Previewing new releases for the week of Jan. 6, 2003.

'Louder' Than Bombs

PamIn a climate where it is increasingly difficult to break a new act, RCA looks to be off to a good start with Canadian newcomer Aaron Lines. Spurred by a well-received radio tour and warm reception by Country Music Television (CMT), the label has advanced the release of Lines' U.S. debut album, "Living Out Loud" to this week from its original February date. First single "You Can't Hide Beautiful" has led the charge and is No. 11 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart this week.

Lines co-wrote eight of the album's 11 tracks and says, "At first it was hard doing other people's songs, because I grew up singing my own and wanting to sing my own. But there are so many talented people in Nashville that I realized early on that you aren't going to always write the best song -- you have to be willing to sing other people's songs."

Lines says working with producer Chris Farren really helped him develop his artistic vision. "I had an idea of what I wanted to do," he says, "but when Chris and I got together, we really nailed it down and just started writing a bunch of songs. I realized what I wanted to say. When I met Chris, I got focused in a real direction."

Additional titles hitting stores this week include:

-- The debut album from rock act the Exies, "Intertia" (Virgin).

-- Modern rock outfit mellowdrone's "a demonstration of intellectual property" (ArtistDirect).

-- Jazz saxophonist Jane Bunnett's "Cuban Odyssey" (Blue Note).

-- A DVD from Irish pop group the Corrs, "Live in London" (Rhino).

-- A best-of from legendary California rap act N.W.A., "Greatest Hits" (Priority).

-- Reissues of Elvis Presley's albums "Can't Help Falling in Love," "Elvis '56," "Great Country" and "Heart and Soul" (RCA).