One of the most eagerly awaited movie soundtracks in recent years leads this week's top new pop releases.
The soundtrack for The Great Gatsby is one of the most eagerly awaited in a long time. Jay-Z executive produced the album and it features a wide range of top level artists including Beyonce, will.i.am, Lana Del Rey and many more. The songs match the aura of 1920s wealth and decadence that is the setting of the film.
Rod Stewart is a living legend of rock and pop music. This is his first studio album in over a decade to feature mostly new songs. The single "She Makes Me Happy" is already a top 20 adult contemporary hit. Rod Stewart has sold over 100 million records worldwide and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame both as a solo artist and as a member of the group the Faces.
Fitz and the Tantrums broke into the rock and adult pop charts with the single "Money Grabber" from their first album Pickin' Up the Pieces. Their second album moves somewhat away from the classic soul influenced sound of their first release. It includes the single "Out Of My League" which is a top 20 hit on the alternative chart.
Lady Antebellum's first three studio albums have all been certified platinum or beyond and the last two reached #1 on the album chart. The country trio have also won seven Grammy Awards. Golden includes the #2 country hit "Downtown," and the music of the album continues to straddle country and pop like the group's previous music.
Boy band 98 Degrees released two platinum certified albums and four top 10 pop hit singles before going on hiatus in 2002. Now the group has gotten back together for their first new studio album in 13 years. It includes the single "Microphone."
Natalie Maines is best known as a member of country trio Dixie Chicks. Her outspoken nature has earned strong respect while also occasionally generating controversy. Mother is her debut solo album. It is primarily a rock album instead of country.
Pistol Annies is a trio led by country music star Miranda Lambert. Their first album Hell On Heels was a #1 country smash. Annie Up is the second collection by the group and includes the country hit single "Hush Hush."
Little Boots is a critically acclaimed British dance pop artist. Her debut album Hands reached the top 5 in the UK and broke into the top 10 of the Heatseekers chart in the US. It included the top 10 UK pop hit single "Remedy." Little Boots has stated that her new album is darker while still being influenced by 70s disco and 90s dance music.
Indie rock group Deerhunter refer to themselves as "ambient punk." They have received strong critical acclaim and their most recent album Halcyon Digest broke into the top 40 of the album chart. The group's lead vocalist Bradford Cox refers to the sound of Monomania as avant garde rock and roll.