Inside Music with Melinda Newman
Meet the new chart, almost the same as the old chart
Move along, there’s nothing to see here. This week’s Billboard Hot 100 looks remarkably similar to last week’s chart as the top six songs all stay in place and there’s only minimal movement in the bottom half.
That means LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock holds at No. 1 for the second week. Former No. 1s Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything,” and Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” stay at No. 2 and 3.
Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (TGIF),” which is her bid to have five No. 1s from “Teenage Dream” hangs out at No. 4, while Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” remains at No. 5 and Lady Gaga’s “The Edge Of Glory” is No. 6.
Lil Wayne’s “How To Love” edges up 8-7, One Republic’s “Good Life” budges 9-8, and Hot Chelle Rae’s “Tonight Tonight” inches 10-9. These moves are all possible because last week’s No. 9, Perry’s “E.T.” featuring Kanye West falls 7-10.
McCartney still rumored to play 2012 London Olympics
Published reports have been circulating for the past few days about a potential Beatles’ “reunion” concert for London’s 2012 Olympics that would feature surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as John Lennon’s son Julian, and George Harrison’s son, Dhani.
Now Julian Lennon is saying, don’t even think about it. “There will never be a Beatles reunion because two of the members of the band have since passed,” Lennon posted on his Facebook page. “And no one could, or should, try to replace them...End of...x.” We agree. It’s ludicrous to call the above configuration any semblance of the Beatles. And it’s not a Beatles reunion just because the sons of Lennon and Harrison may stand in for their dads.
It seems the rumor got started after McCartney indicated that he may appear at the London games, according to U.K. tabloid, The Sun. Then tongues started wagging about bringing in Starr. The two have played occasionally together since the Beatles bust-up 40 years ago.
The Sun is staying firm that McCartney will play the opening or closing ceremonies. Whether solo or with Starr is unclear.
Tune soars to No. 1 on iTunes its first day
Disney star Demi Lovato has definitely had some tough times lately, but if we’re to believe the lyrics in her new single, the Toby Gad-produced “Skyscraper,” she is coming through the other side made stronger by her travails.
The ballad, which hit No. 1 on iTunes today, features a straight-ahead video, much of it a close-up of Lovato’s face as she very heavily emotes through the often anguished lyrics while walking through the sand. No one else appears in the Mark Pellington-directed clip as the focus is clearly on showing the pain she’s gone through and from which she is rising, not like the proverbial phoenix, but like a skyscraper. The video keeps the intensely personal tone of the song, but also addresses her cutting symbolically by showing broken glass, as well as a heart that remains in tact. Pellington, who’s best known for his tremendous direction on Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy,” U2’s “One” and The Fray’s “How To Save A Life,” brings a sense of intimacy to the clip despite the often wide-open spaces.
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Sammy Hagar-led group reunites for first set in two years
Chickenfoot, the rock outfit composed of Van Halen’s Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith and gunslinger Joe Satriani, will release its second album Sept. 27.
The eOne Music release is called “Chickenfoot IIII,” because, according to Hagar, the band is so awesome, it just advanced right past number 2. Is that like getting to skip a grade when you’re in elementary school?
It also begs the question of can you have sophomore slump if you pretend it’s not your second album?
Anyway, in what may be one of the most awesome quotes we’ve ever reprinted, Hagar said in a statement: “We're calling the album Chickenfoot III because it's so good, the songs are so tight, it's like we jumped right past having to make a second record.” Seriously, the dude should be in politics.
The press release further promises “colossal, stadium-shaking riffs.” But wait, there’s more: Apparently the band tackles the world’s economic issues in “Three And A Half Letters” and morality in “Up Next.” We just want some of Hagar’s tequila.
The group’s first set, which came out in 2009, has been certified gold in the U.S.
Trio will premiere new tune Friday on KROQ
It’s been eight years since we’ve gotten to enjoy new hi-jinks from perpetual adolescents Blink-182. That all ends on Friday, when the trio bows its new single, “Up All Night.
The group took to its Facebook page this morning to review that the song will premiere at 7:30 AM PDT (10:30 EDT) on Los Angeles rock station KROQ. If you want to listen along on the web, the address is www.kroq.radio.com or on www.blink182.com
The trio, which reunited in 2009 after a four-year hiatus, plans to release an album later this summer or early fall on Geffen Records. As we reported earlier, Blink’s Mark Hoppus posted on his Tumblr account a few weeks ago that “the finish line is approaching. We’ve chosen an album title, started working on artwork, moving into mixing, and getting ready for tour rehearsals.”
In a conference call with reporters in June, Hoppus told reporters to expect “a diverse palate,” according to Billboard. “We have these songs that are total throwbacks, exactly what people know Blink is. Then we have some...that are madly different and experimental.”
The band starts the Honda Civic tour with My Chemical Romance Aug. 5 in Holmdel, N.J.
Southern California girl's third sun-kissed offering
Over the course of her first two albums, Colbie Caillat established herself as the Southern California ideal personified: sunny, light, relatively uncomplicated, casual and undemanding. Songs like “Bubbly,” “Fallin’ For You,” and “I’m Yours,” her Grammy-winning duet with Jason Mraz floated away on their own pleasant airiness.
On “All of You,” her third album, out July 12, Caillat retains her pleasing guile, but she’s thrown in a small dose of reality. A naivete has been replaced with a cautious, but still dominant, optimism.
The set draws mainly from her feelings as she moves through her relationship with her bandmate Justin Young, whether its the first sweet blush of love on the ‘70s-tinged, guitar driven, “What If,” in which she admits, “Boy, you make my heart stop,” to the mid-tempo title track, which calls for her beau to understand she is offering unconditional love, or “Before I Let You Go,” which covers those first moments of doubt creep in after an ex pops back into the picture.
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Can she soar above the mundane material?
It’s been way too long since we’ve had a harpsichord in a song and it’s the most refreshing part of Pia Toscano’s first post- “American Idol” single.
On the mid-tempo “This Time,” Toscano, who has signed to Interscope Records, is “mad as hell/ain’t gonna take it no more.” We’re never exactly sure what she’s angry about, but it would seem she’s had a fight with her boyfriend and she’s finally standing up to the creep. It’s meant to be empowering, we’re sure, but the Esther Dean-penned tune is clogged down in so many cliches, we bet the butterfly she mentions can’t achieve lift off. (Yep,she’s going to spread her wings).
Toscano’s early elimination stunned “AI” watchers who loved her pristine delivery. That is in strong evidence here as she sounds strong and potent. She just needs a better vehicle to showcase her vocal prowess.
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Winning duo will return for fourth stint
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will return as host of the Country Music Assn. Awards for the fourth time.
The country superstars announced they will once again helm the show via Facebook today. The 45th Annual CMA awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 9.
The two, who have a combined 19 CMA awards between them, have proved to have an easygoing, funny chemistry between them and from the start have been adept hosts who keep the show flowing. Perhaps following the CMA’s lead, main competitor the Academy of Country Music Awards adopted male-female hosts this year with Blake Shelton joining longtime host Reba McEntire.
This year’s CMAs will honor music released from July 1, 2010-June 30, 2011. Nominations will be announced in early September. The CMA’s 6000-person membership determine the winners.
Why isn't he dancing?
With the Backstreet Boys out on a very successful tour with New Kids on the Block (dubbed the NKOTBSB tour), BSBoy Howie Dorough is taking advantage of renewed interest to release his first solo album, “Back To Me,” out in November.
The specific release date for the album is still coming, but first single, “100,” is here. We’ve embedded the video below. I was at BIllboard when BSB were at their height and I always found Dorough to be the sweetest and nicest of the Boys. He was smart, kind, and loved his fans, and managed to be pretty grounded given the hysteria swirling around him. So it makes me happy that the single is exactly what I’d expect: a Bruno Mars, “Just the Way You Are”-type tune about loving someone for many reasons. He sounds soulful and romantic.
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But first, her new trio, Piistol Annies, will shoot into stores
Country queen Miranda Lambert will release her fourth solo set, “Four the Record,” on Nov. 1.
The set follows 2009’s “Revolution” which was also named CMA album of the year, and featured the hits “The House That Built Me,” “White Liar,” Heart Like Mine” and “Only Prettier.”
"'Four The Record' has so many meanings,” explains Lambert in a statement. “I love the play on words and my records always have a little crime in them and this is the fourth record of my career. This album pushes the limits for me in many ways and I collaborate with friends and heroes. It builds on my previous albums with a whole new flair.” That’s all great, but we would have loved a little more info, like who is producing, whom she wrote with, if new hubby Blake Shelton is on the record, etc.
We won’t have to wait until November to get new Lambert music, however. Pistol Annies, the trio featuring Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, will release their debut album on Aug. 23 via digital download and via the group’s website, www.pistolannies.com. The threesome debuted at the taping of the ACM’s “Girls Night Out: Superstar Women of Country,” which aired in May.
And what must only happen to a handful of married couples, she and Shelton found themselves on dueling morning shows on Friday: Pistol Annies were on “Good Morning America,” while Shelton was on “Today Show.” At least they got to be in the same city. The twosome engaged in some friendly tweet banter of which act people should watch, with Lambert ultimately declaring that people would watch her instead of Shelton because “I have boobs.”