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
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.
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.
David Bowie’s “The Next Day” doesn’t come out until March 12, but people can stream the album starting today exclusively on iTunes Store until release day.
Bowie ended a 10-year hiatus in January, surprising fans by dropping a video to a new song, “Where Are We Now,” out of the blue, on his 66th birthday on Jan. 8. The tune was followed this week by a second song and video for the much edgier “The Stars (Are Out Tonight).”
Bowie’s long-time collaborator Tony Visconti produced the album.
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Thirty Seconds To Mars is launching its new single, “Up In The Air,” literally.
On Friday (March 1), the Jared Leto-led band will be in Florida to watch the launch of SpaceX’s cargo mission to the International Space Station. The capsule will carry 1,200 pounds of cargo and a copy of the group’s new tune.
On March 18, the band will travel to Houston to NASA’s Mission Control, to conduct a Q&A with Tom Marshburn, an astronaut on the flight, which will be broadcast live on the band’s website. The song will premiere later that day and be for sale on March 19.
“Up In The Air” is the single from the band’s fourth studio album, which will come out later this year. It is the follow-up to 2009's “This Is War.” “Artifact,” a documentary about the making of “This Is War,” will screen at SXSW on March 13. The film won the People’s Choice documentary award at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Ne-Yo are among the first artists to sign on to salute Tim McGraw during “ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night.”
The show will tape April 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the night after the April 7 Academy Of Country Music Awards. It will air later this summer.
Taping a television special the night after the Academy of Country Music Awards has become standard practice for the past four years: previous honorees include Lionel Richie, Brooks & Dunn, and George Strait.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers have already secured a headlining gig at this June’s Bonnaroo. Now we’re finding out what the band is doing for the rest of its summer vacation.
The sextet’s six-week tour will include, in addition to B-roo, appearances at The Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Ala.; the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Del.; and Milwaukee’s Summerfest.
The band’s mixing it up this summer: in addition to the festival gigs, and a handful of arena shows, the Heartbreakers will play five nights at New York’s Beacon Theater, May 20-26, and six nights at Los Angeles’ Fonda Theater, spanning June 3-11.
The Heartbreakers are in the midst of recording their first album since 2010’s “Mojo.” The new set will come out next year in Reprise Records.
The tour schedule is below. For more information, go to www.tompetty.com
May 16: Ford Center, Evansville, Ind.
May 17-19: Hangout Music Festival, Gulf Shores, Ala.
May 20, 21,23,25, 26: Beacon Theater, New York
June 3,4,6,8, 9, 11: Fonda Theater, Los Angeles
June 15: Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, Ind.
June 13-16: Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Manchester, Tenn.
June 18: Budweiser Gardens, London, Ont.
June 20: Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Penn.
“Harlem Shake” tops the Billboard Hot 100 for the second week in a row, thanks to the chart’s change in methodology.
The viral sensation by Baauer bowed at No. 1 last week after Billboard added YouTube video streaming data to the mix: chart positions are determined by airplay, digital sales, and streaming. Streaming has led the charge for “Shake,” but look for radio play to increase as Warner Bros.’s makes a deal with indie label Mad Decent to push the song to radio.
Former No. 1, “Thrift Shop,” from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis stays at No. 2. And if the new methodology seems to make radio play less relevant, don’t tell that to Bruno Mars, whose “When I Was Your Man” rockets 8-3, based larger on airplay. The song is also selling well and becomes his 11th tune to surpass 1 million downloads in less than three years. Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” slides 7-9.
Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” rises 5-4, trading places with will.i. am and Britney Spears’ “Scream & Shout.”
For the bottom half of the Top 10, Drake’s “Started From The Bottom” continues its climb to the top as it rises 10-6. Rihanna’s “Stay” featuring Mikky Ekko falls 3-7, but that’s simply because it had a huge Grammy bounce last week. Its story at airplay is just beginning, so as spins increase, look for it to rise again.
Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” featuring Jay-Z may not have Kanye West’s vote, but the public continues to approve, as it inches 9-8.
Lil Wayne’s “Love Me,” featuring Drake and Future, is the only newcomer in the Top 10, just making the cut at No. 10. It is the rappers 18th Hot 100 Top 10.
Justin Timberlake is keeping it in the family. He appears in a small role as Carey Mulligan’s husband in the new Coen Brothers’ movie, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and now he and Mulligan’s real-life husband, Marcus Mumford, have recorded a song for the film’s soundtrack.
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Adele is taking more than an Oscar home from Feb. 24’s Academy Awards ceremony. The winner for best original song for “Skyfall” will also see a big sales increase on Billboard’s digital download chart.
Billboard predicts that the James Bond theme could soar 45% in sales over last week, when it sold 36,000 copies.
Adele isn’t the only Bond girl to see a nice bounce: Shirley Bassey, who deservedly earned a standing ovation from the audience for her performance of “Goldfinger,” will also see a huge increase in sales, with as much as a 275% increase in downloads for a tally up to 2000 copies.
Though never a singer of a Bond theme song (how did that happen?), Barbra Streisand’s theme from another classic movie, “The Way We Were,” will also see a rise, perhaps as high as 175%, following her performance of the tune during the In Memoriam segment of the evening. She sang in honor of the song’s co-writer and her close friend, Marvin Hamlisch, who died on Aug. 6.
Also seeing increases are the soundtracks from “Les Miserables,” “Chicago” and “Dreamgirls,” all of whom had featured songs performed during the show.
While some of the increases will be immediately apparent on the charts released tomorrow (Feb. 26), given that the charts close on Sunday night, some of the titles could see even bigger bumps the following week.