Every Autumn, our favorite artists help to alleviate the post-summer blues by putting out amazing new music. And this time around there”s a compositional cornucopia of creativity on the way.
Here are GossipCenter”s 10 most anticipated records for Fall 2013, ordered by release date!
1. John Mayer – Paradise Valley [August 20]
Making his triumphant return to the music scene, John Mayer has all eyes on him as he releases his sixth studio album. In the aftermath of his vocal recovery, the guitar virtuoso/infamous lothario even brings his girlfriend Katy Perry and noted R&B singer Frank Ocean along for the ride. Johns two pre-release tracks Paper Doll and Wildfire found instant acceptance and its likely Paradise Valley will as well.
2. “Nine Inch Nails” – Hesitation Marks [September 3]
Fans of Trent Reznor have been chomping at the bit for new music, and Nine Inch Nails Hesitation Marks has nearly-impossible expectations to live up to. His first record since 2008s The Slip, Reznor says hes had plenty of time to reflect on his career while writing fresh material.
I was thinking a lot about The Downward Spiral album era, and the person I was at that time. Downward Spiral felt like I had an unending bottomless pit of rage and self-loathing inside me and I had to somehow challenge something or Id explode. I thought I could get through by putting everything into my music, standing in front of an audience and screaming emotions at them from my guts but after a while it didnt sustain itself, and other things took over drugs and alcohol. And Im happy that I dont feel that way anymore.
Ive learned to recognize, a lot of it forced through the process of recovery, that Im wired wrong in certain ways, the chemical balance of my brain is off in terms of depression a little bit. This record was written as the other side of that journey.
3. Ariana Grande – Yours Truly [September 3]
Shedding her delicate demeanor, Ariana Grande will seek to prove herself as a bona fide pop sensation with her major label debut. Right off the bat, her singles Baby I and Right There featuring Big Sean have established Arianas superior vocal prowess. Of the record, Grande shared, “What they can expect is to get to know me, finally… Now they get to know me as Ariana. I”m very excited for that. It”s very personal. It”s super personal and it means a lot to me. It”s incredibly emotional and sentimental.”
4. Keith Urban – Fuse [September 10]
With such a well-established, longstanding career, Keith Urban decided to take some chances on his forthcoming album Fuse. And following a vocal surgery and subsequent recovery, the Kiss a Girl crooner is eager for his fans to hear what hes been up to.
Keith told Rolling Stone, “It”s not like I”ve gone off and done a polka album or a screamo album. I just wanted to see how far I could go before it”s not me.”
Case in point, Urbans first single Little Bit Of Everything incorporates some sequenced percussion not often found on his previous work. Keith explained, “If you put a really great, wicked drum loop under a song, you end up with something really interesting.”
As for the impetus behind his creativity, Urban declared, “Bono said, [Achtung Baby] had to be the sound of [U2] chopping down The Joshua Tree,” which I thought was great. That”s where I found myself at. I can keep making the same record, but I don”t want to do that.”
5. Sir Elton John – The Diving Board [September 24]
Perhaps one of the most anticipated records of the season, Elton Johns Diving Board marks the first studio release in a whopping seven years. Thankfully the Your Song living legend is recovering well from his emergency appendectomy and will be ready to hit the road in plenty of time to promote the album.
John explained that the whole process was refreshing return to his first love. In many ways, I feel like Im starting again, making records. Several years ago when beginning to work with T-Bone and being in the studio with Leon Russell for “The Union,” I had to ask myself, What kind of music do I really want to make and I realized that I had to go back to go forward again. I needed to strip away the excesses and get back to the core of what I do as an artist. Thats what The Diving Board represents. Im incredibly excited about every aspect of this album; the performances, T Bones production, Bernies lyrics and the songs weve created. The Diving Board is the album Ive been waiting to make for decades.”
6. “Kings of Leon” – Mechanical Bull [September 24]
With all the massive fame and success theyve experienced thus far, its no wonder Kings of Leon decided to go on hiatus in late 2011 to refresh and regroup. And now theyre back with Mechanical Bull and a more joy-filled perspective on music.
Matthew Followill explained, “The pressure was really off of us on this last one. We were our own bosses. There were no bills because we bought the studio ourselves, there was no time frame when it had to be done by. Us being able to take a break, we kind of got to fall back in love with what we loved about it in the first place, which was picking up your instruments and and playing and smiling onstage and actually having fun, and not feeling like it”s a job.”
And according to Caleb Followill, fans can expect the KOL theyve always known and loved with a few new flavors as well. “I think the last one took the pressure of us; Come Around Sundown followed-up to what was at the point the biggest record of our career [2008″s Only By The Night], so going into this record it was like, “The monkey”s off our back, we don”t have that pressure of whether we”re going to be able to match what the last record did.” We changed it up a bit on this record.”
7. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience Part 2 [September 30]
His latest album The 20/20 Experience has been selling like hotcakes all year, and Justin Timberlake hopes lightning strikes twice when Part 2 hits stores in September.
The Holy Grail singer whipped fans into a frenzy when he told Ryan Seacrest that a second installment of his record was on the way- Let me clear a rumor up. The news that this is only the first half of the album, thats true. Thats all Im going to say.
He later expanded on the tease, explaining, I originally recorded a massive amount of material and decided on the 20 tracks that I wanted on the album over a year ago. But, when I was mixing and going through all of the songs, there were so many that I loved I couldnt resist I had to throw in something extra on the second half.
Additionally, JT will release a four-LP vinyl set called The 20/20 Experience: Complete Experience including all tracks from both albums and plenty of bonus goodies.
8. “Pearl Jam” – Lightning Bolt [October 15]
Giving their long-devoted followers another batch of marvelous music, Pearl Jam spent a long time crafting their forthcoming release. Guitarist Mike McCready shared, “We started it two years ago, then had to pull back. We finished seven songs two years ago and we had to take some time to figure out what we wanted to do. And write some more songs. So about four months ago we started up again with a brand new batch of songs to go along with those.
And it sounds like the break was just what they needed. I think getting away from [the songs] and taking the time to do it, and discussing with Brendan O”Brien who is producing it, having many meetings between ourselves about these things, yet keeping it fresh while we were recording it. I think it”s going to be really cool record and I”m very excited about it. Every artist says that about their new thing but I feel like we”ve been through a long journey to get there and it was totally worth it.”
9. Katy Perry – Prism [October 22]
From her days as a Christian music hopeful until now, Katy Perry has certainly run the gamut of life experience. And her new album Prism marks a new chapter in her always-crazy story.
Of the lead single Roar, Perry shared, It”s a bit of a self-empowering type of song. I wrote it because I was sick of keeping all these feelings inside and not speaking up for myself, which caused a lot of resentment.”
Katy used Prism to deal with her own drama and listeners will be treated to a brutally honest body of work. “Obviously I”ve been through a lot of therapy since my last record and that”s what this is about.”
10. Lady Gaga – ARTPOP [November 11]
Little Monsters all over the world over cant wait to feast their ears on Lady Gagas brand new project ARTPOP, and she even released her lead single Applause early due to an internet leak.
In explaining the concept behind the record (including a custom app), Mother Monster released a statement, declaring, [It will be] a musical and visual engineering system that combines music, art, fashion and technology. ARTPOP musically mirrors Gagas creative process as she passes through the medium of each artist she collaborates with, scoring a blueprint on her journey.
Gaga also tweeted, “oh, & just a suggestion… use HEADPHONES when listening to the new music, ARTPOP is ELECTRONIC CANDY & DELISH ON THE EARS. THE SPEAKERS ON YOUR COMPUTER are NOT ACCEPTABLE, unless you like hearing music underwater. I do not, followed by, “PLEASE DO NOT MAKE US CRY AND LISTEN WITHOUT HEADPHONES.”