The Hot Sheet
BY Advocate.com Editors
December 10 2010 8:00 AM ET
ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits (Special Edition), ABBA — Mamma mia, here we go again. But my, my, how can you resist this new deluxe package celebrating Sweden’s biggest pop sensation? All newly remastered, the 19 classics of the ABBA Gold CD are now married to a DVD of the accompanying videos, which were mostly directed by Lasse Hallström of What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and Chocolat fame. Bonus features include a rare cartoon version of “Money, Money, Money.”
“A Little Respect,” Erasure — In response to gay bullying and related suicides, the British synth-pop icons have released an inspiring new version of their top 5 1988 hit — and gay anthem — “A Little Respect,” recorded with youth chorus students from the Harvey Milk School. Proceeds from the single benefit Hetrick-Martin Institute and True Colors Fund. A new video (below) for the song features out lead singer Andy Bell, plus cameos by Michael Musto and Bebe Zahara Benet.
Michael, Michael Jackson — Are they really his vocals? Is the release of unfinished material disrespectful to his memory? Will you still buy this first posthumous album of new songs? Highlights include first single “Hold My Hand,” a duet with Akon about friendship and unity written with Whitney Houston in mind, and two tracks penned during the Thriller era. Overlook 50 Cent’s cameo and groove to Lenny Kravitz on “(I Can’t Make It) Another Day.”