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Top 10 New Pop Songs January 14, 2014

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Shakira returns to lead us into the new year.  She collaborates with another of the world's biggest pop stars Rihanna to a ska influenced beat.  It is only the first of a great set of new pop songs released this week.

1. Shakira - "Can't Remember To Forget" featuring Rihanna

Shakira featuring Rihanna - "Can't Remember To Forget You"
Courtesy Epic

It has been over four years since the last English language album from Latin superstar Shakira.  She returns collaborating with another of the world's biggest pop stars Rihanna.  Four of her last five studio albums reached the top 10 in the US.  However, she has not reached the top 10 on the pop singles chart in the US since 2007.

"Can't Remember To Forget You" had a strong opening week at pop radio.  It is already a top 40 hit at mainstream pop.  The song also climbed into the top 10 on the iTunes sales chart.

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2. Foster the People - "Coming Of Age"

Foster the People - Coming Of Age
Courtesy Columbia

Foster the People blasted into the pop mainstream in 2011 with their debut single "Pumped Up Kicks," considered by many to be one of the top singles of the year.  It climbed to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.  The single's success helped their debut album Torches climb into the top 10 and be certified gold for sales.

"Coming Of Age" is the first single from the upcoming album Supermodel due in stores in March.  The song was co-written and co-produced by Paul Epworth who worked with Adele on "Rolling In the Deep."  It has a big, spacious alternative pop sound.

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3. Neon Trees - "Sleeping With a Friend"

Neon Trees - Sleeping With a Friend
Courtesy Mercury

Alternative pop band Neon Trees are best known for two slow climbing singles that eventually became major chart hits.  The first was "Animals" released in 2009 with a retro new wave sound.  It was followed by top 10 pop hit "Everybody Talks" released in 2011.

"Sleeping With a Friend" is the first single from the upcoming third studio album Pop Psychology.  It has a gently rocking adult pop feel.  

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4. Young & Sick - "Magnolia"

Young & Sick - Magnolia
Courtesy Harvest

Young & Sick is both an electronic music project and an art project.  Young & Sick have designed artwork for album covers by Maroon 5, Robin Thicke, and Foster the People.  They have also worked on fashion designs.

The sound of "Magnolia" is blissful, airy pop that echoes the softer side of 1970s pop while drifting on a bed of pleasing, contemporary electronic keyboards.  

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5. Eric Church - "Give Me Back My Hometown"

Eric Church - Give Me Back My Hometown
Courtesy EMI Nashville

Country superstar Eric Church topped the album chart with his last studio release Chief.  His 2012 country hit single "Springsteen" crossed over into pop territory and peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 while selling over two million copies.  

"Give Me Back My Hometown" is a melancholy song that has strong crossover appeal.  It has a powerful percussive production that will appeal to a wide range of rock and adult pop fans. It is the second single release from the upcoming album The Outsiders.

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6. Enrique Iglesias - "I'm a Freak" featuring Pitbull

Enrique Iglesias - I'm a Freak featuring Pitbull
Courtesy Republic

Pitbull kicks off the proceedings and we're off to another Enrique Igleisas party spin.  He has released a series of four English language pop singles that are not yet attached to any album project.  Reportedly multiple songs will be included on an upcoming bilingual album.

There is nothing unique here for fans of Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull.  However, it remains pleasing party fare for fans. Production duties are handled by the Cataracs.

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7. Martin Garrix and Jay Hardway - "Wizard"

Martin Garrix and Jay Hardway - Wizard
Courtesy Spinnin' Records

17 year old Dutch DJ and producer Martin Garrix is a hot commodity in the electronic dance music world. His single "Animals" has become a top 10 pop smash around the world. Here in the US it broke him into the Billboard Hot 100. "Wizard" is a collaboration with fellow Dutch teenage electronic dance music star Jay Hardway.

"Wizard" will be pleasing to fans of "Animals."  It is another instrumental dance music workout that will be great at parties as well as potentially finding a place on pop radio.  The percussive breakdown is particularly catchy.  "Wizard" has already hit the pop top 10 in Belgium.

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8. Rascal Flatts - "Rewind"

Rascal Flatts - Rewind
Courtesy Big Machine

Rascal Flatts are one of the most successful country music groups of the past 15 years.  They have released seven consecutive top 10 charting albums.  Four of those went all the way to #1.  Their 2006 single "What Hurts the Most" crossed over to be a top 10 pop smash.  "Rewind" is the first single from an expected ninth studio album by the group. 

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9. The Dead Weather - "Open Up (That's Enough)"

Dead Weather - Open Up (That's Enough)
Courtesy Third Man

The Dead Weather are a rock group formed in 2009 that features Jack White formerly of the White Stripes and Alison Mosshart of The Kills.  Both of the group's studio albums have been top 10 chart hits.  A new album from the group is not expected until 2015, but a series of singles will precede its release.  This is the first of those singles. 

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10. Francesca Battistelli - "Write Your Story"

Francesca Battistelli - Write Your Story
Courtesy Word

Francesca Battistelli is one of the most successful of current contemporary Christian singer-songwriters.  Her last two studio albums were #1 hits on the Christian album chart.  Hundred More Years, the most recent, broke into the top 20 on the overall album chart.  

"Write Your Story" is the first single from the upcoming studio album If We're Honest.  It is expected to hit stores in April.  Fans of Sara Bareilles will find the sound of Francesca Battistelli pleasing.

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