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From American Idol winners to Stanley Clarke to Stevie Nicks and Ne-Yo, there's major news from top artists, music icons, and hot up-and-comers this week.

I Shall Be Released: New Releases and Tours from Caleb Johnson, Kris Allen, Ne-Yo, Sinéad O’Connor, Stevie Nicks, Somi and More

Here’s our Blogcritics roundup of some of the major new music releases and tour announcements we learned about during the past week.

Two American Idol winners have new albums out today. Asheville rocker CALEB JOHNSON‘s Testify “features rock gems and classic ballads with Johnson co-writing more than half the album.” And singer/songwriter KRIS ALLEN‘s Horizon features the single “Prove It To You” featuring Lenachka.

A new jazz-funk album from bass virtuoso and Grammy Award winner STANLEY CLARKE with guests including Stewart Copeland, Chick Corea, Joe Walsh, and Greg Phillinganes comes out Sept. 30.

STEVIE NICKS‘s new solo CD 24 Karat Gold – Songs From The Vault comes out Oct. 7 filled with songs the Fleetwood Mac singer has written between 1969 and 1995 along with Polaroid photos taken by Nicks throughout her career. A special Limited Edition Double Vinyl Album will be released on September 29.

SOMI‘s “New African Jazz and Soul” major label debut The Lagos Music Salon is now out in the U.S. on OKeh Records, debuting at #1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart. COMMON and ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO guest. Stream “When Rivers Cry” at the Wall Street Journal.

NE-YO‘s new album Non-Fiction will come out this fall. The video for the single “Money Can’t Buy” featuring Jeezy is on YouTube now.

SINÉAD O’CONNOR‘s new album I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss is out today.

Riot-grrl pioneers FRIGHTWIG are back on tour featuring three founding members. The video for “War on Women” plus new song “Hear What I Say” will be released Sept. 16 on a vinyl 7″.

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Jon Sobel is a Publisher and Executive Editor of Blogcritics as well as lead editor of the Culture & Society section. As a writer he contributes most often to Culture, where he reviews NYC theater; he also covers interesting music releases. Through Oren Hope Marketing and Copywriting at http://www.orenhope.com/ you can hire him to write or edit whatever marketing or journalistic materials your heart desires. Jon also writes the blog Park Odyssey at http://parkodyssey.blogspot.com/ where he visits every park in New York City. And by night he's a part-time working musician: lead singer, songwriter, and bass player for Whisperado, a member of other bands as well, and a sideman.

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