It’s here, ladies and gentlemen. The anticipation has been building up since the beginning of the year, and now Lady Gaga’s Born This Way is available for you to take home. The music industry has been so hot to get this album out that they’ve pushed all releases for the week (which would normally be on Tuesday May 24th) to Monday the 23rd. Yup, folks, you can begin your work week with Stefani Germanotta and all of her dance-pop anthemry (yes, I know that’s not a word.)

Thankfully for those who are not fans of the Gaga, she doesn’t have the only album coming out this week. Country superstar Brad Paisley is an ace songwriter, a killer guitarist, and he’s got a sense of humor that many of his contemporaries are missing. This is Country Music is the name of his latest album, and although I’m not the world’s most diehard C&W fan, I’ll certainly be checking this album out.

This weekend, I watched an episode of “Glee” for the first time in a year. Strangely, it wasn’t as bad as I remembered it being when I abandoned it. So, the fact that yet another Glee Cast album is out today is being met with a significantly less bilious response from me than usual. I could theoretically take that extra bile and apply it to the NKOTBSB album coming out today (which only features two new songs, I believe), but fans of both boy bands are gonna buy this no matter what (even though the New Kids have been compiled into oblivion and this is also the BSB’s third hits compilation.)

She Wants Revenge return to record store shelves after a lengthy absence with their latest album, Valleyheart. Expect an album review tomorrow, as well as an interview with the band’s Justin Warfield in the near future. If you’re a Wal-Mart customer, you also get the chance to pick up the latest Journey album. Eclipse is the title, and it once again features vocals by Steve Perry soundalike Arnel Pineda. The last Journey/Walmart exclusive did surprisingly well, so no surprise that the rockers will be going back to the well.

Other releases this week include a fresh pile of albums in Universal Music’s Icon hits series, including entries from New Edition (another unnecessarily compiled group), Kelly Price and the Gin Blossoms. Indie rockers Art Brut have a new one out today, and the King of Indie Rockers, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, is in the house on the solo tip. Demolished Thoughts is the name of his album, and it was produced by the one and only Beck Hansen, who really needs to put an album of his own out.

As always, make sure you check out Pause and Play for a full listing of new releases!

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