Thanks to a dashing Despicable fellow, most of this week’s releases are out a day early! (NOTE: some releases may still not be out until Tuesday dependent on record label availability/iTunes response time.) Here’s what you need to know about on the schedule for the week of March 3:
- Clap along if you feel like this one’s going to grab some big sales next week. Pharrell Williams‘s G I R L (iTunes) is his first album since 2006 and features “Happy”, which is all over the radio and also received a nomination for Best Original Song at this year’s Academy Awards. The only thing that could thwart his plan is the ever-present Frozen, which won in the same category for Idina Menzel‘s “Let It Go”. Expect that these two releases will be the top two albums in the country next week, with the order TBD.
- If you’re feeling might Country this week and want to wrangle some (w)releases, check out the new albums from David Nail, titled I’m A Fire (iTunes), and the Eli Young Band with 10,000 Towns (iTunes). Both acts have hit #1 on the Country chart with the leadoff singles (“Whatever She’s Got” and “Drunk Last Night”, respectively) from each of the releases.
- Originally from Boston and now based in Brooklyn, twangy pop-rockers American Authors are in stores with their first full-length album, Oh, What A Life. It features the single “Best Day Of My Life”, which you’ve been hearing in the movies and on TV since the fall. (iTunes) (My review of Oh, What A Life)
- Rapper Rick Ross is out with his sixth studio album, Mastermind. The current radio single from it, climbing up at Urban radio, is “The Devil Is A Lie”, which features Jay Z. (iTunes)
- Glee‘s golden girl Lea Michele packs some pop on her debut solo effort, Louder. The first single from it is “Cannonball”, which hasn’t exactly been making waves on the radio. Alas, the Gleeks will be out for this one. (iTunes)
- Other releases out this week include: Ashanti‘s BraveHeart (iTunes), Bob Dylan‘s deluxe re-issue of 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration (iTunes), Chris Wallace‘s re-release of Push Rewind (iTunes), Drive-By Truckers‘s English Oceans (iTunes), Fuel‘s Puppet Strings (iTunes) and Ghost Beach‘s Blonde (iTunes).
New digital-only EPs and singles that you can buy this week include:
- “Magic”, a new single from Coldplay. (iTunes)
- “Raging Fire”, a new single from former American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. (iTunes)
- Somebody’s Party (EP), a six-song effort from Erik Hassle. (iTunes)
Next week, Aloe Blacc and the crew from Young Money have the biggest albums hitting stores; will either go to #1? A preview is coming in seven!