After a relatively light release schedule this summer, it seems that the record companies are slowly gearing up for the holiday shopping season. I think it’s safe to say that from this point forward, New Release Tuesdays are going be full of gems as we make the run up to the holidays.
This week, the band SuperHeavy releases their self-titled debut album. If you haven’t heard of Superheavy, they are a supergroup (pun intended) consisting of Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones), Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Joss Stone, Damian Marley and A.R. Rahman. Jagger has described the SuperHeavy project as a showcase of different musical styles, with music ranging from reggae to ballads to the Indian genre.
Also out this week is Duets II from legendary crooner Tony Bennett. This album contains collaborations with artists such as: Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Canadians Michael Buble and KD Lang, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Mariah Carey and the recently deceased Amy Winehouse. At the age of 85, Bennett still proves he can hold his own with some of today’s hottest artists.
At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), there was a lot of attention paid to the upcoming documentary by U2 called From The Sky Down, which opened this year’s festival; But another documentary that also played at TIFF was the film Pearl Jam 20 directed by Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous), which chronicles the band’s 20th anniversary. The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for Pearl Jam 20 contains 29 tracks of live recordings and demos of Pearl Jam favorites – a definite must-have for any fan. Just don’t call the film a ‘rockumentary’ please!
Alternative music fans will be happy to finally hear a new album called Velociraptor! from UK indie-rockers Kasabian. Ever since the release of their eponymously-titled debut album in 2004, the band have received critical acclaim for singles such as “Processed Beats”, “Reason Is Treason”, “Club Foot” and “Empire” and have received numerous awards including Best Album (West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum) at the NME Awards and Best Group at the Brit Awards in 2010.
As for Canadians, Juno Award winning Country artist Paul Brandt releases Give It Away and songstress (and relative newcomer) Victoria Duffield releases her debut album Shut Up and Dance. I say ‘relative newcomer’ because many of you might know Duffield from Season 3 of the reality television music contest The Next Star, where she placed in the Top 6. And that brings me to the album The Next Star Season 4, also out today featuring songs from the hit television show sung by the show’s contestants.
Lastly, hmvdigital followers should know Australian teen popstar Cody Simpson, who did an autograph session at the hmv store in Square One Mall, Mississauga, Ontario where about a million screaming fans showed up. Okay, maybe not exactly a million, but if you were there, it felt like it. Judging by his ever-growing fan base, there’s no question his EP called Coast to Coast which is also out today, will be a huge seller.