Retailers' Holiday Buying Guide - Much More Music: Fall & Winter's Heavy Release Sked
By Jill Kipnis August 24, 2002
With the holiday season almost upon us, record companies are ramping up for a slew of stellar fourth- quarter releases. Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Sarah McLachlan, Aaron Carter, OutKast, Faith Hill and Enrique Iglesias are just some of the artists preparing new albums.
ROCKIN' OUT Consumers should look for the new Santana project, Shaman, Sept. 24 from Arista. Peter Wolf's Sleepless (Sept. 10), Jim Dickinson's Free Beer Tomorrow (Sept. 24) and the Josh Joplin Group's The Future That Was (Sept. 24) will be released by Artemis. Christian rockers Project 86 will sing about Truthless Heroes (Atlantic) on Sept. 24. The Donnas' Spend the Night, Will Hoge's Blackbird on a Lonely Wire and Taproot's Welcome will each be released Oct. 15 on Atlantic. The label will issue Matchbox Twenty's Anything for a Parade on Nov. 19, while Atlantic Lava will release a Porcupine Tree project on Sept. 24. Also look for a new Everclear project Oct. 8 and the various-artists compilation MTV2 Handpicked on Oct. 22, both from Capitol.
DreamWorks is set to release the new Lifehouse project, Stanley Climbfall, on Sept. 17. Lead singer Jason Wade says that, while the group's last record was more about processing emotions, this album is about moving forward. "I was writing more from a watcher's perspective," he says. "I was moving away from writing about myself." The label is also releasing Ours' Precious on Nov. 5.
A Bjork greatest-hits collection and a new album, Family Tree, will be released in September from Elektra. In October, a new project from Tracy Chapman will be released from Elektra, as will six live Phish albums. Also, expect a new Staind project in stores in November. Epic will release Nine Days' So Happily Unsatisfied (Sept. 17), the Juliana Theory's Love (Sept. 24) and a Good Charlotte project (Oct. 1). The label will further release Kelly Osbourne's album (Oct. 1), a Ben Folds live set (Oct. 8), a Steve Vai project (Oct. 8) and a new Tori Amos album, Scarlet's Walk (Oct. 15). Plans call for new Pearl Jam (Nov. 12) and Mudvayne (Nov. 19) projects. A Hot Water Music album will be available in October from Epitaph.
BECK AND BON JOVI A greatest-hits collection from Squirrel Nut Zippers will be released Sept. 17 by Hollywood. A new Beck project will be available Sept. 24 on Interscope. Bon Jovi's Bounce will be released Oct. 8 on Island, while the label will also issue new albums by Sum 41 and American Hi-Fi (Beautiful Disaster) in November, as well as Saliva's Back Into Your System (Oct. 15). "We've definitely been growing as a band since Every Six Seconds," says the group's Josey Scott. "With [new album] Back Into Your System, we are raising the bar both lyrically and musically. The title is about coming back to the fans and giving them great rock."
A new Rod Stewart project will be available Oct. 8 from J Records. (hed)pe Fallen will be released in the fall from Jive, which will also issue Peter Gabriel's Up. Matador will release Soft Boy's Next Door Land on Sept. 24, while Maverick will release the eponymously titled debut from Stage on Sept. 24. A New Found Glory album will be available Sept. 24 on MCA.
RCA will release new projects from SR-71 and David Gray (both Oct. 8), Foo Fighters (Oct. 22), Eve 6 and Dave Matthews Band (Nov. 5). A new Vertical Horizon project, Go, will also be available Sept. 24; lead singer Matt Scannell says that the group has now "really found an identity and will be holding onto that. With Go, we've taken that identity and pushed it in some areas and really let ourselves relax in other areas. On this record, there are more dynamic moments-higher highs and lower lows."
The Slipknot side project Stone Sour will release an album in September on Roadrunner. The label will also put out Spineshank's Violent Mood Swings and a Type O Negative project in October. Sanctuary is set to bring forth a Lynyrd Skynyrd greatest-hits disc Sept. 10. Hot Hot Heat's Revolving Door will hit stores Oct. 8 from Sub Pop. A new 3 Doors Down album is expected Nov. 12 on Universal. Projects from the Rolling Stones and Richard Ashcroft are expected in October on Virgin. A new Guster project will be available Sept. 10 on Reprise, whileTom Petty & The Heartbreakers release a new album Oct. 8 on Warner Bros.
POP GO COLLINS, CARTER AND CHRISTINA Whitney Houston will release her latest Oct. 8 on Arista, and a new Sarah McLachlan project arrives Nov. 19. Look for the new Phil Collins project, Testify, Nov. 12 on Atlantic. Collins has said of the album, "The songs for this album were written over the last two years. They pretty much wrote themselves and only occasionally needed nudging along. There are some songs here that are amongst the best I have ever written."
BMG Heritage will release greatest-hits albums from Lisa Stansfield and Melanie on Nov. 5. Ambrosia Healy's group Shivaree comes out with Rough Dreams Sept. 17 on Capitol. On Oct. 8, DreamWorks releases Len's We Be Who We Be. Jackson Browne will have a new album in stores in September from Elektra.
3LW's Girl Can Mack will be in stores Sept. 17 from Epic. The VH1 Divas Live 2002 compilation will be released Sept. 24 from Epic, and a new Jennifer Lopez album will be available Nov. 12. Hollywood will release a Nobody's Angel project on Sept. 17. The quintet O-Town will come out with a new set on Oct. 1 from J Records. Jive's fourth-quarter schedule includes Aaron Carter's Another Earthquake!, Jennifer Love Hewitt's BareNaked and a solo project from Backstreet Boy Nick Carter. Indie popsters Of Montreal will release their fifth album, Aldhils Arboretum, Sept. 24 on Kindercore.
Hits collections for INXS and Linda Ronstadt will be released in September on Rhino. A new Shaggy album will be available Oct. 29 on MCA. RCA plans albums from Westlife (Sept. 10) and Christina Aguilera (Sept. 17). Aguilera has said that, with this project, "Now I'm getting to do my own material and let people know that there's an artist behind the singer."
R&B: LADY SOUL AND LIL' KIM On Sept. 10, Arista releases projects from Toni Braxton and Pink and a joint album from Kenny Lattimore and Chante Moore. Also due on Arista: YoungBloodz's Drankin' Patnaz (Sept. 17), with albums from Blu Cantrell and TLC due Sept. 24. On Oct. 8, look for new Aretha Franklin and OutKast albums. Atlantic will release Twista's Kamikaze (Nov. 5), a new Fat Joe project (Nov. 12) and a Lil' Kim album (Nov. 12) through Queen Bee/Undeas. A new Craig David album will also be available Nov. 26 on Wildstar/Atlantic. David has said of the project that he's "really confident that it has progressed from the last one." A Run DMC hits collection is set for Sept. 10 from BMG Heritage; the label will release the compilation The Best of Harry Belafonte's 'Long Road to Freedom'-An Anthology of Black Music on Sept. 24. Def Jam will release LL Cool J's X in October and new projects from Foxy Brown, Jay-Z, Ludacris and DMX in November. A new Blackstreet album will be out Oct. 22 from DreamWorks. Gerald Levert's The G Spot (Elektra) will be in stores next month, and the label will also release projects from Nate Dogg, Fabolous and Missy Elliott in October. Bone Thugs N Harmony will come out with a new project Sept. 24 on Epic, while a Ghostface Killah album hits stores Nov. 19 from the label. In September, Roc-A-Fella will release a Diplomats project. On J Records, September will bring new Flipmode Squad and Deborah Cox projects. Jive projects include an eponymously titled Nivea project, Syleena Johnson's Chapter 2: The Voice and projects from R. Kelly and Petey Pablo. A new KRS-One album arrives next month from Koch.
The Roots' Phrenology will be released Sept. 17 on MCA; the label will release Common's Electric Circus (Oct. 15), Field Mob's From tha Roota to Tha Toota (Oct. 29) and a new K-Ci & JoJo project (Nov. 12). Motown will release new Queen Latifah, DJ Rodgers and Dave Hollister albums in September. Lil' Romeo's Game Time hits stores Nov. 5 on New No Limit/Universal. A Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons hits set will be released this month on Rhino. A Jaheim project is expected Oct. 2 on Warner Bros.
IN THE BIG COUNTRY Artemis will release Steve Earle's Jerusalem on Sept. 24, while a new Eric Heatherly album will be available Oct. 29 from DreamWorks. BNA will release a Pinmonkey album on Sept. 24. LeAnn Rimes' Twisted Angel will be coming out on Curb. "The album title says it all," the artist explains of the project. "The 'Angel' is that little girl with the big voice who grew up with everyone watching her. The 'Twisted' part is me growing into my own as a strong woman. I think that's what will come across to people, and hopefully they will accept that."
High Tone will release a new Buddy Miller album on Oct. 15. Kim Richey's Rise (Oct. 1) and a Willie Nelson project will be available from Lost Highway. A Patsy Cline tribute album (Oct. 1), a Vince Gill project (Oct. 29) and a Josh Turner album (Nov. 5) will be released on MCA Nashville, while Mercury will release a James Otto project (Oct. 15). Dean Miller's Just Me will be released Oct. 22 on Universal South. A Slobberbone project and a Delbert McClinton album will be available Sept. 24 from New West.
Going Driftless: An Artist's Tribute to Greg Brown, featuring Lucinda Williams, Iris Dement and Gillian Welch, will be released Sept. 10 on Red House. Straightway will put out Anne Murray's Country Croonin' on Nov. 5. New John Michael Montgomery (Sept. 24), Faith Hill (Oct. 15) and Dusty Drake albums (Nov. 19) will come out on Warner Nashville. A Hank Williams Jr. tribute compilation (Oct. 8) and a Trick Pony album (Nov. 5) are also expected from Warner Nashville.
A Doug Stone album will be available from Audium Sept. 24, while a Mammoth Jack CD will be in stores in early fall from Broken Bow. Radney Foster's Another Way to Go hits stores Sept. 10 from Dualtone. Lyric Street issues a Rascal Flatts album and Sonya Issacs' Pictures of Me in the fourth quarter. Mercury will release new sets from Shania Twain, Mark Willis (November) and Terri Clark.
JAZZED UP Kenny G's new album drops Sept. 10 from Arista. Ropeadope/ Atlantic releases Tin Hat Trio's The Rodeo Ended on the same date. Jason Moran's Modernistic and a new Jacky Terrasson project will be released by Blue Note on Sept. 17 and Oct. 22, respectively. Gordon Haskell's Harry's Bar will be released Sept. 10 on Compass. The Hot Club of Cowtown's Ghost Train will be available Sept. 17 on High Tone, while Bob Baldwin's Standing Tall is set for a Sept. 17 issue on Narada Jazz. Shanachie will release Kim Waters' Somebody to Love You and Nestor Torres' Mi Alma Latina in September and Liquid Soul's Evolution in October. Warner Bros. will release a Bob James album on Sept. 24, while Joshua Redman and Sixwire albums will be available on Sept. 10.
HOT LATIN FARE BMG U.S. Latin will release a number of projects in the fourth quarter, including albums from Millie (Sept. 10), Cristian (Grandes Exitos, Sept. 24), Di Blasio (Di Blasio-Gardel Tangos, Sept. 24) and Emilio Navaira (Sept. 24). The label also plans a new Gisselle project in October. Fonovisa will also have a strong slate of fourth-quarter releases, among them albums from Priscila, Los Huracanes del Norte, Los Angeles de Charly, Banda Zorro, Los Guardianes del Amor, Sparx, Los Tigres del Norte, Raul Hernandez, La Mafia and Grupo Exterminador. Enrique Iglesias' first all-Spanish album in five years will be released Sept. 17 on Universal.
LET'S DANCE Scapegoat Wax's Swax hits stores Sept. 17 from Hollywood. Luaka Bop will release the compilation The Only Blip Hop Record You Will Ever Need Vol. 1 on Sept. 17, while Moonshine releases the After Hour Power compilation (Sept. 24), ?berzone's The Digital Mix (Oct. 8) and Chillin' With Boy George (Nov. 2). Marques Wyatt's Mixer Presents United DJ's of America will be available Sept. 24 on Razor & Tie. Strictly Rhythm releases the two-disc Party Time 2003 compilation on Sept. 10. Underworld's A Hundred Days Off drops on the same date on V2.
A TASTE OF THE WORLD Celtic label Green Linnet will release Ffynnon's Celtic Music From Wales (September), Patrick Street's Street Life and a L?nasa project in November. Rounder issues Cajun Music: The Essential Collection and Zydeco: The Essential Collection on Sept. 10. On Shanachie, look for the various-artists album Nu-afrobeat Experience: African Funk Grooves in September. Rounder releases Cajun Music: The Essential Collection Sept. 17 and several Anthology of World Music collections (devoted to the music of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and Pakistan) in October.
SEASONAL SOUNDS A Kenny G holiday album will be released Oct. 22 on Arista, while Plus One's Christmas will be released Sept. 17 on Atlantic. Brooks & Dunn will also have a holiday album from BNA. Two various-artists compilations-Classic Christmas and Rat Pack Christmas-will be available Oct. 8 from Capitol. From Epic, seasonal fare includes 3LW and B2K Christmas albums on Oct. 29. The Osbourne's Family Xmas album will be released Nov. 12. A Lee Ann Womack Christmas record will be released Oct. 15 on MCA Nashville. Narada Jazz releases a Warren Hill seasonal project (Sept. 24) and a Celtic Christmas project (Oct. 22). Mannheim Steamroller's Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, A Fresh Aire Christmas, Christmas in the Aire, Christmas Extraordinaire 5.1 and Christmas Live will be released by Sparrow on Oct. 22. Warner Nashville issues a Clay Walker Christmas album and the Cracked Country Christmas compilation.
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