If you’re in the U.S. and are heading to Target after work for a few household items, you might want to keep an eye out for two recent hit albums, both newly expanded in sets exclusive to the retail chain.
First up, a familiar expansion of last year’s biggest album, 21, by British soul singer Adele. Unless you’ve been living underneath a rock for the past year, you know that the 21-year-old Grammy Award winner for Best New Artist has had a precedent-shattering year with this record. In an age where it’s a surprise if albums go platinum (meaning, of course, a million units shipped), 21 has gone six times platinum, has spent 46 weeks in the Top 5 of the Billboard 200 as of this writing (it’s been out for 47 weeks) and has been the No. 1 album in the country for 16 nonconsecutive weeks, a feat most recently matched by the soundtrack to Titanic in 1997 and 1998. And singles “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You” spent a combined 12 weeks atop Billboard‘s Hot 100.
A Target-exclusive deluxe edition was in fact already released alongside the initial pressing of the album, featuring four live bonus tracks (including a duet of country group Lady Antebellum’s hit “Need You Now” with Darius Rucker, onetime lead singer of Hootie and The Blowfish and now a country star in his own right). But it wasn’t long before copies were impossible to come by; so, with the 54th Grammy Awards fast approaching in February (where Adele and 21 are nominated for six trophies), the store has ordered up a second pressing of the deluxe edition.
But that’s not all! A modern country performer and television star gets expanded with an ’80s twist after the jump.
Target’s also seeing an expansion of Red River Blue, the sixth album by country performer Blake Shelton. Shelton, a longtime star in Nashville, earned points for his charming voice, rugged good looks and crossover sensibility (as evidenced in a great cover of pop crooner Michael Bublé’s “Home” in 2008. The chart-topping Red River Blue, released hot off the release his first proper greatest hits compilation, Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton (2010), featured two country No. 1 singles, “Honey Bee” and “God Gave Me You.”
The new deluxe edition adds only one bonus track – a rip-roaring country cover of Kenny Loggins’ “Footloose” that closed out the remake of the film as released last fall – but it also offers fans a special, nonmusical treat: a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan “Team Blake” – a reference to Shelton’s secondary career as a judge on NBC’s musical competition The Voice alongside Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and Cee Lo Green. (Naturally, The Voice‘s second season premiere is imminent, following the telecast of Super Bowl XLVI on February 5.)
Both packages are out today and can be ordered on Target’s online store as well. Keep reading to find those links and full track lists for each.
Adele, 21: Deluxe Edition (XL Recordings 88697 82734-2, 2011 – reissued 2012)
Disc 1: Original album (released as XL Recordings 88697 44699-2, 2011)
- Rolling in the Deep
- Rumour Has It
- Turning Tables
- Don’t You Remember
- Set Fire to the Rain
- He Won’t Go
- Take It All
- I’ll Be Waiting
- One and Only
- Someone Like You
Disc 2: Bonus disc
- Need You Now (with Darius Rucker) (Live @ the CMT Artist of the Year Awards – December 2010)
- Someone Like You (Live Acoustic)
- Turning Tables (Live Acoustic)
- Don’t You Remember (Live Acoustic)
Blake Shelton, Red River Blue: Deluxe Edition (originally released as Warner Bros. Records 527370-2, 2011)
- Honey Bee
- Ready to Roll
- God Gave Me You
- Get Some
- Drink on It
- Good Ol’ Boys
- I’m Sorry (featuring Martina McBride)
- Sunny in Seattle
- Red River Blue (featuring Miranda Lewis)
- Footloose (from Footloose: Music from the Motion Picture – Atlantic 528899-2, 2011)