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The Listening Room: Britney Spears, Florida Georgia Line, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand and more...

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2016

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This week's new and noteworthy music releases include...

De La Soul, "And The Anonymous Nobody" (AOI/Rough Trade): The hip-hop troupe Kickstarter-funded its ninth studio album, which features guests such as Snoop Dogg, Usher, Jill Scott, Talking Heads' David Byrne and many more.

Celine Dion, "Encore un soir" (Columbia): Still mourning her late manager and husband, the Canadian songstress releases her first French language album since in four years.

Florida Georgia Line, "Dig Your Roots" (Republic Nashville): The country duo's third album includes diverse collaborations with Tim McGraw, Ziggy Marley and the Backstreet Boys.

Ingrid Michaelson, "It Doesn't Have To Make Sense" (Cabin 24): The singer-songwriter's seventh album finds her in a mood to "Celebrate" -- which, conveniently, is the title of its first single.

Prophets Of Rage, "The Party's Over" (self-released): A five-song debut EP from the politically charged all-star collective of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill members, which includes one new song (the title track), a version of the PE song that gave the band it's name and more.

Britney Spears, "Glory" (RCA): A clearly healthy and reinvigorated Spears has helped generate some heat for her ninth studio album, and a pairing with G-Easy on the single "Make Me..." hasn't hurt the buzz, either.

Barbra Streisand, "Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway" (Columbia): Broadway and duets have always been good to Streisand, who's joined by a corps of singing actors -- Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Melissa McCarthy, Seth MacFarlane and more -- on this high-concept endeavor.

Butch Walker, "Stay Gold" (Dangerbird): The songwriter-producer-artist comes back from the dark terrain of 2015's "Afraid Of Ghosts" with a slightly more lighthearted and occasionally sentimental 10-songs set that flaunts his love for sophisticated songwriting.

Also Out: The Bad Plus, "It's Hard" (Okeh); Darren Barrett/Trumpet Vibes, "The Music of Amy Winehouse" (dB Music); Will Calhoun, "Celebrating Elvin Jones" (Motema); Joanna Connor, "Six String Stories" (MC); Anthony David, "Now" (Shanachie); Delain, "Moonbathers" (Napalm); El GranCombo de Puerto Rico, "Alunizando" (EGC); Fabulous Thunderbirds, "Strong Like That" (Severn); Gaither Vocal Band, "Better Together" (Gaither Music Group); Glass Animals, "How To Be A Human Being" (Harvest); Joseph, "I`m Alone, No You're Not" (ATO);

Kiss, "Kiss Rocks Vegas" (Eagle Rock); Camilo Lara & Toy Selectah, "Compass" (Six Degrees); Todd Rundgren, "An Evening With Todd Rundgren: Live at the Ridgefield" (Purple Pyramid); Selah, "Greatest Hymns Vol. 2" (Curb); Sodom, "Decision Day" (Steamhammer/SPV); Michael Sweet, "One Sided War" (Rat Pak); Tesla, "Mechanical Resonance Live" (Mailboat); Twelve Foot Ninja, "Outlier" (Volkanik); Waterstrider, "Nowhere Now" (Century)

From The Vaults: Beach Boys, Becoming the Beach Boys: The Complete Hite & Dorinda Morgan Sessions" (Omnivore); The Heaters, "American Dream" (Omnivore); The Monkees, "The Monkees 50" (Rhino); Pink Floyd, "The Wall" and "The Division Bell" vinyl reissues (Legacy); Various Artists, "Bad Boy 20th Anniversary Box Set" (Rhino)

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