Can We Finally Get Around to Releasing Some Big Albums?

It was a pretty dire summer for major albums releases.  That’s because the majority of record labels have been saving the big stuff for the all-important fourth quarter.  A sizeable portion of the year’s profits (more than 20%, I’m told) come during the weeks leading up to Christmas.

Retailers understand this but they’re also understandably pissed off.  No big releases means reduced traffic in stores (physical and bricks-and-mortar) during the summer months.  Some claim that by waiting until the fall, the labels are missing out on huge sales opportunities by waiting so long.

The labels say “Q4 is very important to us in terms of sales.  Besides, holding back big releases until the fall gives us a chance to set up these records with singles, videos and tours through the fall.”

Whatever your position, this is going to be a very crowded fall starting next Tuesday.  Here’s what we can expect just over the next month:

September 11:

Bob Dylan/Tempest

Dave Matthews Band/Away from teh World

Pet Shop Boys/Elysium

The xx/Coexist

ZZ Top/La Futura

 

September 18:

Band of Horses/Mirage Rock

Ben Folds Five/The Sound of the Live of the Mind Out

Carly Rae Jepson/Kiss

Dinosaur Jr./I Bet on the Sky

Pink/The Truth About Love

The Killers/Battle Born

 

September 25:

Deadmau5/TBA

Green Day/Uno!

Mumford & Sons/Babel

No Doubt/Push and Shove

 

October 2:

Muse/The 2nd Law

Papa Roach/The Connection

 

A full list of all cool upcoming records is always available here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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