It’s always interesting to see who gets attention in the pop world. Is it a new, mainstream R&B star? A folk breakout? A teen pop star returning as a still-learning adult? The most famous woman in the world releasing a live set? Whatever it is, there’s no rhyme or reason to what sticks and what gets lost in the fray, so our pop album column is here to pick up the slack. If you’re wondering about methodology, these are only albums that didn’t appear on our list of best albums of the year so far. And spoiler alert, all of the above and more appear in the ten albums we’ve collected. Dive right in.