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Green Day, from left, Mike Dirnt, Billie Joe Armstrong and Tre Cool. Danny Moloshok / Reuters
Green Day, from left, Mike Dirnt, Billie Joe Armstrong and Tre Cool. Danny Moloshok / Reuters
Matt Bellamy of Muse performs at Glastonbury in 2010. Gavan / Getty Images
Matt Bellamy of Muse performs at Glastonbury in 2010. Gavan / Getty Images
Taylor Swift performs at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles. Mario Anzuoni / Reuters
Taylor Swift performs at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles. Mario Anzuoni / Reuters
50 Cent had a flop record in 2009. Victoria Will / AP PHoto
50 Cent had a flop record in 2009. Victoria Will / AP PHoto
Alicia Keys performs in Los Angeles in June. Michael Kovac / Getty Images for City of Hope / AFP
Alicia Keys performs in Los Angeles in June. Michael Kovac / Getty Images for City of Hope / AFP
Tinie Tempah performs on the Virgin Media Stage at the V Festival in Chelmsford, UK, last month. Samir Hussein / Getty Images)
Tinie Tempah performs on the Virgin Media Stage at the V Festival in Chelmsford, UK, last month. Samir Hussein / Getty Images)

The biggest album releases this autumn

The end of the year is traditionally the time record labels unleash some of their major releases. We look at some of the biggest albums on the way this autumn.

Muse
The 2nd Law

Release date: Friday

What they say: “It feels like it’s time to move on and do something radically different,” said Muse’s bassist Christopher Wolstenholme.

What we say: Arguably this year’s most-anticipated rock release, the record’s lead single Madness finds the British trio embracing a more subtle pop sound, while the Olympic theme song Survival is suitably epic.

Taylor Swift
Red

Release date: October 22

What she says: “From intense love, intense frustration, jealousy, confusion, all of that, in my mind, all those emotions are red. There’s nothing beige about any of those feelings.”

What we say: Swift promises a warts-and-all outlook with her fourth album. We wonder if any of these songs contain another kiss-off to John Mayer.

Soundgarden
King Animal

Release date: November 13

What they say: “It re-establishes that we still rock, we’re still heavy, and we’re still a little weird,” stated the band’s guitarist Kim Thayil to Rolling Stone magazine.

What we say: The reformed Seattle grunge legends recently released a 37-second snippet of the lead track Worse Dreams, and it sounds poppy and polished. Here’s hoping their music hasn’t lost all its sludgy beauty.

Robbie Williams
Take the Crown

Release date: November 5

What he says: Announcing the album on his website, Williams says his “main priority was to write what I consider, and hopefully what the world would consider, to be hits. I’m very excited.”

What we say: Williams hopes this album will be his big comeback after his 2009 lacklustre effort Reality Killed the Video Star. His recent Take That reunion is already paying off, with his fellow member Gary Barlow producing this album’s summery lead single Candy.

50 Cent
Street King Immortal

Release date: November 13

What they say: “He’s taking it back to the old 50,” Hitboy, 50 Cent’s producer, told MTV. “And he had some new records that were some different-sounding stuff, too. I’m excited to see how people react to it.”

What we say: 50 Cent experienced a flop record in 2009. With the hip-hop game generally moving so fast, it will be interesting to see if fans will still be interested in what Fiddy has to say.

Alicia Keys
Girl on Fire

Release date: November 27

What she says: “The album represents a new me in every way,” Keys told CNN.

What we say: Keys will talk about being a new mother, but the album is not full of sleepy ballads – we think the R&B star is too classy for that.

Green Day
¡Uno!

Release date: tomorrow

What they say: the band’s lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong declared the album as “the best music we’ve ever written, and the songs just keep coming”.

What we say: This is the first of a trio of albums to be released over the next three months. Judging by the tracks Kill the DJ and Let Yourself Go, the group ditched their rock-opera vibe for a punchier sound.

Tinie Tempah
Demonstration

Release date: mid-October

What he says: “I think it’s time to take it to that next level and make it even bigger and better.”

What we say: So far, the signs are good. Tempah already recorded collaborations with Dizzee Rascal and Calvin Harris. Sadly, a hook-up with Adele was quashed after the soul singer suffered vocal problems.

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