Carrie Underwood returns this week spanning pop, rock, and country.
The NOW collection of contemporary pop hits releases its 42nd volume. Among the singles included here are the #1 pop hits "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" by Kelly Clarkson and "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra. 42 volumes in this venerable franchise still regularly hits the top 5 on the album chart.
Santigold's 2008 debut album received powerful critical acclaim. For the follow up she collaborated with Karen O of the group Yeah Yeah Yeahs as well as producers Diplo and Switch among others. The single "Disparate Youth" was a top 30 hit on the alternative songs chart.
Norah Jones' first three albums were all #1 hits in the US and sold a combined total of over 18 million copies. Her most recent album The Fall was a #3 hit and has been certified platinum. Little Broken Hearts is a collaboration with producer Danger Mouse and sees Norah Jones experimenting with new song textures.
Rufus Wainwright is a singer-songwriter who comes from a family that also includes his parents Kate McGarrigle, one half of the celebrated McGarrigle sisters, and Loudon Wainwright III. His sister Martha Wainwright is a prominent recording artist in her own right. Rufus Wainwright has been a leader among out gay musicians. Out Of the Game, produced by Mark Ronson, is his seventh studio album and the second to reach the top 5 on the UK album chart. Rufus Wainwright has said it has a more "danceable" sound than his previous work.
Controversial shock rock performer Marilyn Manson has released five top 10 charting albums including two that went all the way to #1. Born Villain is his first studio album in three years. He has referred to it as having a "suicide death metal" sound. The new collection has received some of the most positive reviews of his career. The album includes the top 40 rock hit single "No Reflection."
Rock band Hurt topped the Billboard Heatseekers chart with their last two albums. The Crux is the band's sixth studio album overall. It includes the single "How We End Up Alone" which is a top 30 rock hit.