Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs of an Immigrant |

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HIP-HOP

Arriving 10 years later, Wyclef Jean's sixth solo studio disc is a sequel to his very first post-Fugees album, 1997's Wyclef Jean Presents the Carnival Featuring Refugee Allstars. And the ever-eclectic Jean has assembled a truly all-star cast this time around, including Mary J. Blige, Norah Jones, Shakira, Akon and T.I. The result? An ambitious, sprawling set that, even when it misses the mark, captures the spirit of a one-world party. The Haitian-born Jean carries the flag for his fellow immigrants while creating a musical melting pot, with Caribbean, Indian and Latin sounds uniting with pop, rock and hip-hop to defy genres and geography.
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>• His new CD boasts a slew of A-list guest artists, but as both a performer and a producer, Jean has always played well with others. Here are five of our fave pairings: "No, No, No Part 2," with Destiny's Child (1997) "My Love Is Your Love," with Whitney Houston (1998) "Maria Maria," with Santana (1999) "911," with Mary J. Blige (2000) "Hips Don't Lie," with Shakira (2006)

MATT WHITE Best Days
The debut album from this singer-songwriter is solid but a little too safe. Still, no matter how predictable his VH1-friendly pop-rock gets, there's no denying the catchiness of tunes like "Miracles" and the title-track single.

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LITTLE BIG TOWN A Place to Land
This coed quartet brings to mind a country version of Fleetwood Mac on harmony-laden highlights like "To Know Love" and "Lonely Enough." Like the Macsters, they even switch up on lead.

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ARI GOLD Transport Systems
With his R&B-flavored pop, this New York scenester occasionally evokes another openly gay artist: George Michael. Matter-of-factly acknowledging his sexuality in his lyrics, Gold takes the listener to fresh places.

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AYO Joyful
In Yoruba, the native language of her Nigerian dad, this newcomer's name means "joy." Her acoustic soul—a breezy blend of R&B and pop, reggae and folk, African and Latin—will have India. Arie and Sade fans feeling the love.

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• Looking for a little visual stimulation to go along with your music? From Mariah to Justin, Beyoncé to Shakira, these pop stars are bringing the whole show to your home.

MARIAH CAREY The Adventures of Mimi
While some of her dance moves—and outfits—may make you cringe, there's no stopping that voice as Mimi pours on the hits in this 2006 concert. A two-disc set, it's available only at Best Buy.

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NIRVANA Unplugged in New York
Fourteen years later, this performance, filmed just five months before Kurt Cobain's suicide, still gives us chills. Featured is the complete, unedited show, plus revealing rehearsal footage and interviews.

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RICKY MARTIN Live: Black and White Tour
Martin is the kind of performer who is meant to be seen live, when he really comes to life. At this concert in his native Puerto Rico, he's at his best shaking what his mami gave him.

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A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS 20th Anniversary Music Video Collection
Still spreading the spirit of giving, this series benefiting the Special Olympics unreels clips like Run-DMC's classic "Christmas in Hollis."

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CONCERT FOR DIANA On what would have been Princess Di's 46th birthday, rock royalty—like her favorite band, Duran Duran—gathered to salute Diana in this memorable event. Also included are moving testimonials from people she touched.

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SHAKIRA Oral Fixation Tour
Whether she's a guitar-wielding rocker on "Don't Bother" or a sensitive balladeer on "Underneath Your Clothes," Shakira will have you hooked with more than her midsection on this exciting concert DVD. Also includes a bonus CD with live versions of songs like "La Pared."

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Beyoncé Knowles The Beyoncé Experience Live
The elaborate production gets a bit overblown at times, but in this concert filmed in L.A. last September, the tireless diva is a veritable force of nature on high-energy numbers such as "Crazy in Love" and "Déjà Vu."

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AMY WINEHOUSE I Told You I Was Trouble: Amy Winehouse Live in London
Absentmindedly playing with her hair, Winehouse sometimes seems to be going through the motions in front of her native fans. But her taxi-driving dad perks things up in the insightful documentary that is also included.

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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE FutureSex/LoveShow: Live from Madison Square Garden
This double DVD (a Best Buy exclusive) is a total Justinfest: Disc 1 features the killer concert from last August, while Disc 2 packs on extras (such as song commentary from JT) for the diehards.

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