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, Bruno Mars releases his sophomore album (catch him on "MTV First" on Tuesday and "The Big & Best of 2012: A Year End Celebration Presented by T-Mobile" on Wednesday at noon ET where he'll be joined by Miguel, Carly Rae Jepsen, Metric, and many more), and The Game drops his fifth record (he's also been busy starring in "Marrying The Game" on VH1; today he stops by "VH1's Big Morning Buzz"). Meanwhile, Big Boi releases Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors (he and Kelly Rowland hit "The View" Tuesday), Green Day completes their trilogy, and Interpol marks the 10th anniversary of their debut. Plus, "Glee" gets into the holiday spirit, Boys Like Girls drop their third album, and Taylor Swift premieres her "I Knew You Were Trouble." video exclusively in an "MTV First: Taylor Swift" special on Thursday. The week caps off with the annual "VH1 Divas," featuring performances by Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland, Jordin Sparks, Ciara, and more, with tributes to Whitney Houston and Donna Summer. Adam Lambert hosts.
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
+ Bruno Mars, Unorthodox Jukebox: Bruno Mars has been in demand throughout 2012, and this week's no exception. He hits "MTV First" on Tuesday and "The Big & The Best of 2012" Wednesday this week in tandem with his album release. In addition to his singles ("Young Girls" and "Locked Out of Heaven"), "Treasure" sounds like an instant fan fave with its feel-good funkified pop style, he explores reggae on "Show Me," and we finally have an explanation for the gorilla on the album cover. "Gorilla" is a smoky, soulful, sexed-up song about "making love like gorillas." Also check out the old-school ballad "If I Knew."
+ The Game, Jesus Piece: Game's been releasing several free songs during his weekly Sunday Service music series, and one of them, "Hallelujah" with Jamie Foxx, also appears on Jesus Piece. "It's kind of like a 2012 Chronic album, if you will. I'm on it and I'm on it a hell of a lot, but I got a lot of features," he told MTV News. In fact, Game flies solo on only one ("Heaven's Arms") of the standard edition's 13 songs. The foreboding title track features Kanye West and Common, and other guests include Meek Mill, 2 Chainz & Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Trey Songz, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and many more.
+ Big Boi, Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors: Although Big Boi's OutKast cohort Andre 3000 isn't on Big Boi's Vicious, he told "RapFix Live" that any rumored beef is untrue. "I gotta tell you, man, that's my brother... People want an OutKast album so bad, they'll just try to stir up something, but you can't never break that bond." Besides, he has plenty of other guests to be excited about on his new set. Listen to a preview of "Mama Told Me" with Kelly Rowland. Also, check out his ATL ode "In the A" featuring T.I. and Ludacris. The eclectic guest list includes Wavves, A$AP Rocky, Little Dragon, Kid Cudi, and more.
Check out more new album releases, upcoming TV appearances, and performances after the jump.