New Releases, April 22: Ashlee Simpson, Flight of the Conchords, Lyrics Born
Jessica's younger sister returns with her third album, which follows 2004's "Autobiography" and 2005's "I Am Me." "Bittersweet World" includes the single "Little Miss Obsessive," which features guest vocals from Tom Higgenson of the Plain White T's.
Simpson has been supporting "Bittersweet World" with a bevy of radio spots, Wal-Mart in-store appearances, midnight club gigs and TV appearances. Plans reportedly are also in the works for a summer tour.
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Flight of the Conchords
"Flight of the Conchords"
The self-titled, full-length debut from comedy/music act Flight of the Conchords is finally set to land in stores. "Flight of the Conchords" follows the group's 2007 EP, "The Distant Future," which won this year's Grammy for Best Comedy Album.
Comedians/musicians Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement have been flying high ever since their hit TV series "Flight of the Conchords" premiered on HBO last summer. The show follows the trials and tribulations of a digi-folk duo from New Zealand as they try to make a name for themselves in their adopted home of New York City. The series is expected to return for a second season next year.
The Conchords will support the new album with a 12-show, coast-to-coast trek that includes a two-night stand in New York City and a performance at George, WA's Sasquatch! Festival.
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"Everywhere at Once"
The San Francisco Bay Area rapper is back with a follow-up to his acclaimed concert disc, "Lyrics Born Live." The hip-hop star, whose real name is Tom Shimura, is best known for his popular single "Callin' Out," which also served as the soundtrack to a Diet Coke commercial that starred actor Adrien Brody.
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"Good to be Bad"
The melodic heavy metal troupe is finally ready to break its silence and release its first album of new studio material since 1997's "Restless Heart." The group was last heard on its 2006 concert offering, "Live: In the Shadow of the Blues." All 11 tracks on "Good to be Bad" were written by Whitesnake's David Coverdale and Doug Aldrich.
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"From Donny With Love"
This new compilation focuses on the love songs from Osmond's lengthy catalog. The 18-track offering includes such fan favorites as "Puppy Love," "Let's Stay Together" and "Right Here Waiting."
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More new releases:
Atmosphere, "When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That (Expletive) Gold" (Rhymesayers)
Billy Bragg, "Mr. Love & Justice" (Anti)
Armin van Buuren, "Imagine" (Ultra)
Elbow, "The Seldom Seen Kid" (Geffen)
Carole King, "Tapestry-Legacy Edition" (Sony)
Love, "Forever Changes" (Rhino)
Replacements, "Hootenanny" (Rhino)
Replacements, "Let It Be" (Rhino)
Replacements, "Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash" (Rhino)
Replacements, "Stink" (Rhino)
Tantric, "The End Begins" (Silent Majority)
Tokyo Police Club, "Elephant Shell" (Saddle Creek)
Phil Vassar, "Prayer of a Common Man" (Universal)
The Weepies, "Hideaway" (Nettwerk)
Soundtracks and scores:
"John Adams" (Varese)