Get ready for revenge of the N.E.R.D. This week, super-producers the Neptunes put the spotlight on their rock outfit, N.E.R.D. Their second album, Fly or Die, features the single "She Wants to Move" and a guest appearance by Good Charlotte's Benji Madden on "Jump."
Next up is Usher's Confessions. The hit "Yeah!" features cameos by Ludacris and Lil Jon, but the album isn't all good times. Usher gets dark on "Confessions Part II," "Burn" and "Caught Up."
Eagles of Death Metal, the hard-rock band featuring Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme's drumming alter ego, Carlo Von Sexron, release Peace Love Death Metal this week alongside the Vines' new one, Winning Days. On the follow-up to the ubiquitous Highly Evolved, frontman Craig Nicholls noisily expresses touching sentiments like "F--- the World."
As we all know by now, Now That's What I Call Music! puts popular current hits on one album. The 15th edition features "Toxic" by Britney Spears, "Holidae In" by Chingy, "I Don't Want You Back," by Eamon and "With You" by Jessica Simpson. In other compilation news, Ruben Studdard and Simple Plan appear on the "Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed" soundtrack.
Two live classic-rock double-disc sets will be released this week. The Allman Brothers Band's One Way Out was recorded at the Beacon Theater in New York, and Lou Reed's Animal Serenade was taped at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.
Cypress Hill's Till Death Do Us Part finds the rappers waxing poetic about their favorite subject on such songs as "Ganja Bus" and "Bong Hit." Meanwhile, ethereal Alpha go Stargazing and Carl Thomas says Let's Talk About It. If he meant the rest of the new releases, he's onto something.
Out Tuesday, March 23:
- 7 Sons of Soul - 7 Sons of Soul (Verity)
- Allman Brothers Band - One Way Out (Peach/Sanctuary)
- Ben Arthur - Edible Darling (Bardic)
- Avion - Avion (Console/Image Entertainment)
- Bonnie Prince Billy - Greatest Palace Music (Drag City)
- Blockhead - Music by Cavelight (Ninja Tune)
- Borialis - What You Thought You Heard (Capitol)
- Joyce Cooling - This Girl's Got to Play (Narada Jazz)
- Cypress Hill - Till Death Do Us Part (Columbia)
Buy Now: Till Death Do Us Part (Columbia)
- Angel Dean & Sue Garner - Pot Liquor (Diesel Only)
- Descendents - Cool to Be You (Fat Wreck Chords)
- Die Form - InHuman (Metropolis)
- Cara Dillon - Sweet Liberty (Sanctuary/Rough Trade)
- Wasis Diop - Everything Is Never Quite Enough (Artemis)
- DJ Sh--bird/Revenge - Welcome to the Party (Narnack)
- Eagles of Death Metal - Peace Love Death Metal (Ant Acid Audio/Rekords Rekords)
Read: "Queens Frontman Takes Passenger Seat In Eagles of Death Metal"
- Eyedea and Abilities - E&A (Epitaph)
- Lorraine Feather - Such Sweet Thunder (CMC Int'l/Sanctuary)
- Mimi Fox - She's the Woman (Favored Nations)
- Eliza Gilkyson - Land of Milk and Honey (Red House)
- Sarah Harmer - All of Our Names (Zoë/Rounder)
- Joni Harms - Let's Put the Western Back in the Country (Wildcatter)
- RJ Helton - Real Life (Jive)
- Honeydogs - 10,000 Years (United Musicians)
- Ellis Hooks - Uncomplicated (Artemis)
- The Hurt Process - Drive by Monologue (Victory)
- Hyper - Wired (Thrive)
- Iron and Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days (Sub Pop)
- Jackass - Plastic Jesus (BYO)
- The Kite-Eating Tree - Method: Fail, Repeat (Cowboy Versus Sailor/Suburban Home)
- Bernie Leadon - Mirror (Really Smart)
- Leftover Salmon - Leftover Salmon (Compendia)
- Levinhurst - Perfect Life (Full Contact)
- Lowgold - Welcome to Winners (Sanctuary)
- Madison Park - Boutique (BasicLux)
- Ian McLagan & the Bump Band - Rise & Shine (Gaff)
- James McMurtry - Live in Aught — Three (Compadre/RED)
- Bruce Molsky - Contented Must Be (Rounder)
- David Lee Murphy - Tryin' to Get There (Audium)
- N.E.R.D. - Fly or Die (Virgin)
Read: "N.E.R.D. Step Up Their Game On Fly Or Die, Reminisce About Teen Years"
Buy Now: Fly or Die (Virgin)
- Andy Narell - The Passage (Heads Up)
- Joanna Newsom - The Milk-Eyed Mender (Drag City)
- Onelinedrawing - Volunteers (Jade Tree)
- Panurge - Throw Down the Reins (Nettwerk America)
- Particle - Launchpad (Or Music)
- Pastor Troy - By Any Means Necessary (Universal)
- The Rasmus - Dead Letters (Interscope)
- Jon Rauhouse - Steel Guitar Rodeo (Bloodshot)
- Lou Reed - Animal Serenade (Reprise)
- The Riddler - Dance Mix NYC 5 (Tommy Boy)
- Curtis Salgado - Strong Suspicion (Shanachie)
- Langhorne Slim - Electric Love (EP, Narnack)
- Smugglers - Mutiny in Stereo (Lookout!)
- Soil - Redefine (J)
- The Standard - Wire Post to Post (Yep Roc)
- Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band - Tour 2003 (Koch)
- Start Trouble - Every Solution Has Its Problem (Columbia)
- Sticks and Stones - Shed Grace (Thrill Jockey)
- The Hiss - Panic Movement (Sanctuary)
- Carl Thomas - Let's Talk About It (Bad Boy)
- Nestor Torres - Sin Palabras (Heads Up)
- Usher - Confessions (Arista)
Read: "Usher Lets Skeletons Out Of The Closet On Confessions"
Buy Now: Confessions (LaFace)
- Vines - Winning Days (Capitol)
Read: "Vines Saddle Up And 'Ride' To End Of The World"
Buy Now: Winning Days (Capitol)
- Peter White - Confidential (Columbia)
- Widespread Panic - Night of Joy (Sanctuary)
- Wumpscut - Bone Peeler (Metropolis)
- Various artists - Bring You to Your Knees: A Tribute to Guns N' Roses (Law of Inertia)
- Various artists - Now That's What I Call Music! 15 (Capitol)
- Various artists - "The Punisher" soundtrack (Wind-Up)
- Various artists - "Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed" soundtrack (Warner Bros.)
- Various artists - Sing Along with Putumayo (Putumayo)
- DVD: Harry Connick Jr. - Only You (Columbia)
- DVD: Andy Cooper - Hot Jazz Festival (Music Video Distributors)
- DVD: Iggy and the Stooges - Live in Detroit 2003 (Music Video Distributors)
- DVD: Kelly Osbourne - Live at the Electric Ballroom (Sanctuary)
- DVD: Switchfoot - Live in San Diego (Columbia)
- Aerosmith - Honkin' on Bobo (Sony)
Read: "Aerosmith Blues Album Inspired By Bike Crashes And Funny Phrases"
- Bob Dylan - Bootleg Series 6: Concert at Philharmonic Hall (Sony)
- Janet Jackson - Damita Jo (Virgin)
Read: "Janet Jackson Making Sexiest Album Yet, Producer Says"
Buy Now: Damita Jo (Virgin)
- Various artists - Music From "The O.C." Mix 1 (Warner Bros.)
- Barry Manilow - 2 Nights Live (BMG)
- Paul Oakenfold - Greatest Remixes (Topaz)
- Tamia - Still (Elektra)
- Various artists - "Kill Bill 2" soundtrack (Maverick)
- Hanson - Underneath (3CG)
- Kimberley Locke - One Love (Curb)
Read: " 'American Idol' Finalist Kimberley Locke Is Radio's '8th Wonder'"