Hip-hop is taking over the shelves this week as Lil Jon, Snoop Dogg, Chingy and Lil' Wayne are dropping albums like they're hot.
Lil Jon, along with the East Side Boyz, is releasing Crunk Juice, his sixth album and the fifth to include the word crunk somewhere in the title. The last was 2003's Certified Crunk.
The veteran of the bunch, Snoop Dogg, releases his R&G (Rhythm & Gangster): The Masterpiece on the heels of the single "Drop It Like It's Hot." Snoop's follow-up to 2002's Paid Tha Cost to Be Da Bo$$ features collaborations with Pharrell Williams, 50 Cent, Justin Timberlake, Nelly, Lil Jon, Trina and P-Funk bassist Bootsy Collins, among others.
Chingy's roster of guest stars rivals Snoop's as his new album, Powerballin', finds him working with the likes of R. Kelly, Janet Jackson, David Banner, Nate Dogg and Lil' Wayne, who releases his Tha Carter: Screwed & Chopped this week on the heels of the single "Balla Baby."
Michael Jackson has been making headlines for his legal struggles rather than his music lately, but the self-proclaimed King of Pop may be trying to shift the focus with the release of the massive box set The Ultimate Collection. The five-disc set features four audio CDs with 57 singles, album tracks, rarities and previously unreleased recordings, as well as a live DVD.
Bon Jovi are getting into the anthology spirit as well with 100 Million Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong. The set includes five discs, three of which feature previously unreleased songs, one that is full of rarities, and a DVD with behind-the-scenes footage.
Two major artists were forced to rush-release their new albums due to Internet leaks. Destiny's Child's Destiny Fulfilled hit shelves one day early on Monday, while Eminem's new album, Encore, originally slated for a Tuesday release, was unleashed last Friday.
Out Tuesday, November 16:
- Clay Aiken - Merry Christmas With Love (RCA)
Buy Now: Merry Christmas With Love (RCA)
- Audio Caviar - Transoceanic (Thump)
- Axehandle - Axehandle (Small Stone)
- Badlands - The Killing Kind (Victory)
- David Ball - Freewheeler (Wildcatter)
- Beatles - The Capitol Albums, Vol. 1 (box set, Capitol)
- Bon Jovi - 100 Million Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong (Island)
- Buzzcocks - French et Encore du Pain (Snapper)
- Cherish the Ladies - On Christmas Night (Rounder)
- Chingy - Powerballin' (Capitol)
Buy Now: Powerballin' (Capitol)
- The CMA - All Over (Legendary)
- Cock Sparrer - Best Of (Snapper)
- Collective Soul - Youth (El Music Group)
- Lee Coombs - Breakfast of Champions (Finger Lickin'/K7)
- Corrosion of Conformity - America's Volume Dealer (DualDisc reissue, Silverline)
- Eminem - Encore (Aftermath)
Read: "Eminem Album Preview: Has Success Spoiled Shady?"
Buy Now: Encore (Aftermath)
- E-Town Concrete - Made for War (Ironbound)
- Rodney Crowell - The Essential Rodney Crowell (Columbia/Legacy)
- Destiny's Child - Destiny Fulfilled (Sony)
Read: "Destiny's Child: Reunited And It Feels So Good"
Buy Now: Destiny Fulfilled (Sony)
- Dokken - Erase the Slate (DualDisc reissue, Silverline)
- Exploited - Punk's Not Dead (reissue, Snapper)
- Glory of This - Adoration (Indianola)
- The Guana Batz - Best of the Batz (Snapper)
- The Hentchmen - Form Follows Function (Times Beach)
- Massive Attack - "Danny the Dog" soundtrack (Virgin)
- Michael Jackson - The Ultimate Collection (box set, Epic)
Read: "Michael Jackson's Ultimate Box Set Has Demos, Hits, Live DVD"
- Joy & the Boy - Soaking Wet (Liquid 8)
- King Kurt - Destination Zululand (Snapper)
- KRS-One - Peedo & the Luna Empire Mix Tape (X-Ray/Cleopatra)
Buy Now: Peedo & the Luna Empire Mix Tape (X-Ray/Cleopatra)
- Lansing-Dreiden - A Sanctioned Beam (Hollywood)
- 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)
- Lil' Wayne - Tha Carter: Screwed & Chopped (Universal)
Buy Now: Tha Carter: Screwed & Chopped (Universal)
- Live - Awake: The Best Of Live (Geffen)
- Mandy Moore - The Best Of (Epic)
Buy Now: The Best Of (Epic)
- Methadones - Not Economically Viable (Thick)
- Mocky - Are & Be (Fine)
- Pearl Jam - Rearviewmirror (Greatest Hits 1991-2003) (Epic)
- Rammstein - Reise, Reise (Universal/Republic)
- Red Giant - Devil Child Blues (Small Stone)
- Rusted Root - Rusted Root Live (DKE)
- Samples - Very Best Of (1989-1994) (W.A.R.?)
- Sham 69 - Borstal Breakout: Complete Sham 69 Live (Snapper)
- Skatalites - In the Mood for Ska: The Moon Ska Years (Snapper)
- Skating Club - The Unfound Sound (Kimchee)
- Snoop Dogg - R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece (Geffen)
Buy Now: R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece (Geffen)
- Transmissionary Six - Get Down (FILMGuerrero)
- The Verve - This Is Music: Singles '92-'98 (Virgin)
- Rufus Wainwright - Want Two (Geffen)
- Wayne Warner - Doing Something Right (B-Venturous)
- Neil Young - Greatest Hits (Warner Bros.)
- Various artists - Axis of Justice: Concert Series Volume 1 (Columbia)
- Various artists - "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" soundtrack (Geffen/UME)
- Various artists - Cuban Lounge (V1)
- Various artists - Lowrider Jams 2 (Thump)
- Various artists - Moro No Brasil (Milan)
- Various artists - "Ultra Noir" soundtrack (Milan)
- DVD: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - "Greatest Video Hits" (Ruthless)
- DVD: Mariah Carey - "Fantasy: Live at Madison Square Garden" (Columbia)
- DVD: Alice Cooper - "Thrashes the World" (Epic/Legacy)
- DVD: Al Di Meola - "Live at Montreux 1986/1993" (Eagle Vision)
- DVD: Peter Gabriel - "Play" (Rhino)
- DVD: Alicia Keys - "The Diary Of Alicia Keys" (Eagle Rock)
- DVD: Jamie Cullum - "Live at Blenheim Palace" (Verve)
- DVD: Hilary Duff - "Learning to Fly" (Hollywood)
- DVD: Steve Hackett - "Once Above a Time" (Eagle Vision)
- DVD: Norah Jones and the Handsome Band - "Live in 2004" (Blue Note)
- DVD: Edwin McCain - "Tinsel & Tap Shoes: Live at the House of Blues" (DRT)
- DVD: A Perfect Circle - "aMOTION" (Virgin)
- DVD: Primus - "Hallucino-Genetics Live 2004" (Prawn Song/Fizzle Fry)
- DVD: Rooney - "Spit & Sweat" (Geffen)
- DVD: Snoop Dogg - "Bigg Snoop Dogg's Puff Puff Pass Tour" (Eagle Vision)
- DVD: Story of the Year - "Bassassins" (Maverick)
- DVD: Yes - "House of Yes: Live From the House of Blues" (Beyond/Eagle Vision)
- U2 - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (Interscope)
Buy Now: How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (Interscope)
- Gwen Stefani - Love, Angel, Music, Baby (Interscope)
Read: "Gwen Stefani's Debut Solo LP Inspired By Insecurity And Japan"
- 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)
- Ludacris - Red Light District (Def Jam)
- Cam'ron - Purple Haze (Roc-A-Fella)
- Diana DeGarmo - Diana DeGarmo (RCA)
- Ashanti - Concrete Rose (Def Jam)
- Tupac Shakur - Loyal to the Game (Interscope)
Read: "'Thugs Get Lonely Too,' Tupac Says On Eminem-Produced Track"