Drake, Icona Pop Release Albums; Arcade Fire Performs On ‘Saturday Night Live’

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, Drake‘s Nothing Was The Same arrives, along with Icona Pop‘s highly anticipated This Is… Icona Pop and CHVRCHES‘ The Bones Of What You Believe. Also, Kings Of Leon release their sixth album, Mechanical Bull, and British singer-songwriter Birdy drops a U.S.-only EP titled Breathe.

Over on TV, season 4 of “The Voice” premieres tonight, “Glee” returns with season 5 on Thursday. and Nicki Minaj stops by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Friday. To cap off the weekend, catch Arcade Fire on the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live,” followed by the band’s concert broadcast special immediately after “SNL” wraps.

Drake released his new album, "Nothing Was The Same," this week.

NEW ALBUM RELEASES

+ DrakeNothing Was The Same: Drake excellently brought emo into rap, and indeed, nothing was the same. To wit, there’s “Too Much” featuring Sampha. But don’t mistake this sensitive side to mean that Drake doesn’t still deliver with an edge. Just give the NSFW “Wu-Tang Forever” a listen, or check out the latter half of his “Hold On, We’re Going Home”/ “Started From The Bottom” VMA medley for proof.

+ Icona Pop, This Is… Icona Pop: The Swedish duo who gave us the kiss-off gem “I Love It” reach beyond the dance floor on their full-length debut. In addition to the club-ready anthems of “Ready For The Weekend,” the NSFW “Girlfriend,” and “All Night,” Caroline and Aino make an infectious shimmery-pop turn with “Light Me Up.”

+ CHVRCHESThe Bones Of What You Believe: The MTV Artist To Watch CHVRCHES have been buzzing long before their official debut. Check out the enigmatic video for “Recover” and their addictive “The Mother We Share” to understand why the Scottish electro-pop trio are worthy of all the hype.

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

+ Kings Of Leon, Mechanical Bull: Drummer Nathan Followill told MTV News that he and his fellow Followill bandmates let loose on their latest album: “There was no pressure this time around; we weren’t coming off the heels of a multi-Grammy winning, multimillion selling record, it was ‘OK, we can make the kind of record we want to make, one that will be fun for us to play.’” Watch their rousing live “Supersoaker” video to see what he means.

+ Birdy, Breathe: Following The 17-year-old British singer-songwriter’s eponymous debut album, she’s now dropping a five-song, U.S.-only EP (which includes a live cover of Bon Iver‘s “Skinny Love”) as she readies her next full-length, Fire Within, which isn’t due until next spring. Listen to Birdy’s Breathe EP in its entirety via Nylon magazine.

TV APPEARANCES AND PERFORMANCES

Monday, Sept. 23
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Justin Timberlake
“Chelsea Lately” — Drake
“The Voice” — Season 4 premiere; Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton return as judges; Ed Sheeran and Cher serve as mentors

Tuesday, Sept. 24
“Late Show With David Letterman” — Cher
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Cher Lloyd
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — Justin Timberlake
“Live With Kelly And Michael” — Jason Derulo
“The Voice” — Featuring judges Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton; Ed Sheeran and Cher serve as mentors

Wednesday, Sept. 25
“Late Show With David Letterman” — Icona Pop
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Cee Lo Green, Goodie Mob
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Kings Of Leon
“The X Factor” — Featuring judges Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland, and Paulina Rubio

Thursday, Sept. 26
“Late Show With David Letterman” — Kings Of Leon
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — Avril Lavigne
“The Wendy Williams Show” — Big Sean
“The X Factor” — Featuring judges Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland, and Paulina Rubio
“Glee” — Season 5 premiere

Friday, Sept. 27
“The Talk” — Olly Murs
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — Nicki Minaj

Saturday, Sept. 28
“Saturday Night Live” — Season 39 premiere, with musical guests Arcade Fire
“Arcade Fire Special” — Arcade Fire performs a 30-minute concert special on NBC following”SNL”

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