Weekly US music releases: Muppets' 'Green Album,' Game's 'R.E.D. Album' and Streisand

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On August 23, Barbara Streisand's offers a new album of favorite songs, a tribute to The Muppet's by OK Go and other pop and rock acts, and hip hop's Game finally delivers his fourth.

Barbra Streisand, What Matters Most
Second on Amazon's pop vocalist chart thanks to pre-sales, this 10-song collection features music exclusively written by the legendary singer's long-time collaborators, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, who wrote "The Way We Were." Self-produced, this album on Columbia Records consists of Oscar winners, such as "The Windmills of Your Mind" from 1968's The Thomas Crown Affair and "Nice 'n' Easy," recorded by Frank Sinatra. The deluxe edition includes a second CD with ten Streisand hits by the Bergmans, including "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" and "Papa Can You Hear Me?" plus a 24-page booklet.

GAME, The R.E.D. Album
Fourth on Amazon's hip hop/rap chart, this delayed and much-anticipated 21-track opus from Game was produced by Dr. Dre, DJ Khalil, Maestro and others for Interscope Records. The album leads with the first single, "Pot of Gold," featuring Chris Brown. Other guests include Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Drake, Tyler the Creator, Big Boi and Nelly Furtado. After selling 10 million albums worldwide, this chart-topping West Coast hip hop act has earned his place among the rap elite with lyric-driven material.
"Pot of Gold" music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xaO1rGEQ50

The Muppets: The Green Album
First on Amazon's children's music chart and 28th in pop, this 12-song collection features pop and rock acts in a tribute to Jim Henson's beloved Muppets, covering classic songs from the repertoire for Walt Disney Records. OK Go performs "The Muppet Show Theme Song," Weezer and Hayley Williams do "Rainbow Connection," and Andrew Bird delivers Kermit's signature song "Bein' Green." The Fray, My Morning Jacket and others also contribute contemporary renditions. Not to be confused with the soundtrack of the upcoming movie opening on November 23 in North America, which will include songs by Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie.