New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

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)

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New stuff (MP3s)

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)

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 ReevesThe 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)

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Reissues (MP3s)

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

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

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