We’ll be honest: If Kelly Clarkson isn’t involved, we don’t really follow Jason Aldean. But congrats to the 37-year-old Georgia native, anyway, for earning his second chart-topping album on the Billboard 200 with Old Boots, New Dirt. The LP sold 278,000 copies this week, thus bumping Blake Shelton from #1 and racking up the third-largest opening for an album in 2014, behind Coldplay‘s Ghost Stories (383,000) and Eric Church‘s The Outsiders (288,000).
Coming in just behind Aldean is Irish crooner Hozier, whose weekend appearance on Saturday Night Live no doubt aided his self-titled debut landing at #2 with 58,000 copies sold. After that, music’s old standards continue to rule, as Barbra Streisand and the duo of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga refuse to budge from the #3 and #4 positions, respectively.
See how the rest of the Top 10 played out this week below. More »
is scheduled to perform at the inaugural iHeartRadio Country Festival in March, along with a host of other big names from the genre. Clear Channel is holding the fest in Austin on March 29 and, as with the other iterations of the iHeartRadio circuit, it will be streamed live via Clear Channel and its affiliates.
Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean and Eric Church are also confirmed for the concert. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Remember when Ke$ha drank her own pee on national television? Of course you do; it was our generation’s moon landing. Well she opened up about the experience, telling MTV that she has no regrets about it. In fact, she said she’s happy she did it. You can call K$ many things, but you can’t call her yella. Yellow, sure that works in the proper context. [MTV]
:: Lenny Kravitz and Nelly have been added to the list of performers at the 2013 CMT Awards. Kravitz will perform with the show’s co-host, Jason Aldean, while Nelly will team up with Florida Georgia Line on “Cruise,’” which he remixed. [Huffington Post]
:: Will.i.am says he’d like to return to The Voice UK for season 3, despite the show’s ratings woes this past season. “If you are having a good time doing something I don’t see why you’d want to stop. I’d be up for coming back,” he said. [Pop Justice]
:: Either Chavril’s wedding invitations leaked, or someone has a lot of free time and a strange ability to channel Avril, thus churning out bogus invitations that look pretty much exactly how we imagined Avril Lavigne‘s wedding invitations would look. [Noisey]
:: Sky Ferreira is the cover star of the July/August issue of Japan’s Numero magazine. For the spread, she’s rocking a big, black bow and big, sad eyes and looks pretty great. [ONTD]
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You’re about to get a big dose of Taylor Swift
on your TV screen. On Tuesday (May 14), the singer will test out her comedy chops once again during a New Girl guest spot
. Then on Sunday the Red
singer will perform on the Billboard Music Awards, where she also leads the pack of nominees
. A few weeks after that, Tay will be back on the small screen for a performance at the 2013 CMT Awards. Got all that?
Swift will take the stage in her home base of Nashville for the CMT ceremony, along with Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and the Pistol Annies. Swift is nominated for two awards, including Video of the Year (“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”). Eric Church, Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan got top honors with four nominations each. More »
Did You Hear
:: Jessie J must pay her estranged former manager Raymond Stevenson £1 million (roughly $1.5 million) to settle an ongoing dispute. Stevenson was the one who did the world the great service of discovering Jessie 10 years ago; the £1 million amounts to 20% of the profits of her album Who You Are. [The Sun]
:: The civil trial regarding the death of Michael Jackson began this week. The case is based on allegations from MJ’s mother that concert promoter AEG Live (which was promoting his comeback) failed to adequately investigate Dr. Conrad Murray, and may have even forced Murray to sign off on Jackson’s demanding rehearsal schedule. [Billboard]
:: Former American Idol champ Fantasia Barrino has lost her home in North Carolina after falling behind on mortgage payments. She attempted to sell the property, but after no offers came through, she signed the property deeds straight over to the bank. [WENN]
:: A couple months ago, Lil Wayne came under fire for a lyric he rapped on Future’s “Karate Chop” that referenced Emmett Till in a decidedly vulgar way. Weezy has yet to apologize to the Till estate for the distasteful line (although it was removed from the song). As a result, Till’s descendants are attempting to garner support for a boycott of Mountain Dew, with which Wayne has a partnership. [MTV]
:: Country star Jason Aldean has filed for divorce from his wife Jessica Ussery, a little over half a year after he was photographed kissing American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr at a bar in Los Angeles. [Reuters]
:: Wiz Khalifa is starting a clothing and lifestyle brand called FRESHKO. The official launch for the brand will be May 1, with a special pop-up store and event hosted by Wiz at the Beverly Center in LA. [HipHop-N-More]
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‘s stranglehold on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart doesn’t seem to be lessening anytime soon: For the third consecutive week
, she easily took the top spot at #1, selling 196,000 units of her massively successful album Red.
That number is down from last week’s 344,000 copies by 43%, but — just for context — the next-top-selling album, Now 44
, debuted at #2 on the chart with 99,000 units. That Swift reign just won’t quit.
Coming in just after that is Rod Stewart‘s Merry Christmas, Baby, which moved 76,000 copies and came in at #3 in its third week on the charts, then Ne-Yo, whose R.E.D. debuted at #4 with 66,000 copies, ahead of the label forecast of 55,000. Filling out the Top 10 were Aerosmith, Jason Aldean, Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill and Christian rock band Third Day. More »
After three weeks at #1
on the Billboard Top 200, Mumford & Sons
finally takes a tumble (down to #2), courtesy of the arrival of Jason Aldean
‘s mighty Night Train
. The country crooner’s fifth LP sold 409,000 copies in its opening week, making it the second-biggest debut for an album in 2012 — behind, of course, Mumford’s Babel
, which entered with 600,000 copies
sold earlier this month.
So congrats, Jason! Still, though, no Kelly Clarkson duet this time around? Boooo! More »
Did You Hear?
:: Country star Jason Aldean (who is married) apologized for a photo showing him with his hand on the hip of American Idol season 11 contestant Brittany Kerr. Aldean said he drank too much and “acted inappropriately.” Kerr also commented on her “lapse in judgment,” saying, “I would like to sincerely apologize to everyone that has been affected by this.” [People]
:: The Horace Mann School for the Deaf in Massachusetts won an online competition to have Taylor Swift perform at the school. However, the online voting was gamed by internet pranksters, so the win was ruled invalid. As a consolation, the singer donated $10,000 to the school’s music department, as did four other corporate sponsors. Swift also offered the students free tickets to see her next show in the area. [Gawker]
:: Did you know Now That’s What I Call Music is still around, despite things like iTunes, Spotify and oh, I dunno, Youtube? Well, the compilation CD series may not survive the Universal-EMI merger. Without outside investment, Now will likely fall into the “trim the fat” category. [Spin]
:: File this one under “Wait…WHY?” Grease co-stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John are rekindling their onscreen chemistry by collaborating on a Christmas album. This Christmas will mark their first time making music together in 35 years, and it’s out November 13. [Entertainment Weekly]
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Chart-topping “Springsteen” crooner Eric Church
leads this year’s Country Music Association Awards nominations with five, including Male Vocalist, Album Of The Year, Single Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Music Video. Behind him are husband-and-wife pair Blake Shelton
and Miranda Lambert
, who each scored four nods a piece. (They’ll duke it out in the Song Of The Year category, where Shelton’s “God Gave Me You” is up against Lambert’s “Over You”.) As for Entertainer Of The Year, Shelton and his male cohorts Jason Aldean
, Kenny Chesney
and Brad Paisley
will square off against “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
hit-maker Taylor Swift
, who stands to win three statues.
The 46th annual CMA Awards air live on ABC on November 1, and will once again be hosted by Paisley and Carrie Underwood. Catch the full list of nominees below. More »
It was a good night for former American Idol
champs at the 2012 CMT Music Awards, as country crooners Carrie Underwood
and Scotty McCreery
both went home with awards. Underwood, the night’s big winner, took home the honors for Video Of The Year (for “Good Girl”
) and Collaborative Video Of The Year (for her Brad Paisley
pair-up “Remind Me”). McCreery was awarded the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video Of The Year statue for his country hit “The Trouble With Girls”
Elsewhere, professional awards collectors Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert and Jason Aldean went home with the Group Video, Female Video and CMT Performance Of The year awards, respectively. Head below to catch the full list of winners, and Lady Antebellum’s mashup performance with Hot Chelle Rae. More »