1. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, "Heart in Your Heartbreak"

    November 30, 2010 12:32 PM EST 0 0 0 Initially written off as another bunch of Britpop-biting New York hipsters, the members of the Pains of Being Pure at Heart prove they can ably ape even more genres with "Heart in Your Heartbreak." On the first single from forthcoming soph ...

  2. T.I. Featuring Chris Brown, "Get Back Up"

    November 30, 2010 12:26 PM EST 0 0 0 As his ongoing legal troubles have forced him to release his next album from prison, T.I. offers a plea for public forgiveness on "Get Back Up," the first single from forthcoming set "No Mercy." The rapper adopts a disarmingly ea ...

  3. Underoath, " 0 (Disambiguation)"

    November 30, 2010 12:19 PM EST 0 0 0 The word "Disambiguation"-the title of Underoath 's seventh album-refers to the clarity that occurs after a source of ambiguity is removed. It would be wrong to interpret the title as a jab at departed drummer/co-vocalist Aaron Gilles ...

  4. Norah Jones, ". . . Featuring"

    November 30, 2010 12:09 PM EST 0 0 0 Throughout the course of her four studio albums, Norah Jones has honed in on a remarkably well-defined jazz-folk sound; even last year's relatively dark "The Fall" was instantly identifiable as the work of the woman who gave brunch sp ...

  5. Atomic Tom, "The Moment"

    November 30, 2010 12:06 PM EST 0 0 0 Atomic Tom scored a hit in the viral video world when the band used its iPhones to perform the song "Take Me Out" on a New York subway car. For its full-length debut, "The Moment," the group fuses electro-pop with classic British ...

  6. Rascal Flatts, "Nothing Like This"

    November 30, 2010 12:02 PM EST 0 0 0 Anyone who wondered what affect a label change might have on Rascal Flatts ' particular blend of country and pop: Rest assured, the impact was practically nil. The genre-straddling virtues that have delivered five No. 1 albums and two dozen top ...

  7. Daft Punk, "Tron: Legacy"

    November 29, 2010 5:41 PM EST 0 0 0 A-list superstars in their native electronic-music realm, the robot-masked men of France's Daft Punk have established a foothold among more mainstream listeners thanks to glittery disco-house jams like "Around the World," "One Mo ...

  8. Queensrÿche, "Empire"

    November 19, 2010 5:38 PM EST 0 0 0 A good musician can play a song's notes well, but a true artist also skillfully navigates the breaths in between. Such holds true for Queensrÿche's approach to its 1990 commercial juggernaut, "Empire." The band treated each song& ...

  9. The Floacist, "The Floacist Presents Floetic Soul"

    November 19, 2010 5:28 PM EST 0 0 0 As neo-soul duo Floetry , poet/MC Natalie Stewart and singer Marsha Ambrosius wrote songs for Michael Jackson and Jill Scott . The pair also crafted a distinctive blend of rap/singing artfully laced over soul and hip-hop beats, resulting in hit sing ...

  10. Violens, "Amoral"

    November 19, 2010 5:20 PM EST 0 0 0 One could fashion a drinking game of "spot the influence" for Violens ' debut, "Amoral." And be assured that all participants would wind up pretty blotto by the time the album's 12 tracks finish. But be equally assured ...

  11. Michael Jackson (Duet with Akon), "Hold My Hand"

    November 19, 2010 5:17 PM EST 0 0 0 With its faux-news-report intro and defensive lyrics, "Breaking News," the first taste of Michael Jackson 's forthcoming posthumous album "Michael," directly addressed the media circus surrounding most of the pop star's ...

  12. Rihanna feat. Drake, "What's My Name"

    November 19, 2010 5:13 PM EST 0 0 0 Rihanna topped the Billboard Hot 100 earlier this year when she teamed with Eminem for "Love the Way You Lie," and the pop singer has done it again with her latest collaboration, the Drake -assisted "What's My Name." With th ...

  13. Tim McGraw, "Felt Good on My Lips"

    November 19, 2010 5:09 PM EST 0 0 0 After releasing winning records for nearly two decades, Tim McGraw has pulled out another engaging single for his "Number One Hits" compilation. Working with longtime producer Byron Gallimore, the country superstar lets "Felt Good on ...

  14. Pitbull, "Bon Bon"

    November 19, 2010 5:07 PM EST 0 0 0 Pitbull doesn't call himself Mr. Worldwide for nothing, as he proves by tackling a bevy of global influences on new single "Bon, Bon." The rapper uses Bollywood as the primary inspiration on the track from new album "Armando,&quo ...

  15. Chris Willis, "Louder"

    November 19, 2010 5:02 PM EST 0 0 0 Following the decision to depart from gospel music to explore electro-pop, Chris Willis broke out as a vocalist alongside Fergie and LMFAO on David Guetta 's energetic single "Gettin' Over You" earlier this year. "Louder (Pu ...

  16. Linkin Park, "Waiting for the End"

    November 19, 2010 4:53 PM EST 0 0 0 Continuing Linkin Park 's tradition of wrestling with heavy concepts in radio-ready singles, "Waiting for the End" has recently climbed Billboard's Rock Songs chart while offering fans a chilling take on reality. Fusing rock, hip ...

  17. Greyson Chance, "Waiting Outside the Lines"

    November 15, 2010 1:37 PM EST 0 0 0 Greyson Chance's "Waiting Outside the Lines" could easily be mistaken for an "American Idol" coronation song, but alas, "Idol" hasn't delivered a winner as preternaturally talented as Chance in years. This plu ...

  18. Robyn, "Indestructible

    November 15, 2010 1:35 PM EST 0 0 0 Like previous single "Hang With Me," which was previewed with a stripped-down version earlier this year, Robyn 's latest electro-pop opus "Indestructible" arrives after an "acoustic" take on the song was issued on ...

  19. Alter Bridge, "Isolation"

    November 15, 2010 1:31 PM EST 0 0 0 Once modern rock royalty Creed returned with a new album and tour in 2009, the future of Alter Bridge - which features three-fourths of Creed as well as singer Myles Kennedy - remained a bit hazy. Yet the members of the Orlando-based outfit have bee ...

  20. Jazmine Sullivan, "10 Seconds"

    November 15, 2010 1:28 PM EST 0 0 0 Affecting soul music often feeds off emotional pain, as Jazmine Sullivan demonstrates when she turns her hurt into a source of relief throughout her latest single. On "10 Seconds," the singer is fed up with a former lover: her tone is mise ...

  21. Ke$ha, "We R Who We R"

    November 15, 2010 1:25 PM EST 0 0 0 At this early point in her career, Ke$ha has become a master at juxtaposing semi-rapped verses with glittery choruses that percolate on modern pop radio. Instead of straying from the "TiK ToK" formula, "We R Who We R," the first ...

  22. Jason Aldean, "My Kinda Party"

    November 15, 2010 1:23 PM EST 0 0 0 It's only been five years since Jason Aldean debuted on the country scene with the single "Hicktown," but the singer has already become one of the format's most consistent hitmakers. On "My Kinda Party," the title track ...

  23. Elvis Presley, "Viva Elvis - The Album"

    November 15, 2010 12:04 PM EST 0 0 0 There are certainly some Elvis Presley aficionados who will choke on their peanut butter and banana sandwiches upon hearing this companion album to Cirque du Soleil 's Las Vegas tribute to the King. The 12 tracks on "Viva Elvis-The Album&q ...

  24. N.E.R.D., "Nothing"

    November 15, 2010 11:58 AM EST 0 0 0 While Pharrell Williams ' legacy as one-half of production duo the Neptunes has long been secure, his ventures as the frontman for hip-hop/funk trio N*E*R*D have yielded a challenging, inconsistent output. "Nothing," Williams' fo ...

  25. My Chemical Romance, "Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys"

    November 15, 2010 10:39 AM EST 0 0 0 The uniforms, logos and socio-political bombast of My Chemical Romance 's 2006 album, "The Black Parade," have all been safely packed away. The rock quintet is comparatively stripped down and glammed up on its fourth studio album, &qu ...

  26. Weezer, "Death to False Metal"

    November 15, 2010 10:35 AM EST 0 0 0 Weezer 's Kiss -loving frontman Rivers Cuomo has always had delusions of metal grandeur. On the aptly titled "Death to False Metal" compilation, many of the revisited outtakes from Weezer's discography aspire to metaldom heights ...

  27. 7 Walkers, "7 Walkers"

    November 15, 2010 10:27 AM EST 0 0 0 Grateful Dead spinoffs tend to be hit-and-miss affairs. But in 7 Walkers , Dead percussionist Bill Kreutzmann has hit pay dirt. The well-credentialed group-fronted by Louisiana singer/guitarist Papa Mali and now including Meters bassist George Porte ...

  28. Black Dub, "Black Dub"

    November 15, 2010 10:18 AM EST 0 0 0 Daniel Lanois has already had a pretty remarkable year, with high-profile production gigs on albums by Brandon Flowers of the Killers and Neil Young , who titled his latest, "Le Noise," in honor of his partner's crucial creative contr ...

  29. Elvis Costello, "National Ransom"

    November 15, 2010 10:12 AM EST 0 0 0 If Elvis Costello 's predilection for album-to-album change has been dizzying during the past 30-plus years, his latest release, "National Ransom," truncates that whirlwind across 16 tracks. Returning to "King of America" an ...

  30. Matt & Kim, "Sidewalks"

    November 05, 2010 5:19 PM EDT 0 0 0 Brooklyn indie-pop duo Matt & Kim have always been a dance party type of band. But the beat on the pair's latest album, "Sidewalks," suggests that keyboardist/vocalist Matt Johnson and drummer Kim Schifino have been spending more ...

  31. Plain White T's, "Rhythm of Love"

    November 05, 2010 5:04 PM EDT 0 0 0 Plain White T's have been active for more than a decade, although the group is still most recognized for penning the saccharine smash "Hey There Delilah" in 2007. The Illinois five-piece tries to score another hit with a new lead voca ...

  32. Fania All Stars, "Ponte Duro: The Fania All Stars Story"

    November 05, 2010 5:03 PM EDT 0 0 0 Reissues from the storied Latin label Fania have been a blessing of the new music era. Fans can rejoice again at the release of the four-disc boxed set "Ponte Duro: The Fania All Stars Story." The release guarantees a revelation for anyone ...

  33. Cake, "Sick of You"

    November 05, 2010 5:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Cake built its name on a brand of slightly skewed, idiosyncratic pop, and "Sick of You," the band's first new material since 2004's "Pressure Chief," continues to rely on its tried-and-true formula. Favoring a stripped- ...

  34. N*E*R*D, "Help Me"

    November 05, 2010 4:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 After previewing new album "Nothing" with the bass-heavy party track "Hot-N-Fun," N*E*R*D offers a dramatic change in style on album cut "Help Me." The track features the trio taking aim at government corruption while w ...

  35. Good Charlotte, "Cardiology"

    November 05, 2010 4:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 Early on "Cardiology," Good Charlotte singer Joel Madden declares that "we'll stay young forever." A decade and five albums into its career, the rock band certainly sounds as youthful as ever. But age has brought some more m ...

  36. Duck Sauce, "Barbra Streisand"

    November 05, 2010 4:48 PM EDT 0 0 0 On the strength of a hummable tune, star-studded music video and titular shout-out to a singing legend, Duck Sauce has stumbled upon a buzzworthy dance track with "Barbra Streisand." The most surprising thing about this collaboration betwe ...

  37. Susan Boyle, "The Gift"

    November 05, 2010 4:46 PM EDT 0 0 0 "The Gift," the second release from famed "Britain's Got Talent" contestant Susan Boyl e, is a bit of a tweener: mostly a holiday album and partly a follow-up to last year's massively successful "I Dreamed a Dream. ...

  38. Diamond, "Lotta Money"

    November 05, 2010 4:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Brittany Nicole Carpenter, aka Diamond, first appeared on the rap scene with Crime Mob on Lil Jon 's Crunk Records label before striking out on her own in 2007. On her latest single, the rapper puts her own spin on the familiar warning that gir ...

  39. Warpaint, "The Fool"

    October 29, 2010 2:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 Willowy Los Angeles art-rock group Warpaint summons a remarkably heady atmosphere on its debut album, "The Fool," which follows a buzzed-about EP released last year on Los Angeles-based indie Manimal Vinyl. On the song "Bees," gu ...

  40. Liz Phair, "Funstyle"

    October 29, 2010 2:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Alternative rocker Liz Phair surprised fans when she posted tracks from her newest album, "Funstyle," on her website in July. The eclectic set is the singer's first release in five years and will be packaged with a set of demos and ra ...

  41. Saving Abel, "The Sex is Good"

    October 28, 2010 4:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 Mississippi rock group Saving Abel defies the Biblical reference in their band name with "The Sex is Good," the latest single off sophomore disc "Miss America" that has been climbing the Rock Songs chart. The song hinges on acous ...

  42. Mike Posner, "Please Don’t Go"

    October 28, 2010 4:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 Singer-songwriter Mike Posner 's debut single, "Cooler Than Me," reached No. 6 on the Hot 100 by successfully pairing the singer-songwriter's slick vocals with lush electronic textures. Follow-up "Please Don't Go" ...

  43. R. Kelly, "When a Woman Loves"

    October 28, 2010 4:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 With some of his best-known songs existing in the pop and hip-hop realms, it's easy to forget how commanding R. Kelly 's voice can become on a no-frills soul track. "When a Woman Loves" echoes the slow-paced beauty of The Penguin ...

  44. Toby Keith, "Bullets in the Gun"

    October 28, 2010 4:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 The tale of a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde, the title track to Toby Keith 's latest album finds the country star utilizing his sharpest storytelling skills. Working with co-writer Rivers Rutherford ( Brooks & Dunn ), "Bullets in the Gun ...

  45. Lee DeWyze, "Sweet Serendipity"

    October 28, 2010 4:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 With "Sweet Serendipity," "American Idol" season 9 champ Lee DeWyze delivers a debut that suits both his musical influences and vocal style. The 24-year-old Illinois native's husky yet soulful voice fits nicely into Top 40 p ...

  46. The Black Eyed Peas, "The Time (The Dirty Bit)"

    October 28, 2010 3:48 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Dirty Dancing" meets Auto-Tune on the Black Eyed Peas ' first offering from "The Beginning," the follow-up to the group's massive 2009 set, "The E.N.D." The latter's lead single, the positively bizarre a ...

  47. P!nk, "Raise Your Glass"

    October 22, 2010 12:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Long before Lady Gaga birthed her little monsters, P!nk represented for pop-obsessed outcasts by setting anti-establishment lyrics to productions packed with commercial appeal. On "Raise Your Glass," the introduction to her November-slated ...

  48. Die Antwoord, "Evil Boy"

    October 22, 2010 12:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 Die Antwoord is not known for subtlety: The South African rave-rap trio's style of pairing pummeling beats with filthy rhymes has exploded overnight on the Internet. It carries on its M.O. with a phallus-filled video for "Evil Boy," y ...

  49. Yolanda Be Cool featuring DCUP, "We No Speak Americano"

    October 22, 2010 12:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 While most novelty songs are often quickly erased from memory, the international hit "We No Speak Americano" by Australian DJs Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP has managed to find new listeners and make its way stateside. The global appeal of th ...

  50. Ingrid Michaelson, "Parachute"

    October 22, 2010 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ingrid Michaelson follows her fourth album, 2009's "Everybody," with pop single "Parachute." However, instead of serving as a quick stopgap for Michaelson, the track offers a far different sound than the whimsical, slow-temp ...

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