United They Stand: U.S.A. (United State of Atlanta) has racked up a platinum award and potential Grammy gold for the Ying Yang Twins, who are feeding off the success of their burgeoning hometown. Now they're spreading their pride with U.S.A. (Still United), an audio/visual combo package that lumps together 13 rare and remixed tracks with the videos for "Shake" and "Wait (The Whisper Song)," which will compete at the Grammys for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. Tracks include "Ms. New Booty" (Bubba Sparxxx featuring Ying Yang Twins and Mr. Collipark), "4 Oz" (featuring Three 6 Mafia) and a remix of "Shake" (featuring Pitbull and Elephant Man).

Has the Dust Really Settled?: Sevendust tried to put their acrimonious split with longtime label TVT behind them with the October release of Next, which reigned atop the Billboard Top Independent Albums chart for two weeks. But it looks like TVT is trying to have the last word with Best of Sevendust (Chapter One: 1997-2004), hitting stores just three months after the new studio record. "Bender" (featuring Deftones' Chino Moreno), "Follow" (featuring Staind's Aaron Lewis) and the Tom Lord-Alge mix of "Waffle" all make their way onto Chapter One, as do four hard-to-find tracks, including covers of Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues" and Alice Cooper's "School's Out."

Mo' Better Motown: Detroit's unsung hip-hop hero Trick Trick has already sold 4 million records on the indie circuit — that's right, 4 million. Now he's finally making the jump to a major with The People Vs. Trick Trick, which gets endorsements by Motown's not-so-unsung hero, Eminem ("Welcome 2 Detroit" and "No More to Say," also featuring Proof), Jazze Pha ("Attitude Adjustment") and Obie Trice ("War").

The Revolution Will Be Remixed: People-power post-punks From Monument to Masses are committed to getting their listeners to commit to social activism. A flurry of artists have signed on for the cause as well, culminating in the remix record Schools of Thought Contend. The album revisits tracks from FMTM's first two records, including "The Quiet Before (Thunderbirds Are Now! Remix)," "Comrades & Friends (Loquat Remix)" and "To Z (Repeat) (Last Defender of the One True Waveform Remix)." Schools of Thought Contend actually won't drop until New Year's Eve, so you lefties won't be able to ché-ck it out until then.

Getting Krafty: Kraftwerk didn't truly represent their visually intensive concerts with this summer's two-CD Minimum-Maximum, so the pioneering blip band issued a double-DVD set of the same name earlier this month. Fans who held out from buying either will be filled with glitch glee over a limited release housing both. The Minimum-Maximum box is also bolstered by an 88-page booklet with unreleased photos and techie instrument data, plus the notebook-style packaging has a "lenticular" image on the flipside of the lid, giving the box a laptop look. What will they come up with next?

Song Title of the Week: "Head Bussa" (From Trick Trick's The People Vs. Trick Trick)

New Releases:

  • The Anti-Nowhere League - Kings and Queen (Captain Oi!)
  • Chronic Generation - Chronic Generation (Captain Oi!)
  • Delirious? - The Mission Bell (Sparrow)
  • Plácido Domingo - From My Latin Soul, Vol. 2 (ANG)
  • Dr. Strangely Strange - Heavy Petting (Repertoire)
  • The Dynotones! - Beach Party a Go-Go (Split Seven)
  • Felt - Goldmine Trash (Cherry Red)
  • From Monument to Masses - Schools of Thought Contend (Dim Mak)
  • Glaxo Babies - Dreams Interrupted (Cherry Red)
  • Goapele - Change It All (Skyblaze/Columbia)
  • Infa-Riot - The Best of Infa-Riot (Captain Oi!)
  • John Howard - As I Was Saying (Cherry Red)
  • Jonah33 - The Strangest Day (S/R/E/ Columbia)
  • King's College Choir - Christmas From King's College Choir (three CDs; ANG)
  • Mob Figaz - Animal Planet (Mob Figaz)
  • Nucleus - Elastic Rock (Repertoire)
  • Ruts - Grin and Bear It (Captain Oi!)
  • Sevendust - Best of Sevendust (Chapter One: 1997-2004) (TVT)
    Buy Now: Best of Sevendust (Chapter One: 1997-2004) (TVT)
  • Silverbullit - Arclight (Deaf & Dumb)
  • Story Side B - Everything and More (enhanced; Gotee)
  • Chris Tomlin - Live From Austin Music Hall (Sparrow)
  • Toolshed - Toolshed (Twisted Nerve)
  • Trembling Blue Stars - Her Handwriting (LTM/Boutique)
  • Trick Trick - The People Vs. Trick Trick (Motown)
  • Voltio - Voltio (Epic)
  • Derek Webb - Mockingbird (Epic)
  • Mark Whitfield - Mark Whitfield (Dirty Soap Entertainment)
  • John Williams - "Munich" soundtrack (Decca)
  • Doug Wilshire & the Capers - Love in Disguise (Rhythm Bomb)
  • Wussy - Funeral Dress (Shake It/Hepcat)
  • Ying Yang Twins - U.S.A. (Still United) (with DVD; TVT)
    Buy Now: Ying Yang Twins - U.S.A. (Still United) (with DVD; TVT)
  • Various artists - Dispense This! (Cheapskate)
  • Various artists - "Second Chance" soundtrack (Reunion)

Notable Reissues and Archival Material:

  • Ambrosia - How Much I Feel & Other Hits (Collectables)
  • Charles Brown - Black Night (Masked Weasel)
  • Lori Burton - Breakout (Rev-Ola)
  • Denver & The Mile High Orchestra - The Best of Denver & The Mile High Orchestra: Swing! (Reel Loud)
  • The Exploited - Complete Punk Singles Collection (Captain Oi!)
  • James Griffin - Break and Run (Lemon)
  • Highway 101 - Highway 101 (Collectables)
  • Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign (Collectables)
  • Kraftwerk - Minimum-Maximum (limited-edition box set with two CDs and two DVDs; Astralwerks)
  • The Liverpool Echo - The Liverpool Echo (Rev-Ola)
  • Ricky Nelson - Greatest Hits (Capitol)
  • Little Richard - Get Rich Quick: The Birth of a Legend 1951-1954 (Rev-Ola)
  • Menace - The Punk Singles Collection (Captain Oi!)
  • Kenny Rogers & the First Edition - Something's Burnin' (Masked Weasel)
  • Spinballs - Phreak-a-Billy (Collector's Choice)
  • Spinners - I'll Be Around & Other Hits (Collectables)
  • Zoe Girl - With All of My Heart: The Greatest Hits (Sparrow)
  • Various artists - The Best of Coed Records (Collectables)
  • Various artists - Chart Toppin' Doo Woppin', Vol. 1: Rock Me All Night Long (Rev-Ola)
  • Various artists - The Encyclopedia of Doo Wop, Vol. 5 (Collectables)

DVDs:

  • Air Supply - "All Out of Love: Ultimate Performance" (Hep Cat)
  • Duke Ellington - "Live at the Tivoli Gardens" (Image Entertainment)
  • Dean Martin - "Biography: Dean Martin" (A&E Home Video)
  • Ricky Nelson - "Ricky Nelson Sings" (Capitol)
  • Toyah - "Wild Essence: Live in the 21st Century" (Cherry Red)

Coming Attractions:

January 3:

January 10:

  • Morningwood - Morningwood (Capitol)
    Buy Now: Morningwood (Capitol)
  • We Are Scientists - With Love and Squalor (Virgin)
  • Bob Geldof - "Geldof in Africa" (two DVDs; Rhino)

January 17: