Miley Cyrus wasn’t the only one making headlines following the recent 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. During the broadcast, rapper Eminem announced via a Beats by Dre commercial news of a forthcoming album due out Nov. 5. Titled “MMLP2” (Marshall Mathers LP 2), the album will be his first since 2010’s “Recovery” and a follow-up of sorts to his 2000 release “The Marshall Mathers LP,” which still stands as his most successful release to date.
Fans have already been treated to sneak peeks, as Eminem’s song “Survival” has been featured in a commercial for “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” and his upcoming album’s first single, “Berzerk,” dropped on Aug. 26. The song samples the Beastie Boys’ “Fight for Your Right To Party” and Billy Squier’s “The Stroke,” and was produced by Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin.
In a year chock-full of new music, there is still plenty more on the way before 2013 comes to a close. Pearl Jam has been especially busy, with a North American tour on the way, in addition to the band’s 10th studio album, “Lightning Bolt,” set to be released on Oct. 15.
It has been a big year for Justin Timberlake as well, who triumphantly returned to the music scene in 2013. Timberlake released “The 20/20 Experience” earlier this year, and will bookend it with “The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2” on Sept. 30. The album will feature 11 new songs, including the lead single “Take Back the Night.”
The ladies of the music world have also making waves with several new albums on the horizon. Katy Perry broke news of her album to the world via a giant gold truck with the words “Katy Perry – Prism – 10/22/13” scrawled across the side. Both Cyrus and Lady Gaga made appearances at the VMAs to promote their upcoming albums, with Cyrus’ “Bangerz” due on Oct. 8 and Gaga’s “ARTPOP” set for Nov. 11.
Additional Upcoming Releases of Note:
Nine Inch Nails: “Hesitation Marks,” Sept. 3
Keith Urban: “Fuse,” Sept. 10
Jack Johnson: “From Here to Now to You,” Sept. 17
Drake: “Nothing Was The Same,” Sept. 24
Elton John: “The Diving Board,” Sept. 24
Kings of Leon: “Mechanical Bull,” Sept. 24
Sting: “The Last Ship,” Sept. 24
Paul McCartney: "New," Oct. 15