Everyone wants options. And this fall, music lovers have plenty.
As always, the next dozen weeks or so are the busiest time of the year, with scores of major and minor artists releasing new material. In fact, the calendar is so crowded that most Tuesdays -- the industry's traditional release date -- you have at least two and sometimes more big-name albums to choose between. Here's a week-by-week lineup (along with some unconfirmed entries), plus this season's box sets, holiday offerings and more. But like every year, everything here is subject to change. Hey, musicians like to keep their options open too.
Nine Inch Nails | Hesitation Marks
Trent (Mr. Happy) Reznor gets back on the downward spiral. And not a moment too soon.
John Legend | Love in the Future
Wait, does this involve 3-D glasses and rubber body suits? Because, you know, chafing.
Janelle Monae | The Electric Lady
How big a deal is the eccentric R&B spitfire's latest? Prince makes a cameo. Prince.
The Weeknd | Kiss Land
Amazingly, Gene Simmons hasn't sued Toronto's Abel Tesfaye over this title. Yet.
Elvis Costello & The Roots | Wise Up Ghost
Even if this dream teaming adds up to less than the sum of its parts, it should still be pretty awesome.
Avicii | True
Dude made $7 million last year spinning other people's records. Let's see how he does selling his own.
Drake | Nothing Was the Same
Apparently, October's Very Own couldn't wait to put out his third album. Buy a calendar, man.
Kings of Leon | Mechanical Bull
First single Supersoaker is KoL by the numbers. Not that there's much wrong with that.
Justin Timberlake | The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2
JT already made one of the year's best albums. Can he go two for two?
Moby | Innocents
Everybody's favourite electronica cueball returns with the help of Wayne Coyne and Canada's Al Spx.
Miley Cyrus | Bangerz
Music to stick out your tongue and twerk by. Or not.
KoRn | The Paradigm Shift
Guitarist Brian (Head) Welch returns to the fold. Hooray?
Pearl Jam | Lightning Bolt
Judging by first single Mind Your Manners, Eddie and co. are in a feisty mood again. 'Bout time.
Paul McCartney | New
Macca's actually been on a bit of a roll lately -- if you don't count Kisses on the Bottom.
The Avett Brothers | Magpie & The Dandelion
Lamest. Superhero. Duo. Ever. Either that, or leftovers from the Americana sibs' Carpenter.
Katy Perry | Prism
Have you heard Roar? Her Helen Reddy-meets-Survivor empowerment anthem? Enough said.
Arcade Fire | Reflektor
Will LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy take the Grammy-winning Montrealers past The Suburbs?
Toby Keith | Drinks After Work
What's with all the boozing in country these days? Sounds like Nashville needs an intervention.
The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Slim Shady's back in touch with his old self. Or he's just run out of album titles.
Avril Lavigne | Avril Lavigne
Stay tuned for the forthcoming single: Hey, Hey, Chad, Chad, I'm Gonna be Your Ex-wife.
Lady Gaga | ARTPOP
Anybody want to bet that title will turn out to be only half-accurate?
R. Kelly | Black Panties
Cover your ears, children. And grandma. And come to think of it, everybody else.
ALSO ON THE HORIZON:
Chris Brown | X
Breezy has claimed this will be his last album. Guess he wants to spend more time beating his family.
Britney Spears | TBA
Hey, what else she got to do but wander around the mansion trying to remember her servants' names?
Rihanna | TBA
RiRi has released an album every November for the past four years. Why should 2013 be different?
Beyonce | TBA
Now that she's cut her hair, has she lost her power like Samson? In your dreams.
Neko Case | The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
Glasvegas | Later "¦ When the TV Turns to Static
North Mississippi Allstars | World Boogie Is Coming
Okkervil River | The Silver Gymnasium
Smashing Pumpkins | Oceania: Live in NYC
Volcano Choir | Repave
2 Chainz | B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time
Arctic Monkeys | AM
Sheryl Crow | Feels Like Home
Earth, Wind & Fire | Now, Then & Forever
Gipsy Kings | Savor Flamenco
Goldfrapp | Tales of Us
Ministry | From Beer to Eternity
Trombone Shorty | Say That to Say This
Keith Urban | Fuse
Berlin | Animal
The Devil Wears Prada | 8:18
Mike Doughty | Circles
Five For Fighting | Bookmarks
Islands | Ski Mask
Garland Jeffreys | Truth Serum
Jack Johnson | From Here To Now To You
Mark Lanegan | Imitations
Jonny Lang | Fight For My Soul
MGMT | MGMT
Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band | Take Me to the Land of Hell
Placebo | Loud Like Love
Johnathan Rice | Good Graces
The Sadies | Internal Sounds
Sebadoh | Defend Yourself
Cher | Closer to the Truth
Dream Theater | Dream Theater
Matthew Good | Arrows of Desire
Gov't Mule | Shout!
Sammy Hagar | Sammy Hagar & Friends
Icona Pop | This Is...Icona Pop
Alan Jackson | The Bluegrass Album
Elton John | The Diving Board
Metallica | Metallica Through the Never
Willie Nelson | To All the Girls "¦
Sting | The Last Ship
Allen Toussaint | Songbook
Blind Boys of Alabama | I'll Find a Way
Dr. Dog | B-Room
HAIM | Days Are Gone
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts | Unvarnished
Soulfly | Savages
Dave Stewart | Lucky Numbers
Alter Bridge | Fortress
Cage the Elephant | Melophobia
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. | The Speed of Things
Gavin DeGraw | TBA
New Found Glory | Kill It Live
of Montreal | Lousy With Sylvianbriar
Panic! At the Disco | Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die
Lee Ranaldo and the Dust | Last Night on Earth
Black Oak Arkansas | Back Thar N' Over Yonder
Cults | Static
Dismemberment Plan | Uncanney Valley
The Head & the Heart | Let's Be Still
TLC | TBA
Toad the Wet Sprocket | New Constellation
AFI | Burials
Def Leppard | VIVA! Hysteria
Protest the Hero | Volition
James Blunt | Moon Landing
M.I.A. | Matangi
Melvins | Tres Cabrones
Stryper | No More Hell to Pay
Less Than Jake | See the Light
Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs | Under the Covers, Vol. 3
Trace Adkins | The King's Gift (Oct. 29)
Adkins goes Celtic for Christmas, because why not?
Mary J. Blige | A Mary Christmas (Oct. 15)
Like we need more drama at the holidays.
Kelly Clarkson | Wrapped in Red (Oct. 29)
Pity she already used My December as a title.
Jewel | Let It Snow (Nov. 12)
Hands up, everyone who wants a second seasonal set from Jewel. Anyone?
Nick Lowe | Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For All the Family (Oct. 29)
Well, at least there's one Christmas album to look forward to this year.
The Band | Live at the Academy of Music 1971: The Rock of Ages Concerts
This five-disc set has more music from the Americana pioneers' legendary 1971 New York residency. (Sept. 17)
Cabaret Voltaire | #8385 (Collected Works 1984-1985)
The British electro experimenters dish out six CDs, four LPs and two DVDs of material from a prolific period. (Nov. 5)
The Clash | Sound System
All the music that matters -- along with a DVD and plenty of tchotchkes in a faux boom box -- from the only band that mattered. (Sept. 10)
Van Morrison | Moondance: Expanded Edition
Van the Man's essential 1970 classic is now a five-disc set, including one disc of Blu-ray audio. Could be fantabulous. (Sept. 30)
Nirvana | In Utero: 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
The grunge legends' final studio album gets upgraded with three discs of B-sides, demos and live fare. Did someone say Milk It? (Sept. 24)