New Tunage – Here’s to the year ahead!!

Upcoming album releases
“Nothing changes on New Year’s Day,” Bono once claimed. Maybe not. But January 2nd? That’s another story.
Tomorrow, the first CDs of 2007 land in stores. And while there’s only a light skiff of releases this week and next, soon we’ll be shovelling out from under a blizzard of new albums by everyone from Avril to (cross your fingers) Axl.
Here’s a glance at some of the major titles due in the coming months. And remember, all this info is subject to change — whether Bono likes it or not.
Carly Simon
Into White
Carly croons soothing songs like Over the Rainbow, Hush Little Baby and her 1978 hit Devoted to You. Jan. 2
Here & Now
Call it A Horse With Big Names — members of Fountains of Wayne, Smashing Pumpkins, My Morning Jacket, Nada Surf and more guest on this comeback from the ’70s folk-rock duo. Jan. 16
Diana Ross
I Love You
The original Dreamgirl drops her first CD in seven years — a covers set that includes What About Love, The Look of Love and Crazy Little Thing Called Love (are we sensing a theme here?). Jan. 16
The Good, the Bad & the Queen
The Good, the Bad & the Queen
Supergroup alert: Damon Albarn and Clash bassist Paul Simonon team up with Fela Kuti’s drummer and The Verve’s guitarist in this mouth-watering lineup. Jan. 23.
John Mellencamp
Freedom’s Road
More heartfelt heartland odes from the Indiana roots-rock vet. Folk icon Joan Baez drops by on one cut. Jan. 23.
The Shins
Wincing the Night Away
Zach Braff’s favourite indie-rock band returns to its underground roots for this third album. Jan. 23.
Norah Jones
Not Too Late
Not wishing to fix what ain’t broke, the New York jazz-pop phenom stays the course for her third set, keeping the same band and producer. Jan. 30.
Fall Out Boy
Infinity on High
Count on more emo-pop hits — and more wordy song titles like This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race. Feb. 6.
Barbra Streisand
Live Streisand
This two-disc chronicle of Babs’ recent tour was recorded at the opening shows in Philly and New York. Feb. 6.
Lucinda Williams
It’s been four years since the singer-songwriter’s last disc. For a woman who once took eight years to make an album, that’s almost speedy. Feb. 13.
Funeral for Yesterday
Release no. 4 from London’s hard-rocking Lander sisters is a concept album about death and resurrection — oh, and banging your head. Feb. 20.
Jesse Malin
Glitter in the Gutter
Bruce Springsteen, Ryan Adams, Josh Homme and Jakob Dylan guest on the rootsy rocker’s latest. Feb. 20.
Guns N’ Roses
Chinese Democracy
No, really. This time he means it. Seriously. And really, what could possibly go wrong? March 6.
Pocket Symphony
Asian classical instruments, Pulp vocalist Jarvis Cocker and producer Nigel Godrich all factor into the electronica duo’s latest effort. March 6.
Finger Eleven
Them Vs. You Vs. Me
The Burlington rockers claim this disc has more humour and musical variety than their previous CDs. We’ll drink to that. March 13.
Good Charlotte
Good Morning Revival
Joel Madden has said he wants his band to be “the punk-rock OutKast.” Here’s your chance to see what the hell that means. March 13.
The Stooges
The Weirdness
Iggy Pop and his old cronies release their first album in 33 years. Minuteman Mike Watt handles bass duties. We are so there, dude. March 20.
Fountains of Wayne
Traffic and Weather
If anybody can turn traffic and weather reports into irresistibly hooky pop-rock chart-toppers, it’s these guys. April 3.
Kings of Leon
Because of the Times
Get ready to get down again with these hirsute southern rockers. April 10.
Avril Lavigne
The Best Damn Thing
She says it’s “really fast, fun, young, bratty, aggressive, confident (and) cocky in a playful way.” That really would be the best damn thing she could do at this point. TBA.