Last year it was months before there were any new releases. Here's a look at what's coming down the pike.
Norah Jones – Not Too Late (Jan 29)
Norah Jones leaves producer Arif Mardin for Lee Alexander, a songwriter and bassist on her previous albums, which combined sold over 31 million copies worldwide. Likely not to generate massive hit singles, but should sell well. Will be interesting to see if the critics like it or deem it more of the same (which they might anyway, even if they like it). First single "Thinking About You" is already out.
Kylie Minogue - Showgirl Homecoming Live (Jan. 8)
This recorded on November 11, 2006 in Sydney, Kylie's triumphant return to her interrupted Showgirls tour following her battle with breast cancer. The set includes 25 songs over two discs, focusing on her more recent work (Can't Get You Out of My Head, I Believe In You, Love at First Sight), but with some of her '80s classics thrown in too (I Should Be So Lucky, Better the Devil You Know, The Loco-Motion) .
Madonna – The Confessions Tour (Jan 29)
The Confessions Tour never came to DC, but I'm still interested in The Confessions Tour live set, a CD and DVD of her most recent concert tour, and the second live Madonna album in the last year; her Re-Invention tour CD was released in June as I'm Going to Tell You a Secret.
The View – Hats Off To The Buskers (Jan 22)
Jamie T – Panic Prevention (Jan 29)
Just Jack – Overtones (Jan 29)
Klaxons – Myths Of The Near Future (Jan 29)
Kaiser Chiefs – New To You (Feb 26)
The title may or may not be right, but we know that "Ruby" will be the first single from their forthcoming second album. Kaisers' debut album, Employment, was one of 2005's best albums, featuring the big hit "I Predict a Riot."
Bloc Party – A Weekend In The City (Feb 5)
I don't know much about this band, but I'm told I should. The first single "The Prayer" is supposed to be really good. Cool cover.
Fall Out Boy – Infinity On High (Feb 5)
Feeder – Picture Of Perfect Youth (Feb 5)
Mika – Life In Cartoon Motion (Feb 5)
Good Charlotte – Good Morning Revival (Feb 19)
Infernal – From Paris To Berlin (Feb 26)
Kelly Clarkson (Mar 12)
Clarkson's second album Breakaway wasn't an instant hit, but over the course of nearly 2 years became one of the decade's biggest pop album, giving her five major hits, most notably "Since U Been Gone," and clearly establishing her as a musical force of own totally severed from her American Idol beginnings. Supposedly this will be even more rockier.
Air – Pocket Symphony (Mar 5)
It's been three years now since Air's third album, Talkie Walkie, but the French electronic duo have been busy of late, doing a solo side project (Darkel) and producing Charlotte Gainsbourg's 5.55. Talkie Walkie was brilliant, so I have high expectations for this. Another cool cover too.
Kanye West – Graduation (Mar 5)
Mutya Buena (Mar 12)
LCD Soundsystem – The Sound Of Silver (Mar 19)
Arcade Fire – Neon Bible (Mar 26)
And later in the year:
Avril Lavigne – The Best Damn Thing (April)
Black Eyed Peas
Celine Dion (May)
The Editors (May/June)
Maroon 5 – It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (May)
Natasha Bedingfield – Blank Canvas (Apr)