Top 10 Best Selling Music CDs Artists April 2012
|1. Tuskegee Lionel Richie||6. MDNA Madonna|
|2. Adele 21||7. Dedicated Wilson Phillips|
|3. Wrecking Ball (Special Edition)||8. Adele 19|
|4. Slipstream Bonnie Raitt||9. Amaryllis Shinedown|
|5. Changed Rascal Flatts||10. Some Nights Fun|
Surpassing his creative and personal boundaries, Richie comes full circle with the innovative and personal Tuskegee, performing 13 of his most revered “anthems of our day” with some of the biggest names in country music, including Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington, Little Big Town and Jason Aldean.
On this worldwide, multi-genre album, Richie is also joined by the likes of such superstars as Shania Twain, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson and Jimmy Buffett. Tuskegee is an exciting and transcendent arc in a career that has seen album sales of more than 100 million, 22 Top 10s, five Grammys, an Academy Award for Best Original Song, a Golden Globe, and a host of other awards from virtually every major entertainment organization. While defying boundaries and breaking barriers throughout his storied career, Richie reveals once again that Tuskegee will join the ranks of his timeless body of work that touches people of all faiths, ages and demographics across the world… Read more >
2. Adele 21
21 is the eagerly awaited sophomore album from British singer-songwriter Adele. It’s the follow up to Adele’s critically acclaimed, Grammy award winning debut album 19 (both named after her age at the time the songs were written). Recorded in Malibu and London, 21 offered Adele the opportunity to work with such luminary producers and songwriters as Rick Rubin, Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Dan Wilson and Fraser T. Smith, as well as continuing to work with Francis “Eg” White and Jim Abbiss.
This new collection of songs showcases the growth of this incredible artist, who at the very young age of twenty two, exhibits the poise of a seasoned veteran. Adele’s music takes some new direction while staying true to her signature style… Read more >
Marking his 17th studio album, ‘Wrecking Ball’ features 11 new Springsteen recordings and was produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen and executive producer Jon Landau.
Said long-time manager Jon Landau, “Bruce has dug down as deep as he can to come up with this vision of modern life. The lyrics tell a story you can’t hear anywhere else and the music is his most innovative of recent years. The writing is some of the best of his career and both veteran fans and those who are new to Bruce will find much to love on ‘Wrecking Ball.'”
This special edition of ‘Wrecking Ball’ includes two bonus tracks and exclusive artwork and photography… Read more >
2012 album from the Grammy winning singer, songwriter and musician. her first album since 2005’s Souls Alike. Produced by Joe Henry, the album is her return to the music scene following the deaths of her parents and brother. The album was recorded with her longtime touring band as well as a handful of tracks with top-level musicians such as Bill Frisell. Features the first single ‘Right Down The Line’, a cover of the Gerry Rafferty hit.
With the release of her nineteenth album, Slipstream, Bonnie Raitt is starting anew. The album marks her return to studio recording after seven years; it’s coming out as the launch of her own label, Redwing Records; and it delivers some of the most surprising and rewarding music of her remarkable career, thanks in part to some experimental sessions with celebrated producer Joe Henry… Read more >
Rascal Flatts new album is called Changed. Gary LeVox explains the title, “Actually there’s a song on the album called ‘Changed’ and it’s a really, really special song. And we thought that title of that song really captures what this new season of our career is cause everything in our professional career has changed…(we) thought the title was appropriate.” Rascal Flatts worked with their long-time producer Dann Huff on their new album but they also decided to produce a few of the tracks on their own. Changed comes after Flatt’s first Big Machine Records album release, Nothing Like This, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country albums sales chart. Rascal Flatts is one of only four country acts to debut seven consecutive studio albums at #1. Nothing Like This went on to become a platinum-selling album, featuring two #1 hits including the certified platinum “I Won’t Let Go” and the gold-certified “Easy” (with pop sensation Natasha Bedingfield). Since their musical debut in 2000, the band has sold over 21 million albums, 25 million digital downloads and delivered 13 #1 singles to the top of the charts. Rascal Flatts is the most awarded Country group of the past decade, earning over 40 trophies from the ACAs, ACMs, AMAs, CMAs, People’s Choice Awards and more. As one of the hottest-selling acts on tour in any genre, they’ve sold over 6 million concert tickets, and counting. Their Thaw Out Tour earned a slot on CMT’s “Top Tours of 2012.”… Read more >
6. MDNA Madonna
Deluxe two CD edition includes five additional tracks. 2012 release, the 12th studio album from the Pop diva and international superstar. MDNA, the long-awaited follow-up to her 2008 album Hard Candy, features production from Benny Benassi, The Demolition Crew, William Orbit, Martin Solveig and others. Includes the first single ‘Give Me All Your Luvin” featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. 17 tracks total.
In the 80s Madonna achieved notoriety for her flagrant sexuality, which saw some tag her as a soft-porn star who happened to sing. She deliberately courted controversy to stay in the limelight, but her songs were so memorable that she would’ve been a star anyway, and her ever-changing persona has kept her at the top ever since. Madonna Louise Ciccone Ritchie, better known as Madonna, has been many… Read more >
Inspired by their parents and profoundly proud of their musical lineage, DEDICATED is the album their fans have been waiting for since their debut single “Hold On” topped the charts around the world. Born into rock royalty (Carnie and Wendy Wilson are the daughters of Beach Boys legendary writer and producer Brian Wilson, and Chynna Phillips is the daughter of John and Michelle Phillips of Mamas and Papas fame), WILSON PHILLIPS’ album DEDICATED pays homage to their shared musical heritage. Featuring faithful renditions of The Beach Boys and Mamas & The Papas songs in their unique harmony-rich sound, DEDICATED includes classic songs such as “California Dreamin’,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Dedicated to the One I Love” and “God Only Knows.”… Read more >
8. Adele 19
19 is the Grammy Award-winning debut album from British singer/songwriter Adele. Citing influences as diverse as Etta James, Jill Scott, Bjork, Dusty Springfield, Billy Bragg, Billie Holiday, Jeff Buckley, The Cure and Peggy Lee, Adele is a truly unique new artist. With her mix up of R&B and soul served up with a healthy dash of feisty London attitude, she spins beautiful dark stories of loves won and lost and sometimes just daydreamed about. Features the classic tracks Chasing Pavements and Hometown Glory as well as a cover of Bob Dylan s Make You Feel My Love… Read more >
Re-teaming with The Sound of Madness producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Kid Rock) Shinedown presents its fourth full-length album – the bruising, unapologetic, and totally kinetic Amaryllis.
Amaryllis, with unflinchingly honest, unrepentant songs like first single “Bully” and “I’m Not All Right, ” as well as the deeply moving “Miracle” and the soulful love song “I’ll Follow You, ” delivers on its mission statement throughout its 12 tracks. From a thematic standpoint, Amaryllis is a record about vulnerability. It reveals the bruises and scars, but also their healing. “It’s not a record for the faint of heart, ” Smith admits. “Every single song makes a statement. I was looking for the kind of emotion that made every hair on the back of my neck stand on end. Because of that, I feel in my heart and soul that this album is a game changer for our band.”
Six songs on Amaryllis feature a 30-piece orchestra, including “I’m Not All Right” – Shinedown’s first-ever song to incorporate horns, which drive home the manic intensity of its subject matter. Another highlight is “Bully, ” which finds Smith addressing the tormentor in question in the strongest possible terms. “Amaryllis is probably the most rock and roll album we’ve ever made, ” Smith says. “We’ve always been a rock band, and I didn’t want to lose sight of that. I told everyone the album had to do three things: It had to show sophistication in the songwriting, it had to show musical growth within the band, and I had to push myself to go places lyrically that I had never gone before. “… Read more >
10. Some Nights Fun
Having earned widespread acclaim with their 2009 debut album, Aim & Ignite, fun. decided to raise the stakes with this album, their first on Fueled By Ramen, by teaming with noted producer Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Drake).
The first single from Some Nights, “We Are Young (Feat. Janelle Monáe),” has generated quite a buzz, hitting the top 3 on The Hype Machine music blog aggregator in its first week of release, not to mention the top 5 on iTunes’ “Top Alternative Songs” sales ranking. What’s more, “We Are Young” has received major airplay from KCRW’s influential Morning Becomes Eclectic, while USA Today applauded the “baroque indie-popsters” for “(making) a counterintuitive play for the big time, slowing down for the massive singalong chorus.”… Read more >
Copyright 2012 David Masters