Ke$ha, Wiz Khalifa Release Albums; ‘Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!’ Airs Wednesday With Taylor Swift, Fun. + More, Nominations Announced

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, Ke$ha drops her sophomore album, Warrior, and swings by “Conan” on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Wiz Khalifa releases album No. 2, O.N.I.F.C. Two live albums street: Blur culls a two-CD live set from their Olympic Closing Ceremony concert with Parklive, and Gavin DeGraw‘s Sweeter Live reprises new and earlier hits during a show from his summer tour. It’s a hot week on TV as well: Sexy models and performances steam up TV screens on Tuesday when “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” airs on CBS, featuring Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Bruno Mars. Plus, the Grammys announce their 2013 nominations during Wednesday’s “Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night” on CBS. The lineup includes The Who, Ne-Yo, fun., Maroon 5, and more, with cohosts Taylor Swift and LL Cool J.

NEW ALBUM RELEASES

+ Ke$haWarrior: Ke$ha expands beyond her brash-trash, club-party-loving style, and she’s better for it. There’s less Auto-Tune in places (“Wonderland”), and more genre blending: Her EDM-tipped pop wraps around rock, punk, and rap influences. Add in her humorous lyrics, and she can conjure smiles and blushing as much as dancing, like with “Thinking of You.” Also, watch her sexy, Illuminati-hinting “Die Young” video, and listen to “C’Mon.” Punk icon Iggy Pop stops in for the revving, funny “Dirty Love,” and The Strokes‘ Julian Casablancas and Fabrizio Moretti guest on “Only Wanna Dance.”

+ Wiz Khalifa, O.N.I.F.C.: Wiz Khalifa has a lot to be excited about: He’s about to be a dad and a hubby (Wiz plans to marry Amber Rose before their baby’s born), and he also drops his sophomore set, O.N.I.F.C., which stands for “One Night In First Class.” Hear the NSFW, pensive “Remember You” featuring The Weeknd and listen to the NSFW, laidback, and herb-worshipping “The Bluff” with Cam’ron. Also check out the videos for his summer party jam “Work Hard, Play Hard” and “It’s Nothin’” featuring 2 Chainz, where they celebrate a decadent lifestyle like “it’s nothing.”

+ Blur, Parklive Deluxe Edition: While MP3s of Blur’s epic Olympics Closing Ceremony concert performance in London’s Hyde Park were released after their show in August, a four-CD edition with DVD is just becoming available. In addition to housing fan favorites such as their megahit “Song 2,” the box set includes “Under The Westway,” which is a newly penned song made specifically for their post-Olympics appearance that Blur premiered via Twitter from a London rooftop.

Check out more new album releases, upcoming TV appearances, and performances after the jump.

+ Gavin DeGraw, Sweeter Live: This live CD was recorded during Gavin’s concert over the summer at California’s Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. The set spans material throughout his career and includes hits from his 2003 Chariot debut, such as “I Don’t Want To Be,” “Chariot” and “Follow Through.” It also comprises new material from last year’s Sweeter, such as the title track and “Not Over You.”

TV APPEARANCES AND PERFORMANCES

Monday, Dec. 3
“Late Show With David Letterman” – Paloma Faith; John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — The Polyphonic Spree
“Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” — Richie Sambora
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Dave Matthews Band
“Conan” — Punch Brothers
“The Talk” — Guest co-host Carnie Wilson
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — Taylor Swift
“The Voice” — “Top 6 Semi-Final Performances,” featuring coaches Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton, and advisers Billie Joe Armstrong, Mary J. Blige, Michael Bublé, and Rob Thomas”
“Blake Shelton’s Family Christmas” — Blake Shelton hosts a holiday variety special featuring performances of holiday classics, new music, and comedy bits. Guest stars include Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, and more on NBC

Tuesday, Dec. 4
“VH1′s Big Morning Buzz” — Spin Doctors
“Late Show With David Letterman” — J.D. McPherson
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Matisyahu
“Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” — Reba McEntire, Richie Sambora
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Bonnie Raitt
“Conan” — Ke$ha
“Live With Kelly And Michael” – Ed Sheeran
“The Voice” — “Semi-Final Results Show,” featuring coaches Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton, and advisers Billie Joe Armstrong, Mary J. Blige, Michael Bublé, and Rob Thomas
“Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” — Performances by Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Bruno Mars on CBS.

Wednesday, Dec. 5
“VH1′s Big Morning Buzz” — Marina & The Diamonds
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Darius Rucker
“Late Show With David Letterman” — Diana Krall
“Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” — Richie Sambora
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Robert Cray
“Conan” — Delta Spirit
“The View” — Bonnie Raitt
“Live With Kelly And Michael” — Katherine Jenkins
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John
“The X Factor” — “Top 6 Finalists Perform,” featuring judges Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, L.A. Reid, and Britney Spears
“Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night” — featuring performances by The Who, Ne-Yo, fun. Maroon 5, and more with cohosts Taylor Swift and LL Cool J on CBS.

Thursday, Dec. 6
“VH1′s Big Morning Buzz” — Olly Murs
“Late Show With David Letterman” — Vintage Trouble
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Paloma Faith
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Tanlines
“Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” — Richie Sambora
“Conan” — The Gaslight Anthem
“The X Factor” — “Live Results,” featuring judges Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, L.A. Reid, and Britney Spears

Friday, Dec. 7
“VH1′s Big Morning Buzz” – Carmen Electra
“Late Show With David Letterman” — One Direction
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Garbage
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Big Boi
“Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” — Richie Sambora
“The Talk” — Reba McEntire
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — Christina Aguilera

Saturday, Dec. 8
“Saturday Night Live” — Jamie Foxx Hosts, Ne-Yo

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