Weekly US music releases: Snoop Dogg's cameo-studded 10th album

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Music releases in the US for December 8 include rap from Snoop Dogg and a host of guest stars, Chris Brown's mix of reggae, dance and hip hop and a greatest hits package from Seal.

Snoop Dogg, Malice N Wonderland
The rap superstar's 10th album features his smooth funky rap produced by Dr. Dre and others and with guest performers including R. Kelly, Mary J. Blige, and more. The first single "Gangsta Luv" is produced by R&B crooner The Dream and "Special" features Brandy and Pharrell. Relased on CD, vinyl and MP3 download.
Genre: rap/hip-hop
Label: Priority
Website: www.snoopdogg.com/

Timbaland, Timbaland Presents Shock Value II
The third solo recording from R&B producer Timbaland who's worked on hits for Ludacris, LL Cool J, Justin Timberlake, and Nelly Furtado. Guest appearances include Justin  Timberlake performing on the single, "Carry Out," and other guest appearances include Daughtry, Nickelback, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Chris Brown, and Keri Hilson.
Genre: Hip-hop/R&B
Label: Mosley Music Group/Blackground/Universal
Website: www.timbalandmusic.com/

Chris Brown, Graffiti
Contains the singles: "I Can Transform Ya" and "Crawl," plus "Famous Girl" a reference to his legal problems with ex-girlfriend Rihanna. Some tracks offer a reggae, rock, and dance feel.
Deluxe edition features six bonus tracks
Genre: Hip-hop/R&B
Label Jive
Website: www.chrisbrownworld.com/

Seal, Hits
Multi-platinum Grammy-winning smooth soul singer Seal spans the last two decades of his top ten hits. Includes his first smash "Crazy," to the Batman theme "Kiss From a Rose," "Fly Like An Eagle," and the Sam Cooke classic, "A Change Is Gonna Come." Also includes his new single, "I Am Your Man."
Genre: Pop
Label: Warner Bros.
Website: www.seal.com

Donny and Marie Osmond, Donny & Marie

This import from the UK, features the famous sibling singing team who haven't recorded together since 1978. Recently they both were celebrity contestants on the television show Dancing with the Stars, and resurrected their Vegas act. The 18 tracks include a new live version of their old hit, "Puppy Love," recorded at their Flamingo Hotel show.
Genre: Pop
Label: Decca UK
Website: www.osmond.com/

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