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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

Demi Lovato's new album 'Demi' now streaming online -- read EW's review here

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Demi Lovato sees your early release, Vampire Weekend, and she… well, she doesn’t raise you, she’s just doing it also.

The teen starlet turned hard-knocks graduate and general multimedia juggernaut has put her new album, Demi, online a week in advance of its official May 14 street date. Read our review from the magazine on stands this Friday below.

Demi Lovato, Demi (Hollywood)

Unlike other ex–Disney princesses, Demi Lovato knows that growing up means more than just being old enough to do Jell-O shots. And two years ago, she proved it with her third album, Unbroken, which found her singing about self-cutting and abuse with a bravery that felt very adult. Since then, she’s also proved herself as the most mature judge on The X Factor. (Though, to be fair, Simon “Gonna Wear V-Neck T-Shirts Till I Die” Cowell and Britney “Just Smile Pretty” Spears weren’t major competition.) So it’s too bad that her new album, Demi, sounds like such a decisive return to teen pop. Transformed from an edgier young woman back into America’s sweetheart, she’s doing the fallen-Disney-idol thing in reverse.

Most of Lovato’s musical ­influences aren’t old enough to rent a car. The beach-ball bounce of “Something That We’re Not” could’ve been swiped from a One Direction album, and “Made in the USA” has Miley Cyrus’ name written all over it in lipstick. Worse yet, some lyrics yank back the curtain to expose the older songwriters behind these songs. Why is Lovato asking some guy to “take me home like you’re DiMaggio”? Wasn’t A-Rod available? Even the con­fessionals, like the pretty piano ballad “In Case,” don’t reveal much beyond the usual lovesick-girl struggles. It’s as if some PR rep went through her lyrics with a Sharpie, ­eliminating anything too personal, subbing
in words like “you” and “me” and “baby.” Eventually that Sharpie must’ve crossed out so much, it erased Lovato herself. C+—Melissa Maerz

Best Tracks:
* “Made in the USA”: Soaring Top 40 Pop
* “In Case”: A stripped-down ballad

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Demi Lovato has a 'Heart Attack': Hear it here

Don’t worry, Demi Lovato’s arteries aren’t clogged — “Heart Attack” is just the name of her new single.

The first single from Lovato’s new album (which doesn’t have a release date yet) was supposed to officially go wide on March 4, but the second-season X Factor judge decided to leak it out to fans late last night instead.

And it’s no wonder she couldn’t wait to share it: the song is a big one, with pounding beats, earnest wailing, and some interesting lyrical choices: “When I don’t care/I can play him like a Ken doll/Won’t wash my hair/Then make him bounce like a basketball.”

Interesting! Let’s give ‘er a listen below:

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Christmas in Washington: Diana Ross, Demi Lovato, PSY entertain the Obamas, America

Tonight marked the airing of the 31st “Christmas in Washington” gala, the country’s annual seasonal celebration benefiting the Children’s National Medical Center. Every year, the event brings in the lion’s share of D.C. VIPs, including the POTUS, the FLOTUS, the VP, and this year… PSY.

But we’ll get to that in time. First, to open up the TNT telecast of the event (which took place Dec. 9), was Diana Ross. Backed by a merry, scarf-clad chorus, the legendary diva opened the night with a tone-setting medley of seasonal standbys that included Stevie Wonder’s “Someday at Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime,” “Jingle Bells,” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Barack and Michelle Obama and their family watched on with smiles as wide as the National Mall.

With the tone set for the evening, host Conan O’Brien took the stage. “Good evening Mr. President, Mrs. Obama, Mr. Vice President, and friends,” opened O’Brien, who’s helmed this shindig before. “It’s good to see that both the president and I were given a second term. Congratulations to both of us!” The joke gave Barack a good laugh, though Sasha didn’t seem amused. How irrelevant does it make you feel to realize that Conan — Conan! — is just another old person to the younger First Daughter?

First Daughterly approval aside, though, O’Brien powered through his monologue, milking jokes out of red-state marks like Honey Boo Boo and Speaker John Boehner’s complexion, as well throwing a broader barb regarding the fiscal cliff. (It’s unnerving that that joke is still relevant two weekends after the event’s actual taping.)

But enough with the gags: O’Brien soon surrendered the stage to Smash star Megan Hilty, who ably delivered a few soothing verses of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Which was nice and all, but the Bombshell bombshell couldn’t hold a Yankee candle to the next act: top-billed Demi Lovato, who delivered an impassioned “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” Simply put, the X Factor judge nailed it.

O’Brien then introduced the next entertainer, singer Chris Mann, who may or may not just be Michael Bublé in disguise. With help from the Naval Academy Glee Club, he touchingly dove into “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” — a wise, fitting selection for a nation in wartime.

American Idol winner Scotty McCreery brought the mood back up with a rollicking run through Elvis Prestley’s “It’s Christmas Time Pretty Baby,” which prompted some measured headbanging from the President and the First Lady. (The daughters, however, once again proved to be tougher to please. Maybe they had finals on their minds?)

The next performer, though, was one that a billion people of all ages can recognize: K-pop sensation PSY. Even Coco couldn’t help but chuckle as he introduced the YouTube-crushing rapper, who came out in a glitter-festooned red sweater and similarly blaring pants.

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On the Charts: 'Everybody Talks' has everybody talking, TobyMac has his 'Eye' on No. 1

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Some say rock music is dying.

But no one told that to Neon Trees. The Utah-formed band earned their first Top 10 single on Billboard‘s Hot 100 this week with “Everybody Talks,” which jumped from No. 11 to No. 6 and sold 102,000 downloads.

Neon Trees formerly reached No. 13 with their 2010 Glee-approved hit “Animal,” but “Everybody Talks,” with its fuzzy pop-tinged chorus  and infectious wails, is proving to be more of a chart powerhouse.

In a pop music world dominated by dancy synths, it’s a testament to the continued viability of actual bands that two songs above “Everybody Talks” — fun.’s “Some Nights” (No. 5) and Maroon 5′s “One More Night” (No. 3) — are both doing so well.

“Everybody Talks” (which, for the record, I totally called back in April) has taken 25 weeks to reach the Top 10 (it also just hit No. 1 on Adult Pop Songs), and we’ll see if it climbs even higher in the future. For now, though, let’s check out the week’s other chart winners and losers: READ FULL STORY

Demi Lovato talks getting mad at God on Twitter

It looks like Kanye West has got some Twitter competition in the unloading of late-night thoughts.

Demi Lovato took to the micro-blogging site last night to discuss God, tough stuff, and overcoming obstacles.

The same week excerpts from her Seventeen interview, where she discussed her troubled past and her bright hopes for the future, were released, it sounds like 2012 is already throwing her a curveball.

The whole thing kicked off when Lovato tweeted, “Sometimes it seems like God just keeps throwing crap my way and I get SO angry with him… But there’s never a doubt in my mind He’s gonna pull me through it all. I know you’re there God. But umm… Really dude? He never fails to show me He’s by my side though. Even in the tough times. #Godstuff”

Potential song lyrics for her Unbroken follow up? Perhaps. But more likely the nineteen-year-old was just venting. She followed up retweeting some thoughts from her followers, including, “Satan throws crap your way but God gets you through to make you a stronger/wiser person. #lifelessons” READ FULL STORY

Demi Lovato talks drug use and Miley Cyrus in new interview

Demi Lovato is ringing in the New Year by opening up to Seventeen about her troubled past and her bright hopes for 2012.

The “Skyscraper” singer tells the magazine, “I’m not going to lie, I was self-medicating. I was doing things like drinking and using [drugs], like a lot of teens do to numb their pain.”

I’ll admit, I did a double-take reading over the quotes and realizing they were coming from a Disney-bred star in a teen mag, not words from a revealing Vanity Fair interview with an aging rocker.

Kudos to Lovato for being honest. It’s no secret she was in a rough place for a while: She checked into a treatment center last winter, after a tumultuous few months that played out in public, and in January 2011 acknowledged that she had completed treatment for “undisclosed emotional and physical issues.” She later revealed she was battling anorexia, bulimia, and bipolar disorder.

She’s had quite the comeback, however, releasing her third album Unbroken this past September, which landed her a Top 10 debut (“Skyscraper”), her first. She also recently sang the National Anthem at the World Series and (rightly) took on her former network over insensitive eating-disorder jokes. READ FULL STORY

Demi Lovato's hair makes a run for it in concert: Watch the video here

The weave: For fairytale princesses, it’s perfect. For everyone else, (even you, pop stars) it’s an accident waiting to happen.

Demi Lovato was performing over the weekend when she had a little situation involving some dancing, some costumes and some runaway extensions. Namely, Ms. Lovato went one hair toss too far, and her weave came tumbling down.

Girl worked it like a pro, though — she doesn’t even blink. It takes some serious attitude to have something that was just on your head now clinging desperately to your sparkly stage blazer and just keep trucking, but she struts it out and finishes the number like a boss.

Check out the blurry video below: (The hair horror begins around :45) READ FULL STORY

Latin Grammys: Calle 13 cleans up, Demi Lovato gets revealing

Last night in Las Vegas, the Latino music community gathered together at the Mandalay Bay Events Center for the 12th annual Latin Grammy Awards. Though the word “Grammys” is in there, the Latin Grammys tends to be a way looser show than its counterpart.

They’re a lot more diverse too: The big winners during last night’s show were Puerto Rican hip-hop collective Calle 13, who walked away with nine prizes (out of 10 total nominations) tied to their fourth album Entren Los Que Quieran. In fact, the only thing that kept them from scoring a clean sweep on their nominations was the fact that they were nominated twice in the same category.

The rest of the show, which aired on Univision and almost certainly clobbered that truly atrocious episode of The Office in the ratings, was a healthy mix of crossover performers and acts like Calle 13 who seem one big English-language single away from a massive break.

Shakira took home two awards (for Person of the Year and for Best Female Pop Album) and also performed a trio of tunes in the evening’s liveliest performances. Pitbull and Marc Anthony re-created their hit “Rain Over Me,” with Pit dropping some of the evening’s few English verses on stage.

However, the evening’s most eye-popping performance might have belonged to Demi Lovato. While the newly red-haired pop star did actually sing on stage, she did most of her head-turning on the red carpet, where she wore a pantsuit the completely redefined the idea of a plunging neckline. That’s an awful lot of cleavage, even for Las Vegas.

Check out the full list of nominees (with the winners in bold italics) after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Demi Lovato sings National Anthem at World Series Game 5: Watch the video here

Demi Lovato can singggg.

Last night before Game 5 of the 2011 World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, the 19-year-old hit a home run with her rendition of the National Anthem.

Looking happy and healthy in a red Texas T-shirt and matching red all-American lips, the raspy-voiced popstar played to her strengths,  giving a restrained, ballad-esque performance before the big finish. Cue the fireworks: READ FULL STORY

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