By EW Staff
Updated March 28, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

THE WHITE STRIPES Elephant (Third Man/V2) The bichromatically garbed duo’s follow-up to White Blood Cells will be released globally with six different covers.

PLACEBO Sleeping With Ghosts (Astralwerks) Producer Jim Abbiss, who has worked with the Music and Sneaker Pimps, was at the boards for this, the fourth effort from the glam rockers.

CHER The Very Best of Cher (Rhino) Seventy-plus minutes that span the singer-actress’ recording career, from ”Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves” to ”Believe.”

ROBBIE WILLIAMS Escapology (Virgin) The square-jawed crooner — whose irony-sodden, self-adulatory act is beloved by the British — sends his latest pop platter, already a U.K. smash, our way.


Country’s MARTINA McBRIDE recently lost a Grammy to Faith Hill, but she’s still a ”Happy Girl,” stopping in Cherokee, N.C. (April 17), and Fargo, N.D. June 27).

MATCHBOX TWENTY kick off the American leg of their ”More Than You Think You Are” tour in New Orleans on April 25. Also on the itinerary are dates in Chicago (May 2), Portland, Ore. (June 3), and Raleigh, N.C. (July 6), with select gigs featuring backup by SUGAR RAY and MAROON 5.

Never mind the…power steering? The pleasant punk of GOOD CHARLOTTE and NEW FOUND GLORY has won both bands headlining status on Honda’s Civic Tour 2003, a 50-plus-show affair that gets in gear in Grand Forks, N.D. (April 8), and also hits Detroit (April 12), Houston (May 16), and L.A. (June 7).