Rosalyn Story pens a sweeping tale of a jazz trumpeter’s search for his lost father in Wading Home, (Agate, $15). Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, Story takes you a memorable roller coaster of heartache and pain in this emotional tale set against the backdrop of the devastation of one of our nation’s deadliest storms..

Sean “Diddy” Combs is a force of nature. Since the early ’90s, he’s chanted “I won’t stop” and he, umm…hasn’t. Now, he’s back this month with his sixth studio album, the much-hyped Last Train to Paris, which he recorded with his group Dirty Money (with singer/songwriters Kaleena Harper and ex-Danity Kane member Dawn Richards).

“I am not the typical new artist,” declares Nicki Minaj, hip-hop’s newest feminine force. With her popular song “Your Love,” she became the first female artist to top Billboard’s Rap Songs Chart in almost a decade. However, in her eyes, her debut album Pink Friday is not her first. “People have seen me for the last three years. I feel like [it’s] my third album.”


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