Bobby Brown displays the patented charm that makes him a reality TV goldmine on stage in DC: “‘Baltimore!’ Brown shouted at one point. When the crowd failed to react, he asked, ‘Where am I right now?’ After figuring out he was playing to a Washington crowd, Brown said, ‘They told me I was in Baltimore — I guess so I could come out here and embarrass myself.’ The singer also played coy about his reported October heart attack: ‘You all think I had a heart attack, but I’m all right. I made it.’ ” [Washington Post]

Have The Russians Obtained Top-Secret <em>Blender</em> List?

blenderindiebs.jpgHey look, Jay-Z is on the cover of the upcoming issue of Blender, which is no great surprise as Jay-Z has been and will be on the cover of everything for the foreseeable future. But what’s this other item being teased on the front cover? Some kind of… list? Some kind of indie rock list?

“The 100 Greatest Indie-Rock Albums Ever”? Hot damn! Are your WordPress accounts ready to rumble? Not being the type of people who wait for Christmas morning to dig into our plum pudding, we went looking for the list online, and found this, a Russian LiveJournal that claims (from what our limited Babelfish skills can tell) to have it. But this can’t really be it, with De La Soul at No. 14 and the Shaggs at No. 100, can it? This is clearly some sort of Russian disinformation. Sadly, whatever the final tally, we’re informed the list was not compiled by “The Hills‘ Superhot Supervillain” Heidi Montag. But we can dream.

UPDATE: It’s real.

Blender: 100 лучших инди-роковых альбома всех времен [LiveJournal]
[Blender cover via Crunk + Disorderly]

Jay-Z Is America’s Favorite Gangster (This Week)

jayzzzzz.jpgJay-Z’s held-back-from-iTunes American Gangster entered this week’s album-sales chart at No. 1, selling 425,000 copies–a good 255,000 copies off of his first-week tallies from a year ago. And 11,000 of the copies sold were in digital form (via Amazon and the like), for those of you playing along at home!

Biggest Debuts: Bowing at No. 3 was the umpteenth greatest-hits collection by Garth Brooks, Ultimate Hits, which sold 352,000 copies; behind him was Chris Brown’s Exclusive, which sold 294,000. Angels & Airwaves (No. 9) and Cassidy (No. 10) also had top-10 debuts, and Zune stars Wisin Y Yandel entered the charts at No. 14.

Notable Jumps: Last week’s CMAs helped albums by Taylor Swift (+156%, up from No. 26 to No. 8) and Sugarland (+112%, up from No. 28 to No. 13) more than double their sales tallies from the week before; Reba McEntire also saw a 44% jump for her duets album, which ticked up to No. 12. Further down the chart, Miranda Lambert’s criminally overlooked Crazy Ex-Girlfriend had a 45% sales gain (No. 181 to No. 131), and Kellie Pickler’s tear-stained performance resulted in Small Town Girl entering the top 200 for the first time after being on store shelves for a year. (Meanwhile, Rascal Flatts, whose woeful show-closing performance probably made a bunch of people leap for their remotes, saw sales of Still Feels Good drop by six percent.)

Dropping Off: Naturally, all the meanie gossip blogs were mau-mauing about Britney Spears’ Blackout selling only 87,000 copies last week; that’s 70% off its first-week sales total, which resulted in it tumbling from No. 2 to No. 7. But you’ll have to look a little further down the chart for the week’s biggest percentage drop, which belongs to Brit Brit’s fellow teenpop alumns the Backstreet Boys. Unbreakable proved to be anything but, taking a whopping 77% week-to-week hit and plunging from No. 7 all the way down to No. 40.

Nickelback Award For Inexplicable Durability: Surely the Eagles count here, right? Long Road Out Of Eden dropped nearly 50% in week-to-week sales, but that still means 359,000 people trucked out to Wal-Mart to buy the thing. And “Hotel California” had a 2% uptick on the digital-tracks charts, too.

The top 20, with sales totals in parentheses:
1. Jay-Z, American Gangster (425,000)
2. Eagles, Long Road Out Of Eden (359,000)
3. Garth Brooks, Ultimate Hits (352,000)
4. Chris Brown, Exclusive (294,000)
5. Carrie Underwood, Carnival Ride (121,000)
6. Josh Groban, Noel (116,000)
7. Britney Spears, Blackout (87,000)
8. Taylor Swift (68,000)
9. Angels & Airwaves, I-Empire (66,000)
10. Cassidy, B.A.R.S. The Barry Adrian Reese Story (63,000)
11. High School Musical 2 soundtrack (59,000)
12. Reba McEntire, Reba Duets (55,000)
13. Sugarland, Enjoy The Ride (55,000)
14. Wisin y Yandel, Wisin vs. Yandel: Los Extraterrestres (53,000)
15. Colbie Caillat, Coco (51,000)
16. Alison Krauss & Robert Plant, Raising Sand (50,000)
17. Rascal Flatts, Still Feels Good (50,000)
18. Andrea Bocelli, The Best Of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere (50,000)
19. Josh Turner, Everything Is Fine (45,000)
20. Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus (43,000)

Queens Of The Stone: Not Approved By The AMA

hommedontplaythat.jpgSpeaking of sex tapes I’d definitely watch, good samaritan Josh Homme and his Queens Of The Stone Age were recently recruited by an “unnamed Los Angeles drying out clinic” to provide “a light-hearted, intimate performance” for patients. And the clinic was delighted when the Queens accepted, at least up to the moment the band started playing, because apparently no one on staff had ever listened to their music or read a single interview with the mischievous Mr. Homme.

But a spokesman for the band informed NME.COM that when the band opened the show with classic ‘Feel Good Hit Of The Summer’, staff at the clinic were so unimpressed that they pulled the plugs and had security remove them straight away without negotiation.

The song’s lyrics famously run: “Nicotine, valium, vicodin, marijuana, ecstasy and alcohol… c-c-c-c-c-cocaine”.

Ironically, the song is used by the Colorado Police Department as the soundtrack to their instructional videos demonstrating the consequences of drink driving.

Well I know something that’s immediately going on my YouTube Christmas wishlist.

Queens Of The Stone Age Thrown Out Of Rehab [NME]

Jon Bon Jovi And LeAnn Rimes: The (Hopefully) Burning Bed

“Can you see this Jon Bon Jovi/LeAnn Rimes video?” Maura just asked. “I want to know if Jon and LeAnn are making out in it.”

Well they’re not “making out” but they’re kind of…nuzzling? Ugh. It’s pretty gross, y’all. Did you know Jon Bon is 20 years older than LeAnn. Slippery When Wet hit before she enrolled in preschool. Now he’s breathing in her ear while she’s dressed in fancy underwear? Today I’ve somehow seen more leathery lovin’ before noon than I really needed to see all week.

Bon Jovi And LeAnn Rimes, “Till We Ain’t Strangers Anymore” – Video Premiere [PopEater]

Teenage Girls (And Their Mothers) Line Up To Meet, Potentially Defile Pete Wentz

An hour-long signing at a musical instrument shop on a chilly November evening will usually only attract hardcore music geeks. Unless you’re Fall Out Boy bassist/petty eyelinered dictator Pete Wentz signing at a Manhattan Sam Ash store. In which case you attract a bananas number of hormonal high school girls and at least one self-professed cougar out to show a guy who displays his junk on the Internetan emo bandleader how an older lady could change his life. Idolator videographer Alex Goldberg braved the deafening squeals of Wentz-related joy to find out just what it is about this doof that gets panties of all ages in a knot.

girlsaloud.jpgOne of the members of Girls Aloud has pulled out of a reality show depicting the members as they embarked upon “the activity of their dreams.” The reason? Nadine Coyle wanted to help underprivileged children in South America, but the show’s producers said “Sexy… no, no no” to that selection. They instead wanted her to try her hand at conducting an orchestra, because I guess enraged oboists make for better TV. [RTE.ie]

Idolator Observes Four Minutes Of Non-Silence For Ol’ Dirty Bastard

Three years ago today was kind of a sad one, everybody.

Because that was the day that Russell Jones passed on thanks to congestive heart failure. Also thanks to ODB treating his body as he treated his friends, family, and spotty career: poorly. Owing to a rep that long outshined the music, ODB’s quite the complicated figure in hip-hop history, and his final years are one of the more depressing examples of how even a nine-deep clan sometimes can’t redirect a person down for destroying themselves. So we’ll just pay our respects to an artist who defined feeling conflicted about a life’s work by posting his greatest four minutes (not counting the 49 seconds above).

Old Dirty Bastard – Brooklyn Zoo

The Pirate Bay Gets In Swedish Prosecutor’s Crosshairs

piratebay.jpgSwedish prosecutors have announced that they will file copyright-infringement charges against five people associated with BitTerrorist haven The Pirate Bay before the end of January. Among those to be charged are Pirate Bay admin Peter “Brokep” Sunde and far-right politico Carl Lundstrom, who has provided financing for the site in the past.

As The Register notes, the Pirate Bay will probably use the “we were only helping people find ways to infringe copyright, but we didn’t host any files” defense that ex-OiNK admin Alan Ellis floated to the media last year, although whether or not that will fly in this case remains to be seen. A side note: It seems to me that the site’s sponsorship of bands would further cloud this issue, at least as far as the site’s intentions toward facilitating infringement of copyrights; the sponsorship seem to be saying that there are some artists that are OK with what they’re doing, and TPB is rewarding said outfits with publicity accordingly. But I’m not a lawyer, and I’m only really sure of one thing: Conviction or no, the site will probably not be hosted inside Sweden’s borders by the time the year’s out.

Prosecutor sets date for Pirate Bay showdown [The Register]

The Pop Group Pogos, Lights Stuff On Fire, Refutes Western Values

Not to turn this into “decades-old promo clips for post-punk bands” week here at Idolator, but listening to Rough Trade’s unimpeachable Wanna Buy A Bridge? compilation this morning sent me on a journey into the YouTubed heart of darkness for a few grainy, turn-of-the-’80s jolts, only to come back with Bristol’s awesome post-adolescent funk mess the Pop Group miming their deranged music to delirious footage of tribal dancing and society collapsing. Side note: that new billion-dollar 50 Cent/Akon advertisement for their killing prowess is improved tremendously by leaving “She Is Beyond Good And Evil” on to play behind it.

The Pop Group – She Is Beyond Good And Evil [YouTube]
The Pop Group – The Boys From Brazil [YouTube]