Listening in October: This Month’s Album Releases

      As October approaches, many musical artists of all styles prepare to release their next albums. Below is a list of a few of these artists’ newest releases and what is known about them so far.

  1. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennet-Love For Sale (October 1)

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennet’s second album, Love For Sale, will follow their release of Cheek to Cheek in 2014. Gaga, 35, revealed on Instagram that Bennet, 95, had called her the day Cheek to Cheek dropped and asked Gaga to record a sophomore album, now featuring songs by Cole Porter. “I’m always honored to sing with my friend Tony, so of course I accepted the invitation,” Gaga wrote in an Instagram caption announcing the new album. Love for Sale will be out in October

2. Coldplay-Music of The Spheres (October 15)

Award-winning band Coldplay’s ninth studio album, produced with Max Martin,  Music of the Spheres, will be what describes as “an interstellar journey.” The band announced their newest LP on twitter July 20th, with an additional album visual entitled Overtura. Coldplay has released one song off the album “Coloratura,” and their next single is set to come out in September. Music of the Spheres is available to pre-save on Spotify and Apple Music now and will be released October 15th.

3. Finneas-Optimist (October 15)

Finneas’ debut album, Optimist, will feature a track list of 13 songs. Currently three songs, “The 90s,” “What They’ll Say About Us” and “A Concert Six Months From Now” are released. Optimist will follow EP Blood Harmony, which was released in 2019, as well as the albums he has  recently produced with sister Billie Eilish, among them being 2021’s Happier Than Ever. After the release of his first album on October 15th , Finneas will embark on a North American Tour, starting in San Diego on October 25th and finishing November 21st in Toronto, Canada.

4. Remi Wolf-Juno (October 15)

As Remi Wolf’s debut album, Juno, includes 13 new songs, including “Quiet on Set,” “Liquor Store” and  “Grumpy Old Man,” which have already released. In a statement on, Wolf revealed the inspiration behind the name of the album: “The album is named Juno after my beautiful dog I adopted during lockdown. He ended up being in every single writing session for this album and I consider him my partner, witness, and support in the making of this record.” Juno will drop October 15th.

5. Santana-Blessings and Miracles (October 15)

Guitarist Carlos Santana’s newest release, Blessings and Miracles, will be his 26th studio album. According to his personal website,, the album will be “star-studded” and will feature “a diverse host of brilliant artists, writers and producers.” Blessings and Miracles was recorded over the past two years. Before the album will be released globally on October 15th, Santana, along with his band, will resume their long-time residency at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Additionally, Santana’s Blessings and Miracles Tour will start on September 11th in Atlantic City at the Borgota Spa & Resort. The first single off the album, “Move,” was released to radio August 18th, and Blessings and Miracles is available to pre-order now.

6. Duran Duran-Future Past (October 22)

British band Duran Duran is celebrating their 40th musical anniversary with their new single “ANNIVERSARY,” from their next album FUTURE PAST. Duran Duran bassist and founder John Taylor said in a statement on their website,, that “‘ANNIVERSARY’ is a special song for us…After playing and working together for so long, we very much appreciate what ‘being together’ and ‘staying together’ can really mean, it’s not something we would have thought song worthy 40 years ago but we do today! It was also fun to build a track with hints of previous Duran hits, they’re like Easter eggs, for the fans to find.” Along with “ANNIVERSARY,” an additional single “MORE JOY!” featuring Chai Taken has recently dropped. To see the multi-platinum band perform live, they will be at Global Citizen Live, September 25th, and headlining Austin City Limits Music Festival, October 3&10. FUTURE PAST is available to pre-order now but will be available on both digital and physical platforms on October 22nd.

7. Elton John-The Lockdown Sessions (October 22)

Pop superstar Elton John is releasing his newest album The Lockdown Sessions, on October 22nd. The album will feature 16 songs, with a diverse list of collaborators. From Dua Lipa to Surfaces to Nicki Minaj & Young Thug, the album has a total of 23 other artists with Elton John. According to, “John indeed had more free time than expected in 2020, after originally being set to tour the world on his massive, final Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. Due to pandemic cancellations, the tour is now set to stretch into 2023.” Until then, Elton John fans can listen to singles off the album that have already released, such as “Cold Heart” (PNAU Remix) with Dua Lipa and “Learn to Fly” with Surfaces, among others.

8.Ed Sheeran- = (October 29)

Set to be his 4th studio album, = by Ed Sheeran will be released October 29th . In a statement on his website, Sheeran said “‘I’ve been through love, loss, new life, grief and everything in between during the whole period of writing it, and I feel like it’s really a coming of age record. I’ve never been more proud of a body of work, or more excited/nervous for you all to hear it.’” The = album is available to pre-order and pre-save now.

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