Inside Music with Melinda Newman
Country royalty George Strait and Reba McEntire make the list too
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1. Lil Wayne: Weezy surpasses Elvis Presley for the most appearances by any artist on the Billboard Hot 100 (there are caveats galore here). We can’t wait to hear Lil Wayne’s version of “Love Me Tender.”
2. Mumford & Sons: The British folk rock group will take “Babel” to the top of the Billboard 200 next week with the highest first-week sales of the year. If you stacked up 600,000 CDs, would they be as high as the Tower of Babel?
3. Katy Perry: Billboard names the California Gurl its Woman of the Year.
4. George Strait: Country’s King George announces that he will retire from touring in 2014. He’ll always be king of our hearts, just no longer king of the road.
5. Reba McEntire: After hosting the Academy of Country Music Awards consecutively since 1999 (and for the last two with Blake Shelton), the legendary country artist hangs up her hosting shingle.
6. Sony /ATV: Apple may seem unstoppable, but it would appear that’s not the case: According to several published reports, the world’s largest music publisher, Sony/ATV, halted Apple in its tracks from introducing its streaming service via the iPhone 5 after they couldn’t agree on a rate schedule.
7. Lyor Cohen: Warner Music Group’s gruff and tough chairman/CEO steps down to reportedly start his own talent management firm. Good luck to the labels who will now deal with him on the opposite side of the negotiations table.
8. Universal Music Group: UMG completes its $1.9 billion purchase of EMI after more than a year vetting by various territory’s regulatory commissions. Wait... we’re still haven’t heard from Lichtenstein.
9. The Beatles: The newly remastered Beatles albums will come out on vinyl for their first time in November. Let the magical mystery tour begin anew.
10. Jay-Z: He kicked off the first of his 8-night residency at Brooklyn’s brand new Barclays Center on Friday night. SInce he’s a minority investor in the arena, it’s the same thing as a house gig, right?
Where do Green Day and No Doubt come in?
As we previously reported, Mumford & Sons are set to have the biggest debut week of 2012, as “Babel” is on target to sell as many as 615,000 copies. That will handily top this year's current record holder: Justin Bieber's "Believe," which sold 374,00 in its opening frame.
That tally is four times that of its nearest competitor, Green Day’s “Uno,” which will sell up to 170,000 copies to come in at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, according to Hits Daily Double.
Three other debuts join them in the top 10: No Doubt’s “Push and Shove” will comes in at No. 3 with 125,000 sold, Lupe Fiasco’s “Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap” at No. 5 and deadmau5’s “Album Title Goes Here” (yes, that’s really the name) at No. 7.
This week’s No. 1 album, Pink’s “The Truth About Love” drops to No. 4, which this week’s runner up, G.O.O.D Music’s “Cruel Summer” falls to No. 6.
Rounding out the top 10 are Dave Matthews Band’s “Away From the World” at No. 8, The Killers’ “Battle Born” at No. 9 and Little Big Town’s “Tornado” at No. 10.
Bolstered by excitement from “Babel’s” release, Mumford & Sons’ first album, “Sigh No More” rockets back up to No. 11.
Will Roman Zolanski come out to play?
Sorry Barbz, It turns out that Nicki Minaj is not getting a reality series, as had been rumored for the last few weeks, but she will be coming to a TV near you for at least three weeks.
E! will air three specials on Minaj in November that will revolve around her professional and personal life, according to Idolator. Does this mean we’ll see her and Mariah Carey cat fighting backstage at “American Idol?” Will her alter ego Roman Zolanski make an appearance? Let’s face it, with Minaj, you know it won’t be dull.
The three-part series will air around the release of “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded —The Re-Up.”
Minaj’s previous TV experiences include her 2010 MTV special, “My Time Now.”
'Babel' will tower above previous first-week sales tallies for 2012
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There’s still four days before the chart reporting week closes, but look for Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” to score the largest debut of 2012 next week.
The British group’s sophomore set, released Sept. 25, may sell as much as 600,000 copies in its opening frame, according to Billboard. That total would handily topple the previous biggest 2012 debut, Justin Bieber’s “Believe,” which sold 374,000.
The sum will also be the largest opening week for a rock act since AC/DC sold 784,000 with “Black Ice” in 2008.
“Babel’s” predecessor, “Sigh No More,” has sold 2.5 million in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan.
So why is this happening? Although album sales are definitely losing ground to single downloads, there are still certain acts whose fans want to hear their complete body of work as the artist intended for it to be heard. This is usually the case for a rock act, like Radiohead or Coldplay, who is not as dependent on Top 40 radio and pop support as a superstar like Rihanna or Katy Perry. While such artists’ albums sell well, the bulk of their sales has switched over the digital singles sales. That’s not to say that all the radio play that M&S received so far on “I Will Wait,” which is at No. 2 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs Chart, and the band’s stop at “Saturday Night Live” this week don’t deserve credit as well.
The pop exception (other than Adele) is Taylor Swift. We fully expect "Red," which comes out Oct. 22, to blow past 600,000 in its first week, despite the fact that her singles immediately top iTunes sales chart as soon as they become available and the album's first single, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together " has already sold more than 1 million copies in the month since its release.
Read our review of “Babel” here.
First single from 'King Animal' rules
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That’s more like it. After Soundgarden returned earlier this year with the perfect pleasant but rather generic "Live To Rise" from “The Avengers,” today we got a better taste of what to expect on “King Animal,” the band’s first album since 1996’s “Down On the Upside.”
“Been Away Too Long” is a hard-charging, snarling rock blast with a wicked little Middle Eastern guitar lick that inserts itself briefly before it sounds like someone starts banging on a trashcan lid.
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in the meantime, enjoy him in shiny gold shorts
We haven’t heard much from Bruno Mars since his dazzling performance at this year's Grammys, but the "Just The Way You Are" singer is about to come back. The producer/songwriter/singer returns Oct. 1 with his new single, “Locked Out Of Heaven.” There's no official word on when the follow-up album to 2011's "DooWops and Hooligans" will come out, although Mars tweeted that he has finished the set.
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Stirring footage from film 'Now Is Good' propels story line
Little Big Town also confirmed for Nov. 1 country awards show
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Kelly Clarkson, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley and Little Big Town are the first performers confirmed to appear on the 46th Annual CMA Awards, which will air Nov. 1 on ABC.
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host for the fifth time, as the show airs live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena at 8 p.m. ET.
All of the announced performers will be vying for trophies come Nov. 1, including Aldean and Bentley, both of whom are up for three awards.
The songs fends off a hard-charging 'Gangnam Style'
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Maroon 5’s “One More Night” gets one more week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, but will have to hold off a charge from Psy’s “Gangnam Style” if it wants to make it three.
“One More Night” gains in radio play, streaming strength and single sales—the three components that factor into the Hot 100 stats— but “Gangnam Style” is nipping at its heels. In fact, “Gangnam Style” sold more digital downloads this week than “One More Night” and radio stations are galloping to add the novelty song by the South Korean rapper.
Fun.’s” Some Nights” stays at No. 3, while Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” falls 2-4. Pink, who celebrates her first No. 1 album today with “The Truth About Love” stays at No. 5 on The Hot 100 with “Blow Me (One Last Kiss).”
Flo Rida’s “Whistle” blows 4-6, while Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me” featuring Big Sean also drops 6-7. Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Good Time” climbs one spot to No. 8, swapping places with Alex Clare’s “Too Close.” Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” falls 7-10.
This week’s highest debut belongs to "The Voice" judge Christina Aguilera, whose “Your Body” bows at No. 34.
Next week, look for high debuts from Swift’s new single, “Begin Again,” as well as Rihanna’s “Diamonds.”
Does it sparkle or is it a lump of coal?
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Katy Perry has her “Firework,” Nicki Minaj has her “Starships” and now Rihanna has her “Diamonds.”
On her sparkly new Stargate-produced single, she revels in the love she’s found and how together, she and her man, “are beautiful like diamonds in the sky" as they see "eye to eye." It may be her most optimistic single since "Umbrella."
At this point, Rihanna has become a hit factory, predictably churning out an album every fall, from which a handful of singles tumble out. There’s a consistently there that is admirable, but more so, she and her phalanx of producers have kept up a level of quality and diversity.
“Diamonds” is bolstered by a military beat that builds and the refrain “Shine bright like a diamond,” that Rihanna robotically sings between the choruses. There’s no rapping, only Rihanna singing against the drum beat. Her voice remains limited, but effectively expresses the hope that she feels in the relationship. Toward the end, her delivery of the refrain breaks free to soar over the other elements in the song, effectively ending the song on an upbeat note.
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