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Shakira.

Shakira

She Looks So Perfect

5 Seconds Of Summer

Lift Your Spirit

Aloe Blacc

G I R L

Pharrell Williams

Louder

Lea Michele

Kiss Me Once (Special Edition)

Kylie Minogue

SEX AND LOVE (Deluxe)

Enrique Iglesias

Pulses

Karmin

Hot New Singles The Latest Hits

Happy (From Despicable Me 2)

Pharrell Williams

Dark Horse

Katy Perry

All of Me

John Legend

The Man

Aloe Blacc

Pompeii

Bastille

Let It Go

Idina Menzel

Turn Down for What

DJ Snake & Lil Jon

Not a Bad Thing

Justin Timberlake

Hey Brother

Avicii

Let Her Go

Passenger

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Louder

Lea Michele

The World From The Side Of The Moon

Phillip Phillips
Phillip Phillips' victorious run on American Idol included an abundance of R&B, as the young Georgia vocalist covered tunes by everyone from James Brown to Usher, amid some pop/rock classics. But even then, he displayed a vocal style closer to a cross between Chris Martin and Dave Matthews, and it's that amalgam that he explores on his debut album. Tracks like "Gone, Gone, Gone" and "Hold On" have all the grandeur of Coldplay times ten, while the combination of acoustic axes and anthemic touches on other tracks underlines a Mumford & Sons influence. The disco-tinged "Get Up Get Down" nods to Phillips' funkier side, but for the most part, we hear him trading groove-based moves for grand drama and panoramic pop.

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Candice Glover

Shakira.

Shakira

Demi

Demi Lovato
Her return from darkness out of the way, Demi Lovato returns to the serious business of stardom on Demi, her fourth album and the first positioned as the work of a true adult. Maturity is a bit of a tricky business on Demi, as it finds her copping modern trends without quite shaking off the studio system that fostered her. The latter is problematic, resulting in half-baked exercises in pageantry -- such as the "Skyscraper" rewrite "Nightingale" -- and the occasional cultural dissonance, like when she tells a suitor "you try to take me home like you're DiMaggio," a name not heard in a pop song for almost 25 years. Unfortunately, a lot of these stumbles arrive early in the record, but the back half of Demi shifts into a place where the studio professionalism and blatant cash-ins click. She brings in Cher Lloyd, winner of the seventh season of the British "X-Factor", to rap on the brightly brickwalled kiss-off "Really Don't Care," she skips through the wildly appealing "Something That We're Not" -- quite easily the purest and best piece of pop here -- and deliriously rips off Katy Perry's "Firework" on "Fire Starter," which is shameless in its appropriating the prior hit's construction and progression but not its attitude. This second half is strong enough to make some of the earlier, tentative moments seem a bit better -- this is particularly true of "Made in the USA," which cops Miley's "Party in the USA," but it's not quite so fetching an exploitation as "Fire Starter" -- but ultimately, this isn't an album of purpose, it's a collection of moments, and it has just enough good ones to solidify Demi Lovato's comeback. [Demi was also released with a bonus-CD-R track.]

Stars Dance

Selena Gomez

Yours Truly

Ariana Grande

Frame By Frame

Cassadee Pope

Better Together

Fifth Harmony