Inside Music with Melinda Newman
'American Idol's' Phllip Phillips also makes this week's list
1. Carly Rae Jepsen: She’s never going away...or at least “Call Me Maybe” isn’t: the song spends its 9th week at No. 1, making it officially the longest reign at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 2012.
2. Phillip Phillips: The “American Idol” champ sees his coronation song, “Home,” triple somersault its way from No. 84 to No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 following its usage as the US Olympic women’s gymnastics team theme. Just one more thing to thank Gabby Douglas for.
3. Lady Gaga: She confirms that the title of her fourth studio album will be “ARTPOP,” and tweets that all caps must be used. Can you spell PRETENTIOUS?
4. Rick Ross: “God Forgives, I Don’t” gives the rapper his fourth No. 1 album. God politely asks if he can have the top spot back when Ross is done with it.
5. Faith Hill and Tim McGraw: The country superstars become the latest act to sign on for a stint in Las Vegas. Guess she really meant in when she sang, “Let’s Go To Vegas” all those years ago.
6. Madonna: Tacky antics like flashing her audience have dogged Madge this tour, but she put her power to good in Russia when she pledged her support to jailed female rock band Pussy Riot one night and spoke out for gay rights the next.
7. The Monkees: Following Davy Jones’ death, the remaining three members decide to go on tour to perform their first concerts with Michael Nesmith in 15 years.
8. Adam Yauch: Among his final wishes, he stipulated in his will that none of the music he created with the Beastie Boys and separately may be used in advertising. How 1990s of him.
9. 50 Shades of Grey: It had to happen. The cottage industry surrounding the top seller now has a classical music soundtrack, brought to you by Mommy Porn Records.
10. Marvin Hamlisch: The composer enjoyed a 45-year life span on the Billboard 100 with his music recorded or sampled by everyone from Barbra Streisand to Wu-Tang Clan. R.I.P.
Why is Frank Sinatra coming back into the top 5?
“Now That’s What I Call Music 43” will be the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 next week as fans continue to gravitate toward the multi-artist greatest hits sets.
“Now 43,” which contains such smashes as Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and Katy Perry’s “Part of Me,” will be the 16th title in the franchise to hit the top spot, according to Billboard.
The collection is on track to sell up to 120,00 copies, twice as many as Rick Ross’s “God Forgives, I Don’t,” which will drop from No. 1 to No. 2.
In addition to “Now 43,” two other titles are poised for Top 10 bows: Ellie Varner’s debut, “Perfectly Imperfect,” at No. 7 and country singer Colt Ford’s “Declaration of Independence” at No. 10, according to Hits Daily Double.
A very unlikely name comes in at No. 3 as Frank Sinatra’s “Nothing But The Best” is set to reenter the chart. Similarly to this week, when the Bee Gees’ best of soared back into the top 10, “Nothing” is part of Amazon’s 99-cent Daily Deals.
Also in next week’s top 10: Zac Brown Band’s “Unchained” drops to No. 4 (although it may lose that spot to Justin Bieber’s “Believe’: both are on target to sell between 30,000-35,000 copies).
Though Varner looks good for No.7, she, One Direction’s “Up All Night” and Adele’s “21” are all slated to sell between 27,000-30,000, meaning we won’t know who’s landing at No. 6, 7, and 8 until the chart closes on Sunday.
The latest from Kidz Bop Kids will likely be No. 9 with Ford at No. 10.
See who else is on the soundtrack
Karen O has penned the end-title tune for Tim Burton’s forthcoming animated feature, “Frankenweenie.”
It seems like a perfect marriage between the quirky Yeah Yeah Yeah’s lead singer and the twisted film maker.
"Tim [Burton] wanted an unconventional unconditional love song. My music inspiration came out of the same era of B movie fright film references sprinkled throughout the film,” O told Rolling Stone. “I went in the direction of exotica and calypso stylistically because it's quirky, good vibes music of that era and when you throw in a theramin solo it's a marriage made in heaven. I remember ‘Beetlejuice’ introducing me to the genius of Harry Belafonte's calypso record so I wanted to give a nod to that too. We ended up with a love song for the end of the film to the film!”
The movie’s soundtrack, dubbed "Frankenweenie Unleashed," also features originals from Neon Trees, Passion Pit, Kimbra, Grace Potter featuring the Flaming Lips, Grouplove and more. Both the soundtrack and Danny Elfman’s original score will come out Sept. 25.
She previously composed the score (with Carter Burwell) for Spike Jonze’ “Where The Wild Things Are,” as well as co-wrote (with Nick Zinner) “All Is Love” for the film. O received both a Grammy and Golden Globe nomination for the track.
“Frankenweenie Unleashed” comes out Oct. 5.
"Frankenweenie Unleashed" tracklisting:
“Strange Love” – Karen O
“Electric Heart (Stay Forever)” – Neon Trees
“Polartropic (You Don’t Understand Me)” – Mark Foster
“Almost There” – Passion Pit
“Pet Sematary” – Plain White T’s
“With My Hands – Kimbra?
“Everybody’s Got a Secret” – AWOLNATION
“Immortal” – Kerli?“My Mechanical Friend” – Grace Potter featuring The Flaming Lips
“Lost Cause” – Imagine Dragons
“Underground” – Grouplove
“Building a Monster” – Skylar Grey
“Witchcraft” – Robert Smith
“Praise Be New Holland” – Winona Ryder
Watch how El Mac creates the cover in behind-the-scenes footage
When it came time to figuring out the cover art for “Push And Shove,” its first album in more than 10 years, No Doubt clearly wanted to make a statement. So the SoCal quartet turned to street artist El Mac.
As the cover reveals, El Mac decided to capture each member separately, and, in Andy Warhol style (though his final product is very different), he photographed Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont, and Adrian Young individually and then painted head shots of each based on the photographs.
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Collection will cover through the end of the late superstar's recording career
Look for a new Whitney Houston retrospective this fall.
The best-of package will be the first since 2000’s “Whitney: The Greatest Hits.” That set has soared in sales since the Grammy-winning singer’s death on Feb. 11, selling nearly 850,000 copies following her passing, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Total sales are 2.6 million units.
The new set will focus primarily on the radio version of singles, according to the Los Angeles Times, as opposed to dance remixes featured on the two-CD “The Greatest Hits.” The compilation is also expected to include songs from her last studio album, 2009’s “I Look To You.”
No word on whether the new collection will also include material from “Sparkle.” The movie musical, Houston’s last film, features the singer performing both “Celebrate,” a duet with Jordin Sparks, and her stirring rendition of “His Eye is On the Sparrow.” The soundtrack came out on RCA, Houston’s label. As we previously reported, Sparks is working on her third album.
What songs would you like to see on Houston's new greatest hits set?
When will the follow-up to 'Battlefield' arrive?
Jordin Sparks, whose feature film debut comes Aug. 17 with “Sparkle,” is already looking ahead to her next album.
The singer, who won “American Idol” season six when she was only 17 in 2007, has seven songs already collected for the project. She tells Billboard that she is also writing for the album. “It’s going to be different from what my fans have heard before,” she says of the project. “I’m going for more of the R&B side now.”
Among the producers she has worked with are Harmony Samuels, Da Internz, and Pop Wansel & Oak. On her wish list is Harvey Mason Jr., with whom she worked on the “Sparkle” soundtrack.
Sparks' last album, “Battlefield,” came out in 2009, but she admits that fans may have to wait a little longer for the follow-up. She is now shooting a new film, “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete” in New York. The film also stars fellow "AI" alum Jennifer Hudson and Anthony Mackie; Alicia Keys is an executive producer.
I interviewed Sparks along with her “Sparkle” co-stars last week and we will be posting that video closer to the movie’s release. During our chat, Sparks talked about her lasting memories of working with Whitney Houston, who would have turned 49 today.
Musicians revisit 'Machine Head'
Metallica, The Flaming Lips, Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Steve Vai and Iron Maiden are among the artists who will pay tribute to Deep Purple founding member Jon Lord on a covers album of the seminal rock group’s “Machine Head.”
Lord died last month of a pulmonary embolism. “Re-Machined: A Tribute to Machine Head” will also feature Carlos Santana, Chickenfoot, Guns N ‘Roses’ Matt Sorum and Duff MacKagan, and Steve Vai, according to NME. No word yet on when the album will be released.
Tracklisting for "Re-Machined"
Carlos Santana – 'Smoke On The Water'?
Chickenfoot – 'Highway Star'?
Glenn Hughes, Chad Smith and Luis Maldonado –'Maybe I'm A Leo'?
Black Label Society – 'Pictures Of Home'?
Kings of Chaos (Joe Elliott, Steve Stevens, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Arlan Schierbaum) – 'Never Before'
The Flaming Lips – 'Smoke On The Water'?Jimmy Barnes, Joe Bonamassa –
'Lazy'?Iron Maiden - 'Space Truckin''
Metallica – 'When A Blind Man Cries'?
Glenn Hughes, Steve Vai, Chad Smith, Lachlan Doley – 'Highway Star'
Are KKK jokes ever funny?
It will be Kevin, Kim, and Kanye at MTV’s Video Music Awards on Sept. 6.
Comedian Kevin Hart, who delivered a monologue on last year’s awards show will get full hosting duties this year, and if the little video MTV released on its website today is any indication, he’s courting the controversy with plenty of KKK jokes, which, quite frankly, are never funny... or, at least, these aren't.
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How much longer can 'Call Me Maybe' stay at No. 1?
Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” definitely becomes the biggest hit of 2012 as the song spends its ninth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, bypassing Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know’s” eight weeks at the summit. Now we bet Lady Gaga Is really coming after her!
Gotye can still claim some bragging rights: “Somebody,” which is No. 6 this week, passes the 6 million download mark, making it the first song this year to surpass the 6 million tally.
“Maybe,” from Jepsen’s debut album “Kiss,” out Sept. 18, is one of two tunes from the singer on the Hot 100: her duet with Owl City,” Good Time,” is at No. 14.
Jepsen, a former “Canadian Idol” contestant, is not the only former “Idol” with a big week: this year’s “American Idol” winner, Phillip Phillips, sees his coronation single, “Home” soar 84-9 following the usage of the song by NBC during the Summer Olympics.
Phillips’ tune is the only new title in the Top 10 this week: Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” rises 5-2, Flo Rida’s “Whistle” blows up one spot to No. 3, Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake” falls two spots to No. 4, while Maroon 5’s “Payphone” also slips two places to No. 5.
Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been,” David Guetta’s “Titanium” featuring Sia, and Pink’s “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” all stay in their same spots at last week: No. 7, No. 8 and No. 10, respectively.
What are the Bee Gees doing in the top 10 for the first time in 3 decades?
Rick Ross makes his fourth trip to the summit of the Billboard 200 as “God Forgives, I Don’t” bows at No. 1 with sales o f 218,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
In this era of overall declining album sales, Ross is one of the few artists who has seen his opening week sales grow increasingly larger. As Billboard notes, Ross got a hand from Amazon, which priced the title at $5, deeply discounting it, but still pricing it above the $3.99 cut-off SoundScan requires to could as a sale.
The only other debut in the Top 10 belongs to Joss Stone with “The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2,” which sells 24,000. Check out our review here.
Zac Brown Band’s “Uncaged,” which logged two weeks at No. 1, slips to No. 2 with sales of 39,000. Justin Bieber’s “Believe” soars 6-3, while One Direction’s “Up All Night” jumps 7-4.
Amazon factors into some other albums we see on the chart in the Top 10:The Bee Gees’ “Number Ones” reenters the chart at No. 5 based on a 99 cent promotion by the retailer (SoundScan allows deeply discounted album sales to count more than six weeks after release). The title sells 32,000 copies, up a whopping 3,049% from the previous week. It also means the Bee Gees are back in the Top 10 for the first time since 1983.
On the bottom half of the Top 10, Nas’s “Life is Good” drops 2-6, “Kidz Bop 22” drops 5-7, Adele’s 21 moves up one spot to No. 8 as does Maroon 5’s “Overexposed” to No. 9.
Overall album sales were 5.24 million units, up 7% from last week, but down 8% compared with the same week in 2011. Year-to-date sales are down 3%.