'Harlem Shake' holds steady atop Billboard Hot 100 for 3rd week
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'Harlem Shake' holds steady atop Billboard Hot 100 for 3rd week

Demi Lovato gets off to strong start

Years from now when folks look back at what was No. 1 this week, will they even remember “Harlem Shake?” Regardless, Baauer’s viral video sensation makes it three weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

Its popularity, despite even “The Simpsons” paying homage, seems to be waning as its streaming decreases by 45% this week.  Additionally, digital sales slip by 23%. However, the song,  is building at radio (though it’s hard to imagine it can go very far there given there’s not really a full-length song there). It enters the Pop Songs radio airplay chart at No. 38, according to Billboard.

Similarly, the songs at Nos. 2-4 stay the same this week: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop,”  Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” and Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.”
Rihanna’s “Stay” featuring Mikky Ekko rises 7-5, swapping places with will.i.am and Britney Spears’ “Scream & Shout,” which falls  5-7.  Drake’s “Started From the Bottom” holds at No. 6, Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” hangs in at No. 8, while Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven” stays locked at No. 9. Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child” featuring John Martin climbs 12-10.

Other songs of note: Demi Lovato’s “Heart Attack” storms onto the chart at No. 12, driven primarily by strong sales of 215,000 copies.

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Watch: Justin Timberlake preps to host 'Saturday Night Live'

Watch: Justin Timberlake preps to host 'Saturday Night Live'

He and Kenan Thompson work out some important issues

Justin Timberlake has already proven that he will go down among the great “Saturday Night Live” hosts, alongside Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.

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Watch: Foo Fighters and John Fogerty tear through 'Fortunate Son' on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Watch: Foo Fighters and John Fogerty tear through 'Fortunate Son' on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Sound City Players head to South by Southwest next

Before the Sound City Players head to South By Southwest next week for a March 14 performance at Stubbs BBQ, Dave Grohl, the rest of the Foo Fighters, and John Fogerty put on a ferocious performance of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s classic, “Fortunate Son” for “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Tuesday night (March 5).

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<p>Josh Ritter</p>

Josh Ritter

Josh Ritter talks heartache, rebirth and new album 'The Beast In Its Tracks'

Singer-Songwriter holds nothing back on seventh album

When Josh Ritter’s marriage broke up, the singer-songwriter did what came naturally: he wrote about it.

But in the depths of his pain, the emotions were too raw to produce anything redeemable. “When the feelings ran highest, it was also the hardest time to write anything down. It wasn’t so much like a kind of telling about anything,” he says.

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Watch: Miranda Lambert's crazy, sexy new clip for 'Mama's Broken Heart'

Watch: Miranda Lambert's crazy, sexy new clip for 'Mama's Broken Heart'

Should Blake Shelton be worried?

Well, Blake Shelton can’t say he wasn’t warned. Should he and Miranda Lambert ever split, he gets a little preview of how his wife will react in Lambert’s crazy cool video for “Mama’s Broken Heart.”

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<p>Ed Sheeran</p>

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran sets February release date for new set, reveals song title

Singer/songwriter hits the road with Taylor Swift this month

Best new artist Grammy nominee and Taylor Swift collaborator Ed Sheeran’s current album, “+” may still have a lot of life left in it in the U.S., but the British singer/songwriter is already thinking of his follow-up. Plus, the "A Team" singer has already set a release date of Feb. 17, 2014.

“My second album has taken full shape recently,” he told Australian outlet Noise11.com. “I don’t know if there will be any collaborations on it yet. I have a name for it but I can’t tell you the name just yet but it doesn’t start with a letter.”

The song titles, thankfully, do start with letters, including “Photograph,” a tune Sheeran expects “will be the big one on the album.”

Sheeran, who plays three nights at Melbourne’s Festival Hall starting March 4, says he isn’t ready to preview any of the new material on stage just yet, in part because he knows it goes out to the world the minute he does.
“Big bands can ease in new songs to their set but my fans are so viral that the moment that I’d play a new song, every one of them would hear it,” he told Noise11.com. “I don’t want everyone knowing what the record is before they get it. I want them to listen to it first.”

We previously reported that Sheeran thinks fans can expect a more mature sound on the set. He'll continue working on it as he hits the road with Swift, whose U.S. tour starts March 13 in Omaha.



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Watch: Dido watches the parade pass her by in new video for 'No Freedom'

Watch: Dido watches the parade pass her by in new video for 'No Freedom'

Even the confetti is crying

Dido’s new video for “No Freedom” sure is pretty, but I’d be lying if I said I understood it at all.

The angelic-sounding British singer is dealing with the dissolution of her relationship to a seemingly indifferent boyfriend as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade scrolls by, include the big Nemo balloon. Confetti rains down during the happy occasion, in direct contrast to the sadness (or so we think) in the huge loft.  All we could think about was how much that apartment must rent for each month with those gorgeous ceiling to floor windows.

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<p>Adele accepts her Oscar</p>

Adele accepts her Oscar

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Adele and Justin Bieber lead this week's Music Power Rankings

Plus, goats and more goats

1. Adele:
She culminates an amazing two-year run with a new man: a shiny, gold, bald fellow named Oscar.

2. Justin Bieber:
He turns 19. Wonder what The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney gave him for his birthday?

3. Shirley Bassey:
James Bond’s true golden girl on Oscar night.

4. Goats, goats, and more goats:
We know it will get old in five minutes, but from Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” to Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer,” was their any song that didn’t sound better this week with the addition of goats bleating? We’re waiting for Goats: the “Ava Maria” version.

5. Stone Temple Pilots:
They fire Scott Weiland as lead singer, who learns about his dismissal from the press. Good think he couldn’t get his hands on a velvet revolver.

6. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: Hip-hop duo releases PSA for “You Can Play” project, which encourages respect among athletes of all sexual orientations.

7. Thirty Seconds To Mars:
The Jared-Leto led band takes its name literally as they launch new single by sending it on a cargo rocket to the International Space Station. Beam me up, boys.

8. Simon Cowell: He and YouTube launch “The You Generation,” a global talent competition for “unconventional” talents, including photography and magicians. Can we make this disappear?

9. The National and Passion Pit: 
The National’s  documentary, “Mistaken for Strangers” is picked to open Tribeca Film Festival, while Passion Pit’s will be part of a documentary made at SXSW.   When did making a documentary become part of the process for every single act? #overkill


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<p>Bruno Mars</p>

Bruno Mars

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Bruno Mars takes 'Unorthodox Jukebox' to top of Billboard 200... finally

How does Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace do?

Bruno Mars lands his first No. 1 album next week with a huge assist from Amazon. “Unorthodox Jukebox” reaches the summit in its 12th week on the chart in large part assisted by a promotion with the online retailer that offered the album for $1.99 on Tuesday.

Billboard no longer allows sales from  deeply discounted albums to count in the album’s first four weeks of release (following Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”), but after that, a lower price point counts.  Therefore, chartwatchers will see Mars’ “Jukebox” swap places with Mumford & Sons’ “Babel,” which likely falls to No. 2.

However, with a few days before the chart closes, “Babel” is neck and neck with three other titles, including two debuts, all of which are targeted to sell between 35,000-40,000.

Predictions are that after “Babel,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “The Heist” will leap from No. 16 to No. 3. Then comes Hillsong United’s “Zion” at No. 4 Not familiar with Hillsong United? It is the choir affiliated with Australian Pentacostal Hillsong Church. Coming in at No. 5 will likely be “Amok,” the debut release from Thom Yorke’s Atoms For Peace.”

Former No. 1 “All That Echoes” from Josh Groban slips to No. 6, but like the earlier titles, it’s too early in the chart week to call, as “Echoes,” “Now 45” and “Billboard #1s: 70s” are all slated to sell between 27,000-30,000 copies to name the No. 6-8 spots.

Rihanna’s “Unapologetic”  and The Lumineers’ self-titled set are also in a dead heat for No. 9 and No. 10, which each poised to sell between 25,000-28,000.

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<p>Mike McCready</p>

Mike McCready

Pearl Jam and Guns N' Roses members form new rock supergroup

Mike McCready, Duff McKagen and Screaming Trees' Martin also roped a Killing Joke

Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready has formed a new group with former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan and ex-Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin.

The unnamed band is working on a set that will incorporate a revolving number of vocalists, among them Killing Joke’s Jaz Coleman.

McCready and Martin, who were in the mid-90s’ side-project Mad Season, began writing with McKagan,  and “we took some of those old Mad Season demos from that [unreleased] second ‘Disinformation’ record,” McCready tells Billboard. “We’re talking to Jaz...and I’ve been trying to find some singer to work on some of that stuff.” McCready plans to release the project on his own Hockeytalkter Records.

Mad Season’s 1995 album, “Above,” which also featured the late Layne Staley, will be reissued on April 2 with a new participation from R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and new lyrics from former Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan.

Additionally, McCready is prepping to go back into the studio with Pearl Jam.

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