Previewing new albums from Lil' Romeo, Dashboard Confessional, Tyrese, and more.
Lil' Romeo is only 13-years-old, but he's already a music veteran after conquering the Billboard charts last year with his debut single "My Baby." Romeo, the son of rap mogul Master P, returns this week with "Game Time," released on his dad's New No Limit label. The pair wrote most of the 19 tracks together. Says Romeo, "It's just been a lot of fun to write songs and to choose my beats. I chose music that I like and I think my fans will like too."
The album includes the Sept. 11 rumination "We Can Make It Right," which samples "It's the Hard-Knock Life" from the hit musical "Annie" (Romeo was at a photo shoot just blocks away from the World Trade Center that fateful day). Other tracks are "Love" featuring Solange, "Throw 'Em Up," and "Still the Same." Romeo says the latter should assure "all the fans that I'm still the same and I'll never change just because I'm supposed to be this big star. It's letting everyone know that I want to just stay a regular person."
Last year, Romeo earned Billboard Music Awards for rap artist of the year and rap single of the year. The artist will soon appear in "Lil' Romeo and Lil' Juliet," a modern take on the Shakespearean love story.
U2's new song "The Hands That Built America" leads the Interscope soundtrack to Martin Scorcese's film "Gangs of New York." The album is due in stores this week; the film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, and Daniel Day-Lewis, premieres Dec. 20 in select cities.
Other cuts featured on the soundtrack include Peter Gabriel's "Signal to Noise," Linda Thompson's "Paddy's Lamentation," the Afro-Celt Sound System's "Dark Moon, High Tide," and the three-part "Brooklyn Heights," composed by Howard Shore.
Additional titles hitting stores this week include:
-- Modern rock act Dashboard Confessional's "MTV Unplugged 2.0" (Vagrant), available in both CD and DVD formats.
-- R&B outfit Next's "The Next Episode" (J).
-- R&B vocalist Tyrese's "I Wanna Go There" (J), including a cover of the late Tupac Shakur's 1996 duet with K-Ci & JoJo, "How Do You Want It."
-- Rapper Lil' Flip's "The Leprechaun" (Sucka Free/Columbia).
-- Youthful pop combo S Club's "Don't Stop Movin'" (Universal).
-- DVD-Audio editions of Jackson Browne, "Naked Ride Home" and "Running on Empty" (Elektra/Rhino) and Emmylou Harris, "Producer's Cut" DVD Audio (Warner Bros./Rhino).