ROLLING STONES Forty Licks (Virgin) To start you up for their current tour, rock’s iron men are dropping a 40-track, two-CD set of their hits — and four new tracks with producer Don Was.

SISSEL Sissel (Decca) The Norwegian pop star, best known Stateside for her ethereal vocals on the Titanic soundtrack, makes a bid to win over the colonies.

AMERICAN IDOL American Idol: Greatest Moments (RCA) Haven’t had enough Idol? Then check out the 10 finalists emoting on 14 songs from the show — including winner Kelly Clarkson’s ”(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”

XZIBIT Man vs. Machine (Columbia) The rat-a-tat rapper releases his fourth CD (and second produced by Dr. Dre), the follow-up to 2000’s million-selling Restless.


STARSAILOR, in London with Phil Spector, with whom they’ve completed two tracks for their sophomore CD. The Jeff Buckley-loving Brit quartet and pop’s most elusive superproducer are discussing doing the rest of the project together when recording resumes in November.

LIZ PHAIR, in L.A., to continue work on her long-delayed fourth album, this time with the producer-writer collective known as the Matrix (currently riding high with Avril Lavigne’s ”Complicated”).

MARILYN MANSON, in L.A., gilding The Golden Age of Grotesque, described as ”hardcore guitar-drum violence and reckless electronic-punk vaudeville mixed with ’30s cabaret decadence and arch-dandy Dada.” Heh-heh…he said hard.