Now That's What I Call Music 50

'Now 50' turns up the heat on 'Frozen' on the albums' chart

Do any of the six debuts push 'Frozen' out of the top spot?

A big thaw happens on the charts next week as “Now That’s What I Call Music” topples the “Frozen” soundtrack out of the top spot on the Billboard 200 by a wide margin as six new albums bow in the Top 10.

The 50th edition of the “Now” series will sell up to 150,000 copies, according to Hits Daily Double, surpassing “Frozen” by as many as 50,000. “Frozen” has spent 13 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1.

Country artist Hunter Hayes comes in at No. 3 with his latest, “Storyline” (75,000), while Canadian songstress Sarah McLachlan returns with “Shine On” (40,000) at No. 4.
Pharrell Williams’ “G I R L” is at No. 5 (30,000), although it may have to settle for No. 6 as Tech N9ne Callobos’ “Strangulation” could enter at No. 5 (30,000).

Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party” climbs back up to No. 7 in its 39th week on the chart (24,000), besting out Atmosphere’s latest, “Southsiders” (21,000-24,000). The last newcomer,  Lily Allen’s “Sheezus,” will likely bow at No. 8 with 19,000 copies sold.

Lindsey Stirling’s “Shatter Me” drops  from No. 2 to No. 9  (17,000-19000) and Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” rounds out the Top 10 at No. 10 (18,000).

 

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Foster the People

Wu-Tang Clan, J. Cole, Foster the People set to headline Bumbershoot Festival

Elvis Costello, Capital Cities, The Replacements also on Seattle bill

Seattle’s Bumbershoot festival, held Aug. 30-Sept. 1, at Seattle Center, will have a little something for everyone this year.

Headliners include veteran rockers Elvis Costello & The Imposters and The Replacements, rap acts J. Cole and Wu-Tang Clan, and  relative newcomers Foster the People and The Head and The Heart.

Also on the diverse bill are Panic! At the Disco, Schoolboy Q, Capital Cities, Neon Trees, The Afghan Whigs, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Mission of Burma, Los Lobos, Bootsy Collins, The Both, Walk the Moon, The Dismemberment Plan, Real Estate, and about 75 other acts. Of particular interest are Big Star’s Third, a collection of artists who come together to play the rock band’s third album, a cult favorite known as “Third” and “Sister Lovers.” The collective usually includes Big Star drummer Jody Stephens as well as others either affiliated with Big Star or acolytes.

Here’s what the individual day line-ups looks like so far:

Aug. 30: Wu-Tang Clan, Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Panic! At the Disco, The Afghan Whigs, The Both, Walk The Moon, G-Easy, Bobby Womack, Danny Brown, Poliça, Mac DeMarco, Big Freedia, SZA, Yuna, The Lonely Forest, Gregory Porter, Sam Lachow, Shelby Earl, Youngblood Hawke, RA Scion, Donnie & Joe Emerson, Fly Moon Royalty, Grayskul, Tomo Nakayama, Iska Dhaaf, McTuff, Naomi Wachira, Evan Flory Barnes + Infinity Upright!, Cataldo, Cumulus, Dude York, Modern Kin, Otieno Terry.

Aug. 31: The Replacements, The Head and the Heart, Schoolboy Q, Los Lobos, Bootsy Collins, The Dismemberment Plan, Luscious Jackson, Pickwick, Kishi Bashi, Red Fang, Big Star’s Third, Iamsu!, Gregory Alan Isakov, Charlie Musselwhite, Mission of Burma, Architecture in Helsinki, The Dream Syndicate, Schoolyard Heroes, San Fermin, Negativland, Kins, Polyrhythmics, ILLFIGHTYOU, Jarv Dee, Sandrider, The 44’s with Kirk “Eli” Fletcher, Hobosexual, Falls, Highlands, Hermigervill, Manatee Commune, Golden Gardens, Hot Wired Rhythm Band.

Sept. 1: Foster the People, J. Cole, Capital Cities, Neon Trees, Real Estate, Nada Surf, The Reverend Horton Heat, Aer, Twin Shadow, Jonathan Richman, Valerie June, Bomba Estéreo, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Rose Windows, Mexican Institute of Sound, DahkaBrakha, Campfire Ok, Bad Things, Julianna Barwick, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Jacco Gardner, La Luz, Current Swell, Tangerine, Hoba Hoba Spirit, Kore Ionz, Jessica Pratt, Massy Ferguson, Old Man Luedecke, Western Haunts, Smokey Brights.

 

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Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson's weird 'Blue Gangsta' and sexy 'Loving You': Listen

Check out two new track from 'Xscape'

Forget going out to eat at some fancy schmancy restaurant, Michael Jackson wants to stay home in bed with you.  It’s a bit of a creepy notion in hindsight, but it probably wasn’t in 1987, when Jackson originally recorded “Loving You.”

Jackson laid down the mid-tempo ballad, which is featured on “Xscape,” an album of previously unreleased Jackson songs finished by various producers,  for “Bad,” but then didn’t include it on the multi-platinum set, according to Billboard. Timbaland and J-Roc took the tracks and added a funky beat, according to Idolator.

If “Loving You” is instantly recognizable as Jackson, “Blue Gangsta,” a track that bowed on MTV today, is a little more out there. With gritty vocals, full of hiccups and other Jackson trademarks, the singer originally recorded the vocals in 1999 with producer Dr. Freeze. Timbaland adds embellishments such as synths and horns to give it its futuristic feel, according to Rolling Stone. We’re sure it would have had quite the fascinating music video. Listen to "Blue Gangsta" here.

What do you think? Both tracks are more interesting than compelling and don’t compare to “Love Never Felt So Good,” Jackson’s track with Justin Timberlake that came out last week and debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Xscape” comes out May 13.

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Grouplove's new video for 'The Fault In Our Stars'' 'Let Me In': Watch

The tune plus movie images pack a punch


Grouplove, whose hits include “Tongue Tied” and “Ways to Go,” is back with “Let Me In,” a song written for “The Fault In Our Stars.” The tune features both Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi trading off on vocals, which fits the movie’s story line since each voice represents the two protagonists, Hazel and Augustus.

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Lady Antebellum

'GMA's' summer concert line-up includes Lady A, Demi Lovato, Jennifer Lopez and more

How does their slate compare with 'Today?'

“Good Morning America” will kick off its summer concert season May 23 with Lady Antebellum.

The series, which takes place every Friday in New York City’s Central Park, ends with Brad Paisley on Aug. 29 (Paisley announced today that his new album will come out Aug. 26).

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Ray LaMontagne

Concert Review: Ray LaMontagne brings 'Supernova' to life

Album release show in a Los Angeles church creates perfect vibe

LOS ANGELES—Ray LaMontagne let the music do the talking during an intimate 70-minute show here to promote his new album, “Supernova.”

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John Legend

John Legend's 'All of Me' topples 'Happy,' while Iggy Azalea rules the top 10

Ariana Grande and Azalea make chart history with 'Problem'

John Legend scores his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, but the big news is that Australian rapper Iggy Azalea has two songs in the top four, but more about that later.

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Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey tries to love two in sumptuous 'West Coast' video: Watch

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Black and white clip perfectly matches the sultry song

Don’t be fooled. At first glance, Lana Del Rey’s video for her slinky, retro new single, “West Coast,” looks like it’s the same video as the audio video that came out three weeks ago.

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Lily Allen

Album Review: Lily Allen's 'Sheezus' is sweet and tart

British singer returns after five-year hiatus with claws still out

Lily Allen has such a sweet voice, but as fans of the British singer know, her words are lethally tart. She may sound like she’s all puppies, rainbows and unicorns, but there’s a dark sense of humor running through almost every song.

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'Dance Mom's' Maddie Ziegler in Sia's 'Chandelier'

Sia's haunting new video for 'Chandelier' with 'Dance Mom's' Maddie Ziegler

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Come for the dancing, stay for the creepiness

Want to know what it feels like to have a manic episode? Watch Sia’s new spellbinding video for “Chandelier.”

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