Inside Music with Melinda Newman
The heat gets to be too much for Adam Levine
Maroon 5’s Adam Levine finds himself inadvertently on the wrong side of the law in the ambitious, yet headscratching, video for “Payphone" featuring Wiz Khalifa. The clip debuted on E! News tonight.
The video opens with a scene straight out of “Falling Down”: Levine is bruised, battered, and shirtless, but he, somehow, still has a quarter to use the phone. We jump back in time to earlier in the day to a suited Levine as a bank desk jockey who can’t get the attention of his dreamy co-worker.
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What record did the song set this week?
Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” featuring Kimbra can definitely claim rights to the hit of Spring 2012 as it spends its fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Not only that, it becomes the first song to ever top the Billboard’s Hot 100, Alternative Songs, Dance/Club Play Songs and Dance/Mix Show Airplay. This week marks its 10th atop the Alternative Songs chart, making “Somebody” the longest reign at No. 1 on that chart by a solo artist in the chart’s 23-year history, according to Billboard.
For the last few weeks, the top 3 of the Billboard Hot 100 have remained static: fun.s’ “We Are Young” featuring Janelle Monae stays at No. 2 and Maroon 5’s “Payphone” featuring Wiz Khalifa hangs out at No. 3.
Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” continues its slow ascent, gaining one spot to No. 4. A number of other titles also creep up one: Flo Rida’s “Wild Ones” featuring Sia rises to No. 5 and Nicki Minaj’s “Starships” lifts to No. 9.
In the rest of the Top 10: The Wanted’s “Glad You Came” falls from No. 4-No. 6 and Justin Bieber’s “Girlfriend” drops from No. 7 to No. 8. One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” stays at No. 9, while Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” holds at No. 10.
There are no new entries into the Top 10 this week: the highest debut, B.o.B.’s “Both of Us” featuring Taylor Swift, bows at No. 18.
'Blow Your Pants Off' features late night show's musical parodies
It was only a matter of time: Jimmy Fallon will release a new album full of the parodies he and such guests as Justin Timberlake, Dave Matthews, and Bruce Springsteen have made famous on NBC's “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”
Out June 12, “Blow Your Pants Off” features no stand-up routines, just Fallon's own impressions on such tunes as “Tebowie” and “Bob Dylan Sings ‘Charles in Charge’,” as well as viral hits like his and Timberlake’s “History of Rap,” and “Balls In Your Mouth” featuring Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, according to Rolling Stone.
Fallon’s only previous album was 2002’s “The Bathroom Wall.”
What do you think? The fun of the videos is seeing them as much as hearing them as both Fallon and his musical guests struggle to keep from cracking up. Somehow, just hearing the song doesn’t sound like that great a deal, but it's no different than The Lonely Island releasing albums of their musical skits.
So when’s the DVD coming?
The complete listing is below. We guess they couldn't get clearance for President Obama's version of "Slow Jam the News."
Track listing for "Blow Your Pants Off"
"Neil Young Sings 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'"
"History of Rap" (feat. Justin Timberlake)
"Scrambled Eggs" (feat. Paul McCartney)
"The Doors Sing 'Reading Rainbow'"
"Balls In Your Mouth" (feat. Eddie Vedder)
"My Upstairs Neighbors Are Having Sex (And Listening to the Black Eyed Peas)"
"Bob Dylan Sings 'Charles in Charge'"
"Walk of Shame" (feat. Dave Matthews)
"Slow Jam the News" (feat. Brian Williams)
"New French Girlfriend"
"Cougar Huntin’" (feat. Big & Rich)
"You Spit When You Talk"
"Friday" (feat. Stephen Colbert)
"Neil Young Sings 'Whip My Hair'" (feat. Bruce Springsteen)
Two 'American Idols' release new albums one week apart
After long breaks between their individual major label debuts, “American Idol” season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert and winner Kris Allen will square off once again: in the record stores at least.
Lambert’s second RCA album, “Trespassing,” comes out next Tuesday on May 15, while Allen’s RCA set “Thank You Camellia” hits streets a week later on May 22.
When he saw that the two were releasing sets back to back, Lambert says, “I was like ‘Wow! OK. Here we go!,” he told Hitfix with a good-natured, bemused tone.
Though the pair couldn’t be more different musically or stylistically, they have maintained a mutual respect and admiration society for each other since appearing on the show, so it comes as no surprise that Lambert has very positive things to say about Allen’s current single, the positive “The Vision of Love”: “I’m so excited for him. I heard his new single and I think it’s beautiful and I think his voice sounds great on it,” Lambert says. “It’s a great melody. I know he helped write it. He’s a really talented guy so I’m excited to hear how the rest of the album turns out.”
We’ll post our full interview with Lambert this Friday and watch for our interview with Allen to run next week. In the meantime, here’s a teaser from our sit down with Allen that we ran a few weeks ago
She definitely believes the bigger, the better
Nelly Furtado is definitely taking the lyrics of her new song, “Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)” literally in the tune’s official video.
The attack of this 10 foot woman takes place as she strolls nonchalantly down the street, totally oblivious to her shorter minions gawking up at here in awe and/or terror.
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He salutes Yauch in photo and words on the band's website
Beastie Boy Adam Yauch’s bandmate, Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock), took to the band’s website Sunday night to comment about the passing of his friend. Yauch (aka MCA) died May 4 from cancer at 47.
“As you can imagine, shit is just fkd up right now,” Horovitz write, “But I wanna say thank you to all our friends and family (which are kinda one in the same) for all the love and support. I’m glad to know that all the love that Yauch has put out into the world is coming right back at him. Thank you.”
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Will all the Barbies pick up a Pepsi now?
Nicki Minaj is the latest in a long line of musical acts to sign on to shill soda. Her Pepsi commercial bowed Monday morning and, in a word we never thought we’d use in association with Minaj, it is boring.
The extended version follows a young couple, who, upon opening a can of Pepsi, find themselves very alive in a sea of other people frozen in mid-activity, whether they be mid-skateboarding, mid-volleyball game, or, oddly, mid-tomato fight. There are also 30- and 60-second versions, in addition to this 90-second cut.
They go to the beach, walk the runway as part of a Betsey Johnson fashion show (clearly before Johnson filed for bankruptcy) and, ultimately to a Minaj concert, all while a remix of “Moment 4 Life” plays. They open up another can and unfreeze Minaj, whom we see performing the song in concert, and, thank goodness, the tomato fighters.
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What reason did the hot band give?
Death Grips, who are in the throes of some mighty critical praise for new album “The Money Store,” have abruptly cancelled all upcoming tour dates in order to focus on its next album “No Love.”
The group broke the news via Facebook and Twitter over the weekend, simply stating, “We are dropping out to complete our next album ‘No Love.’ See you when it's done. (there are no longer any scheduled shows).” And they meant immediately: The Sacramento-based industrial hip-hop group didn’t show up for its gig Saturday night at the Sacramento Electronic Music Festival.
Death Grips, who signed with Epic Records after a number of labels pursued them was one of the highlights of the Coachella festival.
It looks as though that band cancelled the dates without telling some of the venues. Brooklyn’s Music Hall tweeted after the Death Grip’s cancelled via FB that it was still waiting on official word about the cancellation of its June 13 show. It later confirmed that it was now offering refunded.
The tour was slated to start May 5 in Sacramento and run through June 21 in Minneapolis, with some European dates in the middle. Death Grips was also on the bill for New Jersey's All Tomorrow's Parties festival on Sept. 23.
It’s a highly unorthodox move for a band to cancel a tour, on the eve of the first date, to hang in the studio, especially one that has fans clamoring to hear what all the buzz is about. While some fans on Facebook were sympathetic in their comments, others blasted the band for lack of professionalism. We have to say, guys, even a “We’re sorry,” may have helped ease the pain. The Facebook comment seems to be the only one forthcoming from the band as there has been no official confirmation or statement from either the band's independent publicist or label.
“No Love” is slated for a fall release.
Dave Grohl and Justin Bieber also make the list
1. Adam Yauch: RIP MCA.
2. Amanda Palmer: The former Dresden Doll raises more than $400,000 on Kickstarter for her next album. That’s kick ass.
3. Jack White: One is not the loneliest number: White scores his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as a solo artist: a feat he never reached as half of the White Stripes.
4. Michael Jackson: Pepsi deal will result in his image in on more than 1 billion Pepsi cans in the, perhaps oddly, titled “Live for Now” campaign.
5. Skylar Laine: Another favorite leaves “American Idol” earlier than expected. She’ll be back on a record label near you soon.
6. Dave Grohl: Add director to the Foo Fighter’s resume: He’s behind a new documentary on Sound City, the Los Angeles’ studio where, among others, Nirvana’s “Nevermind” was recorded.
7. The Grammys: A New York judge dismissed a suit filed by a Latin jazz musician who alleged that the cutting out 31 categories hurt artists’ earning power.
8. Carly Rae Jepsen: Justin Bieber’s buddy scores her first top 5 hit with “Call Me Maybe.” As the tattoo on the hot dude in the video (viewed 47 million times) states, “The sky’s the limit.”
9. Justin Bieber: Sure, his video for “Boyfriend” finally debuted, but it’s his “Most Viral Video Ever” for Ryan Seacrest that deserves the attention: Puppies plus sneezing babies = total win.
10. Casper Smart: Jennifer Lopez’s boyfriend lands the job of choreographing her new tour. Nice perk of dating the boss.
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Her latest is one of six possible Top 10 debuts
Carrie Underwood will handily score her third No. 1 album next week as “Blown Away” by the former “American Idol” champ could sell up to 300,000 copies in its debut frame.
“Blown Away” is one of six potential new entries in next week’s Billboard 200 as the chart sees some major shifts and many races too close to call between now and when the chart closes Sunday night. Norah Jones’ excellent “Broken Little Hearts” and “Now That’s What I Call Music 42” are in a dead heat for the No. 2 slot with each slated to move between 95,000 and 105,000 copies, according to Hits Daily Double.
Adele’s “21” remains in the top 5 for its 1000th or so week, most likely at No. 4, while “B.o.B’s” “Strange Clouds” and Lionel Richie’s former No. 1, “Tuskegee” are also too close to call for fifth place.
This week’s top title, Jack White’s “Blunderbuss,” will fall to No. 7. One Direction’s “Up All Night” and “The Music Of Smash” are duking it out for the No. 8 spot, while Marilyn Manson’s “Born Villain” will crash in at No. 10.