Justin Bieber

My World 2.0 |

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TEEN POP

Sixteen-year-old heartthrob Justin Bieber proves worthy of all the screaming and swooning on this sequel to last November's My World. Indeed, with his yummy, R&B-flavored pop, the Canadian cutie emerges as the 2010 version of such past teen idols as Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown and Usher (who signed Bieber to his label and is an executive producer here). But you don't need to be a locker-poster-hanging junior-high girl to fall for his charms, which include a sweet, soulful voice that at times brings to mind a young Michael Jackson.

DOWNLOAD THIS: "Baby," the retro-meets-electro hit with Ludacris

Mindy McCready

I'm Still Here |

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COUNTRY

Recently on Celebrity Rehab, Mindy McCready has had enough troubles to fill a few country albums. She addresses her problems on the moving title track of her first disc in eight years. Even better, though, is when she looks hard at her relationship demons on "Wrong Again."

Monica

Still Standing |

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R&B

It's hard to believe it's been 15 years since Monica released her debut, Miss Thang, when she was a junior miss at just 14. While she is no longer the multiplatinum force she was in the '90s, she remains on solid musical ground on Still Standing. Although the disc (which takes its title from her BET reality show) doesn't break any new R&B territory, it's a consistently rewarding set that relies on Monica's strong delivery and some dependable writers and producers, from Ne-Yo to Stargate. Frequent collaborator Missy Elliott provides two highlights: the old-school ballad "Everything to Me" and the retro-'80s jam "If You Were My Man," which sample Deniece Williams and Evelyn "Champagne" King, respectively.

The Whigs

In the Dark |

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CRITIC'S CHOICE

ALT-ROCK

On 2008's Mission Control, the Whigs displayed shades of the late, great Replacements. On their third album, this Athens, Ga., trio continue to do Paul Westerberg and company proud with garage rock that's heavy on hooks, riffs and swagger. They've got it all in full effect on "I Don't Even Care About the One I Love," this disc's stomping standout on which singer-guitarist Parker Gispert declares that "there's a black heart inside of me." Other highlights include the punk-spiked single "Kill Me Carolyne" and the '60s-pop-flavored title cut, which asks, "How am I gonna see where you're coming from if you keep keeping me in the dark?"

She & Him

Volume Two |

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ALT-POP

On this follow-up to 2008's Volume One, (500) Days of Summer actress Zooey Deschanel and alt-folkie M. Ward make sun-kissed '60s pop that will have you blissing out. These ditties put the spotlight on Deschanel and her dreamy delivery, with Ward content to play second fiddle to his leading lady.

DOWNLOAD THIS: "Over It Over Again," a charming, cooing kiss-off

Reni Lane

Ready |

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ALT-POP

She may be signed to Linda Perry's label, but Reni Lane isn't another Pink. With her atmospheric alt-pop, perfect to set the scene on Gossip Girl, she's more like Dido's younger, zippier sister. But her voice, prone to drone, can be a bit colorless.

DOWNLOAD THIS: "Never Be Another You," a Cure-esque jangle

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>• Move over, Jason Derulo and Jay Sean: Britain's Taio Cruz (right) has zoomed to No. 1 with this synthy slice of dance-pop featuring Ludacris. It's from his U.S. debut album, Rokstarr, due May 18.

>PETER GABRIEL

Scratch My Back

On orchestral reimaginings of tunes by everyone from Paul Simon and Radiohead to Neil Young and Arcade Fire, he neatly makes them all sound like Peter Gabriel songs.

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GORILLAZ

Plastic Beach

Proving the cartoon combo is no novelty act, this will make you feel good all over again. Groovy cameos include De La Soul, Mos Def, Bobby Womack and Lou Reed.

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BROKEN BELLS

Broken Bells

Danger Mouse has done it again. After Gnarls Barkley, the producer hooks up with the Shins' leader James Mercer for a cool mix of Brit-pop and beats.

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ALLISON MOORER

Crows

With a soft, soothing beauty that wraps its wings around you, Crows is a rare bird, creating a mood that is sometimes more torch than twang.

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>THE TEMPER TRAP, a new alt-rock band, conjures up the Smiths on "Sweet Disposition," as currently heard in Diet Coke ads. $0.99 at rhapsody.com.

T.I., released from prison last December, announces his return with the thumping "I'm Back," from the rapper's follow-up to 2008's hit Paper Trail, arriving this summer. $1.29 at trapmusik.com.

FEFE DOBSON commands attention on "Watch Me Move," a guitar grinder from the pop-rocker's CD Joy, due May 4. $0.99 at amazon.com.

>• Britain's jazz-pop piano man, 30, dishes on his new album The Pursuit and his new wife, model-turned-author Sophie Dahl (below, with Cullum), whom he married in January.

ON HOW HE MET HIS WIFE

We met at a breast-cancer charity event about three years ago. A bunch of celebs who don't normally sing performed cabaret. I was asked to accompany some people on piano. And Sophie was one of the singers.

ON HIS WEDDING DAY

It was a wonderful day, everything we wanted it to be. It was covered in snow, which was quite amazing. We were thrilled to be able to keep it private, because that was really important to us.

ON HIS PIANO IN THE KITCHEN

I read Tom Waits had a piano in his kitchen, and he's one of my heroes, so I thought, "Well I've got to get a piano in my kitchen!" I bought an old ship's piano off eBay for 50 pounds ($75). It sits next to the fridge. I wrote a lot of The Pursuit there.

ON WORKING WITH CLINT EASTWOOD

I'm friends with Clint's son Kyle, who's a musician. That's how it came together (to make music for Grace Is Gone and Gran Torino). Clint knows so much about music. He's going to come back in his next life as a musician.

>• Move over, Jason Derülo and Jay Sean: Britain's Taio Cruz (right) has zoomed to No. 1 with this synthy slice of dance-pop featuring Ludacris. It's from his U.S. debut album, Rokstarr, due May 18.

>PETER GABRIEL

Scratch My Back

On orchestral reimaginings of tunes by everyone from Paul Simon and Radiohead to Neil Young and Arcade Fire, he neatly makes them all sound like Peter Gabriel songs. [

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GORILLAZ

Plastic Beach

Proving the cartoon combo is no novelty act, this will make you feel good all over again. Groovy cameos include De La Soul, Mos Def, Bobby Womack and Lou Reed. [

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BROKEN BELLS

Broken Bells

Danger Mouse has done it again. After Gnarls Barkley, the producer hooks up with the Shins' leader James Mercer for a cool mix of Brit-pop and beats. [

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ALLISON MOORER

Crows

With a soft, soothing beauty that wraps its wings around you, Crows is a rare bird, creating a mood that is sometimes more torch than twang. [

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]

>THE TEMPER TRAP, a new alt-rock band, conjures up the Smiths on "Sweet Disposition," as currently heard in Diet Coke ads. $0.99 at rhapsody.com.

T.I., released from prison last December, announces his return with the thumping "I'm Back," from the rapper's follow-up to 2008's hit Paper Trail, arriving this summer. $1.29 at trapmusik.com.

FEFE DOBSON commands attention on "Watch Me Move," a guitar grinder from the pop-rocker's CD Joy, due May 4. $0.99 at amazon.com.

>• Britain's jazz-pop piano man, 30, dishes on his new album The Pursuit and his new wife, model-turned-author Sophie Dahl (below, with Cullum), whom he married in January.

ON HOW HE MET HIS WIFE

We met at a breast-cancer charity event about three years ago. A bunch of [celebs] who don't normally sing performed cabaret. I was asked to accompany some people on piano. And Sophie was one of the singers.

ON HIS WEDDING DAY

It was a wonderful day, everything we wanted it to be. It was covered in snow, which was quite amazing. We were thrilled to be able to keep it private, because that was really important to us.

ON HIS PIANO IN THE KITCHEN

I read Tom Waits had a piano in his kitchen, and he's one of my heroes, so I thought, "Well I've got to get a piano in my kitchen!" I bought an old ship's piano off eBay for 50 pounds [$75]. It sits next to the fridge. I wrote a lot of The Pursuit there.

ON WORKING WITH CLINT EASTWOOD

I'm friends with Clint's son Kyle, who's a musician. That's how it came together [to make music for Grace Is Gone and Gran Torino]. Clint knows so much about music. He's going to come back in his next life as a musician.