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).
The week begins with the divas — we’ve got the release of Madonna’s MDNA and Katy Perry’s expanded Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection. (The original version was cotton candy-scented. No word on a scent this time around, but we’d love it to come with actual cotton candy — or any kind of candy, really). The guys are also making waves this week with new albums from The Used (Vulnerable), Miike Snow (Happy To You) and more. The “Kids’ Choice Awards” end the week with performances by Katy Perry and One Direction, and it will be hosted by cool dad Will Smith.
Check out this week’s album releases and television show music guests below.
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
Monday, March 26
+ Madonna, MDNA: Leave it to pop diva Madonna to get a jump on the rest of the week’s releases. She’s earned the right. After the release of her steamy “Girl Gone Wild” video and “Give Me All Your Luvin’” pep rally-inspired video costarring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., along with the myriad snippets she’s been teasing us with, the dance party starter set has finally arrived.
+ The Used, Vulnerable: Their fifth studio album showcases the Utah band’s range: from “Kiss It Goodbye,” a song we premiered last week that is a classic The Used rager complete with an anthemic shout-along chorus, to their more melodic “I Come Alive.”
Tuesday, March 20
+ Miike Snow, Happy To You: Production dynamic duo Bloodshot & Avant along with singer Andrew Wyatt open the album with the tinkly sheen of “Enter the Joker’s Lair,” and it’s clear from the get-go that the album is aptly named with buoyant keyboard lines and rhythms and slick electro-pop shuffles. The set also features fellow Swede Lykke Li on the softly percolating “Black Tin Box.”
+ Katy Perry, Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection: The new version of Katy Perry’s mega-blockbuster album includes all the original songs along with bonus tracks, some of which feature Kanye West, Missy Elliott and Snoop Dogg collabs, and also a Tommie Sunshine “smash-up.”
Check out more new album releases and upcoming TV appearances and performances after the jump.
+ The All-American Rejects, The Kids In The Street: Between the “Beekeeper’s Daughter,” which celebrates single guys’ noncommittal ways, and “Somebody’s Gone,” a song that seems to be about an abusive, cheating ex and getting over her, it appears emotions are running high on their fourth studio album.
+ The Mars Volta, Noctourniquet: Their sixth studio album has a story line that was reportedly influenced by a “Superman” villain and a Greek myth. Members Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriquez-Lopez have also reunited with their former band, At The Drive-In, after an 11-year hiatus.
+ The Pierces, You & I: The sister duo releases their fourth album. Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman produced the set, and it leans a bit more on the ’70s soft rock side versus their cheekier alt-folk past, which might help the underrated group gain more momentum.
+ Dawn Richard, Armor On EP: The former Danity Kane and Diddy-Dirty Money member goes out on her own with this 10-song EP. She explained her style as “R&B taken to a whole ’nother level” to Rap-Up. Check out the fiery “Bombs” single and the soulful “SMFU (Save Me From You)” video.
TV SHOW APPEARANCES AND PERFORMANCES
Monday, March 26
“Late Show With David Letterman” — Train
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — Zooey Deschanel, Shinedown
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Swervedriver
“Smash” — “The Coup”
“The Voice” — The Final Battles
Tuesday, March 27
“Late Show With David Letterman” — Jason Aldean
“Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — The Pierces
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — Justin Bieber, The All-American Rejects
“Tavis Smiley” — Macy Gray
“Conan” — Macy Gray
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Andrew Bird
Wednesday, March 28
“VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live” — Haley Reinhart
“Late Show With David Letterman” — Justin Townes Earle
“Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Gavin DeGraw
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — White Rabbits
“Conan” — Donovan
“Live With Kelly” — guest cohost Josh Groban
“American Idol” — Nine finalists compete
Thursday, March 29
“VH1’s Big Morning Buzz” — Clay Aiken
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Mat Kearney
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — Esperanza Spalding
“The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” — “Weird Al” Yankovic, rebroadcast
“Conan” — Galactic
“The Talk” — guest cohost Miranda Lambert
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — Big Time Rush, rebroadcast
“American Idol” — One of nine voted off, Nicki Minaj, Scotty McCreery
Friday, March 30
“Late Show With David Letterman — Band of Skulls
“Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Alan Jackson
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Ed Sheeran
“The Talk” — Reba McEntire
Saturday, March 31
“Kids’ Choice Awards” — Hosted by Will Smith, performers include Katy Perry, One Direction
“Saturday Night Live” — Katy Perry hosts, Robyn is the musical guest, rebroadcast
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