Unsurprisingly, Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3 debuted atop today’s Billboard 200, thanks to sales of 476,000 copies in the time that elapsed between its release last Tuesday and Sunday night. But how did Jay’s first-week numbers fare in the more rarefied arena of No. 1 debuts? I crunched a few numbers to figure out just how all of the albums that topped the charts in their first week of sales fared, and came away slightly surprised! More »
I’ve long wondered if an “Oprah’s Music Club”—an analogue to her beloved-by-publishers Book Club, in which the talk-show host gives a tome her blessing, causing it to actually be stocked in stores in anticipation of sales going sky-high—would be a boon for the music business, particularly in this time of faltering sales and eternally delayed projects. Well, the new season of her signature show bows next week, and its first few episodes will certainly be a test of whether or not she can make her audience feel like buying music once again. More »
The Denny’s Rock Star Menu Mach III–the newest iteration of the late-night culinary sorcery (and cheese-saucery) that brought you waitresses in jeans and the Hooburrito–has announced its next round of dishes, which were designed by Rascal Flatts, Gym Class Heroes, Sum 41, and Good Charlotte. There is definitely not a Nannerpuss to be found among the mix of eggs, French toast, meat, cheese, meat, eggs, and cheese that debuts on Denny’s menus across the country next week. However, in a new innovation, this time out there is a vegetarian option, courtesy of GC’s Madden brothers! (Although one wonders about what sort of grease cooks the Boca Burger that makes up the “meat” of their Band Of Burritos.) Grab an antacid and meet me after the jump for the full menu. More »
Last night, the 35th running of the Peoples’ Choice Awards—in which awards are doled out to those artists who have fanbases devoted enough to click through a really buggy Web site over and over—took place, with Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, and Chris Brown taking home some of the evening’s hardware. Full list of music-related winners is after the jump, but I’d like to take a moment to address the two contests being touted on that now ballot-free site right now. Appear on the next Queen Latifah album via YouTube audition? Design the artwork for the new Rascal Flatts album via gif-submission? OK, not that the latter contest will require that much skill, but honestly, all of this cross-promotional outsourcing is just embarrassing for everyone—from the artists involved to the staff-hemorrhaging companies who think that a YouTube tie-in is just as good as an actual marketing campaign on down—at this point. (And yes, My Grammy Moment, I’m including you in this j’accuse as well.) Two years after the person of the year was “you,” these sorts of ridiculous “live your dream, with 800,000 strings attached” contests aren’t going to make people believe in the magic of the music business again; nor are they going to make Jane Q. Public believe that after all this time you’re actually embracing the Internet. So just stop them! Please?
Surely even those of you who were but a zygote in the mid-’80s remembers the Rubik’s Cube, the twisty spatial-relations puzzle that also doubled as a weapon against aggressive siblings and classmates. To capitalize on the no-doubt-coming-soon I Love The Eighties IV: Whatever Happened To That Dolph Lundgren Dude, Anyway?, the people who own the Rubik’s trademark have launched the Rubiks Revolution, a battery-powered version of the cube that brings its iconic design together with the skills that you once used to play Simon. (No, really; the cube’s six games seem to all involve touching the cube’s lights as quickly as possible, and not much else.) And who better to promote this dumbed-down version of the game–as well as its online version–than the dudes in Rascal Flatts?
As many of you already know, American television is going entirely
high-definition* digital in 2009, which now means the opening half of this sentence has nothing to do with the technology of high-definition TV’s promising us a world where we’ll be able to count the nose hairs on our favorite stars in real time and without the aid of gossip blog paparazzi snaps. Maura recently converted to HD herself, and though certain music videos (she cites Justice’s “D.A.N.C.E.” as an example) look totally rad, the drawbacks of this industry-wise format change are already becoming apparent to music fans. It’s all good when it’s a luminous Rihanna strutting across that expensive plasma flat screen, but what about being confronted with Rascal Flatts at a resolution the human psyche was not intended to process? As we await our blemish-filled immediate future, please help us decide which musician will prove to be the least HD-friendly when the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31.
Country music is not known for odes to burying your face in a big pile of illegal stimulants. Hence, the following blind item piqued our interest: “At a CMA after party, this award winning group had a drinking contest. Kind of boring huh? Maybe this fact will change your mind. When they were playing quarters, if someone got the quarter in the glass, the other members of the group had to do a line of coke. Kind of surprising considering they aren’t the slimmest bunch of people.” Since when did country stars start having their after parties at MisShapes? So who’s been hiding ten gallons of blow under their hat?
Rascal Flatts topped this week’s SoundScan chart, with their latest album Still Feels Good selling 547,000 copies; the country-pop outfit’s last album Me & My Gang sold 722,000 copies in its first week a year ago, and this week it actually moved up to No. 38 on the charts, with 18,000 people deciding that they had to own that “Life Is A Highway” cover.