Pitbull and Ke$ha remain in the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with “Timber.” The song is also No. 1 on Hot Rap Songs.
Four of the top five stay in place, as OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars” is No. 2, Eminem and Rihanna’s “Monster” is No. 3, and A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera’s “Say Something” is No. 5.
Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” featuring Juicy J, rides into the top 5, rising 6-4. Its rise is propelled by the song’s move into No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart, her tenth Digital Songs chart topper.
Passenger’s “Let Her Go” inches 7-6, Lorde’s “Royals” slips 4-7, and Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” holds at No. 8
Imagine Dragons’ “Demons” scoots 10-9, while One Direction’s “Story of My Life” re-enters the Top 10, moving 12-10.
Pitbull and Ke$ha remain in the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with “Timber.” The song is also No. 1 on Hot Rap Songs.
Katy Perry will roar back onto stage June 22, when she kicks off the Prismatic World Tour in Raleigh, N.C.
Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves and Tegan and Sara will serve as support acts.
The 46-city outing, presented by AEG’s Goldenvoice, will last four months, ending at Houston’s Toyota Center on Oct. 10.
Perry’s current album, “Prism,” has landed Perry a number of hits, including first single, “Roar,” and current Top 10 tune, “Dark Horse.”
And here’s a term we don’t remember seeing before: Cover Girl is the “official cosmetic partner” of the Prismatic tour. I guess that leaves room for an official car sponsor, clothing sponsor, etc. Citi has already grabbed official credit card of the tour...
Citi members will have first crack at tickets starting Jan. 21, followed by a Facebook pre-sale starting Jan. 23. The general on-sale date will be announced shortly.
Perry will appear on the Grammy Awards, Jan. 26.
6/22/14 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena *
6/24/14 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center *
6/27/14 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena *
6/28/14 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena *
6/30/14 – Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Times Forum *
7/2/14 – Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center *
7/3/14 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena *
7/9/14 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden *
7/11/14 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center *
7/15/14 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre *
7/16/14 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre *
7/18/14 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre *
7/22/14 – Pittsburgh, PA – CONSOL Energy Center *
7/24/14 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center *
8/1/14 – Boston, MA – TD Garden *
8/4/14 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center *
8/7/14 – Chicago, IL – United Center *
8/10/14 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena ^
8/11/14 – Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills ^
8/13/14 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena ^
8/14/14 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena ^
8/16/14 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center ^
8/17/14 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center ^
8/19/14 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center ^
8/20/14 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena ^
8/22/14 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center ^
8/23/14 – Fargo, ND – FARGODOME ^
8/26/14 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre ^
8/28/14 – Saskatoon, SK – Credit Union Centre ^
8/29/14 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome ^
8/31/14 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place ^
9/9/14 – Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena #
9/12/14 – Portland, OR – Moda Center #
9/13/14 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome #
9/16/14 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center #
9/19/14 – Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center #
9/22/14 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center #
9/25/14 – Glendale, AZ – Jobing.com Arena #
9/26/14 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena #
9/29/14 – Salt Lake City, UT – EnergySolutions Arena #
9/30/14 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center #
10/2/14 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center #
10/5/14 – Memphis, TN – FedExForum #
10/6/14 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center #
10/8/14 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Arena #
10/10/14 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center ~
*With Capital Cities
^ With Kasey Musgraves
# With Tegan and Sara
It's a good day to be a Bruce Springsteen fan: His new album, "High Hopes," came out today and even if it's not chockful of winners, it's enough to tide us over until a true new studio album emerges. Plus, Springsteen & The E Street Band were announced as headliners for New Orleans' Jazz Fest in May, which could mean there is a U.S. tour coming, their first stateside outing since 2012.
I reviewed "High Hopes" last week, and now I'm looking back at what I consider to be the best 10 studio albums of Springsteen's career. I excluded live and compilation albums and, as with all things, this list is totally subjective. What struck me as I reviewed his 18 studio albums is how potent Springsteen's music was from the start and it hasn't let up. My choices span 1973-2007 (that tells you two of them right there). Springsteen has been making meaningful, important, joyous music for more than 40 years, seldom succumbing to laziness or nostalgia.
Be sure to list your favorite albums below and take our poll.
The 45th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival may be the only festival that Outkast isn’t playing this year, but they will hardly be missed.
Toplining the festival, which runs April 25-27 and May 1-4, are Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (in their only 2014 date so far), Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Eric Clapton, Phish, and Christina Aguilera.
Among the more than 80 acts on the bill are Robin Thicke, Santana, Foster the People, The Avett Brothers, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, John Fogerty, Alabama Shakes, The Head & The Heart, and Jason Isbell.
The festival prides itself on featuring hometown talent and this year, such New Orleans local heroes as Aaron Neville, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Irma Thomas, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk and the Radiators are on the bill.
Unlike Coachella, which features the same line-up both weekends, Jazz Fest offers different acts each weekend: Phish and Clapton will play the first weekend, while Arcade Fire and Springsteen will be the heavy hitters for the second.
For the full line-up, go here or watch the announcement video below. Tickets go on sale today.
It’s been more than a minute since Foster the People broke through in 2011 with “Pumped Up Kicks” from its major label debut, “Torches.”
The trio, led by Mark Foster, returns with a new album, the Paul Epworth-produced “Supermodel,” on March 18. First single, “Coming of Age,” hits airwaves today.
Foster the People have shifted slightly away from their Beach Boys obsession (although only slightly given how the tune ends) and moved on to new wave and late-‘80s Brit Pop for “Coming of Age,” a shimmering, yet propulsive guitar-and-synth driven track.
“I try to live without regrets,” Mark Foster sings, though he knows that’s easier said than done, especially “when my fear pulls me out to sea,” leading him to hurt the ones he cares about the most. It’s a more personal, reflective tune than their previous hits.
Bolstered by sweet backing vocals and a nice bridge three-quarters of the way in, the track has staying power and could build to be a nice winter/spring time hit. Foster shows Brian Wilson a little love with the ending vocals.
Coachella-bound Foster the People recorded the album in Morocco, Los Angeles and London with Epworth, best known for his work with Adele. In addition to Coachella, the group is also confirmed for two club dates this month: Seattle, Jan. 19, and Portland, Jan 20.
The video below is time-lapse footage of a mural painting of the cover art in downtown Los Angeles. Below the video is the tracklisting for "Supermodel."
"Supermodel" track listing
1. Are You What You Want to Be
2. Ask Yourself
3. Coming of Age
5. Pseudologia Fantastica
6. The Angelic Welcome of Mr. Jones
7. Best Friend
8. A Beginner’s Guide to Destroying the Moon
9. Goats in Trees
10. The Truth
11. Fire Escape
After the video for Lea Michele’s new single, “Cannonball,” bowed last week, the “Glee” singer is back with the title track from her upcoming album, out March 4.
If “Cannonball’s” message is about starting to live today, “Louder’s” take-away is to ignore anyone who’s trying to extinguish your inner flame.
“Louder” is similarly anthemic and mid-tempo, but has a softer approach than “Cannonball,” despite its exhortation to “scream a little louder.” The song is an inspirational ode to “come out of the shadow, step into the light, this could be the moment that could change your life.” While it could be a single, it's melodically too close to "Cannonball" to be the follow-up.
The “Glee” star told Billboard, which debuted the track, the song’s mission statement resonated with her. "I always think it's so important to live your life to the fullest, and love as hard as you can love, and fight as hard as you can fight. Be loud, be bold, be yourself, whether or not people understand that message. That's what I think of when I think of the song and album."
What do you think of “Louder?”
Shakira and Rihanna bounce through their heartache on “Can’t Remember To Forget You,” an ode to a guy who is bad in all the good ways.
The two play off each other, trading parts about the boy who makes them forget everything other than “kissing in the moonlight.”
The track, which premiered today on “On Air With Ryan Seacrest,” is relentlessly and aggressively upbeat, bringing in Latin beats in homage to Shakira’s Colombian background, and Caribbean touches, as tribute to Rihanna, who is from Barbados. Plus, it adds in an ‘80s, Police-like rhythm, similar to that heard on Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven,” as MTV and other outlets also noted.
It’s loud and in your face and it comes out in time to be hitting its stride when Shakira returns as a coach on “The Voice” on Feb. 24. The song will be on Shakira’s new album, out March 25.
Given that the song credits list six songwriters — Shakira, Rihanna, John Hill, Tom Hull, Daniel Ledinsky and Erik Hassle — you’d think they would have come up with a more memorable chorus. Instead they seemed to rely on the star appeal of their names and lots of bells and whistles. Having said that, it’s certainly better than another recent superstar collaboration: Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears’ paste-up on “SMS (Bangerz).”
What do you think of “Can’t Remember To Forget You?” How do you like it compared to Shakira’s 2007 collaboration with Beyonce, “Beautiful Liar,” which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100?
Beyonce returns to dominance on the Billboard 200 next week as “Beyonce” is poised to thaw “Frozen” out of the top spot.
It will mark “Beyonce’s” fourth non-consecutive week at No. 1, as the soundtrack to the Disney animated features slides to No. 2.
With the holidays over and no new releases from major artists, no title will top the 100,000 mark, with “Beyonce” slated to sell around 85,000 units and “Frozen” reaching for 75,000, according to Hits Daily Double.
The one debut in the Top 10 in the slow release week will belong to rapper Kid Ink with his major label bow, “My Own Lane,” at No. 3 (50,000).
The rest of the Top 10 belongs to major acts who have been lodged in the Top 10: At No. 4 will be Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” (40,000), Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” at No. 5 (35,000); One Direction’s “Midnight Memories” at No. 6 (26,000), Katy Perry’s “Prism” at No. 7 (22,000), Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz” at No. 8 (21,000) and Drake’s “Nothing Was The Same" and Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” in a dead heat for No. 9, with each moving up to 19,000 copies.
Becoming a temporary member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band has so inspired Tom Morello that he now intends to make his first solo rock record.
Though Morello certainly let his rock god out with Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, his four solo sets have been gentler, folkier outings under the moniker The Nightwatchman.
After touring with Springsteen in Australia this past summer as the replacement for Steven Van Zandt, who was filming “Lilyhammer,” Morello tells Billboard he was inspired to rock out. “The first time I ever sang with an electric guitar in my hands was 'The Ghost of Tom Joad' [with Springsteen] at the Anaheim (Calif.) Pond in 2008. Until then I'd kept my folk singing career and my electric guitar shredding career completely separate," Morello told Billboard. "It was on that (Anaheim) stage that I realized there might be a way to combine all the things I do as a songwriter and a guitar player, and this record is going to be that."
Morello has a number of songs already written but he’ll have to wait to hit the studio until he returns from playing South Africa, New Zealand and Australia (again) with the E Street Band. “I want to make the craziest guitar record that anyone’s ever heard,” he says.
Morello can be heard on Springsteen's new album, "High Hopes," out Jan. 14. The guitarist is on eight of the tracks.
My colleagues on the film and television side posted their Golden Globe predictions in all categories yesterday and I’m happy to see that they had as tough a time as I did when it came to picking who they felt would win in the two music categories. Both races seem wide open as we head into the final days before the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night (10). Will the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. members go for the biggest pop star over the best song when it comes to Best Original Song as they have in the past? How much of an advantage does John Williams have for Best Original just because he’s John Williams?
Here are my predictions for the music winners:
Best Original Song - Motion Picture
“Atlas” (“Hunger Games: Catching Fire”)
“Let It Go” (“Frozen”)
“Ordinary Love” (“Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom”)
“Please Mr. Kennedy” (“Inside Llewyn Davis”)
“Sweeter Than Fiction” (“One Chance”)
Unlike last year when Adele’s “Skyfall” was the clear frontrunner, there’s no obvious winner this year. In the past, the HFPA. members have been starstruck and picked the biggest name... how else do you explain Madonna’s victory for “Masterpiece” (“W.E.”) in 2011? If the voters go traditional, then “Let It Go” from “Frozen” will win. Otherwise it could come down to which music superstars they want to honor: Coldplay for “Atlas,” Taylor Swift for “Sweeter Than Fiction,” Justin Timberlake for “Please Mr. Kennedy” or U2 for “Ordinary Love.” Between Bono’s appeal and Mandela’s passing (and the fact that it’s a nice song), the winner will be “Ordinary Love.”
Winner: “Ordinary Love”
Best Original Score
“All is Lost,” Alex Ebert
“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” Alex Heffes
“Gravity,” Steven Price
“The Book Thief,” John Williams
“12 Years a Slave,” Hans Zimmer
Williams has been nominated a staggering 25 times in this category so while it’s tempting to think he’s the automatic leader, he’s only won four times, so he’s not a shoo-in. Both Ebert and Price had the more interesting composing challenges here since their films had so little dialogue for long stretches. Looking over past winners, HFPA has honored both sweeping, orchestral scores and very of-the-moment, pop-oriented scores. All the nominees here did their jobs very well, but there are parts of Zimmer’s score that were especially haunting and memorable.
Winner: “12 Years a Slave”
Who do you think will win?