During September to November, many albums are going to be released, and I will be giving you my top 5 anticipated albums I'm looking forward to.
5. Katy Perry's 'Prism' / Lady Gaga's 'ARTPOP'
This is a pop conversation and so messed up it is, that both sides of fans have now come to a specific brawl. But the attention is clear, and both celebrities have calmed each side's faithful down, but all boils down to the sales of both's anticipated album, Prism and ARTPOP for Perry and Gaga, respectively.
Let's talk about Katy Perry's Prism. It's anticipated, no doubt, but it's probably very hardened and wanting because of the fact of how successful her previous album, Teenage Dream, released back in 2010 was. 5 number one singles, while The One That Got Away managed to peak at number 10 in the Hot 100? This is no normal feat, and as said, only Michael Jackson has had it before with his album Bad. It's true that it's going to be tough now that the music industry is more loaded and complex, but ideally one cannot take away the fact that Roar, Perry's new single off Prism, has already reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with 400,000 iTunes sales alone. Can she carry on this explosive phenomenon? We shall see, but she's managed to dethrone Blurred Lines' before it hits it's 13th week at the top, and Thicke won't have it, especially he's caused a stir at the VMAs along with co-partner Miley Cyrus. Still, time will tell if Katy can continue this unbeatable streak, and if history repeats itself, Prism will most likely land atop safe and sound of the Billboard 200. Just sayin'.
Release Date: October 22.
On to Mother Monster, Lady Gaga. Well, things have shifted directions ever since she's had her upheaval to modern pop with The Fame, before building and strengthening her position with Born This Way. Both are classic Gaga albums, but fans will expect more now as it's her third time with proceedings, even though I'd still hope she'd go back to her Fame roots as her sophomore debut wasn't the best of her work. So the first single we've heard from the album, Applause, and undeniably so, was a disappointment for me. While fans can say that they enjoyed it, I got used to it after more and more listens, but still could not find a way to lock down a specific stretch that can make me say that I liked it more than the first time I heard it. While I did not enjoy Applause, it's safe to say tracks such as Aura and Manicure, are actually not as bad as they seem. Artpop too, signifying a very smooth pop tone with Gaga's performance during the iTunes festival seemingly enjoying herself while performing. Though not as good as her previous albums, it is after all not a whole lot of songs. If the war of pop continues, Gaga's ARTPOP would have to come in with some high notes and vocal highlights as this is the album we're ultimately looking at when it's release date draws near.
Release Date: November 11.
4. Avril Lavigne's Self-Titled Album
So when I heard that Avril Lavigne was putting out a new album soon, I was indefinitely stoked. Powered with high-flying singles such as Here's to Never Growing Up and the rock anthem, Rock N Roll, it seems as though Lavigne is going deep back to her rock star roots with her older hits such as Complicated and Sk8ter Boi. While I gave props to Rock N Roll, it is undoubtedly a test of whether Lavigne can still continue her tradition as to me, Goodbye Lullaby wasn't really excellent. While yes, some songs were amazing, others felt unneeded and not really Lavigne's style. The singles off of the album do shine in their sole directions, but overall, there weren't many of the same to celebrate with. While such factors hinge in the balance, it is safe to say that Avril's albums have yet to be really bad letdowns over her careers. Be it pop punk sweet Avril, or just amazed punk Avril, it's safe to say she's a well-received singer, and her self-titled album will do justice and once again reinvigorate her glorious fan base. Not to forget, she's got hubby Chad Kroeger, the Nickelback frontman who also did most of the co-writings. No hating, but I am quite a huge fan of Nickelback in general, and also have their recent album Here And Now. It's really interesting to see how their songwriting skills would pair up when the album finally releases. For now, let's suspiciously start a rumor.
Release Date: November 5th.
3. Panic! At The Disco's 'Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!'
I've been a big Panic! fan ever since A Fever You Can't Sweat Out was released many years ago. While the CD hasn't been around since then, it's obviously a big accomplishment for Brendon Urie and band to finally cope with the loss of their drummer, Ryan Ross. Obviously this album will mean so much more than just trying to continue their form from Vices and Virtues, but it's also a testament and a much needed warmth to Spencer's drug rehabilitation. Panic! fans will know of Spencer's conditions, and that he had just been sent into rehab last month. While the tour happened, it was all with their drummer's absence, as Brendon has to take it all in his own. And so much so, that Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die is seemingly a personal portrayal of Brendon's life, and the events that happened. Such is pop punk first single Miss Jackson, and the thereafter emotional vocoder ballad This Is Gospel, of which the latter has received much praise from. Miss Jackson speaks about Brendon's sex life with friends, while This Is Gospel is more of an emotional assessment, and fans are now already craving to hear more (including me). While it remains to be seen whether this new album can match or even go back to prior Vices and Virtues era of Panic! At The Disco, I would hope not. With a fresh new start and a fresh new pair of songwriting hands in Brendon Urie, this is one of my most anticipated albums for sure.
Release Date: October 8.
2. Justin Timberlake's 'The 20/20 Experience: 2 Of 2'
So The 20/20 Experience came out this year March, and has had so far critical acclaim and commercial success. Now, due out in a couple of weeks, is probably more so anticipated due to it's predecessor scoring so well. Suit And Tie, commercially successful, spear-headed the album's sales, as the album opened up to over 900,000 copies sold in the United States alone. That tells you how much Justin Timberlake is in the United States alone, before making another hit through Mirrors. As said above, these attributes to the naturally built anticipation that everyone has for the next part. If anything, the bars should be raised even higher. With the first taste through Take Back the Night, it's not even a slightest of indication of what the album would be like. While Suit And Tie offered sort of like an R&B vibe, yet smooth and jazz, the overall album turned out to be a surprise from front to back. Tunnel Vision, the last single to be released from the first Experience, showcased some of the best production from Timbaland once again. Though Mirrors was an overall highlight, it is probably going to be included in many top 10 year-end songs for sure. For now, we eagerly await Experience 2 of 2, if proving to be a smash hit, rounding up Timberlake's decade-near singing career at the top. Let's not forget, he was also awarded with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs. If you aren't anticipated by this album, you should be by now.
Release Date: 17 September.
1. Eminem's 'Marshall Mathers Lp 2'
Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP 2 is probably one of my most anticipated album of the year, let alone this fall. Ever since Recovery, Eminem hasn't released any new tracks lately, and while depressingly so, he finally tingled the fan's ears with Survival featuring Liz Rodriguez which was used for the Call of Duty game's trailer released on August 14th. While it is far from the best tracks that he's known for, it has been a fresh change of pace as Recovery wasn't really one of Em's best albums after all. Then a week later, a Beats commercial featuring a sneak peak of Em's new single, Berzerk, went bonkers during the VMAs. The album title, executive producers and a release date was all flipped on screen. When it showed the words 'MMLP2', any long-time Eminem fan will tell you, 'that is the sequel to his third album, The Marshall Mathers LP', released back in 2000. What's the commotion with this third album? Personally, it is my one of my all-time favorite Eminem albums, though I still have a long regard to The Eminem Show, but it's up there. Critically, it's been praised as Eminem's all-time best album. It spawned commercial hits which shot him into stardom, such as The Real Slim Shady and The Way I Am. It included one the best songs ever written by Eminem and any other artist, with Stan. With that said, there is bound to be hype, with others hoping that Berzerk, the single, would at least be sub-par and Recovery standard. And as I've said in my review, it's gone high and beyond that, surpassing my expectations greatly. It's been a success so far, selling 362,000 units on iTunes to debut atop number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, behind Katy Perry's Roar and Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines. With that said, since Eminem is one of my all-time favorite artists, it's no surprise that Marshall Mathers LP 2 would be my most anticipated album this fall.
Release Date: 5 November.
So what is your most anticipated album this fall? Is it Justin Timberlake's? Or Avril Lavigne's? Anyways, I'd like to hear from you. Tell me in the comments box below. Or tweet me @TheRealB30.
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