With Yeezus season behind us, we can now focus on autumn’s real raison d’être: fuzzy cardigans and new albums. Fall (or “Q3″ if you’re wearing wing tips right now) is always fertile ground for what ends up being the best albums of the year. These are the last minute entries for the 56th Annual GRAMMY awards, who close their doors to nominations on September 30. These are the albums artists want fresh on magazines’ minds when sorting out their end-of-year lists. These are the big name releases that will get sales through the holiday season. There’s are final-chance efforts from legacy pop stars, and long-awaited debuts from rappers. There’s an already-famous Swedish duo finally getting their party anthems to the states, a Beatle coming back new, and, of course, #BANGERZ.
These are the 30 albums Radio.com can’t wait to hear:
Drake – Nothing Was The Same (9/24, OVO Sound)
It’s the revenge of Wheelchair Jimmy as Drake stands head and shoulders above the entire hip hop game right now. The anticipation for his third full-length is so high that it leaked more than a week early, with fans and critics alike already lauding it as the sensitive thug’s best work yet. From the controversy-generating “Wu-Tang Forever” to hit single “Started from the Bottom,” Nothing Was The Same could very well have hip hop’s best opening week sales numbers of the 2013.
Krewella – Get Wet (9/24, Columbia)
Krewella is quickly putting to rest any rumors that they’re just eye candy choreographed to an EDM beat. With their major label signing and laundry list of sold out shows this fall, their first full-length album is already turning out bangers like “Alive” and “Living For The Night.” It doesn’t hurt that Travis Barker and Fall Out Boy‘s Patrick Stump assisted on the track “Dancing With The Devil.”
Icona Pop – This is…Icona Pop (9/24, Atlantic)
Icona Pop is here to fill that gaping Robyn-sized hole in your heart. The Swedish pop duo’s debut, which yes, does feature their Charli XCX-assisted monster hit “I Love It,” is filled with dance ready beats (the love drunk “We Got the World”), wacky synths (“Then We Kiss”) and sing along choruses (the Tupac-appropriating “Girlfriend.”) It’s enough to release the ‘90s b**** in all of us.