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Fresh tracks -- Lil Wayne, Lady Antebellum, and Sade have new singles you need to hear

Fresh Tracks

Lil Wayne featuring Eminem
''Drop the World''
''I got ice in my veins/Blood in my eyes/Hate in my heart/Love in my mind,'' Wayne's new track begins...and that's about the end of the safe-for-work stuff. The rap titan's ponderous, percussion-heavy latest may not be radio-ready, but it's an intriguing, if exceedingly bleak, sonic experiment. B+

Lady Antebellum
''American Honey''
The rising Nashville trio follows last fall's crossover smash ''Need You Now'' (from the upcoming album of the same name, due Jan. 26) with another yearning midtempo country-rocker. This one's a sentimental, sweetly melodic ode to a waiting-to-break-free small-town girl. B+

Sade
''Soldier of Love''
Ten years(!) after the release of her last album, Lovers Rock, the dusky-voiced soul songstress returns with this spare, downbeat song-poem of the heart as a lonely hunter: ''I'm at the hinterland of my devotion/I'm in the frontline of this battle of mine.'' Call her the quiet-storm trooper. B

Originally posted Jan 01, 2010 Published in issue #1084 Jan 08, 2010 Order article reprints