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).
If you didn’t know we were on the verge of a U.K. boy band invasion this week, brace yourselves. One Direction, a group who formed from the British version of “The X Factor,” has been making waves on both sides of the pond with their hit single “What Makes You Beautiful”; they release their Up All Night this week. (Maybe you caught them on “The Today Show” this morning?) Also this week, The Decemberists drop their first full-length live album. And be sure to check out live performances from The mtvU Woodie Awards Festival at SXSW in Austin on Thursday at MTV.com. Get the full schedule here. Wrap up your week on Sunday during the mtvU Woodie Awards, airing on MTV at 8/7c and featuring performances by Childish Gambino, Santigold and Steve Aoki.
Check out this week’s album releases and television show music guests below.
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
Tuesday, March 13
+ One Direction, Up All Night: These British-Irish lads had the fastest-selling debut album on the 2011 U.K. charts, and now they’re ready to take on America. Check out the anthemic, Brit Awards-winning “What Makes You Beautiful.” What’s not to love about a cute quintet showering you with compliments, right?
+ The Ting Tings, Sound From Nowheresville: The duo of Katie White and Jules De Martino had us dancing and shout-singing “That’s Not My Name” through 2008. For their sophomore album they expand on their musical palette with songs like the reggae-infused “Soul Killing” and the rap-funky “Hang It Up.”
+ Delta Spirit, Delta Spirit: On their third album, Delta Spirit doesn’t entirely ditch their roots base, but they’ve enriched it with different instrumentation (including MPC samples and drum machines and electric over acoustic guitar) and it results in a more vibrant, driving sound.
Check out more new album releases and upcoming TV appearances and performances after the jump.
+ The Decemberists, We All Raise Our Voices To The Air (Live Songs 04.11-08.11): The exuberant live set was recorded through the course of 12 nights while on tour for their last studio album,The King is Dead. The album includes fan favorites from their expansive output, including “La Infanta” and “We Both Go Down Together,” along with recent material.
+ Lucero, Women & Work: The hard-touring Memphis band (known to put on up to 200 shows a year) offers up 10 songs of revving Southern rawk, complete with stomping piano and rambunctious horns on their seventh studio album.
+ Say Anything, Anarchy My Dear: Max Bemis, the mainstay in Say Anything, has been through bandmates, a trip to the majors and a nervous breakdown. They return to their indie roots both musically and label-wise with this stripped-down, raw punk effort that hearkens back to their …Is A Real Boy debut.
+ Etta James, I Just Want To Make Love To You: This compilation from the late-great Etta James includes 23 songs from her early 1960s work, including the title track and her signature song, “At Last.”
TV SHOW APPEARANCES AND PERFORMANCES
Monday, March 12
“VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live” — SWV
“The Today Show” — One Direction
“Jimmy Kimmel” — Keane
“Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Jessica Simpson
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Cults, rebroadcast
“Live With Kelly” — Cee Lo Green
“The Voice” — The Battles, week 2
Tuesday, March 13
“Late Show With David Letterman” — Cee Lo Green, The Chieftans with Low Anthem
“Last Call With Carson Daly” — White Denim, rebroadcast
“Colbert Report” — Andrew Bird
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Zooey Deschanel, Primus, rebroadcast
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — Jessica Simpson
Wednesday, March 14
“VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live” — Brandy and Monica
“Late Show With David Letterman” — The Ting Tings
“Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Meat Loaf
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — The Crystal Method featuring Martha Reeves
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — All-American Rejects, rebroadcast
“Last Call With Carson Daly” — Ed Sheeran, rebroadcast
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — Karmin
“American Idol” — Finalists compete
Thursday, March 15, on MTV
mtvU Woodie Awards Festival — featuring Ed Sheeran, Kimbra, A$AP Rocky, Gary Clark Jr., Machine Gun Kelly, of Verona, Dev, Wallpaper., Chiddy Bang, Imagine Dragons, fun., Walk The Moon, Childish Gambino, Santigold and Steve Aoki livestreaming on MTV.com.
Thursday, March 15
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” — The Joy Formidable
“Jimmy Fallon” — Adam Levine, Nas, rebroadcast
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — Toby Keith
“American Idol” — One finalist voted off
Friday, March 16
“Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Toby Keith
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Snoop Dogg, Fitz and the Tantrums, rebroadcast
Saturday, March 17
“Saturday Night Live” — Kelly Clarkson is the musical guest, rebroadcast
Sunday, March 18, on MTV
mtvU Woodie Awards — featuring performances by Childish Gambino, Santigold and Steve Aoki — airs 8/7c p.m. on MTV and mtvU.
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