New Releases, Oct. 20: Tim McGraw, Michael Jackson, Lyle Lovett
The cowboy crooner climbs back in the saddle and releases his first studio effort since 2007's"Let It Go." "Southern Voice" is McGraw's 10th collaboration with veteran producer Byron Gallimore.
The first single from"Southern Voice" is "It's a Business Doing Pleasure With You," which peaked at No. 13 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. The album's title track was released last month as the second single from the set.
The two-time Grammy winner has lined up a few concert appearances this fall to support"Southern Voice." His itinerary includes a record-release party on Oct. 20 in Chicago, as well as appearances in Las Vegas (10/23) and Highland, CA (11/19). McGraw is also working on his 2010 tour plans, according to his website.
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"Michael Jackson: The Remix Suite"
The King of Pop, who died in June, is the subject of a new remix project. "Michael Jackson: The Remix Suite" features work by such big-name producers as Akon, Swizz Beatz, Q-Tip, Ryan Leslie, Tricky Stewart, DJ Cassidy, Steve Aoki and Rodney Jerkins.
The collection focuses on Jackson's career at Motown. Classics receiving the remix treatment include "ABC," "Ben" and "Maybe Tomorrow."
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The Lone Star State singer/songwriter gets back to business with the release of his 12th full-length studio album. "Natural Forces" follows 2007's "It's Not Big, It's Large," which featured Lovett's Large Band on a variety of country, blues, folk, jazz and gospel songs, and peaked at No. 18 on The Billboard 200.
Lovett recorded "Natural Forces" with his Large Band, and with co-production from longtime collaborator Billy Williams. He contributed four originals to the set. The other seven songs on "Natural Forces" are covers of tunes by Texas songwriters, including Eric Taylor's "Whooping Crane," Vince Bell's "Sun and Moon and Stars" and Townes Van Zandt's "Loretta."
The multiple-Grammy-winner will support "Natural Forces" with a headlining tour that kicks off Oct. 26 in Orange, TX, and continues through late November.
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Flight of the Conchords
"I Told You I Was Freaky"
The comedic folk-rock duo, best known for its self-titled HBO TV series, is finally ready to deliver its long-delayed sophomore set. "I Told You I Was Freaky" follows the group's eponymous 2008 debut.
The 13-track offering features was produced by Mickey Petralia (Beck, Midnight Vultures) and features such touching love ballads as "You Don't Have to be a Prostitute" and "Sugalumps." The first single from "I Told You I Was Freaky" is"Hurt Feelings."
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"Liebe Ist Für Alle Da"
The German industrial rock band rolls back into action with its sixth studio album. "Liebe Ist Für Alle Da," which translates to "Love is There for Everyone," follows 2006's Völkerball." The album was produced by the band and Swedish studio wizard Jacob Hellner.
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More new releases:
Bomshel, "Fight Like a Girl" (Curb)
Sam Bush, "Circles Around Me" (Sugar Hill)
Liz Callaway, "Liz Callaway: Passage of Time" (PS Classics)
Terri Clark, "The Long Way Home" (Capitol)
Leonard Cohen, "Live at the Isle of Wight" (Sony)
Electric Six, "Kill" (Metropolis)
King Crimson, "Red" (Convenience)
Kings of Convenience, "Declaration of Dependence" (Astralwerks)
Kutless, "It is Well" (Bec)
Loreena McKennitt, "A Mediterranean Odyssey" (Quinlan)
Timothy B. Schmit, "Expando" (Lost Highway)
Sufjan Stevens, "The BQE" (Asthmatic Kitty)
Various Artists, "Yo Gabba Gabba: Music Is Awesome" (Filter)
Whispers, "Thankful" (Kingdom)