Last week, July got a bit of a spark with pop-punk band 5 Seconds of Summer releasing their highly anticipated, self-titled debut.  Midwest rapper Common would also drop his tenth album, Nobody’s Smiling. 

This week, there seems to be no sure-fire bet like 5 Seconds of Summer, but there are some veteran artists leading the charge for the new releases.  Those include Eric Clapton, Tom Petty (& The Heartbreakers of course), and the late, great James Brown. Here are five new albums to check out this week. 


1) Eric Clapton & Friends, The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale, (Bushbranch / Surfdog)

Eric Clapton’s latest album, …The Breeze, covers 16 of the late, great JJ Cale’s classics.  The Breeze follows up Clapton’s 2013 album, Old Sock, which debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200.  The ‘friends’ featured on Eric Clapton’s latest album include Tom Petty, John Mayer, and Willie Nelson. 

2) Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye (Warner Bros)

Hypnotic Eye marks Tom Petty’s first new album in four years, following 2010 LP, Mojo.  Mojo debuted respectably at #2 on the Billboard 200, selling 125,000 copies. “American Dream Plan B” serves as the promo single for Hypnotic Eye.

3) James Brown, Get On Up – The James Brown Story: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (UMe)

Ahead of the highly anticipated James Brown biopic Get On Up, a soundtrack including some of Brown’s most famous and popular songs arrives.  The soundtrack includes notable hits such as “I Got You (I Feel Good), “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” and “Say It Loud – I Black And I’m Proud.” 


4) Beck/Various Artists, Song Reader (Capitol)

Beck’s 20-song Song Reader project features performances from Fun, Jack White, and Norah Jones among others.  All songs on Song Reader were composed by Beck. Song Reader, the book of music, is available for purchase via Beck’s store. 


5) Theory of a Deadman, Savages (Roadrunner)

Canadian band Theory of a Deadman drop their fifth studio album, Savages, led by single “Drown.” Savages arrives three years after The Truth Is… bowed at #8 on the Billboard 200 in 2011.  The Truth Is… gave Theory of a Deadman their first top ten album on the Billboard 200.  Can Savages match that feat?