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’.

Video Review: Jessie J, ‘Bang Bang’

bang-bang-videoThe 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:

Jessie J Reveals Album Artwork + Release Date

jessie-j-sweet-talkerJessie J is making her way back to mainstream pop with the lead single off her new album, ‘Bang Bang’ featuring Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. Her third studio album, Sweet Talker, will be released October 13th in the UK and October 14th in the U.S.

Her debut album, Who You Are (2011), peaked at #11 on the Billboard 200 and spawned commercial hits ‘Price Tag’ and ‘Domino’ which peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. The follow-up, Alive (2013), was not as successful as her debut, but spawned 3 singles: ‘Wild’, ‘It’s My Party’, and ‘Thunder’.

Sweet Talker is said to feature production by Diplo, Tricky Stewart, The-Dream, and Max Martin. As for other collaborations, 2 Chainz has been slated for her track ‘Burning Up’.

Until the ‘Bang, Bang’ video is released, check Jessie, Ariana, and Nicki out in the latest Beats by Dr. Dre commercial:

Single Review: Jessie J, ‘Bang Bang’

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The track that has been buzzed about for a few weeks now has finally surfaced. Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj have teamed up for ‘Bang Bang’ and I must say that I had mixed reviews on the track once I heard the snippet. When listening to it in its entirety it’s a nice track that’ll get lots of airplay. Jessie J vocally is amazing and since I first heard ‘Price Tag’ I’ve been a fan of her work. As for Ariana Grande, while I usually can’t stand her voice, this time she fit well with this track. She was singing so high, which shows the strength and range in her voice, but other times she can sound very nasally. Now to complete trifecta, insert Nicki Minaj. Her bars were really nothing spectacular to me, but Nicki is Nicki and she’s quite clever. I will say that Nicki Minaj knows how to fit in on any track if need be.

I’ve been reading that this track is being compared to the mega diva smash, ‘Moulin Rouge’ (Christina Aguilera, Mya, Pink, Lil’Kim), BUT I have to disagree with that. Not saying that this won’t be a smash in its own right, but this song does not compare to ‘Moulin Rouge’. Another thing, I’m not really a fan of the cover art. It could’ve been way better. Jessie J confirmed yesterday (7.29) on Elvis Duran & The Morning Show (Z100) that filming for the video would be starting. Hopefully the visual doesn’t kill the song.

Overall I’d give it a 3.5/5. It’s still growing on me.

Take a listen below:

https://soundcloud.com/jessiejfansuk/bang-bang

MMF Valentine’s Day Playlist

I’ve compiled a playlist of some of my favorite love songs. They’re in no specific order just some of my personal favs. ENJOY!

Be sure to check out Billboards article, 20 Best Love Songs by Real-Life Couples and a piece I worked on last Valentine’s Day at Billboard, Top 50 ‘Love’ Songs: The Word Cloud