Fifth season American Idol runner-up Katherine McPhee finds her footing in this week's FOXLight music release round-up. Unbroken marks her first collection freed from the AI production formula, so the pop is more adult thanks to former Dave Matthews and John Mayer producer John Alagia.
Ke$ha was the female voice on Flo Rida's hit "Right Round", and now she drops an album all her own, titled Animal, with collaborators including Swedish hit-meister Max Martin.
Kanye West's well received stint on VH-1 Storytellers gets released on its own as a CD and DVD combo pack including three unseen performances and a special Q&A interview.
Bualadh Bos: The Cranberries Live is the nineties hitmaker's first ever live collection and comes on the heels of their North American reunion tour.
Also out this week...
The soundtrack to Heath Ledger's final film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus features the original score by brothers Mychael and Jeff Danna.
Ashley Brown, currently touring North America in the Disney hit Mary Poppins, drops her first album of American pop standards, Speak Low.
Sugaree is the daughter of legendary rock pianist and songwriter Leon Russell, and after 6 years of playing behind Pop she steps forward with The American Dream.
A bunch of Jackson 5 albums get re-released on CD and Vinyl this week, many out of print for quite a while. They include Third Album, Goin' Back To Indiana, Lookin' Through The Windows, Skywriter, Get It Together, Dancing Machine and their Motown swan-song, Moving Violation.
Finally, Universal Music takes several Deluxe Edition CDs and pares them down to just the bonus disc under the subtitle Rarities Editions. So for those who already own Marvin Gaye's What's Going On, The Gin Blossoms' New Miserable Experience, Rick James' Street Songs, Lynyrd Skynyrd's Street Survivors or Diana Ross' Diana, now you can add on the Rarities Edition of each for an expanded experience at half the price, and without having to re-buy the albums you already own. Sweet!
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