R. Kelly wants to be Number One
Following last week’s Super Monday, releases slow slightly before picking back up the rest of December. However, the flow of major-label debuts from “American Idol” contestants continues unabated as we see the third effort in as many weeks with Allison Iraheta’s “Just Like You.” R. Kelly returns with his ninth studio album, full of slow grinds and salacious come ons, and Kanye West protégé, British singer Mr. Hudson, continues his quest for stateside stardom.
The Bravery, “Stir the Blood” (Island): After moonlighting on Shakira’s new album (co-founder Sam Endicott co-wrote title track, “She Wolf”), rockers release third full-length studio album, produced by John Hill. The first single, “Slow Poison,” peaked at No. 23 on Billboard’s Modern Rock chart. The album also includes the song “Hatefuck,” which spawned the controversial video.
Enya, “The Very Best of Enya” (Warner): Available as a CD or CD/DVD, this collection highlights the greatest hits from the ethereal sounding Irish lass. The tracks span her 22-year career including “Orinoco Flow” and “Only Time.”
Juvenile, “Cocky & Confident” (UTP/Atlantic/E1): Rapper’s first album in three year features a number of special guests including Pleasure P, Bobby V and Rico Love. Juvenile is now 34….we’re just saying.
R. Kelly, “Untitled” (Jive): Following this summer’s mixtape, “The Demo Tape,” scandal-plagued R&B singer returns with his much-delayed ninth studio album. First single, “Number One,” with Keri Hilson, reached No. 8 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Mr. Hudson, “Straight No Chaser,” (G.O.O.D. Music/Mercury): British R&B/hip-hop artist hopes to replicate his homegrown success with this set, executive produced by Kanye West (who featured him on “Paranoid” from “808s & Heartbreak.).
Bob Seger, “Early Seger, Vol. 1” (Hideout): New recordings from the Detroit rocker are few and far between these days, so fans will have to settle for this 10-cut collection that includes four previously unreleased tracks from the early ‘70s, as well as five remastered cuts from “Back in 72” and “Smokin’ O.P.’s.”