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Top 10 New Pop Songs April 12, 2012


Kanye West leads a trio of hot young rappers on "Mercy" to kick off this week's list of the hottest new pop songs.

1. Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz - "Mercy"

Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz - "Mercy"
Courtesy G.O.O.D. Music

Kanye West previews his G.O.O.D. Music label's upcoming compilation album. Pusha T and Big Sean also record for his label. 2 Chainz is borrowed from Def Jam. The hot track debuted inside the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 on just three days of sales.


2. Wisin and Yandel featuring Jennifer Lopez - "Follow the Leader"

Wisin and Yandel featuring Jennifer Lopez - "Follow the Leader"
Courtesy Machete

Puerto Rican duo Wisin and Yandel are one of the most successful of reggaeton acts. Five of their last six studio albums have reached #1 on the Latin chart. This is the lead single from their upcoming album Los Lideres. Jennifer Lopez is brought in to make the record a bit more friendly to pop audiences. It is a great dance record that works well on a party soundtrack.


3. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - "Never Go Back"

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - "Never Go Back"
Courtesy Hollywood Records

Pop-rock band Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are raising their profile with each release. Their most recent self-titled album debuted inside the top 20 of the album chart in 2010. "Never Go Back" previews their next studio release The Lion The Beast The Beat expected in stores June 12, 2012.


4. Simian Mobile Disco - "Seraphim"

Simian Mobile Disco - "Seraphim"
Courtesy Wichita Recordings

Simian Mobile Disco are an English production and electronic music duo. Their most recent studio album Temporary Pleasure broke into the top 40 on the UK album chart. The sound of "Seraphim" is a powerful blend of contemporary electronic music and sounds that stretch back to the heyday of disco.

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5. Jerrod Niemann - "Shinin' On Me"

Jerrod Niemann - "Shinin' On Me"
Courtesy Arista Nashville

"Shinin' On Me" is the lead single from country singer Jerrod Niemann's upcoming fourth studio album. He earned two top five country hits off his last album and "Lover, Lover" went all the way to #1 being certified platinum in the process. "Shinin' On Me" is an uplifting anthem that incorporates soulful touches for a blend that will appeal to a wide-ranging audience.


6. Jason Mraz - "Everything Is Sound"

Jason Mraz - "Everything Is Sound"
Courtesy Atlantic Records

"Everything Is Sound" is the third promotional single from Jason Mraz' upcoming studio album Love Is a Four Letter Word. The album is due in stores next week on April 17, 2012. His last album We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things reached #3 on the chart and was certified platinum.


7. Curren$y featuring Wale - "What It Look Like"

Curren$y featuring Wale - "What It Look Like"
Courtesy Warner Bros.

New Orleans rapper Curren$y's "What It Look Like" is animated by a gorgeous swirling instrumental track featuring harp and strings.


8. Jai Paul - "Jasmine (Demo)"

Jai Paul - "Jasmine"
Courtesy XL Recordings

British songwriter and producer Jai Paul generated a stir with his first single "BTSTU (Edit)." It helped earn him mention in the BBC's Sound of 2011 poll. "Jasmine (Demo)" is his next single.


9. Lee Brice - "Parking Lot Party"

Lee Brice - "Parking Lot Party"
Courtesy Curb

Country singer Lee Brice aims to have the country party song of summer 2012. It is also the third song to be released from his upcoming second album Hard 2 Love. "A Woman Like You," the first single from Hard 2 Love was a #1 country hit. Lee Brice's first album Love Like Crazy hit the top 10 of the country album chart.


10. Pantera - "P**s"

Pantera - "P**s"
Courtesy Rhino Atlantic

"P**s" is a track from the vault of heavy rock band Pantera. It was recorded in the sessions that produced the double platinum 1992 album Vulgar Display Of Power. The collection only reached #44 on the Billboard album chart but it spent well over a year on the chart to become the group's biggest selling release. Pantera followed it with three consecutive top 5 hit albums.


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