Singer Pink makes her album debut this week with Can't Take Me Home, which features her popular single, "There You Go."
Also on tap for release Tuesday are 000 from the guitar-heavy R&B band Delta 72 and a collection of Frank Zappa covers from a cappella doo-wop singers the Persuasions, as well as a box set from early R&B greats the Drifters.
"There You Go" features the pink-haired singer crooning over stop-start beats and salsa-influenced horns. The song is at #16 on this week's Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop singles chart.
The 19-year-old Pink already is a veteran of the Philadelphia club scene. She got her recording start when she approached LaFace founder L.A. Reid at a club with some of her demos. "I kept playing him my songs, and he was like, 'Yeah, I like one. That one's a single,' " Pink said in a statement on her Web site.
Delta 72's 000 shows the band keeping the harder-rocking sounds of its 1997 album, Soul of a New Machine, but emphasizing a more traditional R&B approach. Songs such as "Are You Ready" and "Incident @ 23rd" feature Hammond B3 organ and funky guitar riffs similar to classic 1960s hits by Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin.
Vocal group the Persuasions offer up the week's most bizarre release, Frankly A Cappella, which includes 15 songs from the late rocker Zappa's career, including "My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama" (1970), featuring longtime Zappa guitarist Mike Keneally, and "You Are What You Is" (1981).
R&B vocal group the Drifters are perhaps best known for their summer classic "Under the Boardwalk," but that's only one of 54 songs on the two-disc Legendary Group at Their Best. The Drifters were really two distinct groups, the doo-wop version led by Clyde McPhatter in the mid-1950s, which scored such hits as "Money Honey," and the Ben E. King-led lineup, which had hits such as "Under the Boardwalk" and "On Broadway" in the early 1960s.