Inside Music with Melinda Newman
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1) Adele: In the never-ending story of “21,” the album celebrates its one-year anniversary nestled at No. 1 on the U.K. charts and is only four weeks away in the U.S. from the most weeks at No. 1 in SoundScan history. In other news, Adele becomes the top baby name of 2012.
2) President Obama: After he sang a portion of Al Green’s classic “Let’s Stay Together” at a Jan. 19 fundraiser, sales of the song skyrocketed 490%. He could singlehandedly save the music business if he opened every public engagement with a song.
3) Diddy: According to Broadcast & Cable he is launching Revolt, a music-themed cable network, which will bow on 12/12/12. Will Danity Kane reform for the launch?
4) Etta James: Regrettably and very sadly, dead. However, her music lives beautifully on as her album sales rise 378% following her death. A voice as wondrous as hers can never be silenced.
5) Cher: Not dead.
6) Irving Azoff: He tops Billboard’s list of the Power 100. As if there were any doubt.
7) Vevo: Will the music video channel leave YouTube for Facebook? All hail Mark Zuckerberg. Can’t wait to see what happens with that IPO.
8) iTunes: Sales in 2011 rose a staggering 55% to $6 billion...one 99 cent download at a time.
9) Ne-Yo: He becomes the latest artist to want to run things from the other side of the desk. In addition to switching from Island Def Jam as a recording artist, he has moved his Compound Entertainment to Motown, where he will now be senior VP of A&R. That’s Mr. Ne-Yo to you.
10) Bruce Springsteen: Ticket demand for his “Wrecking Ball” tour wrecked TicketMaster’s website, locking out fans trying to purchase tickets. Forever and always The Boss.
Check out the six debuts in next week's top 10
Adele “21” will likely tie Garth Brooks’ “Ropin’ the Wind” next week when the British singer’s sophomore set spends its 18th week atop the Billboard 200 album chart.
Early projections show “21” handily outselling Tim McGraw’s “Emotional Traffic,” and possibly topping 100,000 again. This means that "21" only needs to spend three more weeks at No. 1 to set the record for most weeks at the top in the Nielsen SoundScan era. The "Bodyguard" soundtrack current holds the record at 20.
Following several post-holiday slow release weeks, the chart sees six titles debuting in the Top 10. In addition to “Emotional Traffic,” which will will sell up to 70,000 to bow at No. 2, metal band Lamb of God’s “Resolution” looks good for No. 3, with sales of around 60,000, according to Hits Daily Double.
The “2012 Grammy Nominees” compilation is right behind Lamb of God for No. 4 with sales of 50,000-55,000. Singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson’s “Human Again” will score a top 5 debut, moving around 40,000 copies.
The other likely Top 10 premieres are former “American Idol” contestant Kellie Pickler’s “100 Proof” at No. 8 and Christian artist Kari Jobe at No. 9. Both are targeted to sell between 24,000-28,000.
Previously released sets remaining in the top tier are “Kidz Bop Kids 21,” which falls 2-6; Drake’s “Take Care” likely drops 4-7, and Black Keys’ “El Camino” tumbles 3-10.
He tones down the guyliner in new clip
Adam Lambert takes a decidedly unglambert turn in his video for “Better Than I Know Myself.”
In this 90-second preview, Lambert is wearing a grandpa sweater in a shade of brown that he’d normally never be caught dead in as he laments not treating his lover, who knows him better than he knows himself, better.
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Madonna, Martin Solveig and M.I.A. bring the silly to the studio
As Madonna continues to prepare for her return with new album “MDNA” in March, every little bit of information shared seems like it has been carefully screened to give us just the exact image of Madonna that she wants to share.
Here, in this 37-second teaser showing Madonna, M.I.A. and producer Martin Solveig in a New York studio recording first single “Gimme All Your Luvin,” we get several shades of Madonna, and we’re not just talking about it the video switching from black and white to color.
Four things we gleaned from watching the clip:
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Does it remind you of a certain recent 'party hit?
Wow. Someone has been listening to LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” and “I’m Sexy And I Know It.” And his name is Chris Brown.
“Turn Up The Music,” a song from Brown’s forthcoming album, “Fortune,” is a straight-up slab of electro-dance that is a kissing cousin to “Party Rock Anthem... especially the first several bars.
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Will the 'Party Rock' duo appear alongside Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.?
Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime extravaganza is only a little more than a week away, as more rumors sneak out about her 12 minutes to rule the world on Feb. 5.
The Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am has now gotten into the act, telling a U.K. radio station that LMFAO, who are signed to his Interscope-distributed imprint and Cherrytree Records, will play with Madonna at the big show in Indianapolis. As you’ll recall, the Black Eyed Peas provided the half-time entertainment last year.
"I'm going to the Super Bowl this year to see my group LMFAO perform with Madonna," he told Capitol FM.
This is on top of a report from Wednesday from the New York Daily News’ Gatecrasher column that Madonna was “bringing gay to the Super Bowl,” according to one of her back-up dancers. We don’t even know what that means.
The Material Girl, herself, is keeping tightlipped. At the “W.E.” premiere on Monday, she simply said that she was “extremely nervous” and that in addition to singing “Gimme All Your Luvin” (reportedly with Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., both of whom appear on the song), her performance would include some “oldies but goodies.”
We’re trying to get more details and will fill you in if we get them. In the meantime, voracious Tweeter will.i.am has tweeted nothing further about his radio remarks, neither has LMFAO.
Cash Money's Birdman spills on Nicki Minaj and other acts
Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter IV” has been out for less than six months, but expect the rapper to drop another album within months.
“I Am Not A Human Being 2” will come out “real soon, according to Cash Money’s Birdman (aka Bryan Williams), who shared the news with Complex.
Kelly Clarkson soars back into the Top 10
Adele scores a nice double win this week as “Set Fire To The RainR21; 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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