With Thanksgiving only a couple of days away, seems like a good decision on the part of the music industry to keep this a light week for album releases. With the exception of a couple of biggies, finding ten noteworthy albums to share with our readers today wasn’t the easiest task, but I think the final result boasts some great new music for all tastes. Check out the list below and let me know in the comments what I overlooked.

Various Artists – Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa

One of the benefits to a light week of new album releases is that it forces music discovery junkies such as yours truly to dig a little deeper for albums to share with our readers. And what happens when you dig deep? You find gems (and sometimes, undiscovered aquifers). One such gem that I might not have noticed otherwise is this new release from Artists Project Earth. The album features a wide variety of big name artists (Coldplay, Beyoncé, Eminem, Mumford & Sons, Bruno Mars, Fleet Foxes, etc.) collaborating with African musicians on exclusive African mixes of contemporary hits. The best part? Funds raised from this campaign will support organizations working throughout Africa to mitigate the impacts of climate change and drought. I’m so excited about this release, I’m going to make it extra easy for you to check it out by including a helpful little buy now link.

Coldplay – LIVE 2012 (CD/DVD)

Speaking of Coldplay, the Brit alt-rockers will be releasing a live CD/DVD today, their first such effort in 9 years. A wise man once said that hating Coldplay was like kicking a really rich puppy, and I can’t disagree. Sure, the band may not be everyone’s cup of tea (Brit reference – check), but the group donates a ton of money to charity, produces catchy (if a bit bland for my taste) pop songs, and just overall seem like nice guys. Can’t hate on the Coldplay.

Rihanna – Unapologetic

And by far the biggest release of the day comes courtesy of Barbadian beauty Rihanna. Not sure what the heck she’s thinking with this renewed friendship with Chris Brown, but hey, she’s a big girl, and her personal life is obviously not detracting from her career ambitions — this new album comes only a year after her last full-length release (Talk That Talk) and was executively produced by Rihanna herself.

Read on for the best of the rest new album releases below!

Elbow – Dead In The Boot (b-sides)

The Faint – Danse Macabre Deluxe Edition (physical)

Kate Earl – Stronger

Bad Brains – Into the Future

Crown the Empire – The Fallout

O.A.R. – Live on Red Rocks (CD/DVD)

Porcupine Tree – Octane Twisted (live)