February international CD releases: Sade, Lil Wayne, Massive Attack

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February sees the release of Sade's Soldier of Love, the group's first album since 2000. Also out this month are Lil Wayne's Rebirth and Massive Attack's Heligoland.

Here are some release highlights for the month of February:

Lil Wayne
February 1/2 (International/USA)

Rebirth is Lil Wayne's long-rumored rock album, although the album is still apparently rap-heavy, with guest appearances by Eminem, Shanell, Kevin Rudolf, and Nicki Minaj. Lil Wayne's previous full-length album, The Carter III, won a Grammy Award and went triple-platinum in the US and made Top 100 charts around Europe.

Nick Jonas & The Administration
'Who I Am'
February 1/2 (International/USA)

From the side project of Nick Jonas, one third of the pop sensation the Jonas Brothers. Jonas was apparently inspired by Bruce Springsteen in creating the politically themed album.

'Soldier of Love'
February 8/9 (International/US)

Sade, which features the  famous soul-jazz singer, has been drumming up buzz since announcing the release of Soldier of Love. The album is the band's first since 2000's Lover's Rock, which topped charts throughout Europe and North America.

Massive Attack
February 8/9 (International/US)

Another long-awaited release, Heligoland is the legendary trip-hop duo's first new album since 2003's 100th Window. The album, which includes the single "Paradise Circus," features guest vocals from Damon Albarn, Hope Sandoval, Martina Topley-Bird, Guy Garvey and Tunde Adebimpe.

'Glee: The Music, Volume 1'
February 15

Out in the US since November, the first volume of music from the hit US television show Glee is now due to be released in the UK. After the show recently began airing on British television, the release of the album was apparently rushed due to "incredible public demand." The cast's rendition of "Don't Stop Believin'" is currently topping the British singles chart.

David Byrne and Fatboy Slim
'Here Lies Love'
February 22/23 (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.