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-Dream finally releases his fourth proper album, IV Play, after several delays, and U.K. sensations Little Mix make their U.S. debut with DNA. Meanwhile, two compilations drop: True Blood, Music From The Original HBO Series Volume 4, which features legends and indie rockers, and the Cyndi Lauper-scored Kinky Boots, The New Musical Based On A True Story featuring the cast from the Broadway hit. Additionally, family band Eisley return with their fourth album, Currents. On TV, Ke$ha premieres her new “Crazy Kids” video on “MTV First: Ke$ha,” airing Tuesday at 7:53 p.m. ET on MTV and MTV.com. Tune in Wednesday to NBC for “Healing In The Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert,” where Blake Shelton, Usher, OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, and more perform to benefit Oklahoma’s tornado recovery efforts. On Friday, “The Package Tour fellas, comprising New Kids On The Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men, hit “Today.” Also, The Wanted’s fans will love this week: The group hits “Chelsea Lately” today and are on Thursday’s “Watch What Happens Live” and “Live With Kelly And Michael,” and the week caps off with The Wanted’s documentary series, “The Wanted Life,” which premieres Sunday on E!.
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
+ The-Dream, IV Play: Producer and R&B singer-songwriter Terius Nash, aka The-Dream, has had a busy year, between crafting IV Play (where he gets NSFW naughty with words and with not-so-subtle bedroom come ons), and producing Kelly Rowland’s Talk A Good Game. The pair are on tour together, but most of the dates will be rescheduled due to Kelly’s “X Factor” judge schedule. Listen to his romantic slow jam “Where Have You Been” with Kelly. Also check out his sultry “Turnt” with Beyoncé and 2 Chainz, the catchy “High Art” with Jay-Z, and watch his derriere-worshipping “Slow It Down” video featuring Fabolous. “IV Play” is a song that The-Dream told MTV News “may be my best song ever as an artist,” and caused him to change his original album title from Love IV to IV Play.
+ Little Mix, DNA: Little Mix — Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirwall — first made waves when they won 2011’s “The X Factor U.K.,” marking the first time a group won in the show’s eight-year history. They bring their DNA debut Stateside today, after climbing the U.K.’s Top 40 last year. Watch their colorful “Wings” video, and check out their kiss-off tune “How Ya Doin’?” with Missy Elliott, which samples De La Soul’s “Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey).”
+ Various Artists, True Blood, Music From The Original HBO Series Volume 4: Between the “Twilight” film franchise and “True Blood” TV series, a case could be made for vampires having a discerning taste for blood and excellent music. For “True Blood”’s fourth soundtrack installment, the album compiles songs featured from the series’ fifth and upcoming sixth seasons (premiering June 19). Highlights include The Animals’ Eric Burdon with Jenny Lewis’ noir rendition of The Animals’ classic “Don’t Let Me Be Understood,” The Flaming Lips’ “Your Face Can Tell The Future,” Iggy Pop and Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino’s punk rock duet, “Let’s Boot And Rally,” My Morning Jacket’s cover of The Byrds’ “Turn! Turn! Turn!” and Alabama Shakes’ “Pocket Change.”
Check out more new album releases, upcoming TV appearances, and performances after the jump.
+ Eisley, Currents: Currents is the fourth album from the Texas-bred family quintet Eisley, which comprises four siblings and a cousin. They continue to hone their harmony-tipped, moody, indie dream pop on songs such as “Currents” and “Drink The Water.” Also check out the churning “Save My Soul,” and the ballads “Real World” and “Shelter.”
+ Various Artists, Kinky Boots, The New Musical Based On A True Story: ’80s pop icon Cyndi Lauper wrote the music and lyrics for the most Tony-nominated Broadway show of 2013, “Kinky Boots,” which is based on a true story and the 2005 movie of the same name. The 15-song album, culled from the musical, features the “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” singer’s score and vocals from the Broadway cast.
TV APPEARANCES AND PERFORMANCES
Tuesday, May 28
“Chelsea Lately” — The Wanted
“The View” — guest cohost Pitbull
“Live With Kelly And Michael” — Tricia Yearwood
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — Ludacris
“The Voice” — “Live Eliminations.” Featuring coaches Adam Levine, Shakira, Blake Shelton, and Usher with advisers Pharrell Williams, Sheryl Crow, Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden, and Hillary Scott.
“MTV First: Ke$ha” — Airs at 7:53 p.m. ET on MTV and MTV.com.
“Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life” — Episode 6 of Ke$ha’s documentary series airs on MTV at 11 p.m. ET.
Wednesday, May 29
“Live With Kelly And Michael” — Il Volo
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — Kellie Pickler
“Healing In The Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert” — Blake Shelton, Usher, OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder and more perform at 9 p.m. ET on NBC to raise funds for United Way of Central Oklahoma for the rebuilding efforts after the recent devastating tornadoes.
Thursday, May 30
“Watch What Happens Live” — The Wanted
“Live With Kelly And Michael” — The Wanted
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — Mac Miller
Friday, May 31
“Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” — Bad Rabbits
“Good Morning America” — Pitbull
“Today” — New Kids On The Block, 98 Degrees, Boyz II Men
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — OneRepublic
Sunday, June 2
“The Wanted Life” — The Wanted’s documentary series premieres on E!
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