With four shopping days left until Christmas, a few intrepid R&B acts and one veteran group are offering fans last-minute stocking stuffers on Dec. 21. Expect his holiday strategy to pay off for Jamie Foxx, who may see a high debut.
Avant, â€œThe Letterâ€ (Verve Forecast): R&B singer releases his sixth studio set overall and his first for Verve Forecast.Â A little fun fact: way back in the day, the R&B crooner was signed to Magic Johnsonâ€™s label, Magic Johnson Music. Heâ€™s back to tell us all about whatâ€™s going on in his life in the form of the songs on this smooth set.
Keyshia Cole, â€œCalling All Heartsâ€ (Interscope):Â Coleâ€™s fourth album, and her first since becoming a mom, includes a track featuring 2010â€™s go-to girl, Nicki Minaj, on â€œI Ainâ€™t Thru,â€ as well as collaborations with Faith Evans, Tank and Timbaland.
Duran Duran, â€œAll You Need Is Nowâ€ (Tape Modern/Epic): Available exclusively through iTunes, the â€œHungry Like the Wolfâ€ boys return with a set produced by uber-producer Mark Ronson. A CD version with five bonus tracks will come out early next year.
Jamie Foxx, â€œBest Night of My Lifeâ€ (J):Â For the third time in a row, the Oscar winner releases a set right before Christmas, bringing holiday cheer with his latest album.Â Joining him are Drake, Justin Timberlake, T.I. Ludacris and Soulja Boy First single, â€œFall For Your Typeâ€ has already started to climb the charts.
Keri Hilson, â€œNo Boys Allowedâ€ (Zone 4/Mosley Music/Interscope): Hilsonâ€™s new album, with production from Polow da Don and Timbaland, includes her top 20 R&B hit, â€œPretty Girl Rock.â€Â Weâ€™ll see if it had a track catch fire like â€œKnock You Down,â€ two years ago.
Which album is on your Christmas shopping list?