The albums ahead | My top picks.

August 8, 2009

Nadine1. Nadine Coyle

TBA,

During the year long break Girls Aloud are on, we fans were promised two solo albums from a couple of the girls, Nadine and Cheryl (to name names). Now Nadine makes the top of my list for so many reasons. She has the greatest vocals in the group, I’ve always favored her the most, she is living and working on it here in the States, and the biggest reason of all: I can barely contain myself! When is going to come out though? I have no idea. Sadly she is taking her dear sweet time as I pray every night to hear her solo works, but she is doing the smart thing by shopping around which has made quite the little bidding war ensue over who’s gonna sign her, either way I think she is in for a hell of a deal. I’m assuming it will come out before the next scheduled Girls Aloud album in fall 2010. But with a high possibility of a Stateside debut, I’ll be on the latest news like white on rice! Release: None Set (US) + (UK)

Cheryl2. Cheryl Cole

TBA,

Also on break from Girls Aloud, The X-Factor star is set to release a solo album as well. It was recently announced that the singer has just finished her studio work on the album after spending two weeks in LA working with the Black Eyed Peas Will.I.Am. Though I wasn’t entirely excited to hear that was who she was working with, I’m sure that all will be fine. Whether or not she will release it Stateside I don’t know. A man could only hope. Cheryl has said that the feel of the album will be different then the typical Girls Aloud sound that I’ve known and  loved for years now. She said it with be more R&B-ish, again not exactly what I wanna hear but oh well, with dance moves like hers (see Passion of Girls Aloud Cheryl’s episode) I’m excited to see the video and song she has chosen for her first single out sometime soon. Release: possible Fall 2009 (UK), ?? (US)

Kris Allen3. Kris Allen

TBA,

American Idol champ is set to release his debut album some time this fall. I’ve been anticipating the release of his album half way through the competition, with his good looks, charm, and mesmerizing voice. I’ve fallen in love with Kris Allen ladys and gentleman, oooh how I have fallen for him. While I don’t want to rush perfection, I really need to hear this album. Though they better leave ‘No Boundaries’ off of the tracklist, if they know what’s good for them. Kara, do you hear me?! Keep off this album. Kris has so much talent and passion for this, I sure it will be well worth the wait.  – Release: Fall 2009 (US)

Pixie Lott

4. Pixie Lott

Turn It Up,

18 year-old British singer Pixie Lott has, as of recently, my new obsession of 2009. After becoming addicted to her recent #1 hit ‘Mama Do‘ and becoming even more so addicted to her follow single ‘Boys & Girls‘, I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for what this album has in store. After hearing a few leaked bits hear and there, they anticipation has only escalated. It’s said that Pixie will take this album Stateside. I’m not sure if I could wait, but maybe that will give me a chance to see her live?! Anyways this is the first album on the list so far that has a confirmed release date, even if it is only a UK one. It’s not too faaarrr aaawwwaaayyy!!!! Release: September 14th (UK), ?? (US)

shakira5. Shakira

She Wolf,

After hearing the great new track ‘She Wolf‘ I was instantly in love. The decision to get the album was a no-brainer. Shakira has always been one of my favorite artist ever since the outstanding album Laundry Service. Shakira is definitely and “album artist”, and She Wolf will be her third English album, but like Laundry Service it will also contain a few spanish tracks (yeah!). A big change will be in the type of music this album has. I’m very excited to hear that it will have more of an electro-pop feel to it unlike her previous efforts, but still have a worldly sound as she will be, again, drawing influence from different cultures. – Release: October 5th (US)

Christina Aguilera6Christina Aguilera

Light & Darkness,

I’m extremely excited to hear that Christina is working on her fourth studio album, and I even more excited to hear that instead of going through the same Back to Basics sound Christina’s new work well have a new futuristic, electronica, dance, pop sound that we’ve never heard from her before. Those kinds of styles really something I’d love to see her do. To help with the project Aguilera is working with a load of different producers, like the Australian singer-songwriter Sia, British acts like Goldfrapp and Ladytron, as well as a host of others. I’m actually getting more pumped about this release as I’m typing this. Release: Fall 2009 (US)

Paramore7Paramore

Brand New Eyes,

I’ve always been a huge fan of Paramore. The day I heard ‘Emergency‘ on the free Best Buy sampler I got while at Warped Tour I knew I had to pick up Hear We Go Again. Now on their third album release I’m still über-anxious to hear what they’ve got in store to follow up the smash hit record Riot!. The lead single ‘Ignorance‘ isn’t really wowing me, but it feels like a grower, (Update:) I’m liking more and more with every listen. This album is not too far away with an early fall release.  – Release: September 29th (US)

Sugababes8. Sugababes

TBA,

This fall the Suagbabes are going to release a follow up to 2008’s Catfights & Spotlights, which wasn’t much of a success at all. This time around the album shows a bit of promise with the lead single ‘Get Sexy’. Now I’m hoping for Change-level greatness, but I feel it’s not going to match up. Never-the-less I’m excited to hear new Sugababe material because there has been so much that they’ve released through the years that I’m a fan of. Maybe this will be the album they take to America? I hope so. – Release: November 9th (UK)

Erik Hassle9Erik Hassle

Hassle,

Swedish artist Erik Hassle is still included on this list even though I’ve kinda heard his entire album, though it has yet-to-be released anywhere. And let me tell you it is brilliant. It’s a perfect collection of singer-songwriter pop hits. Soon he will be releasing my favorite track off the album ‘Don’t Bring Flowers‘ as a UK debut single. His other, not as amazing single,’Hurtful‘ was the initial one that peaked my interests though. I can’t wait till his album gets a release because he deserves to be a star worldwide. Of course there will be a Swedish release, and a UK release, and maybe even a US release, I don’t know. We’ll have to wait and see.   – Release: Out Now (SE) Not Set (UK) ?? (US)

Alexandra Burke10. Alexandra Burke

TBA,

The recent X-Factor winner and vocal powerhouse Alexandra Burke comes in at number 10 on the list. Her album has been pushed back a bit before, but if that’s what was needed to really help put those touches of perfection on her debut, then I guess I’ll wait. Granted I didn’t get to watch this past season of The X-Factor I did see clips and hear bits of her performing on the show. Another thing that caught my attention and assured me that she was headed Stateside was the 5 album US record deal she has already landed. Well with a powerhouse single like the winning cover of ‘Hallelujah‘ I’m sure she’ll have a killer album and career.Release: October 29th (UK) ?? (US)

Dolly Rockers11Dolly Rockers

TBA,

Described as being Wonky Pop and Drunk Disco their music is fun, extremely danceable, and sing-a-longy. Their first two released tracks ‘Je Suis Une Dolly‘ and ‘Gold Digger‘ so fit the bill. I’ve fallen for the Dolly music just not the Dolly’s themselves, maybe they should cut the celeb bashing, they shouldn’t talk trash about other stellar established girl groups like The Saturdays, it’s all a bit tired and lame. Work on that record instead, cos I want to hear more of your music, not your pointless bickering. Release: End of 2009 or Beginning of 2010 (UK)

La Roux12. La Roux

La Roux,

Like Erik Hassle I’ve had the chance to listen to the entire album already yet I’m still adding it to my list because La Roux is still up and coming here in the States. Their first single ‘In For The Kill‘ was the initial track that had me hooked, but more and more I’m telling people how amazing this new dou is based on their second (and number one UK single) ‘Bulletproof‘. They are a talented pair with an amazing synth pop throwback sound that is right up my alley. I hope you give them a listen too, if your into that sort of thing. – Release: September 29th (US) Out Now (UK)

Robbie Williams13. Robbie Williams

Reality Killed The Video Star,

Robbie Williams is a massive star in the UK, yet not well known here in the States. It’s taken a while for me to actually get into him and I’m still working on it (I’ve recently got his entire catalogue). I’m a fan of his singles, but I still need time to check out the what? 8 albums he has already put out. Though I am still excited to hear his most recent work with this new album. Did I mention he is my old man crush?  – Release: November 9th (UK)

Update!: The ones I missed

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4 Responses to “The albums ahead | My top picks.”

  1. Dame James Says:

    Here here! What an excellent list. Needless to say, I’m just as excited as you for more than half this list. I am so glad Christina is going back to her pop roots instead of that Back to Basics shit. Thanks to you, I’m now anxiously awaiting the Pixie Lott CD, too. Based on her other songs, the album should be fantastic. And I didn’t realize that the Dolly Rockers were trash talkers. I agree that they should put out an album first before they start harassing The Saturdays (who have a whole album of greatness behind them as opposed to the one Rockers’s song, ‘Gold Digger’).

    Kris Allen is love. I really hope that he leaves ‘No Boundaries’ off his album and makes the album his own.

  2. Crystal Says:

    Dude, this is a great looking post. I’m jealous.

  3. Kristina Marks Says:

    I like your list Kam. I’m really excited to hear Shakira’s new album. We’ve all been digging ‘She Wolf’ at the Chester house!

  4. Tom Says:

    I’m waiting for almost all these albums.
    I didn’t know Kris Allen but when I listenned to him, I just fell in Love with his music. That’s really a great singer.
    I’m expecting much Shakira’s, Pixie’s the Sugababes’ and Christina’s albums too. I can’t wait for them.
    As far as LaRoux is concerned, I already listened to the album, and needless to say, it’s absolutely great. I can’t stop listening In for the Kill and Bulletproof. They are really amazing tracks!


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