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New albums from Christina Aguilera, Drake, Miley Cyrus, and more

Taio Cruz Rokstarr
The smooth U.K. singer behind the smash ”Break Your Heart” puts out his first U.S. album. (6/1)

Jack Johnson To the Sea
Relax with new easygoing jams from the singer/surfer. (6/1)

Christina Aguilera Bionic
When Aguilera last released a studio album, Lady Gaga didn’t exist. Where does Xtina fit in now? That’s TBD, but the album has potential, given unexpected collaborators like Sia and Le Tigre. (6/8)

Dierks Bentley Up on the Ridge
Bentley goes bluegrass, even including a Del McCoury-assisted cover of a U2 tune. (6/8)

Travie McCoy Lazarus
The Gym Class Heroes frontman has enlisted T-Pain and others to help further his ”Billionaire” ambitions. (6/8)

Bret Michaels Custom Built
This solo set from the singer, who’s recovering from a brain hemorrhage, includes the eerily prescient ballad ”Wasted Time” (sample lyric: ”There’s a time to hurt/A time to heal”). (6/8)

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Soundtrack
Muse return, alongside indie stars like the Dead Weather and Vampire Weekend. (6/8)

Drake Thank Me Later
For his first full album, Drake has recruited Kanye West and Jay-Z, among others. (6/15)

Sarah McLachlan Laws of Illusion
The folk-popster’s first album of new material in seven years. (6/15)

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Mojo
A bluesy set from the veteran traditionalist. (6/15)

Miley Cyrus Can’t Be Tamed
Post – Hannah Montana, Miley is aiming for a darker, dancier style on her latest album. (6/22)

Eminem Recovery
After ending a four-year hiatus with 2009’s Relapse, Slim Shady is already back with a new project. (6/22)

Diddy Last Train to Paris
The Bad-Boy-in-chief has said he’ll explore fresh sounds drawn from the dance world on his upcoming concept album. (6/29)

3OH!3 Streets of Gold
The party boys roll out another keg of anthemic raps. Care for a drink? (6/29)

Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
OutKast’s less avant-garde half has seen his solo debut delayed for years on end. Now the wait is over. (7/6)

Kelis Flesh Tone
The brash milkshaker takes to the dance floor with assists from new label head will.i.am and superstar DJ David Guetta. (7/6)

M.I.A. Maya
The agit-pop iconoclast offers up a new disc of rabble-rousing bangers. (7/13)

Sheryl Crow 100 Miles From Memphis
Keith Richards guests on this soul- and funk-influenced CD from Crow, who actually was raised 100 miles from Memphis. (7/20)

Jamie Foxx Title TBA
The actor-singer returns with the follow-up to his hit 2008 disc. (7/20)

T.I. King Uncaged
Really, the title says it all. After serving almost a year on gun charges, the self- proclaimed King of the South is out. Since his release, T.I. has shown up on tracks like Jamie Foxx’s ”Winner” and Diddy’s ”Hello Good Morning,” and his confident, cavalier flow is as strong as ever. On Uncaged’s first single, ”I’m Back,” he raps, ”I’ll never let you down/I’mma shine on sight.” We believe him. (8/17)

Trace Adkins Cowboy’s Back In Town
First single ”This Ain’t No Love Song” is the perfect showcase for Adkins’ seductive baritone. (8/24)

The Roots How I Got Over
Their ninth studio album will feature team-ups with John Legend, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, and Joanna Newsom. (DATE TBA)

Also due
Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull, Macy Gray, Herbie Hancock, Hanson, Iyaz, Game, Jewel, N.E.R.D., Ozzy Osbourne, The-Dream, Rick Ross, Buckcherry, The Pretty Reckless, Kylie Minogue, Devo, Scissor Sisters, Hawthorne Heights, Against Me!, Keri Hilson, Fefe Dobson, Gaslight Anthem, Kevin Rudolf, Sia, Three 6 Mafia