Check out links to nine songs we're lovin' these days -- eight from still unreleased CDs

By Leah Greenblatt and Simon Vozick-Levinson
Updated April 13, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT
Credit: Jeff Vespa/; Rufus Wainwright: Ellis Parrinder

Hear hot new tracks from Rihanna, Timbaland, Linkin Park, and more

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”Extraordinary,” Mandy Moore
Multihyphenate Moore continues to evolve from her teen-pop origins, now heading into gentle coffeehouse-rock territory with this pretty, piquant folk-pop ballad. (Album due June 19) B+

”Umbrella,” Rihanna feat. Jay-Z
Pop’s Caribbean queen returns with the sexiest ode to weather protection ever. All bone-deep synths, stuttering riddims — and, of course, Hova — it just kills. (Album due June 5) A

”Apologize,” Timbaland feat. One Republic
Tossing his star-stuffed Rolodex aside, the visionary beatsmith teams up instead with an obscure pop-rock band from L.A. on this spacey breakup ballad. (Album out) A-

”Time Won’t Let Me Go,” The Bravery
These stylish new-wave revivalists — one of 2005’s most buzzed-about acts — stave off a sophomore slump with a resonant lament for days gone by. (Album due May 22) A-

”Going to a Town,” Rufus Wainwright
Lush orchestration surrounds the chamber-pop virtuoso’s rueful musings (”I’m going to a place that has already been disgraced…/I’m so tired of America”). (Album due May 15) A-

”What I’ve Done,” Linkin Park
No more raging rap-metal outbursts for the multiplatinum sextet. Their first single in three years is a crisp, melodic modern-rock anthem, courtesy of producer Rick Rubin. (Album due May 15) B+

”Johnny Cash,” Jason Aldean
The Nashville star honors the Man in Black with this rowdy sing-along: ”Quit my job, flipped off the boss…/Blastin’ out the Johnny Cash, headin’ for the highway!” (Album due May 29) B+

”Lock U Down,” Mya feat. Lil Wayne
The R&B siren and the nimble-tongued New Orleans rapper exchange flirty quips over a spare, funky track provided by Timbaland rival Scott Storch. (Album due June 26) B+

”Diamonds,” Fabolous feat. Young Jeezy
MCs from Brooklyn and Atlanta wax poetic about their jewelry, showing that love of bling has no borders. (Album due June 12) B+

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