Rumor has it that there’s a she wolf in the closet and yet another animal on the loose in record stores today. Welcome to the jungle. Here’s what you need to know about on the schedule for the week of March 25:
- Her collaboration with Rihanna, “Can’t Remember To Forget You”, may have been a dud on the radio charts, but Colombian singer Shakira is still soldiering with her new self-titled album. The current single from it is titled “Empire”. It will likely debut somewhere in the top 5 with a smaller sales total from her last English effort, 2009’s She Wolf. (iTunes)
- Already responsible for a pair of big hits on the R&B survey, “Gas Pedal” and “Red Nose”, California rapper Sage The Gemini is out with his debut album, Remember Me. This will also likely find a spot in the top 5 as a third single makes it onto radio. (iTunes)
- As singer Jerrod Niemann once sang, “What’s so wrong with one more drinkin’ song?” Well, “Drink To That All Night” is now a major Country hit, and his High Noon album makes it into stores this week. It should break into the top 15, if not the top ten. (iTunes)
- Swag pop duo Karmin wanna raise Pulses with their debut album and first major release since their EP Hello two years ago. Unfortunately, given their relationship with the record label, that probably isn’t going to happen. The has produced two charting U.S. singles, “Acapella” and “I Want It All”. (iTunes) (My review of Pulses)
- Can you believe that Elton John‘s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is 40 years old? Featuring classics like “Candle In The Wind”, the title track and “Harmony”, it deserves to be celebrated. So, a new deluxe edition is out in several different packages, including a remastered edition with bonus tracks and a companion disc with acts like Ed Sheeran, Fall Out Boy and The Band Perry all putting their own spin on cuts from the album. (iTunes)
- From out of the archives and now out to the public, a series of shelved recordings dating back to the 80’s from the late Johnny Cash, titled Out Among The Stars, is now available. (iTunes)
- For soundtrack releases this week, check out the compilation from the upcoming film Rio 2 (iTunes), featuring songs from Bruno Mars and Janelle Monáe, as well as second volume of music from the fourth season of AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead. (iTunes)
- Other releases out this week include: Animals As Leaders‘s The Joy Of Motion (iTunes), Asia‘s Gravitas (iTunes), Barry Manilow‘s Night Songs (iTunes), Miles Davis‘s The Bootleg Series, Vol. 3: Miles At The Fillmore (iTunes), My Chemical Romance‘s May Death Never Stop You (The Greatest Hits 2001 – 2013) (iTunes), QUE‘s Who Is QUE. (EP) (iTunes), Rod Stewart‘s Live 1976-1998: Tonight’s The Night (iTunes), Sleeper Agent‘s About Last Night (iTunes) and The Hold Steady‘s Teeth Dreams (iTunes).
New digital-only EPs and singles that you can buy this week include:
- “Crazy Lucky”, a new single from rockers Better Than Ezra. (iTunes)
- “Crazy Stupid Love”, the first radio release from newcomers My Crazy Girlfriend. (iTunes)
- “Fever”, the first single from The Black Keys‘s new Turn Blue album. (iTunes)
- “Whispers”, a new track from Passenger‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
Next week, Christina Perri‘s Head Or Heart leads the pack of new albums, with the She Looks So Perfect (EP) from 5 Seconds Of Summer also making some waves. How will they chart, along with Dan & Shay and MKTO? A full preview is coming in seven!