: Instead of manning up and delivering a third album worthy of his first two, 50 came with
, a lumbering assemblage of by-the-book thuggery. It was deservedly pistol-whipped by Kanye West in their hyped-up sales competition.
: The revered singer-songwriter followed Paul McCartney to Starbucks' Hear Music label, with her first album of new songs in nine years. The shine wore off
before the first latte was through, however, as its stiff, jazzy songs played like one pedantic screed after the next.