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This fall, music’s heaviest hitters are gearing up to release brand spankin’ new albums to help close out the year with a bang. Following summer blockbusters from Drake and Eminem, autumn is set to include the debut from Young Money’s baddest chica (Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday), the “POWER”-ful return of Kanye West, Rihanna’s fifth album in five years (Loud), and the sequel to a holiday classic (Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas II You).

We’ve compiled a schedule highlighting some of the season’s biggest hip-hop and R&B releases. Continue on to discover who might end up putting out your favorite album of 2010, and bookmark the page for any date changes and additions to the list.


September 27

Lil Wayne – I Am Not a Human Being (Digital release)

September 28

Jeremih – All About You

Ice Cube – I Am the West

Mark Ronson – Record Collection

Gucci Mane – The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted

Donell Jones – Lyrics

Lil Boosie – Incarcerated

Donnis – Fashionably Late EP

October 5

Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops & Hooligans

Faith Evans – Something About Faith

Waka Flocka Flame – Flockaveli

Pimp C – The Naked Soul of Sweet James Jones

October 12

Lil Wayne – I Am Not a Human Being (Physical release)

Chiddy Bang – The Preview

Cali Swag District – The Kickback

October 19

Shakira – Sale El Sol

October 26

Jim Jones – Capo

Twista – Perfect Storm

November 2

Mariah Carey – Merry Christmas II You

Jay Sean – Freeze Time

Jazmine Sullivan – Love Me Back

N.E.R.D. – Nothing

Roscoe Dash – Ready Set Go!

November 9

Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon 2: The Legend of Mr. Rager

Cee Lo Green – The Lady Killer

Marsha Ambrosius – Late Nights & Early Mornings

November 16

Rihanna – Loud

Soulja Boy – The DeAndre Way

Nelly – 5.0

November 22

Ne-Yo – Libra Scale

Flo Rida – The Only 1

November 23

Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday

Lloyd Banks – H.F.M. 2 (The Hunger for More 2)

Akon – Akonic

November 30

Chrisette Michele – Let Freedom Reign

Ron Isley – Mr. I

December 7

Redman – Reggie

December 14

Nas – The Lost Tapes: Vol. 2

Tank – Now or Never

December 21

Nipsey Hussle – South Central State of Mind

Other Q4 Releases

Kanye West – TBD

Ciara – Basic Instinct

Lil Wayne – Tha Carter IV

Black Eyed Peas – The Beginning

Lloyd – King of Hearts

Keyshia Cole – TBD

J. Cole – TBD

Diddy-Dirty Money – Last Train to Paris

Keri Hilson – No Boys Allowed

El DeBarge – Second Chance

Swizz Beatz – Haute Living

T.I. – King Uncaged

Travis Barker – Give the Drummer Some



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