<p>Lil Wayne</p>

Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne drops new EP, 'I'm Not a Human Being,' in September

What does this mean for the release of 'Carter IV?'

Lil Wayne may be the most prolific prisoner ever.  Although “Carter IV” won’t come out until after his November release, Weezy will precede the album with a new EP, “I’m Not a Human Being.”  Out Sept. 27—Weezy’s birthday—the EP will feature new material and will be available online only.

"We not about to roll out no three month set up,” Lil Wayne’s co-manager/Cash Money CEO Cortez Bryant told Vibe. “I’m not even putting it out in stores. We just gonna put it out virally and maybe package it up for Christmas. Give 'em a hard copy later for fan appreciation.”

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<p>Justin Bieber</p>

Justin Bieber

Usher, Lady A, Justin Bieber top 2010 best-selling albums and singles list

Where do Eminem and Drake come in?

Pop music is alive and well, just ask  Justin Bieber, B.o.B. or Ke$ha. All scored at least two titles in Nielsen SoundScan’s tally of top selling albums and songs for the first half of 2010, according to Billboard.

As we previously reported, Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” is the top selling album of the year through the week ending July 4.  The country album has sold almost a million more copies than its closest competitor, Justin Bieber’s “My World 2.0.” The power of Bieber is strong: the teen moppet is the only artist to place two albums in the top10 as his “My World” lands at No. 9. If there were any doubt that Enimem was back, consider that his “Recovery” lands at No. 5, after only two weeks of release.

Rock music is completely left out of the top 10 selling albums, although Train’s “Hey Soul Sister,” lands at No. 1 for the best-selling single so far. B.o.B. is looking like a shoo-in for a best new artist Grammy nod with two tunes in the top 10.


Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now,” 2.35 million
Justin Bieber, “My World 2.0,” 1.39 million
Sade, “Soldier of Love,”1.21 million
Lady GaGa, “The Fame,” 1.15 million
Eminem, “Recovery,” 1.09 million
Usher, “Raymond V. Raymond,” 898,000
The Black Eyed Peas, “The E.N.D.,”853,000
Ke$ha, “Animal,” 813,000
Justin Bieber, “My World,” 710,000
Drake, “Thank Me Later,” 709,000


Train, “Hey, Soul Sister,” 3.38 million
Usher feat. Will.I.Am, “OMG,” 2.63 million
The Black Eyed Peas, “Imma Be,” 2.58 million
Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now,” 2.57 million
Taio Cruz feat. Ludacris, “Break Your Heart,” 2.53 million
Ke$ha, “Tik Tok,” 2.53 million
B.O.B feat. Hayley Williams, “Airplanes,” 2.45 million
Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg, “California Gurls,” 2.39 million
B.O.B. feat. Bruno Mars, “Nothin’ On You,” 2.30 million
Justin Bieber feat. Ludacris, “Baby,” 2.17 million

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M.I.A. and Korn lead July 13 new music releases in a slow summer week

New titles from Crowded House, Morcheeba and the late Sparklehorse also out

We’re in a bit of a summer lull this week, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of tasty releases. M.I.A. and Korn are this week’s biggest names to release albums on July 13, but there is a lovely, haunting effort from Danger Mouse & Sparklehouse, as well as the return of Morcheeba with original singer Skye Edwards.

Crowded House, “Intriguer” (Fantasy/Concord): Australian band returns with second album since Paul Hester’s death. Produced by Jim Scott, the album includes many songs the band road-tested in order to give them a more lived-in feel.

Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse, “Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse Present ‘Dark Night of the Soul’” (Capitol): Conceived along with director David Lynch, who shot a number of photographs based on the songs’ themes, the project includes songs written by Sparklehorse (the late Mark Linkous) that he wasn’t comfortable singing, so the pair enlisted such guest vocalists as Iggy Pop, the Flaming Lips,  the Strokes’ Julian Casablancas, the Shins’ (and Danger Mouse’s  Broken Bell’s partner) James Mercer and the late Vic Chesnutt.

Hellyeah, “Stampede” (Epic):  Members of Pantera, Mudvayne, Nothingface and Damageplan come together for this heavy metal hoe-down.

Korn, “Remember Who You Are” (Roadrunner):  This Jonathan Davis-led band is one of the few nu-metal bands still standing, in part because, unlike many of its mid-90s contemporaries, it makes music that transcends the genre.  Korn has a new label, but returned to the studio with Ross Robinson, who produced the first two albums. Davis described the record to Billboard as “a stripped down record with just the four of us.”

M.I.A., “Maya” (N.E.E.T./Interscope): Motherhood has done little to tame M.I.A.—and thank goodness for that—although she does try to reconcile the various sides of her expanding life here. Anyone who saw the video for “Born Free” knows the U.K.-born Sri Lankan is still spitting mad and creating some of the most creative, beat-driven music around. Read review here.

Morcheeba, “Blood Like Lemonade” (PIAS America): Trip-hop trio makes first album with original vocalist Skye Edwards since she left the group in 2003. Sort of… because she has a small child, Edwards recorded in her home after the band’s Paul and Ross Godfrey sent her tracks.

The Newsboys, “Born Again” (Inpop):  Grammy-award nominated contemporary Christian rock group’s new album features a new lead singer, Michael Tait, formerly of dc talk. He replaces Peter Furler, who decided to focus on his songwriting and producing duties within the band. Other changes include the departure of guitarist Paul Colman and the return of guitarist Jody Davis.

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Can Big Boi's 'Luscious Left Foot' kick Eminem to the curb on the Billboard 200?

Or will Marshall Mathers remains perched at the top?

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.

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<p>Lady Gaga on the &quot;Today&quot; show</p>

Lady Gaga on the "Today" show

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Watch: Lady GaGa performs new song, writhes in the rain on 'Today' show

Look who finally decided to wear pants

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.

Watch GaGa perform "Bad Romance" below.

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Eminem has reasserted his dominance in the music world in 2010.

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Music Power Rankings: Eminem's 'Recovery' continues at a rapid pace

Find out why Em beats Ladies GaGa and Antbellum for the top spot

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.

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<p>Sheryl Crow</p>

Sheryl Crow

Watch: Sheryl Crow's new video for 'Summer Day'

Feel the cool breeze blowing off your computer

Cute kids eating ice cream? Check.  Cute couple in canoe? Check? Swings? Check. Picnic? Check.

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.




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<p>Lady Gaga's &quot;The Remix&quot;</p>

Lady Gaga's "The Remix"

Will Lady Gaga's 'The Remix' album sate fans' seemingly unquenchable thirst?

Their Ladyship to appear on 'Today' Friday morning

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.”

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<p>Katy Perry</p>

Katy Perry

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Katy Perry tops the Billboard Hot 100, but see why Eminem rules

Who's having a bad week at radio?

It’s a great week for both Katy Perry and Eminen, who both set career highlights on the Billboard Hot 100.

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.


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<p>Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze of "American Idol"

'American Idol' eliminates seven tour dates and reshuffles others

Horrible summer tour season claims another victim

 “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.


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