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."
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
+ Justin Timberlake, The 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."
+ Lorde, Pure 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.