Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna may remain atop the Billboard Hot 100, but it has to cede the top spot on Billboard’s Digital Songs chart. Lil Wayne’s “Right Above It” featuring Drake walks right into No.1 with sales of 225,000 downloads, according to Billboard.
“Right Above It” is the first No. 1 for Lil Wayne on the Digital Songs chart and the strong numbers are enough for the song to debut on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 6, the rapper’s highest debut yet.
However, don’t worry about Enimem. “Love the Way You Lie,” in its sixth week atop to Billboard Hot 100, continues to increase in airplay as more and more R&B stations add the track.
Who else is making noise this week? How about Bruno Mars, who scores his first top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 as a lead artist. “Just the Way You Are” climbs 16-9. He previously appeared in the top 10 as a guest on B.o.B.’s “Nothin’ on You” and Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire.”It’s a good week for B.o.B. as well, who lands his third top 10 hit as “Magic” featuring Weezer's Rivers Cuomo rises 11-10.
In the Who Would Believe It category, Soundgarden makes it first appearance on the Hot 100 this week with “Black Rain,” which debuts at No. 96.Incredible, you say? Let us explain: in the past, before the band took a hiatus, a song had to be released in physical form to be included on the Hot 100. That rule went away, but not until after Soundgarden had gone on break. So while the band appeared regularly on airplay-based tracks, “Black Rain” is its first Billboard Hot 100 sighting.
Bon Jovi has recorded four songs for a new greatest hits collection set to street Nov. 9. First single, “What Do You Got,” goes to radio next week.
Producer Howard Benson (Daughtry, Papa Roach) produced the new single,which the wrapped up earlier this week in Los Angeles. We ran into him in Las Vegas yesterday at a party to hear the new Santana album (which we’ll write about shortly. Benson also produced the Santana collection, along with Matt Serletic). It was Benson's first time working with the boys from New Jersey and he raved about the track, caling it “classic Bon Jovi” and about how great Jon Bon Jovi’s voice sounds.
The best-of set comes in two configurations: The single disc “Greatest Hits” includes 16 songs, including two new tunes, while “Greatest Hits- The Ultimate Collection” is a 28-track edition, with all four new songs.
Tracks included on both sets include “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “Always,” “It’s My Life,” “Wanted Dead or Alive” and “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” for which the band won its first Grammy.
Sometimes the videos just write their own treatments. For the clip for Usher’s “DJ’s Got Us Fallin’ in Love Again,” the star “rocks side to side” in the club and mingles in the joint, often black lit or in profile.
To his credit, there is no scene of him actually falling in love so we avoid that cliche. To his discredit, he only teases us with some slight dance moves. We would have loved to have seen him do a full-out dance video. C’mon Raymond, we know you’re dying to bust a move. Hiro Murai, who also directed The Fray’s “Heartless” and B.o.B.’s “Airplane” helmed the clip.
Pitbull drops by for his rap break, which is the most interesting part of the song (the Tivo line still makes us chuckle). Are we the only ones who think “DJ” sounds more like a Cobra Starship song than an Usher tune?
We do love Usher’s little laugh at the end, though.
It must be the month for weird creatures in music videos. Last week, we posted Yeasayer’s clip for “Madder Red,” featuring Kristen Bell and a hairless pet that was a cross between a plucked turkey and a fish.
This week, for the video for “Congratulations,” the title track off its new album, MGMT (Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser) treks through the desert with what looks like a bald, four-legged emu. Like the whatzit in the Yeasayer video, this creature is having a really bad day, to put it mildly, but seemingly lives on in the afterlife in some form. Both videos follow an oddly similar trajectory.
We don’t know who directed “Congratulations,” but wouldn’t be at all surprised if it were Andreas Nilsson, who has worked with MGMT before and who helmed the "Madder Red" clip.
Go ahead, put on some beige so you'll blend right in, and tell us what you think of "Congratulations."
Some of Bob Dylan’s earliest works will come out Oct. 19. “The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964" is the ninth volume of Columbia Records’ ongoing “Bootleg Series.”
The 47 tracks on “The Witmark Demos” highlights a solo Dylan on piano, guitar and harmonica playing such now legendary songs as “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Blowin’ in the Wind,” as well as 15 tunes that have never seen the light of day in any form, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Also coming Oct. 19 is “Bob Dylan-The Original Mono Recordings,” a reissuing of Dylan’s first eight studio albums in their mono mix. Titles includes his 1962 debut “Bob Dylan” and 1967’s “John Wesley Harding.”
Fantasia talks about her suiced attempt on "Good Morning America"
Fantasia’s new album, “Back to Me,” hits stores today and she’s been running the usual press gauntlet. What is unusual is how candid she is about her recent suicide attempt, especially on ABC's "Good Morning America" today.
The former “American Idol” champ talked about her overdose, saying it was no accident. Furthermore, she elaborated that it was not just recent events—and issues with her married boyfriend—that led to the attempt; rather it was a cumulative effect of years of troubles including bankruptcy.
Watch below. You can’t help but root for her. Also, read our review of "Back to Me" here and watch the video for hit song, "Bittersweet," here.
How did we make it through the day before Kanye West joined the Twitter nation earlier this summer? It now seems to be his prime form of communication and it’s good to know that his Messianic complex is still in full effect.
Via Twitter, West announced that he will [sic on all of the following] “drop 1 new song every wekend until Xmas… I’m calling it good Fridays. Yall know every Friday yall gone have a new joint from our family. We look at the game completely different now…It’s about the fans. No holding back. That’s why I dropped See Me Now…It wasn’t about me it was about the Summer the BBQs etc.” He also adds that it may not always be his music, it may be from another artist.
A few thoughts: the most interesting part of the post is his line about “we look at the game completely different now.” Grammar issues aside, he acknowledging that while we all still oooh and ahhh about album release dates—West’s /// comes Nov. XX---the album is becoming more and more obsolete.
As we see with Mike Posner’s pitiful album sales for “31 Minutes to Takeoff,” despite having a top 10 single in “Cooler Than Me,” all fans want now is to digest the song (i.e.: the music) in small, individual bites.
To be sure, there are some artists who have such a strong fan base, like Eminem or alternative acts like Arcade Fire, where the audience wants to support them by purchasing the entire album, but they are a smaller and smaller base.
Maybe one Friday we’ll get the West/Justin Bieber/Raekwon joint we wrote about here.
In the meantime, enjoy one of the latest from West: his remix of “Power,” featuring Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz.
Enimem will make a rare live appearance at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 12. The rapper is the leading male nominee with eight nods.
No word on what song he’ll perform, but we hope it’s “Love the Way You Lie,” which has taken up residency atop the Billboard Hot 100.
He joins already announced performers Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Drake, B.o.B and Florence + The Machine. Ke$ha, Nicki Minaj, Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Trey Songz, Ashley Greene and Selena Gomez. That slate is a little light on superstars so expect way more to be rolled out in the coming weeks, including some top rock acts (since there are no rock bands announced so far).
We have no inside track, but we bet that Taylor Swift, whose new album comes out in October, gets a slot, especially given that her video for “Mine” debuts across all MTV Network platforms, including MTV, VH1 and CMT, on Friday.
Plus, Lady GaGa, who leads all nominees has to be a lock to perform, we'd think, so don't be surprised if her name is added the closer it gets.
Parton will also contribute music to the film, her first since she helped bring “9-to-5” to Broadway.
“I’m really happy to be doing a movie with Queen Latifah,” Parton said in a statement. “I really like her and have often thought we would be fun together. Even though we play rivals in the movie, I’m sure we’ll have our fun behind the scenes.”
Warner Bros.-based Alcon Entertainment will produce, alongside Farrell Paura Productions and O.N.C. Entertainment. Todd Graff, who wrote the screenplay, will direct. Graff previously directed ‘Bandslam.”
The movie is set for a 2011 release.