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, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire -- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack arrives, and MTV Artist To Watch Jake Bugg releases Shangri La. Meanwhile, Cody Simpson unplugs for The Acoustic Sessions EP, Blood Orange releases Cupid Deluxe, and Daughtry drop Baptized.
Over on TV, tune in to "MTV First: Katy Perry 'Unconditionally'" on MTV or MTV.com to see the song's video premiere plus and an interview with Katy conducted by Iggy Azalea. The week caps off with the 2013 American Music Awards on Sunday, which will feature performances by host Pitbull, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, R. Kelly, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Kendrick Lamar, Miley Cyrus, One Direction, TLC, and more.
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
+ Various Artists, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire -- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: While the film won't hit U.S. theaters until Nov. 22, we'll have the sequel's excellent soundtrack on Tuesday. The compilation features some of our fave artists, like Christina Aguilera ("We Remain"), Lorde ("Everybody Wants To Rule The World"), Sia ("Elastic Heart" featuring The Weeknd and Diplo), and Of Monsters and Men ("Silhouettes").
Oh, and speaking of "The Hunger Games," beginning tonight at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT on MTV.com, you'll be able to walk the "Catching Fire" red carpet from home as MTV News' Josh Horowitz asks your most burning questions to Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth. Got a question? Tweet it using the hashtag #AskCatchingFire.
+ Cody Simpson, The Acoustic Sessions: For this acoustic EP, Cody strips down tunes from Paradise ("Wish U Were Here"), Surfers Paradise ("La Da Dee," "Pretty Brown Eyes"), and his Coast To Coast EP ("All Day"). Rounding out the five-song set, he even gets into the holiday spirit with "Please Come Home For Christmas."
+ Jake Bugg, Shangri La: The debut album from 19-year-old Jake Bugg shot straight to No. 1 in his native England, and with his stomping alt-folk rock 'n' roll and mature songwriting chops, it's easy to see why. His sophomore release sizzles with similarly defiant gusto on songs such as "Slumville Sunrise," "What Doesn't Kill You," and "All Your Reasons," and he takes romantic turns on "Me And You" and "A Song About Love." Stream Shangri La in full via NPR before its release.
Check out more new album releases, upcoming TV appearances, and performances after the jump.