Los Angeles boy band No Authority's sophomore LP and singer/songwriter Jon Secada's bilingual album lead this week's new pop releases.
Also hitting stores Tuesday are albums from R&B singer Kina, Norwegian rockers the Getaway People and R&B trio Somethin' for the People.
Secada, who has written music for Gloria Estefan and Ricky Martin, will release Better Part of Me, his first solo album in three years. The LP kicks off with the raucous "Stop" (RealAudio excerpt), and ranges from ballads to dance music.
Secada switches to Spanish on several of the 14 tracks, including "Papi" and "Dentro de Ti."
Teen quartet No Authority range from slower, romantic songs such as "Faithfully," to the dance-pop of "Can I Get Your Number," the album's first single.
After being signed by Michael Jackson to MJJ Records, they released Keep On in 1997, with the bouncy single "Don't Stop" (RealAudio excerpt).
Former Brownstone member Kina will release her self-titled solo debut album. "Girl From the Gutter," the album's first single, blends acoustic guitar with the singer's powerful voice, singing angry lyrics: "I hope your hell is filled with magazines/ And on every page you see a big picture of me."
The Norwegian quintet Getaway People, who have resided in New Jersey since 1998, conceived the music for Turnpike Diaries while touring with such bands as Barenaked Ladies and No Doubt.
"Six Pacs" (RealAudio excerpt), a song with bluesy guitars and upbeat, hip-hop loops, will be the theme song for "Young Americans," a new television series to begin on the WB Network later this month.
Los Angeles R&B trio Somethin' for the People will release their third album, Issues. The threesome previously found success in 1997, when "My Love Is the Shhh!" topped the Billboard R&B singles chart for three weeks.
The group uses the album as a chance to respond to TLC's hit song, "No Scrubs," which criticized irresponsible men. "Now U Wanna" (RealAudio excerpt) disses a woman, according to group member Cat Daddy, "because she's superficial. If you take the time to get to know a person, it wouldn't matter what monetary value they have."
The album also includes the candid "Bitch With No Man," their current single, and a guest appearance from Eric Benét, on "I Apologize."
Also hitting stores Tuesday is the Mobysongs. The collection covers the Moby's years with Elektra Records, and includes such songs as "Go," from Moby's I Like To Score (1997); "Feeling So Real" (RealAudio excerpt), from 1995's Everything Is Wrong; and the 1997 single "James Bond Theme."