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Scotty McCreery sells 197,000 copies in first week: How does he stack up against other 'Idol' winners?


Apparently, you love him this big!

Scotty McCreery’s debut disc Clear As Day debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 this week, selling 197,000 copies in its first week.

That makes McCreery, 18, the first American Idol winner to top the chart since Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard’s Soulful opened at number one back in 2003. It also provides the Idol franchise a much-needed success story.

McCreery’s strong sales week improves greatly upon the 39,000 debut tally that Lee Dewyze’s Live It Up notched last year, as well as the 80,000 first week sales of Kris Allen’s self-titled 2009 offering.

Of course, McCreery didn’t sell as many albums as past winners Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson, but considering the current state of the record industry, the fact that David Cook and Jordin Sparks’ sophomore albums both recently floundered, and the musical irrelevance of Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks these days, Idol was in dire need of a fresh star, and it looks like it’s got one with McCreery. READ FULL STORY

Blink-182's 'Up All Night' video: Best ironic thank-you note ever?

Don’t tell Metallica, but Blink-182 is down with copyright infringement.

A newly released video for their comeback single “Up All Night” functions as a tongue-in-cheek thank-you note to their generation-Napster fan base: It’s a wry, affectionate montage cobbled from homemade YouTube clips that illegally use Blink-182’s music. Amateur musicians rock out and skaters show off their gnarliest tricks in “The Blink-182 Film Festival You Didn’t Know You Entered”—and we couldn’t love it more.

Watch Blink-182’s video love letter to their tech-savvy millennial fans after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Blink-182 release their first new song in eight years, 'Up All Night': Check it out now

The last time Blink-182 released new material, people loved Harry Potter movies and talking about Britney Spears.

Yes, in some ways, the world hasn’t changed a whole lot since 2003. And Blink sound similarly unaltered on their new track, the thunderous, midtempo rocker “Up All Night.”

“Up All Night” is the lead single from the trio’s forthcoming, currently untitled studio CD. Back in February, drummer Travis Barker told EW that the album sounded like “where you would think Blink would be right now if you left off with our last album with us, and you follow[ed] each of our careers, and you know what we’ve done [since].”

You can check out “Up All Night” below. Give it a listen and tell us what you think: READ FULL STORY

Blink 182's Travis Barker talks new album, tour: 'It's definitely coming close'

blink-182Image Credit: Simone Joyner/Getty ImagesNot only is the long-awaited Blink-182 album almost-kinda-nearly finished, but drummer Travis Barker says the band might actually hit the road for a full tour—not just the short run of overseas dates they announced last November.

“We are talking about taking Kid Cudi out for an amazing tour we may have planned for later this year,” Barker told MTV News.That’s coming on the heels of Barker saying the band’s new album—their first in eight years—will be finished in “June or July.”

“Here’s the thought process for the album,”said Barker, who will also release his solo outing Give the Drummer Some on March 15. “Build 20 songs, pick 12 we love, and then concentrate on those 12 songs until they’re done, and then our album’s finished. And it’s definitely coming close … I think it’s where you would think Blink would be right now if you left off with our last album with us, and you follow each of our careers, and you know what we’ve done [since].”

Either way, June or July is still far enough from now for us to feel like we wouldn’t bet the mortgage on its summertime arrival. But what do you think, Blink fans? Tell us in the comments section, below.

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Blink 182 announce first arena tour in seven years

Travis Barker reveals star-studded guest list for solo debut

travis-barkerImage Credit: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic.comBlink-182 drummer Travis Barker is known for his strong interest in hip-hop, so it was no surprise to learn last year that his solo debut would feature some big-name rap collaborations. Now he’s revealed more details on the long-delayed project.

Barker’s Give the Drummer Some, due March 15, will feature Lil Wayne, the Game, Swizz Beatz, and Rick Ross on a song called “Can a Drummer Get Some”; RZA, Raekwon, and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello on another tune called “Carry It”; Slaughterhouse’s Crooked I, Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden, and Royce 5’9″ on “Devil’s Got A Hold of Me”; Kid Cudi on “Cool Head”; Paul Wall, Kurupt, and J Roc on “Don’t F— With Me”; the Clipse and Kobe on “City of Dreams”; and Ludacris on another unspecified track.

And that’s just a partial rundown. Pretty cool guest list, no? Are you looking forward to hearing Give the Drummer Some? Which collab sounds most exciting to you?

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Blink 182 announce first arena tour in seven years

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Long-dormant pop-punk giants blink 182 will be bringing all their small things to big stages next summer, according to a recent announcement.

The band’s Mark Hoppus blogged the news on of five upcoming U.K. showdates for July 2011, including London’s 02 Arena, with the message “Yes indeed!!!  Going back on tour this summer, after the release of the new album. Lots more dates to come, and not just in the UK.  These are just the first we’re announcing. Stoked!”

Are you ready for the band’s return, and their first album since decidedly darker and more experimental self-titled release?
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Travis Barker's solo debut to be packed with A-list rappers. Excited yet?

Travis-BarkerImage Credit: Icon/SMI/Retna LtdIt seems as if Travis Barker‘s oft-delayed solo album is actually on its way. The Blink 182 drummer — who has survived and recovered from a plane crash that killed four others and been featured on other artist’s hit singles since we last reported on the progress of his as-yet-untitled effort back in 2008 — is set to finally release it this October. XXL reports that the album boasts some heavyweight assistance from artists like Eminem, Lil Wayne, Drake, T.I, Pharrell Williams, Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, and Rick Ross.

Some may be surprised that the drummer of a pop-rock band is being backed by rappers. But Barker, who won’t be singing or rapping on the album, has been a fan of and contributed to many of his collaborator’s songs and albums in the past. Here, he plays drums on a track for Wale’s 2009 Attention Deficit album. He also handled the percussion in The Game’s “Dope Boys.” And celebrating Famous Star and Straps tenth anniversary last year, he played behind Snoop and Pharrell. He’s no poser. I expect quality music come October. READ FULL STORY

Investigation reveals cause of Travis Barker/DJ AM plane crash

DJ-AM-travis-barkerImage Credit: PRN/PR Photos; Tina Gill/PR PhotosFederal investigators have concluded that the deadly Sept. 2008 plane crash that injured DJ AM and blink-182’s Travis Barker was due to under-inflated tires, the Associated Press reports (h/t Rolling Stone). According to investigators’ testimony at a National Transportation Safety Board meeting, the plane’s tires exploded as it raced down a South Carolina runway, leading to brake damage and an abortive take-off. The crash killed the plane’s pilot and three others; Barker and DJ AM (born Adam Goldstein), the only survivors, suffered major burns. DJ AM died last year after an accidental drug overdose.

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Tom DeLonge on Angels and Airwaves' free 'Love,' the blink-182 reunion, and more: The Music Mix Q&A

Tom DeLonge is a busy guy. Last night around nine, the singer-guitarist (pictured, one from right) helped finalize the track sequencing for LOVE, the album that his band Angels & Airwaves will release online for free this Sunday, Feb. 14, as a complimentary Valentine’s Day gift to fans. (LOVE will also be available for free two days early this Friday on Fuel.TV.) This morning, he met with his other band, blink-182, which reunited for a 2009 tour after a four-year split, to talk about their plans. After that, he rushed off to meet with a few potential partners to secure a theatrical release for the sci-fi film, also titled LOVE, that Angels & Airwaves oversaw to accompany their album. (Trailers are viewable at Apple and the band’s website.) Oh yeah, and DeLonge also plans to “fix the music industry” via Modlife, the website he owns. The Music Mix got him on the phone to hear about all the items crowding his schedule.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How are you feeling about the new Angels & Airwaves album?
TOM DELONGE: I consider this, at this point, the pinnacle release of my life. There’s nothing that I have put more effort, more time, more heart, and more stress into than this release. It’s been a very long time since a band has attempted to make a motion picture associated with an album — not to mention have the album be completely free of any corporation, 100 percent independent. Artistically, I think this record has far exceeded anywhere I’ve been. So I’m just quietly anticipating Sunday’s release and hoping for the best.


'Alice in Wonderland' soundtrack details revealed: Robert Smith, Pete Wentz, and Franz Ferdinand to contribute tracks

The soundtrack details for Tim Burton’s forthcoming movie Alice in Wonderland have just been revealed on MySpace. The album, which is titled Almost Alice and hits stores March 2, features contributions from Burton hair-a-like Robert Smith, The All-American Rejects, Franz Ferdinand, Wolfmother, Owl City, and a collaboration between Mark Hoppus and Pete Wentz called “In Transit.” The first single from the album will be “Alice (Underground),” by Avril Lavigne.

Disappear down the rabbit hole to MySpace for a look a the full track listing and tell us what you think. Does this news make you more or less excited by the prospect of Burton’s Johnny Depp-starring revamp?

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