Here it is, your preview of the last big new releases of the year, which included a major game changer out early last Friday morning. It’s the albums and singles you need to know about for the week of December 17:
- Beyoncé stunned the industry when her long-awaited fifth solo album, a self-titled effort, dropped with no promotion, no singles, no nothing… except a solid effort of 14 tracks and 17 clips to accompany them, marketed as a “visual album”. With expected sales of 600,000 copies during just the past three days, it will be #1 on the latest Billboard 200 update later this week and most definitely next week too. Beyond that, it’s anyone guess. (iTunes)
- Had Beyoncé’s surprise album not arrived last Friday, the big album this week would’ve been Justin Bieber‘s Journals, which has now been moved back a week due to an apparent last-minute track (and probably his team’s realization that a #1 album wasn’t going to happen against the Queen Bey.) However, there’s still a new album out from rapper B.o.B. titled Underground Luxury. The current single from it is “John Doe”, a collaboration with singer Priscilla Renea (credited as just Priscilla.) (iTunes)
- The only other notable album releases this week are soundtracks, both from the movies and television: on the big screen, we have Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (iTunes) and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (iTunes), plus a compilation from the Disney Channel series Austin & Ally (iTunes).
- Other albums out this week include Mac Miller‘s Live From Space (iTunes) and Somewhere Somehow by We The Kings (iTunes).
New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
- “Top Of The World”, the second single from Mike Posner‘s forthcoming album Pages, featuring Big Sean. (iTunes)
- “You’re Always Here”, a new single from former High School Musical actress Ashley Tisdale. (iTunes)
We’ll see you in 2014! Don’t forget to check out my year-end chart — new updates are up daily.