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This Week in Music Releases – July 30, 2013

This week’s musical offerings feature a boy band, social activists, and a controversial R&B artist, among others.

Here are the week’s most interesting releases:

Blurred Lines, by soulful R&B singer-songwriter (and Mr. Paula Patton!) Robin Thicke hits the shelves on the 30th. The song’s title single, released earlier this year, has caused quite the stir for its portrayal of questionable consent – well, that and for the hardly-clad supermodels in Thicke’s video for the song.

Heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch is releasing the first part of a highly-anticipated dual-album release this week. The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 1 will be followed by Volume II later in the year. The Deluxe Edition of the album contains a second, live CD.

Backstreet Boys Tour

We’re still not sure if Backstreet’s Back or if they’ve Never Gone, but the Backstreet Boys are releasing their eighth studio album, In a World Like This, this week.  What’s more, original member Kevin Richardson – absent from the band since 2006 – has rejoined his fellow BSBers for this latest release.  All right!

On a more indie note, Bonnaroo regulars Michael Franti and the Spearheads have a new album being released this week as well, titled All People. This is the eighth album from the jazz/hip-hop/folk/reggae band, which is fronted by poet and social activist Franti.

Happy listening!

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