Although details are scant at deadline, two of urban music's missing-in-action stars are preparing comeback albums. Sources say singer/songwriter Maxwell will return in February with a new album for C

Although details are scant at deadline, two of urban music's missing-in-action stars are preparing comeback albums. Sources say singer/songwriter Maxwell will return in February with a new album for Columbia/Sony Urban Music, his first since 2001's "Now," which has sold 1.7 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The artist has not been heard from at all since that project, which spawned three hit singles on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart: "Lifetime" (No. 5), a cover of Kate Bush's "This Woman's Work" (No. 16) and "Get To Know Ya" (No. 25).

Meanwhile, work continues on the Fugees' reunion album, which is expected in January and will be led by the single "Take It Easy." Although the trio has reunited a handful of times in the past year for live performances, it has produced no new material since its landmark 1996 album "The Score," which has sold 5.7 million copies.

As for group member Lauryn Hill's years-in-the-making sophomore solo album, sources say there is still no definitive release date on tap.