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The National and Daft Punk: Should we reward stasis or experimentation?

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The National just released Trouble Will Find Me, their sixth album. I gave it a B, because it is what I consider the very definition of a B-level album: It’s an exceptionally well made album by a now-veteran band, but it does not really waver from the formula set up on previous albums. Essentially, it’s more of the same, so if you like albums made by the National, then you’ll certainly like this new album by the National.

I’ve held fast to that grade, though the more I think about my reasoning, the more I have begun to question it. It has forced a core question to the forefront: What do we expect from our favorite artists?

In the case of the National, it’s deeply unfair that I am essentially punishing them for being excellent. READ FULL STORY

Charts: Vampire Weekend score second number one, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis stay atop Hot 100, Daft Punk headed for big debut

If we’re in the midst of an indie rock recession, nobody told the dudes from Vampire Weekend.

The New York quartet just had their best sales week in history, as their third album Modern Vampires of the City moved about 134,000 copies in its opening week, easily netting them the top position on this week’s chart. It’s the second time the band has debuted in the catbird seat, as their second album Contra pulled off the same feat with 124,000 copies sold back in January 2010.

It was a big week for debuts, as the top three albums were all in their first week of release. Country icon George Strait’s 28th album Love Is Everything took the number two slot, while Demi Lovato’s Demi moved roughly 110,000 copies on her way to a number three debut.

Meanwhile, the Billboard Hot 100 has Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us” as its number one for the third straight week. But Macklemore should keep his eye on the rearview, as Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” continues to surge and could be at the top spot by next week. Still, “Can’t Hold Us” has proven to be surprisingly robust, and its association with the NBA playoffs can’t hurt. Could “Can’t Hold Us” hang on for an extended run to become the official song of summer 2013? It’s entirely possible. That thing’s got legs.

Perhaps the most notable new entry on the Hot 100 is Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” which represents the French duo’s first track in the Billboard top ten. “Get Lucky” is quickly becoming one of the chart’s most-streamed songs, and it has been rapidly picking up radio spins around the country. It’s Daft Punk’s best chart showing by leaps and bounds: Their previous peak was number 61 (both “One More Time” and “Around the World” hit that number).

It could be a big summer for Daft Punk, as “Get Lucky” continues to climb while the group’s new album Random Access Memories could sell as many as 300,000 copies, which would easily nail down the top position on the album chart.

Read More on EW.com:
Album Review: Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City
Demi Lovato’s new album ‘Demi’ now streaming online — read EW’s review here
Album Review: Daft Punk, Random Access Memories

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis make Billboard history with 'Thrift Shop' and 'Can't Hold Us'

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis made history on Wednesday when their single “Can’t Hold Us” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, following “Thrift Shop”‘s rise to the top in February. The Seattle-based rap collaborators are now the first duo to have their first two singles on the Hot 100.

Both tracks appeared on the rapper/producer duo’s album The Heist, which was released in August 2012.

Among all artists, not just duos, Macklemore and Lewis is the first act to see its first two singles reach No. 1 since Lady Gaga hit the scene with “Just Dance” and “Poker Face” in 2009.

Read more:
Macklemore rapper talks pizza parties, social change, video for ‘Thrift Shop’
Seven things to know about ‘Thrift Shop’ hitmakers Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
‘Harlem Shake’ hits number one, ushers in new world of YouTube-fueled charts

Paramore unseats Justin Timberlake to top albums chart, Brad Paisley trails at No. 2

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Maybe Hayley Williams will save rock and roll before Pete Wentz has a chance to.

Nielsen SoundScan reports that Paramore’s self-titled fourth album has nabbed the top spot on the Billboard 200 in its debut week, selling 106,000 copies — more than enough to overtake Justin Timberlake’s reign. This marks the pop-punk band’s first No. 1 album; their last record, 2009’s Brand New Eyes, topped out at No. 2, with 175,000.

Not far behind the Tennessee trio is Brad Paisley (who, coincidentally, lives in Paramore’s hometown of Franklin). The country singer’s Wheelhouse placed at No. 2, with a 100,000 first-week performance. This is the fourth time a Paisley album has opened at second place, which, according to Billboard, means he now shares with Sheryl Crow the dubious honor of having the most No. 2 albums without a No. 1. Looks like LL Cool J’s “Accidental Racist” cameo just wasn’t enough to give Wheelhouse that extra boost. READ FULL STORY

Justin Timberlake smashes expectations, sells 968,000 copies in first week, breaks iTunes record worldwide

Think how many suits and ties he can afford now.

Justin Timberlake’s comeback album, The 20/20 Experience, crushed industry projections, selling a mammoth 968,000 copies in its first week and easily topping the Billboard 200. In the last year, only one album has sold more units out of the gate: Taylor Swift’s Red, which scanned 1.2 million copies in its first seven days.

Timberlake scored the best sales week for a male artist since Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III debuted to 1.01 million copies-sold in June 2008. And, as Billboard notes, Timberlake also earned third-biggest week for a solo male singer (aka: non-rapper), behind Usher’s Confessions, which debuted to 1.1 million in 2004, and Garth Brooks’ Double Live, which started at 1.09 million in 1998. READ FULL STORY

Bon Jovi tops albums chart, David Bowie takes second place on Billboard 200

“Where are we now?” David Bowie asked on his new album. According to the charts, the answer is “right behind Jon Bon Jovi.”

The New Jersey rockers’ What About Now has won the week in album sales, making it the group’s third straight album (and fifth overall) to top the Billboard 200. The record sold 101,000 in its debut week, Nielsen SoundScan reports. This marks Bon Jovi’s 12th trip to that chart’s top ten.

This leaves David Bowie’s much-heralded comeback album The Next Day – hist first since 2003’s Reality – to come in at No. 2, with 85,000 units moved. The upside, though, is that that number is Bowie’s best sales week since the SoundScan era began in 1991.

Last week’s champ, Luke Bryan’s Spring Break… Here to Party, fell to No. 3, experiencing a 59% decline with 61,000 in sales. The chart’s next spot, however, was here to pray, not party: the Christian album Passion: Let the Future Begin bowed at No. 4, with 48,000 in sales.

Rounding out the top five was Bruno Mars, whose sophomore effort Unorthodox Jukebox dropped from No. 3 to No. 5, with 43,000 in sales. That’s a 17% drop from the previous week, but still enough to beat out Mindless Behavior’s All Around the World, which debuted this week at No. 6.

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Bruno Mars tops album chart for the first time, Thom Yorke takes second place

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It took a while, but Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox is now a No. 1 album.

When the album was released last December, it hit debuted at No. 2., just behind Taylor Swift’s RedJukebox has been hanging out fairly high on the Billboard 200 albums chart since then, and sat at No. 2 last week.

But with some help from a massive sale on Amazon, which sold the album for $1.99 and then $3.99 last week, Mars’ second release finally had enough juice to top the charts, with Nielsen SoundScan reporting 95,000 copies sold. That’s a 96% increase from its performance the week before, giving Mars his first ever No. 1 album. (Billboard’s math wizards have deduced that without Amazon’s efforts, Jukebox would likely have ranked at No. 2 this week.)

So who would’ve been No. 1 otherwise? All signs point to Atoms for Peace, the Thom Yorke-led group whose debut Amok came in at No. 2 with 50,000 moved units.

Before Mars’ ascent, Mumford and Sons’ Grammy-winning Babel had a two-week hold on the top spot, but this week it fell to No. 3, with 43,000 sold. READ FULL STORY

'Harlem Shake' hits number one, ushers in new world of YouTube-fueled charts

After a five-week run with the number one song in the country, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” has finally abdicated its throne — thanks partly to a whole new chart formula.

As of this week, Billboard‘s Hot 100 now includes YouTube streams in its chart calculations, which means the king of the hill this week is Baauer’s nonstop meme instigator “Harlem Shake.”

Previously, the Hot 100 had used radio airplay, sales, and various forms of streaming through services like Spotify and Rhapsody to tabulate what the biggest song in the country was. Including YouTube numbers makes perfect sense, since in a way the online video service is the biggest streaming service available.

The extra numbers will undoubtedly mean a big boost for songs that do well with sales and streaming but can’t quite break into radio. “Harlem Shake,” for example, did an impressive 262,000 downloads last week, but is barely on satellite or terrestrial radio. It only scored a handful of impressions on radio, but its 103 million spins on YouTube easily confirm the track’s ubiquity.

The new tabulations have reconfigured the chart success of other songs that have been bigger than their old chart positions would have suggested. READ FULL STORY

'Harlem Shake' hits No. 1 on iTunes following viral explosion

Two weeks ago, few people had ever heard New York producer Baauer’s “Harlem Shake,” a frenetic dance thumper stuffed with trancy synths and lion roars that was released last May. But now that the track has gone viral thanks to its ubiquitous meme-status, it’s gained legitimate traction on the chart.

Yesterday, Baauer climbed all the way to the top of iTunes’ all-genre “Top Songs” list, and despite the fact that “Harlem Shake” has been temporarily displaced by One Direction’s “One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks),” it’s still ahead of powerhouse sellers like Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” and Rihanna’s “Stay.” Plus, once the Directioners have all bought their fave boy band’s song, which should take approximately an hour, “Harlem Shake” will likely return to No. 1.

It’s unclear whether sales for “Harlem Shake” are driven by buyers who want to use the song to make their own 30-second-long videos (earlier this week, YouTube reported that over 4,000 “Harlem Shake” videos were being uploaded every day) or if they’re true fans of the song, which does fit into the current wave of EDM and super-producer/DJ-driven pop.

When EW reached Baauer’s reps, they said he was not interested in commenting on the meme, which got its start on Jan. 30 when vlogger Filthy Frank included it at the top of a compilation video. Three days later, he isolated the “Harlem Shake” portion of the video. It has since received nearly 10 million views. READ FULL STORY

Seven things to know about 'Thrift Shop' hitmakers Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

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Today, Seattle duo Macklemore (pictured, right) and Ryan Lewis (left), hit number one on Billboard‘s Hot 100 with their college-anthem-turned-mainstream-smash “Thrift Shop,” unseating Bruno Mars’ “Locked out of Heaven,” which had held the pole position for six weeks.

When the rapper/producer pair’s independently produced album The Heist opened at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 last October, many music fans above the age of 21 were left wondering who Macklemore and Ryan Lewis even were. (Not us, of course. We chatted with Macklemore back in August.) But the monumental success of “Thrift Shop” has given them millions of listeners outside the college bubble.

EW recently chatted with the pair about their unexpected success, impressing Ellen DeGeneres, repping their hometown of Seattle, and how to thrift like pros: READ FULL STORY

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