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Top 10 New Pop Albums January 15, 2013


Young British dance pop artist Jessie Ware leads this week's new releases with her stellar new EP.

1. Jessie Ware - If You're Never Gonna Move EP

Jessie Ware - If You're Never Gonna Move EP
Courtesy Interscope

Jessie Ware made a big splash at home in the UK with last year's debut album Devotion. It reached the top 5 of the album chart and earned her a Mercury Prize nomination. Jessie Ware's music is an entrancing combination of electronic dance, pop, and R&B. This new EP is part of an effort to reach US audiences, and it includes the reworked single "110%" which is now known as "If You're Never Gonna Move."

2. Teena Marie - Beautiful

Teena Marie - Beautiful
Courtesy UME

As 2010 came to a close, the music world sadly said goodbye to R&B legend Teena Marie. The new album Beautiful is a posthumous release of material she had been working on at the time of her death. It is Teena Marie's 14th studio album. Six of her albums reached the top 10 on the R&B album chart.

3. A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP

A$AP Rocky - Long Live A$AP
Courtesy RCA

A$AP Rocky ranked among the top 10 artists to watch in 2012. After reaching the top 10 on the rap and R&B charts with the single "F**kin' Problems," this is his full-length debut album. Among the guest artists on the album are Santigold, Florence Welch, and Drake.

4. Yo La Tengo - Fade

Yo La Tengo - Fade
Courtesy Matador

Yo La Tengo formed as an indie rock band in 1984. Fade is their thirteenth studio album. The band reached their chart peak with the most recent studio album, 2009's Popular Songs which peaked at #58 on the album chart. The sound of Fade blends well with the group's classic albums.

5. Christopher Owens - Lysandre

Christopher Owens - Lysandre
Courtesy Fat Possum

Singer-songwriter Christopher Owens is best known as lead vocalist for the indie rock band Girls. He left the group last year, and this is his first solo album. Lysandre has more of a laidback folkie feel. Christopher Owens says it is, "A coming of age story, a road trip story, a love story."

6. Jason Castro - Only a Mountain

Jason Castro - Only a Mountain
Courtesy Word

Jason Castro finished fourth in the seventh season of American Idol. As a solo artist, his music has moved in a contemporary Christian direction. Only a Mountain is his third album and is being released on the Word gospel label. The title song is a top 30 hit on the Christian songs chart.

7. Sean Lennon - Alter Egos

Sean Lennon - Alter Egos
Courtesy Chimera

Sean Lennon has put together the film score for his indie comedy film Alter Egos. The music ranges from sounding influenced by Twin Peaks to being more of a traditional superhero film score. Miho Hatori of the band Cibo Matto is a featured vocalist on the album.

8. 2Cellos - In2ition

2Cellos - In2ition
Courtesy Sony Masterworks

The Croatian-Slovenian duo of cello players known as 2Cellos have gained acclaim for their interpretations of classic rock songs as well as Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal." The duo's debut album was a major classical hit and broke into the upper half of the overall album chart.

9. Seth Glier - Things I Should Let You Know

Seth Glier - Things I Should Let You Know
Courtesy Mpress

The Next Right Thing, the most recent album from singer-songwriter Seth Glier, received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Engineered Non-Classical Album. His tenor voice and piano pop style earned early comparisons to Billy Joel.

10. Kidz Bop Kids - Kidz Bop 23

Kidz Bop Kids - Kidz Bop 23
Courtesy Razor and Tie

The Kidz Bop franchise, current pop hits re-recorded by a group of children, has been releasing albums since 2001. 15 of the last 16 collections have reached the top 10 on the Billboard album chart although none have ever reached #1. Kidz Bop 19-21 all hit #2.

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