By RYAN ROSADO
Get ready for some major diva action this fall â from legends like Cher and Elton to red-hot-at-the-moment Icona Pop, this fallâs album releases should pack some major aural wallop.
Gloria Estefan returns with her latest offering âThe Standards,â which dropped this week. Estefan takes on The Great American Songbook this time around, experimenting with jazz and soulful classics such as âWhat a Wonderful Worldâ and âThe Way You Look Tonight.âÂ The lead single for the album is âHow Long Has This Been Going On.â Listen for guest work from gay sax man Dave Koz.
Gay staple Goldfrapp also has an album out this week, âTales of Us,â which finds the group returning to its ambient down-tempo sound featured on their debut album, âFelt Mountain.â Their most conceptual LP to date, âTales of Usâ leads off with the melodic ballad single âDrew.â
Sheryl Crow released âFeels Like Homeâ this week. Itâs being billed as her most country-influenced album to date.
Gay singer, activist and feminist Sonia Rutstein and Disappear Fear release their 17th album âBroken Filmâ on Sept. 17. Fun/peppy âBe Like Youâ is the first single.
Cherâs âCloser to the Truthâ is out Sept. 24, her first studio album since 2001âs âLiving Proof.â Lead single âA Womanâs Worldâ hit No. 1 on the Billboard Dance/Club Play Chart. The album also features production from Pink co-writing two tracks and Timbaland producing one. Scissor Sisters front man Jake Shears joins her for duet âTake It Like a man.â
It doesnât get much gayer than Pink Martini, the gay-helmed band set to release âGet Happyâ on Sept. 24. Guests include everyone from the late Phyllis Diller (on a cover of Charlie Chaplinâs âSmileâ of all things) to the Von Trapps to regular collaborator Are Shapiro to gay singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright.
Capital Pride vets Icona Pop also have a Sept. 24 project planned â debut album âThis is âŠ Icona Pop,â which will feature double platinum hit âI Love It,â second single âAll Nightâ and nine other cuts from the EDM duo.
The 24th is shaping up to be perhaps the gayest musical release day in history. Besides those already mentioned, Elton Johnâs âThe Diving Boardâ is also set to drop that day. Written and recorded in 10 days, expect 12 new songs and three piano interludes from John who worked with usual suspects Bernie Taupin and T Bone Burnett for this first solo album in seven years.
Sweeping the MTV Video Music Awards recently by winning the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and Video of the Year, Justin Timberlake is back with âThe 20/20 Experience Pt. 2.âÂ Set for release on Sept. 30. Timberlakeâs fourth full-length LP will feature collaborations with Jay-Z, Drake and trademark sounds by Timbaland.
Also making quite the impression at the VMAs earlier this year was diva in the making, Miley Cyrus. Her latest offering âBangerzâ is scheduled to drop on Oct. 8. Along with the summertime top five smash âWe Canât Stop,â Cyrusâ fourth disc will feature collaborations with Britney Spears and Ludacris. Hannah Montana is all grown up folks.
TLC plans another retrospective, this time with four new songs, slated to drop Oct. 15.
Katy Perry returns with her third studio album âPrismâ set for an Oct. 22 release. The lead-off single âRoarâ has already reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.Â Perryâs latest set will also include a song co-written by 2013 Capital Pride performer Emeli SandĂ©. The ferocious diva has revealed her latest record is âmore stripped downâ and wonât contain âany darkness,â despite a recent divorce.
Gay pop legend Boy George is set to release his first studio album in 18 years on Oct. 28.Â His new disc âThis Is What I Doâ includes 12 new tracks produced by longtime collaborators such as Richie Stevens and John Themis.Â George revealed his new album is a âbaggyâ record and ânot overproduced.â
After two years of recording, Lady Gaga remerges also with her third studio album âArtpopâ dropping Nov. 11.Â âArtpopâsâ first single âApplauseâ has reached the top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 already. The pro-LGBT divaâs latest offering will feature production by several DJs including DJ White Shadow, Madeon and Zedd.