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.
Here’s another edition of This Week In Music. Click HERE for the previous edition and click the links below for other news this week:
- The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill to be Inducted into Library of Congress
- Single Review: Rihanna, ‘B*tch Better Have My Money’
In other news, Destiny’s Child has reunited, yet again, this time at the 30th annual Stellar Awards for a performance of Michelle’s ‘Say Yes’ (click HERE for that video review). From the Instagram clips Beyoncé was feeling herself last night (pun intended), but it was great to see all three on stage. Every artist has a zone and it was clear that Michelle was comfortable on stage, they all sounded great, and they were having fun. The show will air on TV One, April 5th. In the meantime, check out a snippet of the performance HERE.
It’s been a big week for Rihanna as she’s released a new single off her upcoming album (link above) and her animation debut, ‘Home’, has topped the box office with $54 million in its opening. She’s featured not only in the movie, but 3 songs on the soundtrack. Other artists featured include Jennifer Lopez and Charlie XCX. Click HERE to purchase soundtrack and be sure to check out the movie in theaters.
Moving on to chart news, congrats to Kendrick Lamar for having the #1 album in the country. To Pimp a Butterfly tops the Billboard 200 with 324,000 copies sold in its first week, The album was released a week prior to its scheduled date, but that didn’t stop it from topping the charts. In at #2 is last weeks #1 album, the Empire Soudntrack. Over on the Hot 100, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars are sitting comfortably with ‘Uptown Funk’ (check out the remix HERE). So far the track has been on the chart for 17 weeks.
The iHeartRadio Music awards air tonight (3/29) so be on the lookout this week for a review of the performances.
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.
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.’
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:
I 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 J‘s ‘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:
The visual for ‘Bang Bang’ has been released and the performance on the VMAs was a sight to see. The video is very similar to that of their Beats commercial so the commercial was really a sneak peak into what to expect. Jessie J does the whole bend and snap hair swing and shoulder shake, nothing with a bunch of umph. She could’ve went harder with the choreo. Her outfit was cute, trousers, suspenders, crop top, and heels. The curly hair is cute on her and I love it way more than the slicked back pony tail she’s been rocking elsewhere. Ariana is such a doll, literally. She’s dancing around with a megaphone spray painted with ‘Bang’ and her two piece white lace ensemble with white heels is pretty cute. Her voice usually annoys me, but she works well with this song (as mentioned in my initial track review). Then there’s Ms. Minaj. Nicki spits her bars from the rooftop in front of a helicopter in a black leather top, leopard skirt, and black heels. I love the simplicity of her looks as of late. Nothing outlandish. The video ends with the ladies on top of the rooftop in new outfits. Nicki has on a neon yellow skirt with matching heels and a colorful bra. Jessie has on an interesting dress that’s the same as what she wore on the VMAs except in a metallic zebra print. Ariana is no surprise in yet another TWO PIECE that’s shiny with what looks like a pink chevron.
The video overall could’ve used some more choreo, but the ladies looked great so points for that. Ovther than that it was just alright.
Check out the video below: