R&B meets traditional `gaeki' and more this week

Because of YouNe Yo/UniversalHis debut In my Own Words (2006) created waves on Billboard, climbing up to the No.1 spot as it hit the music stands. The R & B singer-songwriter returns this summer with yet another offering that promises to be another scorcher, apart from writing songs for other artistes for their forthcoming albums.

Indiana

Jon McLaughlin/UniversalMusic buffs will soon see the Indiana based singer-songwriter and pianist acting in Walt Disney's production Enchanted. But, for the moment, listen to his cover a tribute to his hometown in Indiana that he worked on in California. With mushy ballads and lilting notes, this one is sure to hit the bull's eye on the music stands as it releases on May 1. The album finds McLaughlin writing the songs with co-writers Matrix, Grammy-winner Marcus Hummon, Matthew Gerard and Kevin Griffin (Better Than Ezra) and produced by Jamie Houston (Santana, Jessica Simpson, Josh Kelley, Macy Gray, The Calling) and Greg Wells (Natasha Bedingfield, Veronicas, OTEP, Rufus Wainwright).

Rare Classics

Mehdi Hassan/EMIHassan puts into lilting notes the works of Hasrat Mohani, Hafiz Jalandhari, Muzaffar Warsi, Qateel Shifai, Tabish Dehalvi, Habib Jalib, Eima Irfani and Krishna Adeeb for this collector's set. The disc promises to be unique with the choice of works brought together for the compilation.

Waiting For The Sun (40th Anniversary Mix)

The Doors/Warner The cover opens with one of the band's most irresistible pop singles (and their second No.1 hit) before delving into darker terrain. The USP of the cover remains previously unreleased dialogue and two alternate takes, plus the group's interpretation of Tommaso Albinoni's Adagio In G Minor and the 17-minute epic work-in-progress Celebration Of The Lizard. SYEDA FARIDA

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