Music Power Rankings: Eminem and Katy Perry are king and queen of the summer
It’s beginning to look like the summer belongs to Eminem. Sure, we crowned Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” as the single of the season, but if Perry is our summer homecoming queen, then Eminem is our undisputed homecoming king. “Recovery” spends its fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week, while second single, “Love the Way You Life” featuring Rihanna logs its fifth week atop the magazine’s digital sales chart. It marks the first time an artist has enjoyed five weeks simultaneously on both charts.
1. Eminem (last week, No. 2): His “Recovery” continues.
2. Katy Perry (not ranked): As pundits question if “Teenage Dream” will surpass “Recovery” for the best selling debut week of the year when the album comes out Aug. 24, EMI’s dream girl is smartly renegotiating her record deal. From powerless unknown to superstar holding all the cards in three short years. We predict she’ll be able to afford lots more cream-shooting bras.
3. Avenged Sevenfold (not ranked): We’ll know for sure next Tuesday, but it looks like the hard rock band will be able to do what no other act has accomplished this summer: knock Eminem’s “Recovery” out of the top spot on the Billboard 200. Avenged Sevenfold may call its new album “Nightmare,” but it’s Eminem who’s having the bad dreams.
4. Google (not ranked): Pundits predict Google will beat Apple when it comes to launching a cloud music service. The search engine stealthily moved ahead with its efforts this week, hiring Elizabeth Moody, an attorney specializing in licensing, and reportedly meeting with Harry Fox Agency to firm up its digital rights licenses.
5. Lucian Grange (not ranked)): The new Universal Music Group co-CEOf lands a profile in Wall Street Journal while he’s still in his honeymoon period. Let’s see how much love they give him a year from now.
6. Rascal Flatts (not ranked): Country’s biggest group inks a new deal with Big Machine Records after Disney closes its Nashville imprint, Lyric Street, Rascal Flatt’s home for the past 10 years. Can a duet with Taylor Swift be far behind?
7. Kanye West (not ranked): He finally joins the Twitter generation this week. His first tweet: “Imma gonna let you finish, but I gotta tweet this first… “
8. Ellen Degeneres (not ranked): She quits “American Idol” after only one year as a judge. Is she focusing on Grayson Chance’s debut album on her Interscope-distributed label or did she simply decide to desert the ship before it sinks? The rumor is that Jennifer Lopez will replace her. We hope J-Lo brings her Louboutins.
9. Justin Timberlake (not ranked): The good news is he’s coming to a Target near you. The bad news is it is with his clothing line, William Rast, instead of a new album. It’s now been four years since his last solo album, but who’s counting. Me… that’s who.
10. Wyclef Jean (not ranked): If Arnold Schwarzenegger can be governor of California, why can’t the ex-Fugee be president of Haiti? Stranger things have definitely happened.
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2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
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