Paradise is the third extended play (EP) by American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey, following Kill Kill (2008) and Lana Del Rey (2011). Slated to be released on November 12, 2012, through Universal Music, it was produced by Rick Nowels, Justin Parker, and Rick Rubin. The nine tracks will be available in digital download format, audio CD, and vinyl, as a standalone EP and as part of a two-disc box set for a reissuing of Del Rey's sophomoric album Born to Die.The EP's lead single is "Ride", a downtempo pop ballad produced by Rick Rubin and co-written by "Video Games" author Justin Parker. The video for "Ride" premiered at a promotional event in Santa Monica on October 10, airing online two days later. Critics condemned the video for containing Antifeminism themes and prostitution advocacy. Watch: "Ride"
Unapologetic is the upcoming seventh studio album by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna. It is currently scheduled to be released on November 16, 2012 by Def Jam Recordings. The album's lead single "Diamonds" made its premiere on iHeartRadio on September 26. On July 13, 2012, Sean Garrett confirmed that he had been in the studio with French DJ David Guetta working on Rihanna's album saying "I was in the studio with David doing some stuff for Rihanna recently. He finds inspiration in the things I don't like, and I get excited by the things he doesn't like. He wants to be more urban and I want to be more international, so we push each other, I try to help Rihanna. She works hard and it's cool to write for someone who is so open-minded." On August 21st, American songwriter Claude Kelly revealed that he had been writing songs for Rihanna whilst she was performing in London. Kelly spoke on the songs that he had wrote for Rihanna saying; "Rihanna's a worldwide superstar at this point and she's performing in stadiums and arenas now, so I wanted songs that reflected her audience, when I was in London she was performing at a festival in front of like 30,000 to 40,000 people. So I didn't want small songs that only worked on radio, so I tried to do anthemic big stadium-themed songs." Listen: "Diamonds"
Warrior is the upcoming second studio album by American recording artist Kesha. It is scheduled to be released on November 30, 2012 by RCA Records as the follow-up to her commercially successful 2010 album Animal and EP Cannibal. Writing of the album began in 2011 while the singer was on tour and continued into 2012, whilst she began recording the album in the first quarter of 2012. Inspiration for the songwriting came after the closing of Kesha's worldwide spiritual journey. Thematically, the recording artist intends for the album to be raw, vulnerable, and more personal that her previous albums, Animal and Cannibal. Overall, she said the theme of the record is "magic". Produced in the genres of dance-pop, electropop, and electronic rock, the album features songwriting from fun. and The Flaming Lips. Iggy Pop provides guest vocals for "Dirty Love", which was produced primarily by Dr. Luke. The album's lead single, "Die Young", was released in the United States on September 25 2012. Listen: "Die Young"