2009: Something to Look Forward To

2009 has already shaped up to be a alright year for pop music releases, the best of which in my humble opinion being from Lily Allen, K'NAAN, Keri Hilson, Flo Rida and Chrisette Michele. But everyone knows the biggest releases are saved for the second half of the year, especially in the late summer months. Here's a list of what I'm most looking forward to:

JUNE RELEASES:

Little Boots, Hands (June 9, 2009)
I was a Dead Disco fan through and through, so when I heard of their "break-up", I was completely shattered. However, Ms. Little Boots has done me one proud, with her debut solo disc shaping up to be one for the electro ages. If "Stuck on Repeat" and "New In Town" are any indication, this is gonna be a record you can listen to for many years to come.

Jonas Brothers, Lines, Vines and Trying Times (June 16, 2009)
Although "Paranoid" left me feeling kind of indifferent, I will always have a place in my heart for these earnest boys. While the lead single wasn't my cup of tea like "Burnin' Up" was last year, it is proof that their songwriting skills have matured beyond 2008's A Little Bit Longer, and I'm looking forward to hearing what they are bringing to the table this time 'round, despite the "waning" of their appeal here in the US.

JULY RELEASES:

Daughtry, Leave This Town (July 14, 2009)
Their debut disc was nothing short of fantastic for this Season 5 'American Idol' alum, and while the lead single is nothing new, I'm hoping Daugtry can capture lightning in a bottle for a second time with their followup.

Jessie James, Jessie James (July 14, 2009)
Every song I've heard from this crossover pop-country chickie makes me very exciting for her future. If Taylor Swift is any indicator, pop-country is back in a big way, and this Shania Twain reminiscent is due big things.

Jordin Sparks, Battlefield (July 21, 2009)
I'll admit I pulled for Blake Lewis during 'American Idol's 6th season, even though it was very clear Jordin deserved it more. But she won me over long before the finale with her genial manner, killer pipers and the mere fact that she is the true embodiment of a role model without trying too hard one way or the other. "Battlefield" is completely epic, and the best of the lead singles for a followup I've heard in a long time.

Demi Lovato, Here We Go Again (July 21, 2009)
Demi is proving she is much more than a pretty Disney face. Her debut album had is real shining moments, and Demi is promising her followup will be much more "her" than her previous record. Considering her bonus cut, "Behind Enemy Lines", is on constant repeat on my iTunes, and the sheer fact that two songs were produced with John Mayer...this one is gonna be interesting.

AUGUST RELEASES:

Britt Nicole, The Lost Get Found (August 11, 2009)
I haven't heard much more from this Christian pop artist other than her older single "Good Day", but I can't even tell you how many times I've spun that song. She has real vocals, and I'm interested to see how she takes the 2009 trends and attempts to make a mark in the more mainstream market.

Flyleaf, Memento Mori (August 2009)
Although it has no tangible release date just yet, I couldn't be more excited for the new Flyleaf album. Their debut album, Much Like Falling, was released two years ago and was very solid pop-rock. Of the newer songs by the band I've heard, they seem to be moving in a more Paramore-like direction, which could fare very well for them.

SEPTEMBER RELEASES:

Whitney Houston, TBA (September 1, 2009)
This one just goes without saying. Ms. Whitney has been one of the most stable contributors to my musical lifelist since the day I was born. So, yeah -- I'm a little excited.

Diddy, Last Train to Paris (September 22, 2009)
With his irritating ego aside, Diddy can occasionally put together a decent dancefloor jam, and this album seems to be devoted to that idea, not unlike his Press Play set a few years ago (all of it singles had big airplay in my music library). From the brief samples we got to hear on 'Making the Band 4' this past season -- this one might be a hot one.

Christina Aguilera, Light & Darkness (September 2009)
Can we just say FINALLY? I feel like I've been waiting for this one for EVER. As an Aguilera fan through and through since day one, "Keeps Getting Better" and "Dynamite" could only hold me over for so long. And with Sia, Ladytron and Goldfrapp as contributors, along with longtime collaborator Linda Perry, I cannot even begin to tell you how psyched I am!

ALBUMS WITH AN UNKNOWN RELEASE DATE FOR 2009 RELEASE:

-Aly & AJ, Untitled 3rd Album
-Brandy, Untitled 6th Album
-OneRepublic, Untitled 2nd Album
-Blaque, Private Show
-JoJo, All I Want Is Everything (right title?)
-Kat DeLuna, Inside Out
-Jada, Debut Album
-Mariah Carey, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel (speculated September release)
-Paramore, Untitled 3rd Album
-Pixie Lott
-Sugababes, Untitled 7th Album
-Toni Braxton
-V Factory, Untitled Debut Album
-Blake Lewis, Untitled 2nd Album
-Chris Richardson, Untitled Debut Album

6 comments

Nikki said...

BRITT NICOLE!!! I'm so relieved someone apart from me actually likes the girl. Her album is one of the best Pop/Rock masterpieces since anything.

Pixie Lott is due for either a June or July release! Haha, can't wait! And JoJo, we've waited three years for this album - it better be good!

Ken said...

Arggh. The Jo-Bro album. I'm not okay with it at all. Sorry. LOL.

I think Pixie's album is out on September 7th. That's according to Amazon.co.uk. The title is said to be "Turn It Up". I'm ecstatic about Mama Do doing good in the charts.

Mel said...

Nikki - I <3 Britt! I rock out to "Good Day" all the time. I wish I could sing like her!

Ken - It's all good, I know I'm one of the few in our little blogosphere circle who has high hopes for JB. I wear my geek badge proudly. Haha. As for Pixie -- everything I'm hearing, I'm adoring. I know she's signed to Interscope in the US. I'm hoping they make good and release her soon.

Paul said...

the Little Boots album is one of the most immediately satisfying yet richly rewarding in an ongoing basis albums I've heard this year. I'm very excited about Whitney's album too. I even liked her last effort. On My Own was excellent. Now hurry up my beloved Maroon 5 with something delicious and new :) Ditto Scissor Sisters

John said...

From your keyboard to God's inbox on C-Rich's CD.

Mel said...

Paul - I can't wait to hear it! I'm trying to get the BEP review done first...And as for Maroon 5 - I'm hearing rumblings of early 2010 for the album...with a single in October.

John - For serious! ::sigh:: And yet I keep on waiting...

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