Joss Stone and Tim McGraw lead soft CD release week
Moved 'New Moon' CD leads to a less than super Tuesday
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It’s another light week but things will start heating up again in a week or so as labels rush to release big-name titles to coordinate with the holiday shopping season. We didn’t include “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” soundtrack, which came out off-cycle, last Friday. Expect that CD to come in No. 1, if it can knock Michael Buble out of the top spot, or No. 2. From the batch below, look for Tim McGraw to come in No. 1 on both the pop and country charts next week.
Cartel, “Cycles” (Wind Up): In one of the more outrageous marketing stunts, the emo band recorded its 2007 album in a Dr. Pepper-sponsored bubble for an MTV mini-series. The publicity ploy worked as the group debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard Top 200. This time the Ga.-based band has switched labels and decided to let the music lead. We’ll see where that gets them.
Flight of the Conchords, “I Told You I Was Freaky” (Sub Pop): Fake New Zealand duo-- and stars of their own HBO series-- releases its second set of novelty/parody songs. But when they’re this amusing, do you really care that they’re playing characters?
Kings of Convenience, “Declaration of Dependence” (Virgin): Norwegian folk/pop twosome of Erland Oye and Eirik Glambek Boe creates beautiful, homespun simple melodies lifted by their lilting vocals and harmonies. Deceptively simple. Check out our interview with the pair later this week.
Lyle Lovett, “Natural Forces” (Lost Highway): Damn right he’s from Texas. The troubadour’s latest includes both originals and obscure covers written by some of his favorite Lone Star State songwriters. Bonus: the CD is Amazon’s deal of the day and is available for $3.99.
Rammstein, “Liebe ist fur Alle Da” (Vagrant): Berlin hard rockers return with a new set of its industrial, hard core, metal blend (which makes the album title a little ironic—it translates to Love is for All). They’re especially spreading the love in “Pussy,” the video for the first single which included scenes of women fooling around with band members.
Timothy B. Schmit, “Expando” (Lost Highway): Ever wonder whose voice it is that makes the Eagles’ harmonies really soar? That high, heartbreaking falsetto on “I Can’t Tell You Why?” That’s Timothy B. Schmit. His first solo album in eight years features so many guest stars, there’s hardly room for him. Buy Schmit’s CD and get Keb’Mo’, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Gram Nash, Garth Hudson, Dwight Yoakam and the Blind Boys of Alabama thrown in for free.
Joss Stone, “Colour Me Free” (Virgin): British chanteuse’s latest is a Target-only exclusive that was recorded live at her mother’s club, Mama Stone, in Wellington, England… Hmmmm, we wonder where her mum got the money to buy a venue? Regardless, it would be nice if the soulful Stone managed to reclaim the spotlight that she has ceded to fellow Brits like Amy Winehouse, Duffy and Adele lately.
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
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