In Stores Now And Coming Soon: New Albums By Jay-Z, R. Kelly, ODB, Simple Plan & More

Between the personal scandals and rampant bootlegging, people were starting to wonder whether Jay-Z and R. Kelly’s The Best of Both Worlds would actually come out. But after some juggling of release dates, the rap/R&B album will be released Tuesday.

Going through somewhat of a personal scandal himself, incarcerated Ol’ Dirty Bastard proves he’s still for the children. Even though he won’t be a free man for a while, that doesn’t mean fans can’t enjoy a dose of Dirty now. His third album, The Trials and Tribulations of Russell Jones, recorded when he was on the lam from a court-ordered drug rehab program in Los Angeles, hits shelves as well.

Also in stores this week are some puzzling reissues, such as Rick Astley’s Greatest Hits and Haddaway’s Greatest Hits (who can name another besides “What Is Love”?).

After a few years of waiting, indie hard-rockers Rye Coalition finally got to work with producer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies), and the results can be heard on the Jersey quintet’s third album, On Top.

And look for Land 1975-2002, a kick-ass Patti Smith anthology that confirms once and for all that she and her accompanying musicians are one of the hardest rocking bands of all time.

Out Tuesday, March 19:


  • 2 Skinnee J’s – Volumizer (Volcano Entertainment)
  • Absu – Tara (Olypmic)
  • Alien Sex Fiend – Flashbacks! Live 1995-98 (Yeaah)
  • All About Eve – Fairy Light Nights — Live Acoustic (Yeaah)
  • Antibalas – Talkatif (Ninja Tune)
  • Rick Astley – Greatest Hits (BMG Heritage)
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Sounding the Seventh Trumpet (Hopeless)
  • Blind Guardian – A Night at the Opera (Century Media)
  • Block 16 – Morning Sun Remixed (Suphonic)
  • Boney M – The Greatest Hits (BMG Heritage)
  • Break – Break (Doghouse)
  • Brick Layer Cake – Whatchamacallit (Touch & Go)
  • Brother JT3 – Spirituals (Drag City)
  • Cannibal Ox – El-P Presents Cannibal Oxtrumentals (Def Jux)
  • Jimmy Castor Bunch – 16 Slabs of Funk (BMG Heritage)
  • Comet Gain – Realistes (Kill Rock Stars)
  • Alice Cooper – Welcome to My Nightmare (expanded reissue, Atlantic)
  • Corey – I’m Just Corey (Motown)
  • Custom Fast (Artist Direct)
  • Damned – Live Anthology (Castle America)
  • Deadman – Paramour (Lakeshore)
  • December Wolves – Blasterpiece Theater (Earache)
  • Matt Deighton – Common Good (Yeaah)
  • Dieselboy – Project Human (Six-Eleven)
  • Dimmu Borgir – Stormblast (Century Media)
  • DJ Screw – All Work No Play 2 (Reliant Entertainment)
  • East River Pipe – Shining Hours in a Can (Merge)
  • Edan – Primitive Plus (Solid)
  • Faust – Freispiel (EFA)
  • Five Pointe O – Untitled (Roadrunner)
  • Fleetwood Mac – Show Biz Blues 1968-1970 Volume 2 (Castle America)
  • Flogging Molly – Drunken Lullabies (Side One Dummy)
  • Gas Huffer – Rest of Us (Estrus)
  • Crystal Gayle – The Best of Crystal Gayle (Rhino)
  • Geez ‘N’ Gosh – Nobody Knows (EFA)
  • Giant Sand – Cover Magazine (Touch & Go)
  • Grateful Dead – Postcards of the Hanging (Arista)
  • Gravity Kills – Superstarved (Sanctuary)
  • Haddaway – Greatest Hits (Empire Musicwerks)
  • Hall & Oates – Do It for Love (BMG Heritage)
  • Darren Hayes – Spin (Columbia)
  • Richard Hell – Time (Matador)
  • Hella – Hold Your Horse Is (Five Rue Christine)
  • Herbaliser – Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ninja Tune)
  • Human Remains – Where Were You When (Relapse)
  • Hypocrisy – Catch 22 (Century Media)
  • Jay-Z/R.Kelly – The Best of Both Worlds (Roc-A-Fella)
    Read about it … Bootleggers Get The Best Of Jay-Z, R. Kelly
  • Jelly Jam – The Jelly Jam (Inside Out)
  • Joi – Star Kitty’s Revenge (Universal)
  • Angelique Kidjo – Black Ivory Soul (Columbia)
  • Sander Kleinenberg – Essential Mix (Rhino)
  • Knut – Challenger (Hydra Head)
  • Glenn Lewis – World Outside My Window (Epic)
  • Nils Lofgren – Break Away Angel (TYB)
  • Timo Maas – Loud (Kinetic)
  • Christy McWilson – Bed of Roses (Hightone)
  • Megadeth – Rude Awakening (Sanctuary)
  • Miguel Migs – Nude Tempo 1 (Astralwerks)
  • Miss Kittin & The Hacker – First Album (Emperor Norton)
  • Monster Trux – Grind (Underground Inc.)
  • Mystic Diversions – Crossing the Liquid Mirror (Tommy Boy)
  • Ann Nesby – Put It on Paper (Universal)
  • Ol’ Dirty Bastard – The Trials & Tribulations of Russell Jones (Riviera)
  • Place of Skulls – Nailed (Southern Lord)
  • Playgroup – Playgroup (Astralwerks)
  • Pro-Pain – Shreds of Dignity (Spitfire)
  • Psychedelic Furs – Forever Now (reissue, Legacy)
  • Psychedelic Furs – Talk Talk Talk (reissue, Legacy)
  • Psychedelic Furs – Psychedelic Furs (reissue, Legacy)
  • Reivers – Saturday (reissue, Dualtone)
  • Reivers – End of the Day (reissue, Dualtone)
  • Eileen Rose – Long Shot Novena (Rough Trade)
  • Rye Coalition – On Top (Tiger Style)
  • Saint Low – Tricks for Dawn (Cooking Vinyl)
  • Schatzi – Fifty Reasons to Explode (Mammoth)
  • Sham 69 – Best of: The Cockney Kids are Innocent (Castle America)
  • Sid Vicious – Vicious White Kids: Live! (Castle America)
  • Simple Plan – No Helmets No Pads … Just Balls (Atlantic)
    Read about it … Alienation Lands Simple Plan On Movie Soundtrack, Warped Tour
  • Simply Jeff – Phonomental Music Presents: Next Step (BML)
  • Slaughter & the Dogs – We Don’t Care Anthology (Castle America)
  • Chris Smith – Map Ends: 1995-2001 (Emperor Jones)
  • Patti Smith – Land (1975-2002) (Arista)
  • Soledad Brothers – StealYour Soul and Dare Your Spirit to Move (Estrus)
  • Soul Coughing – Lust in Phaze: The Best of Soul Coughing (Rhino)
  • Spylab – This Utopia (Guidance)
  • Steps – Best of Steps (Jive)
  • Super Furry Animals – Rings Around the World (XL)
  • Theatre of Hate – Singles Collection (Yeaah)
  • Thunderpuss – Thunderpuss (Tommy Boy)
  • Traffic – Welcome to the Canteen (reissue, Island)
  • Traffic – Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (reissue, Island)
  • Uncle Tupelo – 89/93: An Anthology (Legacy)
  • Usurper – Necronemesis (Earache)
  • Whippersnapper – Appearances Wear Thin (Fueled by Ramen)
  • Windsor for the Derby – Earnest Powers+ (Emperor Jones)
  • Wishbone Ash – Lost Cause in Paradise (Yeaah)
  • X-Ray Spex – Anthology (Castle America)
  • Yesh – Into Fresh Things (Ill Boogie)
  • Yes – Talk (reissue, Spitfire)
  • Various artists – “Blade 2″ soundtrack (Immortal)
  • Various artists – “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 20th Anniversary Edition” soundtrack (MCA)
  • Various artists – “Kissing Jessica Stein” soundtrack (Verve)
  • Various artists – Live From the Roxy 2 (Castle America)
  • Various artists – Martha Stewart Living: Quiet Time (Rhino)
  • Various artists – Monsters of Rap 2 (Razor & Tie)
  • Various artists – Now That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 9 (Universal)
  • Various artists – Punk Lives! (Castle America)
  • Various artists – Replay: Tribute to Moby (Cleopatra)
  • Various artists – Select Cuts From Echo Beach (EFA)
  • Various artists – “Showtime” soundtrack (MCA)
  • Various artists – Space Daze (Big Eye)
  • Various artists – Armageddon: Tribute to Destruction (Owell)
  • Various artists – Tribute to Dire Straits (Big Eye)
  • Various artists – Tribute to Peter Gabriel (Vitamin)
  • Various artists – Tribute to the Prodigy (Cleopatra)
  • Various artists – West Coast Bad Boyz: Poppin’ Collars (No Limit)

Coming Soon (Dates Subject To Change)

March 26:

April 2:

April 9:


  • Baldwin Brothers – Cooking With Lasers (TVT)
  • Bonnie Raitt – Silver Lining (Capitol)
  • Ultrapull – From All Directions (Gold Circle)
  • Quarashi – Jinx (Columbia)

April 16:


  • Jimmy Fallon – The Bathroom Wall (DreamWorks)
  • Lil’ Romeo – Game Time (Universal/No Limit)

April 23:


  • Naughty by Nature – Iicons (TVT)
  • Tina Novak – Been Around the World (Arista)
  • Q-Tip – Kamaal the Abstract (Arista)
  • Sloan – Pretty Together (RCA)
  • Sneaker Pimps – Bloodsport (Tommy Boy)

April 30:


  • Blackalicious – Blazing Arrow (MCA)
  • Donell Jones – Life Goes On (Arista)
  • Various artists – “Spider-Man” soundtrack (Columbia)