Absence clearly does make the heart grow fonder. At least that's what it sounded like from the responses we got from readers to our story on 2010's most-anticipated albums.
"I jus want some new [artist id="760"]Missy [Elliott][/artist], I can't wait for that new [[artist id="509026"]Christina Aguilera[/artist]] sound — sounds awesome already," SanDudecoolie wrote, adding, "Miss [artist id="1231843"]My Chemical Romance[/artist] and [artist id="1163298"]Gorillaz[/artist] and the [artist id="2336818"]Airwaves[/artist]. [artist id="1230523"]Kanye[/artist] can't do wrong in my book so excited for that too."
A bunch of you were really stoked for the reunion album from [artist id="783"]Blink-182[/artist] and TMBTommy said he "can't wait" for the second album from [artist id="1962774"]Katy Perry[/artist], who he said brings "something new & refreshing to the scene."
Carl Mello, director of purchasing for the 28-store New England-based Newbury Comics chain of record stores, said he's confident the new album from R&B veteran Sade will be a hot item (because Pitchfork said so), but was holding out for [artist id="2552793"]MGMT[/artist]'s Congratulations. "That's probably one of the more exciting ones in our wheelhouse," he said. "Because there's a local connection — their manager is local — and it's a Newbury band from top to bottom. That first one did great for us."
He also predicted that [artist id="2584573"]Vampire Weekend[/artist]'s Contra and Spoon's Transference would do well in the chain, and while he loved the rumors of a new album from New York's on-hiatus Strokes, he said, "I'll believe it when I see it."
J.S. in NWI was one of several MTV readers who were salivating over the sophomore effort from [artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga[/artist], in addition to getting pumped for the second albums from MGMT and the Dead Weather and the next Arcade Fire disc. A couple of you were curious about [artist id="502642"]Eminem[/artist]'s Relapse 2 and DGO232 added [artist id="1340778"]The Game[/artist], [artist id="2017563"]Lupe Fiasco[/artist], [artist id="510062"]Lil Wayne[/artist], [artist id="776"]Outkast[/artist], [artist id="1061"]Dr. Dre[/artist] and Kanye to the list.
There were bids for My Chemical Romance, Gorillaz, Drake and Ludacris and one from LAsalvi09 for a disc we forgot to put on our list, the new Linkin Park. But for TheKingMac11, there was only one answer to the question, "T.I.P.!!!"
On the hip-hop side, there's one album that Reggie Hawkins, format manager for Sirius/XM's Hip-Hop Nation thinks everyone is hungry for: Drake's Thank Me Later. "He crosses genres as far as a hard-core hip-hop audience and a wider one," said Hawkins. He was also looking forward to the Nas/ Damian Marley collabo, Distant Cousins, Young Jeezy's delayed Thug Motivation 103 and Em's Relapse 2. "I think this one will be a totally different sound from the first Relapse," predicted Hawkins, who books talent for the Shade 45 station as well. "I think it will be way more hip-hop because Just Blaze is working on it."
While the Blink fans were vocal, Mello said he's not putting on his pants and jacket just yet. "You get to be new twice, right?" he said. "When you first come out and when you first come back — it's sink or swim based on the first song they put out, so you never know." He had higher hopes for the "Eclipse" soundtrack, based on the track record of the team behind the "Twilight" and "New Moon" albums, who he said have done an excellent job of curating those releases. "They pick the things that should be there while still being mildly adventurous."