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Eminem debuts at the top of the Billboard 200 chart

eminemImage Credit: Frank Micelotta/Getty ImagesAs we reported yesterday, Eminem‘s Recovery debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling an incredible 741,000 copies in its first week. It’s the biggest first week sales of 2010 and Em’s sixth No. 1 debut. Last week’s No. 1, Drake‘s Thank Me Later, drops to No. 2 with 157,000. This week’s second highest debut is Miley Cyrus’ Can’t Be Tamed. It enters at No. 3 with 102,000 albums sold. Ozzy Osbourne’s Scream sits at No. 4 with 81,000, giving him his seventh top 10 album. The Now 34 compilation falls one slot to No. 5 with 55,000 sets sold. The week’s final top 10 debut is the Roots’ How I Got Over, moving in at No. 6 with 51,000 albums sold.

Former chart-topper, Jack Johnson’s To The Sea sinks two spots to No. 7 with 44,000 albums sold. Selling 43,000 copies, Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0 drops one position to No. 8. Sarah McLachlan’s Laws of Illusion almost falls out of the top 10, going from No. 3 to No. 9 with 38,000 copies sold. And the Twilight: Eclipse soundtrack closes out the top 10, falling four slots to No. 10 with 38,000 albums sold.

Surprised Em’s album did so well? Did you buy it? What did you think of it? Let us know.

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Drake celebrates his success with an energetic BET Awards performance

Drake-performanceImage Credit: Matt Sayles/AP ImagesA few days ago, Drake got the news that he’d sold an impressive 447,000 copies of his official debut album. So how’s he celebrating tonight? Why, by hitting the 2010 BET Awards stage, of course.

Drake started with a little “Fireworks.” Contrary to its explosive title, the album-opener is actually one of his trademark reflective cuts. It works just fine in its place on Thank Me Later. For a high-energy awards show like this, though, the tone felt perhaps a touch muted. Luckily, “Fireworks” was a fakeout. The lights soon went up as Drizzy leapt down to the stage and launched into his hit “Over.” Make no mistake: This was a coronation. He bounced around the stage with barely contained energy, forcing the song’s unwieldy chorus into an anthem.

And that’s not all! As if those two tunes weren’t enough, Drake next brought out Young Jeezy and helped him rip his current mixtape banger “Lose My Mind.” It was a gracious, spotlight-sharing move that reinforced Drake’s position as leader of a new hip-hop generation. Well played.

Did you see Drake on the BET Awards? What did you think?

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Katy Perry holds No. 1 spot on Billboard‘s Hot 100

Katy Perry holds No. 1 spot on 'Billboard' Hot 100 singles chart, Mike Posner keeps rising

Katy-Perry-Mike-PosnerImage Credit: Robin Wong/PR Photos; Andy Sheppard/Redferns/Getty ImagesKaty Perry holds on to her No. 1 spot this week on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with her Snoop Dogg-assisted “California Gurls.” It’s her single’s third consecutive week at the top. The following three tracks on the chart all keep the same place they did last week. Usher‘s “OMG” stays at No. 2. B.o.B’s “Airplanes” holds at No. 3. And “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy is at No. 4.

Drake‘s Kanye West-produced second single “Find Your Love” leaps from No. 10 to No. 5 this week, while Ke$ha‘s “Your Love Is My Drug” stays at No. 6. Lady Gaga‘s “Alejandro” falls from No. 5 to No. 7.  Mike Posner’s single “Cooler than Me” cracks the top ten after eight weeks of steadily climbing the charts (and nearly a year after first popping up on our radar here). The pop upstart’s first single moves up from No. 14 to No. 8. Eminem’s “Not Afraid” slides back one spot to No. 9. And Taio Cruz’s “Break Your Heart” lands at No. 10.

Have you heard Posner’s new single? Do you think it has a shot at hitting No. 1?

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Drake tops Billboard 200 albums chart, Tom Petty and Sarah McLachlan follow behind

Drake tops Billboard 200 albums chart, Tom Petty and Sarah McLachlan follow behind

drakeDrake is Billboard‘s chart king today. His Thank Me Later comes in at No. 1 on their 200 albums chart, pushing out 447,000 copies in its first week. The first four slots on the 200 albums chart are new entries. The second highest debut is Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ Mojo at No. 2 with 125,000 units moved. Next is Sarah McLachlan’s Laws of Illusion, which comes in at No. 3 with 94,000 copies sold. No. 4 comes from Now 34, the compilation album of recent pop hits, with 88,000.

Jack Johnson‘s To The Sea falls back a slot to No. 5 with 68,000 albums sold. The Eclipse soundtrack slides back four spots to No. 6, selling 55,000 units. With 47,000 copies sold, Justin Bieber‘s My World 2.0 falls one slot to No. 7. Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now remains at No. 8 selling 40,000 albums. Christina Aguilera‘s disappointing Bionic sinks six spots to No. 9 with 40,000 units sold. And last week’s No. 1, Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals, closes out the top 10. It sold 39,000 copies.

Did you buy any of the albums that came out last week? Let us know what you thought of them.

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Drake's 'Thank Me Later' lives up to hype, expecting first week sales around 460,000 copies

DrakeImage Credit: George Pimentel/WireImage.comYeah, it’s called Thank Me Later. But thousands of Drake‘s fans are appreciating him now.  462,989 fans, to be exact. That’s how many albums Hits Daily Double is projecting the 23-year-old rap stud’s debut sold in its first week out. It’s the third-highest debut of the year, behind Sade’s Soldier of Love (502,000 albums) and Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now (481,000 copies). Many hoped he’d crack a million copies, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since his Young Money label head Lil Wayne did it with his Tha Carter III in 2008. Pundits and critics alike speculated that he’d sell about half of that.

Drake will debut at No. 1 on Billboard‘s 200 albums chart later today. We’ll have the rest of the chart’s news and official numbers when they arrive. Knowing that he’d be the top dog on the chart, last night Drake tweeted, “Thank you for the support…thank you for the memories…thank me later.”

Did you buy Thank Me Later? What did you think of it? Is it as good as you hoped? Let us know.

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Glee beats Twilight to No. 1 on Billboard 200 albums chart

glee-vs-twilightImage Credit: Michael Yarish/Fox; Kimberley FrenchYet again, Glee sits at the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart. This time around it’s for Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals. It debuts at No. 1 with 152,000  copies sold. This is the show’s third No. 1 album, following The Power of Madonna and The Music: Volume 3 – Showstoppers, which lands at No. 7 and sold 40,000 copies this week. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack comes in at No. 2 with 144,000 units sold.

Christina Aguilera‘s fourth album, Bionic, debuts with particularly underwhelming sales at No. 3. It moved 110,000 copies. Last week’s chart-topper, Jack Johnson’s To the Sea, falls back to No. 4 with 89,000 albums sold. Plies’ Goon Affiliated backs in at No. 5 with 56,000 sets bought. Selling 49,000 albums this week, Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0 drops four spots to No. 6. Lady Antebellum‘s Need You Now also falls four to No. 8, selling 39,000 copies. Dierks Bentley’s Up On The Ridge debuts at No. 9 with 38,000., while Jewel’s Sweet and Wild creeps into the top 10 at No. 10 with 31,000 albums sold.

Drake’s Thank Me Later hits the chart next week. Think he can overpower Twilight and Glee? Let us know.

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Lil Wayne phones in a verse from jail on Drake’s ‘Light Up’

Lil Wayne phones in a verse from jail on Drake's 'Light Up'

drake-lil-wayneImage Credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images; Jonathan MannionBeing cooped in a Rikers Island cell won’t stop Lil Wayne from getting some work done. On the eve of his Young Money label mate Drake releasing his highly anticipated debut Thank Me Later (out now), Wayne decided that he wanted to add a verse to “Light Up.” The track already features Jay-Z schooling Drizzy on what it’s like to live in the spotlight. The obvious problem for Weezy was how he would record his verse without being able lay his vocals down in a studio. The answer was simple: Wayne took a day to gather his thoughts and rhymes, then called his crew back to have his verse recorded over the phone. Last week Wayne’s verse leaked online without the beat or appearances from Drake and Jay. This morning Drake’s engineer, 40, posted the finished product on their blog.

“I’m in my cell, reading fan mail/Wish I was Amsterdam sipping Amstel,” Wayne raps. “Behind bars, but the bars don’t stop/Recording over the phones/I hope the call don’t drop. Drizzy got the ball/I know the ball won’t drop/And I pray none of my kids ever want to be cops.”

The barely audible verse is lyrically a solid offering from Wayne. But without the polishing and mastering only a studio can provide, I doubt I’ll listen to this track ever again. Have you heard it yet? Let us know what you think of it.

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Drake says his fling with Rihanna left him feeling 'terrible'

drake-rihannaImage Credit: Rui M. Leal/PR Photos; Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesIn a new interview with the New York Times, young hip-hop stud Drake confirms that he briefly dated pop starlet Rihanna last summer, as was widely rumored at the time. Big deal, right? As you might expect from any young pair (he was 22, she 21), the relationship fizzled as fast as it sparked. More surprising, though, is the candor with which Drake is now speaking of its conclusion.

The Times cites one verse from “Fireworks,” the opening track from Drake’s forthcoming debut Thank Me Later, as being about their time together. “I could tell it wasn’t love,” Drake raps on the song, which doesn’t mention Rihanna by name. “I just thought you f—– with me/Who’d have predicted that Lucky Strike would have you stuck with me?/I kept my wits about me, luckily/What happened between us that night, it always seems to trouble me/Now all of a sudden, these gossip rags wanna cover me/And you making it seem that it happened that way because of me/But I was curious, and I’ll never forget it, baby, what an experience/You could’ve been the one, but it wasn’t that serious.”

Looking back on their relationship, Drake told the Times, “I was a pawn…You know what she was doing to me? She was doing exactly what I’ve done to so many women throughout my life, which is show them quality time, then disappear. I was like, wow, this feels terrible.”

I’m amazed at that quote. How many rappers do you think would openly say a girl stomped on their heart? This is what makes Drake an incredible artist. I don’t appreciate him because he hurts just like us. He’s human. I knew that. He’s special because in a realm where guys are Teflon tough, he’s confident enough to say he’s weak.

Off the top of my head, Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River” (targeted at Britney Spears) and Travie McCoy’s “Don’t Pretend” (shot at Katy Perry) are two songs I can think of about guys hurt by their real-life exes. What are your some of your favorite songs with guys going in depth about being hurt in a relationship? Let us know.

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4 reasons why you can't miss VH1's Dirty South Hip Hop Honors

bow-wow-dupriImage Credit: Theo Wargo/WireImage.comLast night (June 3) at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom VH1 paid its annual homage to hip-hop, VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South. The “Dirty South” part is new. For the first time, VH1 chose to pay its respects to a specific region—an effort that a few Southern legends found disrespectful. Wondering why VH1 couldn’t simply incorporate more Southern acts into their regular Hip Hop Honors celebrations, Suave House Records founder Tony Draper and veteran Houston rapper Scarface both declined on opportunities to be involved. But the show went on. And aside from a couple of technical difficulties Uncle Luke and his 2 Live Crew experienced, it went off without a hitch.

Missy Elliott, Fabolous, and Keri Hilson came out to honor hitmaker and Virginia native, Timbaland. J Prince of Rap-A-Lot Records sat back and enjoyed performances from fellow Texas homeboys Paul Wall and Chamillionaire. But there were a few moments that stood out above the rest, making its premiere this Monday (June 7) must see TV. One was nasty.  Another was backwards. Read what they are after the jump.

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Drake's 'Thank Me Later' leaks online

drake-the-rapperHip-hop’s summer has started a bit earlier than expected. The season’s most anticipated album, Drake‘s Thank Me Later debut, leaked onto the internet last night (June 1). It’s not scheduled to officially hit stores until June 15. Several tracks had leaked in their unfinished forms over its year-long creation. But in the past week, mixed and mastered versions of tracks like the Alicia Keys-assisted “Fireworks” and his Jay-Z “Light Up”  collaboration hit the blogosphere. The 23-year-old rhymer played it cool when he got word that his entire album leaked last night.

“I gave away free music for years,” he tweeted, alluding to the numerous mixtapes he made available for free download. So Far Gone, his stellar 2009 tape, was the offering that made him a favorite amongst hip-hop’s new class. “So we’re good over here,” he continued. “Just allow it to be the soundtrack to your summer and ENJOY! JUNE 15th!”

Leaks hardly benefit the artist. It’s safe to assume that his record sales will suffer a bit because many will download the album for free, opting not to buy the retail copy. But there have been some cases where it has not hurt as much. Back in 2008, Lil Wayne’s highly anticipated Tha Carter III leaked two weeks early. It went on to sell 1,000,000 copies in its first week out. So maybe people will use Drake’s debut leak as a sampler and then buy the official copy in two weeks.

Have you heard Drake’s Thank Me Later yet? Like it? Do you plan on buying it when it hits stores on June 15th? Let us know.

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