On April 20, the 1980s return with TV show Glee paying homage to Madonna, and the best of AC/DC is featured on the Iron Man 2 soundtrack.
Glee: The Music - The Power of Madonna
The third soundtrack release from the popular television show, the album includes the glee club performing covers of eight Madonna songs, including, "Express Yourself," "Borderline," "Open Your Heart," "Like a Virgin," and "Like a Prayer." With two Gold records and 4.5 million downloads, this award-winning musical program has also performed a music video with the cast reenacting "Vogue."
AC/DC: Iron Man 2
This CD/DVD film soundtrack set from Columbia Records features 15 classic AC/DC songs, as featured in the Marvel Comics movie, Iron Man 2. With 150 million albums sold, these hits span from 1976 to 2008, including "Shoot to Thrill," "Back in Black" and "Highway to Hell." The DVD has music videos, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, film scenes, and a 32-page booklet with photos packaged in a hardback case. Iron Man 2 releases May 7.
Willie Nelson, Country Music
Produced by T Bone Burnett, Oscar and Grammy winner for Crazy Heart, these 15 tracks by the 77-year-old country singer-songwriter, includes traditional bluegrass/folk tunes. Though Nelson defies musical genres, performing with Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews and Julio Iglesias, his distinctive gravelly voice returns to Americana roots with this release on Rounder Records. On tour in North America through November. http://willienelson.com/
Rufus Wainwright, All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu
Son of folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and the late Kate McGarrigle, this singer-songwriter of theatrical pop was called "the greatest songwriter on the planet" by Elton John. On this 12-track Decca album, produced by Canadian Pierre Marchand (Sarah McLachlan), he sets Shakespearean sonnets to music and performs an aria from his first opera, Prima Donna, which premiered last year.
Cypress Hill, Rise Up
This LA-based trio of influential rappers delivers 15 tracks of hip hop/rock on Priority/EMI Records, their first since 2004. The diverse group of guests include Latin crooner Marc Anthony, Pitbull, Everlast, and pot-smoking comedic icons Cheech and Chong. www.cypresshill.com/