updated 11/23/2010 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 11/23/2010 AT 1:40 PM ET
It’s a big week for musical releases, with several major recording stars dropping their latest efforts, which means it’s decision time for listeners.
Among the more buzzed-about new albums are:
Cher and Christina Aguilera, the Burlesque soundtrack. Christina delivers eight of the 10 songs on this film soundtrack, while Cher contributes the other two – her first original recordings in seven years. It includes the single “Express,” which Christina performed at the American Music Awards.
Jessica Simpson, Happy Christmas. Jessica’s second Christmas album (after 2004’s Rejoyce) includes standards like “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” as well as two Simpson originals – one of which, “My Only Wish,” is the lead-off track and first single.
Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Kanye’s fifth studio album is already being hailed as an epic masterpiece, earning a rare perfect-10 review from Pitchfork for its varied musical styles, lavish production and extravagant lyrics.
Kesha, Cannibal. A nine-song companion to her platinum-selling debut album Animal, the new effort features eight brand-new songs and a new remix of the first album’s title track. It includes the anthemic new single “We R Who We R,” written about anti-gay bullying.
Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday. The Trinidad-born, Brooklyn-raised rapper, who has performed several cameos on albums by rap royalty over the past year, finally drops her own studio album. And this time, it’s A-listers like Eminem, Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West himself who are doing the superstar cameos on her record.
Any of these albums strike your fancy? Tell us below.