This Week In Music (V. 34): Top of the Charts, Baby News, & More!

Welcome to another edition of This Week In Music. Before we get into this weeks recap, check out my posts of the week below:

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Ludacris to Host 2014 Billboard Awards

Jennifer Lopez will be receiving the grandest honor of the evening as she’s presented with the Icon Award at the 2014 BBMAs. The show would just not be a show without a host, right? Well, Ludacris will be hosting this years awards show and I’m quite surprised that he was chosen. Then again check out his track record on the charts.Judge-Rejects-Ludacris-Gagging-Order-Request

  • 18 Hot 100 top 10 singles
  • 5 #1 albums on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
  • 29 top 10 singles on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

Aside from all that chart topping he’s also established himself as a pretty reputable actor playing in a variety of movies from Crash to the franchise Fast & Furious.

He’s been able to juggle both acting and music successfully and his latest album, Ludaversal, is set to be released this fall. Check out the video for his track, ‘Party Girls’, below:

The 2014 BBMA will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on ABC, 8pm EST.

(via Billboard)

MMF Flashback — Usher, Confessions

MMF Flashback --- Usher, Confessions

Every artist has that album that just catapults their career to another level. That album that I like to call the ‘peak.’ Once that peak is reached it’s hard to for the artist to top it, BUT the album becomes a part of musical history.

On March 23, 2004, Usher released his mega album, Confessions. The album sold 1.1 million copies in its first week and became Usher’s first #1 album as it set at the top of the Billboard 200. In 2004 alone the album sold 8 million copies. Billboard also named it the 2nd best-selling album of the 2000s deceased in the U.S. He went on to release a deluxe edition on October 14, 204 (his birthday) and it included 4 new tracks with the MEGA hit ‘My Boo’ featuring Alicia Keys and the success didn’t stop there.

At the AMAs he won 4 wards, 11 at the Billboard Music Awards including Artist of the Year and Male Artist of the Year. He was nominated for 8 Grammys (2005) and took home 3: Best Contemporary R&B Album, Best R&B Performance by Duo or Group with Vocal ‘My Boo,’ and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ‘Yeah.’

There’s very few albums that I can listen to in their entirety and this album happens to be one of those few. Listening to the album 10 years later goes to show how iconic it is. The music is relatable and it still seems fresh  This album also goes to show that people feed off heart ache. With confessions Usher had all ballads minus ‘Yeah’ (with Ludacris & Lil Jon). With his relationship with Chili (TLC) in the spotlight this album put their breakup in the limelight and although some might have took the break up personal and BLAMED Usher, all that did was get him countless record sales and radio play.

Compared to the music Usher is releasing now this album is R&B. In recent years he’s geared more towards the techno/EDM sound. I understand keeping with the times is popular and R&B is a dying breed I just wish and hope that in future music Usher will stick to the R&B. My favorite Usher compilation post-Confessions would have to be, Raymond v. Raymond being that he found the balance between more of a pop sound, but still staying true to his R&B roots. Confessions is still by far is my favorite work of his to date.

So it’s hard to choose my TOP 5 from this album, but here it is:

Justin Bieber’s, ‘Baby,’ Hits 1 Billion Vevo Views

Bieber hasn’t had much to celebrate as of late due yo his court issues, but musically he still manages to set records.

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His debut track, ‘Baby,’ has hit 1 billion views on Vevo asking it the most-watched clip and the only track to be certified 10x on the site.

In total Bieber has 11 certified videos on Vevo and a lot have reached the 100 million mark including: ‘One Less Lonely Girl,’ ‘Never Say Never,’ ‘One Time,’ and ‘Love Me.’

Congrats Biebs!