Previewing The Week's Top New Releases
Rascal Flatts tries to top one of 2006's top-selling albums, the Foo Fighters let it rip on album number six, the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am goes solo for a spell and Iron & Wine pushes its eclectHigh-profile R&B releases from Chaka Khan ("Funk This," Burgundy), Jagged Edge ("Baby Makin' Project," Island Def Jam), Jill Scott ("Real Thing: Words And Sounds Vol. 3," Hidden Beach), Keyshia Cole ("Just Like You," Geffen) and Bettye LaVette ("The Scene of the Crime," Anti-).
A new studio album from singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell ("Shine," Hear Music) and an album featuring interpretations of her music by Herbie Hancock ("River: The Joni Letters," Verve).
A live DVD from Pearl Jam, "Immagine In Cornice" (Monkeywrench/Rhino), chronicling five Italian shows from the fall of 2006.
Actress/singer Queen Latifah's "Trav'lin Light" (Verve).
New albums from singer/songwriters Melissa Etheridge ("The Awakening," Island Def Jam), Steve Earle ("Washington Square Serenade," New West) and Nellie McKay ("Obligatory Villagers," Hungry Mouse).
Indie singer/songwriter Devendra Banhart's "Smoky Rolls Down Thunder Canyon" (XL).
New albums from indie rock outfits Stars ("In Our Bedroom After the War," Arts & Crafts) and matt pond PA ("Last Light," Altitude).
Trumpeter Chris Botti's "Italia" (Columbia)
Pianist Jim Brickman's "Homecoming" (Savoy).