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).
What a great week in pop! We begin with the release of Justin Bieber's Believe Acoustic. Also, awesome twin sister duo Tegan and Sara drop their seventh studio album, Heartthrob (catch them on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Thursday). AND you guys, Destiny's Child (who are rumored to be possible surprise guests at the Super Bowl Halftime Show) release a compilation of Love Songs, including their first new song in eight years. Plus, "The Voice" Season 3 winner Cassadee Pope and Lisa Loeb (the latter of whom is on Thursday's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno") release new material as well. The week caps off with Sunday's Super Bowl XLVII, where Beyoncé (and possibly the rest of Destiny's Child) take the stage (just got chills typing that) for the halftime festivities on CBS. Oh yes, and some football between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers will also be happening around her performance (#teambeyonce).
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
+ Justin Bieber, Believe Acoustic: The Biebs strips things down (and not in the shirtless way, although we'd DEFINITELY approve of an all-acoustic, entirely shirtless tour) for this 11-song set. Believe club bangers, such as "Boyfriend," "Beauty And A Beat," and "All Around The World," are given more intimate turns, and the overall gentle sway showcases a mature, contemplative tone. The album houses three previously unreleased tunes, including the pensive "Yellow Raincoat," which is rumored to be a melancholic music about former love Selena Gomez (before they split). There's also new songs "I Would" and "Nothing Like Us."
+ Tegan And Sara, Heartthrob: Tegan and Sara Quin give their incredible aptitude for spine-tingling melodies and earworm choruses a bouncier and happier sheen than what's been typical of their previous six albums on this electro-pop blissout record. In the past, their intimate material mined more heartbreaking themes suited to self-reflection, new songs point to atmospheric pop ("I'm Not Your Hero"), and the synthy "Closer" is a lusty fist-pumper. That's not to say they've eschewed the #sadz for good: "How Come You Don't Want Me" (co-written by fun.'s Jack Antonoff) is as yearning as a crush can get, and the sisters have even claimed that Heartthrob is their probably their saddest record yet, but it's overall refreshing to hear them expanding past indie folk and reaching new anthemic pop heights.
+ Destiny's Child, Love Songs: One of our favorite girl groups ever returns with their first new song in almost eight years on this new compilation. Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams handpicked 13 songs from their previously penned repertoire, like "Say My Name and "Emotion," that fit the album's title and theme. As for the new track, the Pharrell Williams-produced "Nuclear," Michelle Williams told MTV News, "It was a bunch of fun. It was just picking up right where we left off." Here's hoping this (and their possible Super Bowl appearance) spurn some more new music and a tour (after Beyoncé's completed her much-anticipated forthcoming album, of course).
Check out more new album releases, upcoming TV appearances, and performances after the jump.