September 12, 2003  
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Fall Preview 2003: Music

(Oct. 28)

Although most artists try to put out more than, say, one album before releasing a live recording, Avril Lavigne seems intent on challenging that convention. Lavigne will be releasing both a live CD and DVD featuring performances from her recent world tour. The DVD will include behind-the-scenes antics of the skater-punk teeny-bopper turned sex symbol (hey, she'll be 19 in a couple of weeks, guys).

-Anthony Lafratta

(Oct. 6)

The U.K. folk-rock act Belle & Sebastian's highly anticipated album Dear Catastrophe Waitress marks the thirteenth release in an ear-delicious string of LPs and EPs. The first single, "Step Into My Office, Baby," has U.K. airplay, so look for the track floating around the Internet for a preview. Earlier this summer, B & S signed a four-album deal with Rough Trade Records and many are curious to see if this has brought on any musical changes to the seven-person ensemble. Their previous label is also releasing a retrospective DVD entitled Fans Only. FYI: Out of seven members, there's not a Belle nor Sebastian in the group.

-Nicole D'Cruz

(Sep. 21)

Where Wainwright wants to go is on the radio with what is expected to be a more mainstream album. Working with producer Marius DeVries (Soul II Soul, Bjšrk), the often-theatrical stylings of Wainwright should still be intact as he forgoes the usual love themes to pen some maturer tunes about the consequences of life.


(Nov. 18)

Working with all the top R&B producers - the Neptunes, Jermaine Dupri, R. Kelly and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis - Usher will divulge the truth on his latest disc, Confessions. After the breakup with Chili from TLC, perhaps there will be some more personal material alongside the obligatory sexy songs.


(Oct. 28)

The bitch is back. Courtney Love, the woman who seems to be off her rocker half the time, releases her first solo record. With an aim to write a big hit, Love worked with Linda Perry, who has found success with Pink and Christina Aguilera. But the difference is probably that Love is the real deal; she's a completely insane lunatic which is what every rocker should be.

-Brian Wong

(Nov. 25)

It's been two years since Portuguese-Canadian b-girl Nelly Furtado burst onto the mainstream scene virtually out of nowhere, winning over ears and hearts with her eclectic, funky brand of pop music. Now, in 2003, she's a little bit older, a bit wiser and a lot more pregnant. The 23-year-old singer is expecting her first baby in September and her eagerly-awaited second album, Folklore, promises a new direction for Furtado, including forays into folk, rock and trip-hop. The first single, "Powerless" is due to hit the airwaves during the last week of September.

-Maggie Wrobel

(Oct. 14)

Despite falling behind Ruben, runner-up Clay Aiken has managed to stand apart from the crowd. His rendition of Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and his own, "This is the Night," have received ample airplay across North America, leaving listeners eager to hear his full-length album. Although the release date is a month away, Aiken already ranks 13th on sales; far better than his competitor Ruben, who currently ranks a far from impressive 433rd.

-Lori Mastronardi

(Nov. 11)

American Idol Ruben Studdard has been living up his new found fame. After being part of The American Idols Live! Tour, Ruben is currently working and polishing his debut album, Soulful. Fans can look forward to hearing an interesting choice of collaborations including those with Fat Joe, as well as the infamous R. Kelly.

-Lori Mastronardi

(Oct. 21)

In their first perfectly-crafted summer album, The Shins demonstrated they had the ability to build a full album around a central sound that felt vaguely retro and yet, not at all dated. The new album is eagerly awaited by their faithful cult-following as a progression from their first, with the hopes The Shins can retain their charm while experimenting in form and sound.

-Jeremy Shaw

(Oct. 21)

Mandy takes a music history lesson and the result is a new album of cover songs that will help make bubble gum pop hits like "Candy" a distant memory. In addition to songs like Elton John's "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" and rumoured first single - a cover of XTC's "Senses Working Overtime" (no, this isn't a joke) - the record also includes back-up vocals by Evan Dando and Dan Wilson of Semisonic.


Best of the '90s
When artists suffer from a lack of new material but still want to sell albums, the answer is simple: compile a best-of album. This season, some of the '90s most popular alternative artists are back with some greatest hits. Stone Temple Pilots' Thank you will be out Nov. 4, while R.E.M.'s In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003 will be out Oct. 27 and will be packaged with two new songs, "Animal" and "Bad Day." Also look for compilations by Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tori Amos - who also attempts to be original by releasing two new songs to a track list of old material.

Also look for Elvis Costello's North (Sep. 23), Limp Bizkit's Results May Vary (Sep. 23), Matmos' The Civil War (Sep. 23), The Clipse's Hell Have No Fury (Oct. 7), Ludacris's Chicken & Beer (Oct. 7), Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros's Street Core (Oct. 7), Nas's The Lost Tapes, Vol. 2 (Oct. 14), Sarah McLachlan's Afterglow (Nov. 4) as well as new albums by Alicia Keys, Korn, Jay-Z and Blink-182.



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