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Summer may officially be over for another year, but things are still heating up on the music charts. The next four months of 2015 are going to include some of the biggest releases of the year, even including a few megastars who finally made their way back into the studio.
Check out what you and your ears have to look forward to this fall with the 15 biggest albums still to come.
Metric – Pagans in Vegas (Sept. 18)
Canadian synth-rockers Metric have spent almost 20 years climbing the ranks, from performing in small local spots to headlining the biggest venues and festivals across the country. With their sixth studio album, Pagans in Vegas (out September 18), the band returns with a new set of stadium stompers such as the swerving electronics of Cascades and the ambitious anthem, The Shade. Synths form the pounding heart of the album, layering each track with big bold beats as singer Emily Haines applies determined lyrics like, “With eternal love, the stars above/All there is and ever was/I want it all, I want it all.” These songs are meant to sound massive, something that will definitely suit their new live surroundings. But for fans who want something more low-key, the band is reportedly working on a follow-up already, a record that will focus more on acoustics.
Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon (Sept. 18)
For fans who feel in love with Lana Del Rey on her first two albums Born To Die and Paradise (*raises hand*), you’re in luck. The singer is returning to her signature sound on her fourth studio album Honeymoon, which she produced herself. The trance-inducing chanteuse has been experimenting with ways to release singles, including making a hotline available for fans to call and listen to the album, as well as partnering with Urban Outfitters, who will stream the album all day tomorrow in their stores. Del Rey’s first single High By The Beach is one of her catchiest and most radio-friendly, giving Honeymoon a shot not only at critical but also mass mainstream success.
Disclosure – Caracal (Sept. 25)
After scoring a massive hit with their 2013 debut album Settle, British dance duo Disclosure are set to release their sophomore album Caracal on September 25. Fans of Guy and Howard Lawrence’s booming house tracks can expect more dance hits on Caracal. The album boasts the reunion of Latch collaborator Sam Smith on a new track called Omen, which fans can hear online now, but will also feature new guest vocalists including heavy-hitters The Weeknd, Lorde and Miguel. You simply can’t go wrong with a lineup that star-studded and talented!
Fetty Wap – Fetty Wap (Sept. 25)
Hip hop’s biggest success story this year is the rise of rapper Fetty Wap. The 24-year-old New Jersey native made his mark on the charts with his hit single Trap Queen, which not only got him a prime spot at this year’s MTV Movie Awards alongside Fall Out Boy, but also got him an even more coveted spot on Taylor Swift’s 1989 tour as one of her many surprise guests. On the rap end of the spectrum, Fetty Wap’s Come My Way nabbed a Drake guest verse and he was recently featured on the Lil Durk track Like Me alongside Lil Wayne and Jeremih. With praise and recognition across all genres, Fetty Wap is an incredible position to top the charts with his upcoming debut self-titled album, which will finally come out on September 25.
Janet Jackson – Unbreakable (Oct. 2)
On Janet Jackson’s upcoming eleventh studio album Unbreakable, there will be a lot of firsts for the pop royalty. The album will mark the first time Jackson will sing about the death of her beloved brother, Michael. It will be the first time she’s released an album on her own label, Rhythm Nation Records. The new album will also be the first time Jackson has reunited with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the producing duo that helped create some of her biggest hits, since 2006’s 20 Y.O. Unbreakable’s lead single No Sleeep features rapper J. Cole on the sexy and dreamy R&B track, with Missy Elliott also tapped as a contributor on the album. Jackson is currently on tour promoting the new record ahead of its release and has already added two additional blocks of dates. That’s got to be a good sign.
Selena Gomez – Revival (Oct. 9)
Okay, this time around Selena Gomez is all grown up and she REALLY means it. The former child star recently released the album artwork for Revival, her second solo album, and she is literally baring all. Pair that with the album’s first two bedroom-ready singles, Good For You and Same Old Love, and it seems like Gomez is trying to send us a message. Don’t let the baby-face fool you. Teaming up with producers Julia Michaels, Rock Mafia, Hitboy and Justin Tranter, as well as edgy artists like A$AP Rocky and Charli XCX on Revival, the first two offerings from the 23 year-old sound like the singer has finally figured out how to make the best use of her deep and raspy voice. Gone are the bubblegum pop hits, replaced instead by the sounds of a woman on a mission.
Demi Lovato – Confident (Oct. 16)
Demi Lovato’s upcoming fifth album Confident is leaving the guessing games at home. To compliment the singer’s sexy new look, she’s paired the strong title with a hot and sweaty video for her hit Cool For The Summer. The new disc will be Lovato’s first from Safehouse Records, the label she recently launched with longtime friend Nick Jonas and her manager, Phil McIntyre. Hitmakers Max Martin and Ryan Tedder have a hand in the album, which features guest appearances from Iggy Azalea and Sirah. But it won’t be all pool parties and (sober) partying on Lovato’s new disc. She’s also penned an emotional track for her late father, a song we’re sure will show off the emotional depth Lovato commands in her performances.
5 Seconds of Summer – Sounds Good Feels Good (Oct. 23)
Australian foursome 5 Seconds of Summer may be stuck in a bit of a time warp. Their first single off the upcoming Sounds Good Feels Good sounds like a mix between early 2000s Sum 41 and The Offspring, while their t-shirts proclaiming their love of NOFX suggests the guys were into punk before they were born. Teaming up with pop-punk godfathers Benji and Joel Madden on their new album, 5 Seconds of Summer are bringing the past into the present and making it radio-friendly. Judging by the catchiness of She’s Kinda Hot, 5SOS have figured out that making something fun and relevant doesn’t have to mean reinventing the wheel.
Grimes – TBA (October)
It’s been almost three years since Canadian electro-pop artist Grimes put out her Polaris Prize-nominated album Visions. Since then, Claire Boucher has moved to Los Angeles, recorded an album, scrapped that album, recorded a new one and is officially releasing said new album in October. Oh yeah, and somewhere in between all of that, she signed to Jay Z’s management, Roc Nation. Last year, she did put out a single called Go, which was a drastic change for Boucher featuring hard-hitting EDM drops, but after mixed reactions from fans and critics, she decided to scrap everything and go back to the drawing board. (Space’s Orphan Black was definitely a fan of the track, though, prominently featuring it on the premiere episode of their third season.) Whatever Grimes has in store for us next month on her new album, though, we are more than ready for it. In fact, we are dying with anticipation!
Little Mix – Get Weird (Nov. 6)
While much is made of a faux feud between America’s Fifth Harmony and the UK’s Little Mix, we’re equal fans of both girl groups and, in fact, we want even more girl groups if possible. There’s plenty of room for amazing women in music! British group Little Mix have been gradually taking over the US this summer with their fun and flirty ‘80s pop anthem Black Magic performing everywhere from the Teen Choice Awards to America’s Got Talent, all to ultimately promote the November release of their third album, Get Weird. If the insanely catchy melody of their lead single is any indication, Get Weird is going to our go-to feel-good album this fall.
Justin Bieber – TBA (Nov. 13)
It’s a toss-up between which fact is more surprising – that Justin Bieber’s upcoming fourth studio album is preceded by 2013’s forgettable Journals, meaning his last big hit was 2012’s Believe, or that his new single What Do You Mean? is his first number one song. On his new record, the first since the fall of the Bieber brand, the young singer has teamed up producers from all different fields. There will be more from Where Are U Now producers Skrillex and Diplo, as well as Kanye West and Rick Rubin, who were in the studio for a short time with Bieber. The main influence will be R&B songwriter Poo Bear, who has recorded 103 songs with Bieber over the past few years. Let’s hope there’s still some studio gold left in Justin, as this album may be his final chance at career redemption.
Ryan Adams — 1989 (TBA)
When indie folk artist Ryan Adams first announced he was planning on covering Taylor Swift’s 1989 and releasing it as an album, many music fans thought he was looking for a laugh. But not Swift. She was immediately on board, proclaiming her love for Adams on social media and mentally adding his name to the male membership list of her squad. Adams has been releasing snippets of his re-imagining of songs like Blank Space and Style and from what we’ve heard, it sounds like he may be the final link in getting every single person on the planet on #TeamTaylor.
— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) August 18, 2015
Adele — 27 (Possibly) (TBA)
As one of the pop music’s most secretive artists, not much is known about Adele’s upcoming record, her first since 2011’s hugely successful 21. Since the album dropped and singles like Rolling In The Deep and Someone Like You made Adele a household name, the singer has welcomed her first child, taken home a Grammy for the Skyfall theme, and stayed largely out of the press. Even now, what little is known about the record is from other artists, including Ed Sheeran (heard it’s amazing) and Damon Albarn (calls it “middle of the road”). Danger Mouse, Max Martin, Tobias Jesso Jr. and Ryan Tedder are reportedly working on the new material, which gives us hope that it will see the light of day before the year’s end.
One Direction — TBA (TBA)
One Direction are ready for a break. The four-piece are preparing to release their fifth studio album, the first without original member Zayn Malik, and head into hiatus-land this March. It’s possible the new disc could be released any day, with the guys doing a surprise drop for the album’s first single Drag Me Down in July. Plus, their plans for a hiatus suggest that professional fatigue may mean a lack of pre-scheduled promo and press tours for the new disc. The new disc was recorded in L.A., Chicago and the UK, with 1D producer and writer Julian Bunetta at the helm. Judging by the first single, the new album will be the same old pop smashes we’ve come to expect from the lads. Consider our dancing shoes ready.
Ellie Goudling — TBA (TBA)
It’s been three years since British singer Ellie Goulding became music’s “it girl” thanks to the release of Halcyon Days, but that doesn’t mean she’s been on vacation. There’s been her pop ballad Love Me Like You Do from the 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack, Beating Heart from the Divergent soundtrack, How Long Will I Love You from the film About Time, Outside with Calvin Harris, and most recently a collaboration with Major Lazer and Tarrus Riley on the single Powerful. Showing her versatility and quest to experiment with new sounds, fans are ready to hear the next full-length album from Goulding. Hopefully, the wait won’t be much longer. Earlier this summer, Goulding posted a picture of herself in the studio with the caption: “Making my album has been hard and it has been terrifying for so many reasons. But also a tremendous journey. It is made up of not just some of the most talented people I know but the best people. I am so grateful to have them around me inspiring me and making me laugh like hell at the same time. Soon I will be able to share it with you x.” Yay! But, how soon?