Welcome to Buzzworthy’s The Week In Pop, where we round up new album releases, talk show musical guests and appearances, TV appearances by your favorite pop stars and more (so you don’t have to).
While the Grammys gave us plenty to discuss around the ol’ watercooler to start the week (Nicki Minaj’s pope friend, Adele winning EVERYTHING, etc.), but there’s a lot to look forward to in musical happenings this week, y’all. The Kills release their “The Last Goodbye” single with The Velvet Underground, Patsy Cline and Marilyn Monroe covers, “Glee” pays homage to the late Whitney Houston on their Valentine’s Day episode Tuesday, Sleigh Bells are gonna kick the “Saturday Night Live” stage’s ass, and Hollywood Week continues on “American Idol.”
Check out this week’s album releases and talk show music guests below.
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
Tuesday, Feb. 14
+ The Kills, “The Last Goodbye” four-song single release: Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince package their lovely “The Last Goodbye” waltz single with three covers.
+ Johnny Cash, Live From Austin TX: The Man in Black lives on through his immeasurable body of work. The 180-gram vinyl release comes with a DVD of the performance.
+ Band Of Skulls, Sweet Sour: The English trio return with a sophomore album wrapped in delicious female-male vocal interplay indie rock with a bluesy stomp. Check out their single “Bruises.”
Check out more new album releases and upcoming TV appearances and performances after the jump.
+ Heartless Bastards, Arrow: Erika Wennerstrom’s affecting vocals are the centerpiece for their fourth moody, Southern rock-kissed effort.
+ Shearwater, Animal Joy: The richly crafted and sometimes epic and complex Animal Joy is their seventh album and first for Sub Pop Records.
+ Tennis, Young and Old: Their sophomore album, Young and Old, was recorded with Black Keys’ drummer Patrick Carney. Married couple Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore and their bandmates wrote much of the album on the road.
TV SHOW APPEARANCES AND PERFORMANCES
Monday, Feb. 13, on MTV
“MTV First: Taylor Swift” — Taylor will premiere her video for her song “Safe & Sound” on the Hunger Games soundtrack, followed by an exclusive chat with Swift herself.
Monday, Feb. 13
“Late Show With David Letterman” — Kasabian
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Jennifer Lopez, The Civil Wars
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — Lana Del Rey
“Conan O’Brien” — Wale featuring Miguel
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony
Tuesday, Feb. 14
“Late Show With David Letterman” — Mark Ronson, Erykah Badu, the Dap-Kings
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — Robin Thicke
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — The Cranberries
“Live with Kelly” — Christina Perri, guest cohost Randy Jackson
“Glee” — The show’s Valentine’s Day episode will featuring Amber Riley singing “I Will Always Love You” as a tribute to Whitney Houston.
Wednesday, Feb. 15
“VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live” — Christina Perri, Mark Ronson
“Late Show With David Letterman” — Yelawolf with Kid Rock
“Live With Kelly” — Ricky Martin, Nicki Minaj
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — Dierks Bentley
“American Idol” — Hollywood week continues, and according to host Ryan Seacrest, the show will pay homage to Whitney Houston.
Thursday, Feb. 16
“VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live” — Jason Mraz
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Monica, Brandy
“Conan O’Brien” — Cake
“Chelsea Lately” — Lenny Kravitz
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Young Jeezy featuring Ne-Yo
Saturday, Feb. 18
“Saturday Night Live” — musical guests Sleigh Bells