High expectations from late 2013 CDs

Justin San Diego

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Pop queens, reality singing acts and more will battle it out to top the charts

As we enter the fourth quarter of 2013, some of this year’s top albums are set for release.

Music Television Video Music Awards performer Miley Cyrus will release “Bangerz” on Oct. 8.

The “Wrecking Ball” songstress, Cyrus, gave VMA watchers one of the most talked about performances of the awards show’s history when she performed with Robin Thicke.

Katy Perry will release “Prism” Oct. 22. Perry’s newest hit “Roar” reached No. 1 on the iTunes and Billboard charts.

Lady Gaga will release “Art Pop” Nov. 11. Lady Gaga recently showcased eight of her new “Art Pop” songs, including “Applause,” at the iTunes Festival.

Reality Television singing competition acts Fifth Harmony and Cassadee Pope are both preparing to release their first albums next month.

Fifth Harmony, a group that was formed on X-Factor, managed to make it all the way to the final three in the competition with the guidance of Simon Cowell.

The group consists of five girls that range in age from 16 to 20 and come from different backgrounds.

Fifth Harmony has already released two singles over this past summer, “Me and My Girls” and “Miss Moving On,” both of which are expected to be on their upcoming Oct. 15 album “Bootypop Madness.”

Cassadee Pope became the first female winner of The Voice when she took the crown on season three.

Pope’s album “Frame by Frame” will be released Oct 8 and will feature the country-rock singles “Wasting All My Tears” and “11.”

On Nov. 5 Avril Lavigne will release her self-titled fifth album through Epic Records.

The album will feature her new singles “Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “Here’s to Never Growing Up,” along with collaborations with Marilyn Manson and her husband, Chad Kroeger.

One Direction is planning to release its third album, “Midnight Memories,” before the year ends. Fans of One Direction are expecting this to be the best CD ever.

A poll for most anticipated hip-hop album on ATRL.com reveals that hip-hop fans are most excited to hear Drake’s (with 47.8 percent) and Eminem’s (43.5 percent) albums. Drake’s album, “Nothing was the Same,” is released Sept. 24.

On the same day, legendary pop diva Cher will release her comeback album, “Closer to the Truth,” after taking a 14 year hiatus.

AFI will release its ninth studio album, “Burials,” Oct. 22.

“It’s of betrayal, cruelty, weakness, anxiety, panic – deep and slow – despair, injury and loss,” frontman Davey Havok said according to Alternativepress.com. “And in this it is shamefully honest and resolutely unforgiving.”

The pop-rock theatrical band, Panic! At the Disco will release “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!” Oct. 8. Early this year, the band released its singles “Miss Jackson” and “This is Gospel” to promote the album.

Last but not least, pop queen bee, Britney Spears and Beyonce are expected to release albums but currently have no title or date scheduled for their albums.

Beyonce has been promising new music since the beginning of the year, but has not made any official releases.

She has two songs, “Grown Woman” and “Standing on the Sun,” which have been used in her Pepsi and H&M commercials.

Beyonce performed at the Super Bowl performance this year and the “Ms. Carter Tour” but is still making us wait for the official CD release.

Spears released her Smurfs 2 inspired single, “Ooh La La,” earlier this summer and last week she launched her newest Single “Work.”Spears’ newest album is rumored to be titled “All Eyes on Me” and should be out in time for the holidays.

This year’s biggest releases will be out in the next couple of months, making music lovers satisfied.

The battle for the No. 1 chart position is putting pressure on record labels and musicians to make the best CD to take over the top position.