This Week In Music (V.41): New Macklemore & Ryan Lewis + More

Welcome to another edition of This Week In Music. There’s so music that I’d like to highlight along with my take on the “new” sound of music. Click HERE to check out my previous edition and let’s get into this week.

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This Week In Music (V.38): Fetty Wap’s Chart Success, The Voice, & MORE

Welcome to another edition of This Week In Music. I haven’t done one in a while, but check out my last edition, here. Also click the links below for my posts of the week:

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Teenage Dream Spends 200th Week on Billboard 200

Katy Perry joins the likes of Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Mumford & Sons, and Nirvana as her album, Teenage Dream, spends its 200th week on the Billboard 200. The album was released nearly 5 years ago (Aug. 24, 2010), and its current position on the chart is #126. Not too shabby at all. To date it has sold nearly 3 million copies.

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Billboard Revamps the Hot 100

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Billboard have given their Hot 100 chart a new look in a partnership with Samsung. The new look allows readers to listen to the songs individually or as an entire playlist via Spotify or Rdio along with a button to watch the video.You can also share the song via Facebook or Twitter. No worries about being moved to a new page. Everything opens up on the chart and it’s easy to

In addition, in scrolling over the the artists position on the chart, to the left you can see the position of the song the previous week, the peak position, and number of weeks on the chart. There are also chart highlights separated into four categories: ‘Streaming Gainer,’ ‘Digital Gainer,’ ‘Airplay Gainer’, and ‘Hot Shot Debut.’Untitled

In sharing on Facebook and Twitter, you can create your own Top 10 based off what’s currently in the top 10 with a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 popup. You can drag the songs and add your name. Once done, share.

Check out the full view HERE and cheers to those who ranked in the top 10 this week. The ladies still rule in the top 5, but the guys are gaining. Only time will tell who.

In other news, Usher covers the latest Billboard cover. Click the pic to the interview excerpt below:

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All-Female Top 5 for the 5th Consecutive Week on the Hot 100

picI initially blogged, nearly a month ago, that the ladies had dominated the top 5 of the Hot 100 (CLICK HERE for that post). For the 5th consecutive week the ladies are still ruling over the top 5 and have set a record with the success.

In at #1 is Meghan Trainor‘s, ‘All About That Bass’ followed by Billboard’s Woman of the Year, Taylor Swift in at #2 with ‘Shake It Off’. In at #3 is Iggy Azalea‘s, ‘Black Widow’, featuring Rita Ora, #4 is Jessie Js ‘Bang Bang’ featuring Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, and at #5 is Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Anaconda’. Congrats to Nicki as it was announced this week that ‘Anaconda’ has gone platinum.

The other longest feat for women in the top 5 of the Hot 100 happened in 1999. Monica‘s (‘Angel of Mine’), Britney Spears (‘…Baby One More Time’), Deborah Cox (‘Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here’), Cher (‘Believe’) and Brandy‘s (‘Have You Ever’)in the top 5 at that time.

Be sure to click the song titles (in blue) to get to my reviews of the most recent track and to purchase the others click the red links. Enjoy the top 5 videos below:

Wiz Khalifa Scores First #1 Album

wiz-khalifa-blacc-hollywood640With his 5th studio album, Wiz Khalifa has taken the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 with Blacc Hollywood. This is his first album to rank in the #1 spot. His debut, Show and Prove (2006), didn’t rank on any charts and his sophomore album Deal or No Deal (2009) debuted at #25 on Top R&B Hip/Hop Albums and #10 on Top Rap Albums. His first taste of global commercial success came with the success of Rolling Papers (2011) which debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 selling 197,000 copies in its first week and spawned hits: ‘Black and Yellow’, ‘Roll Up’, ‘On My Level’, and No Sleep’. His last album, O.N.I.F.C. (2012) became his second album to rank #2 on the Billboard 200 selling 148,000 in its first week.

While Blacc Hollywood did not reach the 100K mark it still garners Wiz Khalifa his first #1 album with 90,000 copies sold in its first week.

Over on the Hot 100, Magic! holds tight at the #1 spot for the 8th straight week with ‘Rude’. Meghan Trainor’s, ‘All About That Bass’ is in at #2 with Sam Smith’s, ‘Stay With Me’ in at #3. Iggy Azalea now has three tracks in the top 10: ‘Fancy’ in at #5, ‘Problem in at #7’, and ‘Black Widow’ moving up the chart to #8. Ariana Grande also has 3 tracks in the top 10 including ‘Problem, ‘Break Free’ (#4), and ‘Bang Bang’ (#10). Elsewhere on the chart, Nico & Vinz are in at #6 with ‘Am I Wrong’, Sia is in at #9 with ‘Chandelier’.

This Week In Music [V.21] — Chart News + Fall Album Dates

Welcome to another edition of This Week In Music. Be sure to click the links below to check out my posts for this week:

Now let’s get into chart news. The #1 album in the country is, Guardians of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol.1. Sam Smith and 5 Seconds of Summer hold tight in the Top 10 with their albums as well as Frozen although its quickly declining.

As for the Hot 100, Magic!’s ‘Rude’ still holds the #1 spot. Meghan Trainor shoots up from 8-4 with ‘All About That Bass’ looking to dethrone Magic! As for new appearances on the Hot 100, Charlie XCXs ‘Boom Clap’.

IMG_3587.JPGThere’s a lot of albums coming out this fall so here are dates that have been confirmed thus far:

  • Maroon 5 – V – 9.02
  • Jhene Aiko – Souled Out – 9.09
  • Chris Brown – X – 9.16
  • Lenny Kravitz – Strut – 9.23
  • Lady Gaga | Tony Bennett – Cheek to Cheek – 9.23
  • Jennifer Hudson – J. Hud – 9.23
  • Keyshia Cole – Point of No Return – 10.07
  • Tinashe – Aquarius – 10.07
  • Lil Wayne – Carter V – 10.28

Nicki Minaj Surpasses Michael Jackson on the Hot 100

nicki-minaj-mtv-movie-awards-2014Nicki Minaj may not have had a #1 on the Hot 100 just yet, but she has set a record of her own. With ‘Anaconda’ debuting at #19 on the Hot 100 it makes it her 51st Hot 100 hit surpassing Michael Jackson who she was tied with at 50. Michael Jackson had been stacking hits since 1971 with ‘Got To Be There’. Nicki’s debut on the chart was Lil Wayne’s, ‘Knockout’ (Rebirth) in February 2010, although she was on the chart for Young Money’s, ‘BedRock’ (We Are Young Money) in December 2009. Other sources say her first is her collab with Lil Wayne, ‘Knockout’ (Rebirth). Out of the 51 hits tallied, 20 of those were earned as a solo act. Her first solo Hot 100 hit was ‘Your Love’ (Pink Friday). Her debut album made her the first female MC to have 8 singles simultaneously that all ranked in the Hot 100. She tweeted:

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In addition to having the most Hot 100s, she’s topped Missy Elliot who was leading the pack with 31 hits. She now ties with Eminem at 7th place for most hits for a rapper overall. She’s tied with Rod Stewart for having 51 hits and the most overall goes to the cast of Glee which has 207. Check out the MASSIVE playlist of Nicki’s Hot 100 hits below:

Meghan Trainor Soars 28-8 on Hot 100

Meghan-Trainor2014When I first saw the “All About That Bass” video on Facebook I was intrigued from the start from the colorful video and the message. I instantly wanted to hear more, but unfortunately all she had on her YouTube was her debut track. Meghan Trainor is a signer-songwriter from Massachusetts signed to Epic Records. The track has soared 20 spots into the top 10 of the Hot 100, from 28-8, which is pretty decent considering in just five weeks its sold over 350,000 copies.

Check out her colorful, size doesn’t matter video below (directed by Fatima Robinson):

As for who else is on the Hot 100, Magic! still holds tight for the 4th week with ‘Rude’. Sam Smith is vying for the number one spot as ‘Stay With Me’ moves up a spot to #2. In at #3 is Iggy Azalea’s, ‘Fancy’ which swapped spots with Sam Smith with in a week as it slowly moves down the charts. No worries, it’s still sold over 3 million copies, and counting. Nico and Vinz hold tight at #4 with ‘Am I Wrong’ and in at #5 is Ariana Grande’s, ‘Problem’.

Jessie J’s latest single, ‘Bang Bang’, featuring Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj has debuted at #6 and in at #7 is Maroon 5’s ‘Maps’. As mentioned above, ‘All About That Bass’ is in at #8, Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ is in at #9, and rounding off the top 10 is Disclosure’s ‘Latch’.

Can Meghan Trainor hold momentum and soar higher into the top 10?

Will Sam Smith finally get a taste of the top spot with ‘Stay With Me?’

Is ‘Bang Bang’ on the road to #1?

Only time will tell. Until next time …