New Release Sampler, 2/4/14
by Linda Ryan | February 8, 2014
We have a few soulful crooners releasing new music this week. First up is the duet album from Toni Braxton and Babyface, Love, Marriage & Divorce, which was inspired by their (separate) divorces in July 2013. At that time, Braxton also announced her retirement from singing, but once Babyface wrote "Hurt You," he convinced the Braxton Family Values star to join him on the album. For more sensual sounds, check out Ruben Studdard's Unconditional Love. Studdard, who recently shed more than 110 pounds while on The Biggest Loser, is back and ready to unleash his inner "velvet teddy bear" on all the single ladies. This David Foster-produced album is one aural swoon after another, with covers of songs such as Paul McCartney's "My Love" and Donny Hathaway's "Love, Love, Love." But if you're looking for something a little less lovey-dovey, go straight to hot new singles from Lily Allen, Ozomatli, The Hold Steady, Strange Talk and more in this week's new releases!