By EW Staff
November 22, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST



TALIB KWELI Quality Brooklyn native looks to bring back Native Tongue-flavored rap alongside Bilal, Res, and Black Thought.

SMASHING PUMPKINS Earphoria and Vieuphoria CD and DVD releases of the ’94 VHS that made countless teens manic-depressive recluses.

GEORGE HARRISON Brainwashed Ex-Beatle’s last studio album and first new material since 1987’s multiplatinum Cloud Nine.

T.A.T.U. 200 km/h in the Wrong Lane Lecherous lesbian Russian teens release American debut. Who’s ”dirrty” now, Christina?

TONI BRAXTON More Than a Woman The Neptunes, Rodney Jerkins, and Irv Gotti pitch in to put the R&B diva back on the map.

MATCHBOX TWENTY More Than You Think You Are The follow-up to multiplatinum Mad Season. Soft-rock stations breathe sighs of relief.

JA RULE The Last Temptation The lil’ guy defies hip-hop convention with guests Ashanti, Mary J. Blige, and the Neptunes — how innovative!

SHANIA TWAIN UP! Two-disc (one pop, one country) follow-up to the 34-million-selling Come On Over. No pressure or anything, Shania.

CRAIG DAVID Slicker Than Your Average He’ll have to be if he plans to overcome America’s short-term memory for Brit acts.


WHITNEY HOUSTON Just Whitney… We pray for an all-inclusive New Edition reunion so it could really be just Whitney again.

THE ROOTS Phrenology This time, the Philadelphia experimentalists welcome Talib Kweli, Nelly Furtado, and Jill Scott into the lab.

SUM 41 Does This Look Infected? The original Canadian teen skate punks’ follow-up to their platinum debut, All Killer, No Filler.

JENNIFER LOPEZ This Is Me… Then Security is tight around J. Lo’s latest, but we’re hoping for a heartfelt cover of Michael Jackson’s ”Ben.”

PAUL McCARTNEY Back in the U.S. Two-CD live set, to be released with an accompanying DVD, chronicling Sir Paul’s latest mega-moneymaking tour.

SNOOP DOGG Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss LBC native with a death wish disses everyone from Xzibit to Suge Knight.