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, Taylor Swift releases her fourth studio album; catch her on "Late Show With David Letterman" Tuesday, "The View" Wednesday, and Thursday's "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Also, Kendrick Lamar releases his major-label debut; he'll be on "Conan" Monday. Bat For Lashes drops her third album, The Haunted Man (incidentally, she recently did a haunting, dark cover of Rihanna's "We Found Love"). Meanwhile, P.O.S.'s fifth studio album streets, Swedish House Mafia say goodbye, Bayside make five covers, and Tony Bennett duets with Latin stars. Additionally, Titus Andronicus, Diamond Rings, and Gary Clark Jr. release new material. In TV this week, tune into Adam Lambert on Tuesday when he guest stars (glampire style, natch) on the Halloween special for "Pretty Little Liars."
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
+ Taylor Swift, Red: Taylor Swift has expanded her musical palate while on the road. She's sang with Usher, Nicki Minaj, and Justin Bieber among others, so we're not too surprised by the sonic variety on Red. In fact, if she rapped her way through it, we wouldn't blink (OK, maybe we would, but we bet she'd pull it off). Check out the sweet pop song "State of Grace," which went to No. 1 on iTunes in like, a minute, as well as the "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" video. She also genre hops between her "Begin Again" ballad, the classic country roots style on "Red," and the dubstep-tipped "I Knew You Were Trouble."
+ Kendrick Lamar, good kid, m.A.A.d. city: Kendrick drops his major-label debut album today. While his much-talked-about Lady Gaga collabo didn't make the cut (though she is rumored to be an uncredited appearance), there's still a hefty 12 tracks to groove to (15 in the Deluxe version). Watch a live video version of "Swimming Pools (Drank)," which he performed during the 2012 VMA Tour, and check out the Pharrell-produced "good kid," and also "Compton" and "The Recipe," which both feature Dr. Dre. Also, Drake guests on "Poetic Justice" and Mary J. Blige lends her voice to "Now Or Never."
+ Bat For Lashes, The Haunted Man: This is Natasha Khan's third album. Check out the video for the devastatingly gorgeous "Laura," an ode to someone who's "more than a superstar" despite the inevitability of their waning spotlight and fleeting youth. Also, watch the rhythmic "All Your Gold" video where Khan proves she's not only a skilled singer but an impressive interpretive dancer. Another highlight (and there are many) is the electro-fluttery "Oh Yeah."
Check out more new album releases, upcoming TV appearances, and performances after the jump.