Gorillaz, "Plastic Beach" (Parlophone/EMI)
Release Date: March 2010
With Gorillaz' last album, "Demon Days," selling more than 5 million copies globally, according to EMI, including 2.2 million in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, small wonder collaborators are once more lining around the block to appear on the follow-up. "It's probably the first album ever to feature both Snoop Dogg and Lou Reed," Parlophone president Miles Leonard says with a laugh. "But Damon Albarn's vocals are much more apparent on this album, too-he's right across this record; it's not just guest vocalists." De La Soul and U.K. alt-rockers the Horrors have also worked on tracks, while Bobby Womack and Mos Def feature on the album's lead single, "Stylo," due at U.K. radio in early January and described by Leonard as "a dark, twisted track that sounds like the 'Saturday Night Fever' soundtrack on MDMA." Albarn, who took time out from the sessions for Blur's successful summer reunion tour, is also producing the album, while Leonard praises Jamie Hewlett's visuals for the album's video and Web content as "stepping up to the next level."