Welcome to Buzzworthy’s The Week In Pop, where we round up new album releases, talk show musical guests and appearances, TV appearances by your favorite pop stars and more (so you don’t have to).
Die Antwoord releases their ’Tension’ album, Katharine McPhee stars in ’Smash’ and The Fray release their new album.
Hopefully y’all are recovered from your chicken wing overload (or your group clap-along to Madonna’s “Like A Prayer” during the halftime show), but there’s a ton of music happenings to pay attention to this week! So listen up! The Fray’s back with their third studio album, Scars & Stories, Die Antwoord is hitting nighttime TV (I’m scared), the NBC show “Smash” FINALLY premieres and HELLLOOOOOO, THE GRAMMYS ARE SUNDAY!
Check out this week’s album releases and talk show music guests below, and tune in to MTV tonight for the exclusive premiere of the the Black Keys “Gold On The Ceiling” video, followed by a 30-minute interview with the band on MTV.com.
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
Tuesday, Feb. 7
+ A Place To Bury Strangers, Onwards To The Wall: The “loudest band in New York” is back with their special blend of noise rock, featuring the single “So Far Away.”
+ Die Antwoord, Tension: The South African Zef lords are more than ready to terrify you again with their second LP, Tension, released on their own label, featuring “I Fink U Freaky.”
+ The Fray, + Scars & Stories: The brooding piano rockers drop their third studio album, Scars & Stories. Check out their lead single, “Heartbreak.”
Check out more new album releases and upcoming TV appearances and performances after the jump.
+ Shaggy, Summer In Kingston (reissue): The Grammy-nominated album gets a reissue with two brand-new tracks — “She Gives Me Love” and “Hurting” — plus an all-new version of “Dame,” with Kat Deluna.
+ Sharon Van Etten,Tramp: The Brooklyn singer-songwriter (and everyone’s current indie crush) is back with her third album,Tramp.
+ Van Halen, A Different Kind Of Truth: A Different Kind Of Truth is Van Halen’s first album of completely new material since 1998’s Van Halen III.
+ Jaci Velasquez, Diamond: Latin pop star Jaci Velasquez is ready to shine with her latest release, Diamond.
+ Ultra Dance, Ultra Dance 13: Check out remixes of Lady Gaga, Pitbull, Skrillex, Deadma5 and tons more to keep the party going… and going and going.
+ Walk The Moon, Anna Sun: Indie rockers Walk The Moon’s latest EP Anna Sun is perfect for those summer BBQs. So let’s just pretend it’s summer since it sounds like it.
TV SHOW APPEARANCES AND PERFORMANCES
Monday, Feb. 6 on MTV
“MTV First: Black Keys” — The Black Keys premiere their latest video, “Gold On The Ceiling,” at 7:54 p.m. ET, followed by an exclusive 30-minute interview with the band on MTV.com.
Monday, Feb. 6
“Late Show with David Letterman” — Die Antwoord
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — Pitbull
“Last Call with Carson Daly” — Ziggy Marley
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — Miley Cyrus
“The Voice” — It’s blind audition night!
“Smash” premieres tonight, starring “American Idol” alum Katharine McPhee.
Tuesday, Feb. 7
“Late Show With David Letterman” — The Fray
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — 50 Cent
“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” — The Cranberries
“Last Call with Carson Daly” — Jessie Baylin
“Chelsea Lately” — Kelly Rowland
“Conan” — Alabama Shakes
“Glee” — The New Directions get a Spanish singing assignment from guest star Ricky Martin.
Wednesday, Feb. 8
“VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live” — Jack’s Mannequin
“Late Show with David Letterman” — Dierks Bentley
“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” — Anthony Hamilton
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — Far East Movement
“Chelsea Lately” — The Wanted
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — The Band Perry
Thursday, Feb. 9
“VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live” — The Fray
“Late Show with David Letterman” — The Kills
“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” — Estelle
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — Tony Bennett
“The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” — Weird Al Yankovic
“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” — Primus
“Chelsea Lately” — LeAnn Rimes
Friday, Feb. 10
“VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live” — Andy Grammer
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Cee Lo Green
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Katharine McPhee
“The View” — The Cranberries
“The Talk” — Tony Bennett
“The Wendy Williams Show” — Wale featuring Miguel
“The Chew” — Boyz II Men
Saturday, Feb. 11
“Saturday Night Live” — Zooey Deschanel hosts with musical guests Karmin.
Sunday, Feb. 12
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards air on CBS, with performances by Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Clarkson, Coldplay with Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift.
Photo credit: Die Antwoord: Getty; Katharine McPhee, Patrick Randak/ NBC; The Fray, Getty