David Cook, The Killers, And Britney Spears Get Into The Ring

Sep 15th, 2008 // 12 Comments

davidbrandonandbritters.jpgThis segment of the news cycle has seen even more big-name artists announcing albums that will hit store shelves sometime before the end of 2008. And this time, they’re artists who people actually care about! After the jump, the scoop on upcoming releases by American Idol champ David Cook, new/old wavers The Killers, and career-rehabbing pop princess Britney Spears.

David Cook
LEAD SINGLE: Undetermined.
WHAT THE TITLE CAN TELL US ABOUT THE RECORD: The American Idol powers that be hope that you can remember David Cook after all these months.
BURNING QUESTIONS: Will the success–or failure–of Cook’s album, which will be something of a departure for Idol coronation records as far as it being more guitar-based and less straight-up pop, result in the judges being more (or less) kind to post-grungers during the course of the competition? Did anyone at 19 Entertainment decide that Cook collaborating with Hinder was a good idea? (Please say no.)

The Killers, Day & Age
RELEASE DATE: Officially, “late November,” although some sources have it pegged for Nov. 26.
WHAT THE TITLE CAN TELL US ABOUT THE RECORD: I’m hoping that it’s not the idea that their new sound is a fusion of Days Of The New and No Age, which is what popped into my head when I first saw the title.
BURNING QUESTIONS: Will the critical drubbing of the 2006 outing Sam’s Town result in the Killers playing it safe on their third record? Is there going to be a slow grower as good as “Read My Mind” on this new album? And, finally, is “Human” going to be a cover of this Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis-produced classic?

(I actually think Brandon Flowers’ voice would sound terrific on this song. Here’s hoping!)

Britney Spears, Circus
LEAD SINGLE: “Womanizer”
WHAT THE TITLE CAN TELL US ABOUT THE RECORD: You thought her whole VMA appearance was built on a sandpile of meta? You ain’t seen nothing yet.
BURNING QUESTIONS: Will having Spears somewhat involved in the process of making the album result in another peppy dancepop album like Blackout, or will the world be treated to an album full of her explaining just what happened over the past two years over robotic beats by the likes of Danja and Dr. Luke? Did someone at Sony jokingly float the idea of her reprising her infamous Upskirt Incident Of 2006 in order to “poke fun” at her past, and was said suggestion taken seriously? Will bringing her back together with Max Martin result in gold being struck once again?

  1. MayhemintheHood

    Days of the New has been mentioned twice in the past 7 days. I never would’ve called that.

  2. Al Shipley

    When I read earlier today that Britney and the Killers were dropping albums in December, I thought “OK, maybe Maura’s theory about the mad dash for big artists to release albums by the end of 2008 has more merit than I gave it credit for.”

  3. Anonymous

    I’m surprised there has been no mention of the new Nickelback that is coming out in the fall. That’s going to out-sell all of these (except for maybe Britney).

  4. Maura Johnston

    @2ironic4u: (and it’s definitely going to outsell britney, it’s not like blackout did gangbusters business)

  5. Nunya B

    I am excited for the new Britney in a big way.

    …as long as it has more songs that sound like “Freakshow.

    Except… now that she’s sane, is she going to keep making exciting music?

  6. trapper

    I am actually really excited for the Britney album, esp since I think Blackout kinda kicked. According to People.com, her new single drops on Sept. 22nd.

    And as a gigantic Killers fan, I’m rather excited for another tour which I hope is coming in support of the album.

  7. Chris Molanphy

    Brandon’s only human. Of flesh and blood, he’s made.

    (Good, now that’s stuck in my head. I’d rather be singing that all day than that bloody PCD song I heard on the radio this morning.)

  8. How do I say this ... THROWDINI!

    @Chris Molanphy: All these years, I thought it was “Of flesh and blood, a man.” Who knew?

  9. DeeW

    @Nunya B: “now that she’s sane” You know, I totally dig Britney and all, but even I think calling her sane may be taking it a little too far. :)

  10. cassidy2099

    The Killer’s album is being produced by Stuart Price of Les Rhythmes Digitales. So, does that mean that the record will sound like Madonna’s Confessions on the Dance Floor?

  11. Kodiak

    Say whatever you want about Britney Spears, but she is a really gorgeous woman!!
    What a BEAUTIFUL, GORGEOUS female!!!
    Best regards, Kodiak.

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