Saturday, April 26, 2008

May New Release Roundup

Goodbye April, hello May. Here's a rundown of the month's key new album releases:

May 5/6:

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.

May 12/13:

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.

May 19/20:

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.

May 26/27:

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

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