Will Smith has a reputation for turning his singles into dance-class lesson plans, and with "Switch," the debut single off his new Lost and Found, Smith again commands faithful fans to pay close attention — there will be a test on the dance floor.
After teaching listeners how to "bounce with me" in 1997's "Men in Black," and illustrating how to "Nod Ya Head" in 2002, the rapper/actor unveils his newest move in "Switch": "Switch, turn it over and hit it/ Turn around, now switch." Lost and Found is the rapper-turned-actor-turned-rapper's first album since 2002's Born to Reign.
Meanwhile, the members of Beanie Sigel's State Property camp might be going their separate ways and he may be behind bars, but none of that can stop the Philadelphia MC, who returns to stores this week. Beanie's The B. Coming features work that the rapper did before he was jailed in November of last year on weapons charges.
Beck has shown that he's a quick learner: The singer picked up swiftly on "The O.C." 's unprecedented power to make albums fly off shelves, unveiling five cuts off his new album, Guero, on a recent episode of the show. The album is Beck's first since 2002's super mellow Sea Change and hits stores on the heels of the single "E-Pro."
Embattled rapper the Game unveils West Coast Resurrection, an album of cuts spanning from his early days up to the release of The Documentary.
From the soul-infused hip-hop group that brought you the sultry single "Peaches & Cream" in 2002 comes Pleasure and Pain. 112's fifth album features production by Mario Winans, Trackboyz and others, as well as the first single "U Already Know."
Highly buzzed-about, heavily eye-lined New York rockers the Bravery release their new-wave-inspired self-titled debut this week. Meanwhile, Morrissey fans still sulking over the fact that they missed the singer's recent tour will be happy to hear that a live album hits stores this week. Live at Earl's Court features songs like "How Soon Is Now?," "Shoplifters of the World Unite" and "Friday Mourning."
South Wales-bred Stereophonics release their punk- and funk-infused album Language. Sex. Violence. Other? Also out this week are albums by 4th Avenue Jones (Stereo: The Evolution of Hiprocksoul), Aslyn (Lemon Love), Thrice (If Only We Could See Us Now) and Theory of a Deadman (Gasoline).
Out Tuesday, March 29:
- 112 - Pleasure and Pain (Island Def Jam)
Read: "112 Too Comfortable, Too Fat? Not Anymore"
Buy Now: Pleasure and Pain (Island Def Jam)
- 4th Avenue Jones - Stereo: The Evolution of Hiprocksoul (Lookalive!/Gotee/EMI)
- Acoustic Alchemy - American/English (Higher Octave)
- Aslyn - Lemon Love (Capitol)
- BeatleJazz - With a Little Help from Our Friends (Lightyear)
- Beck - Guero (Geffen)
Read: "Finished Version Of That Beck LP You Downloaded Due In March"
Buy Now: Guero (Geffen)
- Bloodsimple - A Cruel World (Reprise)
Buy Now: A Cruel World (Reprise)
- Blueprint - 1988 (Rhymesayers)
- Bravery - The Bravery (Island Def Jam)
Read: "The Bravery Fight Nerves As They Prepare To Drop Debut LP"
Buy Now: The Bravery (Island Def Jam)
- Bushwick Bill - Gutta Mixx (Adex Records/Lightyear Entertainment)
- Billy Dean - Let Them Be Little (Curb)
- Dissociatives - The Dissociatives (Astralwerks)
- DJ Die - Cross Collaborations (Studio Distribution)
- George Duke - Duke (Big Piano Music)
- Edan - Beauty and the Beat (Lewis Recordings)
- The Game - West Coast Resurrection (Get Low)
- Peter Himmelman - Imperfect World (Majestic Recordings)
- Tish Hinojosa - A Heart Wide Open (Valley Entertainment)
- Engelbert Humperdinck - Let There Be Love (Hip-O Records
- Jorane - The You and the Now (Six Degrees)
- James Labrie - Elements of Persuasion (Inside Out U.S.)
- Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver - You Gotta Dig a Little Deeper (Rounder)
- Mae - Everglow (Tooth & Nail)
- Morrissey - Live at Earl's Court (Sanctuary)
Buy Now: Live at Earl's Court (Sanctuary)
- Trish Murphy - Girls Get in Free (Valley Entertainment)
- N2U - Issues (Virgin)
- Negator - Old Black (Cleopatra)
- Ocean Colour Scene - A Hyperactive Workout for the Flying Squad (Sanctuary)
- Okay - Low Road (Absolutely Kosher)
- Okay - High Road (Absolutely Kosher)
- Kat Parsons - No Will Power (Cleopatra)
- Glen Phillips - Winter Pays for Summer (Lost Highway)
- Spike Priggen - Stars After Stars After Stars (Volare)
- Beanie Sigel - The B-Coming (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)
- Slunt - Get a Load of This (Repossession)
- Will Smith - Lost and Found (Interscope)
Read: "Will Smith Has 'Sumthin' For Eminem' On New LP, Due In March"
Buy Now: Lost & Found (Interscope)
- Stereophonics - Language. Sex. Violence. Other? (V2)
Buy Now: Language. Sex. Violence. Other? (V2)
- Theory of a Dead Man - Gasoline (Roadrunner)
Read: "Thrice Look Back Before Moving Ahead With Some Weird Songs That Might Suck"
- Thrice - If We Could Only See Us Now (Island Def Jam)
- Wilkinsons - Highway (33rd Street/CBUJ)
- Various artists - Buddha Bar VII (George V)
- Various artists - "Kung Fu Hustle" score (Varese Sarabande)
- Various artists - "Sin City" score (Varese Sarabande)
- Various artists - Soul Sauce (Revive the Soul)
- Various artists - Urban Upgrade (Varese Sarabande)
- DVD: AC/DC - "Family Jewels" (Sony)
- Faith Evans - First Lady (Capitol)
- Hot Hot Heat - Elevator (Sire)
Read: "Hot Hot Heat's Ups And Downs Inspire Elevator"
Buy Now: Elevator (Sire)
- Various artists - Music from the O.C. Mix 4 (Warner Bros.)
- Mariah Carey - The Emancipation of Mimi (Island)
- Garbage - Bleed Like Me (Interscope)
Read: "Garbage Breakup Ends With New LP — If They Did Actually Break Up"
- Mudvayne - Lost and Found (Sony)
Read: "Mudvayne Lose The Makeup, Find Inspiration In Isolation"
- Mike Jones - Who Is Mike Jones? (Atlantic)
- Flaming Lips - Latenight Tales (Another Late Night)
- Rob Thomas - Something to Be (Atlantic)