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Tom Petty Lands First Chart-Topping Album Of Nearly 40-Year Career With ‘Hypnotic Eye’

If you can somehow wrap your head around it, Thomas Earl Petty has never hit the top of the Billboard 200 until this week. His first LP, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, arrived in 1976, and made it to #55 on the main album chart. And after that he’s come close to the top — mainly with 1979′s Damn The Torpedoes (#2), 1989′s Full Moon Fever (#3), 1993′s must-have Greatest Hits (#5), 2006′s Highway Companion (#4) and 2010′s Mojo (#2) — but never hit the #1 spot until the release of current LP Hypnotic Eye with his band The Heartbreakers.

Altogether, Hypnotic Eye moved 131,000 copies in its first week, enough to bump Aussie boy band 5 Seconds Of Summer‘s self-titled debut off the top and down to #4. Coming in just behind Petty at #2 is another rock legend, Eric Clapton, with his latest album The Breeze: An Appreciation Of JJ Cale (61,000). The Guardians Of The Galaxy companion album/soundtrack Awesome Mix Vol. 1 rounds out the upper portion of debuts by entering at #3 (60,000). More »

Drake’s ‘Thank Me Later’ Debuts At #1, Posts Third Highest Sales Week Of The Year

Despite the fact that his debut LP leaked weeks ahead of its release date, Drake’s Thank Me Later still managed to land at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and become the third highest debut of the year (with 447,000 copies sold). As the trade publication notes, only Sade’s Soldier Of Love (502,000) and Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now (481,000) posted bigger first week sales so far in 2010. So how did the rest of the chart play out?

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FRIDAY VIDEO TIME: The Highly Subjective Totally Debatable List Of The Best Songs That Start With The Letter “F”

Welcome back to our weekly series where we highlight the top songs over the last 50 years that start with a specific letter of the alphabet. This week, we move on to the letter “F”. This playlist includes some songs about “freedom” and another hit about “feelin’”, but if you think we’re making any stops at Funkytown or taking requests for “Free Bird”, you’ll have to find some other alphabetical musical list. Don’t forget we’ll be doing the letter “G” next Friday. So if there’s a song you think deserves a slot, give us a shout.

Jump below to see the best “F” songs over the last 50 years.

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MTV Panders To The “Remember When MTV Showed Music Videos” Crowd With Throwback Video Music Awards Category

Perhaps realizing that a good chunk of the people who still care about its brand wouldn’t know a 3OH!3 from a GaGa, MTV has added a new, retro-tastic category to this year’s Video Music Awards: Best Video That Should Have Won A Moonman, in which an overlooked clip from years gone by gets its space-statue due. (I do wonder if the presentation of said award will be shown on VH1, if only because it can then be blown out into an hour-long special about Loving The Videos That Lost At The Video Music Awards or somesuch.) There are 10 clips up for this honor, and they hail from eras as long-ago as MTV’s earliest days and as recent as the YouTube Age. My biases in this category are probably given away by the above screen grab, but you might think* differently!

Beastie Boys: “Sabotage”
Bjork: “Human Behavior”
Dr Dre: “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang”
Foo Fighters: “Everlong”
George Michael: “Freedom ‘90″
OK Go: “Here It Goes Again”
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers: “Into The Great Wide Open”
Radiohead: “Karma Police”
David Lee Roth: “California Girls”
U2: “Where The Streets Have No Name”

I would like to call BS on OK Go being in this category, since that video’s ascent was not really MTV-related. If anything, it should get some sort of lifetime achievement award for Best Evidence That MTV Wasn’t The Only Game In Town When It Came To Pumping Up Videos’ Popularity?

Also, surely I’m not the only person who thinks that “Just” is the superior Radiohead video—it was nominated for Breakthrough Video in 1996, but lost to the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight Tonight.” Regardless of my personal preferences, though, something tells me that Radiohead’s going to take this—and by “something” I mean the “democratic” aspect of the proceedings, ahem.

Earlier: 2009 Video Music Awards Nominations

* Just in case you were wondering, the Cars clip of that name is ineligible, since it won the inaugural Video Of The Year award.

John Mayer Wants To Write Her Name In The Snow

John Mayer’s cover of “Free Fallin’,” as covered on his Where The Light Is CD/DVD, just missed the Hot 100′s top 50 in its first week as an iTunes download. Between this and that cheesy Bucket List song, it’s clear Mayer isn’t going to stick solely to Da Blooze any time soon, for better or worse. So why did John decide to cover this Tom Petty nugget? I’m guessing it has something to do with getting to sing “I’m a bad boy, cuz I don’t even miss her” on stage. [YouTube]

And the festival announcements and rumors continue to pile up: Radiohead, Jack Johnson, and Tom Petty are rumored to be headlining the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, which is slated to take place Aug. 22-24. At what point should we just say that Radiohead and Jack Johnson are co-headlining a tour in August? [SF Weekly via Pitchfork]

Workin’ On A Mystery: Tom Petty Is This Week’s Stealth Chart Star

79497575.jpgEd. note: Chris “dennisobell” Molanphy, our resident chart guru, looks at the upward, downward, and lack of movement on this week’s Billboard charts:

You won’t find one of the biggest-selling artists of the past week on the Billboard Hot 100, because chart rules make him and his band ineligible. But one week after Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers brought their unassuming live act to the Super Bowl halftime show, they’re all over the lists that count everything.

As we’ve explained before, Billboard segregates albums and singles that are more than a couple of years old from its flagship charts. But even if songs like “American Girl” aren’t allowed to appear on the Hot 100, Petty had a very big week.

Over on the digital sales chart–where old tracks are allowed to appear alongside currents–the highest Petty charter is “Free Fallin’,” which ends the week at No. 9. But if you combine its 63,000 downloads with the sales for “I Won’t Back Down” (No. 34, 28,000), “American Girl” (No. 45, 25,000), “Runnin’ Down a Dream” (No. 80, 18,000) and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” (No. 116, 11,000), Petty and band are the sixth-biggest buck-a-song seller of the week.

(Interestingly, all of the above songs are credited on the Digital Tracks chart and on iTunes to “Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers,” even though “Fallin’,” “Won’t” and “Runnin’” are technically from the 1989 non-Heartbreakers blockbuster Full Moon Fever. It’s further evidence that Petty’s so-called “solo” work has been completely subsumed into the band’s cumulative career.)

We don’t normally talk about album charts here, but Petty’s accomplishments there are even more eye-popping. Unsurprisingly, TP&HB’s Greatest Hits tops the Top Pop Catalog chart (a list that tracks the sales of records of Legend and Dark Side vintage). Most weeks, the No. 1 album on this chart, if it were allowed to appear on the main Billboard 200 chart, would appear somewhere in the lower half of the top 100–say, around No. 75 or so. But Petty’s Greatest Hits sold about 32,000 copies, which would place it all the way up at No. 12 on the big chart.

For comparison’s sake, last year’s Super Bowl performer, the almighty Prince, enjoyed a similarly fat week of sales right after the game, but they were spread across several albums, and his post-Bowl chart accomplishments were more modest. In mid-February 2007, The Very Best of Prince made No. 2 on the Catalog chart and would have placed at No. 85 on the Billboard 200, had it been allowed there; the soundtrack to Purple Rain made No. 13 on Catalog and would have ranked at No. 143 on the big chart.

It seems that for Petty & co., the smart move was releasing only one greatest-hits album 15 years ago, making it comprehensive, and then, at the big game, only playing hits from it. If, instead of, say, “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” Petty had played the post-Greatest Hits hit “You Don’t Know How It Feels,” his accomplishments would look a little more scattershot this week.

Here’s a quick rundown of the rest of this week’s charts:

• I said Petty & co. ranked sixth among all the digital sellers this week; in case you’re curious, the top five–adding up all of their big-selling songs–are as follows: Chris Brown (four tracks, including his Jordin Sparks duet; 185,000 downloads sold), Rihanna (four tracks; 175,000 sold), Flo Rida (one track; 167,000 sold), Yael Naïm (one track; 163,000 sold) and Miley Cyrus (six tracks; 152,000 sold). If Sean Kingston were fully credited on sales of Natasha Bedingfield’s “Love Like This,” his four tracks would squeak him past Petty as the sixth-biggest seller; for some reason, Digital Tracks credits that song just to her.

• You may notice two people who are selling like gangbusters with only one song each: Flo Rida and Yael Naïm. The former spends his eighth tiresome week on top of the Hot 100 with the T-Pain-backed “Low”–although, for the first time in those eight weeks, “Low” doesn’t earn a bullet, which means it might finally be starting to fade (fingers crossed).

• As for Macintosh-fueled chart debutante Naïm, her “New Soul” both retains its bullet and moves up two places to No. 7 on the Hot 100. That means she continues to outshine fellow Apple pitchwoman Feist, whose “1234″ plummeted out of the Top 10 after a single week last fall. Actually, Naïm’s performance is even better than that: Billboard points out that “New Soul” is the first song to debut within the Top 10 of the Hot 100 and then move up in its second week since “Get Over Yourself,” a 2001 smash by Eden’s Crush. Who the heck were they, you ask? Eden’s was a prefab girl group assembled on the pre-American Idol TV show Popstars, with vocals by a then-unknown Nicole Scherzinger.

• Some big Hot 100 movers outside the sleepy Top 10: Miley Cyrus is at the doorstep of the Top 10 with her first bona fide adult-radio hit, “See You Again” (No. 12, up from No. 17). And Lupe Fiasco is at the doorstep of the Top 20 with his first major chart hit, “Superstar,” featuring Matthew Santos (No. 21, up from No. 25). Finally, the biggest mover on the whole chart is the 25-place jump to No. 52 by “Sexy Can I,” the latest from Brandy Norwood brother and callipygian-model-sexer Ray-J.

• For followers of the rock charts, Seether still lords over Modern Rock; but on the Mainstream Rock chart, the song finally falls from the No. 1 spot after 14 weeks on top. That’s the good news. The bad: they’re evicted by Puddle of Mudd’s “Psycho.”

• Since we added the Hot Country chart to our roundup a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been paying closer attention to some of that format’s biggest hits. You will forgive this tiresome blue-stater his ignorance, but the title that naturally caught my eye is Rodney Atkins’s provocatively titled “Cleaning This Gun (Come on in Boy),” the fastest riser in the Top 10 right now. You owe it to yourself to check out the lyrics. And rather than be condescending in that way country fans hate in us city-slickers, I will say that I’m truly, genuinely impressed at country songwriters’ seemingly endless new angles on the same down-home themes: in this case, a guy being warned by a father to be a gentleman with his daughter.

Top 10s
Last week’s position and total weeks charted in parentheses:

Hot 100
1. Flo Rida feat. T-Pain, “Low” (LW No. 1, 16 weeks)
2. Chris Brown, “With You” (LW No. 2, 11 weeks)
3. Rihanna, “Don’t Stop the Music” (LW No. 3, 12 weeks)
4. Alicia Keys, “No One” (LW No. 5, 23 weeks)
5. Timbaland feat. OneRepublic, “Apologize” (LW No. 4, 28 weeks)
6. Sara Bareilles, “Love Song” (LW No. 6, 15 weeks)
7. Yael Naïm, “New Soul” (LW No. 9, 2 weeks)
8. Snoop Dogg, “Sensual Seduction” (LW No. 8, 11 weeks)
9. Sean Kingston, “Take You There” (LW No. 10, 15 weeks)
10. Buckcherry, “Sorry” (LW No. 11, 10 weeks)

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
1. Keyshia Cole, “I Remember” (LW No. 2, 15 weeks)
2. Alicia Keys, “Like You’ll Never See Me Again” (LW No. 1, 16 weeks)
3. J. Holiday, “Suffocate” (LW No. 4, 19 weeks)
4. Mary J. Blige, “Just Fine” (LW No. 3, 20 weeks)
5. Snoop Dogg, “Sensual Seduction” (LW No. 6, 14 weeks)
6. Mario, “Cryin’ Out for Me” (LW No. 8, 24 weeks)
7. Webbie, Lil’ Phat & Lil’ Boosie, “Independent” (LW No. 5, 17 weeks)
8. Chris Brown, “With You” (LW No. 10, 11 weeks)
9. Flo Rida feat. T-Pain, “Low” (LW No. 9, 21 weeks)
10. The-Dream, “Falsetto” (LW No. 12, 10 weeks)

Hot Country Songs
1. Brad Paisley, “Letter to Me” (LW No. 1, 18 weeks)
2. Rascal Flatts, “Winner at a Losing Game” (LW No. 2, 18 weeks)
3. Rodney Atkins, “Cleaning This Gun (Come on in Boy)” (LW No. 4, 21 weeks)
4. Gary Allan, “Watching Airplanes” (LW No. 3, 30 weeks)
5. Billy Ray Cyrus with Miley Cyrus, “Ready, Set, Don’t Go” (LW No. 6, 29 weeks)
6. Kenny Chesney with George Strait, “Shiftwork” (LW No. 5, 17 weeks)
7. Alan Jackson, “Small Town Southern Man” (LW No. 7, 14 weeks)
8. Carrie Underwood, “All-American Girl” (LW No. 8, 11 weeks)
9. Chuck Wicks, “Stealing Cinderella” (LW No. 9, 25 weeks)
10. Craig Morgan, “International Harvester” (LW No. 10, 22 weeks)

Hot Modern Rock Tracks
1. Seether, “Fake It” (LW No. 1, 24 weeks)
2. Foo Fighters, “Long Road to Ruin” (LW No. 2, 16 weeks)
3. Linkin Park, “Shadow of the Day” (LW No. 3, 19 weeks)
4. Paramore, “crushcrushcrush” (LW No. 4, 13 weeks)
5. Foo Fighters, “The Pretender” (LW No. 5, 28 weeks)
6. Rise Against, “The Good Left Undone” (LW No. 8, 33 weeks)
7. Avenged Sevenfold, “Almost Easy” (LW No. 6, 19 weeks)
8. Radiohead, “Bodysnatchers” (LW No. 9, 16 weeks)
9. Chevelle, “I Get It” (LW No. 10, 30 weeks)
10. The Bravery, “Believe” (LW No. 12, 19 weeks)

[Photo: Getty]

Tom Petty’s Completely Passable, If Somewhat Snoozeworthy Halftime Show

79497575.jpgRaise your hand if you thought Tom Petty’s halftime show was, well, fine, although the momentum of it was killed by stacking two midtempo songs right in the middle. (Perhaps Fox nixed “Refugee” for being too political?) And keep it raised if you were the person at your party who said, “Hey, that’s weird that they billed him as playing with the Heartbreakers, since 75% of the material was from his billed-as-a-solo album Full Moon Fever.” Or the person who said, “Wait, didn’t he use this song to advertise for the NBA a few years ago?” OK, hands down.

Petty, looking even more wizardly than usual thanks to a downy beard, busted through a four-song set that wasn’t quite the barnburner that Prince served up last year, free of special guests and heavy on the material from his five-times-platinum 1989 album. But it sounded OK enough, and hey, no one took their top off. Will it help get asses in the seats for his much-advertised-on-the-Super-Bowl tour, the tickets of which go on sale today? Perhaps a few; the young ladies with beads and big, drunken smiles that Fox cut to in an effort to prove that Petty’s demographic crossed age and gender lines certainly seemed to be having a good time. But the workmanlike nature of the set–and the likelihood that next year’s halftime show would probably feature a similarly wizened road veteran touting their only way left of making money upcoming road jaunt was a little deflating, and it almost made me wish for a throwback to the almost public access-like days of 3-D Elvises.

[Photo: Getty]

Is Tom Petty A Big Enough Draw For Super Bowl Audiences?

AP061028039487.jpgThere are a few things that are looking wobbly in the days leading up to Super Bowl XLII–cough cough, Tom Brady’s ankle, cough cough–and programmers on cable networks are betting that the ratings power of Tom Petty is one of them. The Hollywood Reporter is saying that networks are in a “counterprogramming frenzy” thanks to the allegedly low starpower of the veteran rocker, although weirdly enough they’re trying to go for the bro demo that I’d think would like classic rock, scheduling eating contests judged by former Giant Sean Landeta (Spike TV), the premiere of a reality series about Deion Sanders (Oxygen, go figure!), and a kitten halftime show for the Puppy Bowl. OK, that last one probably crosses more demographic lines than its competitors. While it’s pretty obvious that the halftime show’s programmers have been all about skewing conservative since the Super Bowl that ruined Janet Jackson’s career, I don’t know if Tom Petty is as weak a target as the folks at Spike and Oxygen suspect, his live shows do pretty well as far as ticket sales go, and I’d bet that his cross-demographic name recognition is higher than that of any top-20 musician today who hasn’t appeared as a featured performer on a TV show. At the very least, I’ll be tuning in to see if he brings out a special guest or two:

Free Fallin

Cable nets offer Super Bowl halftime alternatives [Reuters]
Free Fallin’ [MySpace TV]

Grammy-Nominated Artists Officially “Conflicted” About Appearing On Strike-Plagued Broadcast

feistsnoop.jpgAs the Writer’s Guild of America strike drags on and the writer-free Grammy broadcast shapes up to be tremendously boring/tremendously terrifying, musicians are being forced to decide whether or not they will cross the proverbial picket line come the big night now that the Guild has refused to grant the show a waiver, though some are still holding out hope for a reversal. Needless to say, many are unsure of the right move, even after getting the go sign from their own unions. Most are nominally siding with the writers but pissy that they’re spoiling their big night out. They already bought their outfits and everything!

Best new artist nominee Feist, who is up for four Grammys, told the AP last week she planned to go to the event.

“It’s going to be kind of a reunion for `The Reminder,’ everyone who was involved,” she said of her critically acclaimed album. “For us, it’s just a night to see everyone dressed up.”

That may change if the WGA pickets. She admitted she doesn’t really understand the issues involved in the writers strike, and because of that, she said, she turned down an invitation to appear last week on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.”

“I just balked,” she said. “I couldn’t see myself crossing the picket line. I don’t know enough about the cause to speak about it, for or against. You cross the picket line, you have to speak about it.”

And here we suspected it’d be easy for the “indie” artist hailing from our commie neighbors to come out in favor of artistic solidarity rather than the execs/the opportunity to get her hair did. Realest talk comes from Tom Petty, whose support for the workin’ man will keep him away from the show but that his decision is mostly academic since, “I’ve never met a musician who gave a damn about the Grammys, actually.” Dude, we’ve been watching Grammy-related performances for more than 20 years; we know.

Music Industry Frustrated Over Strike [Yahoo; Photo: Jeff Kravitz/]