Lil Wayne

Rebirth |

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RAP-ROCK

"Papa was a rolling stone/ I was born to rock," spits Lil Wayne while banging heads with Kevin Rudolf and Travis Barker on "One Way Trip." Indeed, Rebirth—the much-delayed follow-up to 2008's Grammy-winning smash Tha Carter III—is, true to hype, Weezy's "rock" album. As such, it finds him singing—with the help of Auto-Tune and other electronic effects—more than rapping. Think T-Pain gene-spliced with Marilyn Manson. Yes, it is as twisted as that sounds, but the disc—arriving as he's set to begin a one-year jail sentence for gun possession—also gives you another vantage point from which to look inside Wayne's strange world.

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Josh Turner

Haywire |

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COUNTRY

Male country voices don't get much sexier than Josh Turner's. With his thick, rich baritone, he can be both tough and tender, leaving your knees weak either way. On his fourth album, Turner's stud appeal makes the frisky hit "Why Don't We Just Dance" sound like foreplay. Elsewhere, he brings real masculinity to his cover of Don Williams's "I Wouldn't Be a Man." Best, though, is his soulful seduction on the ballad "Lovin' You on My Mind."

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>• While Rebirth may be too much of a stretch for some, this posse, led by Lil Wayne and also featuring Drake, is more straight-up hip-hop. We Are Young Money includes the hot hit "Bedrock."

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The Sea

Channeling her grief over the 2008 death of her husband, the British singer-songwriter captivates with a haunting, heartbreaking set that's almost painfully exquisite.

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VAMPIRE WEEKEND

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The breezy latest by these Columbia University grads is executed with such understated cool that they barely break a sweat in their cardigans.

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Of the Blue Colour of the Sky

Displaying shades of the Purple One (see "WTF?"), the dancing-on-treadmills dudes get downright funky on their third studio album.

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PATTY GRIFFIN

Downtown Church

With Buddy Miller serving as producer, Griffin goes gospel on this righteous collection recorded at Nashville Downtown Church.

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>• Michael Jackson's This Is It guitarist, 25, has a solo hit with "According to You."

ON TAKING UP GUITAR

I picked one up when I was 6. Something was really familiar about it. I just got it. It was my dad's, but he's left-handed, so we restrung it and he taught me.

ON GETTING THE MJ GIG

They reached out to me through MySpace to come and audition. I didn't think it was real. I thought this was a crazy guy saying, "I'm working with Michael Jackson." But I went, played the "Beat It" solo for Michael, and he hired me.

ON JACKSON'S DEATH

I was devastated. I just cried. He was with us the night before and was full of energy. It didn't appear anything was wrong. It was really hard [when playing at the memorial] to look out and see his family in the front row.

>• Fresh off four shows at Madison Square Garden, the Dominican-American group is riding high.

THEY ARE KNOWN AS THE "KINGS OF BACHATA."

Bachata is a rhythmic form of music from the Dominican Republic. "The lyrics are mainly sad," explains frontman Anthony "Romeo" Santos (second from left), 28. "I try to write lyrics that are not as depressing."

THEY ALL SHARE THE NAME SANTOS.

The group also consists of Romeo's cousin Henry Santos Jeter (left), plus guitarist Lenny Santos (second from right) and his bassist brother Max Santos. "But Henry and I aren't related to them," explains Romeo.

ROMEO LIVES UP TO HIS NICKNAME.

"I'm very romantic, very poetic," he says. "And I try to shake my butt."

THEY HAVE SOME RABID FEMALE FANS.

"In Ecuador, I went back to the hotel; I'm lying in bed and I hear giggles," recalls Romeo. "In the closet were two girls. I ended up giving them autographs. I was already in my drawers, so I wasn't gonna do pictures!"

THESE BRONX BOYS LOVE THE YANKEES.

"The Yankees hats are never missing," says Romeo. "We're always walking with them."

>ALAN JACKSON riffs on commitment on "It's Just That Way," a ballad from Freight Train, due March 30. $1.29 at amazon.com.

FANTASIA reaches for the heavens on the uplifting midtempo "Even Angels," a preview of her third disc. $1.29 at napster.com.

COLBIE CAILLAT strips down the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" on a fun moment from her iTunes Session EP. $1.29 at iTunes.com.

>• While Rebirth may be too much of a stretch for some, this posse, led by Lil Wayne and also featuring Drake, is more straight-up hip-hop. We Are Young Money includes the hot hit "Bedrock."

>CORINNE BAILEY RAE

The Sea

Channeling her grief over the 2008 death of her husband, the British singer-songwriter captivates with a haunting, heartbreaking set that's almost painfully exquisite. [

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]

VAMPIRE WEEKEND

Contra

The breezy latest by these Columbia University grads is executed with such understated cool that they barely break a sweat in their cardigans. [

bgwhite bgwhite bgwhite  

]

OK GO

Of the Blue Colour of the Sky

Displaying shades of the Purple One (see "WTF?"), the dancing-on-treadmills dudes get downright funky on their third studio album. [

bgwhite bgwhite bgwhite  

]

PATTY GRIFFIN

Downtown Church

With Buddy Miller serving as producer, Griffin goes gospel on this righteous collection recorded at Nashville Downtown Church. [

bgwhite bgwhite bgwhite  

]

>• Michael Jackson's This Is It guitarist, 25, has a solo hit with "According to You."

ON TAKING UP GUITAR

I picked one up when I was 6. Something was really familiar about it. I just got it. It was my dad's, but he's left-handed, so we restrung it and he taught me.

ON GETTING THE MJ GIG

They reached out to me through MySpace to come and audition. I didn't think it was real. I thought this was a crazy guy saying, "I'm working with Michael Jackson." But I went, played the "Beat It" solo for Michael, and he hired me.

ON JACKSON'S DEATH

I was devastated. I just cried. He was with us the night before and was full of energy. It didn't appear anything was wrong. It was really hard [when playing at the memorial] to look out and see his family in the front row.

>• Fresh off four shows at Madison Square Garden, the Dominican-American group is riding high.

THEY ARE KNOWN AS THE "KINGS OF BACHATA."

Bachata is a rhythmic form of music from the Dominican Republic. "The lyrics are mainly sad," explains frontman Anthony "Romeo" Santos (second from left), 28. "I try to write lyrics that are not as depressing."

THEY ALL SHARE THE NAME SANTOS.

The group also consists of Romeo's cousin Henry Santos Jeter (left), plus guitarist Lenny Santos (second from right) and his bassist brother Max Santos. "But Henry and I aren't related to them," explains Romeo.

ROMEO LIVES UP TO HIS NICKNAME.

"I'm very romantic, very poetic," he says. "And I try to shake my butt."

THEY HAVE SOME RABID FEMALE FANS.

"In Ecuador, I went back to the hotel; I'm lying in bed and I hear giggles," recalls Romeo. "In the closet were two girls. I ended up giving them autographs. I was already in my drawers, so I wasn't gonna do pictures!"

THESE BRONX BOYS LOVE THE YANKEES.

"The Yankees hats are never missing," says Romeo. "We're always walking with them."

>ALAN JACKSON riffs on commitment on "It's Just That Way," a ballad from Freight Train, due March 30. $1.29 at amazon.com.

FANTASIA reaches for the heavens on the uplifting midtempo "Even Angels," a preview of her third disc. $1.29 at napster.com.

COLBIE CAILLAT strips down the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" on a fun moment from her iTunes Session EP. $1.29 at iTunes.com.