Who said that CDs were dead?
“Screamin’ 4 Vengeance” (Priority/Capitol)
The New Orleans rapper, under house arrest while awaiting retrial for, yes, murder, addresses his situation with the help of guest artists such as Snoop Dogg and Chamillionaire.
“Introducing Joss Stone” (Virgin)
Her image gets flashier and more seductive, but she’s still the little gal with the big, soulful voice and classic Atlantic Records grooves.
“Music Is My Savior” (Capitol)
The debut album from the New York rapper whose “This Is Why I’m Hot” recently became Capitol’s first No. 1 single in 15 years.
“Let It Go” (Curb)
Mrs. McGraw (i.e., Faith Hill) joins her husband on two songs on his first studio album in three years.
“Big” (will.i.am music group/Geffen)
Will.i.am and Justin Timberlake head the cast of producers and guest performers on the eccentric soul singer’s return.
“Red Gone Wild -- Thee Album” (Def Jam)
It’s been six years since the Newark, N.J., rapper made his last album, “Malpractice,” and moved on to an acting career.
“Como Ama Una Mujer” (Epic)
The actress, who learned Spanish as an adult, delivers her first full album in the language, with co-production by her husband Marc Anthony.
Tha Dogg Pound
“Dogg Chit” (Koch)
Former antagonists Kurupt and Daz Dillinger are back for another Dogg Pound release.
“Buck the World” (G Unit)
Eminem, Dr. Dre and 50 Cent are among the producers on the followup to the Nashville-born rapper’s hit debut.
“Shock Value” (Mosley Music Group/Blackground/Interscope)
The omnipresent, suave producer covers a wide range of genres on his fifth solo album. His list of collaborators includes Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Elton John and the Hives.
“Don’t Mess With the Dragon” (Concord)
L.A.'s super-charged party band uses its blaring horn section, raps and rock guitar to create an inspired hybrid.
Kings of Leon
“Because of the Times” (RCA)
The family Followill change its fuzzed out, slightly deranged sound for more diversity.
Fountains of Wayne
“Traffic and Weather” (Virgin)
Fountains? More like waterfalls of catchy and classic pop that cascade against the intriguing vignettes of people that we all have known.
Moving in a dance direction, the onetime teen-pop star wrote, with Kara DioGuardi, all but one song on her fifth album.
“Cassadaga” (Saddle Creek)
Conor Oberst and company return in fine form, with a “Basement Tapes” looseness, experimental freedom and lyrical ambition to spare.
Nine Inch Nails
“Year Zero” (Interscope)
Trent Reznor’s latest opus is set in a future in which the world is approaching its breaking point.
“The Best Damn Thing” (RCA)
The erstwhile pop-punk princess tries to grow up in public, with production help from, among others, Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance) and Mr. Lavigne (Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley).
Joseph Arthur and
the Lonely Astronauts
“Let’s Just Be” (Lonely Astronaut)
The prolific rock solo auteur shifts gears to write and record with his new touring band.
“We’ll Never Turn Back” (Anti-)
Ry Cooder produced and led the band on the gospel veteran’s reanimation of songs from the civil-rights movement.
“Know Me” (Def Jam)
Possessing one of the most memorably smooth tenors since Al Green, Ne-Yo continues his confident neo-soul explorations.
“One Man Revolution” (Epic)
Audioslave alumnus and once and future Rage (again) guitarist Tom Morello also nurtures this identity for his pointed protest songs.
Rock’s priestess-poet celebrates some other writers’ songs, including tunes by Neil Young, Hendrix, Dylan, Tears for Fears, the Stones and Nirvana.
“Favourite Worst Nightmare” (Domino)
The Sheffield, England, band was the 2006 rookie of the year in many quarters, so this second album will bear the weight of major expectations.
“Ultimate Victory” (Chamillitary/Universal)
The Grammy-winning Houston rapper’s “Mixtape Messiah 2" filled the gap, but here’s the real follow-up to his breakthrough debut, “The Sound of Revenge.”
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
“Baby 81" (RCA)
Raucous and compelling with an air of desperation, the Club rocks and churns on.
“American Doll Posse” (Epic)
The provocative cover art should give an indication that Amos intends to take no prisoners and return to her old engage style.
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (Sony)
Lambert lets her bad-girl sassy self wail on this rocking country album. .
“The Boy With No Name” (Epic)
Wistful and whimsical but never quite able to build momentum in the U.S., the Scottish band returns with some studio help from Nigel Godrich and Brian Eno.
The Icelandic innovator works with a diverse team including Antony Hegarty, Timbaland and Toumane Diabate.
“New Moon” (Kill Rock Stars)
A set of 24 songs recorded during the mid-'90s, when the singer-songwriter made his first two albums.
“The American Dream” (Swishahouse/Asylum/Warner Bros)
The entrepreneurial Houston rapper will follow his second album with an autobiographical feature film of the same title.
“Minutes to Midnight” (Warner Bros./Machine Shop)
The chart-topping Los Angeles band signals an interest in new directions by teaming with the Grammys’ producer of the year, Rick Rubin.
“Sky Blue Sky” (Nonesuch)
Fans of the revered Chicago band will be curious about the impact of L.A. guitar visionary Nels Cline, making his album debut as a member of Wilco.
“One of the Boys” (Columbia Nashville)
Country music’s upstart “redneck woman” reportedly airs a softer side of her personality on her third album.
Producer Brendan O’Brien brings together again the hard-rock refugees from Guns N’ Roses and Stone Temple Pilots.
“Sweet Warrior” (Shout! Factory)
The veteran folk-rock singer-guitarist returns with his first electric album since 2003.
Title TBA (Interscope)
The bilingual Latin-pop crooner is back, ending a hiatus of nearly four years since his last release.
“Carry On” (Suretone/Interscope)
No longer with Audioslave, Cornell applies his operatic hard-rock vocal chops to a diverse collection of songs, with production by Steve Lillywhite.
“Easy Tiger” (Lost Highway)
Alt-country’s unpredictable bad boy took a long time with this one after releasing his previous three albums during 2005.
Producer Marty Stuart gives the 79-year-old Grand Ole Opry veteran his version of the Rick Rubin-Johnny Cash treatment with a stripped-down batch of country songs
“Big Dog Daddy” (Show Dog Nashville)
More hard-hitting, plain-speaking, no-nonsense country from a man who finds platinum with every note.
“Eat Me, Drink Me” (Interscope)
Expect blood and darkness from the pale Antichrist Superstar, who exorcises his many demons -- including his recent divorce from model Dita Von Teese -- on his new album.
Queens of the Stone Age
“Era Vulgaris” (Interscope)
Shifting lineups have not tempered Josh Homme’s cracking, sardonic vision, and this album promises to be darker than previous outings.
Title TBA (XL/Beggars)
The London-based Sri Lankan is fearless in blurring world music, electronica and hip-hop.
The Meat Puppets
“Rise to Your Knees” (Anodyne)
The reunion indie rock thought would never happen, Cris and Curt Kirkwood reviving the band that inspired Kurt Cobain and many more.
Title TBA (Hollywood)
The first “Hannah Montana” soundtrack went to No. 1. Here’s volume two, plus the debut disc from the show’s star as herself.