In Lady Antebellum’s soulful ballad, “Hello World,” lead singer Charles Kelley details a world that so many of us exist in, but aren’t really a part of. We’re so busy checking our cell phones, frustrated at the traffic jam and stressed about work that we’re not paying attention to the beauty that is around us. And we’re in some kind of psychic pain because of it.
But then something comes along, it can be a giggling child, a beautiful rainbow or a gorgeous sunset that gently tugs you back to the present and a state of gratitude. In this case, it’s an adorable little girl, enjoying an ice cream cone in the backseat of an SUV, waving to people in other cars like we all did when we were small. Flash to the front seat and her parents are bickering.
The trio, using the always popular trope of performing on a rain-slicked, dark street in the middle of the city, adopts the proper somber tone as events take a tragic turn.
We’re not going to give away the ending, but it’s a bit heavy handed. However, be sure to watch until the ending for the twist. Plus, we’re feeling a bit bad for the dad, who gets carted away here and forgotten about.
The Far* East Movement doesn’t move at all this week as it marks its second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Like a G6.” The tune, featuring Cataracs and the Dev, also returns to No. 1 on the Hot Digital Songs chart.
And Taylor Swift just keeps setting records on the chart. “Mean,” from “Spean Now,” debuts at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it three weeks in a row that Swifty has claimed Hot Shot Debut honors. No one else has ever done that before (it will be interesting to see if we see more superstars deploying her set up of releasing one track a week to iTunes a few weeks before that album’s release).
Other sparkling debuts include Willow Smith who whips her way to N0. 78 with her first single, “Whip My Hair.” Billboard notes that she is the second offspring of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith to hit the Hot 100 this year as Willow’s big brother Jaden peaked at No. 33 this summer with his duet with Justin Bieber on “Never Say Never. “
Look for Katy Perry to bring her third single from “Teenage Dream” to the Hot 100 next week, as “Firework” bows at No. 29 on Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 chart.
Finally, while we’re certain that Cee Lo’s “F*** You” may top many critic’s polls for the hot single of the year, climbing to No. 17 was the best the song (and its clean version, “Forget You”) could muster on the Hot 100.
“Now That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 36,” the latest in the never-ending collection of current pop hits, will street on Nov. 9 with a new feature.
A few editions back, “Now” added a “Now What’s Next” slot for tracks from emerging acts. Now, for the first time, the compilations will also include a “Now Flashback” track. The first will be Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds.” And in what we’re sure is a total coincidence, “Now 36” comes with info on how to enter a contest to win a trip to Vegas to see “Viva Elvis by Cirque du Soleil” at that Aria Hotel.
The “Now What’s Next” tracks from “36” come from The Secret Sisters, Sick Puppies, and Free Energy.
NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 36 track listing:
1. Katy Perry Teenage Dream
2. Usher (feat. Pitbull) DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love
3. Ke$ha Take It Off
4. Adam Lambert If I Had You
5. Taio Cruz Dynamite
6. Nelly Just A Dream
7. Chris Brown (feat. Tyga & Kevin McCall) Deuces
8. B.o.B (feat. Rivers Cuomo) Magic
9. David Guetta Memories (feat. Kid Cudi)
10. Maroon 5 Misery
11. Neon Trees Animal
12. OneRepublic Secrets
13. Sara Bareilles King Of Anything
14. Paramore The Only Exception
15. Daughtry September
16. Sugarland Stuck Like Glue
BONUS TRACKS: “NOW What’s Next” New Music Preview
17. Sick Puppies Maybe
18. Free Energy Bang Pop
19. The Secret Sisters Tennessee Me
BONUS TRACK: “NOW Flashback”
Elvis Presley Suspicious Minds
The sun never sets on a Bon Jovi. We think Jon, Richie and the other ones (okay, we kid, David and Tico) have been tour continuously since 1980. They just keep circling the globe over and over.
So we’re not surprised that more Bon Jovi dates have been announced for 2011, in support of the band’s “Greatest Hits” set that comes out Nov. 9. As we previously wrote, “Bon Jovi--The Circle Tour” will play in movie theaters across the land on Nov. 8. Additionally, the band will appear on “The Today Show,” Nov. 12; A&E’s “Private Sessions,” Nov. 17; “The American Music Awards,” Nov. 21 (see other performers here); “Larry King Live,” Nov. 22; “Ellen,” Nov. 23 and CNN’s “Heroes,” Nov. 25. These Jersey Boys are hard workers.
Below are the 2011 North American tour dates:
February 9 State College, PA Bryce Jordan Center
February 11 Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center
February 14 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
February 18 Montreal, QB Bell Centre
February 21 Raleigh, NC RBC Center
February 24 New York City, NY Madison Square Garden
February 25 New York City, NY Madison Square Garden
February 27 Washington, DC Verizon Center
March 1 Boston, MA TD Garden
March 2 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
March 4 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
March 8 Chicago, IL United Center
March 17 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
March 19 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
March 22 Salt Lake City, UT EnergySolutions Arena
March 25 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
The country music festival that takes place a week or two after Coachella on Indio, Calif.’s Empire Polo Club grounds, will also features Loretta Lynn, Darius Rucker and Josh Turner at the April 30-May 1 fest.
Tickets, which are $99 for a two-day pass, go on sale Nov. 5. There are also a variety of packages include camping options.
The Stagecoach line-up as of today (with more acts to be added) is: Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Loretta Lynn, Josh Turner, Chris Young, Leon Russell, Easton Corbin, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas Trio, Gatlin Brothers, Jack Ingram, Mel Tillis, Rodney Crowell, Rhonda Vincent, Secret Sisters, Steel Magnolia, Joanna Smith, Wanda Jackson, Stealing Angels, The Gourds, Rosie Flores, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Sara Watkins, The Cleverlys, Phosphorescent, The Punch Brothers and Truth & Salvage Co.
Leon Russell will be playing as a solo act, after his successful tour with Elton John promoting their new album, "The Union." Also, if you have the chance to see living legends Loretta Lynn and Wanda Jackson (whom both share Jack White as a producer), you shouldn’t pass that up.
Prince’s “Welcome 2 America” concert series will touch down first in New Jersey.
New York’s WBLS announced the first three dates today on air: Dec, 14-15, 17 at the Izod Center in E. Rutherford, N.J. (It will always be the Meadowlands to us). That show ill be followed by two Madison Square Garden shows on Dec. 19 and 29.
Tickets, according to WBLS, go on sale Oct. 30. The R&B station is also giving away tickets to the show.
As we previously reported, the “Welcome 2 America” shows will feature Prince as the emcee (and performer) and will also feature Janelle Monae, Sheila E, Cassandra Wilson, Maceo Parker, Esperanza Spalding, Mint Condition, and the New Power Generation. We don’t know if each artist will appear on each date.
Before lucky fans get to see a 25-minute look at “Tron: Legacy” on Friday on an IMAX screen, check out this 2-minute snippet of from the movie featuring a nice chunk of Daft Punk's score. This piece is called “Derezzed.” And no, we have no idea what it means, although some “Tron” geek might.
After some opening drum beats, the theme from the French dance music duo is pretty much a repeating synthesized loop with a few other sequences thrown in. It’s hypnotic and fits perfectly to picture. The editors have done an excellent job of integrating the score with the sound effects so they complement, instead of compete, with each other.
We believe that may also be the duo in the suits in the beginning, according to this still we ran a few weeks ago.
The score, the pair’s first, comes out Nov. 22. While some streams of the “Tron” score have been available, including on Seattle’s KNND website (although they have since taken them down) and on the "Tron" website , this are the first longer scenes of the music and picture together. You can also hear a little bit of Daft Punk's pulsing, ominous score in the trailer, which came out in March.
Is Taylor Swift singlehandedly going to save the music industry? Of course not, but it looks like she’s going to have a darn good opening week. After only 24 hours on sale, “Speak Now” is on target (or should we say on Target, given her exclusive deluxe edition through the retailer) to sell as much as 900,000 in its opening week, according to Hits Daily Double. That would best this year’s former champ, Eminem’s “Recovery,” which sold 741,000 copies in its opening week in June.
“Speak Now” is on top of iTunes’ album chart today, followed by Kings of Leon’s extended version of “Come Around Sundown” and the regular version.
Additionally, four of the songs, “Sparks Fly,” “Innocent,” “The Story of Us,” and “Dear John,”--a quartet of tunes that were not released prior to the album’s street date-- are in the top 10 on iTunes’ Songs chart.
So why is Swift still selling albums when many of her younger fans are dedicated singles buyers? Here are a few reasons why:
*As much as Swift has become a pop sensation, much of her base is in country and country fans, by and large, still buy albums, not just singles.
*In the media, Swift has done such a canny job of letting everyone know that each song is about someone else--and that someone else is possibly very famous--that people want the whole album so they can guess whom the tracks are about and parse the not-so-hidden meanings. Speaking of, here is a really fun piece by my colleague Chris Willman about whom each song may be about.
*Even though many of her fans are singles buyers, they are now buying the tracks that hadn’t previously been released over the last few weeks, so once someone buys 10 tracks from an album (regardless of how many tracks over that there may be on the album), that counts as an “album equivalent” sales to Nielsen SoundScan.
*Although she’s only one more album into her career than Katy Perry, Swift has built up an extremely loyal following. Perry, whose “Teenage Dream” sold less than 200,000 copies in its first week in a major disappointment, is seen by many as more of a “celebrity” than an artist. That’s no necessarily her fault, but Swift stays out of the gossip rags, by and large, and focuses largely on her music.
*For newer fans who had never heard of her before the whole Kanye West 2009 MTV VMA kerfuffle (which she very adroitly managed to keep alive for a full year until she debuted “Innocent” at this year’s VMAs), this is their first chance to buy a new album since all that mess.
*In so much as they matter at all any more, the album is getting stellar reviews across the board, which helps those sitting on the fence to plunk down their money. Here's our review.
*Her label, Big Machine, saturated the market. There are rumored to be 2 million copies out there, so the good news is there is no chance of anyone walking into a retailer and not being able to find it because it’s on back order.
*As is usually the case on opening week for most superstar titles, there is some nice discounting going on. “Speak Now” has a list price of $18.98 (not that anyone is paying that), but it is selling for $8 at Amazon and Target ($14.99 for the deluxe edition) and $9.99 at Best Buy.
Nicki Minaj managed to do today what no other female artist before her has done: she landed on MTV’s Hottest MC in the Game list. Minaj comes in at No. 6. Who came in higher than she? No. 1 is Eminem, and then Jay-Z, Kanye West, Drake and Rick Ross.
MTV recaps Minaj’s year--bear in mind she hasn’t even had an album out yet (although that all changes next month) and the list was so exhaustive, we had to take a nap. In addition to her own No. 1 with “Your Love,” she collaborated with the likes of Kanye West, Jay Z, DJ Khaled, Drake, Christina Aguilera, Sean Kingston, Usher, Jay Sean, Trey Songz and millions more.
The artists on the list were chosen by an MTV braintrust (no jokes...) based on the MCs shyme skills, commercial success, web presence, business ventures and cultural influence. In other words, the list is totally subjective. It's the third year the list has been compiled.
Rounding out the top 10 are Lil Wayne (7), Waka Flocka Flame (8), B.o.B. (9) and Ludacris (10).
Music City: Say hello to four lads from Dublin. For the first time in nearly 30 years, U2 will play Nashville and they are returning to same place that hosted them way back in 1981.
U2 will bring its 360 Tour to Vanderbilt University on July 2, 2011 at the Vanderbilt Stadium, according to the Tennessean. The last time wasDec. 2, 1981, also at Vandy, and we’re sure it wasn’t at the stadium, which holds 45,000 people. Tickets are $30-$350. Florence and the Machine will open.
The presale for fan club members starts Oct. 26, with tickets open to the general public on Oct. 29.
U2 has added a number of additional dates for Australia New Zealand, Mexico City and South Africa. For a complete list of tour dates, go to www.u2.com.