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It’s a good week for women on the Billboard Hot 100 as Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” stays at No. 1, while both Katy Perry and Pink make great strides as well.
Pink’s “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” the first single from forthcoming album “The Truth About Love,” blows into the top 10 this week, catapulting 58-9. “Kiss” makes an even dozen Top 10 hits for Pink, leaving her only behind Rihanna and Beyonce for the most top 10s by any female since 2000. Perry’s “Wide Awake,” climbs 4-3 on the Billboard 100 and topples “Call Me” from the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Digital Songs chart.
Maroon 5’s “Payphone” featuring Wiz Khalifa stays at No. 2 while Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” slips 3-4. Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” remains at No. 5.
In addition to Pink’s flight into the top 10, Flo Rida’s “Whistle” gains five places to stop at No. 7. “Whistle” is his third top 10 from current album, “Wild Ones,” following “Good Feeling” and the title track, according to Billboard.
Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been” stays No. 6, David Guetta’s “Titanium” featuring Sia falls one to No. 9 and Usher’s “Scream” stays at No. 10.
"Whitney!", an exhibit at Los Angeles’ Grammy Museum that celebrates Whitney Houston, will open Aug. 15., two days before the superstar’s last movie, “Sparkle,” bows nationwide.
"Whitney! Celebrating the Musical Legacy of Whitney Houston" received full cooperation from the Houston family and will concentrate on the six-time Grammy winner’s life on and off stage. Houston died Feb. 11.
The exhibit will include stage costumes worn by Houston, including the white, beaded gown she wore when awards the 1992 Grammy for album of the year; album and career scrapbooks from the early days of her career; concert posters and tour booklets, rare photographs of Houston, and her personal Bible.
There will also be interviews with a number of musicians and artists who worked with or were influenced by Houston.
“Sparkle” opens Aug. 17.
The Whitney! exhibit will be on display at the Grammy Museum until February 2013.
Veteran acts still rule the touring roost: Midway through 2012, Roger Waters’ “The Wall Live” is the top-grossing concert outing.
Based on reporting to Billboard Boxscore from Nov. 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012 announced by Billboard today, “The Wall Live” has grossed $131.4 million from 1.2 million tickets sold to easily top the second place entry: “Michael Jackson: The Immortal Tour by Cirque du Soleil,” which grossed $68.4 million.
Other vets in the top 10 include Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and Van Halen. The only acts in the top 10 who released their first albums in the new millennium are Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Kanye West, whose “Watch The Throne” tour with Jay-Z comes in at No. 4. While older acts may not have the impact at radio that they once did and that their younger counterparts do, they can still command top dollar and a large audience based on their strong catalog of hits.
The Top 10 touring acts of 2012
1. Roger Waters, $131.4 million
2. Michael Jackson’s “Immortal,” $68.4 million
3. Bruce Springsteen, $52.4 million
4. Jay-Z/Kanye West, $46 million
5. Lady Gaga, $44 million
6. Van Halen, $38.6 million
7. Trans-Siberian Orchestra, $33 million
8. Taylor Swift, $26.3 million
9. Pearl Jam, $25.4 million
10. Andre Rieu, $25.3 million
Declaring that they're "anxious to work together again before they drop dead," the remaining members of the The Who, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, will return to the U.S. for their first tour in four years. Given that fellow members Keith Moon and John Entwistle are no longer with us, it's a legitimate wish.
The outing, which starts in Nov. 1 in Sunrise, Fla., will feature the band performing their 1973 album “Quadrophenia,” “plus a few classics,” as the group announced today. Among the hits from the rock opera are “The Real Me,” “5:15,” and “Love Reign O’er Me.” Tickets for the 37 dates go on sale to the general public on July 27.
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Female directors and producers may have received relatively short shrift at the Academy Awards over 84 years -- for those of you keeping score, only seven women have won Best Picture, while that number famously drops to one for Best Director. Within the Academy itself, however, they get a little more respect: following yesterday's announcement of their rejigged Board of Governors, women occupy two-thirds of the spaces in the director and producer sections.
One of them is also one of six new governors: Lisa Cholodenko, the Oscar-nominated writer-director of "The Kids Are All Right," joins recent Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow and Michael Mann at the directors' table. Mann returns to the board after a hiatus, while Bigelow retains her place (and also holds a spot in the documentary field, making her the only governor doing double duty).
Eight contestants remain and at this point, well, I wouldn't want to be the one narrowing the field. Every time I count someone out (like Nellie), he or she turns around and gives a kick ass performance to save the day. But it's a new week, there's a new challenge, and anything can happen with teenagers.
SAN DIEGO - The first sign attendees had that Warner Bros. had something special planned for their Comic-Con 2012 panel came at the start of the event when the curtains at the front of the room rolled back, wider than normal, revealing two extra screens that extended out from the front screen, creating a sort of Cinerama effect, with both side panels featuring graphics designed to evoke the world of "Pacific Rim."
Of course, that wouldn't have been the first thought for many people in the room, since "Pacific Rim" is still a year away and before Saturday's presentation, very little was known about the film. Last year, Guillermo Del Toro came to tell fans that they could expect a movie about "giant f**king monsters against giant f**king robots," but since then, there's been almost nothing revealed in public.
I visited the set for the film, and at that point, I realized just what sort of scale Guillermo's trying for with the movie, and I was curious to see what sort of showing they'd make with 7000 people who walked in cold.
It's safe to say the response was enthusiastic.
Coachella turned heads last year when its organizers announced there would be two identical music festival weekends in Indio, Calif. Now Goldenvoice has expanded Coachella's reach, with two Coachella-branded cruises, also with the same lineups.
Pulp, Hot Chip, Girl Talk, Yeasayer, Sleigh Bells, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, Simian Mobile Disco, Cloud Nothings, !!!, Warpaint, El-P, Killer Mike, Black Lips, Grimes, DJ Z-Trip, The Gaslamp Killer and more acts TBA are on the bill for late this year.
S.S. Coachella will be on the 2,800-cap Celebrity Silhouette, "a 1,000-foot, 122,000-ton ship," with the first trip leaving from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. to the Bahamas Dec. 16 for three days. The second also leaves from Fort Lauderdale, and sailing to Jamaica for a four-day excursion on Dec. 19.
“It even has a half-acre of grass,” Goldenvoice prez Paul Tollett told the New York Times. “It wouldn’t be Coachella without grass.”
Coachella can apparently be whatever it wants to be at this point, grass or not.
No matter how good the eventual film is, people are going to categorize the notion of Andrew Stanton returning to Pixar to direct a sequel to "Finding Nemo" as a retreat of sorts on the heels of the commercial drubbing of "John Carter."
It's a tough move for Stanton no matter what he does. I have no doubt at all that the reports are correct in saying that Stanton brought Disney a pitch that they loved. I think of about 870 million reasons Disney would be pre-disposed to loving any story idea they heard for a "Finding Nemo 2." But beyond that, Stanton is indeed one of Pixar's strongest story guys, and if he's got something he's excited by, then I'm absolutely willing to see it.