<p>Scotty McCreery</p>
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Scotty McCreery

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Music Power Rankings: Scotty McCreery lands atop Adele, Britney, and Taylor

Who makes the list for the first time?

1) Scotty McCreery: “American Idol’s” season 10 winner sets a passel of records as his debut, “Clear As Day,” bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 making him the youngest male to land his first album in the top spot. Take that, Justin Bieber.

2) Adele: She leads all nominees for the American Music Awards, stays at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Someone Like You,” but, more importantly, within the next two weeks, “21” will surpass the 4 million mark in U.S. sales. It will be the first album to move past that mark since Eminem’s “Recovery,” taking less than half the time to do so.

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<p>Amy Lee of Evanescence</p>
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Amy Lee of Evanescence

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Who returns to the top of the Billboard 200 after a five-year absence?

What happens with American Idols Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina?

Five years after its last album, Evanescence looks like a sure bet to return to the top of the Billboard 200 with its self-titled set next week.  The album, the first since 2006’s “The Open Door,” will likely sell up to 120,000 copies, according to Hits Daily Double. “The Open Door” opens with sales of 447,000 in its first frame.

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<p>The cover of The Jeff Golub Band's &quot;The Three Kings&quot;</p>
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The cover of The Jeff Golub Band's "The Three Kings"

Help musician Jeff Golub: check out this online auction

Bid on trips, stuff from Rod Stewart, Jimmie Vaughan, Dr. Phil, and more

Hitfix devotes very little time to smooth jazz. Well, let's be honest, we devote no time. We know that's not what you come to this site for. However, we also know that our Hitfix readers have tons and tons of heart. So we want to make you aware of an online auction going on right now with lots of great items all  to help Jeff Golub.

As some of you may know, Golub is a contemporary jazz guitarist, who, in addition to putting out his own albums, was Rod Stewart's longtime guitarist. His latest solo album is "The Three Kings," a tribute to BB King, Freddie King and Albert King. 

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<p>Usher</p>

Usher

Watch: David Guetta's video for 'Without You' featuring Usher spans the globe

His music has the power to bust concrete

That’s some powerful bass David Guetta has got going on. In the video for “Without You” featuring Usher, his music has the ability to not only make people dance, but to literally shift continents and bring them —and therefore, humanity—together.

The video of the Billboard Top 10 hit includes footage of Guetta doing his thing around the globe, including the U.S., Africa, and Thailand. His thing, in concert, appears to be spinning his records and raising his arms, waving his fingers and looking upward euphorically while the crowd goes crazy.

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<p>Tony Bennett</p>

Tony Bennett

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5 Things We Love About Tony Bennett and Faith Hill’s video for 'The Way You Look Tonight'

Tony Bennett has been rolling out clips from his “Duets II” set and today’s treat is the 85-year old warbling through “The Way You Look Tonight” with the long-absent Faith Hill. This video is much more stylized than the previous ones we’ve gotten from his sessions with Lady Gaga and Amy Winehouse (and certainly more restrained than Bennett and Gaga). It replicates the recording session, but it’s  on a larger, beautifully lit stage. Five things jumped out at us that made us love the feel and sound of the video.

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<p>&nbsp;Britney Spears</p>

 Britney Spears

Britney Spears' new video for 'Criminal' is coming when?

In the meantime, watch the lyric video

Britney Spears is such a tease. She just tweeted, “Just saw the final cut of the ‘Criminal’ video we shot in London. It’s so hot. Can’t wait for you guys to see it next week.”  No word yet on which day next week we'll get the clip.

So she got to see the video and all we got was this lousy t-shirt lyric video (actually, it's pretty good as far as these things go). As you know, the shooting of the clip has caused a bit of an  uproar with Spears and her boyfriend, Jason Trawick, running around town with prop guns and what not in Hackney, a part of London that was hard hit by the rioting this summer.

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<p>&nbsp;Major Lazer</p>

 Major Lazer

Listen: Major Lazer drops new slamming track, 'Original Don'

Will Beyonce sample this one too?

Oh my god, this track is busier than Ben & Jerry’s Chubby Hubby ice cream. Major Lazer’s “Original Don” featuring The Party, the possible lead single from the duo’s forthcoming album isn’t out on an EP until  Nov. 1, but they dropped the track on their Facebook page today.

Major Lazer (individually known as Diplo and Switch) have crammed everything but the kitchen sink in this tune including screaming “Run the track” at us every now and then.

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<p>&nbsp;Justin Bieber</p>

 Justin Bieber

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UPDATED Watch: Justin Bieber previews 'Mistletoe' video. Where's Selena?

When will the full holiday video drop?

UPDATE (11:23 PM): MTV has announced that Justin will sit down for a 30-minute interview with the network directly following the "Mistletoe" video premiere. Fans can submit text or video questions via Twitter using the hashtag #AskBieber.

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Where's Selena Gomez? Justin Bieber snuggles with another brown-haired cutie in this sneak peak at the video for "Mistletoe," the lead single from the Bieb's holiday album, "Under the Mistletoe," which drops Nov. 1.

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<p>&nbsp;Adele</p>

 Adele

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Can Adele make it 3 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100?

Who scores her first Top 40 hits?

In an era when it is almost impossible for ballads to gain traction at Top 40 radio, Adele’s “Someone Like You” has landed its third week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 10.

The song gains in both radio plays and digital downloads, as it surges past the 2 million mark in digital sales.
The top three on the Billboard 100 remain the same as they were last week:  “Someone Like You” followed by Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” featuring Christina Aguilera and Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks.” The latter two both gain in airplay. In a stat we’re sure Foster the People would gladly trade for some upward movement, “Kicks” has now spent seven weeks at No. 3, a feat matched or surpassed by only three other songs that didn’t reach No. 1, according to Billboard.

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<p>Scotty McCreery performs on the &quot;Today&quot; show earlier this month</p>

Scotty McCreery performs on the "Today" show earlier this month

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Exclusive Interview: Scotty McCreery talks hitting No. 1, his 'no' list and prom

What his parents do if he gets bigheaded

Scotty McCreery has only been 18 for three days, but so far so good.

The day before his birthday, he celebrated with 15,000 fans in Raleigh, N.C. (one town over from his hometown of Garner) and received a gold plaque for his first single, “I Love You This Big,” selling more than 500,000 copies.

Then on Tuesday, he played country’s most sacred spot, Nashville’s Grand Old Opry, alongside Trace Atkins and LeAnn Rimes.

Later that night, the “American Idol”  got confirmation that his debut album, “Clear As Day,” was a lock to enter the Billboard 200 at No. 1, making him the youngest male artist of any genre to achieve that feat with his first studio set.

So how did he celebrate? By continuing on with interviews and promoting “Clear As Day.” Hitfix talked to the unfailingly polite McCreery Wednesday morning (he even called early) about coming in at No. 1, how he spends his rare time off, what he won’t sing about, and the prom.

I grew up in Raleigh, so he and I couldn’t help but engage in a little chat about top N.C. past time —golf —as well as what it means to be a Carolina gal and girl.

You got the best 18th birthday present ever. How did you find out that “Clear As Day” went to No. 1?


I got an email last night from my manager. She said this is where we’re at, so congratulations. We were going wild. We’ve been working towards it. It was really cool to see all the hard work paying off

You topped Adele on the chart. That must feel good.


The thing that’s really cool about Adele is she’s been going strong for weeks on end. It’s amazing to see what she’s doing but it’s just wild to see ”Clear As Day” take off like it’s doing. We’re excited about it.

With “Clear as Day,” you found your voice very quickly. The song selection is material that seems to speak to you. How many songs did you plow through to come up with the final choices?


Oh, we went through a bunch, and the label, they’d gone through a lot before they even got to me. We had a big meeting in Nashville with the songwriters and the publishers and told them what we wanted to have on the album and what kind of topics we were looking for, so after that, the songs were really coming down the pipeline, a bunch at a time. It was fun getting the songs and I think we picked the right ones.

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