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).
Holy album release week, everyone! The Kanye West/G.O.O.D. Music Cruel Summer compilation debuts just before summer ends, and Pink drops her sixth album. See her Tuesday on "Today" and "Late Show With David Letterman"; Pink also hits "The Daily Show" on Wednesday. The Killers deliver their fourth record, and they'll perform on "Late Show With David Letterman" Wednesday. Meanwhile, Carly Rae Jepsen and Kreayshawn both make their full-length album debuts, and Nelly Furtado, Sean Paul, and Go Radio also release new material. This week also commemorates the late Michael Jackson's 1987 album, Bad, with a 25th anniversary re-release; on Tuesday Bad's anniversary is honored on "BET Presents: BAD 25" with a short films tribute. Also, today at 2 p.m. E.T., watch "MTV Unplugged: Rita Ora" on MTV.com!
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
+ Kanye West/G.O.O.D. Music, Cruel Summer: After more than a few delays, the highly-anticipated Cruel Summer drops, just before autumn officially sets in. Jam-packed with collabos (R. Kelly, Jay-Z, Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz, DJ Khaled, Ghostface Killah, Common, John Legend, and more), strong lead singles "Mercy," "New God Flow," "Cold" and "Clique" preceded the set. There was also that bit of controversy around Kanye's "I Don't Like" Chief Keef track remix.
+ Pink, The Truth About Love: We were already loving her "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" video, where she gives a final kiss-off to to a cheater, as well as her stunning performance at the 2012 MTV VMAs. Now, there's more to love with the ballad "Try," the saucy "Slut Like You," and the Eminem collabo "Here Comes The Weekend." So, in summary: the truth about love is don't take crap, dust yourself off after heartbreak and heal, go for what you want, and make sure to enjoy yourself along the way. Cosign.
+ The Killers, Battle Born: Back with their first album in four years, new song "Runaways" sounds like Brandon Flowers channeling Bruce Springsteen with some Tom Petty inflections at the same time, which is to say it's very cool. Also check out their live performance of "Rising Tide," which they played at their tour opener in Asheville, NC. Other album notables include the rousing "Flesh And Bone" and the building ballad, "Miss Atomic Bomb."
Check out more new album releases and upcoming TV appearances and performances after the jump.