Ruben Studdard may have beat Clay Aiken in "American Idol," but Aiken beat Ruben to the record stores. Now the boys are tied up with Ruben's release of Soulful this week.
Fat Joe joins the velvet teddy bear on the Soulful cut "What Is Sexy." Another collaborator on the LP is Pretty Tony on "Can I Get Your Attention?" and some behind-the-scenes work is done by Swizz Beatz and R. Kelly. Other songs include Donny Hathaway's "For All We Know," the Bee Gees' "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" and the previously released "Superstar" and "Flying Without Wings."
We already know that her "Milkshake" brings all the boys to the yard. We don't need her new album to tell us that Kelis is Tasty, but we'll take it. The Neptunes produced five songs and P. Diddy, Timbaland, Rockwilder, Dallas Austin, Wyclef and Raphael Saadiq took up the rest.
Musiq continues his tradition of smashed-together album and song titles — this time it's Soulstarradio featuring the single "Forthenight," and an emphatic Ryan Adams releases his second Love Is Hell EP.
Nick Cannon's a busy man this week. First, he's got his self-titled album featuring the single "Gigolo" and guest appearances by Mary J. Blige, B2K and R. Kelly. He's also releasing a movie, "Love Don't Cost a Thing," with a soundtrack that features Chingy, P. Diddy and Mr. Cheeks.
Westside Connection — Ice Cube, WC and Mack 10 — make Terrorist Threats, while those Big Money Heavyweights, the Big Tymers, drop new material alongside Hoobastank's The Reason and the Offspring's Splinter, an album the band one time joked would be called Chinese Democracy.
Out Tuesday, December 9:
- 112 - Hot and Wet (Def Jam)
Read: "112 Team Up With Joe Budden, Super Cat On New LP"
- Ryan Adams - Love Is Hell, Part 2 (Lost Highway)
Read: "Ryan Adams Becomes ' Plaque On The Teeth Of Alt-Country' With Rock N Roll"
- Avant - Private Room (Geffen)
- Big Tymers - Big Money Heavyweights (Cash Money/Universal)
- Danny Breaks - Another Dimension (Superrappin)
- Nick Cannon - Nick Cannon (Jive)
Read: "B2K, Nick Cannon 'Feelin' Freaky' On Collabo"
Buy Now: Nick Cannon (Jive)
- Celia Cruz - Celia in the House: Classic Hits Remixed (Universal)
- Fefe Dobson - Fefe Dobson (Island)
Read: "Fefe Dobson Came Out Of The Womb Swinging"
Buy Now: Fefe Dobson (Island)
- The Doors - Boot Your Butt (Box set, Bright Midnight)
- Eisley - Marvelous Thing (EP) (Record Collector)
- Flux - Flux (The Orchard)
- Hoobastank - The Reason (Island)
- Kelis - Tasty (Arista)
Read: "Kelis Turning Heads Again With Her Tasty 'Milkshake' "
Buy Now: Tasty (Arista)
- Musiq - Soulstarradio (Def Soul)
Read: "Musiq Tunes In The '80s On His Soulstarradio"
- The Offspring - Splinter (Sony)
Buy Now: Splinter (Sony)
- Tex Ritter - High Noon: 1942-1952 (ASV)
- Rushlow - Right Now (Lyric Street)
- Neil Sedaka - Brooklyn Demos 1958 - 61 (OSR)
- Earl Slick - Zig Zag (Sanctuary)
- Ruben Studdard - Soulful (RCA)
Read: "R. Kelly, Missy Elliott Working On Ruben Studdard's Soulful Debut"
Buy Now: Soulful (RCA)
- James Taylor - Daddy Loves His Work (Sony)
- Westside Connection - Terrorist Threats (Priority/Capitol) Read: "Westside Connection To Drop Threats In December"
- Michael Wolff - Christmas Moods (Artemis)
- Various artists - 16 Spliff (Varese Sarabande)
- Various artists - "21 Grams" soundtrack (Varése Sarabande)
- Various artists - "Calendar Girls" soundtrack (Hollywood)
- Various artists -"The Company" soundtrack (Sony Classical)
- Various artists - Crunk and Disorderly: Leaders of the New South (TVT)
- Various artists - "Dreamkeeper" soundtrack (Varése Sarabande)
- Various artists - Gotta Love the Holidays (Warner Bros.)
- Various artists - "House of Sand and Fog" soundtrack (Varèse Sarabande)
- Various artists - "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" soundtrack (Reprise)
- Various artists -"Love Don't Cost a Thing" soundtrack (Hollywood)
- Various artists - The Source Presents: Hip Hop Hits, Vol. 7 (Def Jam)
- DVD Drive-Thru Records, Vol. 2 (Drive-Thru)
- DVD Riding in Vans with Boys - The Movie (DreamWorks)
- DVD Sheryl Crow - C'mon America 2003 (A&M)
- DVD Little Feat - High Wire Act Live in St. Louis, 2003 (Eagle Vision)
- DVD John Mayall - 70th Birthday: Live at Liverpool (Eagle Rock)
- Goodie Mob - Dirty South Classics (La Face)
- Memphis Bleek - Made (Def Jam)
- Raekwon - Lex Diamond Story (Universal)
- Santana - Ceremony - Remixes and Rarities (Arista)
- Various artists - "Cold Mountain" soundtrack (Sony)
- Various artists - Roc Files Vol. 1 (Def Jam)
- B2K - "You Got Served" soundtrack (Sony)
- Juvenile - Juve the Great (Universal)
- Various artists - "Big Fish" soundtrack (Sony)
- Clarence Clemons - Live in Asbury Park Vol. 2 (Valley)
- Paul Weller - Under the Influence (UTI)
- Justin Timberlake - Live From London (BMG)
- DVD: Coldplay - Unauthorized (Music Video Distributors)
- Crystal Method - Legion of Boom (V2)
- Lou Reed, John Cale and Nico - Bataclan 72 (Pilot)
- The Runaways - Waitin' for the Night (Cherry Red)
- Cee-Lo - Cee-Lo Green Is the Soul Machine (Arista)
- Ani DiFranco - Educated Guess (Righteous Babe)
- Stereolab - Margerine Eclipse (Elektra)