Drake's second release towers over the pop release landscape in this last week before the Thanksgiving holiday.
Rapper and singer Drake soared to #1 in June of 2010 with his debut album Thank Me Later. It sold nearly 450,000 copies in the US alone in its first week of release and has since been certified platinum. Take Care and is seen as expanding on the sound of the first album. The singles "Headlines" and "Make Me Proud" have both landed inside the top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100. Take Care is expected to have one of the top debut sales weeks of the year.
In 2006 Gym Class Heroes went all the way to #4 on the pop singles chart with their breakthrough hit "Cupid's Chokehold." It was included on the gold certified As Cruel As School Children album. However, the group had difficulty following the hit with additional success. Their 2008 album The Quilt failed to generate any hit singles in the US. Then lead vocalist Travie McCoy set out on a solo endeavor with the massive hit single "Billionaire." That led to the return of Gym Class Heroes with a new #4 hit single "Stereo Hearts" leading into the group's new album Papercut Chronicles II.
Back in September 2011, R.E.M., one of America's greatest rock bands, called it quits after 31 years together. Commemorating the group's success through the years, they have put together the first compilation that spans their entire recording career. The single released in advance of the collection is titled "We All Go Back To Where We Belong."
This new definitive collection of hits by Frank Sinatra is the first to feature songs that span his years on both the Capitol and Reprise labels. The album begins with the 1956 recording of "I've Got the World On a String" and closes with the 1979 "Theme From New York, New York." Packaged with the disc of hits is a second disc that includes a long out of print 1957 live Frank Sinatra performance.
Glee's first Christmas album, released in 2010, went to #3 on the album chart and was certified platinum. This second collection follows much of the same blueprint of the first. There are two original songs included among other seasonal favorites. The four finalists from the reality series The Glee Project are also featured on the album.
Childish Gambino is the rapping stage name for actor Donald Glover. His three self-released albums have created strong buzz for this first label-based album. Glassnote Records, the independent label launched by Daniel Glass, signed Childish Gambino and are launching Camp.
Brushfire Records is a Hawaii based record label founded by singer-songwriter Jack Johnson. The label's first This Warm December holiday compilation was released in 2008. The new album features a wide variety of artists who record for the label. The first single from the project is Jack Johnson's "In the Morning."
The Puppini Sisters are a vocal trio that came together in 2004 after being inspired by the animated film Triplets Of Belleville. They adopted their name in tribute to the Andrews Sisters, and the group's first single was a cover of the Andrews Sisters' classic "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." The new album is an homage to classic Hollywood songs.