Weekly US music releases: Bon Iver, Pitbull, LMFAO and Weird Al
Monday 20 June 2011
On June 21, Bon Iver delivers a much-anticipated second album, LMFAO a breakout collection of club hits, Pitbull his hit-filled sixth album, and Weird Al Yankovic his Lady Gaga parody.
Bon Iver, Bon Iver
One of the top blogged artists on The Hype Machine, this American indie act's self-titled sophomore effort is second on Amazon's alternative rock chart, tenth in rock and 13th in pop. Bon Iver's 10-track collection leads with the single "Calgary" on Jagjaguwar Records. Singer/songwriter Justin Vernon's falsetto vocals and melodic ethereal songs front a group of guest musicians including saxophonist Colin Stetson (Arcade Fire) and pedal-steel guitarist Greg Leisz. Recorded in his Wisconsin studio .
"Calgary" music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KrmxavLIRM
Pitbull, Planet Pit
This Cuban- American hip-hop star's 11-track collection features Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer on "Give Me Everything" and Marc Anthony on "Rain Over Me." Besides performing with Shakira and Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull collaborates on this album with Enrique Iglesias, Chris Brown, T-Pain and Sean Paul. Produced by David Guetta, RedOne and Dr. Luke for J Records, the album has an iPad app (in the US only) with behind-the-scenes material.
"Give Me Everything" video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPo5wWmKEaI
LMFAO, Sorry For Party Rocking
Top 10 on iTunes charts around the world (first in eight countries) and tenth on Amazon's dance/electronica chart, this 10-track disc from the LA-based electro-hip hop/rap DJs Redfoo and SkyBlu marks its breakthrough on Interscope Records. The son and grandson of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, the "party rock" duo uses an acronym that fittingly stands for "Laughing My F**king Ass Off." Lauren Bennett sang on "Party Rock Anthem" and Natalia Kills is featured on the follow-up single "Champagne Showers."
"Champagne Showers:" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA8rcLvS1BY
Other noteworthy releases include: Weird Al Yankovic's Alpocalypse with "Perform This Way," a parody of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way," and send-ups of Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Bruno Mars, plus a polka medley of Britney, Bieber and Ke$ha.
Also, OK Go releases a live album, 180/365, on Paracadute, Symphony X's Iconoclast is first on Amazon's metal chart, and Grammy winner Jill Scott's The Light of the Sun on Warner is first on Amazon's R&B chart and 15th in pop.
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