Weekly US music releases: Drake debut and return of Devo, Petty and McLachlan

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On June 15, US record labels release albums supporting summer tours. It's the first full-length album from Drake, and the first new material from Devo in 20 years, Tom Petty in eight years and Sarah McLachlan in seven years, sounding as if no time has passed.

Drake, Thank Me Later
Already a top 20 top-seller on Amazon pre-orders, this debut album by Canadian breakout hip-hop artist features collaborations with Kanye West, Jay-Z, Kings of Leon, Lil Wayne, and Timbaland. Winner of 2010's Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year, Drake follows-up last year's charting EP with the first single, "Over" from Cash Money/Universal Motown Records.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Mojo
Already No. 5 on Amazon's top sellers as a pre-order, Tom Petty and band release their first album in eight years with a collection of solid rock and blues, both electric and acoustic, on Reprise Records. After working on the multi-disc Live Anthology and Peter Bogdanovich's documentary Runnin Down A Dream, Petty recorded 15 new tracks plus bonuses available as downloads.

Devo, Something for Everybody
This quirky post-punk synth-pop band re-signed with Warner Bros. to release its first and much-anticipated new album in 20 years. The 12 tracks were selected through fan feedback via Devo's interactive website. Original members, Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh and Gerald and Bob Casale, are joined by drummer Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, Guns n' Roses).

Sarah McLachlan, Laws of Illusion
Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan has revived the Lilith Fair after a decade and returns with an album on Arista after seven years since her double-platinum Afterglow album. Her signature arrangements are still evident in the 12 tracks of soothing folk-pop, produced by Pierre Marchand again. "Loving You Is Easy" is the first single.