Taylor Swift at the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2021
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Fall 2021 Album Guide: From Taylor Swift to ENHYPEN to NBA Youngboy, 10 Upcoming Releases To Listen To As The Seasons Change
Want to hear some music-business inside baseball? The arrival of fall means this is the last part in the year where it gets really busy before things calm down a bit as the holidays approach.
But if the arrival of so-called "spooky season" means busy days and long nights, then bring it on: There are some seriously high-caliber releases in the pipeline.
Wondering what to pre-save as heat and humidity give way to much-anticipated jean-jacket weather? Here are 10 must-stream albums releasing in fall 2021—from country luminary Mickey Guyton, K-pop rookies ENHYPEN, and other greats.
Release Date: TBD
Proceed with caution. Listening to Rezz is a trippy experience, and if "Chemical Bond" is a sign of what's to come throughout Spiral, GRAMMY.com encourages you to proceed.
Spiral will serve as Rezz's fourth album, and according to the 26-year-old Canadian DJ/producer, the project displays her sonic evolution while also staying true to her patented hypnotic sound.
Mickey Guyton, Remember Her Name
Release Date: September 24
Whether it be due to holiday season dread or something as simple as earlier sunsets, fall can be a difficult season for many, but GRAMMY-nominated country artist Mickey Guyton sets out to make sure everyone who listens to her debut album Remember Her Name feels seen.
"Remember Her Name is a culmination of the last ten years of my life in Nashville," shares Guyton via press release. "This album is the closing of a chapter. All those years ago, I set out to create music that would make people feel self-empowered, loved, and comfortable with being themselves and this album holds true to all of that."
NBA Youngboy, Sincerely, Kentrell
Release Date: September 24
"I really feel like it kind of trapped me because it was tough for me to make music in there," NBA Youngboy told GRAMMY.com in 2020 about his house arrest stint. "It really kind of trained me. I had a big writer's block."
Fast forward to 2021, Youngboy has been behind bars since March and released no new projects all year. After gaining a reputation for frequent releases, his passionate fan base is likely starving to hear what he penned on Sincerely, Kentrell.
Brandi Carlile, In These Silent Days
Release Date: October 1
Comparison is the thief of joy, so don't compare yourself to singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile. Instead of binge-watching everything in sight or sleeping the day away, the six-time GRAMMY winner spent her quarantine diving into her past and writing out her thoughts for In These Silent Days.
"This album is what drama mixed with joy sounds like," described Carlile via press release. "It's resistance and gratitude, righteous anger and radical forgiveness."
ENHYPEN, DIMENSION : DILEMMA
Release Date: October 12
There are passionate fanbases, then there's ENHYPEN's fanbase.
Just one year after the K-pop band was formed through a South Korean survival reality show, the septet already has over 3.1 million Twitter followers, 5.5 million Instagram followers and 8.1 million TikTok followers. Oh, and that's with no album under their belt.
ENHYPEN's 2021 six-track EP BORDER : CARNIVAL featured gripping sonic gems like "Drunk-Dazed" and "FEVER" then paired them with even more compelling visuals. Expect their debut album DIMENSION : DILEMMA to do the same.
Young Thug, Punk
Release Date: October 15
Let Young Thug's Punk serve as your motivation to fully chase that idea you've always had.
From his one-of-a-kind deliveries to his head-turning fashion choices, Young Thug has stood out from other rappers since day one. Now, years later, with a GRAMMY, a number one album and three Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s to his name, the 30-year-old rapper seems more confident than ever and primed to outdo himself with Punk.
Ed Sheeran, =
Release Date: October 29
Fall is one of the four temperate seasons, but inside fall lives the beginning of another almost equally significant yearly staple: cuffing season.
Four-time GRAMMY winner and emotions whisperer Ed Sheeran is set to release his latest album = (pronounced "equals") just in time to kick off the affectionate festivities.
The singer/songwriter earned Best Pop Vocal Album GRAMMY nominations for each of his last three albums, No.6 Collaborations Project, ÷ and x, with the massive ÷ taking home a win.
Snail Mail, Valentine
Release Date: November 5
Where there's smoke, there's fire, and where there's cuffing season, there's heartbreak. Don't worry, GRAMMY.com has you covered. Actually, Snail Mail's upcoming album Valentine has you covered, but the point remains.
The titular track from the 22-year-old indie rock artist features lyrics like "Can't love for us both, you've gotta live and I gotta go" and a chorus of "so why'd you wanna erase mе, darling valentine? You'll always know where to find me when you change your mind."
Valentine will serve as the followup to Snail Mail's critically-acclaimed 2018 debut album, Lush.
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Raise The Roof
Release Date: November 19
Kraus and the former Led Zeppelin lead singer earned a combined 60 GRAMMY nominations and 35 wins throughout their decades-long careers, including wins for Record Of The Year, Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals, Best Country Collaboration With Vocals, and Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album at the 51st GRAMMY Awards for their 2007 collaboration album Raising Sand.
The legendary duo even reconnected with Raising Sand's producer T Bone Burnett in hopes of recreating the magic on Raise The Roof.
Taylor Swift, Red (Taylor's Version)
Release Date: November 19
Nearly 13 years since her second studio album Fearless went diamond and signaled the birth of a megastar, Taylor Swift has had her fair share of dominant eras, but her current era may be the most important one yet.
On her quest to take back ownership of her masters, Swift is essentially juggling two megastar-sized legacies, as she releases original albums like 2021 Album Of The Year Folklore and re-releases past works like 2014 Album Of The Year nominee Red.
Beyond the re-release and the nine new tracks set to come alongside, Red (Taylor's Version) is as inspiring as it will be nostalgic.