It’s the week before Christmas. Are your favorites gearing up for a big sales week? Here’s what’s new in stores this week on December 18:
- Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head is the latest release from rapper T.I., which includes the R&B hit “Ball”, featuring Lil Wayne. He’s been gaining plenty of exposure on a VH1 reality show, but will it translate into first week sales? Look for this one to at least make the top ten on the Album Chart, but it will struggle to sneak into the top five. After all, his album sales sharply dropped with his last release, No Mercy.
- A digital release of 12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief is out on Wednesday, featuring live performances from Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones and more. A CD release is expected in January. It should vie for the #1 spot with over 50,000 pre-orders for the album.
- Another rapper, Chief Keef, puts out Finally Rich, led off by the single “I Don’t Like”. This should definitely enter in the top twenty.
- Initially released as a free album two summers ago, The-Dream returns with 1977, which includes a few additional tracks tacked onto the original tracklisting.
- The soundtracks from Django Unchained, Les Misérables, and Not Fade Away are all out this week, with the middle album carrying a Friday release date.
- The 35th anniversary edition of Eric Clapton‘s Slowhand is out, including a super deluxe edition with a bonus DVD and vinyl LP. The album features core 70’s hits for Clapton like “Lay Down Sally” and “Wonderful Tonight.”
- Synthetica: Deluxe is a rerelease of Metric‘s album from earlier this year, featuring five new tracks.
Other assorted music DVDs and books out this week include:
- The movie Pitch Perfect, about dueling a cappella groups.
- Rihanna‘s Loud Tour: Live At The O2 DVD, filmed back in 2011 in London.
- We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston DVD, a special concert which aired about a month ago.
Lastly, the new digital-only singles that you can buy this week:
- Singer Dido, notable for hits like “Thank You” and “White Flag”, returns with “Let Us Move On”, featuring rapper Kendrick Lamar.
- Josh Groban, who goes for a poppier sound on “Brave”, the first single from All That Echoes.
- Rapper Kid Cudi releases a new track, “King Wizard”.
- Country star turned tabloid darling LeAnn Rimes releases “Borrowed”, currently at Country radio.
Enjoy all the new music out this week! Turn It Up Tuesday will return on January 8 due to Christmas and New Year’s Day.