Today is the day to announce new albums. Taylor Swift did it. So did Bob Seger and Ani DiFranco and someone representing U2.

Taylor’s “1989” (that’s the year she was born) will be in stores on Oct. 27. It contains 13 – her favorite number – songs. A deluxe version, with three additional songs, will be marketed through Target stores. She describes it as “my very first documented, official pop album.” As if “Red” wasn’t. Swift has released a new single, “Shake It Off,” on iTunes. (See below). 

Seger’s “Ride Out,” his first album since 2006, is slated for a Oct. 14 release. The new single, “Detroit Made,” addresses America’s love of automobiles. It was one of three tracks that he previewed on his 2013 tour.

DiFranco’s “Allergic to Water” is also set to drop on Oct. 14. It was recorded in her Victorian home in New Orleans. Part of the album was recorded when she was 6 months pregnant and part of it was recorded when her baby was 6-months-old. reports that U2’s album – first promised for this year and then postponed until next – will indeed be released this year. No dates, no details bur reports from newspapers in France and Ireland about a video being shot and a single due in September. Only Bono knows for sure. Stay tuned.

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