Jessica Simpson takes another stab at conquering the charts this week with the release of a revamped In This Skin. The "collector's edition" repackaging includes a few new tracks, including an acoustic version of current single "With You," and a DVD with memorable moments from the first season of "Newlyweds."
Adding Southern flava of a different kind to the mix, Cee-Lo comes with his long-awaited second album, Cee-Lo Green ... Is the Soul Machine, featuring producers such as Timbaland and the Neptunes. And Baby Bash breathes new life into Tha Smokin' Nephew with a chopped and screwed edition, cashing in on a trend that's rapidly gaining momentum.
Nineties feel-good rockers Hootie & the Blowfish return with a greatest-hits album -- and before anyone asks if they even had a second album, let alone enough songs for a collection, it's actually been 10 years since lead singer Darius Rucker and company hit the scene. In addition to chart-toppers such as "Hold My Hand" and "Let Her Cry," the album also contains the band's remake of "Goodbye Girl," the theme song for the television adaptation of Neil Simon's play of the same name.
And in the spirit of oldies-but-goodies revisited, '80s mainstay Cheap Trick release Essential Cheap Trick, for all those people trying to relive pop's most colorful decade.
All State Champion - It Is Nothing to You (Five One) Artimus Pyle – F---ed From Birth (Prank) Baby Bash - Tha Smokin' Nephew: Screwed & Chopped (Universal) Branford Marsalis - Steep Anthology (Sony) Clint Black - Spend My Time (Equity Music Group) Cee-Lo - Cee-Lo Green ... Is the Soul Machine (Arista)
Read: "Neptunes, Ludacris Help Cee-Lo Operate His Soul Machine" Cheap Trick - Essential Cheap Trick (Sony) Death Comet Crew - This Is Riphop (Troubleman Unlimited) Drift - Ribs Is Touchin (Lightyear) Get Up Kids - Guilt Show (Vagrant)
Buy Now: Guilt Show (Vagrant) Here Kitty Kitty - This Is Broken (Lorelei) Hootie & the Blowfish - The Best of Hootie & the Blowfish, 1993 Thru 2003 (Atlantic) Keith Javors - Mo' City Jungle (Zoho) Just Jack - The Outer Marker (TVT) Jeff Kelly - From the Swan in the Hallway (Hidden Agenda) Kill Me Tomorrow - The Garbageman and the Prostitute (Gold Standard Laboratories) Denise LaSalle - Love Talkin' (Malaco) Layo & Bushwacka! - All Night Long (End Recordings) The Living End - Modern Artillery (Reprise) Lone Pigeon - Schoozzzmmii (Cargo/Revolver) Lunasa - The Kinnitty Sessions (Compass) Mahjongg - Machinegong (EP, Cold Crush) Kitty Margolis - Heart & Soul: Live in San Francisco (Mad-Kat) Dominic Miller - Shapes (Decca) Cyril Morin - Western Pansori (Milan) PBR Allstars - Buck and Roll Volume One (Universal South) Jessica Simpson - In This Skin (reissue, Columbia)
Sissel - My Heart (Decca) Lisa Sokolov - Presence (Laughing Horse) Sunny Jain Collective - Mango Festival (Zoho) Sweetback - Stage 2 (Sony) Taxi Chain - Smarten Up! (Northernblues) Dulcie Taylor - Mirrors and Windows (Black Iris) Various artists - Tha Down Low (Razor & Tie) DVD: Dave Gahan - Live Monsters (Rhino) DVD: Sissel - In Concert: All Good Things (Decca) DVD: Xzibit - Strong Arm Steady (Fortress) BT - Music From and Inspired by the Film "Monster" (Digital Sound) Johnny Cash - Life (Sony) Knoc-Turn'Al - The Way I Am (LA Confidential/Elektra) Pastor Troy - By Any Means Necessary (Universal) Janet Jackson - Damita Jo (Virgin) Rahzel - Rahzel's Greatest Knockouts (Readyrock)