In the unlikely event that you've missed the Jennifer Lopez media blitz of the past few weeks, you might be interested in knowing that she's got a new album out this week. This is Me ...Then covers the ground we've come to expect from J. Lo — danceable songs about the Bronx, love, and her being the same girl she's always been.
Snoop Dogg, on the other hand, has changed some over the years. On his latest album, he tells how he Paid Tha Cost to Be Da Boss.
Does This Look Infected? the follow-up to Sum 41's All Killer No Filler, trades in the bubblegum skate punk for more serious, though still rousing, songs from the boys.
As promised by drummer ?uestlove, the Roots' fifth studio album Phrenology is the Philadelphia hip-hop group's shortest, fastest, most aggressive record to date.
Coinciding with the Osbournes season premiere, firecracker Kelly unveils her debut album, Shut Up, while Busta Rhymes and System of a Down roll out It Ain't Safe No More and Steal This Album, respectively.
Finally, the "Paid in Full" soundtrack, featuring Cam'ron, Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel, shares shelf space with the previously hard to find Twoism EP by the Boards of Canada and a new release by Tupac Shakur, proving that even in his posthumous career, he's seen Better Dayz than his competition.
Out Tuesday, November 26:
- 2Pac - Better Dayz (2 CDs, Interscope)
Read: "New Tupac Tracks Roll Out On Another Posthumous Double Album"
Buy Now: Better Dayz (Interscope Records)
- Paula Abdul - Greatest Hits (Simply the Best)
Buy Now: Greatest Hits (Simply The Best)
- All About Eve - Fairy Light Nights Two (United States)
- Artisokka - A Hiding Place in the Arbor (Shelflife)
- Atari Teenage Riot - Redefine the Enemy (Digital Hardcore)
- Baby - The Birdman (Cash Money/Universal)
Read: "Cash Money's Baby Makes Video Plans With P. Diddy, Toni Braxton"
- Bad Brains - I & I Survived (Reggae Lounge)
- Chet Baker - Almost Blue (West Wind)
- Jeff Beck - Hi-Ho Silver Lining (Go)
- Beyond the Sixth Seal - Earth & Sphere (Lifeforce)
- Boards of Canada - Twoism (EP, Warp)
Buy Now: Twoism (Warp)
- Bodacious D.F. - Bodacious D.F. (Acadia)
- Brown Power - Bad Blood (Brown Power)
- Jeff Buckley - Grace EPs Box Set (5 CDs, Sony)
Buy Now: The Grace EPs (Columbia)
- Busta Rhymes - It Ain't Safe No More (J Records)
Read: "Busta Borrows From Gilligan, Encourages Wildin' Out On New LP"
Buy Now: It Ain't Safe (J Records)
- Canned Heat - Live in Oz (United States)
- Ray Charles - Don't Put All Your Dreams in One Basket (Planet Media)
- Charlotte Church - Prelude: The Best of Charlotte Church (Sony)
- Cloven Hoof - Cloven Hoof (Castle)
- Colorsound - Colorsound (United States)
- DJ Hell - Electronic Body House Music (React)
- Drag the River - Live at the Starlight (Mars Motors)
- Dream Street - The Biggest Fan (Sony)
- DRI - Dirty Rotten CD (Beer City)
- The Dropscience - Dies Tonight (Happy Couples Never)
- Dru Hill - Dru World Order (Def Soul/Def Jam)
Read: "Dru Hill Wow NYC Crowd, Ready Fans For Dru World Order"
Buy Now: Dru World Order (Def Soul)
- Bob Dylan & the Rolling Thunder Revue -- Bob Dylan Live 1975 (3 CDs, Sony)
- Erase the Grey - 27 Days (EP, Universal)
- Evergreen Terrace - Burned Alive by Time (Eulogy)
- Five - Hemophiliac Dream (EP, Tortuga)
- Flickerstick - Causing a Catastrophe Live (What Are Records)
- Green Pajamas - Northern Gothic (Camera Obscura)
- Grootna - Grootna (Acadia)
- Tracii Guns - Killing Machine (Big Eye)
- Richie Hawtin & Sven Vath - The Sound of the Third Season (novamute)
- Heartscarved - Epilogue (Tribunal)
- Hipp-E & Halo - Fabric 07 (Fabric)
- Holding on - Question What You Live for (Bridge Nine)
- Hope and Suicide - Razorblade Smile (EP, Ides of March)
- Icons of Filth - Nostradamnedus (Go Kart)
- Syleena Johnson - Chapter 2: The Voice (Jive)
- K-Ci & JoJo - Emotional (MCA)
Read: "K-Ci & JoJo Talk New LP, Explain Pants-Dropping Incident"
Buy Now: Emotional (MCA)
- Khaled - Ya Taleb (Mondo Melodia)
- Kool G Rap - The Giacana Story (Koch)
Read: "Kool G Rap LP Finally On The Way, Capone-N-Noreaga, Michael Stipe Included"
Buy Now: The Giacana Story (Koch)
- Long Tall Shorty - Bird in the Hand (Acid Jazz)
- Jennifer Lopez - This Is Me ... Then (Epic)
Read: "J. Lo Sets Release Date For LP After Song Leaks Out"
Buy Now: This Is Me ... Then (Epic)
- Dave Martone - Demon's Dream (Lion Music)
- Paul McCartney - Back in the U.S. Live 2002 (2 CDs, MPL/Capitol)
Buy Now: Back in the U.S. Live 2002 (EMI)
- Tim McGraw - Tim McGraw & the Dancehall Doctors (Curb)
- Kathleen Mock - Kathleen Mock (The Orchard)
- Mock Orange - First EP (Dead Droid)
- Mr. Boogie - Big Man (Familia)
- No Warning - Ill Blood (Bridge Nine)
- Kelly Osbourne - Shut Up (Sony)
Read: "Kelly Osbourne Says 'Shut Up' And Dance On Upcoming LP"
Buy Now: Shut Up (Epic)
- Primal Scream - Evil Heat (Epic)
Buy Now: Evil Heat (Epic)
- Promise - Believer (Indecision)
- Raised Fist - Dedication (Burning Heart)
- Ramallah - But a Whimper (Bridge Nine)
- Red Flag - Codebreaker T133 (Plan B)
- Don Rich - Come Back to Me (Jin)
- The Roots - Phrenology (MCA)
Read: "?uestlove Talks New Roots, Common LPs?uestlove Talks New Roots, Common LPs"
Buy Now: Phrenology (MCA)
- Roots Manuva - Badmeaningood Volume 2 (Ultimate Dilemma)
- Royce Da 5' 9" - Rock City (Game/Koch)
Read: "Royce Da 5'9" Emerges Out Of Eminem's Shadow With Rock City "
Buy Now: Rock City (Game/Koch)
- Schizoid - All Things are Connected (Digital Hardcore)
- Scissorfight - Potential New Agent for Unconventional Warfare (Tortuga)
- Shadowkeep - Chaos Theory (LMP)
- Sharp Things - Here Comes the Sharp Things (The Orchard)
- Smashing Pumpkins - Earphoria (Virgin)
- Will Smith - Greatest Hits (Sony)
Buy Now: Greatest Hits (Sony)
- Snoop Dogg - Paid Tha Cost to Be Da Boss (Priority)
Read: "Snoop Quotes Pootie Tang And Cheers: 'Pimp, Pimp Hooray!' "
Buy Now: Paid Tha Cost to Be Da Boss (Sony)
- Solo Project - Bend/Break (Rise)
- Space Tribe - Heart Beat (EFA-CAR)
- The Stanley Brothers - Echoes of Clinch Mountain (Country Stars)
- Star of Ash - Ilter Viator (Voices of Wonder)
- Star Queen - Faithbringer (Lion Music)
- Alice Stuart - All the Good Times (Arhoolie)
- Sum 41 - Does This Look Infected? (Island)
Read: "Sum 41 Sober Up On Does This Look Infected?"
Buy Now: Does This Look Infected? (Island)
- System of a Down - Steal this Album (Sony)
Read: "From-The-Vault System Songs Have New Political Relevancy"
Buy Now: Steal This Album (Sony)
- Tony Touch - Last of the Pro-Ricans (Sequence)
- Unknown Hinson - Rock N Roll is Straight from Hell (Capitol)
- Until the End - Let the World Burn (Eulogy)
- Witches - On Parade (Fall of Rome)
- Various artists -- "The Beautiful Game" soundtrack (Decca U.S.)
- Various artists - Covered in Chains: A Tribute to Alice in Chains (Big Eye)
- Various artists - "Evelyn" soundtrack (Decca U.S.)
- Various artists - Metallica Tribute: MetalliClash (Reverberations)
- Various artists -- "Paid in Full" soundtrack (Def Jam)
- Various artists - "Star Trek: Nemesis" soundtrack (Varèse Sarabande)
- Various artists - "The Wild Thornberrys" soundtrack (Nick/Jive)
- DVD Miles Davis - "The Miles Davis Story" (Columbia Legacy Jazz)
- DVD Herbie Hancock - "Future2Future Live" (Columbia Legacy Jazz)
- DVD Jimmy Eat World - "Jimmy Eat World" (DreamWorks) Read: "Jimmy Eat World Plan Headlining Tour, Live DVD"
- DVD Lenny Kravitz - "Lenny Live" (Virgin)
- DVD Slipknot - "Disasterpieces" (Roadrunner) Read: "See World Through Slipknot's Eyes With 'Disasterpieces' "
- DVD Various artists - "Queen + The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert" (EMI)
- Charli Baltimore - The Diary (You Think You Know)
(Murder Inc./Def Jam)
Read: "Charli Baltimore's Working All Night And Needs Pink"
- Mariah Carey - Charmbracelet (MonarC/Island/Def Jam)
Read: "Mariah Carey Insists She Just Needed Sleep, Taps Family History For New Clip"
Buy Now: Charmbracelet (MonarC/Island/Def Jam)
- Aaliyah - I Care 4 U (Universal)
Read: "Aaliyah LP Will Have Hits, Six New Songs, DVD Of Her Videos"
Buy Now: I Care 4 U (Universal)
- DJ Envy - Block Party (Epic)
- Whitney Houston - Just Whitney (Arista)
Buy Now: Just Whitney (Arista)
- Dashboard Confessional - Unplugged 2.0 (Vagrant)
Buy Now: Unplugged 2.0 (Vagrant)
- Nas - God's Son (Columbia)
Read: "Nas Sets Release For God's Son, Pooh-Poohs Jay-Z's Challenge"
- New Order - Retro (Box Set, Warner Bros.)
- S Club - Don't Stop Movin' (Universal)