The idea of Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, two of country’s most dynamic artists, performing a duet at the Billboard Music Awards had such promise.
A hologram of Michael Jackson moondanced across the stage during a performance of "Slave To the Rhythm," a song featured on Jackson's new "Xscape" album, during the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night in what is sure to be the show's water cooler moment.
Beyonce and Jay Z’s famous friends, Sean Penn, Don Cheadle, Blake Lively, Emily Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Guillermo Diaz, and others, star is what has to be the most elaborate promotional tour video ever created.
For the first time in months, “Frozen” will not be in the No. 1 or 2 spot on the Billboard 200 next week.
Instead, “Xscape,” a posthumous Michael Jackson album featuring ‘’contemporized” versions of eight previously unreleased Jackson cuts, is in a dead heat with The Black Keys’ “Turn Blue” for the top spot. Both are slated to sell up to 155,000, according to Hits Daily Double. Read our review of “Xscape” here and of “Turn Blue” here.
If Jackson comes in on top, it will be his first No. 1 album released since his death: "Michael," released in 2011, debuted and peaked at No. 3. If The Black Keys prevail, it will be their first No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
They join four other debuts in the Top 10: Rascal Flatts’ “Rewind” will likely bow at No. 5 (60,000), Dolly Parton’s “Blue Smoke” at No. 4 (40,000), Tori Amos’ “Unrepentant Geraldines” at No. 8 (19,000) and Michael W. Smith’s “Glory” at No. 10 (17,000)
This week’s No. 1 set, “Now That’s What I Call Music 50,” drops to No. 3 (80,000), while “Frozen” drops to a number it hasn’t see in an ice age: No. 4 (70,000).
Hunter Hayes’ “Storylines” drops to No. 7 (21,000), and Pharrell Williams’ “G I R L” to No. 9 (17,000).
Jack White’s “Just One Drink” is a barreling, country-tinged rock and roller.
Mariah Carey debuted a new song, “You Don’t Know What To Do,” featuring Wale, today on “Today.”
Arcade Fire’s video for “We Exist” is a moving, if sometimes heavy handed, look at our universal desire to be loved for who we are.
Dave Grohl is taking his “Sound City” concept onto the road. The release of Foo Fighters’ eighth album, and the band’s 20th anniversary, will be accompanied by an 8-part HBO series that chronicles the creation of the record and salutes the eight studios and cities in which it was created.
The Foos recorded one song each in a well-known studio in Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and New York. In addition to documenting the recording, in which notable local musicians joined in, each episode celebrates that town’s musical history and traces the influence the city had on the local legend sitting in with the band. HBO isn’t saying who the guests are. However, Buddy Guy is quoted in the press release, so we can count him in for Chicago.
Just as Foo Fighters switched it up and recorded 2010’s “Wasted Light” on all analog equipment in Grohl’s garage, they challenged themselves again with the new, still-untitled, album: Grohl did not write the lyrics until the last day in the studio in each city so as to absorb the local experience into the words, according to a statement.
The series will run in the fall in conjunction with the album’s release. No specific date for either has been announced.
Lana Del Rey has set a June 17 release date for “Ultraviolence,” as well as released the album's cover art.
In addition to standard and deluxe editions on download, CD, and vinyl, there will also be a Collectors Box edition that will include a deluxe LP Picture disc, a deluxe CD digipak and art prints, which was assume are suitable for framing.
In addition to first single “West Coast,” the new album contains some intriguing titles, including “F*cked My Way To The Top,” “The Other Woman” and bonus track, “Guns And Roses.”
Del Rey is current on tour in the U.S. Her remaining dates are listed below the track listing.
1. CRUEL WORLD
3. SHADES OF COOL
4. BROOKLYN BABY
5. WEST COAST
6. SAD GIRL
7. PRETTY WHEN YOU CRY
8. MONEY POWER GLORY
9. FUCKED MY WAY UP TO THE TOP
10. OLD MONEY
11. THE OTHER WOMAN
12. BLACK BEAUTY
13. GUNS AND ROSES
14. FLORIDA KILOS
2014 North American Tour Dates:
5/15 - Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre
5/16 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
5/19 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
5/25 - Vancouver, BC @ PNE Amphitheatre
5/27 - Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater
5/30 - Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Expo Hall