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Top 10 New Pop Albums March 4, 2014

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Pharrell Williams celebrates his #1 hit single "Happy" with the release of his second solo album G I R L.  He follows the momentum from the Academy Awards performance of the song to boost sales of the new collection.

1. Pharrell Williams - G I R L

Pharrell Williams - G I R L
Courtesy Columbia

Pharrell Williams released his first solo album In My Mind in 2006.  It was a commercial disappointment.  However, his new second solo album comes on the heels of success as featured artist last year on Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines."  He is also currently riding the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with his own single "Happy."

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2. Lea Michele - Louder

Lea Michele - Louder
Courtesy Columbia

Lea Michele is in her fifth season portraying the character Rachel Berry on the TV show Glee.  As part of the cast, she has hit the Billboard Hot 100 more than 200 times.  Louder marks her first excursion into a solo pop career.  It includes her top 20 dance hit "Cannonball."  

3. American Authors - Oh, What a Life

American Authors - Oh, What a Life
Courtesy Island

Brooklyn based pop-rock band American Authors are riding high on the pop singles chart with their single "Best Day Of My Life."  It has charted across a wide range of radio genres including alternative, rock, and adult contemporary.  Oh, What a Life is the group's first full-length studio album.

4. Ashanti - BraveHeart

Ashanti - Braveheart
Courtesy Entertainment One

R&B singer Ashanti stormed into the pop music mainstream with her #1 hit self-titled debut album in 2002.  It included the platinum certified #1 pop hit single "Foolish" and the top 10 follow up "Happy."  With her second studio album she once again topped the charts and released two more top 10 pop hit singles. BraveHeart is her fifth studio collection and first in almost six years. 

5. Drive-By Truckers - English Oceans

Drive-By Truckers - English Oceans
Courtesy Ato

Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers came together in 1996 in Athens, Georgia.  They broke up into the upper half of the US album chart with the 2006 release A Blessing and a Curse.  This is the band's tenth studio album.  It includes more extensive songwriting than in the past by guitarist Mike Cooley.

6. Rick Ross - Mastermind

Rick Ross - Mastermind
Courtesy Def Jam

Rapper Rick Ross has topped the album chart with four of his first five solo albums.  Four of his five albums have been certified gold for sales. Mastermind includes the top 20 rap hit single "The Devil Is a Lie" featuring Jay-Z.  The new album includes contributions from Diddy and Kanye West

7. David Nail - I'm a Fire

David Nail - I'm a Fire
Courtesy MCA Nashville

Country singer David Nail first signed his recording contract with MCA Nashville in 2007.  His 2009 debut album I'm About To Come Alive broke into the top 20 on the country albums chart.  It included the top 10 country hit single "Red Light."  I'm a Fire's lead single "Whatever She's Got" has reached #2 on the country chart and has been certified platinum.

8. Real Estate - Atlas

Real Estate - Atlas
Courtesy Domino

Indie rock band Real Estate first came together in New Jersey in 2008. Their debut self-titled album received strong critical acclaim.  Atlas is the third release from the group.

9. Eli Young Band - 10,000 Towns

Eli Young Band - 10,000 Towns
Courtesy Universal Republic

The Eli Young Band released their self-titled first album in 2002.  Their 2011 single "Crazy Girl" hit #1 on the country chart and became the top charting country hit of the year.  It earned Academy Of Country Music Award nominations for Song and Single Of the Year.  10,000 Towns is the band's fifth studio album and includes the top 10 country hit single "Drunk Last Night."

10. Eagulls - Eagulls

Eagulls - Eagulls
Courtesy Partisan

Indie rock band Eagulls was formed in 2010 and have received strong critical attention on both sides of the Atlantic.  This self-titled collection is the first full-length album from the band.

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