Landing in stores this week is the second album from "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson.
For Breakaway, the follow-up to her 2003 debut, Thankful, Clarkson enlisted songwriting help from Avril Lavigne (who co-wrote the album's title track), ex-Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody and David Hodges, who also worked with Evanescence (see "Kelly Clarkson: Just Listen").
In other unusual-collaboration news, the Jay-Z/ Linkin Park mash-up album Collision Course hits stores this week. It includes tracks that layer Jay's "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" over Linkin Park's "Lying From You," and mixes the rapper's "99 Problems" with the rockers' "Points of Authority" and "One Step Closer." A DVD featuring a live performance is included with the CD (see "Jay-Z And Linkin Park Show Danger Mouse How It's Done").
From rap and rock to straight-up rap, Nas releases Street's Disciple, his follow-up to 2002's grandiosely titled God's Son. The double-disc set may have a slightly less epic name, but the track titles, including "A Message to the Feds, Sincerely, We the People," "Nazareth Savage" and "Me & You (Dedicated to Destiny)" prove the rapper has yet to tone down his attitude ("Nas: A Fire Inside").
Atlanta's T.I. had to narrow down a list of approximately 70 potential tracks for his third album, Urban Legend. The disc follows 2003's Trap Muzik.
Out Tuesday, November 30:
- Afroman - Jobe Bells (Hungry Hustler)
- Kelly Clarkson - Breakaway (RCA)
- Dirty Vegas - One (Capitol)
- Drovers - Dreamland (Fundamental)
- The Exies - Head for the Door (Virgin)
- Josh Groban - Live at the Greek (Warner Bros.)
- Gerald Levert - Do I Speak for the World? (Atlantic)
- Jay-Z & Linkin Park - MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups Presents: Collision Course (Roc-A-Fella/Warner Bros.)
Read: "Jay-Z And Linkin Park Show Danger Mouse How It's Done"
Buy Now: MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups Presents: Collision Course (Roc-A-Fella/Warner Bros.)
- Wynton Marsalis - Unforgivable Blackness (Blue Note)
- Modern Day Zero - Coming Up for Air (Bullet 339)
- Nas - Street's Disciple (Sony)
Read: "Nas Salutes The Ladies, Past And Present, On Upcoming LP"
Buy Now: Street's Disciple (Sony)
- Patton/ Kaada - Romances (Ipecac)
- Placebo - Once More With Feeling: Singles 1996-2004 (Astralwerks)
- Simon & Garfunkel - Old Friends Live on Stage (Warner Bros.)
- Styrofoam - Nothing's Lost (Morr Music)
- T.I. - Urban Legend (Atlantic)
Buy Now: Urban Legend (Atlantic)
- Urban Mystic - Ghetto Revelations (Warner Bros.)
- Various artists - African Underground Vol. 1 - Hiphop Senegal (Nomadic Wax)
- DVD: Vida Blue with the Spam Allstars - Live at the Fillmore (Image Entertainment)
- Lindsay Lohan - Speak (Casablanca)
Read: "Lindsay Lohan Inks Record Deal"
Buy Now: Speak (Casablanca)
- Ludacris - Red Light District (Def Jam)
- Cam'ron - Purple Haze (Roc-A-Fella)
- Diana DeGarmo - Diana DeGarmo (RCA)
Buy Now: Diana DeGarmo (RCA)