Christina Aguilera's latest music video has much of Thailand decrying not its explicit dancing and revealing costumes, but a Thai-language billboard in the backdrop that alludes to the country's sex industry. Saharat Wannachomphu, marketing director for BMG Thailand Co., the local distributors of Aguilera's new album, said the company had decided not to service the video for the song "Dirrty" to local television, the Nation newspaper reported this week.
The title of this disc provokes an important question: If this is indeed the only blip hop record you will ever need, why bother with a multiple-volume series (as the set's title does imply future volumes)? With this question out of the way, David Byrne's Luaka Bop imprint does its best to give this musical genre some credence.
This live double-disc release hits the racks just as Caetano Veloso's Alfred A. Knopf memoir Tropical Truth: A Story of Music and Revolution in Brazil is hitting bookshelves. It's a timely confluence of words and music, all inspired by the tropicalismo movement initiated by Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and Gal Costa in the late '60s. Live in Bahia, recorded in São Paulo and Salvador de Bahia, is an enchanting journey through Veloso's storied discography. Backed by a band of virtual superstars, including Jaques Morelenbaum, Davi Moraes, Pedro Sá, and Cesinha, Veloso takes us through 32 songs. The music is a thrill: tropicalismo, samba, bossa nova, as well as the dazzling samba-rap number "Lingua." This is an all-together extraordinary live performance. The musicianship is top-notch, the recording is excellent, and Veloso is a creative force to be reckoned with, both as a vocalist and tunesmith. Prepare yourself to be whisked away.—PVV
After he and his choir's surprising success with their debut album in 2000, Montgomery—the musically gifted pastor of Houston's Abundant Life Cathedral mega-church—returns here on a two-disc, live production, having handed the baton to his music director, Mark Taylor.