May continues to be an impressive month for new album releases – whew, April was lacking! The May 27th release date may not be the sexiest of the month, but it’s hard to call it a ‘bust’ when Mariah Carey is in the mix. Throw in the latest teen heartthrob (Austin Mahone) and there seems to be plenty of meat to sink one’s teeth into this week.
Mariah Carey’s first album in five years hasn’t had the smoothest promotional campaign, nor does it sport a title that just ‘flows’ right off your tongue. The moderate success of single “#Beautiful” with a then hot Miguel is also long gone. How will Me I Am Mariah perform? Time will only tell.
2) Austin Mahone,The Secret (EP) (Universal Republic)
After taking ample time to establish a fan base – as well as reach 18 – Austin Mahone is finally going to give the ‘Mahomies’ something to talk about on his EP, The Secret. The timing for Mahone’s EP seems great, particularly considering that there is no big teen-pop artist hogging the spotlight at this point in 2014 (5 Seconds of Summer haven’t been dominant).
3) Neil Young, A Letter Home (Reprise)
Neil Young may be getting older, but the arguably underrated veteran artist keeps on cranking out album after album it seems. A Letter Home follows up Young’s 2012 double-LP Psychedelic Pill. A Letter Home is a covers album.
4) Kiss, Kiss 40 (UMe)
Kiss 40 celebrates the legendary rock outfit’s 40th anniversary with you guessed it, a compilation containing 40 of their biggest songs.
James Newton Howard
The soundtrack to the highly anticipated Disney film Maleficent – starring Angelina Jolie –features Lana Del Rey’s haunting cover of “Once Upon a Dream”.
Christian artist David Crowder (just referred to as Crowder here) releases his follow up to 2012 LP Give Us Rest (A Requiem Mass in C [The Happiest of All Keys]). Neon Steeple features a collaboration with Emmylou Harris on track “My Sweet Lord”.
Sorry I’m Late
British pop star Cher Lloyd returns with her sophomore album, Sorry I’m Late, following her 2012 debut effort Sticks & Stones, which debuted at no. 9 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. Single “Want U Back” gave Lloyd a top 15 US hit, peaking at no. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.