After April was a sluggish month for blockbuster new music releases (and tepid sales generally), May looks to infuse the music industry with some legitimate buzz and potentially better sales figures. Sure nothing’s the sure thing until the final chart tally arrives, but May 13, 2014 looks like a good day for the industry, at least on paper. I mean, who doesn’t get excited with big names like Michael Jackson (Xscape), The Black Keys (Turn Blue), and Rascal Flatts (Rewind) all releasing albums on the same day? Here are 7 albums to consider purchasing on May 13, 2014!
Let’s not kid ourselves at all here – Michael Jackson’s most important/best work has come and gone. No questions or skepticisms whatsoever. The classic albums that the late pop/R&B star previously released are what cement his legendary status, not something like the highly anticipated, posthumously released Xscape. That’s neither knocking an effort I haven’t personally heard yet nor really prejudging it either, but it would take almost a ‘second coming’ of an album to match Off the Wall (1979), Thriller (1982), or Bad (1987). And there’s no chance in “H-E double hockey sticks” of supersession by this effort.That said, there are plenty of us who are as giddy as schoolgirls for another Michael Jackson album!
The Black Keys
Turn Blue is The Black Keys highly anticipated follow up to the duo’s multi-Grammy winning LP El Camino. Also it’s the first album since the fight between Patrick Carney and Justin Bieber in which Bieber said Carney needed to be “slapped” for his comments towards him. Personally, I think The Black Keys have a good shot at number one spot on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. That’s not etched into stone – particularly with Michael Jackson and Rascal Flatts in the mix – but the duo’s popularity has skyrocketed since Brothers in 2010. If its like any other Black Keys album, it should be nothing short of epic.
The country trio’s sales have slowed in recent times – as has everybody else’s – but the country-pop group still remains a popular fixture in country music. Rewind follows up 2011 effort, Changed, which bowed at number three on the Billboard Albums chart. Rascal Flatts’ last number one album came courtesy of Unstoppable back in 2009.
Michael W. Smith
Sovereign is preeminent contemporary Christian music artist Michael W. Smith’s second album of 2014, following the Cracker Barrel exclusive, Hymns (charted at number 25 on the Albums Chart).
Blue Smoke is the veteran 68-year old country singer/songwriter’s first new album in three years, following 2011 LP Better Day (Parton did release a Cracker Barrel exclusive live album with An Evening With…Dolly, back in 2012). Blue Smoke is being released through Dolly Records and Sony Masterworks.
Single “Trouble’s Lament” leads the charge for Tori Amos’ latest LP, Unrepentant Garden, and her first for Mercury after 2012’s Gold Dust appeared on Deutsche Grammophon. To find Amos’ last top ten album, one has to go back to Abnormally Attracted to Sin from 2009. Her last top five effort came two years earlier, with American Doll Posse.
White Woman arrives four years after 2010 LP Business Casual. Don’t call Chromeo a big chart staple, considering that Business Casual debuted at no. 70 on the Billboard 200 back in 2010.