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Summer's Most Wanted Music: Previewing 31 hot CDs

Is T.I.'s latest the ''IT'' album of summer? Can the Stripes' ''Icky'' make your heart go ''Thump''? Is Big & Rich's new release good enough to make them even richer? EW presents 31 of the season's soundest album investments

(PHOTOGRAPH BY MARTIN SCHOELLER)

T.I., T.I. vs. TIP
T.I., the rap charmer whose Grammy-nominated album King went platinum last year, may have millions of fans, but he’s got at least one mortal enemy — namely, the gruff-if-familiar-looking thug who calls himself TIP. The two characters represent warring aspects of the man born Clifford Harris Jr., and his fifth LP includes songs from each perspective. ”I hope I can satisfy both sides of my personality,” the Atlanta native says. ”They’re very evenly matched.” As well as recording with Eminem, Akon, Justin Timberlake, and others, he’s been planning a movie to dramatize the disc’s split-identity concept. ”Once I set out to do something,” he says, ”it’s done. I wouldn’t allow myself to take the easy way out.” Release date: 7/3

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