US music releases this week include Pet Shop Boys, Boy George, Mose Allison, Snoop Dogg, Scorpions and Justin Bieber.
Justin Bieber, My World 2.0
Canadian teen pop/R&B phenom updates his platinum-selling debut EP, My World, to include the single "Baby," and nine other new tracks written by the 15-year-old. Discovered by Usher who appeared in his "One Time" video, he was signed to Island Def Jam by chairman and R&B producer L.A. Reid.
Pet Shop Boys, Pandemonium Live
This multi-platinum dance duo releases a CD/DVD, recorded live at London's O2 Arena last December. The two-disc set includes a total of 46 tracks, with hits like the 1980s' "West End Girls" and "What Have I Done To Deserve This," last year's top dance tracks, as well as an excerpt from the 2009 Brit Awards show playing with Lady Gaga and Brandon Flowers of The Killers. The deluxe package is released through their Astralwerks Records.
Mose Allison, The Way of the World
After a 12-year absence, the legendary jazz pianist returns with producer Joe Henry, who has worked with artists from Madonna and Elvis Costello to Ornette Coleman. With his distinctive vocals, Allison's new material for this album on Anti-/Epitaph Records may find a new generation, just as The Clash, The Who and Van Morrison have covered his songs in the past.
Snoop Dogg, More Malice
Following up December's Malice N Wonderland release on Priority Records, this CD includes five new songs and two remixes, including the hit "I Wanna Rock The Kings" with Jay- Z, and "That Tree" with Kid Cudi. The DVD features his mini-movie "Malice N Wonderland" in which Snoop plays a gangsta/superhero in a battle against arch-enemy Cain, with actor Jamie Foxx, and hip hop's Xzibit and DJ Quik. www.snoopdogg.com
Scorpions, Sting in the Tail
The 17th studio album - and the last - for the Scorpions, known for the 1984 anthem "Rock You Like a Hurricane" and ballad "Wind of Change." After selling more than 100 million records, the German band is calling it quits, but not until they say goodbye to fans during a three-year world tour launching in May and hitting five continents. This Universal recording ends a 40-year career on a high note. www.the-scorpions.com/
Boy George, Amazing Grace
Pop icon Boy George, Culture Club's lead singer and a hot DJ of late, is back with his first recording in more than ten years, the dance single, "Amazing Grace." Available on iTunes from Decode Records on March 22 with remixes by The Sharp Boys, Kurd Maverick, Filo & Peri. The song features Fado vocals by Ana Lains. http://www.boygeorgeuk.com/
Hot Tub Time Machine Film Soundtrack
From the time-travel comedy movie starring John Cusack, this soundtrack on Rhino Records offers a musical tour through the 1980s. The romp includes Brit pop's New Order and Echo And The Bunnymen, rappers Salt 'N' Pepa and Public Enemy, Men Without Hats and Mötley Crüe, classics by David Bowie, INXS, and Talking Heads. Actor Craig Robinson even unexpectedly covers Rick Springfield's "Jessie's Girl." http://hottubtimemachinemovie.com/