JUSTIN BIEBER BACK ON TOP
Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0 returns to the top of the Billboard album chart for a fourth non-consecutive week at the top, selling over 60-thousand copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now holds at number two, while The National arrive at number three with their fifth full-length album, High Violet. AC/DC’s companion album to Iron Man 2 climbs four rungs to number four, while the Dead Weather debut at number five with Sea of Cowards. Carole King and James Taylor’s Live at the Troubadour drops two spots to number six and Usher’s Raymond v Raymond rises three notches to number seven. 18-year-old singer Charice debuts at number eight with her self-titled album, while last week’s number one album, Godsmack’s The Oracle, falls to number nine and As I Lay Dying’s The Powerless Rise album bows at number 10.
BIEBER TATTOO UPDATE
Photos of Justin Bieber getting a tattoo took the Internet by storm earlier this week, with many wondering whether or not it is real. Well, Brian Byrne, co-owner of Son of a Gun Tattoo and Barbershop in Toronto where Bieber got his new ink, broke down the story for MTV News. He said that Justin came into the shop in early March and the tattoo is a celebration of Bieber’s 16th birthday and a family tradition. During the process, Byrne said that Bieber was a trouper throughout, particularly because the area he had tattooed, his left hip, is extremely sensitive.
BIEBER GETS BET RESPECT
Justin Bieber is nominated for Best New Artist at the BET Awards. The young singer is up against Melanie Fiona, Nicki Minaj, Wale and Young Money. The nomination is likely fueled by Bieber’s hit “Baby,” which features labelmate Ludacris. The BET Awards will air live on Sunday, June 27th.
KATY PERRY TOPS DIGITAL SINGLES CHART
Katy Perry’s “California Gurls, featuring Snoop Dogg debuts at number one on the Digital Songs chart, selling over 294-thouasnd downloads. It’s Perry’s best debut sales week for a single and will certainly garner her a top five debut on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart when it’s released today. Last week’s Digital Songs number one, Eminem’s “Not Afraid,” falls to number four selling another 202-thousand copies.
DIDDY’S FEATURES FOR LAST TRAIN TO PARIS
Diddy has recruited the best of the best for his upcoming Last Train To Paris album. The mogul’s new disc with Dirty Money will include guest features with Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, T.I., Swizz Beatz and Bilal. During a BET Awards press conference in New York, Puff stated his contributors are “a part of the movement and part of the sound” for a project that he says is his best to date. Last Train To Paris lands on June 29th.
SAVING ABEL RELEASE DATE
Saving Abel has announced that their new disc, Miss America, will be released on June 8th. The band will then tour behind the follow-up to their debut disc beginning on June 30th in Kansas City, Missouri and going through July 31st. Saving Abel are taking We Are The Fallen, American Bang and Taddy Porter out with them on their headlining trek. Learn more at SavingAbel.com.
RECORD A SONG WITH SWITCHFOOT
Switchfoot fans now have the opportunity to record with the band and do some good at the same time. An auction will begin on May 28th at BidFire.com/Switchfoot and the winning bidder will score a four-day vacation to San Diego where they’ll get to record a song with the band that’ll be sold on iTunes. Proceeds from the winning bid will benefit the StandUp for Kids charity, which helps homeless youth.
WE ARE THE FALLEN RELEASE
We Are The Fallen’s debut album, Tear The World Down, debuted at number 33 on the Billboard 200 chart. In conjunction with the impressive debut, they’ve also announced a summer tour with Saving Abel. That trek starts out on June 30th in Kansas City, Missouri and runs through July 24th in Houston, Texas.
A NEW VIDEO FROM ONEREPUBLIC
OneRepublic have just released a brand new music video. It’s for their song “Secrets,” off of their latest album, Waking Up. Check it out now at OneRepublic.net.
WINEHOUSE BACK IN HOSPITAL?
Is Amy Winehouse back in the hospital? According to British paper The Sun, she reportedly admitted herself when she became sick after a drinking session. This would mark the fourth time that the embattled singer has been to a clinic in the past six months.
GLEE GOES GAGA NEXT WEEK!
Next week is the episode that all fans of Glee have been waiting for. Tuesday night’s show will feature the music of Lady Gaga. Get ready for the brand new ep by hearing the cast sing Gaga’s hit “Poker Face” on YouTube now. Glee airs Tuesday nights at 9 PM Eastern on FOX.
KYLIE WANTS TO WORK WITH GAGA
Kylie Minogue loves herself some Lady Gaga. The Aussie pop star told MTV News that she thinks the “Bad Romance” singer is “amazingly talented” and that Gaga’s unique look is “an integral part of her as an artist.” Kylie was also asked if she would ever want to collaborate with Gaga, to which she exclaimed, “Yes of course!”
GAGA CLEANS UP AT WORLD MUSIC AWARDS
Lady Gaga cleaned up at the World Music Awards, which took place Tuesday night in Monte Carlo, Monaco. According to AceShowBiz.com, the pop star took home five gongs, as she won for Best Selling Artist From America, Best Single, Best Album, Best Pop/Rock Artist and Best New Artist. Other bands taking home multiple awards included U2 and the Black Eyed Peas.
KATY PERRY TEAMS UP WITH CW
Katy Perry is all set to be today’s headlining performer at the CW’s upfronts at Madison Square Garden. According to the New York Post, the pop star will be performing her new single “California Gurls” at the “World’s Most Famous Arena,” as the tune has been chosen to be the network’s “official theme song for the summer.”
ORIANTHI ALBUM RERELEASE
Orianthi is set to rerelease her hit debut album Believe. Believe (II) will be available on June 8th, and will feature four newly recorded tracks, including her most recent single, “Shut Up & Kiss Me.” It will also have songs from the original Believe, like her smash single “According To You.” The Aussie guitarist is heading out on the road with Adam Lambert this summer, so head to Orianthi.com for all the tour dates and to learn more about Believe (II).
DRAKE REMIXES ALICIA’S “UNTHINKABLE”
It was only fitting that Drake jump on the official remix for Alicia Keys new “Unthinkable (I’m Ready)” single, after all, he did co-write and handle background vocals on it. Rap-Up.com reports the two mega-stars have released the revamped track, which now includes a verse from Drizzy at the very beginning. The remix is rumored to appear on a possible re-release for Keys’ platinum-selling Element Of Freedom album.
NEW JAGGED EDGE ALBUM THIS FALL!
Billboard.com reports R&B group Jagged Edge is looking to make a grand return with a new album titled, The Remedy. After releasing a buzz single called “Tip Of My Tongue” with Trina and Gucci Mane, the band has chosen “Lay You Down” as the next single from the project. While fans will have to wait for The Remedy to drop on September 28th, the new song will premiere in coming days.
LILITH FAIR TICKET SALE ARE “PRETTY SOFT”
Lilith Fair is right around the corner, but how are tickets to the festival selling? According to Billboard, founder Sarah McLachlan said that sales are “pretty soft” at the moment, and that there have been complaints about ticket prices. The singer-songwriter did acknowledge that the tour “might get slaughtered,” but that she has “blind faith” that it’s going to be a good show because it always is. Read more at Billboard.com.
MICHAEL FRANTI SIGNS WITH A NEW LABEL
Michael Franti has a new album in the works, and it appears that it will be released by EMI/Capitol Records. According to a press release, the “Say Hey (I Love You)” singer just signed with the label, and they will help with the distribution and promotion of his forthcoming effort, The Sound of Sunshine, and everything else after that. Learn more about the partnership at MichaelFranti.com.
ALEX BAND SONG USED FOR WORLD CUP
Alex Band’s song “Tonight” is going to be heard on TVs all over the world this summer. That’s because it is being used in television ads promoting the 2010 World Cup. Hear the tune, and learn more about the singer-songwriter, at AlexBand.net.
PBS SOUNDTAGE BACK WITH TRAIN, PHIL COLLINS AND MORE
The critically acclaimed series PBS Soundstage is going to be rocking all summer long. It was just announced via press release that some of the biggest names in music including Train, Phil Collins, O.A.R. and Sheryl Crow will be filming episodes for the network in New York City, beginning with Train on June 9th. The shows will air on PBS sometime in the near future. Learn more at PBS.org/Soundstage.