Miley Cyrus

Can't Be Tamed |

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DANCE-POP

Newly liberated from her Hannah Montana character after wrapping the final season of her Disney Channel series last month, Miley Cyrus brings a fresh defiance to Can't Be Tamed. "Stop telling me I'm part of the big machine/ I'm breaking free, can't you see," she sings on "Robot," while on another key track, "Liberty Walk," she celebrates "saying goodbye to the people who tied you up." Take that, Mickey Mouse. Musically, Cyrus moves away from the pop-rock of 2008's Breakout toward the electro-infused dance-pop of Lady Gaga (the title-track single) and Ke$ha (the "TiK ToK" rewrite "Permanent December"). The result should keep the party rocking in the U.S.A.

Macy Gray

The Sellout |

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SOUL-POP

You can always count on Macy Gray to bring a certain weirdness quotient to whatever she does. Her mix of strangeness and soulfulness keeps things interesting on the fifth studio album from the raspy-voiced Grammy winner last seen on Dancing with the Stars. The freak and the funk are in full effect on "Stalker," on which Gray sounds perilously on the edge as she professes, "I am your desperate b----" over a slinky, vaguely sinister groove. Even her taste in collaborators can be absurd, as when Bobby Brown turns up for the duet "Real Love" and is affectionately dubbed "Sexual Chocolate."

• DOWNLOAD THIS: "Beauty in the World," a fetching, folky ditty

Jewel

Sweet and Wild |

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COUNTRY-POP

Jewel's defection to country on 2008's Perfectly Clear wasn't much of a stretch. She continues to be right at home in Nashville on her latest. Indeed, she comes off as the grown-up's answer to Taylor Swift on such tasty country-pop confections as "I Love You Forever," which are much more sweet than wild.

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DEVO

Something for Everybody

Two decades after their last studio album, the new-wavers are back whipping it like it's 1980. But while they bring renewed energy to tracks like "Fresh," the pogoing wears thin after a while.

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ROBYN

Body Talk Pt. 1

Before other chicks hopped on the electro bandwagon, she showed the way with 2008's Robyn. But this, the first of three 2010 albums, lacks the same spark.

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RENEE FLEMING

Dark Hope

The opera star uses her celebrated soprano to show a different kind of range, covering everyone from Muse and Arcade Fire to Duffy, with mixed results.

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ROONEY

Eureka

There are no major discoveries on the third album from this power-pop quartet. Still, songs like the first single, "I Can't Get Enough," will bring on the summer vibes.

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A diva duel could decide the season's anthem with Perry having just hit No. 1 with "California Gurls" and Ke$ha hot on her heels with "Your Love Is My Drug."

DRAKE'S 5 HIP-HOP IDOLS

As he releases his much-anticipated debut album, Thank Me Later, the rapper-singer, 23, reveals his musical heroes

LIL WAYNE

It's hard as a rapper not to become repetitive, and he always has a new way to make it fun. And I get to witness his work ethic (being on Wayne's label, Young Money): He's working when you're sleeping.

ANDRE 3000

If I wasn't myself, I would want to be that guy! He's so well-rounded, so intelligent. And The Love Below is my favorite album of all time.

KANYE WEST

I've never been so moved by a person's entire career. He's the guy I'll tell my kids about. His genius is to be feared.

NAS

He influenced this album a lot. I had to break down how he raps. I'm just very intrigued by his cadence and his stories.

JAY-Z

You look at other rappers from his era, and they couldn't transcend generations. But he's still completely relevant. He inspires every move all the kids my age make. When I'm recording, I ask myself, "Would Jay and Beyonce party to this song?"

>DEVO

Something for Everybody

Two decades after their last studio album, the new-wavers are back whipping it like it's 1980. But while they bring renewed energy to tracks like "Fresh," the pogoing wears thin after a while. [

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ROBYN

Body Talk Pt. 1

Before other chicks hopped on the electro bandwagon, she showed the way with 2008's Robyn. But this, the first of three 2010 albums, lacks the same spark. [

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RENEE FLEMING

Dark Hope

The opera star uses her celebrated soprano to show a different kind of range, covering everyone from Muse and Arcade Fire to Duffy, with mixed results. [

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]

ROONEY

Eureka

There are no major discoveries on the third album from this power-pop quartet. Still, songs like the first single, "I Can't Get Enough," will bring on the summer vibes. [

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FOR DOWNLOAD PICKS INFO, GO TO PEOPLE.COM/DOWNLOADTHIS

>A diva duel could decide the season's anthem with Perry having just hit No. 1 with "California Gurls" and Ke$ha hot on her heels with "Your Love Is My Drug."

>DRAKE'S 5 HIP-HOP IDOLS

• As he releases his much-anticipated debut album, Thank Me Later, the rapper-singer, 23, reveals his musical heroes

LIL WAYNE

It's hard as a rapper not to become repetitive, and he always has a new way to make it fun. And I get to witness his work ethic [being on Wayne's label, Young Money]: He's working when you're sleeping.

ANDRE 3000

If I wasn't myself, I would want to be that guy! He's so well-rounded, so intelligent. And The Love Below is my favorite album of all time.

KANYE WEST

I've never been so moved by a person's entire career. He's the guy I'll tell my kids about. His genius is to be feared.

NAS

He influenced this album a lot. I had to break down how he raps. I'm just very intrigued by his cadence and his stories.

JAY-Z

You look at [other] rappers from his era, and they couldn't transcend generations. But he's still completely relevant. He inspires every move all the kids my age make. When I'm recording, I ask myself, "Would Jay and [Beyoncé] party to this song?"