10 albums you need to hear this fall from Cher to Kanye West to Tom Petty
We're gaga over the new albums coming from these musicians this fall. USA TODAY
A new crop of albums are arriving with the changing of the seasons, featuring many high-profile returns, a few pop music left turns and a whole lotta rock.
Rapper Kanye West made a surprise announcement about a new project expected out this month. Steve Perry, Journey’s wayward former frontman, is back with his first album in decades, with Cher returning to the studio for a collection of ABBA covers and Elvis Costello taking a break from the road for his first new music with backing band The Imposters in 10 years. A posthumous deluxe set of Tom Petty will be sure to please the late singers' fans. Twenty One Pilots’ first new album since the band became a Grammy-winning rock phenomenon will almost certainly top the charts, as will new music from Lil Wayne and Alessia Cara – should the artists choose to firm up their tentative release dates.
Read on for a full look at the 10 most anticipated albums this fall.
Cher, "Dancing Queen"
Instead of recording original material for her forthcoming 26th studio album, Cher was compelled by her supporting role in this summer’s “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” to record her own collection of ABBA covers, honoring the Swedish legends that helped inspire a generation of pop icons. The tracklist encompasses nearly all of ABBA’s most beloved classics, including “Mamma Mia,” "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight),” “Waterloo” and the album’s titular hit. – Maeve McDermott
Tom Petty, "An American Treasure"
Timed to the anniversary of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's death last October, Petty's family and former Heartbreakers bandmates Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench have curated a 60-song box set featuring dozens of previously unreleased recordings, starting with the Mudcrutch sessions in 1974 and spanning to his final album with the Heartbreakers, "Hypnotic Eye," released in 2014. It also includes live and alternate versions of Petty classics, such as "I Won't Back Down" and "Here Comes My Girl." – Patrick Ryan
Kanye West, “Yandhi”
Barely four months since the release of West's previous album, "Ye," the rapper alluded to a new project, "Yandhi,” on Twitter, posting a photo of an album cover accompanied by a date: Sept. 29. Many fans are pointing to the cover art West shared for "Yandhi" as proof that the album is a sequel – or shares some kind of connection – to "Yeezus," his acclaimed 2013 release. West apparently has stayed busy in the studio since June’s “Ye” release, recently scoring a No. 1 hit with Lil Pump on their collaborative single "I Love It” and teasing an additional new album with Chance the Rapper, tentatively titled “Good Ass Job. – M.M.
Steve Perry, "Traces"
“Traces” is the first solo album from the former Journey frontman in nearly 25 years, a monumental release for fans inspired by a tragedy in Perry’s personal life. The 69-year-old singer revealed that the death of his partner from cancer in 2012 helped inspire him to give recording another try. And he has returned with gusto with the gutsy singles from “Traces,” channeling the power ballads of his former band. – M.M.
Twenty One Pilots, "Trench"
The little band that could from Columbus, Ohio, Twenty One Pilots’ genre-fusing rap-rock helped turn them from cult favorites to Grammy winners. Considering they’re now one of the decade’s most influential rock bands, high expectations await their fifth studio album “Trench,” with the band releasing a trilogy of music videos ahead of the leak of their most recent single, “My Blood.” – M.M.
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, "A Star is Born" soundtrack
Fans are treating the soundtrack to “A Star is Born” like an unofficial Lady Gaga album and with good reason. The companion album to the forthcoming film contains original works from Gaga and Bradley Cooper, the movie’s director and Gaga’s co-star, who trained extensively to sing in the movie and tried his hand at songwriting for the soundtrack. Considering the rousing snippets of the movie’s music included in its evocative trailer and critics buzzing about the soundtrack’s promising Academy Awards chances, Lady Gaga fans have a lot to be hopeful for with this release. – M.M.
Elvis Costello & The Imposters, "Look Now”
Costello's first album in five years, and his first with his band The Imposters in a decade, marks the singer’s return to the studio after years on the road, his relentless touring briefly halted by a cancer scare that prompted him to cancel a string of shows. A rock music survivor through and through, Costello returns to the stage this fall to play his new music from “Look Now,” which he co-produced with 12-time Latin Grammys winner Sebastian Krys. – M.M.
Thom Yorke, "Suspiria" soundtrack
One of our most highly anticipated horror movies of the fall also has one of our most eagerly awaited soundtracks. “Suspiria,” Luca Guadagnino’s twisted reimagining of the 1977 witchy cult classic, features the first-ever film score from the Radiohead frontman. The album includes 25 original compositions by Yorke, who also lends vocals to three songs including first single “Suspirium,” a haunting meditation on desire and existence. If he's any bit as good a composer as his bandmate Jonny Greenwood – the maestro behind last year’s Academy Award-nominated “Phantom Thread” score – Yorke could very well land his own date with Oscar come February. – P.R.
The 1975, "A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships"
The 1975 doesn’t just make songs for teenage girls. (And even if they did, is that really such a bad thing?) In fact, one could argue that no other band is putting out more interesting music than this British alt-rock group, who debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts two years ago with sophomore album “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It." They've so far teed up their third effort with four uniquely strange singles, including the wordplay-happy "TooTimeTooTimeTooTime" and subversive stadium anthem "Love It If We Made It." – P.R.
Lil Wayne, "Tha Carter V"
Release Date TBD
There are a slew of major releases that could hit streaming services this season, whether it’s from the Internet's favorite pop star Carly Rae Jepsen, who promised a "new era on the horizon" on Instagram last month, or Grammy best-new-artist winner Alessia Cara, who previously told USA TODAY that new album "The Pains of Growing" could arrive as early as this month. But perhaps the one we can't wait to hear most is Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter V," which the rap icon teased in a new cover story for Billboard magazine. Although Wayne stayed tight-lipped about its contents, he did reveal one Sampha-sampling song addresses his suicide attempt at age 12. And given his recent health scares – suffering multiple seizures just last fall – we couldn't be more grateful to have Weezy back. – P.R.