There’s no nice way to say this. Britney Spears‘ most personal album is chart poison. With sales significantly lower than expected, Britney Jean will debut at number five on the Billboard Hot 200 with a very modest first-week haul of just 108,461 copies — making it the worst opening bow of the superstar’s career.
To put things into perspective, no Britney album has debuted lower than number two on the Billboard Hot 200 and even that only happened once (2007′s Blackout). It gets worse. Britney Jean also had the diva’s lowest first week sales tally, “beating” …Baby One More Time‘s 121,000 copies in 1999.
Can this era be salvaged? It would seem unlikely. The 32-year-old’s Las Vegas stint makes promotion harder — if she even agreed to do some — and the material just isn’t up to her usual standard. One alternative might be reissuing the album with new tracks, particularly if that Lady Gaga duet eventuates. More »
Well! Everyone is getting mighty festive, including country superstar and The Voice judge Blake Shelton, who has just released a cover of the Yuletide standard “Silent Night” with his old pal Sheryl Crow. The campy cover artwork aside (that outfit! That pose!), it’s a solid offering from the country king, pairing his twangy, raspy vocals with the more velvety vocal stylings of Crow.
Sure, it’s a little self-serious — it’s rare to find a holiday offering in the country genre that doesn’t — but hark! Just try to listen to these two wailing together in the song’s final moments and tell me it isn’t great. More »
Attention, Gleeks — yeah, we’re talking to you.
As you might already know (duh!), Christmas is right around the corner now, and Glee is helping us get into the festive swing of things. In fact, they JUST aired their “Previously Unaired Episode” on December 6. (Have you checked out our recap yet?) And now, we’ve got an extra special Glee-sized treat for that special Gleek in your life.
To celebrate the release of Glee: The Music, Christmas Album Volume 4 (available at Walmart today), we’re giving away a complete package of every Glee Christmas album, volumes 1 through 4. Want to win? It’s easy. More »
Celine Dion‘s Loved Me Back To Life album boasts a number of fine covers but, somewhat disappointingly, her lovely version of Journey‘s “Open Arms” was relegated to Japanese bonus track status. Of course, Mariah Carey made the song her own in the mid ’90s — so perhaps she didn’t want to spark a diva throw down.
The classy Canadian has taken a less-is-more approach to vocal acrobatics this era, only pulling the trigger when the material absolutely calls for it. As such, Celine’s version is surprisingly subtle and restrained. Her peerless vocals calmly sail over the delicate orchestral arrangement before finally unleashing at the very end. Listen after the jump. More »
To fill the between-albums void created by indie-pop-rock bands Foster The People and fun., we now have A Great Big World. That may seem like a cynical way to put things, but, hey — those are the acts this duo reminds us of, and, anyway, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. You know A Great Big World, of course, from their current Top 10 hit “Say Something,” which now comes served with a hefty side of Christina Aguilera. (A further connection to the Voice family: the guys will open for Maroon 5 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on December 30 and December 31.)
A Great Big World’s debut album Is There Anybody Out There? is slated for a January 14 release, and ahead of that, they’ve now premiered new song “Is There Anybody Out There.” It’s way more peppy than sad ballad “Say Someting,” and kind of sounds like — you guessed it — fun.
Head below to hear the upbeat piano pop jam. More »
Forget about that Shakira/Rihanna duet! Two bigger sex symbols have joined forces, forever raising the bar for high-profile collaborations. Of course, I’m talking about Robin Thicke and Ron Burgundy. The unlikely duo recorded a sprawling disco anthem for the Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues soundtrack and it’s a triumph.
“Ride Like The Wind” should have been on Blurred Lines. The slick ’70s groove is perfect for Robin’s whiskey-drenched vocals and he somehow pulls off the (intentionally) cliche, era-appropriate lyrics without sounding ridiculous. That album’s loss is Will Ferrell‘s gain and he sprinkles the track with hilarious Ron Burgundy-isms.
An example? “I was born the son of a lawless man,” croons the “Give It 2 U” hitmaker over a throbbing bass-line. To which TV’s grooviest anchorman replies: “You mean Alan Thicke?” It just gets better from there. Take a listen after the jump. More »