip My Hair" was a huge hit, the follow-up singles, "21st Century Girl" and "Fireball (featuring Nicki Minaj)" have been less successful. Has she peaked?
21) Akon -- Stadium (September 11): Will this album finally see the light of day? Originally planned for release in 2010, Stadium should be promoted as a life-changing event! It's said to feature Rick Ross, Chris Brown, Lil' Wayne, T-Pain, Sean Kingston, among the many. Maybe your invite got lost in the mail!
18) Dave Matthews Band -- Away From The World -- (September 11): DMB are back with producer Steve Lillywhite, who produced their first three studio albums. Several tracks were previewed live and the "Super-Deluxe" edition of the album adds bonus tracks, a DVD, a tour photo book and Dave's home phone number!
16) Grizzly Bear -- Shields (September 18): Arguably the biggest band in Brooklyn -- and that's a lot of competition -- Grizzly Bear are said to be offering up a rawer version of themselves with more words than ever!
14) Pink -- The Truth About Love (September 18): Album #6 will feature tunes such as "The Truth About Love," "True Love," "Slut Like You" and "Walk of Shame." It sure looks like this is going to be one of those albums you read a lot about! Personally interested in hearing "Here Comes The Weekend," featuring Eminem, which would have only been better if they'd covered Loverboy's "Everybody's Working For The Weekend" instead.
13) Deadmau5 -- >Album Title Goes Here< (September 25): The album title makes me wonder if he'll be headlining the "Closed For Repairs" tour. But Joel Zimmerman should get plenty of fans excited with guests Imogen Heap, Cypress Hill, My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way and Chris James slated to appear on his new release. As one of the world's highest paid DJs, Deadmau5 can do anything he damn well pleases! He's so money!
10) Mumford & Sons -- Babel (September 25): For those of you who yearn for the days before electricity, Mumford and Sons bring you Babel, apparently named after a book of Patti Smith poetry. No? Tunes so far heard on the internets: "I Will Wait," "Whispers In the Dark," "Lover of the Light," "Hopeless Wanderer," "Below My Feet" and "Broken Crown." That still leaves six more! You wouldn't think these guys knew how to use the internet! Get behind that buggy!
8) Jason Lytle (of Grandaddy) -- Dept. of Disappearance (October 2): Grandaddy played reunion shows, but their frontman, Jason Lytle, has a solo album ready for release that's sure to excite people who listen to music carefully placed outside the mainstream. Who doesn't want to hear songs with titles such as "Somewhere There's A Someone" and "Chopin Drives Truck To The Dump"? Chopin had a truck?
6) Muse -- The 2nd Law (October 2): Weird, but a lot of musicians are releasing their sixth album this year and throw Muse on that pile! The English rockers have conceded that they're throwing some electronic music into the mix. The NME claims the album features elements of dubstep, synth-pop, funk rock and symphonic rock. Sounds like nearly an hour's worth of pleasure! For people who like that sort of thing!
4) Kiss -- Monster (October 16): The Kiss corporation would like you to know that their latest offering, Monster, their 20th studio album, will be released this October. Produced by Greg Collins and the band's own Paul Stanley, Monster is slated to include thirteen songs for your listening pleasure. Song titles such as "Hell or Hallelujah" (the first single, already available), "All For the Love of Rock & Roll" and "Back To The Stone Age" suggest the band will continue to use their patented fire-breathing formula to excite the masses. Gene's show has been cancelled, so maybe now he'll pay more attention to his combo!
1) 50 Cent -- Street King Immortal (November 13): The 50 Cent empire keeps growing. 50 is now a licensed boxing promoter and his fifth album, Street King Immortal, features Dr. Dre and Alicia Keys on the first single, "New Day." With an album title like this, can a video game be far behind?
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