<p>Robin Thicke</p>

Robin Thicke

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Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' cuts clear path to No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200

Set is one of five new debuts in top 10

Robin Thicke will score his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 (to go along with his first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100) next week, as “Blurred Lines” is a shoo-in for the top spot as five new entries debut in the Top 10.

In addition to “Blurred Lines,” which is targeted to sell up to 140,000, according to Hits Daily Double, Five Finger Death Punch’s  “The Wrong Side Of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 1,” which comes in at No. 2, will be the only other title to top the 100,000 mark. It is on track to sell between 100,000-105,000.

Jay Z’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail” will fight for the No. 3 spot with Tech N9ne’s new album, “Something Else,” with both slated to sell between 55,000-60,000.

Backstreet Boys’ “In A World Like This” bows at No. 5 (50,000-55,000) and pop group Emblem3’s “Nothing To Lose” at No. 7  (40,000-45,000).

Filling in the gaps are the soundtrack to Disney Channel’s “Teen Beach” at No. 6 (45,000-50,000), this week’s No. 1, Selena Gomez’s “Stars Dance,” which drops to No. 8 (30,000-35,000); the latest from Kidz Bop Kids, “Kids Bop 24,” at No. 9 (27,000-30,000) and Florida Georgia Line’s “Here’s To The Good Times” at No. 10 (24,000-27,000).


 

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<p>Jay-Z</p>

Jay-Z

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U.S. album sales reach record lows

Can anything be done to staunch the bleeding?

Will this be the low point? U.S. album sales have hit a new low in the 22-year SoundScan era. For each of the past five weeks, total scans have been lower than 5 million, the longest stretch in SoundScan history.
Even worse, for the past two weeks, album sales hit consecutive record lows, according to Billboard. For the week ending July 21, total album sales were 4.71 million units. For the week ending July 28, they were 4.68 million.

As you know, album sales have been plummeting since 2000. While many in the industry tried to convince themselves that digital sales would make up for the falling physical sales, these numbers are sad proof that this is not the case. As CD sales continue to decline (sales are down 14.1 % so far in 2013 over 2012), digital sales are also slowing.  In the Q1 2013, digital sales were up 10.4%, but that figure slowed to 1.9% for the second quarter.

As a comparison, Billboard notes that sales dropped below 5 million for the week for the first time in 2010. That year, there were four weeks under the 5 million watermark, in 2011, two weeks; in 2012, three weeks. So far in 2013, there have been nine weeks, the last five of them in a row.

Of course, some of this can be attributed to a relatively weak summer release schedule that will heat back up in the fall with new albums from Katy Perry, Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and more. Industry observers also cite the continuing decline in catalog album sales, which are down 8.8% from last year.

As CD sales continue to decline (sales are down 14.1 % so far in 2013 over 2012), digital sales are also slowing.  In  Q1 2013, digital sales were up 10.4%, but that figure slowed to 1.9% for the second quarter.

The larger question is how are streaming services siphoning off sales? Streaming revenue and subscribers continues to grow, although both Spotify and Pandora are losing money. Will a subscription or freemium service ever make up for the decline in sales? I can’t imagine it happening. And while Spotify likes to say it doesn’t hurt album sales, I know that I don’t buy as many albums as I used to, especially when I can stream them at the click of a mouse.

How low will they continue to go? Will we be writing stories about SoundScan numbers not reaching above 4 million for several weeks in a row this time next year?  While older consumers continue to purchase music, a recent MTV survey showed that 68% of kids thought music should be free.  As new distribution models evolve, such as Jay Z’s deal with Samsung, SoundScan may have to figure out more accurate ways to count sales (Remember, it didn’t count the 1 million copies of “Magna Carta Holy Grail” downloaded via Samsung), but even then, the numbers are still likely to plummet.

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'CBGB' soundtrack includes Talking Heads, Police, Blondie, MC5, The Stooges

'CBGB' soundtrack includes Talking Heads, Police, Blondie, MC5, The Stooges

Who is the noticable exception from the set?

The soundtrack for “CBGB,” the upcoming film about the iconic New York club, will feature music from some of the iconic acts who are forever linked to the venue and its ‘70s heyday, including The Velvet Underground, Blondie, Talking Heads, and Police.

Interestingly, the soundtrack includes Joey Ramone’s “I Got Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up),” but not a track from the Ramones.  The only new music on the set is a 2013 version of Blondie’s “Sunday Girl.”

The soundtrack will come out Oct. 8. Small indie Omnivore will release the vinyl and CD version, while Rhino will put out the deluxe digital version.

The film, which will premiere at New York’s  CBGB Music & Film Festival in October, stars Alan Rickman as club owner Hilly Kristal, as well as Malin Ackerman as Blondie’s Debbie Harry, “Harry Potter’s”  Rupert Grint at Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome, Foo Fighter Taylor Hawkins as Iggy Pop, and Sting’s daughter, Mickey Sumner, as Patti Smith.

According to the movie’s Facebook page, the official trailer will come out next week.

Track Listing:


1. Life During Wartime – Talking Heads
2. Kick Out the Jams (Uncensored Version) – MC5
3. Chatterbox – New York Dolls
4. Careful – Television
5. Blank Generation – Richard Hell & The Voidoids
6. Slow Death – Flamin’ Groovies
7. I Can’t Stand It – The Velvet Underground
8. Out of Control – Wayne County & The Electric Chairs
9. Psychotic Reaction – The Count Five
10. All For the Love of Rock ’n’ Roll (Live) – Tuff Darts
11. All By Myself – Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers
12. California Sun (Original Demo) – The Dictators
13. Caught With the Meat in Your Mouth – Dead Boys
14. I Got Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up) – Joey Ramone
15. Get Outta My Way – The Laughing Dogs
16. Sunday Girl (2013 Version) – Blondie
17. I Wanna Be Your Dog – The Stooges
18. Sonic Reducer – Dead Boys
19. Roxanne – The Police
20. Birds and the Bees – Hilly Kristal

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<p>Katy Perry teaser image for &quot;Prism&quot;</p>

Katy Perry teaser image for "Prism"

Katy Perry reveals 'Prism' teaser and single 'Roar' release date

Watch as she destroys her past in one swift move

Katy Perry drops two goodies on her fans today and both reveal a bit about the direction she may be going with her third studio album, “Prism,” which comes out Oct. 22.

Both a new album teaser  and a video snippet for first single “Roar” hint at a Perry who is ready to strip away the artifice. Let’s tackle them one at a time:

The album teaser for “Prism,”  dropped by Perry on Facebook this morning, shows Perry, her face bare of any make-up (other than, we imagine, foundation, mascara, lip balm, concealer, a touch of blush, etc... all the stuff it takes to look like you have no make-up on) and devoid of the usual heavy eye-liner and candy-colored lips. Similarly, her hair is her own, not one of her usual wigs, and while still beautiful, it’s not styled in any particular way and she even has some fly-aways.

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13 Must-See acts at Lollapalooza 2013: Nine Inch Nails, Ghost BC, Postal Service

13 Must-See acts at Lollapalooza 2013: Nine Inch Nails, Ghost BC, Postal Service

Listen to music from Mumford & Sons, Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, Baroness and more

The 2013 edition of Lollapalooza kicks off today (2) at Chicago’s Grant Park. The Aug. 2-4 fest boasts a stellar line-up this year with such big names as Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, Mumford & Sons, Phoenix and Queens of the Stone Age, as well as cool developing acts like Chance the Rapper, Emeli Sande, Icona Pop, and Two Door Cinema Club. There are time conflicts galore for music fans, but to help muddle through, here’s our list of 13 Must-See Acts. And remember, if you can’t be there, Lollapalooza’s YouTube channel will live stream nearly two dozen performances.

Who is on your must-see list? 

 

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Nelly knows you want to 'Get Like Me' in new NSFW music video with Nicki Minaj

Nelly knows you want to 'Get Like Me' in new NSFW music video with Nicki Minaj

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Women: You can now aspire to have your buttocks played like bongos

In case you haven’t had enough bragging from rappers about how all “ni**as” want to be like them, then Nelly’s “Get Like Me” can be your little daily dose to remind you that he has cars, beautiful women, champagne, and friends like Pharrell and Nicki Minaj, who drop by to reminds themselves of how fabulous they all are.

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John Legend's steamy new NSFW video, 'Made To Love': Watch

John Legend's steamy new NSFW video, 'Made To Love': Watch

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Clip matches the sexy song

Love can make you see God and believe in miracles, so says John Legend, in his new song, “Made To Love.” The video, released today, perfectly captures the tune’s sensuality.

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<p>Lady Gaga</p>

Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga reveals more 'ARTPOP' details

Music video for first single, 'Applause,' will come out when?

As the release date for Lady Gaga’s “ARTPOP” approaches, bits of information are coming forward, some from Momma Monster herself, including news that the video for first single, “Applause,” will be released the same day at the song itself on  Aug. 19.

In a relative tweeting frenzy early Wednesday, Lady Gaga, who had been pretty dormant on Twitter, started by tweeting apparent lyrics to the tune: "give me that thing that I love put your hands up make 'em touch A-P-P-L-A-U-S-E."

Lady Gaga shot the video for “Applause” last week in Los Angeles, according to Billboard, with director’s Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. Lady Gaga revealed the single’s artwork, also shot by the pair,  over the weekend.

As we previously reported, “Applause” is “very fun,” Lady Gaga told Women’s Wear Daily. Adding the song is “full of happiness, because what I’m saying in the song essentially is that I love for applause. I live for the way you cheer and scream for me.”

D.J. Shadow, who co-produced and co-wrote first single, “Applause,” told Rolling Stone that listeners will be toe-tap worthy, although he coyly says he can tap his feet to a ballad.

Lady Gaga also reiterated this morning that the free “ARTPOP” app will be available on GooglePlay and ITunes.In addition to being available through the app and regular download, the album will also be released as a CD. “The app is, in essence, an interactive jewel case,” she tweeted, adding that fans will be able to socialize with each other through the app starting Nov. 11, the day of the album’s release. Fans can download and app as a placeholder starting Aug. 19 from iTunes and Amazon.

As we previously reported, Lady Gaga will perform “Applause” at MTV’s Video Music Awards on Aug. 25.



 

 

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<p>One Direction</p>

One Direction

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One Direction bursts onto Billboard Hot 100 with 'Best Song Ever'

Does the quintet topple Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines?'

Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell, remains atop the Billboard Hot 100 for an eighth week, but the big news is that One Direction soars onto the chart at No. 2, with “Best Song Ever.”

Propelled largely by online video play (One Direction's tune set Vevo’s 1-day viewing record at 10.8 million), “Best Song Ever” becomes the boy band’s best chart rank as well: the quintet previously peaked at No. 3 with “Young,” while its breakthrough song, “What Makes You Beautiful,” reached No. 4.

One Direction’s debut pushes Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop” down one to No. 3, which starts a cascading effect: Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” slides 3-4, Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” slips 4-5 and Bruno Mars’ “Treasure”  descends 5-6.

Rounding out the Top 10, Jay Z’s “Holy Grail,” featuring Justin Timberlake,  rises 8-7, Anna Kendrick’s “Cups” moves up 9-8, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s former No. 1,“Can’t Hold Us,” falls three spots 6-9, while Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,” featuring Nelly, also drops three places to No. 10. That’s the bad news, but the good news is the song remains at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs for a record-setting 22 weeks.

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<p>Katy Perry</p>

Katy Perry

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Is 'Roar' Katy Perry's first single from 'Prism?'

Which long-time Perry collaborators penned new track?

Is Katy Perry’s first single from “Prism” named “Roar?”  That seems to the speculative guess when all the clues are tallied.  Or at least Idolator thinks so.

Perry’s “Prism” comes out Oct. 22, according to a big, old gold-plated truck that made the rounds in Los Angeles on Monday, but news about the project has been guarded like Fort Knox.

There have been a few discreet hints: Dr. Luke coyly tweeted “and the new song stars with an “R”...” last week and when pressed if he was referring to the new Perry song, even more coyly answered “maybe ; -).”

Longtime Perry cohort/buddy/songwriter Bonnie McKee confirmed to Idolator that she wrote the first single (along with, allegedly, Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Perry). “Prism” will be Perry’s first album since 2010’s “Teenage Dream.”

And no, Perry’s beau will not be on the new album. Though she hinted at that possibility when asked by “Extra” during the “The Smurfs 2” premiere, by talking about their “collaborating,” when asked point blank if Mayer is on the record by E!, Perry replied, “He is not, actually.”

It’s been a big week for Perry: in addition to announcing her new album’s title and release date and “The Smurfs 2” opening this Friday, word came that Perry  has surpassed Lady Gaga as the most-followed person on Twitter, second only to Justin Bieber.


 

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