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, Lil Wayne drops a sequel album, I Am Not A Human Being II, and A Rocket To The Moon release their sophomore full-length, Wild & Free. Meanwhile, Senses Fail go heavy on Renacer, The Strokes experiment on Comedown Machine, and Wavves (who appear on "Late Night With David Letterman" on Wednesday) drop their fourth set, Afraid Of Heights. Also releasing new material: Depeche Mode, Dido (she's on Tuesday's "VH1's Big Morning Buzz With Carrie Keagan" and "Live With Kelly And Michael," and on Wednesday's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"), OneRepublic, and Blake Shelton (catch him Thursday on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" and "Live With Kelly And Michael"). Speaking of Blake, TV singing competitions heat up when Shelton and Adam Levine return to "The Voice" with new coaches Usher and Shakira for tonight's Season 4 premiere.
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
+ Lil Wayne, I Am Not A Human Being II: Fresh out of the hospital, Weezy rebounded from a scary seizure in time for the release of his 10th studio album, which may be one of his final albums (he said Tha Carter V will be his last, sadface). In the meantime, he's enjoying the spoils that he's earned over almost 20 years in the biz, living it up in the appropriately named "Rich As F***" video with 2 Chainz and partying in a casino and strip club on "No Worries" with Detail. He moves the party into the bedroom with slow jam "Love Me" featuring Drake and Future, and Weezy ends on a high note with the club banger "My Homies Still" featuring Big Sean.
+ A Rocket To The Moon, Wild & Free: Singer/guitarist Nick Santino and company's sophomore effort picks up where they left off on 2009's On Your Side, honing their blend of rock, emo, folk, and pop with touches of country. Check out the sunny acoustic stroll of "Whole Lotta You" (and watch their behind-the-scenes video for the tune), and for the more emotional side of the alt-rock spectrum, grab a box of tissues and watch the heartstring pulling, romantic video for "Ever Enough," which features Disney star Debby Ryan.
+ Senses Fail, Renacer: The name of the album is telling, meaning "to be reborn" in Spanish. Senses Fail have made some changes since 2010's The Fire. Songwriter-guitarist Garrett Zablocki left, and he was replaced by Strike Anywhere's Matt Smith, and they've moved into heavier musical territory, too. Check out the scorching "Holy Mountain" and "Mi Amor," which Buddy Nielsen sings partially in Spanish. There's also "Closure/Rebirth." which beckons to "Let It Go" before culminating in a wave of static. Stream Renacer on Buzzworthy.
Check out more new album releases, upcoming TV appearances, and performances after the jump.