September 11, 2014 at 10:00 am EDT | by Santiago Melli-Huber
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Barbara Streisand and Jennifer Hudson (Photos courtesy Karpel Group)

Barbra Streisand will release her 34th album, “Partners,” on Sept. 16. It is her second duets album and features performers such as Michael Buble, John Mayer, Josh Groban and Elvis Presley.

 Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga will release their collaborative jazz album, “Cheek to Cheek,” on Sept. 19. The two previously worked together in 2011 on Bennett’s “Duets II.”

English synthpop duo Erasure will release their latest album, “The Violet Flame,” on Sept. 23. The band, with openly gay lead singer Andy Bell, is popular with the LGBT community.

 Jennifer Hudson will release “JHUD” on Sept. 23. The project is inspired by the 1970s. The track “He Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” features Iggy Azalea. Four singles from the album have already been released over the past year.

“Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane is coming out with “Holiday for Swing,” a Christmas-themed album. Norah Jones and Sara Bareilles are both featured on the album, slated for a Sept. 30 release.

Prince will release two new albums on Sept. 30. Their titles are “PlectrumElectrum” and “Art Official Age.”

Saxophonist Dave Koz will release his fifth Christmas album, “The 25th of December,” on Sept. 30. It will be a duet album featuring Gloria Estefan, India.Arie, Fantasia and Stevie Wonder, among others.

 Stevie Nicks is coming out with “24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault” on Oct. 7. The album features new versions of demos she recorded between 1969 and 1987.

 Ani DiFranco is set to release “Allergic to Water” on Oct. 14. The album is DiFranco’s 20th since 1990.

 Hilary Duff will release a new album on Oct. 14. The title is still unknown and the album will be her first in about seven years. Duff recently released two singles in anticipation of the album called “Chasing the Sun” and “All About You.”

Idina Menzel will release her Christmas album, “Holiday Wishes,” on Oct. 14. It has been reported that her former “Wicked” co-star, Kristin Chenoweth, will also release a holiday album this year.

Charlie XCX, who was prominently featured on the hit songs “I Love It” by Icona Pop and “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea, will release her third album, “Sucker,” on Oct. 17.

Annie Lennox will release “Nostalgia” on Oct. 21 and will be her first LP in four years. Her third cover album, it will feature a collection of Lennox’s favorite songs from years past.

Taylor Swift will release her fifth studio album, “1989,” on Oct. 27. It will be her “first documented, official pop album,” though her previous efforts have laid the foundation for Swift’s transition from country to pop. The lead single, “Shake It Off,” debuted at No. 1.

“The London Sessions” is Mary J. Blige’s 13th studio album. In this project, Blige experimented with a new sound and incorporated London culture. It will release in November.

Nicki Minaj will release “The Pinkprint” on Nov. 28. The album will feature her latest smash hit, “Anaconda.”

Albums that have been announced but for which release dates were not available include:

Queen’s “Queen Forever,” it’s first new studio album in nearly 20 years. Adam Lambert has been touring with the band of late.

Emeli Sandi, a veteran of Capital Pride last year, with “Who Needs the World.”

Selena Gomez with a greatest hits album in December. No title announced yet but two new tracks are expected.

Rihanna is said to be planning a November release.

Azealia Banks with her studio debut “Broke with Expensive Taste.”

Other acts rumored to have fall releases include out rapper Frank Ocean, Adele, Rita Ora (who performed at Capital Pride this year), Madonna (she’s had studio time with several big-name producers), fun., Marina & the Diamonds, One Direction and Solange Knowles.

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