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, Meek Mill drops his debut studio album (watch him freestyle on "RapFix Live"), and Calvin Harris takes us to the club with his latest dance-driven set. Meanwhile, Cody ChesnuTT reemerges with a new album, Andrew Bird releases his second album of the year, and Thrice says goodbye with a live record. Also, to get you in the holiday spirit a little early (and when are we not up for celebrating the holidays?), Cee Lo Green brings us his Magic Moment, and an eclectic array of pop stars release Holidays Rule. There's plenty to tune in to on TV this week as well. The 46th Annual Country Music Awards airs Thursday on ABC where nominees and performers include Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, and others. Plus, fun. kicks it live as the musical guest on "Saturday Night Live."
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
+ Meek Mill, Dreams & Nightmares: This is the Rick Ross/Maybach Music Group protégé's debut studio album. The recent PUSH artist told "RapFix Live" he loves to collabo, and he's not joking: A good dozen-plus guests and producers worked on this record. Listen to the 25-year-old Philadelphian spitter's smooth grooving "Maybach Curtains" featuring Nas, John Legend, and Rozay. Also check out the NSFW club-ready "Young & Gettin' It" with Kirko Bangz, which is about exactly what you think it's about (title says it all).
+ Calvin Harris, 18 Months: The Scottish DJ/producer has had a busy couple years (you may recall his megahit with Rihanna, "We Found Love"; it's included on this record). He was also the official house mixmaster at the 2012 MTV VMAs, and released the new album in exactly 18 months (we see what he did there!). Check out the awesome synth-stomp of "I Need Your Love" with Ellie Goulding and "Sweet Nothing" with Florence Welch. Calvin also recruited Ne-Yo ("Let's Go") and Kelis ("Bounce"), among others.
+ Cee Lo Green, Cee Lo's Magic Moment: The "Voice" coach brings us some holiday cheer a couple months early with his Christmas album. Check out the classic "Baby, It's Cold Outside," a duet with his "Voice" costar Christina Aguilera, and listen to his R&B-inflected version of "This Christmas." He and Rod Stewart take on "Merry Christmas, Baby" and The Muppets (!!) join Cee for an original track called "All I Need Is Love."
Check out more new album releases, upcoming TV appearances, and performances after the jump.