Friday (Oct. 28) and Saturday night's concerts in Buffalo, N.Y., with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will give Burt Bacharach his first stateside feedback on his deeply personal new album, "At This Time."
Some of the biggest names in hip-hop, both dead and alive, have contributed to "The Notorious B.I.G. Duets: The Final Chapter," including Eminem, Tupac Shakur, Jay-Z, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and Missy Elliott. The 22-track set is due Dec. 20 via Bad Boy and features songs built around unreleased Biggie music.
Without trying, Third Day's new album, "Wherever You Are," is startlingly poignant as the country recovers from devastating hurricanes. "There's this message of hope through adversity," singer/songwriter Mac Powell says. "Hopefully, it will be an encouragement to people who are struggling through a hard time."
Ashlee Simpson staves off a slew of Billboard 200 chart veterans this week, notching her second chart-topper with "I Am Me." With sales of 220,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, Simpson's sophomore Geffen effort debuts ahead of new sets from Rod Stewart, Martina McBride, Stevie Wonder, Bun-B and Depeche Mode.