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What to Download: New Music on iTunes

Tuesdays are big in entertainmentville: Not only do all the new DVD releases hit Netflix, but new music also pours into stores, including iTunes. So I take a spin through each week's iTunes music releases and pick out some albums and tracks worthy of a download. Here are today's selections:


Idol voice: Despite that goofy-looking picture and the fact that this isn't necessarily my favorite type of music, David Archuleta's first post-Idol single, "Crush" isn't half bad. I could imagine a me in another universe wistfully looking out over the ocean on a beach, thinking of that special someone with this tune blazing in my earphones.


Futuristic R&B: If David A. is a bit too saccharine for your taste, check out this super-weird, super-awesome album from Janelle Monae. You may know this artist from OutKast's movie soundtrack for Idlewild. Take a listen to the fun and funky track "Many Moons." I'm also enjoying her surreal cover of the standard "Smile."

One more selection that stood out to me this week, so read more.


Folk singer grows up: I've always been a fan of Dar Williams's pretty, lyric-driven songs, so I anxiously await her new album (her first original material in over three years) Promised Land, which is due for release in September. Today I'm excited to report a little EP of hers, a kind of preview of what's to come, is available on iTunes. Check out "It's Alright," a track that might feel right at home on a Cameron Crowe movie soundtrack. It's lovely!

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