Coldplay, Rihanna, Evanescence Lead Fall Albums Joe Jonas, Kelly Clarkson and Nickelback also on tap for new albums.

There’s a very good reason why so many big albums come out in the last quarter of the year: In the run-up to the holidays, lots of kids, moms, dads and grandparents truck down to the local megamart looking for good stocking stuffers.

And this year’s bumper crop cuts across all genres and classifications, including fall albums from Coldplay, Kelly Clarkson, Evanescence, Feist, Wilco, Drake, Nickelback, Rihanna, J. Cole, Mastodon, Joe Jonas, Mary J. Blige, Rick Ross, Nas, Florence and the Machine, and “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery.

Here’s a breakdown by genre of the ones to watch for (with release dates subject to change):

Pop
We’ve been hearing about Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger (October 24) for more than a year now. The original “American Idol” winner brings the drama in and out of the studio, as each of her recent albums seems to come wrapped in some fresh controversy. Determined to get her vision out, Clarkson survived a series of leaks earlier this year and made a solid chart debut with her tell-off first single, “Mr. Know It All.” With a bit of urban bounce, some country, pop and a dash of soul, Clarkson’s fifth LP promises to be one of the season’s highlights.

Rihanna has been releasing albums at a torrid pace, with one every year since 2005 except for 2008. Her follow-up to 2010’s Loud is reportedly due later this year, and a new Calvin Harris-produced single, “We Found Love,” is due to hit radio on October 11.

All-grown-up Joe Jonas will drop his solo debut, the dance-inflected Fast Life, on October 11, “X Factor” judge Nicole Scherzinger is expected to finally release her long-delayed solo album Killer Love on November 15, and new albums are also due from soul man Mayer Hawthorne (How Do You Do, October 11) and adorable indie duo She & Him (the holiday-themed A Very She & Him Christmas, October 25).

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