#10: LCD Soundstsyem TBD
RELEASE DATE? April 2010
WHAT WE KNOW: Little has been said about UK dance-punk group's new album—so far we have the faux title: 'Internet Sensation!' and the band's cover of Alan Vega's "Bye Bye Bayou" (which will not appear on the album) to hold us over. We do know recording has taken place in LA and New York with work from members Al Doyle, Pat Mahoney, and Gavin Russom. Most recent word from front man James Murphy (as told to NME) is that the new album is "definitely better than the other two" and will have a "wider palette of sound" than the group's self-titled debut and wildly influential Sound of Silver album.
#9: Kid Cudi Cudder: The Revolution of Evolution
RELEASE DATE? Second Quarter
PRODUCERS/COLLABORATORS: Kanye West, The Neptunes, Snoop Dogg
WHAT WE KNOW: Party time, excellent! See, it's like this: Kid Cudi's life has changed and his new album will reflect it. Where MOTM was maudlin, thoughtful and self-deprecating, Cudder will be buoyant and exuberant. And where MOTM had barely any guests, and was produced mostly by his in-house team, Cudder will feature the likes of Snoop and beats by The Neptunes. Yeah. That happens when you score a number one record, fuck mad hoes, and cop a crib in Tribeca. Trust us. We know.
#8: MGMT Congratulations
RELEASE DATE? Spring 2010
PRODUCERS/COLLABORATORS: Sonic Boom, Dave Fridmann, Chemical Brothers (rumored)
WHAT WE KNOW: Having ridden to improbable success in 2008, the boys from Brooklyn (by way of Boston burbs) are ready to follow up the album that spawned anthems like "Kids" and "Time To Pretend." But don't a hit parade—in fact, they have no plans to even release singles from their sophomore album. "We've been talking about ways to make sure people hear the album as an album in order," Ben Goldwasseer recently told NME. "Not just figure out what are the best three tracks, download those and not listen to the rest of it." Early rumors had them working with the Chemical Brothers, but all recent reports say the album was created with their old producer Dave Fridmann, along with Spacemen 3's Peter Kember (aka Sonic Boom).
#7: Lil' Wayne Tha Carter 4
RELEASE DATE? 4th Quarter
WHAT WE KNOW: During last summer Universal said this record would be released in the 4th quarter of 2009, after Rebirth, so clearly there are songs recorded. But with Rebirth's release at a standstill due to lack of interest and the Best Rapper Alive 'pon lock for most of 2010, we're thinking Universal, and more importantly their shareholders, are gonna force this LP's release by the end of the year. The big question is, will it be a frankenstein of the rap records he's made post-Rebirth, or will he scrap everything when he gets out of jail and put together an entirely new LP reflecting his presumably changed world view?
#6: Santigold TBD
RELEASE DATE? First Half of 2010
PRODUCERS/COLLABORATORS: Pharrell, Diplo, Switch, Spank Rock (rumored)
WHAT WE KNOW: Santigold has been busy as hell since her '08 debut blew up, battling informercial jeweler Santo Gold over her name, touring with Coldplay, and popping up in a million commercials. While we haven't heard any of the new music, she's been producing for Devo, co-writing for Christina Aguilera's upcoming Bionic album, and working with everyone from the Beastie Boys to Basement Jaxx. Last summer she told Nylon about some potential producers, but we're still waiting for more concrete info on the album that could really take her to the next level.