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, Britney Spears drops her eighth studio album, Britney Jean, and Transit strip things down on their Futures & Sutures EP. Meanwhile, Leona Lewis delivers Motown-style sounds on Christmas, With Love, and Paul Oakenfold celebrates British club Cream's 21st birthday with Cream 21.
Over on TV, CMT honors Hunter Hayes, Jason Aldean, and others during the "2013 Artists Of The Year" special on Tuesday, and LL Cool J hosts the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!," featuring performances by Drake, Robin Thicke, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and more. The week caps off with One Direction serving as musical guests on "Saturday Night Live."
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
+ Britney Spears, Britney Jean: Britney's BACK! And with a club-ready vengeance, too, as the shake-your-booty lead single, "Work Bitch," proves. More dance floor burners come by way of "Tik Tik Boom" featuring T.I., "Til It's Gone," and "Body Ache." Meanwhile, "Perfume" showcases Britney's softer, more vulnerable side. Additional guests include the album's executive producer, will.i.am ("It Should Be Easy"), and little sis, Jamie Lynn Spears ("Chillin' With You").
+ Transit, Futures & Sutures: The Boston lads all-acoustic six-song EP features new versions of tunes culled from their last two albums, Listen & Forgive and Young New England. Watch their beer-soaked, Boston-loving video for "Young New England."
Check out more new album releases, upcoming TV appearances, and performances after the jump.