McCARTNEY WANTS TO TEAM UP WITH LUDACRIS AGAIN
Jesse McCartney teamed up with Ludacris for the rapper’s remix of Jesse’s song “How Do You Sleep?” off the Departure album. The duo also collaborated on the video for the track. With McCartney heading back into the studio to work on the follow-up LP, he’s hoping to work with the Atlanta MC once again. Jesse told MTV News, “Yeah, I have some ideas in mind [in terms of collaborations], but those things always come together last-minute. We’re working on a few things.” He added, “I know that I might work with Ludacris again. That’s maybe a possibility, and he’s great – he’s one of my favorite rappers … and he’s amazing to work with.” The 22-year-old went on to say that he is taking some time off before heading into the studio to work on his next album.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE CLOSES GOLF COURSE
According to the Associated Press, Justin Timberlake is closing his golf course for six months to make improvements just a half-year after opening it. The Mirimichi golf course will close from January 15th through July 17th, while its greens, bunkers and drainage are improved and its wetlands, wildflowers and native grasses are expanded.
KE$HA & GLEE TOP ITUNES CHARTS
Ke$ha scores the most-downloaded track on iTunes this week with her single “Tik Tok.” Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” “Empire State of Mind” from Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, Iyaz’s “Replay” and “Fireflies” by Owl City follow. The soundtrack to the TV show Glee — The Music Vol. 2 is the most downloaded album, followed by This is War from 30 Seconds to Mars, The Fame Monster from Lady Gaga, Chris Brown’s Graffiti and Shock Value II from Timbaland.
NELLY TEAMS UP WITH KELLY ROWLAND AGAIN
We’ve just learned Nelly has recruited Kelly Rowland on a Rico Love-penned track titled “Got Me Gone.” The Jim Jonsin-produced cut could potentially appear on the rapper’s upcoming album. You can watch how the track came together via UStream.TV now.
SUSAN BOYLE ON TOP OF BILLBOARD ALBUM CHART
Susan Boyle remains on top of the Billboard album chart for the third straight week with I Dreamed a Dream selling another 582-thousand copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album has moved a whopping 1.8-million copies in just three weeks. Andrea Bocelli’s My Christmas is at number three for the fifth straight week. The Glee TV soundtrack debuts at number three, the same week the show scores four Golden Globe nominations. Taylor Swift’s Fearless falls down one spot to number four, while Carrie Underwood’s Play On album climbs one spot to number five. Lady Gaga’s The Fame falls one position to number six and Chris Brown lands the week’s second-biggest debut, with his third album Graffiti bowing at number seven. Justin Bieber’s My World climbs four spots to number eight and Michael Buble’s Crazy Love moves up one slot to number nine. Gucci Mane rounds out the top ten with his major label debut, The State Vs. Radric Davis. <JC>
PITBULL HAS MOST WATCHED VIDEO ON YOUTUBE
We’ve just learned Pitbull’s “I Know You Want Me” has been named the most watched video on YouTube this past year. On a global scale, the reggaeton star attracted over 82-million views and managed to beat out Miley Cyrus’ “Party In The U.S.A” and Keri Hilson’s “Knock You Down” with Kanye West and Ne-Yo. Here’s the full list:
1. Pitbull “I Know You Want Me” (82+ million views)
2. Miley Cyrus “The Climb” (64+ million views)
3. Miley Cyrus “Party in the U.S.A.” (54+ million views)
4. The Lonely Island “I’m On a Boat” (48+ million views)
5. Keri Hilson “Knock You Down” (35+ million views)
LIL WAYNE’S REBIRTH SHIPPED TOO SOON
Lil Wayne’s much delayed Rebirth album may have been pushed back until February 2010, however 500 lucky fans received the album in its entirety due to a shipping error from Amazon. Billboard.com reports customers who pre-ordered Rebirth received it on Monday, even though Amazon was aware that the project was being delayed for the sixth time now. Be sure to get your copy of Rebirth when it hits stores February 1st.
Sources believe Weezy might add more material and possibly release another digital single as his latest offering, “On Fire,” is yet to make an impact on the charts.
DIDDY REMINISCES ABOUT J. LO
During an interview with Playboy magazine, Diddy has this to say about his ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez: “I met Jennifer and it was a perfect match. We definitely loved each other… We’re still cool. I’ll always cherish her.” The mogul added, “There are people who come into your life that you’ll always love and respect. She’s definitely one of them. I feel as though we changed each other’s lives.”
FORMER IDOLS IN EW
Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson are being featured in a special section of the new issue of Entertainment Weekly. It’s called “Bullseye of the Decade” and talks about the group’s millions of albums sold, GRAMMY Awards, and Hudson’s Oscar victory. Learn more at KellyClarkson.com.
DAVID COOK WISHES A HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL
David Cook is back home for the holidays, and he took a little time to make a video blog on his official Web site. The former American Idol thanked all his fans for making the past couple of years great, and wished everyone happy holidays. See the video for yourself at DavidCookOfficial.com.
CAROLINA LIAR COVER THE BEATLES
Carolina Liar has been asking for their fans to give them ideas for a song to cover while they’re in the studio working on their sophomore album, and frontman Chad Wolf posted their first one. It’s a cover of The Beatles’ “Rocky Raccoon.” Hear it now at CarolinaLiar.com.
THE SCRIPT ARE NINE-TIMES PLATINUM
In their native Ireland, The Script have gone Platinum nine times with their hit debut self-titled album. Drummer Glen Power posted a picture of the impressive plaque that the band received on their Twitter page. Check it out now at Twitter.com/TheScript.
IS THE X-FACTOR COMING TO THE U-S?
Simon Cowell’s hit British talent show The X-Factor could be making its debut in the U-S. According to PerezHilton.com, Cowell said that there “has to be an American version of the show” and that to not have the show stateside would be “crazy.” The X-Factor is arguably the most popular show in the U-K, and has previously been won by Leona Lewis.
SEE LEONA’S NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR AVATAR
PerezHilton.com has gotten their hands on the new music video for Leona Lewis’ song “I See You,” the theme to the new movie Avatar. The vid features lots of footage from James Cameron’s film, intertwined with Leona singing. Check it out now at PerezHilton.com.
ALANIS MORISSETTE LIKES TO RUN
By recently participating in a feature in High Times magazine, Alanis Morissette revealed to the world that she’s a fan of marijuana, but it seems that the singer-songwriter has another activity that she enjoys partaking in as well. She told Runners World that “running has made being depressed impossible” and she even participated in the New York City Marathon in November. Learn more about Alanis’ love of the sport at RunnersWorld.com.
GOOD MUSIC AT THE WINTER OLYMPICS
The 2010 Winter Olympics are not only going to be about skiing and figure skating this year, but about music as well. During each night of the games, there will be a different featured performer, and the list is quite impressive. It includes The Fray, All-American Rejects, OneRepublic, Estelle and many others. To see the full line-up and who is playing on which day, head to Vancouver2010.com.
MARY ENLISTS JAZMINE SULLIVAN ON STRONGER LP
Mary J Blige recruited the vocal talents of Jazmine Sullivan on a song called “Gonna Make It.” The track will appear as a bonus cut on the deluxe edition of MJB’s much anticipated Stronger With Each Tear album. Get your copy when it drops on December 21st. You can head over to RapRadar.com for your first listen now.
JOIN LIFEHOUSE’S STREET TEAM
Want to help Lifehouse promote their forthcoming album and also get some awesome perks at the same time? Well it’s easy to do if you become a member of the Lifehouse Street Team, and it’s free to join. Learn how to be a part of it now at LifehouseMusic.com. The band’s new album, Smoke & Mirrors, hits stores on February 2nd.
BOB SEGER HAS DECADE’S TOP CATALOG ALBUM
With the decade coming to a close, Billboard has compiled charts of the most successful albums from the past ten years and Bob Seger tops the Decade End Catalog Albums Chart with his Greatest Hits set. The compilation includes Seger’s classics like “Night Moves,” “Old Time Rock & Roll” and “Like a Rock.” Seger beat out the likes of Pink Floyd, who came in at number three with Dark Side of the Moon, Metallica whos self-titled record placed fourth, and The Beatles’ 1 in fifth.
THE DECADE END CATALOG ALBUMS CHART
1. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band — Greatest Hits
2. Bob Marley and The Wailers — Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers
3. Pink Floyd — Dark Side of the Moon
4. Metallica — Metallica
5. The Beatles — 1
6. Queen — Greatest Hits
7. Tim McGraw — Greatest Hits
8. AC/DC — Back in Black
9. Michael Jackson — Number Ones
10. Journey — Journey’s Greatest Hits