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).
This week, the cast of “Smash” releases Bombshell: The New Marilyn Musical From Smash with songs featured on the show from stars Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty, plus guest star Nick Jonas. Also U.K. quintet Foals drop their third album, Holy Fire, and Matt Costa leaves sunny SoCal and heads to Scotland for his eponymous orchestral pop affair. On TV, Fall Out Boy hit Wednesday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” where they’ll likely play their first TV performance since returning from hiatus (happy early Valentine’s Day to us!). The week caps off with Alabama Shakes taking the musical stage on “Saturday Night Live.”
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
+ Various Artists, Bombshell: The New Marilyn Musical From Smash: Culled from the fictional Marilyn Monroe musical “Bombshell” on the TV show “Smash,” the album features 22 songs from the show, along with liner notes that explain the play’s plot. It features “Smash” stars Katharine McPhee (as Karen) and Megan Hilty (as Ivy), and also includes singing collabos with recurring guest Bernadette Peters (“At Your Feet,” “Hang The Moon”) and Nick Jonas who guest stars as the wealthy heartthrob actor Lyle West (“I Never Met A Wolf Who Didn’t Love To Howl”).
+ Foals, Holy Fire: On the U.K.-based group’s third album, they broadened their sound with sonic experimentation that included boiling bones and recording bees. There’s also more personal lyric themes, according to frontman Yannis Philippakis in an interview with MTV Hive. The dancey “My Number” recalls their early kinetic tunes, but leans more pop than offbeat angular, while the funk-vibed “Inhaler” is buoyed by arena-worthy massive guitars. Also check out the slow-burning “Late Night” and skittery “Milk & Black Spiders,” where grooved-up sprawling beginnings erupt in shout-along choruses.
Check out more new album releases, upcoming TV appearances, and performances after the jump.
+ Matt Costa, Matt Costa: For his fourth album, the Orange County singer-songwriter augmented his sound with lush orchestral pop, enlisting Belle And Sebastian’s Stevie Jackson, Chris Geddes, and Bobby Kildea for the 10-song set. Produced by Belle And Sebastian/Mogwai collaborator Tony Doogan, the album was recorded in Scotland and has a vintage, timeless vibe. Check out “Good Times,” “Shotgun,” and the romantic “Ophelia.” Listen to the Matt Costa album stream at MTV Hive.
TV APPEARANCES AND PERFORMANCES
Monday, Feb. 11
“Late Show With David Letterman” — The Avett Brothers
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Far East Movement
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — Family Of The Year
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Gary Allan
“Chelsea Lately” — Tim McGraw
“Conan” — Ed Sheeran
“The View” — Colbie Caillat & Gavin DeGraw
“Last Call With Carson Daly” — Superhumanoids
Tuesday, Feb. 12
“Late Show With David Letterman” — Little Big Town
“The Ellen Degeneres Show” — Bruno Mars
“Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Jewel
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — Ellie Goulding
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Boyd Tinsley
“Live With Kelly And Michael” — Neon Trees
“Last Call With Carson Daly” — Vacationer
Wednesday, Feb. 13
“Late Show With David Letterman” — Robert DeLong
“The Ellen Degeneres Show” — Tegan And Sara
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Eli Young Band
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — Fall Out Boy
“Last Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Kacey Musgraves
“Colbert Report” — Dave Grohl
“Conan” — Lupe Fiasco featuring Guy Sebastian
“Last Call With Carson Daly” — Niki And The Dove
“American Idol” — “Hollywood Round, Part 3,” featuring judges Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban.
Thursday, Feb. 14
“VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live With Carrie Keagan” — Colbie Caillat & Gavin DeGraw
“Late Show With David Letterman” — Dave Grohl & The Sound City Players with Stevie Nicks
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Colbie Caillat & Gavin DeGraw
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — Josh Groban
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Trinidad Jame$
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — Josh Groban
“Conan” — The Vaccines
“Last Call With Carson Daly” — Local Natives
“American Idol” — “Hollywood Round, Part 4,” featuring judges Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban.
Friday, Feb. 15
“Late Show With David Letterman” — The Maccabees
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — FM Radio
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Gloriana
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — Alicia Keys
Saturday, Feb. 16
“Saturday Night Live” — Alabama Shakes are the musical guest.
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