The record release bonanza unleashed last week continues as a cavalcade of new CDs hits online and brick-and-mortarl retailers. As we”ve noted, the traditional Tuesday release date seems to be falling by the wayside as more and more titles are released on Monday to take advantage of an extra day of sales in the Monday-Sunday Nielsen SoundScan charting week (plus, most stores will be closed for Thanksgiving). So instead of Super Tuesday, we have Super Monday this week with new titles from Rihanna, Adam Lambert, Susan Boyle, Beyonce and more.
Beyonce, “I Am…Yours. An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas” (Music World/Columbia): A CD/DVD set culled from Beyonce”s concert earlier this year at the Encore Theater runs through the singer”s entire career ranging from her Destiny”s Child era through “I Am.. .Sasha Fierce.” Also out on Monday, Nov. 23, is the deluxe edition of “I Am…Sasha Fierce,” which includes the original album plus “Video Phone (Extended Remix)” with Lady GaGa.
Birdman, “Pricele$$” (Cash Money/Universal Republic): Rapper and Lil Wayne colleague has already charted two hits off “Pricele$$,” on Billboard”s Rap Songs tally: First single, “Always Strapped,” with Lil Wayne, reached No. 5. Second track, “Written on Her,” featured Jay Sean, peaked at a more modest No. 17.
Susan Boyle, “I Dreamed a Dream” (Syco Music/Sony BMG): “Britain”s Got Talent” runner-up and internet phenomenon Susan Boyle serves up a collection of cover songs ranging from her anthem, the title track, to the Monkees” “Daydream Believer,” the Rolling Stones” “Wild Horses” and Christmas perennial, “Silent Night.” The collection set a pre-order record on Amazon.com. See story here.
Jay-Z, “Greatest Hits” (Def Jam): Hova”s second best-of collection covers the latter part of his Def Jam tenure. It does not include any tracks from “The Blueprint 3,” including chart-topper “Empire State of Mind,” which was his first set on his new label deal.
Lady GaGa, “The Fame Monster” (Cherrytree/Interscope): “The Fame” plus eight more tracks. Read review here.
Adam Lambert, “For Your Entertainment” (19 Recordings/RCA): “American Idol” runner-up brings on the glam rock for his major label debut. Will he best season eight winner Kris Allen”s opening week sales? Read review here.
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, “The Live Anthology” (Reprise): The best way to experience Petty and his band is live and there are 48 tracks/4 CDs here for the taking (a number of the cuts have been available through Petty”s website in an innovative download program). The set spans three decades. Best Buy will offer a special 5 CD edition.
Rihanna, “Rated R” (Def Jam): Led by singles “Russian Roulette” and “Hard,” Rihanna”s fourth studio album is a dark look from the formerly sunny girl. See review here.
Jay Sean, “All or Nothing” (Cash Money/Universal Republic): British urban artist has already scored numerous hits in his native UK and in Asia (his parents are Indian) with his two previous releases. Now America has embraced him with his No. 1 hit, “Down,” featuring his Cash Money label mate, Lil Wayne.
Shakira, “She Wolf” (Epic): One of Colombia”s biggest export s has struggled a little getting “She Wolf” off the ground after the title track flamed out fast at radio, but expectations are still high for her predominantly English set, which includes collaborations from producers RedOne, Wyclef Jean and the Bravery”s Sam Endicott.
Britney Spears, “The Singles Collection” (Jive): It”s been 10 years since an under-age Brit Brit fueled middle-aged men”s fantasy in her not-so-innocent school girl outfit with “Baby… One More Time.” Then she seemingly disappeared.
Just kidding. A decade later, between all the drama, hospitalizations, custodial issues, marriages, births, etc., there has been some very fun dance pop. It”s all gathered here, along with her latest No. 1, “Three.”