Perhaps the music industry was spoiled by May releases – perhaps that’s it. The first week of June is loaded with releases, BUT only two seem like sure bets – Miranda Lambert’s Platinum and 50 Cent’s long-awaited fifth album, Animal Ambition. The question seems to be, how much will either of these albums move? Regardless, here’s a list of album to consider purchasing on new release Tuesday, June 3, 2014.
1) Miranda Lambert, Platinum (RCA Nashville)
Miranda Lambert has been able to expand her career beyond a run on Nashville Star, something winners of the show weren’t able to do. 2014 effort Platinum marks Lambert’s fifth, arriving nine years after her debut Kerosene. The biggest attraction of Platinum – a certain duet with another country superstar, Carrie Underwood, entitled “Somethin’ Bad”. Look for Platinum to be at the top of the album charts when it’s all said and done (or tabulated rather, LOL).
2) 50 Cent, Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire to Win (G-Unit)
Fall Out Boy put it best on their most recent album Save Rock and Roll on track “The Might Fall”. At one point, 50 Cent was an unstoppable force in rap music, sporting a mean east-coast swagger. Both Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and The Massacre are two of the better rap albums of the new millennium. Somewhere along the way though, 50 Cent lost his swag. After a five-year gap, the rapper returns with his fifth proper studio effort, Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire to Win. The question is, can this long awaited comeback album put 50 back on top? Time will tell.
3) Lucy Hale, Road Between (Hollywood Records)
Few may remember that Lucy Hale was on the short-lived American Idol spin-off American Juniors, selected as one of the five members in the children’s group. Since her stint back when, Hale has been focused on acting. Finally, 11 years since American Juniors, Hale releases her debut country album, Road Between via Hollywood Records. The effort is led by single “You Sound Good To Me”.
4) Rich Robinson, The Ceaseless Sight (The End Records)
Guitarist and songwriter Rich Robinson, from The Black Crowes (which seems to be in ‘Limbo’ you might say)releases his third solo effort, The Ceaseless Sight. The Ceaseless Sight follows up 2011 LP Through a Crooked Sun.
5)Matisyahu,Akeda (Elm City)
Akeda follows up 2012 LP Spark Seeker by the genre-bending reggae artist. BTW, Akeda also marks ten years since his 2004 debut effort, Shake Off the Dust…Arise.
6) Me’Shell Ndegéocello, Comet Come to Me (10 Spot)
Comet Come to Me arrives two years after Pour Une Âme Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone. Ndegécello continues to be quite prolific as a genre-bending artist, slated somewhere between rock, pop, and R&B.
7) Kelly Price, Sing Pray Love Vol. 1: Sing (Entertainment One)
Sing Pray Love Vol. 1: Sing features duets with Ruben Studdard (“Back 2 Love”) and Algebra Blessett (“Conversations With Her”).
8) Fucked Up, Glass Boys (Matador)
Glass Boys is the Toronto band’s first album in three years, following 2011 double album David Comes to Life.