Goodbye April, hello May. Here's a rundown of the month's key new album releases:
Missy Elliott - Untitled Seventh Album. I don't know how this album is coming out so soon, given that it doesn't have a released title or a first single. Timbaland and Nate Danja are said to be featured prominently. I wouldn't be surprised if this gets pushed back.
Neil Diamond - Home Before Dark. His 29th studio album, includes a duet with Natalie Maines of The Dixie Chicks
Clay Aiken - On My Way Here. Clay's fourth album, really his second though, if you don't count the Christmas and remakes albums. First single, the title track, was co-written by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, who also co-wrote Leona Lewis's "Bleeding Love." Clay could use a hit--his last album was certified gold versus the triple-platinum certification of his 2003 debut, Measure of a Man.
Gavin DeGraw - Gavin DeGraw. His second album, featuring current single "In Love with a Girl."
Scarlett Johannson - Anywhere I Lay My Head. Yep. She's putting out an album. Supposedly folk.
Ja Rule - The Mirror. His 7th album. Been awhile since he's had a hit, hasn't it? I haven't heard whether Ashanti will show up on it.
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - Sunday At Devil Dirt. I haven't heard much about this album, the second collaboration between Belle and Sebastian's Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan, but I loved the first, Ballad of the Broken Seas, so I'm hopeful this will be as good.
Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs. Their sixth album.
Whitesnake - Good to Be Bad. Their 11th album and first in over 10 years.
Jakob Dylan - Seeing Things. The son of legend Bob Dylan and Wallflowers frontman releases his solo debut.
Amy Winehouse - Frank (Special Edition). Includes a second 18-track CD of remixes, B-sides, and rarities.
The Ting Tings - We Started Nothing. Their debut, featuring first single "Great DJ."
3 Doors Down - 3 Doors Down (II). This the fifth studio album from 3 Doors Down, and in a move reminiscent of Cher, their second to be self-titled, following their debut.
Usher - Here I Stand. Usher's fourth solo album, perhaps the most anticipated new album of the second quarter, featuring #1 hit "Love in This Club."
Futureheads – This Is Not The World
Pigeon Detectives – Emergency
Sandi Thom – Pink And The Lily