Weekly US music releases: actor Jeff Bridges, Natalia Kills and Sly Stone

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Following up the Oscar- and Grammy-winning Crazy Heart, Jeff Bridges shows his singer-songwriter skills. Also former child actress-turned UK pop singer Natalia Kills debuts and Sly Stone delivers his first recording in almost three decades.

Jeff Bridges, Jeff Bridges
In 18th on Amazon's country chart based on pre-sales, this 10-track collection from Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges ( Tron: Legacy, The Big Lebowski) was inspired by his performance in the hit film Crazy Heart. Produced by T-Bone Burnett, who worked with Bridges on the Grammy-winning Crazy Heart soundtrack, this album is released on Blue Note Records. "What a Little Bit of Love Can Do" is the first single. Guest vocalists include Rosanne Cash, Sam Phillips and Ryan Bingham, who wrote "The Weary Kind" for Crazy Heart.
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmiK6tPucjc&ob=av2e

Natalia Kills, Perfectionist
This 10-track highly anticipated debut from UK singer-songwriter Natalia Kills is quickly climbing charts in Europe with the first single, "Free," featuring the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am. This Jamaican/Uruguayan artist presents dark pop in the vein of Depeche Mode and Eurythmics, with an all-star list of producers including Fernando Garibay (U2, Snoop Dogg, Britney Spears), Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Jay-Z), Ron "Neffu" Feemster (Dr. Dre, Michael Jackson), rapper Akon and Lady Gaga collaborator Martin "Cherry Cherry Boom Boom" Kierszenbaum for Cherrytree/Interscope Records.
"Free" music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0K2r5mmktLc&ob=av2e

Sly Stone, I'm Back! Family & Friends
Sly Stone's first album since 1982, these 14 tracks on Cleopatra Records include reworked versions of the legendary Sly and the Family Stone's original R&B/pop-soul hits such as "Dance to the Music" and "Everyday People" as well as previously unreleased tracks and club mixes. Guest performers include Jeff Beck, The Doors' Ray Manzarek, Heart's Ann Wilson, Johnny Winter and Parliament/Funkadelics' Bootsy Collins.

Also of note, multi-platinum rock band Breaking Benjamin's Shallow Bay presents a best-of package with 15 tracks as well as a 2-disc deluxe collection on Hollywood Records including hits such as "So Cold" and "Give Me A Sign." Guitarist Ana Popovich releases her third album, Unconditional, on Eclecto Groove Records - currently second on Amazon's blues chart.