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15 Must-Hear New Albums Out This Month: Taylor Swift, Lil Baby, Carly Rae Jepsen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, M.I.A. & More
(L-R): Carly Rae Jepsen, M.I.A., Taylor Swift, Natalia Lafourcade, TSHA, Lil Baby

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15 Must-Hear New Albums Out This Month: Taylor Swift, Lil Baby, Carly Rae Jepsen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, M.I.A. & More

Here are the can't-miss releases and massive new albums dropping in October from the 1975, Arctic Monkeys, Lamb of God, Natalia Lafourcade, and many others.

GRAMMYs/Oct 10, 2022 - 07:14 pm

In addition to Halloween excitement, October is also flush with exciting new music. This month promises a host of highly anticipated albums in all genres — including the return of beloved acts straddling the worlds of rock, pop, punk and dance music.

October sees reenergized funk-rock lifers Red Hot Chili Peppers back with their second release of 2022, Return of the Dream Canteen, while indie-pop darling Carly Rae Jepsen returns with her introspective and soul-searching fifth album, The Loneliest Time. The rest of the month sees the return of British rock torchbearers (The 1975's Being Funny in a Foreign Language and Arctic Monkeys' The Car), a gleaming debut from one of dance music's brightest stars (TSHA's Capricorn Sun), boundary-pushing hip-hop (Mykki Blanco’s Stay Close to Music), thunderous hard rock (Lamb of God's Omens), and much more. 

Below, check out a guide to the must-hear albums dropping in October 2022, from big names you know to newcomers you'll want to add to your playlist. — Jack Tregoning

Lamb of God - Omens

Release date: October 7

Fans of corrosive, no-hostages-taken heavy metal will find much to enjoy in the veteran Virginia band’s ninth studio album, which was recorded live in studio. From the visceral fury of opening track "Nevermore" — its lacerating groove moving at the speed of light, anchoring Randy Blythe’s deep growl — Omens never lets up.

The lyrics combine a never ending reservoir of rage about the sad state of the world with moments of evocative poetry, like the despondent nihilism of "Vanishing." After being unable to tour behind its previous effort — 2020’s critically acclaimed self-titled album – the quintet returns to U.S. stages with a vengeance, headlining a massive tour backed by a variety of like-minded opening acts. For Lamb of God, the post-pandemic era marches to the beat of metal. — Ernesto Lechner

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Sun Ra Arkestra - Living Sky

Release date: October 7

Last year, the Sun Ra Arkestra’s Swirling — the Marshall Allen-led collective’s first new studio album since 1999’s Song for the Sun — earned universal acclaim and a 2022 GRAMMY nomination for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. They've returned with Living Sky, featuring 19 musicians performing the late spiritual jazz master Sun Ra’s compositions.

The album is being released on executive producer Ahmet Ulug’s Omni Sound imprint (Swirling appeared on UK label Strut). Lead single "Somebody Else’s Idea" is the first instrumental recording of a song that originally featured vocalist June Tyson. 

"'Somebody Else’s Idea' is an affirmation that the world I live in is a world that I can change," says baritone saxophonist Knoel Scott. "The first part of change is not accepting the status, the so-called status quo, in rejecting the status quo, I free myself to the possibilities which range amongst the infinite. It is our desire. There are those who listen to our music also embrace the possibilities which range beyond the limits of the impossible." — Mosi Reeves

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TSHA - Capricorn Sun 

Release date: October 7

London-based DJ and producer TSHA came of age listening to acid house, rave and UK garage, and those formative years still shine through in her productions. After a promising run of EPs and singles, TSHA's new album, Capricorn Sun, finds her in full bloom.

Capricorn Sun features a wide spectrum of heartfelt house and bass music, including collaborations with vocalist Clementine Douglas, GRAMMY Award-winning Malian singer Oumou Sangaré and composer/producer Mafro, who is also TSHA's fiancé. 

TSHA credits seeing Bonobo live in 2017 as the biggest inspiration on her warm, widescreen sound. In a full circle moment, both artists have now released albums on Ninja Tune in 2022. — Jack Tregoning

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Lil Baby - It’s Only Me

Release date: October 14

With his upcoming third solo studio album for Quality Control Music, It’s Only Me, Atlanta rapper Lil Baby looks to build on the acclaim of his chart-topping 2020 release, My Turn. That four-times platinum album helped him secure a "Best Rapper Alive" honor from Complex and yielded a No. 3 hit in the Black Lives Matter anthem, "The Bigger Picture." At the 2021 GRAMMY Awards — where "The Bigger Picture" was nominated for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song" — Lil Baby delivered one of the ceremony’s most memorable performances by performing alongside activist Tamika Mallory and rapper/activist Killer Mike from Run the Jewels.

Since that breakout year, Lil Baby has released a platinum collaboration with Lil Durk, 2021’s The Voice of the Heroes, and recorded a track for the upcoming 2022 World Cup in Qatar, "The World Is Yours to Take." He also landed a No. 2 hit with Nicki Minaj this year, "Do We Have a Problem?"

When Lil Baby announced It’s Only Me on Instagram, he wrote, "I Kno Its Been Along Time Coming But I’m Coming Harder And Harder…#worththewait." — M.R.

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M.I.A. - MATA

Release date: October 14

MATA may be Sri Lankan-British rapper M.I.A.’s first album in six years, but she hasn’t been entirely silent. In 2020, the three-time GRAMMY nominee collaborated with Travis Scott and Young Thug on the Billboard chart-topping single, "Franchise." She’s also dropped a handful of loosies in the run-up to MATA like "Beep" and "Popular."

She revealed earlier this year that she’s now a born-again Christian — an evolution that may seem at odds with her revolutionary, iconoclastic image. "I had a vision and I saw the vision of Jesus Christ," she told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe last May. "It’s very creatively a crazy thing because it turned my world upside down."

On her previous two albums, Matangi and AIM, M.I.A.’s music grew increasingly spiritual and reflective. However, she’s still an iconoclast who blends electronic music tones, agit-rap, and Indian music melodies in vividly creative fashion. "Popular," which marks her reunion with former collaborator Diplo, is a critique of artificial intelligence. Other contributors to MATA include Skrillex and Rick Rubin; there’s also a verse from the late Juice WRLD. — M.R.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers - Return of the Dream Canteen

Release date: October 14

Back in April, Red Hot Chili Peppers released Unlimited Love, their first album since 2016's The Getaway. Produced by legendary impresario Rick Rubin, Unlimited Love also heralded the return of guitarist John Frusciante after a 16 year absence. The album's throwback sound, combined with Frusciante's unmistakeable guitar tones, thrilled fans and earned the band their first U.S. No. 1 album since Stadium Arcadium in 2006.

Only a few months later, Red Hot Chili Peppers revealed they had another album's worth of material from the Unlimited Love sessions. Out Oct. 14, Return of the Dream Canteen features 17 new Chili Peppers songs, including the funk-heavy "Tippa My Tongue" (accompanied bya joyfully psychedelic music video) and the more contemplative "Eddie."

The band showcased the new material on their sold-out stadium tour across the U.S., including a homecoming show at Los Angeles' SoFi Stadium that featured a career-spanning setlist and support from Beck and Thundercat. — J.T.

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The 1975 - Being Funny in a Foreign Language

Release date: October 14

Following 2020's sprawling Notes On On A Conditional Form, pop shapeshifters The 1975 return this month with Being Funny in a Foreign Language. This time around, the group has focused its attention on just 11 tracks, working with pop super-producer Jack Antonoff to help crystallize their sound.

Excitingly for fans, The 1975 has already offered up four singles ahead of the album: "Part Of The Band," "Happiness," "I'm In Love With You," and "All I Need To Hear." Each single iterates on the signature 1975 sound, with frontman Matty Healy's poetic lyrics and nimble vocals as the common thread. The band's forthcoming world tour, cheekily titled The 1975 At Their Very Best, travels across the U.S. in November and December. — J.T.

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Mykki Blanco - Stay Close to Music

Release date: October 14

Mykki Blanco has remained at pop’s bleeding edge ever since debuting in 2012. Gradually, the mainstream has absorbed her innovations, and she’s now seen as a pioneer in queer-identified, hip-hop-inflected music. Her reach is clear in the track listing for Stay Close to Me, which is set for release on Transgressive and features ANOHNI, Saul Williams, FaltyDL, Michael Stipe, Diana Gordon, Jónsi and many others. The video for the romantic first single, "French Lessons," pays tribute to Georgian filmmaker Sergei Parajanov, incorporates post-apocalyptic imagery and symbolizes a global fight for queer liberation.

"I wanted to see what it would be like to go back and be a musician from another time where you had to start every ingredient raw from scratch," Blanco said in a press release. "That process, ideology and that way of making has not only changed me as a musician, it has creatively changed me as a person." — M.R.

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Taylor Swift - Midnights

Release date: October 21

Within hours of its announcement — and before a second of actual music hit the internet — Swifties came out in full force with countless theories as to the contents of Taylor Swift's upcoming album, Midnights. Whether the album turns out to be '90s pastiche, include a Drake feature, or be tied to National Reptile Day remains to be seen, that won't stop the fans from taking a fine-tooth comb to social media in the search for hints.

In the meantime, we have a few general notes confirmed: 13 tracks dedicated to "the stories of 13 sleepless nights," an album that comprises "a journey through terrors and sweet dreams." Lana Del Rey is set to guest on "Snow on the Beach," and Jack Antonoff is one of the producers. While revealing track titles on her TikTok series "Midnights Mayhem With Me," Swift explained that "Lavender Haze" details the feelings of protecting her relationship with Joe Alwyn from the swirl of media attention, and that "Anti-Hero" reveals some of her deepest insecurities. We only have to wait until Oct. 21 to learn the rest of the story, but that won't stop the speculation machine from roaring gloriously until then. — Lior Phillips

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Carly Rae Jepsen - The Loneliest Time

Release date: October 21

Canadian pop darling Carly Rae Jepsen will take her anthemic hooks to the disco on her sixth album, The Loneliest Time, due Oct. 21. While the 13 tracks imbue her melodies with '70s glitz and glam and a healthy dose of self-awareness, Jepsen's unmatched charm and playful spirit remain at the core. That duality and magic results in a four-and-a-half minute dancefloor duet with fellow Canadian pop eccentric Rufus Wainwright complete with lush strings, a talk-sung bridge, and Giorgio Moroder synth wobbles in which every moment feels essential.

Loneliest Time combines the focused stylistics and songwriting of 2015's superb Emotion with the confidence and willingness to experiment with 2019's Dedicated, and filters it down to distilled pop gems. Only Jepsen has the goofy earnestness (or is it earnest goofiness?) to pull off a campy track like "Beach House," in which three potential partners warn Jepsen that they'll probably hurt her feelings, need to borrow $10,000, and...um...harvest her organs. The late-night Minogue-esque wondering of "Talking To Yourself" and the golden shimmer of "Western Wind" expand on the dance pop equation, Jepsen as winning and sugary sweet as ever. And as if that weren't enough, Jepsen recorded upwards of a hundred tracks while putting The Loneliest Time together, so here's hoping another B Side record like those for Emotion and Dedicated is around the corner. — L.P.

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Arctic Monkeys -  The Car 

Release date: October 21

After waiting over four years for new music, Arctic Monkeys fans now have reason to rejoice. This month, the UK band will release its seventh studio album, The Car, which follows 2018's GRAMMY-nominated Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino.

Having made their name with stomping rock anthems like "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" and "R U Mine?,"Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino signaled a new direction for the band into psychedelic and loungey pop. The Car is set to continue in that more refined tradition, as evidenced by the singles "Body Paint" and "There'd Better Be A Mirrorball," which both showcase frontman Alex Turner's richly emotive vocals over lush instrumentation. 

Arctic Monkeys have already planned out a US tour from August 2023, culminating in three nights at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, California. That gives you plenty of time to luxuriate in all the new album has to offer. — J.T.

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Dawn Richard & Spencer Zahn - Pigments

Release date: October 21

After earning widespread acclaim with Second Line, a kinetic homage to New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Indians, avant-pop artist Dawn Richard is shifting gears again. Her collaboration with composer Spencer Zahn, Pigments, is a collection of contemporary classical music, ECM-style jazz and chamber pop.

Released via Merge Records, nearly half of the songs are instrumental suites by Zahn and his ensemble. The rest features Richard’s impressions on life as a young woman learning to embrace herself. Zahn has played bass on Richard’s tours, and has recorded four albums as a bandleader, including this year’s Pale Horizon. Before Pigments, the two collaborated on a 2018 remix of Zahn’s "Cyanotype." 

In a press release for Pigments, Richard explained, "I felt like the tools that I and other people like me were dealt weren’t shiny. Yet we still painted these beautiful pictures. This album is what it means to be a dreamer and finally reach a place where you’ve decided to love the pigments that you have." — M.R. 

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Natalia Lafourcade - De Todas las Flores

Release date: October 28

When Mexican songstress Natalia Lafourcade began work on her first collection of original songs since 2015’s exquisite Hasta la Raíz, she would show keyboardist Emiliano Dorante images of Claude Monet paintings as a visual guidepost for what the music should sound like. While the influence of Claude Debussy can be heard on the atmospheric piano intro to "Llévamente Viento," but the new album is also seeped in sinuous folk rhythms (the ritual-like "Muerte"), abstract jazzy textures — veteran guitarist Marc Ribot is part of Lafourcade’s band — and the sunny tropi-surf vibes of "Canta La Arena."

Recorded live in a Texas studio without any previous rehearsals and no outside guests allowed, the album was mixed in Paris with producer Adán Jodorowsky after a much anticipated visit to Monet’s gardens, De Todas Las Flores is one of Lafourcade’s most fully realized efforts. At 38, she continues developing a novel language for Latin music, informed by life-affirming moments of self-reflection and discovery. — E.L.

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Fred again.. -  Actual Life 3 (January 1 - September 9 2022)

Release date: October 28

(including "Turn On The Lights again.." with Swedish House Mafia and Future), bootlegs and remixes, the set has blown up online, stacking up 6.9 million views on YouTube since July. Building on that momentum, Fred again.. is currently on a sold-out tour across the U.S.

After a three-night stint at Terminal 5 in New York, Fred again.. will drop his much-anticipated Actual Life 3 (January 1- September 9 2022) on Oct. 28. The Actual Life series began in April 2021, and each edition features the producer's electronic soundscapes intercut with audio recordings from his life and travels. 

Actual Life 3 (January 1- September 9 2022) features some of the highpoints from the Boiler Room session, such as the 070 Shake-sampling "Danielle (smile on my face)" and the bassy earworm "Kammy (like i do)." — J.T.

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Lee Fields - Sentimental Fool 

Release date: October 28

At 72 years of age, Lee Fields encapsulates the very essence of soul and its healing power. Born in North Carolina, he was deeply inspired by James Brown and released his first single, "Bewildered," in 1969. Fields has soldiered on through the decades, with live performances and a series of superb albums in the ‘90s and into the new millennium. Released on Daptone Records, Sentimental Fool finds his amazing vocalizing framed by a sympathetic ensemble.

Simmering opening cut "Forever" sounds like a classic Stax cut from the ‘60s, while "Ordinary Lives" boasts sweet sax riffs, spiraling guitar patterns and a majestic bass line. Age has done wonders to his singing. He sounds relaxed on the new tracks, but still able to emote mountains of sorrow, hope and joy   all within the same song. Fields will celebrate the release of the album with an extended U.S. tour that will continue through December. — E.L.

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FYI/TMI: Are Taylor Swift And Ed Sheeran Getting Together?
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FYI/TMI: Are Taylor Swift And Ed Sheeran Getting Together?

Rumors surface that the two are in a red-hot relationship; Sony/ATV Music Publishing named top publisher of fourth quarter in 2012

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

(In an effort to keep you fully informed, and fully entertained, below we present today's FYI and TMI — news you need and news that's, well, sometimes needless….)

FYI …

Sony/ATV Claims Top Publisher In Q4 2012
Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which in June 2012 acquired administration of EMI Music Publishing, was the top publisher in the fourth quarter of 2012 based on its 25.8 percent share of the top 100 songs during the period, according to figures released by Nielsen BDS. No. 2 was Kobalt Music Group (16.5 percent share), followed by Universal Music Publishing Group (15.9 percent share), Warner/Chappell Music (14.2 percent share), and BMG Chrysalis (5.3 percent share).

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Swift Getting Together With Sheeran?
Taylor Swift may never be getting back together with a few people — like, ever — but that isn't stopping her from joining "The A Team." According to a report, Swift and GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran were reportedly seen together at a hotel in late February. Adding more red-hot fuel to the fire, Sheeran collaborated with Swift on her latest album, Red, the name of which is also a tattoo on Sheeran's left arm. Since Swift and Sheeran supposedly dated briefly last spring, maybe they are, like, getting back together.

Taylor Swift Plots 2020 World Tour With U.S. Dates For Lover Fest East & West

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Taylor Swift Plots 2020 World Tour With U.S. Dates For Lover Fest East & West

Following dates in Europe and South America, Swift will land in the U.S. for Lover Fest East and West, where the pop star will open Los Angeles' brand new stadium

GRAMMYs/Sep 18, 2019 - 02:38 am

Taylor Swift  will be spreading the love in support of her hit album Lover.in 2020, but it may or may not be in a city near you. The GRAMMY winner announced plans for her summer 2020 tour in support of her seventh studio album, including two shows each in Foxborough, Mass. and Los Angeles for Lover Fest East and West respectively as the only four U.S. dates announced so far.

The tour kicks off in Belgium on June 20 and hits festivals in seven European countries before heading to Sao Paulo, Brazil on July 18 then heading to U.S. Swift will then present Lover Fest West with back-to-back Los Angeles July 25 and 26 at the newly named SoFi Stadium. The concerts will serve as the grand opening of the much-anticipated NFL venue. The tour will wrap a double header at Gillette Stadiuim in Foxborough July 31 and Aug 1

"The Lover album is open fields, sunsets, + SUMMER. I want to perform it in a way that feels authentic," she tweeted. "I want to go to some places I haven’t been and play festivals. Where we didn’t have festivals, we made some. Introducing, Lover Fest East + West!" 

Lover was released Aug. 23 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Her sold-out tour for her previous album, 2017's Reputation, was the highest grossing U.S. tour ever, breaking her own record.

Tickets for the new dates go on sale to the general public via Ticketmaster on Oct. 17. 

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"GRAMMY Effect" Spikes Sales

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 04:22 am

"GRAMMY Effect" Spikes Sales
The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards drove a 3.3 percent increase in album sales compared to last week, according to a Billboard report. The 2010 GRAMMY Nominees album jumped to No. 5 with sales of 71,000 units, a 55 percent increase. Top GRAMMY winner Beyoncé's I Am…Sasha Fierce rose to No. 14 with sales of 32,000 copies, a 101 percent increase. Other GRAMMY performers experiencing sales increases include Pink (up 234 percent), Dave Matthews Band (up 114 percent), the Zac Brown Band (up 82 percent), the Black Eyed Peas (up 76 percent), Taylor Swift (up 58 percent), and Lady Gaga (up 17 percent). Lady Antebellum, who also performed on the telecast, remained at No. 1 for the second consecutive week. (2/10)

Grainge Promoted To UMG CEO
Universal Music Group International Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge has been promoted to CEO of Universal Music Group, effective Jan. 1, 2011. He will succeed Doug Morris and report to Jean-Bernard Lévy, chairman of the management board of Vivendi. Grainge will relocate from London to New York to serve as co-CEO of UMG in tandem with Morris for six months starting July 1. Morris, who has served as UMG chairman and CEO since 1995, will remain as company chairman. (2/10)
 

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Pop Shines With 55th GRAMMY Nominations

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 04:22 am

This year's GRAMMY nominations are an eclectic, all-inclusive ensemble of nominees perfectly reflecting the wide variety of musical genres, tastes and trends that The Recording Academy celebrates.

Pop made a strong impact in the coveted General Field categories with nominations for Kelly Clarkson (Record Of The Year for "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You"), Taylor Swift (Record Of The Year for her pop-tinged "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together") and Carly Rea Jepsen (Song Of The Year for "Call Me Maybe").

The nominations also marked a milestone for Fun., who received six nominations, including Record and Song Of The Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "We Are Young" featuring Janelle Monáe, and Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for Some Nights. The Brooklyn, N.Y., trio also received a Best New Artist nomination.

"It feels good, very good," lead singer Nate Ruess said backstage at "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!" in Nashville on Dec. 5.

"American Idol" alum Clarkson is among the top female nominees with three nominations, including Best Pop Vocal Album for Stronger. Pink received a deserving nod in the Best Pop Vocal Album category for The Truth About Love, which hopefully opens the door to a performance during February's GRAMMY Awards telecast. (Side note: Pink's album features "Just Give Me A Reason," a duet with Ruess.)

It was a big night for British superstar Ed Sheeran, who grabbed a Song Of The Year nomination for "The A Team." Sheeran was overjoyed with the honor, tweeting, "I can't describe how happy I am."

GRAMMY winners Maroon 5 had a strong night with nominations for Overexposed, the group's self-proclaimed "most diverse and poppiest album yet," in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album categories.

RedFoo and Sky Blu of LMFAO scooped up a Best Pop Duo/Group Performance nomination for their dance-pop confection "Sexy And I Know It," a deserving nomination for the world's most colorful party rockers.

Following a successful year for her GRAMMY-winning album 21, Adele's momentum is still going strong.  The proud new mom picked up a nomination for her live performance of "Set Fire To The Rain" in the Best Pop Solo Performance category. Adele was nominated alongside Clarkson, Rihanna ("Where Have You Been"), Katy Perry ("Wide Awake"), and Jepsen, the latter of whom was quick to tweet that she was "over the moon excited" with the honor.

With exciting pop newcomers and veteran pop artists nominated in the General and Pop Fields, the GRAMMY Awards telecast on Feb. 10 will without a doubt be Music's Biggest Night and a terrific night for pop.