Justin Timberlake, HAIM Release Albums; Miley Cyrus Hosts + 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, Justin Timberlake returns with his second album of 2013, The 20/20 Experience — 2 Of 2. Also, two artists who made Buzzworthy’s “15 Must-Hear Fall Albums From Our Favorite Females” drop their records: HAIM with Days Are Gone and Lorde with Pure Heroine. And speaking of awesome women, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts release Unvarnished, and Miley Cyrus serves double duty as host and musical guest on “Saturday Night Live.”

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NEW ALBUM RELEASES

+ Justin TimberlakeThe 20/20 Experience — 2 Of 2: The sequel to the album that JT released earlier this year finds him in a wooing mood, ranging from direct come-ons to more slowly unfurling passionate affairs, such as the 7-minute, seduction-in-reverse “TKO.” Meanwhile, on his disco throwback-styled “Take Back The Night,” Justin entices the listener through grooves and sexual innuendo.

+ HAIM, Days Are Gone: MTV Artist To Watch HAIM strikes a prime balance between classic rock, power pop, and R&B — so, like, if all the tracks on your iPod made babies, the music of sisters Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim would be the incredible result. Highlights worth checking out include “The Wire,” “Don’t Save Me,” “Forever,” and “Falling.”

+ LordePure Heroine: It’s one thing that “Royals rules so much that it’s broken the record for the longest reigning No. 1 song by a female artist on Billboard’s Alternative Charts (eclipsing Alanis Morissette‘s “You Oughta Know“). But, add in that she’s only 16 years old, and well, let’s just say that Lorde’s debut studio album has us questioning some of our lamer early life choices. It’s cool, though — we’ve got “Tennis Courts” to cheer us up.

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

+ Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Unvarnished: We owe a debt of gratitude to Joan Jett, whose music takeover with The Runaways in the ’70s and later as a solo artist proved that rock ‘n’ roll was not just a boys’ club, inspiring generations of girls to pick up a guitar and rawk. Check out “Any Weather” with Foo FightersDave Grohl, “Soulmates To Strangers” featuring Against Me!‘s Laura Jane Grace, and “Make It Back,” which was inspired by the kindness seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

+ Moby, Innocents: Moby’s 11th album marks the first time that the mood-driven electro soundscape artist has worked with an outside producer (pop maven Mark Stent), and that’s not the only collaborative effort in the mix. Check out “The Perfect Life” with The Flaming LipsWayne Coyne, “The Last Day” featuring Skylar Grey, and “The Lonely Night” with Mark Lanegan.

TV APPEARANCES AND PERFORMANCES

Monday, Sept. 30
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — The Lumineers
“Conan” — Demi Lovato, Moby
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — Justin Timberlake
“The Voice” — Featuring judges Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton; Ed Sheeran and Cher serve as mentors

Tuesday, Oct. 1
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Mika featuring Ariana Grande
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Lorde
“Live! With Kelly And Michael” — Cher
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — Capital Cities
“The Voice” — Featuring judges Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton; Ed Sheeran and Cher serve as mentors

Wednesday, Oct. 2
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Demi Lovato
“Conan” — Goodie Mob
“The View” — Jennifer Hudson
“The X Factor” — Featuring judges Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio

Thursday, Oct. 3
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — John Mayer
“Live With Kelly And Michael” — 50 Cent
“The Wendy Williams Show” — Nick Carter
“The X Factor” — Featuring judges Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio

Friday, Oct. 4
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Nelly
“The View” — Sean “Diddy” Combs
“The Wendy Williams Show” — Nelly

Saturday, Oct. 5
“Saturday Night Live” — Miley Cyrus serves as host and musical guest.

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