By Margeaux Watson
Updated January 01, 2009 at 10:09 PM EST
Jay-Z: Charley Gallay/Getty Images; Clarkson: Ethan Miller/Getty Images; Eminem:Donald Kravitz/Getty Images

Here are the top 10 albums I’m looking forward to in 2009, listed in no particular order.

1. Jay-Z
The Blueprint 3
Hov’s 11th studio CD will also be his final album for Island Def Jam. (His next disc will be released by Live Nation.)

2. Kelly Clarkson
Title TBA
Rumor has it that her fourth disc will be a lot like her fantastic 2004 CD, Breakaway, and nothing like last year’s disastrous My December.

3. Eminem
Though I’m not a huge fan of his work, it’ll be nice to hear from him again when his hotly anticipated comeback CD drops.

4. Maxwell
Black Summers’ Night
I recently ran into Max at a holiday party and he swore to me that his long-awaited fourth CD will drop this spring or summer.

5. Lily Allen
It’s Not Me, It’s You
The album’s not due out until Feb. 9, but the first single, “The Fear,” is already getting heavy rotation on my iPod.

6. Keri Hilson
In a Perfect World
How many times is Interscope going to postpone this CD? Just release the damn thing already!

7. D’Angelo
Title TBA
There’s no doubt in my mind that this CD is going to be well worth the exhaustive eight-year wait.

8. Missy Elliott
Block Party
The first single, “Ching-a-Ling,” dropped a year ago…and we’re still waiting for the album to follow.

9. Erykah Badu
New Amerykah, Pt. 2: Return of Ankh
The hip-hop soul mama has a new baby and another CD on the way in 2009.

10. Dr. Dre
Is this CD ever coming out? It’s like Dr. Dre is the new Axl Rose and Detox is his Chinese Democracy.