A season of noteworthy pop music

September 13, 2001|By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE

Leaves may turn brown in fall, but in the music industry, fall is the green season.

Labels can expect up to 70 percent of their profits to come from these back-to-school months, which explains why they reserve their most popular and/or prestigious artists for the autumn crush.

This year's releases beg a host of vital questions, such as:

Will Invincible, Michael Jackson's first album in six years, finally put the scandals behind him and return the star to his Thriller glory?

Will Macy Gray prove to be more than a one-hit wonder with her long-awaited second album?

And who will win this year's heavy-metal sweepstakes: the rap-oriented Korn or the fire-and-brimstone Slayer?

This fall will also see surprise reunion albums from the likes of New Order, solo debuts from prominent group members like TLC's Lisa Lopes, and highly anticipated followups by such hitmakers as Kid Rock.

Also expect headlines to surround releases from Bob Dylan, Alanis Morissette, DMX, Jewel, Garbage, Creed, Angie Stone and the biggest female star in the teen universe, Britney Spears.

For a week-by-week rundown of what to expect, read on.(Those artists listed without album titles have yet to name them. And remember that record companies have a tendency to fiddle with release dates at the last second.)

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