Fall Music Preview: 16 Albums We’re Dying to Hear

Janet's Big Return
Listen to Janet's newest single, "Unbreakable."

Happy Official First Day of Fall. Like Christmas, this day comes but once a year, and like Christmas, it should be celebrated. And not just because you can finally enjoy chugging Pumpkin Spice Lattes, but because this is the best time of year for new music.

With the turning of the seasons, we have officially entered The Fourth Quarter, during with many major artists will release major projects. Taylor Swift released 1989 last fall. Rihanna notoriously loves releasing new music in “Q4.” Beyoncé‘s Beyoncé? Fourth Quarter, baby! (Get those Christmas sales!) With that in mind, let’s take a look at what’s coming down the pipeline this autumn. There’s some very, very interesting projects to look forward to.

New Order – Music Complete

Release Date: September 25

Take me back to my youth! With guest appearances by Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, Iggy Pop and La Roux vocalist Elly Jackson this album sounds like it is going to be an electronic treat for the ears. – Michael

Peaches – Rub

Release Date: September 25

The Queen of Raunchy Electroclash is back with her first album since 2009’s excellent I Feel CreamRub is actually streaming in full now, days ahead of its official release, so the waiting game is over. It’s a very, very Peaches record. – Matt

CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye

Release Date: September 25

The Scottish electro-pop trio burst onto the scene in 2013 with a fantastic debut album, and on Every Open Eye, which can be streamed here, they’ve taken that same formula, perfected it, and run far and fast down the field, surpassing, quality-wise, many more popular acts making similar music. – Matt

Janet Jackson – Unbreakable

Release Date: October 2

Since announcing her new album and tour earlier this summer, I’ve been patiently counting down the days until Unbreakable (and listening to classic Janet because what else is there to do?). It’s her 11th studio album. It’s her first album in seven years. It’s a great time to be a Janet fan. – Peggy

Selena Gomez – Revival

Release Date: October 9

Selena Gomez’s musical “revival” is already off to a great start. Her lead single “Good for You” debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, and her newest release “Same Old Love” is a swaggering electro-jazzy-pop anthem featuring vocals by Queen Charli XCX. I take this as a good indication that there will be some gems on her new album, hopefully with not too many references to past love Biebs. Based on what she’s said in past interviews, her album channels her “new-found confidence” and the journey that is life and independence, so in other words, all good things that make for fresh pop songs with attitude. - Kaitlyn

Joanna Newsom – Divers

Release Date: October 23

I often feel sorry for people who can’t come around to Joanna Newsom’s incredible (if unique) voice and musical stylings. They are really missing out. Divers is her first album in five years, and my expectations are lofty. (2010’s triple-disc Have One on Me was one of the most ambitious projects I’ve ever heard.)  If the two songs we’ve heard so far are any indication, Divers will surely match the quality we’ve come to expect after albums like Have One and Ys. – Matt

Vanessa Carlton – Liberman

Release Date: October 23

Hello Vanessa Carlton. Where have you been? Still finishing up those thousand miles I’d presume. By now you’ve racked enough steps on your Fitbit to shed your millennium persona and expose something new. Your latest release of ‘Willows’ reveals that you’re just as moody as ever and have discovered lower registers both in your voice and on your piano. I’m into it. Let’s hear some more. – Mia

Justin Bieber – TBA

Release Date: November 13

Bieber’s Tour of Apology, which at times felt insincere and interminable, eventually paid off when his latest single, “What Do You Mean,” became his first-ever Hot 100 No. 1 hit. Now that Bieber has proven people are still interested in him as a musician — perhaps even more interested than ever before — as opposed to just a tabloid fixture, anticipation for his new album has officially reached fever pitch. – Matt

Adele – 25

Release Date: TBA (though apparently sometime in November)

Adele’s 21 was the biggest album of 2011. And 2012. And since then Adele has been incredibly quiet. There is arguably no album generating as much anticipation as this one; given what I just stated, how could it be otherwise? We know almost nothing about it other than it is likely called 25 (the age she was when she wrote it) and that she’s enlisted some of 21’s production talent. Time will tell if it lives up to 21, but even if it doesn’t, this thing is going to be huge. – Matt 

Rihanna – TBA

Release Date: TBA

Between 2005 and 2012, Rihanna released an album every year. And since 2012’s Unapologetic? Nothing. Radio silence. We are approaching three full years without a new Bad Gal album, and every moment of that long swath of time has been excruciating. Despite not releasing a proper LP, she has dropped three singles already this  year, and rumors persist that her eighth studio album is coming by the end of 2015. The expectations are high, the fans are hungry, and if/when it drops, it is guaranteed to make waves. – Matt

Spectre Soundtrack

Release Date: TBA (though likely November, when the movie is released)

I love me a good soundtrack. While it’s unclear whether or not Sam Smith’s “Writing’s On the Wall” will actually appear on the official motion picture soundtrack, the musical accompaniment to the film will surely be a treat. Thomas Newman, who previously scored Skyfall, is back as the soundtrack composer. – Peggy

Drake – Views From the 6

Release Date: TBA

Not counting Taylor Swift, who has not released any new music in 2015, Drake is the biggest musical sensation of the year. He has dropped two mixtapes, both of which sold outsold everything else released this year. Thirst for his next official album is almost unbearable, and you best believe it will move some serious copies when it drops. – Matt

Run the Jewels – Meow the Jewels

Release: TBA

Last year’s incredible Run the Jewels 2 remixed with cat sounds? For charity? I’m in. – Matt

Frank Ocean – Boys Don’t Cry

Release Date: TBA

This album was supposed to drop in July, but that was a no go. I only hope Frank isn’t going to make us wait too much longer for the followup to Channel Orange. He’s been a big tease on Twitter which is starting to get annoying. All I want is new Frank Ocean music! – Michael

Grimes – TBA

Release: TBA

Like Rihanna, Grimes has not released an album since 2012. And like we’ve been missing Rihanna, we’ve similarly been pining for Grimes. The saga of the recording of her as-yet-untitled new project is a complicated one, but the hope is that it all of the turmoil will result in something truly mind-blowing. – Matt

Kanye West – Swish

Release Date: TBA

Like Rihanna, West has teased fans with bits and bobs of new music all year without actually offering any insight as to when the finished product, an album, will be released. But every ‘Ye record release is an event, and usually a critical (if not also commercial) smash, so whenever it hits, it will hit hard. – Matt

What albums are you looking forward to this fall?