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).
We have a debut album and a band lineup change to report as we kick off the week: Chiddy Bang offers up some tasty Breakfast in the form of their debut full-length album, and School Of Seven Bells returns with their third record, minus one bandmate. “The Voice” and “Smash” vie for ratings on Monday, and last week “The Voice” trumped “Smash” in spades. Tonight Nick Jonas guest stars on “Smash,” so that should add an interesting twist to their ratings battle (read: hubba hubba). The week caps off with Lindsay Lohan returning to host “Saturday Night Live” (!!!) and Jack White’s solo turn as the “SNL” musical guest.
Check out this week’s album releases and television show music guests below.
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
Tuesday, Feb. 28
+ Chiddy Bang, Breakfast: Making waves with singles, a mixtape and an EP, the Philadelphia alt hip-hop duo (who will also perform during the mtvU Woodie Awards Festival in March) release their full-length debut, Breakfast. Check out the fun video for the ridiculously infectious “Ray Charles.”
+ School of Seven Bells, Ghostory: School of Seven Bells’ third effort also has them shedding their third member to become a duo. Guitarist/ Producer Benjamin Curtis and singer Alejandra Deheza (whose twin sis Claudia left the band) didn’t skip an electronic beat with Ghostory, which tells a haunting tale of a girl and the ghosts that surround her.
+ The Cranberries, Roses: It’s been a decade since the Irish band made a new album, yet they still sound in classic form as their single “Tomorrow” illustrates. Singer Delores O’Riordan’s sweet, inviting voice and catchy refrains are as appealing as ever.
Check out more new album releases and upcoming TV appearances and performances after the jump.
+ Estelle, All Of Me: U.K. MC Estelle returns with her third album. Check out the R&B single “Fall in Love,” which features John Legend, and the groove-infused ballad “Thank You,” which is more a killer kiss-off than expression of gratitude.
+ Hunx, Hairdresser Blues: The solo album from Seth Bogart (the Hunx of Hunx And His Punx) sheds the winsome girl-group harmonies of his Punx in favor of a more punk-poppy terrain. Incidentally, he is a hairdresser, too.
+ Memoryhouse, The Slideshow Effect: This Canadian duo began as a collaborative project between composer Evan Abeele and photographer Denise Nouvion, who approach music making with a visual element. On their debut effort, their gauzy pop has less reverb and more vocal detail, such as on “The Kids Were Wrong,” which has picturesque lyrics.
+ Plants and Animals, The End of That: The Montreal indie rock trio have traversed some wide-ranging genre terrains in their sometimes seven-plus minute compositions, and its their rootsy grounding that often ties it all together. On their third album, check out the lovely “Lightshow.”
TV SHOW APPEARANCES AND PERFORMANCES
Monday, Feb. 27
“Late Night With David Letterman” — Lyle Lovett
“Last Call With Carson Daly” — Trentemøller
“Conan O’Brien” — Chiddy Bang
“Anderson Cooper” — Adam Levine
“The Voice” — The Blind Auditions, Part 5
“Smash” — “The Cost Of Art,” Nick Jonas guests
Wednesday, Feb. 29
“VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live” — Estelle
“Late Show With David Letterman” — Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Lupe Fiasco and Bilal
“The View” — Lyle Lovett
“American Idol” — Semi-finalist boys perform
Saturday, Mar. 3
“Saturday Night Live” — Lindsay Lohan hosts, Jack White is the musical guest
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