Weekly US music releases: R.E.M., 'Glee,' Avril, and Lupe Fiasco
Monday 07 March 2011
On March 8, new CD releases include R.E.M.'s anticipated 15th studio album,
Glee's second season soundtrack, pop-rocker Avril Lavigne's fourth release, and rapper Lupe Fiasco's return after four years.
R.E.M., Collapse Into Now
Fourth on Amazon's rock chart, the latest album from multi-platinum R.E.M. features guests such as Patti Smith, her guitarist Lenny Kaye, and Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam. The 12-track collection was recorded at New Orleans's Music Shed and Berlin's famed Hansa Studios (David Bowie's Heroes, U2's Achtung Baby) with Grammy-winning producer Garrett Jacknife Lee ( U2, Bloc Party). The group plans to make a music video for each song on the album, starting with "Mine Smell Like Honey:" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fuvi7AUfZPo
Glee: The Music, Season Two, Volume 5
Eighth on Amazon's pop chart, the latest 16-song collection from television's hit musical compiles the best from the second season on Columbia Records. The cast covers Katy Perry's "Firework," Justin Bieber's "Baby," and a mashup of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" with The Yeah Yeah Yeah's "Heads Will Roll," along with hits from Prince to My Chemical Romance, plus two originals. Gwyneth Paltrow and Britney Spears make guest appearances. Glee recently broke the record, charting six new tracks for a total of 75 songs on Billboard's Hot 100.
Lupe Fiasco, Lasers
First on Amazon's hip-hop chart, Lasers is the follow-up to The Cool, marking the critically acclaimed rapper's return after a four-year absence. Lupe Fiasco's latest album title is an acronym for "Love Always Shines Everytime Remember 2 Smile." The 12-tack collection, released by Atlantic Records, includes guests Trey Songz and John Legend and features a range of lyrics about politics and love, including the hit "The Show Goes On:" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rmp6zIr5y4U
Avril Lavigne, Goodbye Lullaby
On this fourth album since Canada's multi-platinum singer/songwriter Avril Lavigne debuted at age 17 in 2002, the pop-punk artist still shows a power-packed voice and raw rock sound. The 14-track album on RCA, her first since 2007, leads with the single "What the Hell:" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQmEd_UeeIk
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- 5 NHS staff banned from drinking tea or coffee on the job because it looks like they're not working hard enough
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