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by Linda Ryan

August 19, 2014

New Release Sampler, 8/19/14

by Linda Ryan  |  August 19, 2014

So much music and so little space to talk about it all! Rhapsody has brand new releases from so many artists this week, including rapper Wiz Khalifa's fifth album, Blacc Hollywood. Khalifa doesn't stray too far from his favorite subjects (blunts and booties) and that's just fine: He's in the zone and sounding fine with some help from Snoop Dogg, Ty Dolla $ign, Project Pat, Nicki Minaj and more. Bebel Gilberto's Tudo features Gilberto's signature soft and breezy Brazilian sound, and is the perfect soundtrack for the last gasp of summer. Thank God for Indian summers, because this one deserves its day in the sun (literally). Want to listen to more adventurous ladies? Then check out Imogen Heap's Sparks and Kimbra's The Golden Echo.

If country is your thing, get thee to Chase Rice's Ignite the Night. Rice incorporates electronic beats and samples in his down-home sound. And the songs are so catchy, when he sings "C'mon, shake your money maker" ("Do Like This"), you just might. American Idol alum Colton Dixon releases his sophomore effort, Anchor. Dixon's contemporary Christian sound is built around glittery, hard rock and electronic beats; it's a dramatic sound that meshes well with his positive, uplifting lyrics. And finally, original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley releases Space Invader this week. The album includes a cover of Steve Miller's "The Joker," so check it out. Singles? We got 'em! Check out Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett on the jazz vocal standard, "Anything Goes," as well as John Mellencamp's "Troubled Man.” And hey, have you noticed that Brad Paisley has released a new single each week this August? This week, we've got "Country Nation"– check it out, as well as the others, as a preview to the album Moonshine in the Truck.

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