Music Power Rankings: Lady Gaga delivers 'Born This Way' after longest gestation period ever
C’mon. Did anyone really think that the Rapture was going to happen before Lady Gaga put out “Born This Way?” Trust me, if Momma Monster had any inkling that the Rapture might be real, she would have popped that puppy two weeks ago.
As it is, sales of “Born This Way” are proving rapturous for Lady Gaga as it looks like she’ll top out around 1.15 million for her opening week, according to Billboard.
1. Lady Gaga (last week, No. 2): “Born This Way” is a lock to arrive at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 after Lady Gaga does everything but go house to house to promote the set.
2. Scotty McCreery (not ranked): The 17-year old wins “American Idol’s” 10th season. He’s a lot country and not even a little bit rock and roll. We’ll see if he’s more Carrie Underwood than Taylor Hicks with time.
3. Amazon (not ranked): The retailer pushes its cloud service with offering Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” for 99 cents for the whole album. Not for one, but for two days. Billboard calculates the cost to Amazon is $3.2 million, although the media attention it received in return has to be worth way more.
4. Beyonce (not ranked): Sure, Scotty may have won “American Idol,” but what people were talking about the next day was Beyonce’s killer performance of new song, “1+ 1,” from her forthcoming album “4.” With a few shakes of her hip, she proves that this girl definitely still runs the world.
5. American Idol (not ranked): And while we’re at it. “American Idol” makes the list because of its restored life. While pundits were proclaiming the show’s glory days were behind it following Simon Cowell’s departure, Wednesday’s finale drew 29.3 million viewers, up 21% over last year. That doesn’t sound like dead to me.
6. LMFAO (not ranked): Los Angeles duo’s “Party Rock Anthem” has already spent four weeks at No. 1 in the U.K., but now the U.S. is catching up on what may be the song of the summer. The tune, which features Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, soars 20-8 on the Billboard Hot 100.
7. Rock on the Range (not ranked): God knows it doesn’t get one-tenth the attention of a Lollapalooza or Coachella, but the Columbia, Ohio, 3-day festival wrangled in 70,000 fans in its fifth year to see such headbangers as Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, A Perfect Circle and Disturbed.
8. Pandora (not ranked): The online radio streaming service continues to grow by leaps. Pandora’s first quarter results reveals 94 million registered users up 77% from the same period last year. This Pandora’s box is wide open.
9. “The Book of Mormon” (not ranked): The soundtrack blasted on to the Billboard 200 this week at No. 31, making it the highest-charting cast album in 3 years. How long before we hear about a movie version of the Broadway musical, which was created by “South Park’s” Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
10. Amy Winehouse (not ranked): Troubled singer heads back to rehab and supposedly will be out before her tour starts June 18. Oh Amy, please don’t make it where all we remember you for is the mayhem, not the music. No, no, no.
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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
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
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
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Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
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
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
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
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