Before she exercises her prerogative to take another break from the music business, Britney Spears is giving her fans a parting gift.
The domestically inclined pop star is releasing an album of her biggest hits this week. Greatest Hits: My Prerogative includes her breakout hit "... Baby One More Time," coming-of-age track "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman," Madonna collaboration "Me Against the Music," and the Bobby Brown cover and title track "My Prerogative."
Ja Rule had a large amount of material to pick from as well when he put together his new album, R.U.L.E. The disc's 18 tracks were picked from around 25-30 songs Ja recorded in the studio. R.U.L.E. features collaborations with Ashanti, R. Kelly, Jadakiss and Fat Joe and the street single "New York."
Fabolous gives some Real Talk on his third album, produced by Just Blaze. The disc also features Lil' Mo, T.I. and Sean Paul. But the hottest grouping of artists can be found on the soundtrack to "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie." Avril Lavigne, the Flaming Lips, Wilco, Motörhead, the Shins and Ween are just a few of the artists who've recorded songs for the soundtrack.
Anticipation has been similarly mounting for the release of the soundtrack to the video game "Halo 2." The disc features tracks by artists including Incubus, Hoobastank and Breaking Benjamin.
Also out this week are albums by New Edition, whose last studio release was in 1996 (One Love); Vanessa Carlton, whose sophomore album is coming two years after the release of her debut (Harmonium); NOFX (The Greatest Songs Ever Written (By Us)); Neko Case (The Tigers Have Spoken); Elton John (Peachtree Road); and Handsome Boy Modeling School (White People).
Out Tuesday, November 9:
- An Angle - And Take It With a Grain of Salt (Drive Thru/Sanctuary)
- Tony Bennett - The Art of Romance (Columbia)
- Vanessa Carlton - Harmonium (A&M Records)
Read: "Vanessa Carlton Recalls Her Days As A Naughty Ballerina"
Buy Now: Harmonium (A&M Records)
- Bill Carrothers - Armistice 1918 (Sketch/Cryptogramophone)
- Neko Case - The Tigers Have Spoken (Anti/Epitaph)
- Will Downing - Christmas, Love and You (GRP)
- Fabolous - Real Talk (Elektra/Atlantic)
Read: "Fabolous Breathes Easy With Lil Jon, Sean Paul, Lil' Mo On His LP"
Buy Now: Real Talk (Elektra/Atlantic)
- Glide - Curvature of the Earth (spinART)
- Grizzly Bear - Horn of Plenty (Kanine)
- Handsome Boy Modeling School - White People (Atlantic)
- Hellogoodbye - Hellogoodbye (EP, Drive Thru/Sanctuary)
- Ja Rule - R.U.L.E. (Def Jam)
Read: "Ja Rule Nearly Extended His R.U.L.E."
Buy Now: R.U.L.E. (Def Jam)
- Elton John - Peachtree Road (Rocket/Universal)
- Toby Keith - Greatest Hits 2 (Dreamworks Nashville)
- Love.45 - Love.45 (Rock Ridge)
- Mystics - Hushabye Again (Collectables)
- New Edition - One Love (Bad Boy)
Read: "One Love But Two Sounds: Classic New Edition And '04 BBD Flow"
Buy Now: R.U.L.E. (Def Jam)
- Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Dirt on the Strings: The Instrumental Collection (S&P)
- NOFX - The Best Songs Ever Written (By Us) (Epitaph)
- Carl Palmer - Working Live - Vol. 2 (Sanctuary Classics)
- Queen - On Fire: Live at the Bowl (Hollywood)
- Linda Ronstadt - Hummin' to Myself (Verve)
- Seal - Best of 1991-2004 (Warner Bros)
- Derek Sherinian - Mythology (InsideOut)
- Britney Spears - Greatest Hits: My Prerogative (Jive)
Read: "Britney Fans, You Can Stop Speculating Now — Official Hits LP Track List Revealed"
- Stray Cats - Rumble in Brixton (Surfdog)
- Stroke 9 - All In (Rock Ridge)
- Toothpick - Time Travelin' Couch (V1)
- Shania Twain - Greatest Hits (Mercury Nashville)
Buy Now: Greatest Hits (Mercury Nashville)
- John Wells - The Dash (Cross Movement)
- Michael Wolff & Impure Thoughts - Dangerous Vision (Artemis)
- Various artists - All-Star Bluegrass Celebration (Rainmaker)
- Various artists - Give 'Em the Boot IV (Hellcat)
- Various artists - "Halo 2" soundtrack (Sumthing Else)
- Various artists - Music From the Chocolate Lands (Putumayo)
- Various artists - "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie" soundtrack (Warner Bros.)
Read: "Avril Lavigne Gives Squishy SpongeBob Song A Harder Edge"
- Various artists - We Like to Party (V1)
- DVD: Poi Dog Pondering - "Audio Visivo" (Koch)
- DVD: Something Corporate - "Live at the Ventura Theater" (Geffen)
- Eminem - Encore (Aftermath)
Buy Now: Encore (Aftermath)
- Bon Jovi - 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong (Island)
- Destiny's Child - Destiny Fulfilled (Sony)
Read: "Destiny's Child: Reunited And It Feels So Good"
Buy Now: Destiny Fulfilled (Sony)
- Lil Jon & East Side Boyz - Crunk Juice (TVT)
Read: "Lil Jon's Crunk Juice Finalized; Usher, Luda, Nas, Snoop, Chris Rock On Board"
Buy Now: Crunk Juice (TVT)
- U2 - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (Interscope)
Buy Now: How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (Interscope)
- Gwen Stefani - Love, Angel, Music, Baby (Interscope)
- Fantasia Barrino - Free Yourself (J Records)
Read: "Missy Elliott, R. Kelly Helping Fantasia With Her Debut LP"
- Ruben Studdard - I Need an Angel (J Records)
Read: "Ruben Studdard Decides Christmas Just Isn't Spiritual Enough"
Buy Now: I Need an Angel (J Records)
- Kelly Clarkson - Breakaway (RCA)
Read: "Kelly Clarkson Tries For Another 'Breakaway' Hit"
Buy Now: Breakaway (RCA)
- Nas - Street's Disciple (Sony)
Read: "Nas: A Fire Inside"
Buy Now: Street's Disciple (Sony)
- T.I. - Urban Legend (Atlantic)
Buy Now: Urban Legend (Atlantic)
- Lindsay Lohan - Speak (Casablanca)
- Ashanti - Concrete Rose (Def Jam)
- Cam'ron - Purple Haze (Roc-a-Fella)
- Diana DeGarmo - Diana DeGarmo (RCA)