Weekly US music releases: Alicia Keys solo, Kylie Minoque live, and 'Avatar'

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Alicia Keys's fourth album -- which includes a duet with Beyoncé -- comes out, as well as the soundtrack to the James Cameron film Avatar by James Horner with Leona Lewis and Robin Thicke's latest.

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Alicia Keys's fourth album - which includes a duet with Beyoncé - comes out, as well as the soundtrack to the James Cameron film Avatar by James Horner with Leona Lewis and Robin Thicke's latest.

Alicia Keys, The Element of Freedom
Multi-platinum and 12-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys releases her fourth album, featuring her unique brand of neo-soul singing and piano-based songs. The first single, "Doesn't Mean Anything," follows her hit with Jay-Z, "Empire State of Mind."
Genre: R&B
Label: J-Records
www.aliciakeys.com/

Kylie Minogue, Kyle: Live in New York
Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue recorded this album in October at Hammerstein Ballroom during her debut North American tour. Exclusively available as a download, the 25 tracks include her first hit "The Locomotion," a mash-up of "Boombox/Can't Get (Blue Monday) Out of My Head," and Australian chart-toppers like "I Should Be So Lucky."
Genre: pop
Label: Parlophone/EMI
www.kylie.com

Robin Thicke, Sex Therapy: The Session
R&B/pop hitmaker Thicke has written for Christina Aguilera and Marc Anthony, produced for Usher, Lil Wayne and Jennifer Hudson, and records solo with hits like "Lost Without You." On his latest recording, a double-CD, the Grammy winner's first single is "Sex Therapy."
Genre: R&B
Label: Interscope
www.robinthicke.com/

Avatar, Music from the Motion Picture
The score to James Cameron's 3D sci-fi epic by Oscar-winning composer and conductor James Horner ( Braveheart, A Beautiful Mind, Titanic) features lush evocative tracks with titles such as "The Bioluminescence of the Night." The soundtrack also includes the theme song, "I See You," performed by Leona Lewis. Available physically or digitally.
Genre: soundtrack score
Label: Atlantic
www.avatarscore.com

EP (Extended Play) releases

Pet Shop Boys, Christmas
British electronic dance music duo releases this holiday-themed five-track recording in the UK. Includes "It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas" and Coldplay's "Viva la Vida" with orchestral and choir arrangements.
Genre: pop/holiday
Label: Parlophone/EMI (UK)
 www.petshopboys.co.uk

Julian Lennon/James Scott Cook, Lucy
John Lennon's son returns to recording a collaboration on this song to benefit lupus charities about Julian's late childhood friend, Lucy Vodden, who suffered from the disease. His drawing of her inspired The Beatles' song, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds."
Genre: pop/rock
Label: theRevolution
 www.therevolution.com

Animal Collective, Fall Be Kind
Five new tracks for fans of this American electronic experimental group, following up the successful album, Merriweather Post Pavilion.
Genre: Alternative
Label: Domino
http://animalcollective.org/

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