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Global bachata icon Prince Royce is set to release his seventh studio album titled "Llamada Perdida" - a two-year creative journey that promises to be his most personal and uplifting release yet. The album is a celebration of overcoming obstacles, particularly in love, and represents the end of a chapter in life and embracing the excitement of a fresh start. "Llamada Perdida" takes a positive approach to heartbreak and its aftermath. The bachata album features 23 tracks, some of which include classical instrumentation like violins as a nod to his early days. 

Fans can expect to hear Prince Royce's signature sound while also experiencing a new and elevated level of artistry on "Llamada Perdida”.  The album is a testament to Royce's growth as an artist, with more mature lyrics and a more self-confident sound. The songs are strewn together via voicemail messages, serving as interludes to certain tracks.

Prince Royce - Llamada Perdida
$11.96
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Known as the biggest K-Pop girl group in the world, TWICE is back with a new album titled With YOU-th which tells the members' tight sisterhood and unbreakable bond, providing a glimpse into their radiant youth together. Includes hit song “I GOT YOU.” Contents of the album include a CD, Cover, Photobook, Envelope, 3-Cut Photo (random 1 of 3), Photocard (random 5 of 45), Film Photocard (random 1 of 9), Letter Poster (random 1 of 9), Sticker, Poster and Photocard Set. Dimensions: 210 x 150 x 9 mm.
TWICE - With YOU-th [Blast ver.]
$30.98
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The Rose

DUAL [Red LP]

Vinyl: $29.98 UNAVAILABLE

"DUAL" serves as the second full-length album by the Korean alt-pop band, The Rose. Building upon the emotionally candid and vulnerable journey showcased in their previous release, "HEAL," this latest work is a window into the band's liberating exploration of the personal concept of 'balance.' By seamlessly merging the realms of light and dark, TheRose weave together emotions and sounds that capture the dualistic essence inherent in their music. Throughout the album, the theme of duality is defined by a tracklist showing the opposition of 'Dawn' and 'Dusk'—a testament to the album's thematic 'DUAL spectrum.' Prior to the album's official launch, The Rose will release two sets of singles, curated to represent the spirit of 'DAWN' and 'DUSK' and welcoming their ‘Black Rose’ community into this personal era of balance.  

The Rose - DUAL [Red LP]
$29.98
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TWS - TWS 1st Mini Album 'Sparkling Blue' (Lucky Ver.) - K-Pop CD

New K-Pop Boy Group out of PLEDIS Entertainment has officially debuted! TWS (24/7:WITH:US) is here with their first mini album titled `Sparkling Blue' - available in 2 versions: Sparkling and Lucky. Consisting of 6 members, the concept of TWS is sparkling, non-toxic and friendly with refreshing and catchy music. Contents include: CD, Outbox, Photo Book (120 pgs), 2 Stickers, Polaroid, Name Tag, Photo Card (random 1 of 6). US/EU Retail Exclusive: Group Postcard.

TWS - TWS 1st Mini Album 'Sparkling Blue' [Lucky Ver.]
$25.98
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"This edition of Original Sufferhead is a major event. With the release of box set #5, and now on this reissue, the title track of this magnificent album is presented in its full-length, 25 minutes 24 seconds glory. While preparing the master disc for the box set, our engineer Jedi, Colin Young, discovered four minutes of “lost” material on the B-side of the original pressing, including a superb keyboard solo by Fela. This had been omitted from subsequent reissues. The restored version used here starts and finishes with Fela’s keyboard work, a typically venturesome blend of futurism and visceralism.


Original Sufferhead was the first album Fela released under Egypt 80’s name (he had disbanded Afrika 70 in 1979).

On the title track, arguing from the personal to the political, Fela describes the inhuman treatment and poor living conditions experienced by working class Nigerians, the people he called sufferheads. In “Power Show,” Fela sings about the two-tier system dividing Nigerian society, in which the rich get treated one way and the poor another. This edition is pressed on ewuro (opaque light green) vinyl."

Fela Kuti - Original Sufferhead [Opaque Light Green LP]
$29.98
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Overtake Don Overtake Overtake was the penultimate album of newly recorded studio material released by Fela before he passed in 1997. Like its immediate predecessor, Beasts Of No Nation (also 1989), and its follow-up, Underground System (1992), the album finds Fela continuing to campaign for human rights and social change despite the relentless beatings, jailings and general harassment he had received from successive military regimes since the start of the 1970s. This edition is pressed on alawọ ewe(transparent green) vinyl.
Fela Kuti - O.D.O.O. (Overtake Don Overtake Overtake) [Transparent Green LP]
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"Fela used the cover of Ikoyi Blindness to announce his change of middle name from Ransome, which he now considered a slave name, to Anikulapo, which means “he who carries death in his pouch.” The front cover shows Ransome crossed out and Anikulapo added above it. Fela also used the album cover to announce the Africanisation of Africa 70’s name, changing it to Afrika 70.

In the title track, Fela draws attention to the economic chasm separating the haves and have-nots of Nigerian society, contrasting the get-rich-at-all-costs mindset of the residents of the prosperous Lagos suburb Ikoyi with the more community-minded attitude of the poor inhabitants of the Mushin, Maroko, Ajegunle and Somolu neighbourhoods. Ikoyi residents are blind to the sufferings of less fortunate people, says Fela.

Fela returns to the topic on the second track, “Gba Mi Leti Ki N’Dolowo (Slap Me Make I Get Money).” In Lagos in 1975 and 1976, there had been an upsurge in police and military personnel assaults on people in the street; motorists were commonly pulled out of their vehicles and given a whipping for minor traffic offences. Scandalously, the police and soldiers were being allowed to get away with corruption in broad daylight. In the lyric, Fela demands that the judiciary administer the law equally, without fear or favour. This edition is pressed on iresi(opaque white) vinyl."

Fela Kuti - Ikoyi Blindness [White LP]
$29.98
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Tri colored Vinyl (Red, Gold, Green). Junior Marvin is widely recognized as an all-time great reggae musician and Musical Director and guitarist of Bob Marley's iconic band, The Wailers. Junior's new album, Happy Family, will be released 2/16/24 and will coincide with the theatrical release of One Love, the Bob Marley Paramount biopic feature film on 2/14/24. In the film, the role of Junior is played by his real-life son, Davo, who is also a musical artist. The first single from Happy Family will be Junior's new recording of "One Love". Junior Marvin was born in Jamaica and grew up in London and met the late Tuff Gong icon on Valentine's Day in 1977 (ironically the same day the film will be released) who touted him as the "young Jimi Hendrix of London". Marley immediately asked Junior to join his band as lead guitarist and became one of Marley's closest friends up until his death. Junior's guitar playing was a huge influence on Marley, and his musicianship can be clearly heard on such seminal Marley tracks as "Could You Be Loved" (which Junior originally wrote and gave to Marley), "Waiting in Vain, " "Buffalo Soldier, " "The Heathen", "One Love" and "Jamming".
Junior Marvin - Happy Family [Red, Gold & Green LP]
$24.98
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J-Pop sensation Travis Japan share debut album Road To A. The album’s title is a creation of the members themselves. “A” stands for “Authenticity”, capturing Travis Japan’s dedication to delivering the genuine essence of entertainment signifying their commitment to delivering authentic and trustworthy entertainment. The album includes singles “JUST DANCE” AND “LEVEL UP.” Limited Edition 2 CD includes bonus disc with 8 additional tracks.
Travis Japan - Road To A [Limited Edition J] [2 CD]
$29.99
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NCT 127 Winter special single ‘Be There For Me’ comprises a total of 3 songs, including the title track of the same name, ‘Home Alone’, and ‘White Lie’. 127 STEREO Ver. is available in 2 versions: A Side and B Side. 127 STEREO Ver. includes a *Photobook(72p), *CD, *Polaroid, *Post Stamp, *Postcard *Sticker and *Photocard. (*Assets unique to each version).
NCT 127 - Winter Special Single ‘Be There For Me’ [127 STEREO Ver.]
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For the first time ever, BTS’ highly successful mini album Love Yourself 轉 'Tear' is now available on vinyl! Featuring the group’s hit songs “FAKE LOVE” and “The Truth Untold (feat. Steve Aoki),” Love Yourself 轉 'Tear' landed on the top of the charts across the globe upon its original release in 2018. Contents of this vinyl album package include a 12” Vinyl, Outer Sleeve, Booklet, Hologram Photo Card Set (incl. 7ea), Post Card and Sticker Set (incl. 2ea). Product Dimensions: 316 x 316 x 6 mm.

BTS - LOVE YOURSELF : 'Tear' [LP]
$49.99
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NMIXX - Fe3O4: BREAK (Mixx Blood Version) - K-Pop CD

Known as one of the most talked-about 4th generation K-Pop girl group debuts, NMIXX (LILY, HAEWON, SULLYOON, BAE, JIWOO & KYUJIN) have completed their global showcase tour and are back with their 2nd mini album Fe3O4: BREAK, which includes pre-release single "Soñar (Breaker)." Available in 2 versions: Square One Version and Mixx Blood Version; contents include: CD, Photo Book, Photo Book Cover (random 1 of 6), Photo Card (random 2 of 12), Postcard (random 1 of 6), Poster (random 1 of 4).

NMIXX - Fe304: BREAK [Mixx Blood Version]
$19.98
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ITZY is back and ready to make a statement with their latest album BORN TO BE, which will be available in three versions: Version A, Version B and Version C. Contents of the album include: CD, Photobook (60 pages), Photo Card (random 2 of 16), Lyric Book (24 pages), Mini-Folding Poster (random 1 of 4), Eyes Photo Card (random 1 of 4), Mood Film (random 1 of 4), Post Card (random 1 of 4), Poster (random 1 of 2). Dimensions: 210 x 150 x 5 mm.

ITZY - BORN TO BE [Version A]
$30.98
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RSD Essential 059 - 40th Anniversary Pressing - Arriving in 1984, Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt was recorded at Channel One and mixed by Sylvan Morris at Harry J Studio. Produced by the legendary Henry "Junjo" Lawes. There wasn't a weak number on this ten-song set and all backed by blistering riddims from the Roots Radics. The album's title track was a huge Jamaican and global hit.
Yellowman - Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt [RSD Essential Lemonade LP]
$32.99
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Keith Hudson

Pick A Dub [RSD Essential Black Ice 2LP]

Vinyl: $44.99 UNAVAILABLE

MP3 Album: $11.49 Download

RSD Essential 058 - 50th Anniversary Pressing - This deluxe reissue includes a second album with 8 bonus tracks – ‘Pick A Vocal’. The original 1974 release of Keith Hudson's 'Pick A Dub' showcased the enduring strength and pivotal importance of the development of reggae music. Keith Hudson's complete mastery of the genre and the unqualified praise that followed its release was fully justified. The album's austere sonic qualities are awe inspiring, the superb rhythms are given full rein, unencumbered by extra effects and studio trickery. ‘Pick A Dub’ is as mesmerizing now as it was fifty years ago.
Keith Hudson - Pick A Dub [RSD Essential Black Ice 2LP]
$44.99
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Breaking records and charts as one of the biggest K-Pop artists around the world, Jimin of BTS is back with an Opaque White Vinyl of his solo album FACE. Contents of the package include an Opaque White Vinyl, Jacket, Photo Book (20 pages), Photo Book Envelope, Postcard and 2 Photo Cards. Dimensions: 316 x H 316 x 5 mm.
Jimin (BTS) - FACE [Opaque White LP]
$49.99
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Ive

I've Mine

CD: $25.98 Buy

An irreplaceable icon of K-pop, IVE, announces their return that is expected to be the peak of perfection. With expressions and performances that exude confidence and music that reflects a strong sense of identity, IVE will show a captivating transformation in their new album. There is no wavering when it comes to expressing oneself and through this message, IVE’s trajectory is becoming increasingly clear.   

IVE’s first mini album <I’VE MINE>, seamlessly navigates between their signature unique style and a bold new transformation. IVE’s new image is impressive in that it goes beyond music and evokes a broader theme. Their message of self-assurance remains constant, but their new change is sure to exceed everyone’s expectations.

Triple Title Tracks – IVE’s Endless Transformation

Through this album, IVE expresses a diverse range of images of oneself from varying perspectives. The three title tracks, ‘Either Way’ from the perspective of others, ‘Off The Record’ what we discover in each other and ‘Baddie’ finding another version of ourselves, all express an infinitely expanding message. The diverse ways of expression include showing curiosity from a young girl’s perspective and touching upon sensitive emotions to evoke empathy. The concepts of the three songs match the mood and style of each individual track and give a range of styles for listeners to enjoy.

The pre-release single, ‘Either Way’ is about oneself that is not free from the gaze of others. Beginning with dreamy synths, the track creates a lyrical atmosphere that blends seamlessly with the members’ emotional vocals to draw out the listener’s empathy. The lyrics “Let’s find the real me amidst the misunderstandings created by countless other people’s gazes” written by singer-songwriter Sunwoojunga, depict the irony and our experiences in modern society.

Another pre-release single, ‘Off The Record’ expresses IVE’s approach to love in a more familiar way. Written by Seo Ji Eum, who has been with IVE since the beginning of their career, ‘Off The Record’ portrays the stories of young girls who are curious about love during a deep, sleepless night. The track combines the colorful voices of the members over a rhythmic beat, evoking vivid emotions like a scene from a musical film. The song illustrates IVE’s secretive late night conversation, highlighting the curiosity and daring imagination that can only be felt before becoming adults.

The final title track, ‘Baddie’, defies all expectations. While delivering a message of self-assurance that is the core of IVE’s identity, it presents a completely different version of oneself that showcases a bold and cool IVE with a darker charm. With lyrics written by BIG Naughty, the song features a powerful trap beat and unique electric bass sound that makes the track simple yet full of sound. The addictive hook and powerful rap are more than enough for listeners to experience the unique charm of IVE that has never been seen before. 

IVE’s first mini album <I’VE MINE>, maintains the group’s distinctive style while showcasing unpredictable and endless new transformations. The overarching message remains constant: a narrative about the inherent charm in showing one’s real ‘self’ and not hesitating to directly speak up about honest emotions. Characterized by their confidence and style that resonates with everyone, IVE will continue to captivate audiences with their enduring stylishness. 

Ive - I've Mine
$25.98
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After reaching a milestone with their Top 5 album on the Billboard 200, ENHYPEN members JUNGWON, HEESEUNG, JAY, JAKE, SUNGHOON, SUNOO and NI-KI are back with a new album titled ORANGE BLOOD to continue their story. Now available in the ENGENE Ver. with each version specific to each member. Contents of the album include CD, Photobook (random 1 of 7), Message Card, Photo Card A, Photo Card B (random 1 of 7), Postcard, Photo Sticker and Drawing Sticker. Dimensions: 182 x 132 x 11 mm.
ENHYPEN - ORANGE BLOOD [ENGENE Ver.]
$20.98
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&TEAM’s first full album, First Howling : NOW will feature new songs as well as the songs which have been previously released in First Howling : ME and Howling : WE. The Limited Edition A (CD+Book) includes a 56-page photobook, 40-page lyric book, mini-poster, postcard, and photocard A (1 of 9 types / randomly enclosed).

&TEAM - First Howling : NOW [Limited Edition A] [CD+Book]
$32.98
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Crowned as the winners of the 2023 MTV VMAs Best K-Pop, Stray Kids are back with a brand-new album titled ROCK-STAR, now available in a LIMITED STAR VER. Contents of the album include: CD, Photo Book, Photo Card (random 1 of 16), Unit Photo Card (random 1 of 4), Panorama Mini Poster (random 1 of 3), Sticker, Folded Poster, Film Photo Cards Set (random 1 of 2), Special Mini Poster (random 1 of 8) & 4-Cut Photo. US/EU Retail Exclusive: Postcard. Dimensions: 164 x 224 x 5 mm.
Stray Kids - ROCK-STAR [LIMITED STAR VER.]
$30.98
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NCT continues its brilliant performance on their 4th album 'Golden Age'. Get a taste of NCT's diverse combination, transformation, and infinite synergy from the participating 20 members from NCT 127, NCT DREAM, and WayV. *Contents of the album include a 224p-Photobook, Bookmark (Random 1 of 20), Sticker (Random 1 of 4), Year Book Card (Random 1 of 20), Printed Polaroid (Random 1 of 20) and Photocard (Random 1 of 20).
NCT 2023 - The 4th Album 'Golden Age' [Archiving Ver.]
$20.98
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There are times when an artist transcends the form. When the spirit of music goes beyond embodying sound. 1987 saw the release of Linda Ronstadt's groundbreaking love letter to her family soul and lifeblood - Canciones de mi Padre.


Selling over 10 million copies and celebrated by music lovers across the globe, and here at home by both Grammy's and the Library of Congress, Linda Ronstadt brought the most beautiful and timeless Spanish melodies back into homes in a loving reunion as well as coloring new rooms where these songs, bright as the day, suddenly rang out.


New connections celebrating beauty, language, and roots. Even today - especially today - the sound of Canciones de mi Padre links the then to the now and onward.

Linda Ronstadt - Canciones de mi Padre [2023 Reissue LP]
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Mañana Será Bonito (Spanish for Tomorrow Will Be Pretty) is the fourth studio album by Colombian singer Karol G.
Karol G - MAÑANA SERÁ BONITO: BICHOTA SEASON
$13.99
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Buju Banton's new album, Born For Greatness, features the singles “HIGH LIFE (with Snoop Dogg),” BODY TOUCHING BODY (with Victoria Monet),” and more roots/dancehall reggae songs to experience. Available on Gold 2 LP.

Buju Banton - Born For Greatness [Gold 2 LP]
$34.98
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NCT DREAM The 3rd album ‘ISTJ' includes 10 songs of various genres, and seeing the light of day after a year and two months, will charm their fans all over the world with its more than ever mature and refreshing vibe that is well-suited for the summer.
Contents of the album include a Booklet (Random out of Introvert / Extrovert ver.), CD, Printed Photo (Introvert ver.) or Polaroid Card (Extrovert ver.) (Random out of 7 each), Folded poster, Photocard (random out of 7), and Special poster.
This version contains an additional US-exclusive Postcard (Matching cover).

NCT Dream - The 3rd Album 'ISTJ' [Photobook ver.]
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Awarded as the Billboard’s Breakthrough Artist and having completed a stadium world tour as a part of leading K- Pop girl group TWICE, JIHYO is ready to shine with her solo debut album titled ZONE. Contents of the album include a CD, Cover, Photo Book, Photo Card (random 2 of 12), Message Post Card (random 1 of 3), Interview Minibook (random 1 of 3), Bookmark (random 1 of 3), Lyrics Sticker Pack (10 stickers), Folded Poster (random 1 of 3), Photo Film and Poster. Dimensions: 217 x 158 x 13.5 mm.
JIHYO (TWICE) - ZONE [O Ver.]
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J-hope / Jack In The Box (HOPE Edition) - j-hope of BTS is officially releasing his debut solo release Jack in The Box in a CD version titled HOPE Edition. This new release features 5 additional tracks: Equal Sign (Lollapalooza ver.), STOP (Lollapalooza ver.), Future (Lollapalooza ver.), MORE (Instrumental), Arson (Instrumental). Contents include CD (random 1 of 2), Outbox, Photo Book, Lyric Book, Photo Cards (random 2 of 4), Posters (random 1 of 2), Paper Toy & Paper Toy User Guide (random 1 of 2), Sticker Packs.
j-hope (BTS) - Jack In The Box (HOPE Edition)
$23.98
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LE SSERAFIM will be releasing their 2nd Japanese single, UNFORGIVEN. Along with the lead song “UNFORGIVEN – Japanese ver.” The single will also feature the Japanese version of “ANTIFRAGILE” and one Japanese original track.

Limited Edition A Packaging: The Limited Edition A (CD + Photobook) includes a slipcase, a 32-page photo booklet, 1 selfie photocard (randomly enclosed out of 5) and an 8-page lyric booklet.

LE SSERAFIM - UNFORGIVEN [Limited Edition A] [CD+Photobook]
$14.98
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Intro version. 2023 release, Opening season 2 of SMCU's Aespa includes 'Welcome To MY World,' a pre-release song as an invitation to Aespa's world of music and 'Spicy,' the title piece with feelings of freedom and youthfulness truly stand out. Various emotions and musical tones unique to the group were incorporated into the songs of genres ranging from powerful dances to sweet R&B and ballads. Having returned from the virtual world, members of Aespa plan on showcasing their unfathomable talents and charms to audiences of the REAL WORLD. Product Details: [INTRO VERSION]: Size: 176*250*6 mm, 72 pages, Dust Jacket: 1ea (Random out of 4), Booklet: 1 version, 1ea Photo Card (Random out of 4), 1ea English Lyric Paper, 1ea Folding Poster (Random out of 4)
Aespa - MY WORLD - The 3rd Mini Album - INTRO Ver.
$24.98
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TOMORROW X TOGETHER release their 2nd full-length album in Japanese, SWEET. The album contains 12 tracks, including a Japanese version of “Sugar Rush Ride,” other Japanese versions of the group’s Korean hits and Japanese original songs, plus a new song. The Limited A CD+Photobook contains a 48pg photobook, 16pg lyric booklet, and 1 unit selfie photo card [Limited A Ver.] (1 of 5 types, randomly enclosed).

 

TOMORROW X TOGETHER - SWEET [Limited Edition A] [CD+Photobook]
$26.98
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ENHYPEN - DARK BLOOD (ENGENE Version)

After their successful world tour and first Top 10 album on the Billboard 200, ENHYPEN members JUNGWON, HEESEUNG, JAY, JAKE, SUNGHOON, SUNOO, and NI-KI are back with a brand-new album DARK BLOOD in the ENGENE ver. Available in 7 versions for each member. Contents of the album include CD, Cover, Photo Book, Photo Card (random 1 of 2), Concept Photo Card (random 1 of 7), Sticker and Post Card. Dimensions: 183 x 130 x 13 mm. Online orders ship via random selection.

ENHYPEN - DARK BLOOD [ENGENE Ver.]
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Known as one of the few K-Pop groups with outstanding self-composed skills and unique concepts, (G)I-DLE is back with a new album, I feel. This release is available in 3 versions: Cat, Butterfly & Queen. Contents: CD, Booklet, Lyrics, Photocard (random 1 of 5), Polaroid Postcard (random 1 of 5), ID Card (random 1 of 5), Sticker (random 1 of 5) and Mini Poster (random 1 of 5). Dimensions: 160 x 200 x 18 mm (Cat Ver.).

(G)I-DLE - I feel [Cat Ver.]
$29.98
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LE SSERAFIM is back with a new album titled UNFORGIVEN and available in a COMPACT Version. LE SSERAFIM members SAKURA, KIM CHAEWON, HUH YUNJIN, KAZUHA & HONG EUNCHAE recently debuted at #14 on the Billboard 200 with their album ANTIFRAGILE and have now released their 1st Studio Album. COMPACT ver is available in 5 versions. Contents of the album include CD, Outer Box, Booklet (16 pages), Photocard, Postcard and Lyric Poster. Dimensions: 142 x 141 x 13 mm. Online orders ship via random selection.

LE SSERAFIM - 1st Studio Album ‘UNFORGIVEN’ [COMPACT ver.]
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Agust D, commonly known as SUGA of global K-Pop group BTS, has arrived with his first full solo album titled ‘D-DAY.’ Already an established rapper, writer and composer, Agust D releases his long-awaited solo album ahead of his sold-out world tour. This release is available in two versions and contains a CD, CD Plate, Outer Sleeve, Photo Book, Lyric Book, Scanimation Postcard, Graphic Sticker, Post Card, 2 Photo Cards (1 + random 1 of 2) and Poster. Dimensions: 140 x 220 x 28 mm.

Agust D (SUGA of BTS) - D-DAY [VERSION 01]
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Landing in the Top 10 on IFPI's Global Artists Chart in 2022, SEVENTEEN is back as a full group with their 10th Mini Album titled FML. This new mini album will be available in 3 versions and contents include a CD, Outbox, Photo Book (88 pg), Lyric Book (12 pg), Photo Card (random 2 out of 26) and Sticker (random 1 of 13). Additionally, only available for first press are Bookmark (random 1 of 13) and Folded Poster. NA Retail Exclusive: Postcard (random 1 of 3). Dimensions: 165 x 165 x 25 mm.

SEVENTEEN - SEVENTEEN 10th Mini Album 'FML' [Fallen, Misfit, Lost]
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"Some people have commented that Tinariwen have always been a country band, albeit a North African take on that most North American of genres. That idea is magnified on new album Amatssou, which finds the Tuareg band’s trademark snaking guitar lines and hypnotic rhythms blending seamlessly with pedal steel, piano and strings from guest musicians including Daniel Lanois, the embellished arrangements lending the songs an epic, universal application.

Full of poetic allegory, the lyrics call for unity and freedom. There are songs of struggle and resistance with oblique references to the recent desperate political upheavals in Mali and the increasing power of the Salafists. “Dear brothers all rest, all leisure will always be far from reach unless your homeland is liberated and all the elders can live there in dignity,” Ibrahim Ag Alhabib sings on ‘Arajghiyine.’ The album’s title Amatssou is Tamashek for ‘Beyond The Fear’ and it fits - Tinariwen have always been characterised by their fearlessness - and as Bob Dylan once said, the power of rock’n’roll is that it makes us “oblivious to the fear” as the music gives us the strength and resilience to confront adversity.

In the two decades since Tinariwen emerged from their base in the African desert to tour the globe, they have got to know many renowned country, folk, and rock musicians from the USA including Kurt Vile, Stephen O'Malley, Jack White, and Wilco. Tuareg nomads and cowboy drifters. Camel trains and mustang horses. The timeless horizon of the endless Sahara and the wild frontier of the Old West - several thousand miles of ocean may divide the desert blues of Tinariwen and the authentic country music of rural America but the links are as palpable as they are romantic."

Tinariwen - Amatssou [Limited Edition White LP]
$29.99

        
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