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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

Originally posted Apr 23, 2004 Published in issue #761 Apr 23, 2004 Order article reprints