Need to know the steps you are taking when importing images into LR.
By default LR is set to always show newly imported images under the Catalog heading on the right, Previously Imported. That should read Newly imported as apposed to Previously Imported, IMHO.
What Albums are you talking about? LR doesn't have Albums. It does have Collections. Semantics, maybe, but it is helpful to use the correct terminology when asking for help. Apple Mac iPhoto and maybe Aperture have Albums. LR doesn't.