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LAist's New Music Roundup

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Tuesday is the biggest day of the week for audiophiles. We're like kids in a candy store. In the spirit of that dizzy euphoria, we're launching our weekly guide to what's hot and what's not. Since LAist is an online entity, our primary focus on Tuesdays will be digital downloads. Why? We think digital is the future of music. For instance, Warner Music recently announced plans for a digital label, dubbed Cordless; Apple, Cingular and Motorola teamed up to make ROKR; and iTunes now offers digital liner notes for many of the albums in its catalogue. If video killed the radio star, then digital music is the successor to the aging MTV.

What's Hot:
The best-selling digital singles this week were Kanye West's Gold Digger, Fall Out Boy's Sugar, We're Goin' Down, Black Eyed Peas' My Humps, Missy Elliot's Lose Control and Green Day's Wake Me Up When September Ends.*

Online Exclusives:
Over at iTunes, you can pre-order Fiona Apple's long-awaited Extraordinary Machine, Sheryl Crow's Wildflower, Franz Ferdinand's You Could Have It So Much Better, and Depeche Mode's Playing The Angel. If you purchase the Depeche Mode album, you're also eligible for an exclusive pre-sale for their forthcoming tour.

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What's New:

  • Blonde from Fargo released Only in It for the Blondes.
  • Valentin Ceja released Valentin Ceja y Su Rock 'N' Banda.
  • George Clinton released Best of George Clinton Live.
  • Davka released Davka Live.
  • Earth, Wind & Fire released Illumination.
  • LA's own El Ten Eleven released Ten Eleven. Check out their previous effort on iTunes.
  • Les Nubians released Nubians Presents Echos.
  • Master P released Greatest Hits Re-Mixed.
  • Twelve Thousand Armies released Mirth These Days.
  • Kim Waters released All for Love.

*Chart information courtesy of Billboard.