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Beck and Timbaland lead EW's preview of upcoming can't miss music

Plus, Radiohead’s new album, a Madonna tour, and the DVD secrets of ”Almost Famous,” and more

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? RADIOHEAD, ”Amnesiac” Remember those Brit sourpusses who released last year’s inscrutable ”Kid A”? Well, forget ’em. The follow up, due this spring, is said to be a return to traditional songwriting. OK!

? BECK/TIMBALAND, ”I’m Music” Hip meets hip hop on this potentially brilliant collaboration between the ironic rapper and the inventive producer, set to appear this spring on Timbaland’s new album.

? JACK JOHNSON, still untitled There’s nothing limp about this new rock band, fronted by rapper Mos Def and featuring members of Living Colour, Bad Brains, and P-Funk. Look for their debut album in late spring.

? RYAN ADAMS, still untitled The Whiskeytown frontman’s indie solo debut was considered one of last year’s best alt country discs. Now he’s got a major label deal and a new album coming this summer.

? BILAL, ”First Born Second” The latest R&B sensation from the Soulquarians camp (D’Angelo, Jill Scott), this honey voiced crooner is already working some voodoo with his first single, ”Soul Sista.”

? RAKIM, still untitled The greatest rapper of the ’80s teams up with the best producer of the ’90s (Dr. Dre) for a Y2K1 comeback album. What more do you need to know?

? TRAVIS, still untitled These great Scots wowed melody starved Yanks with last year’s lovely ”The Man Who.” The follow up is due in May.

? MADONNA TOUR Since she last hit the road six years ago, the Material Mom has spawned a pair of tykes, exchanged wedding vows, and put out two of her finest albums, ”Ray of Light” and ”Music.” She’s always staged a spectacular show; now she’s got top notch new tunes to match.

? ”ALMOST FAMOUS” DVD Missing from Cameron Crowe’s ’70s rock love letter was a pivotal scene set to ”Stairway to Heaven,” axed due to a licensing hitch. The DVD (due this March) may include the scene sans song, advising you to cue up the tune on your stereo. Cool, man.

? THE RECESSION Something’s gotta kill this teen pop craze, and last time the economy hit the skids music enjoyed a renaissance (Nirvana, anyone?). Here’s to our wallets hurting more than our ears.

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