June 2nd, 2009
08:42 AM ET

New albums in stores this week

New albums from Dave Matthews, 311, Neil Young, Vanessa Williams, Jeff Buckley and Iggy Pop are in stores this week. Matthew's CD, "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King," honors the band's saxophone player who recently passed away. "Uplifter" is 311's first CD in four years.

Neil Young finally releases his box set, containing 116 tracks, and "Ugly Betty" star Vanessa Williams produces her 13th album called "The Real Thing."

CNN's Denise Quan has more in this week's Soundcheck:


Filed under: Music
June 2nd, 2009
08:16 AM ET

Natalie Portman returns to royalty

Actress Natalie Portman is preparing to re-enter the world of expensive jewelry and servants for her upcoming film "Your Highness." The fantasy comedy co-stars Danny McBride and James Franco.

Pearl Jam is teaming up with superstore Target instead of a record label to sell their next album in the fall. The band also hopes to create a relationship with an online retailer, a gaming company and a mobile team. Plus Def Leppard is asking fans to upload videos of themselves rocking out. Find out why in today's buzz with CNN's Douglas Hyde:


Filed under: Celebrities • movies • Music
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