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).
It seems like 2 Chainz has been everywhere lately, from releasing mixtapes to featured guest spots on nearly everyone's singles to playing huge shows, and this week he drops his major label debut. Also, Yellowcard release their sixth studio album. The boys have been going nonstop since coming out of hiatus; in fact, fresh off the Warped Tour, they're headed straight into their European tour. Meanwhile, Fleetwood Mac gets the cover treatment by some of indie rock's finest, Incubus culls a career-spanning live CD/DVD set and Insane Clown Posse make three versions of their latest effort. Incidentally, they recently gave "Guy Code" pointers on "The Juggalo Code," in case you're planning to hit the Gathering of the Juggalos. It's also a big pop-on-TV week: 98 Degrees reunites for "VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live" and "Today" on Friday, and on Sunday, E! premieres "Married To Jonas," featuring Kevin Jonas and wife Danielle.
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
+ 2 Chainz, Based On A T.R.U. Story: One of the most in-demand rappers in the game as of late (with assists on Kanye West's "Mercy," Justin Bieber's "Girlfriend" remix and Nicki Minaj's "Beez in the Trap," as well as opening for Nicki and Drake on tour), the Atlanta MC takes center stage for his major label debut album, with help from some famous friends of course. Check out he and Minaj's "I Luv Dem Strippers," "No Lie" with Drake and "Birthday Song" with Kanye West. As for the acronym "T.R.U."? "T.R.U. is an acronym for The Real University. It was something that I felt like hip-hop was missing for a while," he told RapFix.
+ Yellowcard, Southern Air: The pop-punk quintet took a three-year break before returning in 2011 to drop When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes, followed by relentless touring. The time off also reinvigorated their creativity, as they immediately recorded their follow-up, Southern Air, which references frontman Ryan Key's return home to Athens, Ga., during their hiatus. The catchy "Here I Am Alive" was cowritten by Patrick Stump, and We Are The In Crowd's Taylor Jardine pitches in with vocals. All Time Low's Alex Gaskarth and Hey Monday's Cassadee Pope also guest on the album. Other highlights include "Always Summer" and "Awakening."
+ Various Artists, Just Tell Me That You Want Me - A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac: After nearly five decades of making music, Fleetwood Mac have a wealth of landmark songs, and the all-star indie cast on this album does an wonderful job covering them with reverence along with their own personal takes. Universally adored "Landslide" (which in the past has been covered by Smashing Pumpkins and Dixie Chicks) is lovingly rendered by Antony and the Johnsons's Antony Hegarty. Other highlights come by way of The New Pornographers ("Think About Me"), Best Coast ("Rhiannon"), Lykke Li ("Silver Springs"), The Kills ("Dreams"), Washed Out ("Straight Back"), and MGMT ("Future Games").
Check out more new album releases and upcoming TV appearances and performances after the jump.