By EW Staff
April 23, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

Forgoing Kanye West’s platinum production touch this time, ALICIA KEYS makes like a modern-day Carole King on the exclusive piano-only version of the stirring gem ”If I Ain’t Got You.” ITUNES.COM

Clive Davis’ 2003 golden boy never connected with the masses, but there’s still hope: GAVIN DEGRAW’s live version of ”I Don’t Want to Be” flaunts impressive and soulful Everyman chops. ITUNES.COM

Anytime R. KELLY’s not wasting his talents singing about hotel trysts and after-parties is truly a reason to celebrate. His new single, ”Happy People,” is a joyous, step-happy party jam sure to move all ages. R-KELLY.COM

Canadian punk-popsters SIMPLE PLAN will release their sophomore CD this spring, but in the meantime, rabid fans can feast on the brash and hooky ”Crash and Burn.” REAL.COM/RHAPSODY