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Published on December 13th, 2014 | by Gerry Galipault

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This Week’s Releases: Dec. 16, 2014

New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Band Aid 30 “Do They Know It’s Christmas? (2014)” (four songs, including 2004, 1989 and 1984 versions; iTunes) (Virgin, Dec. 15)
Charli XCX “Sucker” (first single: “Break the Rules”; Hear here; Read here; MP3; iTunes) (Neon Gold / Atlantic, Dec. 15)
deadmau5 “deadmau5 at Play Vol. 5” (Play)
5 Seconds of Summer “LIVESOS” (Read here; MP3; iTunes) (Capitol, Dec. 15)
Foreigner “The Best of Foreigner 4 & More” (recorded live at Borgata Hotel’s Music Box theatre in Atlantic City on Oct. 3-4, 2014) (Frontiers)
Nicki Minaj “The Pinkprint” (guests: Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Chris Brown, Jeremih, Meek Mill; first single: “Anaconda”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Cash Money / Republic, Dec. 15)
Howard Shore “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” (two discs; opens in U.S. theaters on Dec. 17; See here; MP3; iTunes) (WaterTower Music)
Starbomb (American comedy supergroup) “Player Select” (Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Starbomb)
Various artists “The Last Ship (Original Broadway Cast Recording)” (music and lyrics by Sting; MP3) (Universal Music Classics, Dec. 15)
Allison Williams, Christopher Walken, et al “Peter Pan LIVE! (Original Soundtrack of the NBC Television Event)” (DVD; DVD + CD gift set) (Broadway)

More Releases for the Week of Dec. 16, 2014

New stuff (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
James Blunt “Smoke Signals EP” (five songs; Hear here; iTunes) (Custard / Atlantic, Dec. 15)
Baba Brinkman (Canadian rapper and hip-hop theatre artist based in New York) “The Rap Guide to Wilderness” (guests: Sean Ross, Aaron Nazrul, Tia Brazda, Wyckham Porteous; Hear here; iTunes) (Lit Fuse)
D’Angelo and The Vanguard “Black Messiah” (his first album in 14 years; collaborators: Raphael Saadiq, Q Tip, Roy Hargrove, Cee-Lo; iTunes) (RCA, Dec. 15)
Emay (aka Canadian producer-rapper Mubarik Gyenne Adams) “Sinner, Song-Writer” (five-song EP; Hear here; iTunes) (Hi-Scores Recording Library)
Lina Fouro (electro-pop artist) “The Love Cycle” (guests: Choo Kang, Bobby Sohrabi; Hear here; See here) (3 Shots Productions, Dec. 19)

More Digital Releases for the Week of Dec. 16, 2014

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Enchantment “Soft Lights, Sweet Music (Expanded Edition)” (1980 album; remastered, with one bonus track) (Funky Town Grooves)
Aretha Franklin “Aretha (Expanded Edition)” (1986 album; remastered; two CDs, with 19 bonus tracks, including five different mixes of “I Knew You Were Waiting [For Me],” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and “Rock-A-Lott”) (Funky Town Grooves, Dec. 15)
Evelyn “Champagne” King “Music Box” (1979 album; remastered, with four bonus tracks) (Funky Town Grooves, Dec. 15)
The Kinks “The Anthology 1964-1971 [Box set]” (five discs; MP3) (Sanctuary / Fontana, Dec. 15)
The Manhattans “Black Tie (Expanded Edition)” (1981 album; remastered, with six bonus tracks) (Funky Town Grooves)
The Manhattans “Forever By Your Side” (1983 album; remastered) (Razor & Tie, Dec. 15)
Martha Reeves The Rest of My Life (Expanded Edition)” (1976 album; remastered, with seven bonus tracks) (Funky Town Grooves, Dec. 15)
Trip Shakespeare “Applehead Man” (1986 album; remastered, with a downloard card; Vinyl), “Are You Shakespearienced?” (1989 album; remastered, with a downloard card; Vinyl) (Omnivore Recordings, Dec. 15)

More Releases for the Week of Dec. 16, 2014

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Christina Aguilera “The Collection” (six complete albums) (RCA / Legacy)
The Fray “The Collection” (five complete albums) (Epic / Legacy)
Incubus “The Collection” (six complete albums) (Epic / Legacy)
Enrique Iglesias “Escape” (2001 album; with three bonus tracks) (Interscope / UMe, Dec. 15)
Michael Jackson “The Indispensable Collection” (eight complete albums) (Epic / Legacy)
Dave Matthews Band “The Collection” (RCA / Legacy)
Brad Paisley “The Collection” (nine complete albums) (Arista Nashville / Legacy)
Britney Spears “The Collection” (seven complete albums) (Jive / Legacy)
Three Days Grace “The Collection” (three complete albums) (Jive / Legacy)

More Digital Releases for the Week of Dec. 16, 2014

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Studio/label:
Asking Alexandria “Live From Brixton and Beyond [DVD]” (See here) (Sumerian, Dec. 15)
Jason Bateman, Tina Frey, et al “This Is Where I Leave You [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray + DVD; iTunes) (Warner Home Video)
Colin Firth, Emma Stone, et al “Magic in the Moonlight [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray; iTunes) (Sony Pictures)
Megan Fox, Will Arnett, et al “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD; iTunes) (Paramount)
Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, et al “The Skeleton Twins [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray; iTunes) (Lionsgate)
Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, et al “Tootsie (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]” (1982 film; Read here) (Criterion Collection)
Will Poulter, Dexter Darden, Aml Ameen, et al “The Maze Runner [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD; iTunes) (20th Century Fox)
Various artists “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever [DVD]” (2014 Lifetime Channel film) (Lionsgate)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of Dec. 16, 2014

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
Bobbie Gentry “Bobbie Gentry’s Ode to Billie Joe (33 1/3) [Paperback]” (author: Tara Murtha) (Bloomsbury Academic, Dec. 18)
Hole “Hole’s Live Through This (33 1/3) [Paperback]” (author: Anwen Crawford; Kindle) (Bloomsbury Academic, Dec. 18)
The Rolling Stones “The Rolling Stones [Hardcover]” (authorized illustrated history; foreword by former President Bill Clinton) (Taschen, Dec. 15)

More Book Releases for the Week of Dec. 16, 2014

Next week: Dec. 23, 2014

Dec. 2 / Dec. 9Dec. 16

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Gerry Galipault debuted Pause & Play online in October 1997. Since then, it has become the definitive place for CD-release dates — with a worldwide audience.



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