It’s probably a safe bet that Taylor Swift enjoyed her nine-week reign atop the Billboard 200 with 1989, during the course of which the album sold 4 million copies. But all things must come to an end — sorry, Swifties! — and this week Meghan Trainor knocks Tay into the runner up spot as her debut LP Title crashes into the #1 position.
Billboard points out that Title racked up 238,000 units in its first week, 195,000 of which were album sales (with the rest being both track and streaming equivalent albums). Trainor’s first LP has been fueled by hits “All About That Bass” (the video for which Idolator premiered last June) and “Lips Are Movin.” Both singles landed in the Top 5 on the Hot 100. More »
Elle King stands out like a ketchup stain on a white shirt. Those raspy vocals are unique and her ballsy blues/rock anthems are unlike anything being released by the latest crop of female singer/songwriters. After making serious waves with 2014 breakthrough single “Ex’s & Oh’s,” the 25-year-old returns with another excellent cut from her much-anticipated debut LP LOVE STUFF (due February 17) called “Last Damn Night.”
Available tomorrow (January 20) as a free download when you pre-order the album, “Last Damn Night” is a rollicking ode to letting your hair down and having a good time. “I’m five seconds closer to living six feet deep, there’s seven steps to heaven but that stairway’s just too steep,” Elle growls over swamp-rock guitar played by none other than “Uptown Funk” producer Mark Ronson. “So I’m gonna live my life like it’s my last damn night.” Amen. Take a listen to the Jeff Bhasker-produced gem after the jump. More »
Mark Ronson‘s musical comeback after a four-year hiatus is shaping up to be his strongest era yet, as he continues to celebrate having the number one single in the country with the insanely-catchy “Uptown Funk.” This week, the DJ/producer covers the latest issue of Billboard magazine.
Inside, Ronson discusses the surprising success of his Bruno Mars collaboration: “No one was holding their breath for a Mark Ronson record in 2015. I’m sure I wasn’t on any Sony sales projection.” In fact, the recording process really got to him — he even passed out on a restaurant floor at one point.
Producer Jeff Bhasker told Billboard, “He comes across as a laid-back guy, but he gets pretty wound up and neurotic. We literally reworked ‘Uptown Funk’ 100 times, if not more, to get it right. That’s not a guy who’s relaxed and reasonable — that’s out of your mind. Plus, it was 95 degrees in London and Mark was wearing a black suit.” More »
Taylor Swift‘s mighty 1989 continues to steamroll all other hopeful albums in its path, and the LP locks down a ninth non-consecutive week atop the Billboard 200 as it inches ever closer to the point of 4 million copies sold. This week Taylor’s foray into straight-up pop is at 3.94 million, so it’s only a matter of time, Swifties. IT’S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME.
Billboard chart sage Keith Caulfield points out that if 1989 crosses the 4 million mark, it will be Swift’s fifth album to do so — in other words, it would be five for five for Tay. Wow wow wow. More »
Did You Hear?
:: We’re starting to understand why Taylor Swift‘s fans are so ride or die for her! The singer is very personable with the Swifties, and her latest random act of kindness is gifting a lucky girl $1989 to pay off some student loans. Um, can some more of our faves hop on this as well? [Buzzfeed]
:: Britney Spears is a pretty tough chick, but who knew her little sister was a badass all her own? During a random fight at a Louisiana Pita Pit, Jamie Lynn Spears drew out a knife to break up the brawl! We definitely don’t want to get on her bad side. [Gawker]
:: How’s this for irony? Over the weekend, The Weeknd got arrested for reportedly punching a police officer. During a trip to Las Vegas, the R&B singer got into a scuffle inside the Cromwell Hotel around 4:20 a.m. (even more irony!). He was then let go on bail for $2000. [Billboard]
:: Mark Ronson‘s new album Uptown Special has a personal meaning to him, as he has dedicated the project to his friend — the late Amy Winehouse. The DJ/producer posted a note on Instagram, where he reflected on the soulful singer’s influence. [NME]
:: Macklemore is the latest star to guest on the popular children’s show, Sesame Street! The rapper teamed up with Oscar The Grouch to perform a reworked version of “Thrift Shop” that spoke more about trash than hand-me-downs. [Vulture]
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After a five year-long hiatus, Mark Ronson is back with a new album — and boy is it making a statement! Titled Uptown Special, the ’70s funk and psychedelia-inspired project features current Billboard chart-topper “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars and “Feel Right” with Mystikal. At first listen, Ronson’s latest release is a refreshing and solid take on classic music that we’ve all grown up listening to.
Uptown Special released today (January 13) with much hype, due to its anticipation. But what do critics really think of the producer’s musical comeback? View their commentary after the jump! More »
Mark Ronson is on fire.
The talented producer’s new album Uptown Special is out today (January 13), and he’s currently reigning supreme at #1 on top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts with his Bruno Mars-assisted smash, “Uptown Funk.” So, what better way to celebrate than to dance it out on The Ellen Show?
Ronson and Mars seriously brought the party to the daytime TV show with a killer performance of their hit single. While Ronson kept it cool behind the decks, Bruno, in usual Bruno fashion, got the entire room moving and grooving, performing from inside the audience before making his way across just about every inch of the stage. The talented crooner delivered heaps of choreography, solid vocals and unstoppable energy the whole way though. Seriously, this is one major way to kick off the year in music. Don’t believe us? Just watch. More »
Mark Ronson‘s collaboration with Bruno Mars on the awesome “Uptown Funk” is steadily becoming the It song of 2015 (so far), and the single is already getting remix spins! The first comes from BBC Radio 1 DJ Benji B. The original track is already a funk-filled masterpiece, but this version takes it straight to the disco! With the addition of a sharper bass line, hip-shaking horns and heavy dub effects, Benji B’s version could fit both at Studio 54 and your next party.
Look out for Ronson’s fourth LP Uptown Special when it drops tomorrow, January 13. Along with “Uptown Funk,” the album also features collaborations with Mystikal (“Feel Right”), Stevie Wonder and more! Take a listen to the remix after the jump! More »
Mark Ronson‘s forthcoming LP Uptown Special won’t be released until tomorrow (January 13), but you can now get a taste of the funky project in full via Soundcloud. The producer/DJ’s fourth studio album features lead single “Uptown Funk,” which has recently kicked Taylor Swift‘s “Blank Space” out of the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100!
The album also features collaborations with Mystikal (“Feel Right”), Stevie Wonder and more! Ronson teamed up with Grammy-winning producer Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Lana Del Rey, Beyonce) to create the album in NYC, London, Memphis & Los Angeles studios. More »
Taylor Swift sold another 244,000 copies of her juggernaut 1989 last week, enabling her to stick around at the top of the Billboard 200 for an eighth non-consecutive week. Over on the Hot 100 singles chart, however, Swift’s reign with “Blank Space” has come to an end (for the time being at least) after seven weeks. Taking its place is Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars‘ latest collaboration, “Uptown Funk,” which also hit the top in Ronson’s home country of the UK recently.
This gives Ronson his first #1 single as a lead artist in the States, though he previously visited the Hot 100 throne as a producer on Mars’ 2012 single “Locked Out Of Heaven.” As for Bruno, “Uptown Funk” marks his sixth #1. His very first chart topper came nearly five years ago, with B.o.B collaboration “Nothin’ On You.”
Catch the full Top 10 of the Billboard 200 album chart below. More »