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UPDATED 03/28/2011 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 03/28/2011 at 01:00 AM EDT


What Lupe Fiasco may lack in laserlike focus on his third album he makes up for with an impressive eclecticism. Seriously, the rapper just about does it all here: pop-friendly anthems ("The Show Goes On"), R&B-flavored jams ("Out of My Head"), conscious hip-hop ("All Black Everything"), electro club bangers ("I Don't Wanna Care Right Now")-you name it. Guests include John Legend, Trey Songz and hook-woman of the moment Skylar Grey (on the reflective single "Words I Never Said").

American Idol finalists and Glee stars aren't the only ones covering other artists' big hits these days: KATY PERRY channeled LADY GAGA during her March 7 concert in Paris, belting out an acoustic (and egg-free) version of "Born This Way." While promoting her new album Goodbye Lullaby, AVRIL LAVIGNE performed a stripped-down rendition of KE$HA'S "TiK ToK" on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge March 8. And SELENA GOMEZ was all about the ch-ching ch-ching when she covered British pop singer JESSIE J's "Price Tag" (off her upcoming album Who You Are, out April 12) during a March 6 gig at the Houston Rodeo.

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