Soulful R&B singers and club dance beats mark the top releases on July 26, with new albums from Britain's Joss Stone, America's Kelly Rowland and Sweden's electronica act Little Dragon.
Joss Stone, LP1
Second on Amazon's R&B chart, this new collection from Grammy and Brit Awards winner Joss Stone was co-written and co-produced with Dave Stewart, formerly of Eurythmics. The 10-track collection on her own label Stone'd Records was recorded in Nashville and features her signature soulful husky vocals. With 11 million records sold worldwide since her debut in 2003, the 24-year-old has been dubbed "Aretha Joplin" by Smokey Robinson, has performed with James Brown and joins Mick Jagger and Stewart in the supergroup Superheavy this fall. The album is out in the UK August 1.
Album sneak peak: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCG9ifvr07w
Kelly Rowland, Here I Am
Ninth on Amazon's R&B chart, this collection of 10 songs was produced by Akon, The-Dream, Jermaine Dupri and more for Universal Republic Records. One of the founding members of the pop/R&B act Destiny's Child, Kelly Rowland has been compared to Donna Summer and has performed with Nelly and Ne-Yo. Her collaboration with David Guetta and Rico Love, "Commander," is one of the first singles for this album, which features guest artists Rihanna, Pitbull and Lil Wayne.
"Commander" music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwfKZ-1jyiw
Little Dragon, Ritual Union
Fourth on Amazon's Dance/DJ chart, the third album from this Swedish electronica pop quartet includes 11 tracks, led by the first single "Nightlight" on Peacefrog/EMI Records. The act's third album is filled with club-friendly songs featuring vocals by Swedish-Japanese singer Yukimi Nagano, who has sung with Swell Session and Koop. The band has also collaborated with Gorillaz and TV on the Radio.