Inside Music with Melinda Newman
'Let It Go' surges following Academy Awards win
Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” gleefully holds onto the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for the third week, as Oscar winning song, “Let It Go,” soars into the Top 10.
While I have no confirmation of this, it has to be one of the only times that two Oscar-nominated songs have shared space in the Top 10 after the Academy Awards ceremony. Most Oscar-nominated songs that chart have dropped out of the Top 10 by the time the March awards show rolls around.
Both Williams and Idina Menzel performed their Oscar-nominated tunes on the March 2 Oscars ceremony, so that explains their continued success. “Let It Go” becomes Broadway and “Glee” star Menzel’s first Top 10 hit. While “Happy’s” success is equally spread across the Hot 100’s three determining metrics —airplay, streaming, and download sales— Menzel’s is driven primarily by sales, following by streaming. Airplay accounts for only a small fraction of its success, according to Billboard.
Checking out the rest of the top 5, Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” featuring Juicy J, holds at No. 2. John Legend’s “All of Me,” swaps places with Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty,” featuring 2 Chainz, dropping Derulo’s latest to No 4, while Legend’s biggest hit rises to No. 3. Bastille’s “Pompeii” hods at No. 5.
It’s a pretty static bottom half of the Top 10 as well, with “Let It Go” the only newcomer. Otherwise, the song remains the same as last week: Lorde’s “Team” is at No. 6, Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love,” featuring Jay Z at No. 7, OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars” at No. 8 and Pitbull and Ke$ha’s “Timber” at No. 10.
He's there to remind you it gets better
Hunter Hayes is only 22, but the young country artist is going to be hearing from fans for the rest of his career about how his current single, “Invisible,” helped them through a rough time.
They join Miss Piggy, Kermit and the whole Muppet gang
Following her Thanksgiving special, Lady Gaga reunites with The Muppets on the “Muppets Most Wanted” soundtrack.
Lady Gaga, her buddy Tony Bennett, and The Muppets perform the meta tune “We’re Doing A Sequel,” which follows Walter, Statler and Waldorf’s sure-to-be-hilarious “They’ve Ordered a Sequel.”
Other singers on the soundtrack include Celine Dion, who performs with fellow diva Miss Piggy, Kermits and the whole Muppet gang for “Something So Right” (we’re guessing it’s not the Paul Simon tune of the same name), Josh Groban and Flight of the Conchords’s Jemaine Clement.
Among the chestnuts on the album are Scooter and Pepe the King Prawn (remember the shrimp who felt up Lady Gaga in their atrocious Thanksgiving special?) on “Moves Like Jagger,” and Miss Piggy on “Macarena.”
Also on the soundtrack, out March 24, are a number of actors who appear in the movie, including Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Ray Liotta, Danny Trejo, and Ty Burrell.
“Muppets Most Wanted” opens March 21.
Muppets Most Wanted soundtrack:
1. “They’ve Ordered a Sequel”* Walter, Statler and Waldorf
2. “We’re Doing a Sequel” The Muppets with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett
3. “My Name First_ _ _ Your Name”* Constantine and Ricky Gervais
4. “I’m Number One” Constantine and Ricky Gervais
5. “The Casa Grande”* Kermit, Tina Fey, Jemaine Clement, Danny Trejo and Ray Liotta
6. “The Big House Tina Fey with Josh Groban
7. “Stick with Me”* Constantine and Miss Piggy
8. “I’ll Get You What You Want” (Cockatoo in Malibu) Constantine
9. “The Muppet Show Theme” Los Muppets
10. “Answer Some Questions”* Ty Burrell
11. Interrogation Song Ty Burrell, Sam Eagle and The Muppets
12. “Oh Foo Foo, It’s Always Been a Fight”* Miss Piggy and Foo Foo
13. “Something So Right” Miss Piggy, Kermit, Celine Dion and The Muppets
14. “We’re Goin’ Underground”* Kermit
15. “Working in the Coal Mine” Jemaine Clement
16. “The Gulag Finale”* Kermit
17. “Together Again” The Muppets with Josh Groban
18. “Moves Like Jagger” Scooter and the Penguins featuring Pepé the King Prawn
19. “Macarena” (Bayside Boys Remix) Miss Piggy and The Flamingos
20. “Muppets Most Wanted Score Suite” Christophe Beck
Sophomore set includes new hit, 'Invisible'
Hunter Hayes will drop his sophomore set, “Storyline,” on May 6.
Singer's stops include Coachella and Firefly festivals
Beck, whose new album, “Morning Phase, garnered some of the best reviews of his career, will take the album on the road.
Girl, he wants to spend Spring Break with you, really, girl
At 37, Luke Bryan is old enough to be the young dad of kids heading to Spring Break and, yet, for the past several years, he’s reverted back to his 18-year-old self and released a Spring Break EP each March: the mini-albums contain six or so tunes that serve as an aural scrapbook for anyone hitting the beach for sun, surf, girls and beer.
What do they do when their mega-hit comes on the radio?
Other than inadvertently scaring small children, Sebu Simonian, one-half of Capital Cities, feels the duo’s career is going pretty well.
He and partner Ryan Merchant certainly can’t complain about lack of radio play. The pair’s breakthrough hit, “Safe and Sound” has been all over the radio this past year, topping Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart, and crossing over to the Top 5 of the Pop, Hot AC, Triple A and Modern Rock charts. The global hit has sold more than 2.5 million copies in the U.S. alone. Not bad for a song the duo recorded in 2011 that took its time catching on with the public.
Check out the track listing for 'Supernova'
Ray LaMontagne kicks off his Supernova Summer tour on May 27 in Portland, Maine.
Where does Pharrell Williams' 'G I R L' come in?
ScHoolboy Q will hand off the top spot on the Billboard 200 next week to fellow rapper Rick Ross, who will handily claim the top spot with sales of up to 160,000 for “Mastermind.” ScHoolboy’s “Oxymoron” slides to No. 5.
What's the best day of their life?
American Authors are having a moment: the quartet’s debut album, “Oh, What A Life,” came out Tuesday (4), as its banjo-laced song “Best Day of My Life” is reaching critical mass.