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 begins and ends with Adam Young (better known as Owl City), who releases The Midsummer Station on Tuesday; he and Carly Rae Jepsen stop by "Today" on Thursday and "VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live" on Friday. Tuesday also marks a couple reunions: The Darkness return with Hot Cakes, and Bloc Party end their hiatus with Four. Meanwhile, DJ Khaled and a bevy of stars populate his Kiss The Ring, and Trey Songz turns up the R&B for Chapter V. Also, Yeasayer stir up the dancefloor with the percolating, dark Fragrant World. On Tuesday, see which young world-changers win during VH1's "Do Something Awards." Presenters include Beyoncé and Ne-Yo, with performances by Flo Rida, fun. and Kids These Days. Finally, scream yourself into a frenzy and into the weekend on Friday when The Wanted hit "Good Morning America."
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
+ Owl City, The Midsummer Station: Adam Young, a.k.a. the guy behind the synth-pop of Owl City, took a different approach for his new effort. For the first time, he enlisted co-writers and co-producers for his new album. This helped him expand a bit on his sound, like on the anthemic "Shooting Star," while still maintaining his positive-vibed, sugared songwriting and lyrics. He also teamed up with Carly Rae Jepsen for the summery "Good Time," which has been certified gold, and for "Dementia," blink-182's Mark Hoppus adds some vocals to the more rocking tune.
+ Trey Songz, Chapter V: On his fifth album, the R&B crooner enlists some stars for songs, including T.I. ("2 Reasons"), Rick Ross ("Don't Be Scared"), Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy ("Hail Mary") and Meek Mill and Diddy ("Check Me Out"). However, the majority of the 18 tracks feature Songz front and center, such as on the woman's-body-as-swimming-pool saucy ballad "Dive In" and the emotive "Heart Attack." Related: does anyone else look at the album cover and feel the urge to shop at H&M?
+ Bloc Party, FOUR: The quartet took a hiatus in 2009 and pursued separate projects for the next four years. This is their first album since they reunited, and fourth overall. Though they spent years apart, here on FOUR, it seems like they hadn't lost a step at all. "V.A.L.I.S." seems to speak to this, ruminating on the past and future. "Octopus" encapsulates a similarly jittery, angular spirit they showcased on debut Silent Alarm, though with a poppier vibe. "3x3" sounds extra sinister thanks to Kele Okereke's vocal theatrics, and on "Coliseum," he adds a funky sway and romance that finds its way on to "Truth."
Check out more new album releases and upcoming TV appearances and performances after the jump.