Seal goes soul again, and Glee get in the yuletide spirit in a long list of new releases out today.
Seal drops his second album of soul covers, rightly titled Soul 2, and the former voice for Noiseworks and INXS, Jon Stevens, also has a soul cover album Testify!
It was inevitable: the Glee Christmas album came out today, as well as one from Celtic Thunder.
Tim Freedman of the Whitlams returns with his new solo album Australian Idle, alt-rock stayers The Fauves have Japanese Engines and Sydney party yacht rock outfit Bluejuice deliver their third album Company.
Big beat Aussies Rogue Traders drop their The Sound Of Drums double-album, which houses a ‘Greatest Hits’ and their new album, with Mindi Jackson supplying the voice, Night Of The Living Drums.
Pop-rock supergroup Angels & Airwaves (featuring members from Blink-182, the Distillers, 30 Seconds To Mars and Box Car Racer) have their fourth album Love:Part Two and Gym Class Heroes have the sequel to Papercut Chronicles.
The soundtrack to ABC drama The Slap is out today, featuring tunes from Emma Louise, Angus & Julia Stone, Bridezilla, The Twerps, and the solo project for Big Scary’s Tom Iansek – Dads
Electro producer Trentemoller has the Remixed/Reworked collection.
Oregon jazz-pop “mini-orchestra” Pink Martini offer the compilation A Retrospective, with guests Michael Feinstein and filmmaker Gus Van Sant.
US heavy rock kings Disturbed have a new b-sides album Lost Children, As I Lay Dying have a covers, remixes, and newies record Decas and orchestral metallers My Dying Bride have their new album Barghest Owhitby.
German hard rock heroes Scorpions release their nineteenth album Comeblack, which is a set of re-recorded classics from the ‘60s and ‘70s, as well as some of their own.
Colorado folkie Laura Viers has a kids’ album titled Tumble Bee.
The fascinating-looking Kings Of Leon documentary Talihina Sky is out on DVD and Blu-Ray today, as is Andrea Bocelli’s Concerto: One Night In Central Park and Massive Attack’s Live In The Third Dimension.
There are also best of collections for Korn, Backstreet Boys, Irish crooner Daniel O’Donnell, and Tony Bennett.