New Releases: Nelly, Prodigy, Mr. Cheeks, Megadeth, Fu Manchu, Dizzee Rascal, Bowling For Soup & More

Sweaty club patrons and slick-suited players alike will find tracks to grind to on this week’s top new release.

Nelly returns with a double shot of his Southern rap, with one half of Sweatsuit heating up the party with club tracks (Sweat) and the other taking the tempo down a couple notches while upping the sexy ante (Suit). The rapper, who collaborated with Mase, Fat Joe, Remy Martin, Jaheim, Christina Aguilera, Mobb Deep and country star Tim McGraw on the LP, said he had so much great material coming out of him in the studio that he couldn’t possibly limit his third album to just one disc.

Last year, Mr. Cheeks came Back Again! with a new album and just 18 months later, he’s back again with Ladies & Ghettomen. Meanwhile, garage/hip-hop artist Dizzee Rascal, who won the U.K.’s Mercury Prize in 2003 and is on the Long List for this year’s Shortlist Music Prize, will release his sophomore album, Showtime, this week.

On the harder side of things, the Prodigy, whose biggest release was 1997′s The Fat of the Land, will release the more dance-oriented Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned, which debuted at #1 on the British charts at the end of August. Sticking with the heaviness, Megadeth will release their 10th studio album, The System Has Failed, their first since 2001′s The World Needs a Hero.

Van Halen are releasing their 1986 video “Live Without a Net” onto DVD. With Sammy Hagar at the mic, the band rocks through tracks like “Why Can’t This Be Love?” and “There’s Only One Way to Rock.” In other ’80s rock band news, Tears for Fears will release Everybody Loves a Happy Ending, their first studio release since 1989.

Guns N’ Roses bassist Tommy Stinson, who recently put out a solo album, Village Gorilla Head, is releasing Once, Twice, Three Times a Maybe from his band Perfect, which formed in 1995 but only released an EP in 1996.

Pop-punk outfit Bowling for Soup are making their oddball name more widely recognized with the single “1985″ off their newest album, A Hangover You Don’t Deserve, which comes out this week. “The Lyricist Lounge Show” star and underground hip-hop fixture Wordsworth drops his debut solo effort, Mirror Music. And on the indie rock side of things, the Thrills release their sophomore LP, Let’s Bottle Bohemia, and Canadian duo Tegan & Sara see their third album, So Jealous, hit shelves.

Some of the other artists with albums hitting stores in this big release week are the Datsuns (Outta Sight/ Outta Mind), Fu Manchu (Start the Machine), Flogging Molly (Within a Mile of Home), Citizen Cope (The Clarence Greenwood Recordings), Har Mar Superstar (The Handler), the Zombies (As Far as I Can See), Ray LaMontagne (Trouble), Gov’t Mule (Deja Voodoo) and Branford Marsalis (Eternal).

Out Tuesday, September 14:


  • Mindi Abair – Come as You Are (GRP)
  • Across Five Aprils – Living in the Moment (Indianola)
  • Action Action – Don’t Cut Your Fabric to This Year’s Fashion (Victory)
  • Eric Alexander – Dead Center (HighNote)
  • Anthony B – Untouchable (Pyramid)
  • The Arcade Fire – Funeral (Merge)
  • BeauSoleil – Gitan Cajun (Gypsy Cajun) (Vanguard)
  • Blackfield – Blackfield (Snapper)
  • Bowling for Soup – A Hangover You Don’t Deserve (Jive)
  • Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown – Timeless (HighTone)
  • Norman Brown – West Coast Coolin’ (Warner Bros.)
  • Kasey Chambers – Wayward Angel (Warner Bros.)
  • Peter Cincotti – On the Moon (Concord)
  • Citizen Cope – The Clarence Greenwood Recordings (RCA)
  • Cowboy Jack Clement – Guess Things Happen That Way (DualTone)
  • The Datsuns – Outta Sight/ Outta Mind (V2)
  • Dead to Fall – Villainy and Virtue (Victory)
  • Dem Franchise Boyz – Dem Franchise Boyz (Universal)
  • Dizzee Rascal – Showtime (XL/Beggars Banquet)
  • Dollhouse – Rock and Soul Circus (Dim Mak)
  • Dub FX – Dub FX (Pyramid)
  • Fast Forward/ T Cells – Split (Three One G)
  • The Faint – Wet From Birth (Saddle Creek)
  • The Features – Exhibit A (Universal)
  • Flogging Molly – Within a Mile of Home (SideOneDummy)
  • Fonzie – Wake Up Call (Transdreamer)
  • Fu Manchu – Start the Machine (DRT)
  • Giant Sand – Is All Over … the Map (Thrill Jockey)
  • Gov’t Mule – Deja Voodoo (ATO)
  • The Great Jazz Trio – Someday My Prince Will Come (88′s/Columbia)
  • Hilary Hahn – Elgar Violin Concerto/ Lark Ascending (Deutsche Grammophon)
  • Har Mar Superstar – The Handler (Record Collection)
  • Ginny Hawker and Tracy Schwarz – Come Closer (Rounder)
  • John Herman – Just Ain’t Right (Sanctuary)
  • The High Water Marks – Songs About the Ocean (Eenie Meenie)
  • Japancakes – Waking Hours (Warm Electronic)
  • Mike Katz – A Month of Sundays (Rounder)
  • The Knockout Pills – 1 + 1=ATE (Estrus)
  • Lake of Tears – Black Brick Road (Sanctuary/Noise)
  • Ray LaMontagne – Trouble (RCA)
  • Layton – Grand Design (Leftwing)
  • Ludicra – Another Great Love Song (Alternative Tentacles)
  • Mannheim Steamroller – Monster Mix (American Gramaphone)
  • Augie March – Strange Bird (spinART)
  • Branford Marsalis – Eternal (Marsalis Music/Rounder)
  • Mark McKay – Shimmer (Bacchus/ Toadfish)
  • Megadeth – The System Has Failed (Sanctuary)
    Read: “Dave Mustaine, Megadeth Return To Life With New System

    Buy Now: The System Has Failed (Sanctuary)
  • Brad Mehldau – Live in Tokyo (Nonesuch)
  • Mexican Gangster – Mexican Gangster (Thump)
  • Mindless Faith – Momentum (Metropolis)
  • Joni Mitchell – Dreamland (Rhino)
  • Mr. Cheeks – Ladies & Ghettomen (Legal Drug Money/ Contango)
  • Nicole C. Mullen – Everyday People (Word)
  • Nelly – Sweat and Suit (Fo’ Reel/ Universal)
    Read: “Nelly’s Double Dose Features Mase, X-tina And … Tim McGraw?”
  • Nevea Tears – Do I Have to Tell You Why I Love You (Eulogy)
  • Dolly Parton – Live & Well (Sugar Hill)
  • Polly Paulusma – Scissors in My Pocket (Birdman/ One Little Indian)
  • Perfect – Once, Twice, Three Times a Maybe (Rykodisc)
  • Houston Person – To Etta with Love (HighNote)
  • Madeleine Peyroux – Careless Love (Rounder)

  • Prodigy – Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned (Maverick)
    Read: “Twista, Kool Keith, Juliette Lewis Smack Up New Prodigy LP”

    Buy Now: Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned (Maverick)
  • Psyche – Legacy (Metropolis)
  • Mark Rae – Into the Depths (Grand Central)
  • Rachael Sage – Ballads & Burlesque (MPress)
  • Saturday Looks Good to Me – Every Night (Polyvinyl)
  • Coyote Shivers – Gives It to Ya. Twice (Foodchain)
  • Signer – The New Face of Smiling (Carpark)
  • Silent Force – Worlds Apart (Sanctuary/Noise)
  • Silkworm – It’ll Be Cool (Touch and Go)
  • The Silos – When the Telephone Rings (DualTone)
  • Singapore Sling – Life Is Killing My Rock ‘N’ Roll (Stinky)
  • Scott Stapleton – A Storm Over Springtime (Undecided)
  • Jimmy Sturr – Rock ‘n Polka (Rounder)
  • Tears for Fears – Everybody Loves a Happy Ending (Hip-O/ UME)
  • Tegan & Sara – So Jealous (Vapor/ Sanctuary)
  • The Thrills – Let’s Bottle Bohemia (Virgin)
  • Sally Timms – In the World of Him (Touch and Go)
  • Viva Voce – The Heat Can Melt Your Brain (Minty Fresh)
  • Paul Weller – Studio 150 (V2)
  • Matt Wilson’s Arts and Crafts – Wake Up to What’s Happening (Palmetto)
  • Wordsworth – Mirror Music (Halftooth)
  • Zap Mama – Ancestry in Progress (Luaka Bop/ v2)
  • Thalia Zedek – Trust Not Those in Whom Without Some Touch of Madness (Thrill Jockey)
  • The Zombies – As Far as I Can See (Rhino)
  • Various artists – Disney’s Lullaby & Goodnight (Walt Disney)
  • Various artists – Galactic Caravan: Intergalactic Bellydance (Ark 21)
  • Various artists – Many Blessings (Silver Ware)
  • Various artists – Trance Divas (Varese Sarabande)
  • Various artists – Soundtrack to “Moog” (Hollywood)
  • Various artists – Soundtrack to “Will & Grace” (BMG SMG)
  • DVD: Dion – “Live” (Image Entertainment)
  • DVD: Godsmack – “Changes” (Rounder)
  • DVD: Moloko – “11,000 Clicks” (Sanctuary)
  • DVD: UB40 – “Homegrown in Holland Live” (Rhino)
  • DVD: Van Halen – “Live Without a Net” (Rhino)

September 21:

  • Green Day – American Idiot (Warner)
    Read: “Green Day: Anatomy Of A Punk Opera”
  • Ben Harper & the Blind Boys of Alabama – There Will Be a Light (Virgin)
  • Shadows Fall – War Within (Century Media)
  • Keb’ Mo’ – Peace … Back by Popular Demand (Sony)

September 28:


  • Brian Wilson – Smile (Nonesuch)
  • Joss Stone – Mind, Body & Soul (S-Curve)
  • Hilary Duff – Hilary Duff (Hollywood)
  • Queen Latifah – The Dana Owens Album (Interscope)

October 5:


  • Barenaked Ladies – Barenaked for the Holidays (Warner Bros.)
  • Cake – Pressure Chief (Sony)
  • Good Charlotte – The Chronicles of Life & Death (Sony)
    Read: “Good Charlotte Get Serious With The Chronicles Of Life And Death” 1489850
  • R.E.M. – Around the Sun (Warner Bros.)

      October 12:


      • Camper Van Beethoven – New Roman Times (Vanguard)
      • Celine Dion – Miracle (Sony)
      • Duran Duran – Astronaut (Sony)
      • Chris Isaak – Chris Isaak Xmas (Warner Bros.)