It's a busy month ahead for album releases. A whole slew of albums are set to hit the shelves throughout November, all of them hoping to get a head start on the lucrative Christmas market. Fans of One Direction will no doubt be in the midst of heart palpitations in anticipation of their second album Take Me Home, while Christina Aguilera and Rihanna will be looking to reassert their positions as pop royalty with brand new albums this month. Meanwhile, two of the genre's most enduring rock bands will also release brand new records. Check out the skinny below.
One Direction - Take Me Home - 12th November
Their first album Up All Night was only released last year but British/Irish boyband have, over the course of the past 12 months, become one of the biggest bands in the world. Their sophomore effort will no doubt melt a few more teenage girls hearts and will end up in many a stocking this Christmas.
Christina Aguilera - Lotus - 13th November
Does anyone else remember when Christina Aguilera was arguably the biggest pop star in the world? It's difficult to ignore the fact that her star has dropped a little bit lately but status is fleeting in the music world. Lotus, Xtina's (remember when she was called that?) seventh album might just propel her towards the summit of the pop hierarchy once again.
Soundgarden - King Animal - 13th November
Soundgarden were among the prototypical rock bands of the 90's. King Animal will be the band's first studio release in (this may make you feel old) 16 years, after Chris Cornell and his band decided to reform in 2010 after many years apart. We're looking forward to hearing this one, Chris Cornell always had one of the most enigmatic vocals in rock music and we'll be interested to see how this stood the test of time.
Green Day - !Dos! - 13th November
This is the band's tenth album overall and the second part of a trilogy of albums. The first, !Uno!, was released last month and the last called - you guessed it - !Tres! is set for a December release. Green Day have been enduring something of a tough time lately, with front-man Billie Joe Armstrong currently in rehab receiving treatment for substance abuse. Green Day fans will want to see Armstrong back on his feet and fighting fit for the 2013 tours that are sure to follow these releases.
Rihanna - Unapologetic - 19th November
The seventh record of Rihanna's career comes at a strange time in her career. She's without doubt one of the biggest pop stars on the face of the earth, yet is in the midst of a media brouhaha for her willingness to forgive her beau Chris Brown for his grotesque assault on her. The Barbadian will likely be hoping that Unapologetic returns the conversation to an area where she is more comfortable, namely the music itself.