FAll is well for relaxing vibes, new music and warm drinks. One of the season’s most anticipated projects is Taylor Swift’s tenth studio album, MidnightThis was her first album, and she announced it while she accepted the MTV Video Music Awards top prize. Carly Rae Jepsen will also release new album, which she says finds her at her most “introspective.” Indie darlings the 1975 and Arctic Monkeys have albums due, and we can also expect new work from stars like WILLOW, Noah Cyrus, Blackpink, and John Legend. The following are some of this year’s most anticipated albums.
Keep It Girl, Rina Sawayama (Sept. 2)
In 2020, Rina Sawayama was a major critic darling thanks to her groundbreaking album. SAWAYAMAFans are excited about the next genre-bending act and leave feeling inspired.
Age/Sex/Location, Ari Lennox (Sept. 9)
The R&B artist took some time off between her critically-acclaimed 2019 Shea Butter Baby And her latest album. Age/Sex/Location. Since her last album, she’s appeared as a featured artist on albums for people like Jazmine Sullivan, Summer Walker, Khalid, and more. If her Jermaine Dupri-produced single “Pressure” and her latest track, “Hoodie,” tell us anything about the new album, it’s that her peers should keep an eye out for her return.
Legend, John Legend (Sept. 9)
John Legend’s double album, Legend, is packed to the brim with features from the likes of Saweetie, Jazmine Sullivan, R&B newcomer Muni Long, Ty Dolla $ign, Jhené Aiko, Rapsody, Rick Ross, Jada Kingdom, and Amber Mark. Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic frontman) is the executive producer of the album. A press release for the album said the project is “suffused with an unapologetic spirit of sensuality and joy, informed by the full vulnerability of pain, praise, and healing.”
Pink bornBlackpink (Sept. 16).
Blackpink has a plan to dominate the world. They’re talented dancers, they make infectious music, and have a devoted following across every social media platform. After some solo projects and a brief hiatus the group has returned to form and is now ready for the release of their highly-anticipated sophomore album. Pink born.
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This is the hardest part, Noah Cyrus (Sept. 16)
Noah Cyrus, who has become a superstar in her own right and further distanced herself from Miley Cyrus, is now a true star. In 2018, her debut EP, was released. Many people have wondered what the future holds for Cyrus on a full-length record. Her openness was a revelation. Rolling Stone Talk about her battle with Xanax dependence and how it influenced her debut LP. This is the hardest part. “I’m not trying to be, like, any spokesperson for recovery or anything like that,” she said, “I, myself, am just going through it and figuring it out.”
<CopingMechnasim>WILLOW (Sept. 23).
WILLOW’s pop-punk venture is a complete 180-degree turn from her debut single, “Whip My Hair,” in 2010. She has refined her voice over the years and is now following in her mother Jada Pinkett Smith’s footsteps, who was lead singer for a band called Wicked Wisdom. WILLOW’s self-titled 2019 album showed off her talents as a psychedelic-rock goddess and 2021’s Recenty, everything feels right to meIn the pop-punk revival she made her debut, with Travis Barker and Avril lavigne joining her to perform features. With her forthcoming album, WILLOW will be diving into her emo style. <CopingMechanism>.
Dirt FemmeTove Lo (Oct.
The disco-pop aesthetic has become increasingly popular, with multiple artists trying their hand at a genre that’s difficult to emulate. Tove Lo is a standout among the pack. She has released exciting singles, which has created anticipation for her upcoming LP. Dirt Femme.
Unspeakable Humor in Foreign Languages, 1975 (Oct. 14)
The 1975 are finding their way back to music but don’t take themselves too seriously. The band’s newest album, Enjoy being funny in foreign languages has already stolen the hearts of fellow musicians like Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast and Taylor Swift, who described it in three succinct words: “It’s so funny.” While the first single, “Part of the Band,” didn’t illicit a huge reaction, but the second, “Happiness,” was generally more well-received. You will be taken back to the 2010s.
The Most Lonely TimeCarly Rae Jepsen, Oct. 21, 2022
The world has been waiting for what Carly Rae Jepsen has in store next since 2019’s Jack Antonoff-produced Specialized (And the B-Side, which was released in 2020). Her comeback single brought her back to our lives. Western Wind she sparkled with her playful tune Beach House. Jepsen wanted these feelings of loneliness to come out on her new album. However, she wanted it to also be uplifting.
CarArctic Monkeys, Oct. 21, 2022
The last time we heard Arctic Monkeys was in 2020 when a live album was released. Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino In 2018, released. While they’ve done festival appearances over the years, it wasn’t until recently that they announced a new album would come out in October.
Midnight, Taylor Swift (Oct. 21, 2022)
After releasing two albums in 2020 and undertaking a mission to re-record the albums she didn’t own the masters to, fans were expecting Taylor Swift to announce which re-recorded album would be released next. Instead, Swift announced she’d be releasing an entirely new album titled MidnightOn Oct. 21, she received her Video of the year award at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards. She tweeted the album tracklist, which features 13 songs—her lucky number.
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SZA hasn’t released an album since 2017’s CTRL and she says that Top Dawg Entertainment’s label head, Punch, is to blame for delays on her new one. After SZA’s Instagram comment asking where the album was, Punch and SZA exchanged passive aggressive tweets. An interview was conducted with Vulture in August, Punch said SZA’s album is coming “very, very soon.”
Untitled, Paramore (TBA).
Jan. Rolling StoneAccording to reports, Paramore is back in studio following five years of absence and two stunning albums by Hayley Williams in 2020 and 2021. They have not yet announced a release date but they are scheduled to perform at the When We Were Young Festival this October. A tour is planned for the fall of 2022. Of the sound they’re going for, Rolling Stone wrote, “Williams says she and York had been reminiscing on some of their earliest influences well before they began writing the LP. But she’s quick to note that that doesn’t necessarily mean the group is necessarily plotting a “comeback ‘emo’ record.”
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