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Singles file: Michael Jackson, Wise Blood, Travis Barker, Colin Munroe and Rihanna

By Allison Stewart

MJ"Breaking News" is the first single from the upcoming Michael Jackson collection of odds-and-ends. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)/span>

A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind...

Michael Jackson: "Breaking News"

Originally recorded in 2007 and finished after Jackson's death, the first single from the upcoming odds-and-ends collection "Michael" is a dark, "Leave Me Alone"-style track with a martial beat.

Wise Blood: "Rot My Brain Away"

Pittsburgh musician, presumptive Flannery O'Connor fan Chris Laufman delivers another crackly, fuzz-ified, deceptively complicated gem.

Travis Barker featuring Tom Morello, RZA and Raekwon: "Carry It"

The world's best-connected drummer teams with the Rage Against the Machine demigod and a double dose of Wu-Tang for this exceptionally entertaining (if otherwise overmatched) exercise in rap-rock nostalgia.

Colin Munroe: "The Only Exception (Paramore Revox)"

Munroe, a gentle refurbisher of barely used pop songs, provides new vocals to this ghostly reworking of Paramore's underrated ballad.

Rihanna: "Complicated"

Rihanna's voice does things we weren't entirely sure it could do on this superbly simple, tabloid-baiting electro-ballad about a love-hate relationship.

By Allison Stewart  | November 9, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags:  Colin Munroe, Michael Jackson, Rihanna, Travis Barker, Wise Blood  
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