<p>John Mayer </p>

John Mayer

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Can John Mayer make it two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200?

Some unusual suspects show up in the top 10

John Mayer’s “Born and Raised” is likely to remain at No. 1 for a second week on the Billboard 200, although it drops significantly in sales.

Mayer’s third No. 1 album will fall roughly 150,000 in sales down to between 70,000-75,000 copies, but that’s enough to top Adele’s “21,” which will hold at No. 2 with  around 60,000 units.

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<p>&nbsp;Madonna onstage in Israel</p>

 Madonna onstage in Israel

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What critics are saying about Madonna's opening night, plus the set list

Were they thumbs up or thumbs down?

Madonna’s “MDNA” tour opened last night at Tel Aviv’s Ramat Gan stadium and from all reports, the two-hour performance was quite the extravaganza.

She also used the setting to deliver a call for peace, telling the audience mid-set:  “I chose to start my world tour in Israel for a very specific and important reason. As you know, the Middle East and all the conflicts that occur here and that have been occurring for thousands of years…They have to stop…You can’t be a fan of mine and not want peace in the world, OK?”

The Hollywood Reporter’s Shirley Halperin called the concert “pure spectacle...complete with eight wardrobe changes (including a Gaultier-designed update of her iconic cone bra), 22 dancers (including one Rocco Ritchie), a gospel choir and two slackline walkers.”

Halperin gave Madonna high marks for her vocals, “which, like her physique, were also in tip-top shape,” but criticized Madge for resorting to the trick of featuring only snippets of some of her biggest hits, while right songs from “MDNA” were performed in full.  She also questioned the often violent images, including Madonna toting an AK47, in contrast with her calls for peace.

Similarly, the Jerusalem Post noted the show’s violence: “Amidst her opening acts was a particularly violent number, Gang Bang, in which she shot a man as she sat under a large cross and sang, “Bang, bang, shot you dead.” Blood appeared to splatter on a separate screen on stage.”

Perez Hilton’s hyperbolic, breathless review  called Give Ma All You Luvin a high point. “ There was a flying marching band! Literally! Her dancers were suspended high above and bangin' the drums! It was sick! The energy during this two-song segment was OUT OF THIS WORLD! It was definitely the climax of the show and a moment that could not be topped.”

Though he had a few problems with some of the song selection and pacing, overall, he concluded “nobody puts on a show quite like Madonna! No one even comes close!”

ABC News reported that the show was not sold out (although other sources said the 32,000-seat stadium was full, and that in addition to Rocco, Madonna’s oldest daughter Lourdes was also one of the dancers.

As we previously reported, the show also includes a mash-up of Madonna’s “Express Yourself” and Lady Gaga sound-a-like “Born This Way.”

Check out our photo gallery of opening night here.

Below is the setlist from opening night, according to Madonnalicious:

First Act:
“Girl Gone Wild”
“Revolver”
“Gang Bang”
“Papa Don’t Preach”
“Hung Up”
“I Don’t Give A”
“Best Friend/Heartbeat”
(Interlude)

Second Act:
“Express Yourself” (Ft. “Born This Way”)
“Give Me All Your Luvin’”
“Turn Up the Radio”
“Open Your Heart”
“Masterpiece”
“Justify My Love”
(Interlude)

Third Act:
“Vogue”
“Candy Shop”“Erotica / Human Nature”
“Like a Virgin”
“Nobody Knows Me”
(Interlude)

Fourth Act:
“I’m Addicted”
“I’m a Sinner”
“Like a Prayer”
“Celebration”




 

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Watch: Chris Brown soars high in 'Till I Die' clip: Next stop: 420th Floor
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Watch: Chris Brown soars high in 'Till I Die' clip: Next stop: 420th Floor

Wiz Khalifa and Big Sean come along for the fun

Chris Brown, who seems to be releasing a new video a day now, lobbed another one over the fence yesterday with “Till I Die,” and he brought along friends  Wiz Khalifa (seriously, does that dude just hop from one person’s record to the next?) and Big Sean.

Brown certainly likes to take on different personas, and for this one he trades in the smooth lover in “Sweet Love” for an old school rapper complete with gold grill, lots of bling, and an elevator that goes to the 420th floor, where Khalifa and Big Sean are waiting. Once they get outside, they hop into a car commandeered by rapper patron saint Snoop Dogg filled with classy-looking dames. Yeah, we are kidding about that last line, especially since Big Sean talks about seeking women who are “smoking my d**k” and are “ass up, nose down.”  Line forms to the left, ladies!!

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<p>Madonna performs in Tel Aviv, Israel.</p>

Madonna performs in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Watch: Madonna keeps 'Express Yourself/Born This Way' in opening night

Will Lady Gaga get royalties?

Madonna wasn’t kidding. After footage of Madge rehearsing a mash-up of “Express Yourself” and Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” leaked earlier this week  (and was quickly taken down), Madonna kept the medley in tonight’s opening night of the “MDNA” tour in Tel Aviv.

She also kept in the slam at Lady Gaga: the refrain from "Hard Candy" track  “She’s Not Me.”  Madonna’s a cagey one, she’ll always get to wink at the camera and say she just thought the "She's not me" excerpt fit perfectly in that spot, but we’ll always know what she was getting at, and you can’t help but love her for it. There is only one Madonna.

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<p>Grace Potter</p>

Grace Potter

Watch: Grace Potter & the Nocturnals meet beasties in 'Never Go Back' video

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Beautiful shot clip conjures up 'Where The Wild Things Are'

“The Hunger Games” meets “Where The Wild Things Are”  meets “Home Alone” in Grace Potter & The Nocturnals' new clip for “Never Go Back.”

The beautifully shot clip, directed by Isaac Rentz,  features a child who, like Charlie Brown, seemingly has no parental supervision, alone in a mansion. She’s invaded by a mob of human beasties who eat her food, frolic in the house and cause general mayhem. Like a little Katniss, she fights back with a bow and arrow, accidentally torching her mansion. But in the process, she sets herself free to join the beasties, who become her protectors and buddies and they’re free to roam like the feral kids in “Mad Max.”

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'American Idol's' Phillip Phillips lands big on Billboard Hot 100
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'American Idol's' Phillip Phillips lands big on Billboard Hot 100

Is it enough to bump Gotye out of the top spot?

Phillip Phillips fans are supporting the newly-crowned “American Idol” Season  11 champ in a big way: “Home,” becomes the first coronation single to enter the Billboard Hot 100 in the Top 10 in four years.

Bolstered by 278,000 in download sales, the tune bows at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 on Billboard’s digital sales chart. The Hot 100 combines radio plays, social media activity, and digital sales. David Cook’s “The Time Of My Life” debuted at No. 8 in 2008, according to Billboard.

Phillips proves no threat to Gotye, whose “Somebody That I Used To Know” featuring Kimbra spends its seventh week at No. 1, giving it honors as the longest-running song at the top in 2012 as it surges past fun’s “We Are Young” featuring Janelle Monae. That track spent six frames at the top.

That means that Carly Rae Jepsen has to hang out at No. 2 against with “Call Me Maybe,” though continuing gains in radio play will help make her a real possibility for No. 1 next week. The next six songs also hold steady:  Maroon 5’s “Payphone” featuring Wiz Khalifa is No. 3, the aforementioned “We Are Young” is No. 4, and Nicki Minaj’s “Starships” is No. 5. Flo Rida’s “Wild Ones” featuring Sia is No. 6, One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” is No. 7 and the Wanted’s “Glad You Came” is No. 8.

Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” reenters the Hot 100 at No. 9, while Phillips is No. 10.

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John Mayer lands his third No. 1 on the Billboard 200
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John Mayer lands his third No. 1 on the Billboard 200

The album chart is loaded with 'American Idol' titles

John Mayer scores his third No. 1 album this week as “Born and Raised” bows at the top of the Billboard 200.

The set opens with 219,000 units sold. His  2003 chart topper, “Heavier Things,” opened with 317,000 copies, while his last studio album, 2009’s “Battle Studies,” started its chart run with 289,000.

The number is all the more impressive given that Mayer’s ongoing throat issues have left him unable to promote the album other than a few scattered talk show appearances, where he sat in with the house bands, but did not sing.

Three other new title enter the top 10: Slash’s “Apocalyptic Love” bows at No. 4’ MercyMe’s “The Hurt & The Healer” at No. 7 and Sara Bareilles’ EP, “Once Upon Another Time” at No. 8.

Last week’s No. 2 and 3 titles, Adele’s “21” and Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away,” hold their ground this week.

Elsewhere in the Top 10, One Direction’s “Up All Night” jumps No. 10-5 (on the strength of the band’s U.S. tour starting), while Lionel Richie’s “Tuskegee,” the year’s best selling album after “21,” climbs No. 9-6.

“Tuskegee” trades places with “Now That’s What I Call Music 42,” which tumbles three spots to No. 9, while “Up All Night” and Norah Jones’ “Little Broken Hearts’ flip spaces, as her album slides from No. 5-10.

Last week’s chart topper, Adam Lambert’s “Trespassing,” plummets out of the Top 10 to No. 12.  In other “American Idol” contestant activity, newly coronated Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips enters the chart at No. 11 with “Journey to the Finale.”  Season 10 finalist Haley Reinhart enters at No. 17 with “Listen Up!,” while Season 8 winner Kris Allen bows at No. 26 with “Thank Yo Camellia.” This year’s runner-up, Jessica Sanchez, comes in at No. 126 wiht her “Journey To the Finale” album.

Overall sales were up 3% from last week, but down 22% from the same week of 2011.

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<p>Florence and the Machine's &quot;Spectrum&quot;</p>

Florence and the Machine's "Spectrum"

Watch: Light emanates from Florence's crotch in new F+TM 'Spectrum' video

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David LaChapelle-directed clip is long on beauty, short on sense

It’s Florence + the Machine meets “Swan Lake” meets “Metropolis” in the British act’s new video, “Spectrum.”

Directed by famed photographer David LaChapelle and John Byrne, the music clip is, as one might imagine, a visual feast, full of stunning, lush colors and images from F+TM namesake Florence Welch’s bright red hair to the blinding white of the dancers’ costumes to the glittering city scape populated by Egyptian soldiers.

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<p>Justin Bieber</p>

Justin Bieber

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Police threaten to shut down free Justin Bieber Oslo concert

NBC camera crews are taping show for June 21 network special

As NBC is touting  “Justin Bieber Believe: All Around The World,”  a new special on the teen star that will air on June 21, a drama is playing out as the police are threatening to shut down the shoot.

Bieber is in Oslo today and is slated to perform six songs free tonight at 9:20 pm Norway time at the Opera House. The mini-concert will be part of the one-hour “All Around the World” special, which  will combine performance video and behind-the-scenes footage as cameras follow Bieber around the globe promoting the new album, out June 19, and first single, “Boyfriend.”

The doc trails  Bieber as he travels through seven countries in 12 days, ending with a New York City show. However, today in Oslo, the unruly crowd has police saying they will pull the plug. Bieber and his manager, Scooter Braun, have been tweeting to fans all day asking them to calm down. “Norway, please listen to the police,”Bieber tweeted. “ I don’t want anyone getting hurt. I want everything to go to plan, but your safety must come first.”

Bieber was the subject of his own 3D theatrical release, 2011’s “Never Say Never,” which followed him on his 2010 concert tour.

“Justin Bieber Believe: All Around the World” is produced by Ian Stewart with Done and Dusted Productions.

We'll update the situation later.

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<p>&nbsp;Adam Lambert</p>

 Adam Lambert

Watch: Adam Lambert's new video for 'Never Close Our Eyes'

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Former 'American Idol' star takes a quantum creative leap

Adam Lambert’s video for “Never Close Our Eyes” takes place somewhere in a dystopian future where all those beautiful multi-ethnic models from the old Benetton commercials have been rounded up and imprisoned. Their freedom may be taken away,  as has their possession of any clothes not in the beige/gray family, but, thank God, they still have access to hair dye, as evidenced by Lambert’s fierce highlights.

Food has been replaced with pill pellets and the days seem to pass in drudgery, scrubbing the floor in a series of coordinated, ballet-like moves, and checking into some plexiglass box that scans our eyes, while Big Brother keeps  constant surveillance. 

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