Rochelle Pinto zeroes in on the international chartbusters to come...
Chris Cornell | Scream
The former-Audioslave front man’s 2009 album marks his first collaboration with star-maker Timbaland. The producer who sent Justin Timberlake, Madonna and Nelly Furtado to stratospheric heights is expected to add a touch of R&B
magic to Cornell’s guitar frenzy.
Kylie Minogue | Boombox
Kylie completed a world tour and recaptured her pop princess crown. With a hectic love life, a successful battle with cancer and a jewellery line in her kitty, the diva wants to serve up soul tracks next.
The Fray | Self-titled
Their emo-driven song How to save a life became one of the longest-running hits since its debut in 2005. Expectations are high from this Denver-based band; the album’s first release You found me has already found acceptance with the critics.
50 Cent | Before I Self Destruct
After losing face to Kanye West in the album sales battle last year, the pressure is on for the rapper to perform. With an all-star team of producers including Dr Dre, Eminem and Timbaland, Fiddy is hoping to surpass the success of Lil Wayne’s 2008 mega-hit Tha Carter lll.
Lilly Allen | It’s Not Me
After her widely-praised 2007 debut Alright still, the songbird is staying sober so that she can enjoy ensure her album’s success. Cohorts Katy Perry and Mika have already helped her prove that bubblegum pop is tops.
Jay Z | The Blueprint 3
The top talent scout (he discovered Rihanna and made Beyonce’s solo career) is also a mean rap machine.
Timbaland | Shock Value 2
He made us love Promiscuous and then brought Sexy back with Justin Timberlake. With his Four minutes of fame thanks to Madonna, the world can’t wait to see what the hottest producer in the biz rolling out next.
Courtney Love | Nobody’s daughter
She’s opting for the new age sales technique of a digital album release. If she chooses the same method as Radiohead’s In Rainbows, fans will be allowed to pay what they think the music is worth.
U2 | No Line on the Horizon
The Irish musical behemoth fronted by Bono is one of music’s most consistent performers. Every album release guarantees a Grammy award nomination or two. No one will be surprised when this CD tops the charts.
Outkast | Untitled
The obnoxious R&B duo will spread more musical mayhem with their wild lyrics and old school style. Meanwhile Big Boi and Andre 3000 are working hard to promote their solo albums. Not surprisingly, then, this one has not been titled yet.