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Top 10 New Pop Albums February 25, 2014


Pop-rock band The Fray release their fourth studio album to lead this week's hottest new albums for pop fans.  It is led by the group's latest adult pop top 10 hit "Love Don't Die."

1. The Fray - Helios

The Fray - Helios
Courtesy Epic

Colorado based pop-rock band The Fray erupted into the mainstream pop spotlight in the middle of the last decade with the pair of smash top 10 pop hit singles "Over My Head (Cable Car)" and "How To Save a Life."  They have since become mainstays of adult pop radio.  Helios is the band's fourth studio album and it includes the band's sixth top 10 adult pop hit single "Love Don't Die."

2. Beck - Morning Phase

Beck - Morning Phase
Courtesy Capitol

Beck Hansen, simply known as Beck to his fans, has been one of the most consistently creative alternative pop artists since he climbed into the charts with his only top 10 pop hit single "Loser" in 1994.  Morning Phase is his first studio album since completing his contract with Interscope back in 2008.  Morning Phase is intended as a companion piece to his critically lauded 2002 album Sea Change.

3. St. Vincent - St. Vincent

St. Vincent - St. Vincent
Courtesy Loma Vista

Annie Erin Clark records under the name St. Vincent.  She kicked off her music career as a member of the alternative pop choir The Polyphonic Spree before setting off on her own in 2006.  Her most recent studio work was the 2012 collaborative album with David Byrne Love This Giant.  St. Vincent has described the new album as, A party record you could play at a funeral."

4. Neneh Cherry - Blank Project

Neneh Cherry - Blank Project
Courtesy Smalltown Supersound

Neneh Cherry's first three studio albums, all released in the 1990s, established her as one of the world's most respected female pop-soul artists.  She earned two top 10 hit singles "Buffalo Stance" and "Kisses On the Wind" as well as two Grammy Award nominations.  Blank Project is her first new studio album in 18 years and Neneh Cherry says it is a record that mourns the 2009 death of her mother in music.

5. Dierks Bentley - RISER

Dierks Bentley - RISER
Courtesy Capitol Nashville

Country singer is one of the genre's hottest current male solo performers.  His last five studio albums all reached the top 10 on the overall album chart.  RISER is his his seventh studio album overall and includes the top 10 country hit single "I Hold On."

6. ScHoolboy Q - Oxymoron

ScHoolboy Q - Oxymoron
Courtesy Interscope

Oxymoron is the first studio album from rapper ScHoolboy Q since signing to major label Interscope.  His two previous independently released collections were both top 10 hits on the rap albums chart.  The new album has received strong critical acclaim and includes contributions from Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz. The single "Man Of the Year" is his first top 10 rap hit single as lead artist.

7. RuPaul - Born Naked

RuPaul - Born Naked
Courtesy RuCo

Coinciding with the premiere of the sixth season of the TV show RuPaul's Drag Race, the star has released his sixth studio album.  His most recent studio album, 2011's Glamazon, reached #11 on the dance album chart.  The new album includes a collaboration with legendary dance diva Martha Wash.

8. Romeo Santos - Formula Volume 2

Romeo Santos - Formula Volume 2
Courtesy Sony Latin

Bachata star Romeo Santos had the biggest Latin hit album of the year with his debut release back in 2012.  It earned a triple Latin platinum certification.  The new collection includes the #1 Latin hit singles "Propuesta Indecente" and "Odio" which features rapper Drake.

9. T. Mills - All I Wanna Do EP

T. Mills - All I Wanna Do EP
Courtesy Columbia

This is rapper T. Mills' second EP since being signed to major label Columbia Records.  He is embarking on a concert tour titled All I Wanna Do.  The EP includes production from Boi-1da and Malay.

10. Silversun Pickups - The Singles Collection

Silversun Pickups - The Singles Collection
Courtesy Dangerbird

Critically acclaimed rock band Silversun Pickups broke into the top 10 of the overall album chart with their last two studio releases.  The group have reached the top 10 of the alternative songs chart six times, and this compilation includes the new single "Cannibal."

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