Cascada, "Evacuate the Dancefloor"

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If Cascada singer Natalie Horler started her career on "American Idol," the country would have fallen in love with her. But the fetching German-born blonde-who sings like Christina Aguilera, minus the diva vocalizing-arrives by way of the electronic dance world, where stars are rarely born. Cascada (which also includes producers DJ Manian and Yanou) already had a hit with 2006's "Everytime We Touch," which sold 1.9 million downloads in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group's third full-length release, "Evacuate the Dancefloor," repeats that single's formula: Tracks like "Ready or Not" and "What About Me" combine Horler's teen-bop vocals with a walloping, turbo-charged kick drum that could fit in a warehouse rave. But from underneath the din, Cascada's strengths shine through: Horler's infectious vocals and singalong melodies. When the act opts for straight-up pop (like "Everytime I Hear Your Name" and "Fever") it sounds more radio-worthy than most major-label product. --Kerri Mason

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