Now that we’re wrapping up 2009, several heavy-hitters will drop new music. Thanksgiving week will be especially busy because a lot of artists are releasing albums so check back with the AJC next Monday to get the latest info on new CDs.
CD releases for today include:
Kris Allen, “Kris Allen”
The Season 8 winner of “American Idol” releases his first CD. “Idol” blogger Rodney Ho says it “remains true to what we think about Kris — dollops of Jason Mraz and John Mayer with more soul. The 13 tunes are a mix of mostly mid-tempo rock songs with ballads.”
Boyz II Men, “Love”
This is their second project produced by “Idol” judge Randy Jackson, and the second CD of covers. The R&B quartet-turned-trio rarely goes wrong with love song so this is probably their new formula. Check out CNN’s interview with the group (actually it was just Wanya and Nathan, because Shawn was sick with H1N1).
Casting Crowns, “Until the Whole World Hears”
This homegrown Christian-rock group has its fourth studio album. Could there be more Grammys on the horizon?
50 Cent, “Before I Self-Destruct”
Reviews so far are not very glowing for this N.Y. rapper (right). But after making millions on endorsement deals, a book, a new cologne and other entrepreneurial ventures, we’re thinking he doesn’t care much. Plus his single “Baby by Me” featuring Ne-Yo has a pretty catchy hook.
Janet Jackson, “Number Ones”
This compilation takes up 2 CDs. Guess tomorrow’s interview with “Good Morning America” and Robin Roberts is strategic timing.
Norah Jones, “The Fall”
Folk? No. Jazz? No. Long, wavy tresses? No. While Jones has shed her laid-back lounge sound (and her hair), she has opted for rock-tinged CD this time around, she still delivers sweet ballads and simple lyrics.
Leona Lewis, “Echo”
The “X Factor” (British “Idol”) winner charmed fans, notably Oprah, with her hit single “Bleeding Love.” This sophomore release finds her a bit more mature.
John Mayer, “Battle Studies”
Love life and Tweets aside, Mayer can still rock a guitar. Just ask Ellen ; )
Pretty Ricky, “Pretty Ricky”
This young R&B group is touting more hyper-sexual songs.