Welcome to Buzzworthy’s “The Week In Pop,” where we round up new album releases, talk show musical guests and TV performances by your favorite pop stars and more (so you don’t have to).
Is there a more apt name for the band The Wanted? Audiences swoon in their wake. To borrow from the boy band’s own repertoire, the “universe will never be the same” for their dedicated fans. The Brit group drops its first U.S. EP on Tuesday. They make appearances on “VH1’s Big Morning Buzz,” “The View” and “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” this week. Jack White is single again (well, hello there, Jack), and the emotional aftermath seems the jet fuel for the characters in his lyrics on the riveting Blunderbuss, which also comes out Tuesday. Catch him on “Colbert Report” on Thursday. Electric Guest’s much-anticipated Danger Mouse-produced debut album Mondo drops Tuesday, but be sure to peep their new “This Head I Hold” video as a prep course. Thursday night, Adam Lambert hits the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” stage. He’s been previewing songs from his forthcoming Trespassing during recent outings, so he might treat the audience to a new tune. And don’t forget about “America’s Best Dance Crew,” week 3. The theme this week? Madonna!
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
Tuesday, April 24
+ Jack White, Blunderbuss: Whether it’s the visceral tearing away of body parts during opener “Missing Pieces,” the lustful, jealous lover in “Sixteen Saltines,” the bruises left on “Freedom at 21,” or the piano-fueled cautionary tale of “Weep Themselves to Sleep,” emotions are a palpable, blood-stained affair filtered through a bluesy, classic rock, garage and country-tipped lens on Jack White’s debut solo effort. The tables are turned, it’s the man scorned here and women are the culprit. And it ain’t pretty; it’s dirtied, gritty and awesome.
+ The Wanted, The Wanted, The EP: MTV POSTED artist for the month The Wanted release their debut U.S. EP. The seven-track set includes the hottttt single “Glad You Came,” which they performed live at MTV’s Spring Break 2012. The song has already hit the Top 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Look out for three additional bonus tracks on the Special Edition.
+ Electric Guest, Mondo: Our PUSH artist of the week release their debut album with a little help on the production side from DJ/producer wunderkind Danger Mouse. Standout tracks include the insanely catchy “This Head I Hold” and the super psychedelic “Troubleman.”
Check out more new album releases and upcoming TV appearances and performances after the jump.
+ LP, Into The Wild: This CD/DVD set was recorded at EastWest Studios and serves as a solid introduction to Laura Pergolizzi, who has been making behind-the-scenes waves for a while as co-songwriter for folks like Rihanna — “Cheers (Drink To That).” Check out her cover of Beyoncé’s “Halo” from Into The Wild. She’s currently working on her forthcoming full-length studio debut with producer Rob Cavallo.
+ For The Foxes, The Revolution EP: The New Jersey trio make their debut with this six-song EP. Listen to their hook-filled pop-rock effort ahead of its release. Also check out “The Revolution (Live)” video.
+ Theophilus London, Timez Are Weird These Nights, The Remixes: The album offers remixes of his entire debut album. The dance floor-ready, 10-song set features remix treatments by Crookers, Brodinski, Fred Falke, Linus Loves, Silascopathic, Bloody Beetroots, Disco Pusher, Sahy Uhns, Jeffrey Jerusalem and Skream.
+ Eve 6, Speak In Code: The guys who brought us the summer driving, windows-down anthem “Inside Out” are back. They broke up in 2004, and in 2007 they tested a new lineup. Last year the three original members — lead vocalist Max Collins, guitarist Jon Siebels, drummer Tony Fagenson — reformed. Check out new song “Victoria.”
+ Mickey Avalon, Loaded: It’s the follow-up to his 2006 self-titled debut, and like the album title implies, the song titles on the 18-track disc allude to his wild background and upbringing (“Rock Bottom,” “Drugs,” “CA Crack Cocaine”). The other theme that pervades is misogyny, like on “Girlfriend” with Unwritten Law’s Scott Russo, which basically asks a girl to hook up with him on weekends (but he doesn’t want a girlfriend). If you’re into these kinds of things, well then, this may be your kind of party album.
TV SHOW APPEARANCES AND PERFORMANCES
Monday, April 23
“VH1’s Big Morning Buzz” — The All-American Rejects, The Wanted
“Late Show With David Letterman” — fun.
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Train
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — The Hives
“Late Call With Carson Daly” — Band of Skulls
“The View” — Vince Gill
“Smash” — “Publicity”
“The Voice” — Live quarterfinals performances. Adam Levine and Cee-Lo Green perform with respective teams.
Tuesday, April 24
“VH1’s Big Morning Buzz” — Clint Black
“Late Show With David Letterman” — Tom Waits
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Beirut
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — Vintage Trouble
“Last Call With Carson Daly” — Kasabian
“The Talk” — Train
“The Voice” — Live eliminations
Wednesday, April 25 on MTV
“MTV’s Hip Hop POV” — Episode 2 premieres!
Wednesday, April 25
“VH1’s Big Morning Buzz” — Emeli Sandé, Corbin Bleu
“Late Show With David Letterman” — The War on Drugs
“Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Adam Levine, Ziggy Marley
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — LP
“Last Call With Carson Daly” — Melvins
“Conan” — Ben Kweller
“The View” — The Wanted
“Live With Kelly” — Ashanti
“American Idol” — Six Finalists compete
Thursday, April 26 on MTV
“America’s Best Dance Crew” — The dancers take on Madonna-themed week 3!
Thursday, April 26
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Moby
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — Adam Lambert
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Kool & The Gang Horns
“Last Call With Carson Daly” — We Are Augustines
“Colbert Report” — Jack White
“American Idol” — One of six voted off
Friday, April 27
“VH1’s Big Morning Buzz” — Adrien Grenier & The Honey Brothers
“Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — The Wanted
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Nick Lowe
“Last Call With Carson Daly” — fun., rebroadcast
“Live With Kelly” — Daughtry
Saturday, April 28
“Saturday Night Live” — Bon Iver is the musical guest, rebroadcast
Sunday, April 29
“TV Land Awards” — Icon Award recipient Aretha Franklin performs, The B-52s serve as house band
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