JAY-Z AND ALICIA KEYS STILL ON TOP
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys top the Billboard Hot 100 for the fourth straight week with “Empire State of Mind.” It’s a fairly stationary week on the chart, as no new titles are entering the top ten. In fact, no song in the top 10 moves more than one slot up or down the tally. Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” is at number two, while fellow female Ke$ha stays put at number three for a second straight week with “Tik Tok.” Iyaz climbs one spot to number four with “Replay,” switching slots with Owl City’s “Fireflies,” which drops to number five. Jason DeRulo remains at number six with “Whatcha Say,” staying ahead of “Sexy Chick” by David Guetta featuring Akon, which ascends one post to number seven. The Black Eyed Peas slip one spot to number eight with “Meet Me Halfway.” Rounding out the top 10 is Britney Spears’ “3′ at number nine and Jay Sean’s “Down,” which falls one slot to number ten.
OWL CITY GOES GOLD
Owl City’s debut album Ocean Eyes has been certified gold. 2009 was a huge year for the band as they toured the world and saw their first single, “Fireflies,” reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 twice, and it is still in the top five. The song also hit number one in the Canada, Denmark, Holland and New Zealand.
MILEY CYRUS SONG LOSES GRAMMY NOMINATION
Miley Cyrus’ song “The Climb” has been disqualified from the running for the GRAMMY for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. According to MTV.com, the song — which was not written by Cyrus — was not specifically penned for the movie, thereby making it ineligible for the award. The nomination was withdrawn by Cyrus’ camp the day after the GRAMMY nominations were announced last week. Replacing the song is Karen O’s “We Love You So,” from Where The Wild Things Are, which was the tune with the next-highest initial vote count when the nominations were tallied. The award, which goes to the songwriters of a tune, will pit Karen O against such heavy-hitters as Bruce Springsteen (for his title song for “The Wrestler”), BeyoncÃ© (and others for the song “Once in a Lifetime” from Cadillac Records), Slumdog Millionaire score writer A.R. Rahman for “Jai Ho,” and Paramore’s Josh Farro, Hayley Williams and Taylor York for the Twilight song “Decode.”
MILEY CYRUS DOES “EVERY ROSE HAS ITS THORN”
In the past couple of decades, there have been quite a few covers of the Poison ballad “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” but the latest one is sure to be interesting. That’s because teen pop singer Miley Cyrus has recorded her own version of the tune — and it’s rumored to feature a guest appearance from Poison singer Bret Michaels. People.com reports that the song is one of Miley’s all-time favorites and she was very excited to record it. No word yet on when the track will be released.
DAVID COOK TALKS SUSAN BOYLE
Susan Boyle has had the number one album in the country for two weeks in a row now, and it seems that everyone is impressed. David Cook definitely is, as he took to his Twitter to write that because she’s sold so many albums, he’s going to “cover her entire record.” He then went on to congratulate the British singer on her success. Follow David at Twitter.com/TheDavidCook.
A LITTLE KID DOES “I’M YOURS”
A little kid has taken it upon himself to record a version of Jason Mraz’s hit song “I’m Yours.” He doesn’t really know any of the words, but plays the ukulele very well and it’s almost at 500-thousand views on YouTube. Check out the cuteness now by searching the site for “I’m Yours Ukulele.”
GAGA AND BARBARA WALTERS
Lady Gaga didn’t hold back during her interview with Barbara Walters on ABC. The pop star spoke about many topics, including that she has had sexual encounters with women before. If you missed it don’t worry because clips from the interview are up now on YouTube.com.
TRAIN ON CSI: NEW YORK
On Wednesday, the guys from Train will make a special guest appearance on the hit show CSI: New York. In a post on their Web site, the band said the plot of the episode is “amazing” and that it’s definitely worth checking out. CSI: New York airs Wednesday nights at 10 Eastern on CBS.
CIARA TALKS NEW ALBUM
MTV News caught up with Ciara at the VEVO launch in New York City to find out more about her upcoming album. The “Go Girl” singer told MTV that the new record is going to be “pretty hot” and she will “give music that feels good to everybody, to the masses.” Ci Ci’s album is expected to drop early 2010 and will include production from The Dream, Tricky Stewart and Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins. In related news, she was nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals for her hit song “Love Sex Magic” featuring Justin Timberlake.
LIL WAYNE GETS PUSHED BACK AGAIN
Just when you though it was safe to mark Lil Wayne’s Rebirth release date in your calendar, the rapper has delayed the project once more. Birdman took to his official Twitter account to let Wayne fans know that the project will no longer drop on December 21st, instead it will now launch on February 1st.
You can still purchase Young Money’s debut album, We Are Young Money, on December 21st.
ASHANTI HAS A TEXT-STALKER
According to the Huffington Post, Ashanti is being harassed via text messages. The singer is being stalked by a man named Devar Hurd who has sent explicit and sexual messages to Ashanti, her mother and her sister. The 31-year-old fitness expert also sent graphic texts with pictures of his genitals, and romantic visions of what their life together could be like as well as career advice. Hurd is reportedly being held on a 50-thousand dollars bail bond.
KELIS BELIEVES RIHANNA TOOK HER STYLE
During an interview with PopEater, Kelis spoke openly about Rihanna “swagger-jacking” her style. The “Milkshake” singer replied “the reality is, what is she like 20? I mean what else is she supposed to do? So I don’t have any animosity whatsoever.” In related news, fans should expect Kelis’ new album to “make you sweat again and have a good time.” It hit stores in 2010.
MARIO, KELLY ROWLAND ARE “THINKIN’ ABOUT YOU”
Guess who jumped on the official remix to Mario’s second single “Thinkin’ About You” off his D.N.A. album? It looks like Kelly Rowland enlisted her vocal talents to the record. Head over to Rap-Up.com for your first listen.
KANYE WEST/30 SECONDS TO MARS COLLABO WILL COME OUT
30 Seconds to Mars fans will notice that despite reports, Kanye West is not featured on the track “Hurricane.” Although the rapper did record vocals for the song, singer Jared Leto told MTV News that due to logistics that version is not featured on the album. But fans will get to hear the track at some point as Leto says they will “get it out there.” This is War is out now.
HAYLEY WILLIAMS HATES THE WEB
Although Hayley Williams is often the one member of Paramore to blog on their Web site, the singer is saying she is sick of it. In a post on Paramore.net, Williams is encouraging fans to get away from the computer screen and get out and do “something fun.” Why? According to the frontwoman, “The Internet is boring.” Williams also updates us that she will be heading home for the holidays this year and is looking forward to what 2010 brings for the band.
KISS DO GOOD ON EXTREME MAKEOVER
Kiss spent the day on Wednesday at an Oklahoma middle school filming a segment for ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. In the episode the rockers worked on, a music teacher’s home is rebuilt and to culminate the show, the band shows up at the teacher’s school to present him and his students with 40 brand new musical instruments. No word yet on when the episode will air.
MILLS IS McCARTNEY’S BIGGEST REGRET
The end of the decade is just a couple weeks away, which means many folks might be reflecting on the past ten years, musicians included. Sir Paul McCartney spoke to England’s Q magazine about his decade and revealed that his time with ex-wife Heather Mills was his biggest regret from 2000 to 2010. The former Beatle said, “I suppose the marriage has to be a prime contender for mistake of the decade.” Nonetheless, he is thrilled he got “another beautiful daughter out of it.” Paul married Heather in 2002 and they divorced six years later. He had to pay her 48-million dollars in a divorce settlement.