Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Music News & Promising Upcoming Releases

There are plenty of artists of note with releases scheduled for 2008, a list of which I’ve provided at the end of this post. But first, a little music news and notes that have captured my interest…

Duffy - Duffy is latest soul singer to burst out of the UK after topping charts, following in the steps of artist Amy Winehouse. Mercy is the big single that’s becoming my new obsession.

Madonna - Madonna partnered with Justin Timberlake on the production of her new album, Hard Candy, due out in April. The first single from Hard Candy is a duet between the two, 4 Minutes.

Mindy McCready - My favorite country artist, who’s been in and out of trouble lately, has been released from jail after five months. With a new record deal, she’s focused on recording not only a new studio album but a reality TV series Mending Mindy.

Cathy Dennis - One of my favorite dance music icons from the 90’s ((Touch Me) All Night Long) and songwriter of some of the best dance hits of the past decade (Britney Spears’ Toxic, Kylie Minogue’s Can’t Get You Out of My Head), is set to return to recording this year under the band name of Sexcassettes.

Katy Perry - This artist has been getting a lot of good write-ups for her catchy, blatant hooks reminiscent of Lily Allen. Ur so Gay is the tune that captured my interest.

There are plenty of big names scheduled to have CDs coming out this year, making for what looks like an banner year of great music, including (source of release schedules: Top Hits Online):

Aerosmith, Clay Aiken, Ashanti, Beck, Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, David Bowie, Michelle Branch, Cake, Mariah Carey, Neko Case, JC Chasez, Cher, Coldplay, Death Cab For Cutie, Def Leppard, Dido, Dr. Dre, Missy Elliot, Eminem, Eve, Franz Ferdinand, The Fray, Fugees, Green Day, Guns N’ Roses, Imogen Heap, Lauryn Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Michael Jackson, Jem, Jewel, Scarlett Johansson (Yes, that Scarlett Johansson), Jonas Brothers, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Lil Kim, Lit, LL Cool J, Courtney Love, Aimee Mann, Dave Matthews Band, Paul McCartney, Sarah McLachlan, John Mellencamp, Metallica, George Michael, Kylie Minogue, Moby, Alanis Morissette, Motley Crue, Nas, Nickelback, No Doubt, Oasis, Offspring, Postal Service, R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Robyn (a hot artist from the UK), Gavin Rossdale, Ashlee Simpson, Jessica Simpson, Slayer, Sugarland, Usher, U2, Martha Wainwright, Lee Ann Womack.

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