Prepare for a flood of blockbuster comebacks, buzzy debuts, and one more new T. Swift album over the subsequent two months.
This 12 months has seen a slew of blockbuster album releases from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Rosalía, Drake, Harry Styles, Bad Bunny, and, in fact, Beyoncé. And whereas Renaissance will seemingly proceed to be on repeat for the remainder of the 12 months (and past), this fall is giving us no scarcity of recent music to be excited for.
From beloved legends making their long-awaited comebacks (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, M.I.A.) to pop powerhouses persevering with their sizzling streaks (Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen), and buzzy debuts from the subsequent technology of stars (Noah Cyrus, Shygirl), try our checklist of the 25 most hotly anticipated releases this fall.
John Legend – LEGEND (Sept. 9)
For his eighth album, LEGEND (how has it taken him this lengthy to make use of that title?), everybody’s favourite smiley pianist has recruited an all-star checklist of collaborators. Rick Ross, Muni Lengthy, Jazmine Sullivan, Rapsody, Jhene Aiko, and Ty Dolla $ign will all seem on the formidable double album, together with Saweetie, who seems on the loved-up bop “All She Wanna Do,” which feels like a barely extra mature “Can’t Cease the Feeling!” Legend co-produced the album with OneRepublic frontman and pop savant Ryan Tedder, so count on extra radio-friendly earworms on the best way.
Santigold – Spirituals (Sept. 9)
Judging by what we’ve heard thus removed from Spirituals—together with “Excessive Priestess,” “Shake,” and “Ain’t Prepared”—Santigold is completely tired of being boxed in. Which is to say, she’s nonetheless the Santigold we’ve identified and cherished since her 2008 debut. For her first new album in six years, the art-pop visionary bought deep throughout lockdown, explaining in an announcement, “Recording this album was a manner again to myself after being caught in survival mode.”
Dying Cab for Cutie – Asphalt Meadows (Sept. 16)
Now of their twenty fifth 12 months as a band, indie-rock stalwarts Dying Cab for Cutie are on the brink of unleash their tenth studio album. However they’re definitely not resting on their laurels, with frontman Ben Gibbard recently telling The Daily Beast how working with producer John Congleton introduced out the band’s louder, tougher aspect. “Actually 25 years in, who desires to make the identical file time and again? It’s fairly fucking boring to only proceed to make use of the identical palette for each album since you’re afraid of attempting one thing new,” he mentioned. Mission completed.
Blackpink – Born Pink (Sept. 16)
For those who’re not already on board with Blackpink, you’re merely behind. The four-piece Okay-pop group’s world domination continues this fall when their sophomore album drops, adopted by an enormous world tour that runs by means of mid-2023, adopted by most likely extra world-dominating feats after that. Born Pink is the follow-up to 2020’s The Album, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, turning into the highest-charting album by an all-female group since Danity Kane in 2008. If the moment virality of Born Pink’s catchy lead single, “Pink Venom,” is any indication, they’re poised to maintain outdoing themselves.
Jessie Reyez – Yessie (Sept. 16)
The Colombian-Canadian artist’s long-awaited debut album, Earlier than Love Got here to Kill Us, was launched in March 2020, which, uh… clearly wasn’t a good time to drop new music. Hopefully Reyez’s sophomore file will fare higher, as a result of her killer combo of haunting vocals and razor-sharp songwriting—seen on the advance singles “Mutual Buddy” and “Fraud—deserve extra consideration.
Marcus Mumford – Self-Titled (Sept. 16)
For his debut solo album, the Mumford and Sons frontman is “going through demons [he] danced with for a very long time,” in response to a handwritten note he shared in July saying the challenge. We’ve gotten a style of the introspection to return with a trio of previously-released singles—“Higher Off Excessive,” “Cannibal,” and “Grace”—and the remainder of the album guarantees collaborations with Brandi Carlile, Phoebe Bridgers, Monica Martin, and Clairo.
Noah Cyrus – The Hardest Half (Sept. 16)
The youngest Cyrus sib has been steadily releasing solo singles and EPs since 2016, so it’s wild to suppose she hasn’t launched a correct album but. That’ll change when The Hardest Half, her official debut, arrives to remind us that her distinctively husky voice is among the most intriguing ones in pop proper now. She’s already dropped “I Burned LA Down,” “Mr. Percocet,” “Able to Go,” and, most just lately, the tender acoustic duet “Each Starting Ends” with Dying Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard.
Michelle Department – The Hassle With Fever (Sept. 16)
Sadly for Department, the narrative surrounding her upcoming fourth album is sure to be a difficult one, contemplating she made it along with her now ex-husband, Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney. (The couple ended their three-year marriage final month after Department publicly accused him of dishonest on her.) The excellent news? The singer-songwriter proved along with her 2017 comeback album Hopeless Romantic that she nonetheless is aware of how one can craft a strong pop-rock file, leaving us keen to listen to what she has to say now. If lead single “I’m a Man”—a militant, bluesy protest music that tackles poisonous masculinity—is any indication, she’s not holding again.
Rina Sawayama – Maintain the Woman (Sept. 16)
After initially being delayed because of some imprecise “production issues,” the second album from British-Japanese singer Rina Sawayama is nearly right here. She’s definitely saved us on our toes with 4 formidable, maximalist, genre-busting singles launched to date—“This Hell,” “Catch Me within the Air,” “Phantom,” and the sweeping title observe—piquing our curiosity for what else she has in retailer for her loyal Pixels.
Kelsea Ballerini – Topic to Change (Sept. 23)
Listening to the nation darling’s fourth album could show to be a bittersweet expertise, contemplating final week’s information that she’s filed for divorce from Morgan Evans after practically 5 years of marriage. Certainly, Ballerini has already launched a pair of songs from the album all in regards to the intense rush of affection: the bubbly “Heartfelt” and the wild-hearted ballad “Love Is a Cowboy.” She’s mentioned that the remainder of the file will probably be influenced by ’90s female country artists, so right here’s hoping she’s bought a Shania-inspired bop or two on deck to bounce by means of the heartache.
Willow – CopingMechanism (Sept. 23)
It’s solely been a 12 months since Willow launched These days I Really feel Every little thing, her explosive contribution to the mainstream pop-punk revival. Since then, the 21-year-old has saved busy by collaborating with everybody from Camila Cabello and PinkPantheress to Yungblud and Machine Gun Kelly, and now she’s persevering with her sizzling streak with one other new album, CopingMechanism. This one guarantees to be a deeper, extra adventurous dive into rock, previewed by the only “Hover Like a Goddess.”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Cool It Down (Sept. 30)
Simply after we thought we’d by no means see one other Yeah Yeah Yeahs album, the legendary trio of Karen O, Nick Zinner, and Brian Chase generously determined to finish their nine-year hiatus. Cool It Down is described in a press launch as “an knowledgeable distillation of the band’s finest presents that impel you to maneuver, cry, and pay attention intently,” which sounds about proper judging by the singles we’ve heard up to now. First there was the galvanizing, Fragrance Genius-featuring energy ballad “Spitting Off the Fringe of the World,” after which “Burning,” which takes Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons’ “Beggin” and awesomely flips it right into a soulful disco banger. Cool it down, you say? Nah, not taking place.
YG – I Acquired Points (Sept. 30)
This fall is wanting comparatively gentle on new rap releases, which makes YG’s third album all of the extra thrilling. Following the discharge of 2020’s My Life 4Hunnid and 2021’s Kommunity Service, the Compton-born rapper is readying a brand new file with slated visitor appearances from J. Cole, 21 Savage, BIA, and extra. He’s already given followers a glimpse of the artwork: a putting picture of YG holding a Solo cup and sporting a black turtleneck and thick layer of chains, whereas a pink glow encircles his head. Earlier this 12 months, he hinted to Power 106 that the brand new album will probably be extra introspective, explaining, “I feel the entire COVID pandemic shit, I hated it, however I additionally take a look at it as this shit kinda helped me get to the place I’m at mentally… The music is simply gonna be my reality.”
Shygirl – Nymph (Sept. 30)
The anticipate Shygirl’s debut full-length album is lastly virtually over. After successful over followers of principally each style along with her mix of storage, dancehall, hip-hop, and extra, the South London artist will, according to her website, “convey us on the journey of what intimacy is like for a lady who’s seen as ‘too sizzling to deal with,’ somebody wanted and missed on the similar time.” Nymph follows her collaboration with FKA twigs and a standout observe on Girl Gaga’s remixd Chromatica, and contains “Come For Me,” “Coochie (A Bedtime Story),” the Mura Masa-produced “Nike,” and the completely addictive “Firefly.”
M.I.A. – MATA (TBD)
Anticipation for MATA was already excessive (like planes)—in any case, it’s been six years since M.I.A.’s final launch, 2016’s AIM. However then the English-Sri Lankan rapper teased in an Instagram Story that she’s nabbed verses from Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj for the brand new file, which made everybody’s pleasure boil over. Sadly, it seems that issues will not be so easy behind the scenes—she just lately mentioned that if the album doesn’t drop in September, she’ll “leak it myself.” Island Data, your transfer.
Charlie Puth – Charlie (Oct. 7)
Charlie Puth tends to be a divisive artist, however irrespective of your private emotions about him, you merely can’t deny he’s a musical wunderkind (do you know he has perfect pitch? DID YOU?!). His third album, Charlie, has already given us the TikTok-masterminded earworm “Gentle Change,” in addition to “Left and Proper,” “That’s Hilarious,” and most just lately, “Smells Like Me,” on which he channels ’80s synth-pop whereas ruminating on an ex.
Alvvays – Blue Rev (Oct. 7)
Properly properly properly, if it isn’t the elusive Canadian indie-rockers who dropped the good Antisocialites in 2017 after which rudely disappeared from our lives. It’s been a quiet few years for Molly Rankin and Co., however that’s apparently as a result of life simply… bought in the best way. Based on Spin, the band’s third album was beset by the pandemic, border closures, a basement flood that destroyed a lot of their gear, and a thief who stole a bunch of demos from Rankin’s residence. Yeesh! Fortunately they weathered the storm and at the moment are gearing up for Blue Rev, that includes lead single “Pharmacist.” Higher late than by no means.
Purple Scorching Chili Peppers – Return of the Dream Canteen (Oct. 14)
The California rock legends are holding 2022 spicy with their second album of the 12 months, due out in October. Whereas on tour for his or her platinum-selling comeback file Limitless Love, launched in April, the band (together with O.G. guitarist John Frusciante, who’s again within the lineup) introduced Return of the Dream Canteen. The brand new album will probably be produced by Rick Rubin, who additionally produced Limitless Love in addition to previous basic RHCP albums like Blood Sugar Intercourse Magik and Californication. The band has already shared the psychedelic artwork and a tracklist, which incorporates the very intriguingly titled “La La La La La La La La.”
The 1975 – Being Humorous in a Overseas Language (Oct. 14)
For his or her fifth album, Matty Healy and Co. recruited omnipresent super-producer Jack Antonoff, who’s just lately been sharing a slew of behind-the-scenes pics and movies from their recording classes on his Instagram Story. For all intents and functions, it seems prefer it was a blast to make, and we’ll hear the fruits of their labor in October when the boundary-busting English rock band drops the complete album, together with the dance-friendly “Happiness,” the melancholy “A part of the Band,” and “I’m In Love With You,” which arrived final week alongside a whimsical black-and-white video that includes a Phoebe Bridgers cameo and many clown make-up.
Tove Lo – Dust Femme (Oct. 14)
Right here’s a private anecdote: Tove Lo’s L.A. present on Feb. 28, 2020, was the final pre-pandemic live performance I noticed, and sadly for her, she needed to carry out with an enormous, boxy boot on her leg after breaking her foot. Now, she’s lastly free to bounce her ass off, which is precisely what she appears to be aiming for on her fifth album. It’s her first one away from the major-label system—she’s releasing it on her personal Fairly Swede Data—and it contains the tears-on-the-dancefloor bops “True Romance,” “No One Dies From Love,” “2 Die 4,” and “How Lengthy,” which debuted on final season of Euphoria.
Taylor Swift – Midnights (Oct. 21)
Whereas a lot of the world assumed Swift could be releasing one other Taylor’s Model album this 12 months, she was ready within the wings, devilishly cackling at our collective oblivion whereas she waited till VMA night time to as a substitute announce her tenth studio album. Midnights is, according to Tay, “the tales of 13 sleepless nights scattered all through my life,” and theories are already piling up about this presumably being her ’70s- and Stevie Nicks-inspired period. It’ll even be Swift’s fifth launch in simply over two years, which begs the query: After all she’s up at midnight—does she even sleep in any respect?
Arctic Monkeys – The Automobile (Oct. 21)
The Alex Turner-led band went full glam-rock for 2018’s Tranquility Base Resort & On line casino, however for his or her impending seventh album, Turner has vowed, “On this file, sci-fi is off the desk. We’re again to earth.” The album’s first single, “There’d Higher Be A Mirrorball,” delivers on that promise—it’s a comparatively easy, simple, string-heavy breakup music that’s as earnest as it’s emotional.
Tegan and Sara – Crybaby (Oct. 21)
Tegan and Sara have saved a lot busy up to now few years with a superb memoir, Excessive College, and an upcoming TV present made with Clea DuVall based mostly on that memoir. And but, the Quin sisters all the time depart us wanting extra, which is why information of their impending tenth (!) studio album is cause to have a good time. Produced by John Congleton, the Canadian duo’s newest file contains “Yellow,” which pays homage to Coldplay’s seminal music of the identical identify, and “Fucking Up What Issues,” one other twee pop delight.
Carly Rae Jepsen – The Loneliest Time (Oct. 21)
True to its title, CRJ’s fifth studio album is being described as her “most introspective work thus far.” Lead single “Western Wind” discovered her venturing into folk-pop territory, whereas “Seaside Home” was a cheeky, playful bop about dodging boys’ pink flags. With music titles like “Joshua Tree,” cowl artwork that resembles a Baroque portray, and a collaboration with Rufus Wainwright on deck, it seems like Carly Rae’s absolutely leaning into Unhappy Woman Autumn.
Babyface – Ladies Evening Out (Oct. 28)
The veteran producer and 12-time Grammy winner assembled a number of the finest ladies in R&B and hip-hop for the aptly titled Ladies Evening Out, together with Ari Lennox, Ella Mai, Kehlani, Doechii, and Queen Naija. He’s also said that making the album “jogged my memory of after I did Ready to Exhale,” referring to the soundtrack he wrote and produced for the 1995 film, which featured Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, TLC, and Toni Braxton. Contemplating that form of stellar observe file, contemplate us on board.