Sept. 25 must be a popular date amongst record labels. Today’s new releases come from an all-star lineup: a popular alternative band releasing its first album in over a decade (!), a multi-platinum folk band that just wowed the nation on “Saturday Night Live,” one of the best selling rock bands of this generation and a rapper whose last album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Who do you think will claim No. 1 this week? 

No Doubt, Push and Shove

Eleven years is a long time. When No Doubt released Rock Steady in December 2001, the music industry was very different. The iPod was in its infancy, Napster had recently shut down and Justin Bieber was only seven years old. Since then, Gwen put out two solo albums, band mates had children and the group frustrated fans for years with its lack of progress towards a new record. Push and Shove is finally here, but was it worth the wait? We want to hear from you – tell us what you think.

Mumford & Sons, Babel

English quartet Mumford & Sons spearheaded the mainstream folk movement in 2009 with their multi-platinum debut Sigh No More. Hit tracks “Little Lion Man” and “The Cave” invoked a restless, rootsy fervor that has subsided into sublime satisfaction on Babel’s first single, “I Will Wait.” Did you see the group’s performance on “Saturday Night Live” this week? Did it convince you to pick up the album?

Green Day, ¡Uno!

As Billie Joel Armstrong said, Green Day has been around since 1988… the band evolved from young punks to mainstream hit makers to political and social activists. ¡Uno! is a return to the more traditional punk-pop riffs that made the group popular in the early 90s. Billie Joe Armstrong’s rant at the iHeartRadio Music Festival last week seems a little convenient– what better way to re-establish punk credibility than an unwelcome diatribe about pop music and smashing a guitar? Tell us if you watched the clip or saw it live and plan to buy the album.

Lupe Fiasco, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1

Lupe Fiasco has one of the most interesting career paths in rap. The Chicago native burst onto the scene in 2006 with the critically acclaimed Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor, and quickly followed it up in 2007 with Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool. A funny thing happened after that– a label dispute caused a four-year delay in the release of his next album, Lasers– an eternity in the rap genre. During that time, Fiasco recorded another album now released as Food & Liquor II. Trivia: Did you know Lupe Fiasco was the original rapper on B.o.B. and Bruno Mars‘ hit single “Nothin’ On You”?

Want to see any of these artists live in your town- Demand it!  No Doubt, Mumford & Sons, Green Day and Lupe Fiasco may route their tour based on your feedback.

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Posted by: Andrew