Fall Music Preview: Demi Lovato, Kelly Clarkson and More
Which CDs are worth buying this fall? Check out our comprehensive guide to see how much space you should save on your iPod.
Release Date: Sept. 20
The Buzz: Talk about a serious comeback. After dealing with a number of personal struggles, Demi returned this summer with Skyscraper, a towering ballad about standing tall when other people try to tear you down. The single, which peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, should be a taste of what’s to come on the aptly titled Unbroken, which finds the former Disney princess working with everyone from Timbaland to – wait for it – Missy Elliott. Well, if it ain’t broke …
Album: Clear As Day
Release Date: Oct. 4
The Buzz: This American Idol winner is set to take the country music world by storm with the release of his debut CD, Clear As Day. Among the tracks featured are his Idol coronation song, I Love You This Big, and the album’s second single, the just-released ballad The Trouble With Girls. Something tells us Scotty won’t have any trouble getting girls to buy his CD.
Release Date: Oct. 11
The Buzz: Joe will be flying without his JoBros when Fastlife, his first solo effort, flies into stores in October. The all-grown-up 21-year-old has already released two singles off the album – the mid-tempo ballad See No More and the club-friendly Love Slayer – both of which appear to indicate that Joe is serious about making it on his own. Sure, he didn’t win over the hipsters in Brooklyn, but we’re guessing his core audience will approve.
Release Date: Oct. 25
The Buzz: Although her CD doesn’t come out until the end of next month, Kelly gave us all a little tease of Stronger this week by releasing its first official single, Mr. Know It All. The soon-to-be-hit record is sort of like a Bruno Mars version of Since U Been Gone, setting up for what should be another CD filled with female-empowering anthems. Hopefully, the long wait will be worth it.
Album: Take Care
Release Date: Oct. 25
The Buzz: Taking a page from The Book of Beyonce, Drake will released his second solo CD, Take Care, on his 25th birthday. Drake teased the album earlier this year with the somber ballad, Marvin’s Room, before releasing its first official single, Headlines, in July. If that wasn’t enough to suck you in, get this: Additional confirmed tracks will feature Lil’ Wayne, Rick Ross and Stevie Wonder. Not bad.