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, Selena Gomez releases her highly anticipated Stars Dance. Catch Selena this Tuesday on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” and Friday on “Good Morning America” and “Live! With Kelly And Michael.” Also, MTV PUSH Artist Of the Week alums Wallpaper. drop their major label debut, Ricky Reed Is Real, and We Came As Romans come back with album No. 3, Tracing Back Roots. On TV, Broadway musical fans can get a generous dose of show tunes on “Live! With Kelly And Michael,” where the casts of Broadway’s top shows will perform all week. And to usher in the weekend, Train performs on “Today” this Friday.
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
+ Selena Gomez, Stars Dance: The birthday girl seems to have a few things on her mind on her first official solo album (her last three records were billed as Selena Gomez And The Scene), Stars Dance: hitting the dance floor, working through romantic pitfalls, and charming a paramour with some sexy, come-hither songs. Summer bangers include “Slow Down,” “Stars Dance,” and “B.E.AT.,” along with the indelible jam ”Come & Get It.” In the love-gone-awry category, check out “Forget Forever,” “Love Will Remember,” and “Nobody Does It Like You” — all of which sound like they’re about her on-off boyfriend Justin Bieber. And anyone who’s trying to resist Sel’s seductions would have a hard time doing so with songs like the lovers-on-the-DL “Undercover” and “Music Feels Better.” Stream Selena Gomez’s Stars Dance in full via iTunes before it drops tomorrow.
+ Wallpaper., Ricky Reed Is Real: Wallpaper. frontman Eric Frederic (whose club/producer/remixer alter-ego moniker is Ricky Reed) and his band drop their major-label debut album, which is brimming with party-loving tunes. Get your impromptu dance-floor fiesta started with the anthemic “RRIR,” “Last Call,” and “Life Of The Party.” But be careful — sometimes when you go too hard, you pay, as evidenced by the punked-up dance jam, “Puke My Brains Out.” Also watch the NSFW video for the post-breakup, friends-rule paean “Good 4 It.” To bring the high-octane festivities to a close, Wallpaper. get reflective on “You n Me n Everyone We Know.”
Check out more new album releases, upcoming TV appearances, and performances after the jump.
+ We Came As Romans, Tracing Back Roots: For We Came As Romans’ third album, the Michigan-based band added a good dose of hooks to their melodic metalcore, seen on songs such as “I Survive — which features The Almost ‘s current leader singer and guitarist/ Underoath‘s former vocalist and drummer, Aaron Gillespie — and on the uplifting “Tracing Back Roots,” which houses the euphoric chorus of “My home is in your heart.” Singers David Stephens and Kyle Pavone’s passionate vocal interplay weave around staccato riffs and driving beats in songs such as “Fade Away,” “Ghosts,” and “Hope.” Stream We Came As Romans’ Tracing Back Roots in its entirety via Alternative Press before its release tomorrow.
TV APPEARANCES AND PERFORMANCES
Monday, July 22
“Late Show With David Letterman” — Franz Ferdinand
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Kenny Chesney
“Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” — Sara Bareilles
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Kings Of Leon, Ronald Isley
“Conan” — Jimmy Eat World
“Live! With Kelly And Michael” — The Broadway cast of “Pippin”
Tuesday, July 23
“Late Show With David Letterman” — Jason Isbell
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Selena Gomez
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Emeli Sandé
“Conan” — The 1975
“Live! With Kelly And Michael” — The Broadway cast of “Motown: The Musical”
Wednesday, July 24
“Late Show With David Letterman” — Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Hiatus Kaiyote
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Buddy Guy
“Conan” — Bastille
“Live! With Kelly And Michael” — The Broadway cast of “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella”
Thursday, July 25
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Court Yard Hounds
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — New Order
“The View” — Court Yard Hounds
“Live! With Kelly And Michael” — The Broadway cast of “Kinky Boots”
Friday, July 26
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Kacey Musgraves
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Imagine Dragons
“Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” — Michael McDonald
“Live! With Kelly And Michael” — Selena Gomez, the Broadway cast of “Matilda The Musical”
“Good Morning America” — Selena Gomez
“Today” — Train
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