New Releases, Sept. 16: Ne-Yo, Darius Rucker, Nelly
Ne-Yo "Year of the Gentleman" (Def Jam)
The R&B star returns with his third album, which follows 2007's "Because of You." The first single from "Year of the Gentleman" is the Stargate-produced track "Closer."
The 28-year-old vocalist has a lot to live up to with "Year of the Gentleman." His prior releases, "Because of You" and 2006's "In My Own Words," both debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. In addition, "Because of You" won the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album.
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"Learn to Live"
The Hootie & the Blowfish frontman is the latest pop star to try his hand in the country game, following in the recent footsteps of such celebs as Jewel and Jessica Simpson. The first single from "Learn to Live" is "Don't Think I Don't Think About It."
As the leader of Hootie & the Blowfish, Rucker has helped sell more than 25 million records, the majority of which came with the band's blockbuster 1994 debut, "Cracked Rear View." That was then, and Rucker's solo country music career is now. The singer reportedly announced during an AOL Sessions interview that Hootie is splitting up so he can focus on his own musical endeavors.
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The hip-hop hero is looking for another hit with "Brass Knuckles," a work that will finally make it to record stores after being delayed several times. His last solo works came in 2004, with the simultaneously released albums "Sweat" and "Suit," although he's made several guest appearances for the other artists in the interim.
Repaying the favor, many musicians make guest spots on "Brass Knuckles." The album's star-studded cast includes T.I., R. Kelly, Usher, Fergie and Chuck D.
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"Gift of Screws"
The Fleetwood Mac singer/songwriter/guitarist returns with a follow-up to 2006's "Under the Skin." "Gift of Screws" was recorded with members of Buckingham's touring band as well as with longtime Fleetwood Mac bandmates Mick Fleetwood and John McVie.
Buckingham is currently supporting "Gift of Screws" on the road. His 29-city headlining trek will stretch through an Oct. 19 date at New York's Nokia Theatre.
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The hard rockers get back to business with "Black Butterfly," the band's fourth studio effort. The release follows 2006's "15," a work that spent 98 weeks on The Billboard 200 and has been certified platinum.
Buckcherry is joining with fellow rockers Avenged Sevenfold for a co-headlining tour, which kicks off tomorrow (9/16) in Moline, IL. That outing follows the band's participation in this summer's Motley Crue-led Crue Fest.
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More new releases:
All That Remains, "Overcome" (Razor & Tie)
Avenged Sevenfold, "Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough" (Reprise)
Patricia Barber, "The Cole Porter Mix" (Blue Note)
Camp Rock, "Disney Karaoke Series: Camp Rock" (Disney)
Celtic Thunder, "Act Two" (Celtic Thunder)
Kasey Chambers, Shane Nicholson, "Rattlin' Bones" (Sugarhill)
Renee Fleming, "Four Last Songs" (Decca)
James, "Hey Ma" (Decca)
Jem, "Down to Earth" (ATO)
Raphael Saadiq, "The Way I See It" (Sony)
Al Stewart, "Sparks of Ancient Light" (Appleseed)
Ben Taylor, "The Legend of Kung Folk Part 1 (The Killing Bite)" (Iris)
Various Artists, "The Imus Ranch Record" (New West)
Various Artists, "Born to the Breed: A Tribute to Judy Collins" (Take 6)