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EW's New Music Roundup: Britney Spears, Kanye West, the Clipse, and more

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Britneyclipse_lWelcome to this week’s edition of EW’s New Music Roundup,aregular post highlighting the “Download This” track recommendationsfrom the latest crop of music reviews found in Entertainment Weekly.All songs are from albums that are in stores now, and most are readilyavailable via iTunes, eMusic, or similar services. Enjoy — and be sureto share with your fellow readers if you’ve got opinions on any of thefollowing albums or singles…

Britney Spears, Circus
Genre: Pop
EW Grade: B
Download This: “Unusual You”
(Check out Britney Spears online)

Kanye West, 808s & Heartbreak
Genre: Hip-Hop
EW Grade: A–
Download This: “Welcome to Heartbreak”
(Check out Kanye West online)

The Fireman, Electric Arguments
Genre: Rock
EW Grade: B+
Download This: “Sing the Changes”
(Check out The Fireman online)

Los Campesinos!, We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
Genre: Indie Rock
EW Grade: A
Download This: “Miserabilia”
(Check out Los Campesinos! online)

Neil Young, Sugar Mountain — Live at Canterbury House 1968
Genre: Folk
EW Grade: B+
Download This: “Birds”
(Check out Neil Young online)

Akon, Freedom
Genre: Pop
EW Grade: C–
Download This: “Right Now (Na Na Na)”
(Check out Akon online)

Musiq Soulchild, ONMYRADIO
Genre: R&B
EW Grade: B+
Download This: “Radio”
(Check out Musiq Soulchild online)

Staff Web Pick of the Week:
The Clipse’s Road to Til the Casket Drops mixtape
The last album the Clipse (pictured, right) recorded was infamously tied up in industry limbo for ages before finally hitting shelves in 2006. Fingers crossed, now: All signs suggest the duo’s follow-up LP, Til the Casket Drops, will arrive on schedule in 2009. In the meantime, the Thornton brothers are keeping rap fans happy with another brand-new mixtape, laced with the venomous poetry that’s kept them on top of critics’ lists for the better part of a decade.
(Click here to stream it online for free)

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