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Fall Music Preview 2014: 25 Must-Hear Albums

Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters and more give us insider info about their upcoming blockbusters

Fall Preview

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After four glorious months, summer 2014 – the season of Iggy Azalea, Magic! and "Weird Al" – has officially come to a close. The fall is also jam-packed with big-name releases: Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and Jackson Browne are all finishing up fresh material. Find out how Dave Grohl hit the road, Stevie Nicks got back and more.

By Cady Drell, Josh Eells, David Fricke, Andy Greene, Kory Grow, Nick Murray, Elisabeth Garber-Paul, Rob Sheffield, Rachel Sonis, Simon Vozick-Levinson and Christopher R. Weingarten

Jessie J

INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: Singer Jessie J rehearses onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 22, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)

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Jessie J, ‘Sweet Talker’ (10/7)

Jessie J had previously achieved some chart success with the 2011 singles "Price Tag" and "Domino," but her second album, 2013's Alive, didn't even come out in the States. Her latest single, the Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande-featuring "Bang Bang," however, has made sure that the new album will fare a little bit better. "Max Martin had sent ["Bang Bang' to me and said, 'What do you think?'" she says. "I was like, 'I've never sang a song like this before.' And I'd always wanted to."

That said, expect Sweet Talker to bring the singer back toward her gospel roots: "I love pop music, and I naturally write pop music, but I sing naturally soul and gospel. A lot people don't know that about me. At the moment, I'm trying to marry the two, and still be commercial and still be pop, but have the element of soul."

TV on the Radio

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 21: Kyp Malone (L) and Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio perform during the Riot Fest Music Festival at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 21, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

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TV on the Radio, ‘Seeds’ (11/18)

So far in 2014, Tunde Adebimpe has toured with his Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band and Dave Sitek has produced a new album for R&B singer Kelis, but come November, they and the rest of TV on the Radio will reunite to release Seeds, the band's first album since the death of bassist Gerard Smith. "We've been through a lot of stuff in the past few years that could have stopped the band cold," Adebimpe said in a statement. "But I'm glad we got it together and took stock of the unique connection we have between each other because the record is, 1,000 percent, without a doubt, the best thing we've ever done."

bob seger

AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 11: Bob Seger of Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet band performs in concert at The Palace of Auburn Hills on April 11, 2013 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/WireImage)

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Bob Seger, ‘Ride Out’ (10/14)

For his first new album since 2006's Face the Promise, Bob Seger is mixing original tunes with covers of songs like Steve Earle's "The Devil's Right Hand" and Woody Guthrie's "California Stars." On lead single "Detroit Made" (a John Hiatt cover), the singer expressed some local pride in his hometown's auto industry. "I feel really good about this record," he said in a statement. "This album touches on how I think a lot of us feel about finding our place in a more complicated world – from how we appreciate things as simple and pure as love, to navigating through the corruption and violence that permeates the news."

caribou

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JUNE 13: Daniel Victor Snaith of Caribou performs on stage during the second day of Sonar Festival on June 13, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Xavi Torrent/WireImage)

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Caribou, ‘Our Love’ (10/7)

Dan Snaith has been an acclaimed electronic musician for more than a decade, but it was only recently that he realized he could make people dance. "After we toured for Swim, people would tell me stories of how they were 17, and they went to Ibiza on their summer holiday, and they danced on the terrace to 'Sun,'" the DJ-producer tells Rolling Stone. "That was like, 'Wait a minute, that's totally not like my life! That's amazing.'" Accordingly, the new album under his Caribou moniker is his boldest step yet toward the world of dance music: 10 deep grooves that hit with a physicality his heady psychedelic jams once only hinted at. "The whole initial impul