Happy New Year & Decade! Here's what new releases to expect the first quarter of this decade:
Ke$ha - Animal. After hopping aboard the Lady GaGa bandwagon with convenient electro-pop sound and hotting up the charts last year with her debut single "TiK ToK," Ke$ha is set to release her debut album and telling by the title it's going be anything but subtle. I'm looking forward to this.
Katharine McPhee - Unbroken. American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee preps her second album, a possible image revamping in comparison to her fiery self-titled debut, which saw the production skills of Danja and Babyface. Unbroken is mostly produced by John Alagía, a more subtle approach, who's worked with John Mayer and Jason Mraz.
Courtney Love - Nobody's Daughter. I'm too interested in this release, however does deserve a mention as it follows up to her 2004 debut, American's Sweetheart a bold capitalization on Love's infamous tabloid foffer image, drug usage ect.
Vampire Weekend - Contra. Critics were singing in harmony over this US based indie rock band's debut album. Will the harmonies continue for their follow-up? Its lead single is "Cousins" which sounds pretty good.
You Me At Six - Hold Me Down. The Punk/pop band's second album, following up to their critically acclaimed first album which landed the band's first hit "Finders Keepers."
Jennifer Lopez - Love? After her last album, Brave, flopped Jennifer Lopez is looking to redeem herself with her seventh. Lead single "Louboutins" has replaced the lackluster "Fresh Out the Oven" which I think has now been scrapped, not a good start. The release is a tentative date.
Corinne Bailey Rae - The Sea. Corinne Bailey Rae was one of the hottest acts of 2006, her self-titled debut went platinum in both the US and UK and sold 4 million worldwide as critics praised her arresting blend of Blues, soul, R&B and jazz. Now Rae prepares its follow up which is set to take a more folksy route in comparison its predecessor, hopefully she'll avoid the dreaded sophomore slump. Lead single "I'd Do it All Again" is out soon.
Lifehouse - Smoke and Mirrors. Lifehouse delivered a pretty solid fourth album in 2007, Where We Are was the first album I'd bought of theres and I wasn't disappointed however critics didn't praise as much as they their debut No Name Face. Their forthcoming fifth album is set to return to the band's traditional alternative rock sound, detouring from the pop/rock of the last album.
Chamillionaire - Venom. It's hard not to label rapper Chamillionaire a one-hit-wonder, he scored his first chart topper five years ago with "Ridin'," and seen the top twenty since. His second album Ultimate Victory delivered weak sales and didn't score any hits (although "Hip-Hop Police" was a favorite) however lead single "Good Morning" from his forthcoming third album, Vemnom scored him his second top 40 last year--could this be a turnaround? In anycase I'll probably take a pass on this.
Monica - Still Standing. Monica has been one of my favorite R&B singers for awhile, her last offering 2005s The Makings of Me was a solid effort ultimately her most critical acclaimed however delivered weak sales (athlough the album before that, After the Storm, also a favorite, wasn't a big-seller either) in fact the last time Monica has seen solid sales was with her second album The Boy is Mine back in 1998.
Sugababes - Sweet 7. The 'Babes had quite a year last year as the only remaining orginal member Keisha Buchanan left, however drama aside I'm still in good hopes for the groups seventh album as the two singles spawned so far ("Get Sexy" and "About a Girl") have been quite good.
The Streets - Computer and Blues. Despite critical acclaim and BRIT nominations, I haven't gotten into British rapper Michael Skinner aka The Streets, maybe because it's not my thing really, however I did like "The Irony of it All." The release date for his fifth album isn't official and could change.
Fatboy Slim and David Bryne - Here Lies Love. American musician David Bryne and successful Britsh DJ Fatboy Slim team up for Heres Lies Love, a collaborative double-disc concept album. Another unofficial release date which could change.
Goldfrapp - Head First. Goldfrapp return with their fifth album, since the beginning of the 2000s, they have seen success with their winning blend of electro-pop and dance. I haven't ever given the duo a fair listen however I'll make sure to do so with this release.