Michael Buble's smooth pop-jazz style leads this week's selection of the best new albums for pop fans.
Michael Buble is arguably the most successful pop-jazz singer today. He occupies a niche not dissimilar to that of Frank Sinatra in decades past. His last three albums all reached #1 and have been certified multi-platinum for sales. To Be Loved includes recordings of ten classic pop songs and four new songs. It features the top 40 adult pop hit single "It's a Beautiful Day."
will.i.am has achieved phenomenal pop success as a member of the Black Eyed Peas. This is his fourth solo studio album. It includes the UK #1 pop hit single "This Is Love," the worldwide pop smash "Scream and Shout," and the new pop hit "#thatPOWER." The promotional single "Fall Down" featuring Miley Cyrus is also currently charting.
Fantasia has been acclaimed as one of the most gifted singers ever to win American Idol. She has achieved moderate success as a recording artist. Two of her three studio albums have reached the top 10 and the first Free Yourself was certifed platinum. Side Effects Of You is her fourth studio album and it includes the top 40 R&B hit single "Lose To Win."
French alternative pop band Phoenix made a huge international splash with their most recent album, 2009's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. It won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album and has been certified gold. The single "1901" hit #1 on the Alternative Songs chart. Bankrupt! includes the top 20 alternative hit single "Entertainment."
72 year old Welsh singer Tom Jones is a pop music legend. His signature songs "It's Not Unusual" and "She's a Lady" are pop classics. Tom Jones' most recent studio album Praise and Blame was his highest charting collection in the US since the 1970s. Spirit In the Room covers lesser known songs by some of the top pop songwriters of all time including Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, and Paul Simon.
Paula Cole remains best known for her 1997 smash hit single "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" Raven is her sixth studio album and her first independent release.
This is the first collaboration between acclaimed actor and banjo player Steve Martin and rootsy singer-songwriter Edie Brickell. The pair co-wrote the songs here, and the album is produced by legendary pop producer Peter Asher. Among guest musicians are Esperanza Spalding, Steve Martin's band The Steep Canyon Rangers, and Sara and Sean Watkins, formerly of bluegrass band Nickel Creek.
Snoop Lion is a pseudonym for rapper Snoop Dogg. Reincarnated is his twelfth studio album and his first reggae set. He has also released a full-length documentary film also titled Reincarnated about his explorations into reggae music and Rastafarian culture. The first single from the album is "Ashtrays and Heartbreaks" featuring Miley Cyrus.
The Neighbourhood are a Los Angeles based alternative band. They are currently riding high on the alternative songs chart with the hit single "Sweater Weather." This is their first full-length studio album.
Country singer Tate Stevens was the winner of the second season of X Factor USA. He was a member of his own band prior to appearing on the show and released an independent album in 2008. The new album includes the country charting singles "Holler If You're With Me," and "Power Of a Love Song."