Album Drop: This Week’s New Releases, From Ciara To Michael Jackson

This week, it’s time to snuggle up around the fire with some sweet R&B! And there are a whole lot of tunes that’ll warm you up. Ciara’s using her basic instinct. R. Kelly is going retro. P. Diddy joins a musical menage and is now Diddy-Dirty Money. Ryan Adams does a double disc hipster rock opera. Yelawolf un-raps what’s in the trunk. And Michael Jackson’s posthumous record is finally out. So, let’s get into the groove, after the jump!

Michael Jackson, Michael
His posthumous album of songs about how ruinous Hollywood is featuring Akon, Lenny Kravitz, and 50 Cent.

R. Kelly, Love Letter
R. Kelly goes retro ‘60s, but keeps his classic repetition.

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, III/IV
A “double-album concept rock opera” about the ‘80s.

Diddy-Dirty Money (A.K.A. P.Diddy, Puffy, Sean Combs), Last Train To Paris
Honest rhymes, even if the name feels like a young money rip off. But the songs from Diddy’s new super group, with singers Dawn Richard and Kalenna Harper, are hard on the heart, easy on the ears.

Ciara, Basic Instinct
Even if she disses bloggers in an out-of-character rap (above), she still delivers the R&B she’s known for.

Yelawolf, Trunk Muzik
Rad white trash rap.