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Critic: John Legend tops list of must have new music

8:06 AM, Mar 26, 2013   |    comments
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Using Jean Knight's 1971 R&B smash Mr. Big Stuff as a reference point, John Legend - with help from Rick Ross - trips the light fantastic with Who Do We Think We Are, a soaring piece of romantic retro-soul. Streaming now at Legend's website, it'll appear on his Love in the Future album, set for a June 25 release.

The playlist

USA TODAY music critic Steve Jones highlights 10 intriguing tracks found during the week's listening.

Fall In Love, Bad Rabbits
Futuristic R&B band deliver funk-fueled ballad from their upcoming album, 'American Love.'

In the Meantime, King
Prince-backed trio of female singer/songwriters offers a mesmerizing ballad after viral success of their 'The Story EP.'

Double or Nothing, Big Boi and B.o.B.
The two ATLiens' theme song for video game 'Army of TWO The Devil's Cartel' matches the game's ferocity.

Show Out, Juicy J
The former Three 6 Mafia member enlists Big Sean and Young Jeezy on this celebratory jam ahead of his upcoming solo debut album.

Power Trip, J.Cole featuring Miguel
Rapper muses on unrequited love on this silky ballad from his upcoming sophomore album, 'Born Sinner.'

No Guns Allowed, Snoop Lion featuring Drake, Cori B.
Gangster rapper turned reggae artist Snoop urges people to increase the peace on track from upcoming 'Reincarnated.'

Bad, Wale featuring Tiara Thomas
Sultry duet about two people with commitment issues, but who make nice by being as naughty as possible.

The Town, GQ
Somber 9th-Wonder-produced track from Oakland rapper's upcoming 'Death Threats and Love Notes: The Prelude.'

It's Not Over, Chaka Khan featuring LeCrae
The music legend's energetic, inspirational new single is part of her celebration of a 40-year career and turning 60.

I'll Be Around, The Spinners
R.I.P. Bobby Smith, who led many of the '70s R&B titans most memorable hits including this infectious gem.

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