Here come the would-be blockbusters. The music industry inevitably rolls out new releases by its biggest artists in the fall, just in time for holiday gift-giving. This year is no exception, with studio albums expected from Drake and
Rodney Atkins, "Take a Long Road" (Oct. 4): Atkins prefers baseball caps to country Stetsons and he's usually good for a handful of hits with a small-town flavor on each album.
Hank Williams Sr., “The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams” (Oct. 4): Contemporary artists ranging from
Miranda Lambert, "Four the Record" (Nov. 1): One of mainstream country's "bad girls" aims to keep her string of platinum-plus albums intact.
Van Hunt, "What Were You Hoping For?" (Sept. 27): After a lengthy hiatus, enforced in part by record-company problems, the gifted songwriter releases his first album since "On the Jungle Floor" in 2006.
Drake, "Take Care" (Oct. 24): The follow-up to Aubrey Drake Graham's best-selling 2010 release, "Thank Me Later."
Mary J. Blige, "My Life II... The Journey Continues (Act I)" (November): The singer's 10th studio album is being billed as a sequel to her classic 1994 merger of hip-hop and soul, "My Life."
Feist, "Metals" (Oct. 4): Leslie Feist made her reputation with quiet, melancholy tunes, but promises a makeover to better showcase other facets of her songwriting and guitar-playing on her first album in four years.
Superheavy, “Superheavy” (Sept. 20):
Nirvana, "Nevermind (Super Deluxe)" (Oct. 25): The cannon shot from the Seattle trio that opened the alternative-rock era is retooled with bonus tracks and a DVD.
U2, "Achtung Baby (Super Deluxe Edition)" (Nov. 1): The Irish quartet reissue one of their most revered albums on its 20th anniversary with all the trimmings.
The Who, “Quadrophenia: The Director's Cut” (Nov. 15):