Welcome to Buzzworthy’s “The Week In Pop,” where we round up new album releases, talk show musical guests, TV performances by your favorite pop stars, and more (so you don’t have to).
This week, Big Sean drops his sophomore album, Hall Of Fame. Also, Juicy J releases his third solo effort, Stay Trippy. Meanwhile, Goodie Mob reunite for their fifth album, Age Against The Machine; Emeli Sandé releases a live album, Live At Royal Albert Hall, and Franz Ferdinand are back with their fourth record, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. The weekend kicks off with a couple of movie premieres on Friday: One Direction’s 3-D documentary, “One Direction: This Is Us,” makes its U.S. debut, and Selena Gomez costars with Ethan Hawke in the action thriller, “Getaway.”
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
+ Big Sean, Hall Of Fame: Eminem protégé Big Sean’s sophomore set’s making headlines, even with a song from the cutting floor (NSFW “Control” with Jay Electronica and boastmaster Kendrick Lamar). Tunes on HOF also pack heat, like the NSFW, uplifting “Fire” with Miley Cyrus, where he raps about struggles and says that “it’s never, never been too late.” Also, check out the story behind “Milf” featuring Nicki Minaj and Juicy J.
+ Juicy J, Stay Trippy: For Juicy J’s third solo studio effort, he enlists a bevy of guests including Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, Wale, and more. Listen to Juicy’s trippy collab with Justin Timberlake, “The Woods,” which is about getting “freaky” with a “special chick, trippy chick.” There’s also the strip club anthem “Bandz A Make Her Dance” with Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, which lived up to its name when Miley Cyrus twerked to it.
+ Goodie Mob, Age Against The Machine: The Dirty South progenitors — Cee Lo Green, Big Gipp, Khujo, and T-Mo — have reunited for their fifth album. Cee Lo told “RapFix Live” that Khujo’s life-altering accident in 2002 initially led to the album: “And so I felt like it was divine intervention,” he explained. Watch their NSFW freestyle and an album teaser from “RapFix Live.”
Check out more new album releases, upcoming TV appearances, and performances after the jump.
+ Emeli Sandé, Live At Royal Albert Hall: The Scottish-bred crooner recorded her live album at the famed Royal Albert Hall in Westminster, England, which features her hits “Next To Me,” “My Kind Of Love,” and her collab with Labrinth, “Beneath Your Beautiful.” The U.S. album version will be available exclusively at Target tomorrow, followed by a widely released DVD and Blu-ray set on Oct. 8.
+ Franz Ferdinand, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action: It’s been about a decade since the Scottish band released their ubiquitous single “Take Me Out“; their fourth album signals a return to form with their stylish, angular guitar dance stomp. Check out the single “Right Action” and stream the album in its entirety via NPR before it drops tomorrow.
TV APPEARANCES AND PERFORMANCES
Monday, Aug. 26
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Quinn Sullivan
Tuesday, Aug. 27
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Wednesday, Aug. 28
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Sky Blu
“Chelsea Lately” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Thursday, Aug. 29
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Rod Stewart
Friday, Aug. 30
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Booker T. Jones with Mayer Hawthorne
“Getaway” — Featuring Selena Gomez, the action thriller premieres in theaters.
“One Direction: This Is Us” — One Direction’s 3-D documentary makes its U.S. debut.
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