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Album Sales: John Mayer earns third No. 1 with 'Born And Raised'; 'American Idol' alums fill the Top 20

Despite John Mayer’s throat granuloma, which has kept him from singing — and promoting his new material — recently, the hat-loving guitar-maestro earned his third number-one album this week with Born And Raised, which debuted atop the Billboard 200 today with sales of 219,000.

Other new entries on this week’s chart come from Slash, MercyMe, and American Idol contestants Phillip Phillips (already!), Kris Allen, and Haley Reinhart.

Check out the Top 10 below:

1. John Mayer, Born And Raised – 219,000
The country-influenced, ’70s-tinged album, Mayer’s fifth, became his third number one debut after 2009′s Battle Studies, which sold 289,000 in its first frame, and 2003′s Heavier Things, which started with 317,000. Mayer’s debut Room For Squares peaked at number 9 in 2001, and his 2006 album Continuum shifted 300,000 copies — enough for a number 2 debut.

2. Adele, 21 – 56,000
She’s up to 9.2 million copies total after 66 weeks on the chart. That means Adele’s sophomore set has sold an average of over 139,000 units every week for the last 15 months. Take a moment to absorb that information.

3. Carrie Underwood, Blown Away – 45,000
Following a performance of its theatrical title track on last Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards and an appearance at the American Idol finale, the country vixen’s fourth album achieved a nice 18 percent drop, and after four weeks, Underwood’s set has sold 486,000 copies. Of course, her 2007 disc Carnival Ride sold 527,000 copies in its first week, but that was five years ago — it’s a different industry these days. (Unless, of course, you’re Adele.)

4. Slash, Apocalyptic Love – 38,000
The ex Guns N’ Roses guitarist’s second solo album started off one spot lower than his self-titled 2010 release, which debuted in third place with sales of 60,000.

5. One Direction, Up All Night – 37,000
Simon Cowell’s British fivesome increased 9 percent and jumped 10-5 this week, which means that Up All Night has sold approximately 697,000 copies. As sophomore single “One Thing” continues its chart ascent, sales should remain strong throughout the summer.

6. Lionel Richie, Tuskegee – 33,000
He may have dropped out of Duets (the show’s premiere helped Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger increase 45 percent this week), but Richie’s country collaboration album has still sold an impressive 823,000 total copies.

7. MercyMe, The Hurt & The Healer – 33,000
The “I Can Only Imagine” Christian band earned their second Top 10 album with The Hurt & The Healer, though it got off to a slower start than the band’s 2010 effort The Generous Mr. Lovewell, which sold 88,000 copies in its first week. Healer was bolstered by the album’s title track, which has so far peaked at number 3 on the Christian Songs chart.

8. Sara Bareilles, Once Upon Another Time – 31,000
The piano-playing chanteuse, who served as a judge on the third (and alas, final) season of The Sing-Off, released a five-song EP and notched an eighth-place debut. Not bad at all, considering she hasn’t had a significant Hot 100 hit since her ubiquitous breakout smash “Love Song.”

9. Various Artists, Now 42 – 31,000
Songs like “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida and “Brokenhearted” by Karmin have helped the compilation album sell 232,000 total so far.

10. Norah Jones, Little Broken Hearts – 28,000
After 4 weeks on the chart, the Danger Mouse-produced album has now sold 243,000 copies.

And then there are a whole lot of American Idol alums (other than Carrie Underwood) to talk about: Season 8 runner up Adam Lambert’s second set Trespassing, which topped the album chart last week, dropped by 71 percent to 22,000 this week — dropping him down to 12th place. Of course, that was still more than enough for Lambert to beat out Season 8 winner, Kris Allen, whose second album Thank You Camellia started out at number 20 with sales of 17,000. (Allen’s self-titled debut started off with 80,000 in 2009).

Meanwhile, Season 10′s Haley Reinhart, who finished in third place, achieved a 17th-place start after selling 20,000 units of her debut album Listen Up!. Ahead of all of them, though, was this year’s Idol winner, Phillip Phillips, whose iTunes-only compilation album Journey to the Finale was downloaded 24,000 times. His runner up, Jessica Sanchez, managed to sell 4,000 copies of her own Journey to the Finale compilation.

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Album Sales: Adam Lambert tops the Billboard charts, beating out Adele and Carrie Underwood

An American Idol runner-up replaced an Idol winner atop the Billboard 200 this week, as Adam Lambert dethroned Carrie Underwood with his sophomore album Trespassing, which sold 77,000 copies in its first week.

With his No. 1 debut and 77,000 copies sold, many are touting that this makes Lambert the first openly gay artist to ever top the albums chart (another gay Idol contestant, Clay Aiken, topped the Billboard 200 with Measure of a Man, which debuted with 613,000 copies sold in 2003, but he didn’t come out until 2008). Still, it’s a landmark achievement.

Other Top 10 debuts included Tenacious D’s The Rise of Fenix and Beach House’s Bloom, but despite the newcomers, overall sales were relatively soft.  Check out the full Top 10 below: READ FULL STORY

Album Sales: Carrie Underwood stays put at No. 1, Adele gets a big Mother's Day boost

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Carrie Underwood has Blown Away the competition for a second week in a row.

The American Idol winner’s fourth album topped the Billboard 200 once again this week with sales of 120,000, holding off new debuts from Silversun Pickups, Tank, Keane, and Karmin, as well as Mother’s Day-boosted sales from top-selling artists like Adele and Lionel Richie.

Here’s how the Top 10 fared: READ FULL STORY

Album Sales: Carrie Underwood rules supreme, Norah Jones takes the second-place spot

Carrie Underwood blew away the competition on the Billboard 200 this week, scoring her third straight number one album with her fourth release, Blown Away, and moving 267,000 copies.

Other Top 10 newcomers included Norah Jones, with her Danger Mouse-produced Little Broken Hearts, B.O.B., Marilyn Manson, and the first-ever soundtrack from NBC’s Smash.

Check out the full Top 10 below: READ FULL STORY

Carrie Underwood performs new song 'Cupid's Got a Shotgun,' talks husband and vocab lessons -- Watch it here

Carrie Underwood’s new album Blown Away is out today, and to celebrate, she performed a mini concert last night for the Live on Letterman webcast.

What we learned: Even though she still has music’s best legs, she’s worried she’s not quite in tour shape yet. She said she was losing her breath after one number, but we assume that’s just be because she was plowing through a set list she kept purposefully upbeat (save for one ballad, “Jesus Take the Wheel”) and even her fast songs require ample belting.

She played several songs off the new record, including the fiddle footstomper “Cupid’s Got a Shotgun,” which she admitted her husband, hockey star Mike Fisher, questioned the first time she let him listen to it. (She concedes that it’s a little out of character.)

She also said she had to pull out every hunting reference she’d ever heard Fisher make while writing the song: “I’m like, ‘Remington? I think that’s a gun. Yeah. Yeah, yeah, let’s say that. Kevlar? What is that? I know that’s something, something important,’” she told the crowd. “But the other writers had to teach me what the word ‘barrage’ meant. I was like, ‘What is that? Is that a word? You guys are making crap up, trying to stick it in a song.’ But I learned something new, so that was fun.”

Watch her perform the song on Live on Letterman below. And props to her guitarist Shawn Tubbs — subbing in for Brad Paisley, who handles the guitar solo on album. READ FULL STORY

CMT Music Award Nominations: Little Big Town must win for 'Fix You' cover -- VIDEO

Nominations for June 6′s CMT Music Awards were announced this morning, with Carrie Underwood leading the pack with five nods, followed by Miranda Lambert, who received four.

See the full list below, which also includes three nominations a piece for Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, and Thompson Square.

If there’s one category we feel strongly about, it’s CMT Performance of the Year, which honors the best live performance that aired on a CMT show, series, or special. Little Big Town has to win for their cover of Coldplay’s “Fix You” on the Music Builds: CMT Disaster Relief Concert. It starts at 2:40 in the clip below; you’re guaranteed to get chills. READ FULL STORY

ACM Awards: Best and worst of the broadcast

The real winners were announced last night at the 47th Academy of Country Music Awards. But here are a few more honors from the telecast that you should feel free to weigh in on:

Best hosts: They’re no Brad and Carrie, but Blake Shelton and Reba McEntire (or is it just Reba these days?) maintained a playful rapport and charming competitiveness throughout the telecast. During the opening bit, Blake nailed Taylor Swift’s trademark suprised face while joking about her upcoming perfume. “Oh my gosh! I can’t believe I smell this good!” he imitated as he put his hands to his cheeks. Reba roasted Blake a bit for his old mullet (never forget!), and in return, Blake offered a few barbs about her age — although she’s looking mighty fine at 57! Blake’s humor just ever so slightly delved into the mean territory (I could have done without the Randy Travis and Tim Tebow jokes), but he still garnered big laughs throughout the night. Why is it that country music award shows seem to be the only type that prove hosts can actually be funny? My guess is that they don’t take themselves so dang seriously! READ FULL STORY

ACM Awards: And the winners are...

Below, check out the winners of  the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards:

Song of the Year: “Crazy Girl” by Eli Young Band

Album of the Year: Four the Record by Miranda Lambert

Vocal Group of the Year: Lady Antebellum

Vocal Duo of the Year: Thompson Square

Video of the Year: “Red Solo Cup” by Toby Keith

Vocal Event of the Year: “Don’t You Wanna Stay” by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson

Single Record of the Year: “Don’t You Wanna Stay” by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson

New Artist of the Year: Scotty McCreery

Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert

Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton

Entertainer of the Year: Taylor Swift

To see the entire list, including industry, radio, and instrumentalist awards, check out the complete winners list at the official ACM website.

Carrie Underwood releases video for new single 'Good Girl': Watch it here!

Country superstar (and owner of perhaps the best legs in the business) Carrie Underwood has just released a music video for new single “Good Girl,” the lead track off her fourth album, Blown Away, which is set to hit stores on May 1.

The video doesn’t feature a storyline — it’s really just a collection of Underwood in various fashions strutting her stuff and flaunting her stunning looks. At times, Underwood channels her inner good girl: we see bespectacled hipster Carrie, fringey-sweet Carrie, and sunlit floral Carrie.

But during the rest of the video, she reveals an edgier side that matches the grit of the song: we get funeral glam Carrie, shimmery 80s Carrie, and hot pants authoritarian Carrie. Occasionally, her two sides even sing/debate at each other, suggesting that the titular “good girl” getting warned about a lying, no-good man might just be Underwood herself.

All the while, we get cool, arty little glimpses of flowers and high heels. What does it all mean? Heck, I’m not sure — and the only shoes I really care about are my Asics cross trainers — but I still had a good time watching it all! Check out the rocking clip below: READ FULL STORY

Carrie Underwood reveals new album cover (and music's best legs?)

Carrie Underwood has revealed the cover art for her new album, Blown Away, due out May 1.

Thanks to that wind, she’s showing off her right leg, Angelina-style. I’ve long said Underwood has the best legs in country music (sorry, Faith Hill). But should we expand that to include any genre? Go head and discuss. We’re practically forcing you to.  READ FULL STORY

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