Kelly Clarkson soars back into the Top 10
Adele scores a nice double win this week as “Set Fire To The Rain” captures the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 while her album, “21,” logs another week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
“Fire” is the third chart topper from “21,” and it pushes Rihanna’s “We Found Love” featuring Calvin Harris, down to No. 2, ending its 10-week run at No. 1.
Flo Rida’s “Good Feeling” hangs at No. 3 for another week, while David Guetta’s “Turn Me On” featuring Nicki Minaj soars 10-4. It’s the second biggest leap in the top 10, following Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger,” which leaps 21-8. The song is her second straight Top 10 hit from "Stronger," following "Mr. Know It All," which peaked at No. 10. Clarkson last achieved consecutive top 10s with her 2004 album, "Breakaway," which spawned four back-to-back top 10s.
Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” inches up one spot to No. 5, , Bruno Mars “It Will Rain” falls two spots to No. 6 and LFMAO’s “Sexy And I Know It” slides two places as well to No. 7.
Rounding out the top 10: Jay Z and Kanye West’s “Ni**as in Paris” falls two to No. 9, and Jessie J notches her first Top 10 hit, as “Domino” moves 15-10.
Despite being held captive, Amy Lee looks radiant
“My Heart Is Broken,” the new single from Evanescence's self-titled album was inspired by victims of human trafficking. However if that notion is to be gleaned from the video, its inclusion is very subtle.
In the new clip, lead singer Amy Lee is clad in an evening gown and she has incredible magic fingers with balls that spew white light. She can gaze into the white light and she can even use her finger tips to swirl around in the darkness an leave cool trails in the dark, like the sparklers we used to light on the Fourth of July.
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How does it compare with 'Tattoo?'
We’ve already gotten to hear “Tattoo,” the underwhelming first single from Van Halen’s new album, “A Different Kind of Truth,” out Feb. 7.
Now, Rolling Stone is previewing 90 seconds of a new Van Halen track, “Blood and Fire.” It’s much more melodic than “Tattoo.” We don’t know if it’s based on an older song as well —“Tattoo” has remnants of a 1977 track, “Down In Flames — but it sounds like something straight out the ‘80s. Rolling Stone readers (and major hardcore VH fans) have commented that this is built around one of Eddie’s unreleased instrumentral tracks called “Ripley.” If so, we’re wondering if any of the songs were brand new compositions
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How do they spend their down time?
Wonder what goes on behind closed doors for members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers? They get their funk on in various and sundry ways. In the new video for “Look Around,” which premiered on Spinner today, we get an inside look at their leisure pursuits as each hangs out in his own room.
Anthony Kiedis hangs out with a lady friend, who comes in through the refrigerator, a kid and a dog. Flea and a female friend dance then get down to even sillier pursuits as they strip down to their undies. Silly string is involved. Chad Smith goes visit Kieidis and a little too jubilantly fixes a clogged toilet.
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What album stands in her way?
Adele’s “21” continues to blaze a trail on the Billboard 200. This week the British singer’s sophomore set spends its 17th week at No. 1 and moves another 95,000 copies. That means only two albums have logged more time at the top during the Nielsen SoundScan era: “The Bodyguard” soundtrack holds the record at 20 weeks, according to Billboard. Standing between "21" and that soundtrack is Garth Brooks' "Ropin' The Wind."
So what are Adele’s chances to set the record? She has some heavy competition for next week’s top spot with Tim McGraw’s “Emotional Traffic” and the new 2012 Grammy nominations CD, but she could tie Brooks.
Back to this week’s chart, “Kidz Bop 21” debuts at No. 2, marking the 14th album in the series to hit the top 10. The other premiere in the top 10 is “Identity” from gospel act James Fortune & FIYA, which bows at No. 7.
The Black Keys’ “El Camino” and Drake’s “Take Care” hold at No. 3 and No. 4. Rihanna’s “Talk That Talk” climbs 7-5 and Young Jeezy’s “TM 103: Hustlerz Ambition” stays at No. 6.
Toby Keith’s “Clancy’s Tavern” zooms 22-8 based on a promotion with Target. Coldplay’s “Mylo Xyloto” drops 8-9 and Nickelback’s “Here And Now” also slides one spot, 9-10.
Overall sales are down 4% over the same week last year. The good news is year-to-date album sales are up 3% over the same period in 2011.
Some thoughts on today's shocking best original song choices
Why do the Oscar voters hate songs so much? Once again, the music branch has shown utter contempt for contemporary songwriters as they nominated only two tunes in the best original song category out of the 39 deemed eligible. What an insult.
A few years ago the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences changed the way it nominated songs, making it much harder for a tune to qualify. The Academy now holds a session to screen movie clips featuring the eligible songs. The members of the music branch then assign the songs a score. Those scores are then averaged; to be eligible a song must receive an average score of 8.25 or more (if only one song achieves that criteria, the second highest score is also selected). If two or more songs achieve the 8.25 benchmark, they will be the nominees up to a total of five.
Six-week tour for 'Wrecking Ball' starts in Atlanta
Bruce Springsteen will kick off a 19-date U.S. tour two weeks after his new album, “Wrecking Ball,” comes out.
The Boss had already announced a European tour that started in May, but today he confirmed rumors that the E Street Band would have a short U.S. swing before crossing the Atlantic.
The tour opens March 18 at Atlanta’s Philips Arena and closes May 2 at Newark, N.J’s Prudential Center. The European leg kicks off May 13 in Seville, Spain. “Wrecking Ball” comes out March 6. Springsteen is slated to deliver the keynote address at this year's South By Southwest March 15.
Does the cover make you want to cross the line?
The release of Adam Lambert’s sophomore set, “Trespassing,” is still two months away, but the “American Idol” runner up revealed the album cover via Twitter late Monday night.
Lambert also divulged that he has a major hand in all facets of “Trespassing”: he is the album’s executive producer and creative director. He made a special shout out to Lee Cherry, his art director and photographer.
Pair co-write Jones' fifth studio album following 'Rome' connection
Norah Jones and Danger Mouse have collaborated on the Grammy winner’s next set, “Little Broken Hearts.”
The exact release date has yet to be firmed: Jones’ label, Blue Note, will only narrow the time table down to Spring. However, when we talked to Jones in December about the Little Wilies, she hinted that the release may be in May.
Teenager shows her maturity on 'You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go'
Miley Cyrus’s second act starts now. Her country-fied cover of Bob Dylan’s “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” shows off a more mature, lovely side of her.
The video for the track, recorded for the 73-song “Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan: Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International,” showcases Cyrus in an empty apartment, accompanied only by three sidemen as she plaintively sings the song seated on a stool beside guitarist Johnzo West. She sounds great. She doesn’t overplay it or underplay it. She’s could have a great country record inside of her.
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