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, Snoop Dogg debuts his rap-to-reggae transformation album, Reincarnated, under his Snoop Lion moniker. (Catch Snoop Wednesday on “Live With Kelly And Michael” and on Thursday’s “Late Show With David Letterman.”) Also, will.i.am drops his fourth solo album, the Twitter hashtag-ready #willpower (see him on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday). Meanwhile, French indie electro-pop group Phoenix release their fifth album, Bankrupt!, “American Idol” alum Fantasia adds songwriting to her singing credits for her fourth record, Side Effect Of You (watch her on Wednesday’s “VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live With Carrie Keagan”), and Sweden’s Junip release their sophomore self-titled effort. On TV, get pumped to witness “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life” when it premieres Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET on MTV. The week closes with Saturday’s “Radio Disney Music Awards”: the show will feature performances by Selena Gomez, Cher Lloyd, Cody Simpson, Austin Mahone, Mindless Behavior, and more.
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
+ Snoop Lion, Reincarnated: “There’s so much death, there’s so much destruction, there’s so much mayhem, and there’s so much misunderstanding in music. We’re losing so many great musicians and we don’t love them while they’re here. And I want to be loved while I’m here, and the only way to get love is to give love,” Snoop Lion states at the onset of his post-Rastafarianism transformation debut, Reincarnated. For his Major Lazer-produced reggae-pop album, Snoop enlists a diverse array of artists. Watch the videos for “Here Comes The King” with Angela Hunte and “No Guns Allowed” with Drake and Snoop’s daughter, Cori B., and listen to “Torn Apart” with Rita Ora and “Ashtrays And Heartbreaks” with Miley Cyrus. Also check out the unity track “Lighters Up” with dancehall artists Movado & Popcaan.
+ will.i.am, #willpower: For will.i.am’s fourth solo album, he makes 15 soon-to-be ubiquitous dance-pop tunes that are jam-packed with star collabs, including a British-accented (!) Britney Spears (watch the “Scream & Shout” remix video with Diddy, Hit-Boy, Waka Flocka Flame, and Lil Wayne), Miley Cyrus (“Fall Down”), Justin Bieber (watch a hologram’d Biebs in the futuristic “#thatpower” video), and 2NE1 with his BEP bandmate apl.de.ap on the YOLO-minded “Gettin’ Dumb.” Will takes a break from the dance floor for the midtempo, contemplative “The World Is Crazy” with Dante Santiago, “Love Bullets” with Skylar Grey, and album closer “Ghetto Ghetto” with 7-year-old rapper Baby Kaely.
+ Phoenix, Bankrupt!: The French indie electro-pop band, who recently surprised fans at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival with a guest spot from R. Kelly, release the follow-up to their mainstream breakthrough album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. Highlights include the shimmery “SOS In Bel Air” with its infectious chorus, and their synth-laden single “Entertainment.” The sprawling title track boasts lush instrumentation before the strutty, humorously titled “Drakkar Noir” ushers in back-to-back with “Chloroform,” which deals with the more noxious side of love.
Check out more new album releases, upcoming TV appearances, and performances after the jump.
+ Fantasia, Side Effects Of You: The “American Idol” Season 3 winner is branching out on her fourth studio album: “This is the first time I really started writing. I’ve been really timid, intimidated,” Fantasia told MTV News. “Just being here with all the different writers, they allow me to be me.” She cowrote several of the 13 songs on the album alongside a host of contributors, including Emeli Sandé and producer Harmony Samuels. Watch the video for “Lose To Win,” and check out “Without Me” featuring Missy Elliott and Kelly Rowland.
+ Junip, Junip: The Swedish trio fronted by José González (whose haunting covers of The Knife’s “Heartbeats” and Massive Attack’s “Teardrop” propelled him into the global spotlight) release their sophomore eponymous album of enchanting folk-pop. Check out “Line Of Fire” at MTV Iggy.
TV APPEARANCES AND PERFORMANCES
Monday, April 22
“VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live With Carrie Keagan” — Sugar Ray
“Late Show With David Letterman” — Steve Earle
“Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Jake Bugg
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — Portugal, The Man
“The View” — Mary Mary
“Live With Kelly And Michael” — “American Idol” cast-off Janelle Arthur
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — Kenny Chesney
“The Voice” — “The Battles, Part 3.” Featuring coaches Adam Levine, Shakira, Blake Shelton, and Usher with advisers Pharrell Williams, Sheryl Crow, Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden, and Hillary Scott.
Tuesday, April 23 on MTV
“Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life” — Ke$ha’s documentary series premieres on MTV at 11 p.m. ET.
Tuesday, April 23
“Late Show With David Letterman” — Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
“Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Plain White T’s
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Phosporescent, K-Os
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — Bon Jovi
“The Voice” — “The Battles, Part 4.” Featuring coaches Adam Levine, Shakira, Blake Shelton, and Usher with advisers Pharrell Williams, Sheryl Crow, Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden, and Hillary Scott.
Wednesday, April 24
“VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live With Carrie Keagan” — Andrew McMahon, Fantasia
“Late Show With David Letterman” — Selena Gomez
“Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — Depeche Mode
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Talib Kweli
“Live With Kelly And Michael” — Snoop Lion
“The View” — Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — Grizzly Bear
“American Idol” — Top 4 finalists compete. Featuring judges Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban.
Thursday, April 25
“Late Show With David Letterman” — Snoop Lion
“Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Billy Ray Cyrus
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — Olly Murs
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — The National
“Live With Kelly And Michael” — Michael Bublé
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — Justin Timberlake
“American Idol” — Results show, one finalist is eliminated. Featuring judges Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban.
Friday, April 26
“Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Avril Lavigne
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Iron & Wine
“Live With Kelly And Michael” — Emile Sandé
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — will.i.am
Saturday, April 27
“Radio Disney Music Awards” — performances by Selena Gomez, Cher Lloyd, Cody Simpson, Austin Mahone, Mindless Behavior, and more.
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