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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."

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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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