Entries in Album Releases (6)


'Glee's' Warblers CD Released; Hear Matt Morrison, Elton John Duet

Columbia Records(NEW YORK) -- The seventh full-length soundtrack album from the cast of Glee hits stores on Tuesday, but this one's a little different.

Glee: The Music Presents The Warblers is the first soundtrack to feature, exclusively, music from the Dalton Academy Warblers, the vocal group at Kurt's school, Dalton Academy.  Led by Blaine, played by Darren Criss, the group warbles its way through fan favorites like "Teenage Dream," "Raise Your Glass," "Hey Soul Sister" and "Misery," as well as previously-unheard versions of Rod Stewart's "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" and Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know."

The popularity of the Warblers' tracks -- especially "Teenage Dream" -- helped lead the Glee cast to their history-making chart success, which saw them eclipse both The Beatles and Elvis Presley for the title of the artist with the most Billboard Hot 100 singles ever.

In other Glee music news, another sneak peek at Matthew Morrison's upcoming debut album has hit online.  This time, it's a mashup duet he's recorded with none other than Sir Elton John.  The track mixes together two of Elton's classics, both from his 1972 album Honky Chateau: "Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters" and "Rocket Man."

Morrison has said that the epic seven-minute track is his favorite song on the album, which will also feature a duet with Gwyneth Paltrow.  Paltrow is set to return to Glee Tuesday night.

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Britney Spears' 'Femme Fatale' Hits Stores; Singer Takes Over ABC

Jive Records(NEW YORK) -- After months of teaser clips and a full online leak, Tuesday is the day that fans can finally get the official version of Britney Spears' new album, Femme Fatale.

As previously reported, Femme Fatale is an upbeat, non-stop dance album that was produced by Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Will.I.Am and other hitmakers. 

Entertainment Weekly's Adam Markovitz gives it a B+, declaring it's "definitely one of her stronger efforts in the past couple years.  There's some moments that are classic certainly has a lot of great, really accessible dance pop tracks."

However, says Markovitz, Spears isn't exactly re-inventing the wheel.

He explains, "I don't think what [she's] doing on Femme Fatale is wildly different than what we're hearing on the radio from some other artists.  But Britney brings her own personality to it, and certainly...the people that she's working with are the absolute best of the best."

The most positive thing about Britney's album, Markovitz notes, is that we can finally stop saying that she's "made a comeback" -- her career's been on an upswing for several years now.

As Markovitz says, "She's a hugely successful artist and her last album did very well.  This album is about seeing if she can maintain that."

Whether Femme Fatale will break any sales records remains to be seen.  Though Markovitz says that there's plenty of "heat" around the album, the fact that it was leaked online may affect its sales.  Then again, Lil Wayne's album Tha Carter III also leaked, and went on to sell over a million copies in a single week.

Spears will kick off the Femme Fatale media blitz Tuesday morning with a performance on ABC's Good Morning America that was taped over the weekend in San Francisco.  You'll see her sing "Hold It Against Me," "Till the World Ends" and a medley of her past hits.  Then on Tuesday night, she'll perform on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Upcoming appearances include The Ellen DeGeneres Show and the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.

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Rod Stewart Releases 'The Best of...The Great American Songbook'

Photo Courtesy - J-Records(NEW YORK) -- Rod Stewart's The Best Of...The Great American Songbook hits store shelves Tuesday.  The disc is a compilation album that gathers together the best tracks from the five Great American Songbook albums that Stewart has put out over the last eight years.

The most recent one, Fly Me to The Moon, just came out in October, and it's earned Stewart a Grammy nomination in the category for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.  It was one of the Songbook albums -- the third volume, Stardust -- which to date has earned Stewart his first and only Grammy.

The Best of...The Great American Songbook features one newly-recorded, never-before-released track: "You'll Never Know."  There are also new remixes of "Bye Bye Blackbird" and "Someone to Watch Over Me."

Rod will appear on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight on Wednesday to promote the new CD.

Here's the track listing:

1."Long Ago And Far Away"
2. "Someone To Watch Over Me"
3. "They Can't Take Away From Me"
4. "Beyond The Sea"
5. "You'll Never Know"
6. "Time After Time"
7. "I Can't Get Started"
8. "The Way You Look Tonight"
9. "Bye Bye Blackbird"
10. "These Foolish Things"
11. "But Not For Me"
12. "What A Wonderful World" featuring Stevie Wonder
13. "My Foolish Heart"
14. "I'll Be Seeing You"

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Controversial New Michael Jackson Album in Stores Now

Photo Courtesy - Epic Records(NEW YORK) -- Michael, an album of unreleased material from the late Michael Jackson, hits stores Tuesday.

There's been plenty of controversy surrounding the release, on two fronts.  First, some of Jackson's relatives have claimed that the vocals on the album aren't really his.  And secondly, some fans and friends of the late King of Pop wonder if the singer, a notorious perfectionist, would've even wanted this unfinished music released.

Billboard Senior Editor Gail Mitchell, a Michael Jackson expert, has heard the record and says the vocals are definitely his.  As for whether the singer would've wanted the material released, Mitchell says, "Probably, in his heart of hearts, no, he'd want to take a lot of the things back and tweak it...But I think the fact that there's some new music going out to his fans, who he cared a lot about, is the selling point here." 

Mitchell also says that for all the controversy, Michael is actually a pretty good album.  She says, "None of us will ever know exactly what he had in mind in terms of songs that were chosen...but I still think there's some very strong tracks."  She adds, "I think folks are still gonna go out and buy [it] 'cause they want to get as much as they can in terms of his music, and keep his legacy alive."

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Kanye West, Ke$ha, Nicki Minaj, Ne-Yo Lead Monday Album Releases

Photo Courtesy - Def Jam Records(NEW YORK) -- Albums usually come out on Tuesdays, but to get a jump on the holiday shopping season, many big names are releasing their highly-anticipated albums on Monday.  Here's a rundown of what's coming out:

-- Ke$ha releases Cannibal, the "companion EP" to her hit debut, Animal.  It features eight new tracks, including the number one hit "We R Who We R," plus a remix of the song "Animal."  Fans can buy it as a stand-alone, or they can buy it as two-CD deluxe edition with the original album, called Animal + Cannibal.

-- Jay-Z's The Hits Collection, Vol. 1 features all of the rapper's smash hits, including "Izzo," "99 Problems," "Empire State of Mind," "Big Pimpin'," "Encore" and "Hard Knock Life."

-- Ne-Yo's Libra Scale works as a collection of stand-alone songs, but it's also a quasi-sci-fi concept album about three guys who are offered special powers and everything they've ever wanted, with one caveat: they can never fall in love.  Of course, one of them does, and that's when things get difficult.

-- The Burlesque soundtrack features a slew of new cuts from Christina Aguilera, as well as a couple of tracks from her big-screen co-star, Cher, including a new ballad titled "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me."

-- Pink Friday, the much-anticipated debut album from Nicki Minaj, features the hits "Your Love," "Check It Out" and "Right Thru Me," and includes guest appearances from Rihanna, Eminem, Kanye West, Drake and Natasha Bedingfield.

-- Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is one of the most eagerly-awaited albums of the year, even though most of the music is already out there in one form or another.  The album features five different pictures, and guest appearances by Kid Cudi, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Rza, Swizz Beatz, Raekwon, and alt-rocker Bon Iver.  One cut, "All of the Lights," features, among others, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Fergie, Elton John, and La Roux singer Elly Jackson.

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Slew of New Albums Being Released This Week

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam/Def Jam Recordings(NEW YORK) -- The holiday season is officially upon us, as a slew of major artists all release new albums on Tuesday.  Here's a rundown of the acts who are fighting for your entertainment dollar this week:

After the darkness of Rated R, Rihanna returns with Loud, which has already produced two smash hits: "Only Girl (In the World)" and "What's My Name?"  Eminem, Nicki Minaj and Drake all appear on the album.

Following the less-than-stellar sales of his 2008 disc Brass Knuckles, Nelly returns with 5.0, which has produced his biggest hit in five years, "Just a Dream."

Pink's first-ever best of, Greatest Hits...So Far!!!!, includes all her smashes, as well as several new tunes, including the new single, "Raise Your Glass."

Kid Rock's new album Born Free is the follow-up to his smash hit disc Rock N Roll Jesus.  It was produced by Rick Rubin and features guest appearances by rapper T.I., Sheryl Crow and country stars Martina McBride and Zac Brown Band.

American Idol champ Lee DeWyze releases his debut, Live It Up, for which he co-wrote 10 out of the 11 tracks.

Annie Lennox releases her first Christmas album, A Christmas Cornucopia, featuring her take on classic songs like "The First Noel."  It also includes one new song, "Universal Child."

Glee: The Music -- The Christmas Album features the songs from an upcoming holiday-themed episode of the hit Fox series.

Billy Joel's comprehensive best-of compilation, The Hits, includes songs from every phase of his career.

Bruce Springsteen's The Promise is a three CD/DVD collection that documents the making of his 1978 album, Darkness on the Edge of Town.

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