April international CD releases: 'Glee,' AC/DC, 'Nobody’s Daughter'

April releases include an AC/DC album released in conjunction with
Iron Man 2, the soundtrack of The Doors film
When You're Strange, and an all-Madonna album featuring the cast of
Glee.

Here are some release highlights for the month of April:

David Byrne and Fatboy Slim
'Here Lies Love'
April 5/6 (International/USA)

An unusual collaboration from the minds of Talking Heads' David Byrne and DJ/producer Fatboy Slim, this song cycle about Imelda Marcos on two CDs and a DVD features a range of guest singers including Cyndi Lauper, Natalie Merchant, and Tori Amos.

The Doors:
'When You're Strange: Songs from the Motion Picture'
April 6

The soundtrack of the Doors documentary When You're Strange, which premiered at SXSW, features Johnny Depp reciting poetry by Jim Morrison as well as interviews and rare live recordings of the band. When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors, which will see a very limited US release on April 9, is directed by Tom DiCillo and narrated by Johnny Depp.

Jeff Beck
'Emotion & Commotion'
April 12

Guitarist Jeff Beck's first studio album in seven years includes orchestral arrangements of standards from the Great American Songbook ("Somewhere Over the Rainbow") and opera (Puccini's "Nessun Dorma"), and features performances by singers Joss Stone, Imelda May, and Olivia Safe. Beck, whom Rolling Stone has called "one of the most influential lead guitarists in rock," was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 and won a 2003 Grammy Award for his previous studio album, Jeff.

MGMT
'Congratulations'
April 12/13 (International/US)

Brooklyn-based indie duo MGMT is due to officially release its much-hyped second album. The entire album can now be streamed for free on the band's website, the artists' response to a leaked version being passed around the internet. Congratulations is the follow-up to 2008's Oracular Spectacular, which went platinum in the UK and Australia and was named best album of 2008 by NME Magazine.

AC/DC
'Iron Man 2'
April 19

AC/DC's Iron Man 2 album is being released in conjunction with the film of the same name, a sequel to the 2008 blockbuster. The album features 15 AC/DC songs first recorded between 1976 and 2008, including: "Rock ‘N' Roll Damnation," "Guns for Hire," "Thunderstruck," "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)," "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be," "Highway to Hell," and "Back in Black." Iron Man 2, starring Robert Downey Jr., opens internationally on April 28 and in the US on May 7.

Hole
'Nobody's Daughter'
April 27
Courtney Love and her new Hole lineup - guitarist/songwriting partner Micko Larkin, bassist Shawn Dailey, and drummer Stu Fischer - made their live debut in London in February, followed by shows in Milan, in Amsterdam, and at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. The album, which includes the singles "Skinny Little Bitch" and "Samantha," is the first released under the Hole name since 1998's chart-topping Celebrity Skin.

Cypress Hill
'Rise Up'
April 20

American West Coast hip-hop troupe Cypress Hill has sold 18 million copies worldwide of its first seven studio albums, which include 1993's Black Sunday and, most recently, 2004's Til Death Do Us Part. Rise Up is a star-studded album, featuring guest appearances by Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, Daron Malakian of System of a Down, and Marc Anthony.

The Glee cast
'Glee: The Power of Madonna'
April 20/26 (US/Int'l)
The makers of hit American TV series Glee are releasing a short album of Madonna cover songs, inspired by an all-Madonna episode of the show. The Power Of Madonna is the third official Glee album; the first two sold half a million copies each in the US, and the first, the only one out so far in the UK, reached number one on the UK album chart.

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