Eminem will handily spend his third week at No. 1 next week as “Recovery” sells up to as many as 250,000 copies.
No other title can come close to challenging the rapper’s reign at the top of the Billboard 200. Drake’s “Thank Me Later,” which has sold more than 500,000 in four weeks, will stay at No. 2 with sales of up to 80,000, according to Hits Daily Double.
That means the highest debut will be Big Boi’s critically acclaimed “Sir Luscious Left Foot: The son of Chico Dusty,” which will likely come in at No. 3, unless Twihards push the soundtrack to “Eclipse” past the Outkast member’s solo effort. The only other newcomer to the top 10 will be Enrique Iglesias, who is mounting a nice comeback with “Euphoria.” Bret Michaels also continues his second life as his set will just narrowly miss the Top 10.
Otherwise, as of Friday, the rest of the top 10 looks like Justin Bieber at No. 5, “Now 34” at No. 6, Jack Johnson (7), Lady Antebellum (8) and Lady GaGa (10), although GaGa may get a boost from her “Today” concert Friday morning.
Hey kids, time for your daily dose of Lady GaGa. In case you missed it, we bring you her appearance this morning on “Today.” According to the morning show, she drew a record 20,000 to Rockefeller Plaza. And guess what? She wore pants! Two pairs! In one appearance, she wore trousers two times more than we’ve ever seen her in them before in person.
With dried ice billowing over the stage, Lady GaGa was practically enveloped and indistinguishable from the white smoke as she emerged in a relatively tame white outfit singing the Gershwin classic “Someone to Watch over Me” before segueing into “Bad Romance.” She's the Smoke Monster! We think there may have been some track enhancement, but her vocals seemed live—she sounded strong (remarkably so for the early morning hour), but there were just enough rough notes to sound live. We dug the bra with the crosses.
In the next segment, she thanked radio and TV and the gay community for supporting her. There hasn’t been a mainstream artist since Madonna who has so lovingly and publicly made sure to include her gay following along every step of the way. She then launched into new song, “You & I,” saying it is about “the most important person I ever met,” although didn’t reveal who that was. The tune, which as we wrote a few weeks ago, sounds like a 4 Non Blondes outtake, sounded better than it did when she played it at Elton John’s party a few weeks back. More importantly, as she sat at the piano pounding away without any gimmicks or blood spurting from anywhere (oh, sure she dramatically crawled on the piano, but that’s nothing), it shows her talent is real. While I love her embrace of theatricality, it’s smart to remind fans that the smoke and mirrors all add to the show, but there is a strong foundation under them.
After a short rain shower and a costume change, she returned in black pants and a jacket, similar to what she wears in the “Alejandro” video to run through the current hit as her back up singers paraded around stage in a makeshift fashion show. Next up was “Teeth.” It has more bite than “Alejandro,” and she tried to spice it up with some Hendrix-style guitar. Plus, she fully incorporated the rain into her show as if she and the heavens had made some pact to incorporate it. Yes, we’re beginning to think she may have that much power.
Eminem has reasserted his dominance in the music world in 2010.
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No one can touch Eminem right now. More than a decade into his career, he’s having a hell of a second act. “Recovery” remains on top of the Billboard 200 for the second week with its two-week tally adding up to more than a cool million copies sold.
Additionally, both “Not Afraid” and “Love the Way You Lie” are in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, marking the first time in his career that Marshall Mathers has registered two songs in the Top 10 at once. Plus, the stadium dates he and Jay-Z are playing in Detroit and New York are selling out left and right. If he’s ever felt compelled to run for office, and we seriously doubt he has, now would be the time.
Sheryl Crow has all her summer clichés in place for her video for “Summer Day,” which premieres today on VH1 and CMT. Shot in Nashville, the clip combines a groovy performance with all the things that make a summer day so great.
The song is a slow-grooving, sultry, horn-laden salute to summer and love, which are often entwined. It’s the first single from “100 Miles from Memphis,” out July 20. It doesn’t sound 100 miles from Memphis to us; it sounds like it is right in the heart of the music loving town with its sweet, ‘60s vibe and slow and easy feel.
She’s channeling Dusty Springfield, whose 1969 “Dusty in Memphis” album is a classic. By premiering the tune on VH1 and its sister station CMT simultaneously
Awww Alert: When Crow sings “you came into my life and you gave me hope and love” and is cuddling a little boy, whom we assume is her oldest son, Wyatt. Adorable.
Hey Little Monsters: Lady Gaga has something else for you to feast on while you wait for her new album in early 2011.
On Aug. 3, Interscope will release “The Remix” in the U.S. The set, which has already been out in the rest of the world, featured remixes of 10 songs from “The Fame” and “The Fame Monster,” including “Just Dance,” Poker Face,” “LoveGame,” “Bad Romance” and “Telephone.”
It’s a smart move by the label and a good way to capitalize on the excitement created while she tours North America this summer. She wraps a 3-night stand at Madison Square Garden in New York tomorrow night, but first, she’ll appear on NBC’s “Today Show” Friday morning.
Of course, if you’re enough of a Gaga fan to like being called “monster,” you’ve probably already worn out your imported copy of “The Remix.”
Perry’s “California Gurls” logs its fifth week at No. 1 on the chart, although Usher’s “OMG” beats it in total listener impressions. (The Hot 100 combines airplay and single sales).
It must be very gratifying for Eminem to see reach new milestones. Not only has “Recovery” surpassed 1 million albums sold in two weeks, “Love the Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna stays at No. 2 on the Hot 100, while “Not Afraid” moves back into the Top 10, making it the first time in his career that Em has had two tunes in the top 10 at the same time, according to Billboard. On iTunes, “Love the Way You Lie” is No. 1 above “California Gurls.”
Most of us still couldn’t pick Taio Cruz out of a line-up, but his songs are resonating with fans. Current single “Dynamite” moves to No. 7 this week, making it his second consecutive Top 10, following chart topper “Break Your Heart.” Billboard points out that he is the fifth new male artist to register a pair of hits in the Top 10 over the past 12 months. The others: Drake, Jay Sean, Jason DeRulo and B.o.B. It will be interesting to see which of the artists are able to build careers and who are just flavors of the month.
It looks like Kanye West’s redemption seems to be complete. Following a successful performance at the BET Awards last week, his new song “Power,” lands Hot Shot Debut honors on the chart with sales of more than 80,000 copies.
It’s not all good news. Miley Cyrus’s “Can’t Be Tamed” album started off slowly and it looks like the single of the same name is officially dead: It falls to No. 31 this week on the Hot 100. It never took hold at radio, climbing only to No. 52 on Hot 100 Airplay, which is the worst showing of any of her five songs to make that chart.
Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze of "American Idol"
“American Idol” has chopped seven dates off its summer tour and moved around shows in several cities to accommodate the changes.
In a summer full of cancellations of dates (Lilith Fair, Jonas Bros., Country Throwdown) and tours (Christina Aguilera, Limp Bizkit), “AI” is the latest casualty.
Now off the slate are stops in Omaha, Neb., Kansas City, Mo.; Toronto, Buffalo, N.Y.; Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Cleveland. Shows in many other cities were shifted and the outing will now close Sept. 14 in Pittsburgh, instead of Sept. 16 in Portland, Maine.
Tour promoter Live Nation gave no reason for the cancellations, although poor ticket sales are a good guess: Season nine was widely considered the worst season in terms of break out stars and excitement .
Additionally, viewership dropped for the show, although 24.2 million viewers watched the finale that pitted frontrunner Crystal Bowersox against winner Lee DeWyze.
Linkin Park will release its latest album, “A Thousand Suns,” on Sept. 14. Produced by Rick Rubin and Linkin Park singer Mike Shinoda, it is the band’s first release since 2007’s “Minutes to Midnight.”
First single, “The Catalyst,” debuts Aug. 2, but in the meantime, fans can produce their own song based on some tracks from the forthcoming album via the band’s myspace page. The band will also offer live shows and exclusive content on myspace.
The band will embark on a tour supporting “A Thousand Suns” starting Oct. 9.
DATE VENUE CITY/COUNTRY
9-Oct Maquinaria Festival Santiago, Chile
11-Oct SWY Music & Arts Festival Sao Paulo, Brazil
20-Oct O2 Arena Berlin, Germany
22-Oct Schleyerhalle Stuttgart, Germany
23-Oct Tips Arena Linz, Austria
25-Oct Bercy Paris, France
27-Oct Lanxess Arena Koln, Germany
29-Oct O2 Arena Hamburg, Germany
30-Oct MCH Arena Herning, Denmark
1-Nov Hallenstadion Zurich, Switzerland
2-Nov Festhalle Frankfurt, Germany
4-Nov MEN Arena Manchester, UK
9-Nov LG Arena Birmingham, UK
10-Nov O2 Arena London, UK
11-Nov O2 Arena London, UK
You may not have heard of Marina & the Diamonds, but you will.Â Thereâ€™s been a buzz growing about the Welsh act that has only gotten louder following gigs at SXSW. After her sold-out show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles last night, itâ€™s easy to see why.
Marina is Marina Diamondis. The Diamonds refers not her backing band, but to her fans (Hey, if Lady GaGa can have her monsters, Marina can have her diamonds).
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Who has ruled the charts for the first six months of 2010? Country superstars Lady Antebellum.
It’s looking like a royally good year for Lady Antebellum. At the half-way mark, the country act’s second album “Need You Now” is the top seller of 2010 so far, registering sales of more than 2, 355,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album remains a strong seller and stands at No. 10 this week on the Billboard 200 23 weeks after its release.
The leading digital track is the all-star charity sing-along “Hope for Haiti,” according to Billboard, although it did not supply sales figures.