Unless there’s a last minute surge by New Jersey record buyers, the Italian classical crossover singer keeps Bon Jovi’s “The Circle” out of the pole position. That title is slated to shift around 150,000 copies. This week’s charttopper by Carrie Underwood drops to No. 3. Only two other new releases are poised to come into the top 10: Flyleaf’s “Momento Mori” and Switchfoot’s “Hello Hurricane.” Otherwise, old standbys like Taylor Swift’s “Fearless,” which will get an even bigger bump following her CMA wins, hold court.
7:50 p.m.: Ten minutes until the kick off of the 43rd Country Music Association Awards-- Nashville's equivalent of the Grammys. While Taylor Swift is up for a number of awards, we think she's safe from Kanye West's clutches in Music City. But is she safe from Kenny Chesney? The hottest contest of the night is the big one: entertainer of the year. Will Swift rob Chesney of his opportunity to break his tie with Garth Brooks and become the first artist to win five entertainer of the year trophies?
8 p.m.: The show opens with Taylor Swift talking to Nancy O'Dell in her often discussed comment about how she writes about boys who have done her wrong in her songs. Now she's singing "Forever & Always," which we believe is about Joe Jonas. Now she's tossing furniture and sliding down a pole in a fireman, not a stripper, way. It's meant to be high-energy and cutting edge, but it's a really weak song and she doesn't sound good. But the crowd, those polite southerners, seem to love it.
8:05 p.m.: Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return for their second stint as co-hosts. Underwood is sitting pretty: She has the No. 1 album in the land today. The pair are doing a spoof of "Mama, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," as "Mama, don't let your babies grow up to be Kanye.. " We knew it was coming. We just hope he's not a running joke. By the way, Underwood just informed us that, at 19, Swift is the youngest artist ever nominated for entertainer of the year. The theme of using classic songs to parody current country events continues: now Paisley and Underwood are singing "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" about Brooks and Dunn splitting up. They sing that everyone's sad, but Sugarland. Many a truth is said in jest. It's actually a very cute and funny opening...so much better the VMAs and many other shows.
Seldom have we talked to an artist at this early a stage in his career who is as surefooted as Adam Lambert. We interviewed him today for MSN.com. We’ll link to that interview when it goes live—and add more content to it—but our initial impression was this is an artist whose whole life had been leading to this moment. And he knows it.
*Aerosmith is definetly NOT breaking up. One of the members is doing his own thing and said so in the press. That's all I know.
*Inthe meantime aerosmith is positivly looking for a new singer to work with. You just can't take 40 years of expiriance and throwitinthebin!
*Billies spelling much better than mine. Band is playing hotter than ever and our songs need to be played live! Don't dispair;
*Aerosmith not splitting up. Promise that's the last you'll hear from me on the subject till we gear up again.
So basically, in the span of a few minutes, we learned that the band is not breaking up, but that a Steven Tyler-less Aerosmith will go forward. Hey, i guess if Journey can do it, so can Aerosmith, but I don't foresee similarly positive results. We also learn that Perry really can't spell, but he professes that his wife, Billie, can. And Perry says he's done discussing this topic until there's something to announce.