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Eminem attracted to 'Random Acts of Violence' but 'nothing is set in stone'

Nine years after starring in 8 Mile, Eminem is poised to get back in front of the camera. According to Fox, the rapper is attached to play an ex-con in the crime thriller Random Acts of Violence. His character is torn between falling back into a life of crime and cooperating with the feds. David Von Ancken (Californication) is writing and attached as the director. Update: Eminem’s camp confirmed his involvement, but emphasized caution with a statement: “Eminem’s producing team, including his manager Paul Rosenberg, have been developing this project for some time. Everyone involved hopes that it comes to fruition and the film goes into production, but as of right now nothing is set in stone and there is no firm start date.”

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Eminem's 'Recovery' was 2010's best-selling album: Good news or bad for the music industry?

EminemImage Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.comEminem‘s Recovery was the best-selling album of 2010, according to year-end figures released by Nielsen SoundScan. Recovery sold 3.42 million copies in the U.S. between Jan. 4, 2010 and Jan. 2, 2011, easily beating runners-up like Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now (3.09 million), Taylor Swift’s Speak Now (2.96 million), and Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0 (2.32 million).

Those numbers are obviously music to the ears of the labels that released those albums. But the rest of Nielsen SoundScan’s year-end report contains some less pleasing news for the industry as a whole. Album sales were down 12.7 percent in 2010, with a grand total of 326.2 million albums sold compared to 2009’s 373.9 million. That figure includes all physical formats (CDs, LPs, even cassettes), as well as digital albums sold via services like iTunes. The tally looks a little better if you also include “track equivalent albums,” which count groups of 10 track downloads as one album; using that metric, overall album sales in 2010 were down only 9.5 percent. Finally, if you count all individual digital track sales as well, plus music videos and CD singles, the percentage decline in overall music sales goes down to 2.4 percent. READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift's 'Speak Now' No.1 on Billboard 200 albums chart

For its fifth non-conscutive week, Taylor Swift’s Speak Now is No. 1 on Billboard‘s 200 albums chart, selling 77,000 copies. Eminem’s Recovery jumps up five spots to No.2 with  63,000 albums sold, while Rihanna’s Loud comes in at No. 3, moving 62,000 units. Check out the entire top 10 below.

Jan. 5, 2011′s Billboard 200 albums top 10

No. 1 – Taylor Swift, Speak Now: 77,000

No. 2 – Eminem, Recovery: 63,000

No. 3 – Rihanna, Loud: 62,000

No. 4 – Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: 61,000

No. 5 – Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy: 59,000

No. 6 – Daft Punk, TRON: Legacy: 54,000

No. 7 – Bruno Mars, Doo-Wops & Hooligans: 45,000

No. 8 – Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More: 39,000

No. 9 – Katy Perry, Teenage Dream: 38,000

No. 10 – Keyshia Cole, Calling All Hearts:  37,000

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Dec. 29, 2010′s Billboard 200 albums top 10

'American Idol': Major music producers Alex da Kid, Tricky Stewart, Darkchild working with auditioning contestants in Las Vegas

American-Idol-producersImage Credit: Todd Duffey/PR Photos; Janet Mayer/PR Photos; John Shearer/WireImage.com; Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.comThe big changes on American Idol in its 10th season just keep on coming. This week, about 60 auditioning contestants (whittled down from 325 who made it to the Hollywood week round) have been rehearsing at the Las Vegas Mirage hotel to perform Beatles songs on the stage that Cirque du Soleil performs its Beatles-themed show LOVE. EW has learned that music executive and Idol‘s new in-house mentor Jimmy Iovine — whose mega-label Universal Music Group will release the Idol winner’s first album — has been in Las Vegas mentoring the potential contestants for those performances, and has assembled an impressive roster of major music producers to help: Alex da Kid (who produced Eminem’s megahit “Love the Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna, and B.o.B’s “Airplanes” featuring Hayley Williams), Christopher “Tricky” Stewart (Justin Bieber’s “Baby” featuring Ludacris, Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies”, Rihanna’s “Umbrella”), Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins (Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” featuring Beyoncé, the Pussycat Doll’s “When I Grow Up”), Polow da Don (several Keri Hilson tracks, including “Turnin’ Me On” featuring Lil Wayne), and Jim Jonsin (Nelly’s “Just a Dream”, T.I.’s “Whatever You Like”). The contestants will only perform for Idol judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Steven Tyler, and not a live audience.

An Idol insider explains to EW that this is part of the season-long effort to get audiences to know the kids better as people and artists, and to get them out of their comfort zones and more accustomed to what life as a major music star would be like — i.e. putting down the guitar, and getting used to the big stage.

“Been shootin’ for American Idol all day,” Alex da Kid tweeted yesterday. “There were some kool kids [sic].”

Eminem, Train top iTunes year-end sales charts

eminem-trainImage Credit: Karin CattEminem‘s Recovery was the best-selling album of 2010 at the iTunes Music Store, while Train‘s “Hey, Soul Sister” was the biggest single, according to year-end charts released by Apple today. Other top-selling albums came from Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, and Lady Antebellum. Katy Perry, B.o.B, and Eminem were among the singles chart’s runners-up.

Click through to the jump for the full list of iTunes’ top 10 best-selling albums and singles. For much more, visit iTunes’ “Rewind 2010″ page. Then let us know what you think. Surprised by any of these results? READ FULL STORY

Rihanna feat. Eminem, 'Love the Way You Lie (Pt II)': Hear the sequel to their smash duet

rihanna-eminemImage Credit: Kevin Mazur/EM/WireImage.comEven while the original still lingers at no. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100—where it spent a chart-busting seven weeks in the top spot this summer—Rihanna and Eminem have released a sequel to their combative-love ballad “Love the Way You Lie,” this time flipping the “featuring” credit to make the pop star its main player, and the rapper her guest.

Aside from several new Rihanna-led verses and more atmospheric, Ryan Tedder-esque synths in place of the first song’s harder instrumental charge, the melody and main hook on “Love the Way You Lie (Pt. II),” which will appear on her upcoming album Loud, is essentially unchanged; stream it here:

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Taylor Swift's amazing sales: Who else has sold a million in a week?

Taylor-Swift-million-in-a-weekWhat do Lil Wayne, the Backstreet Boys, and Garth Brooks have in common? They’ve all released albums that sold over one million copies domestically in their respective first weeks on shelves. If industry projections are accurate, Taylor Swift is about to join that elite group thanks to Speak Now‘s spectacular debut week.

The instant-million club is a strange place. The very first member was Garth Brooks, whose Live Garth set sold 1.08 million copies when it debuted back in 1998. At the time, no album had ever sold that many copies in its first sales frame. (The soundtrack for The Bodyguard had previously sold 1.06 million during one week in 1993, a few months after its release.) Swift’s victory this week brings things full circle in a couple of ways, then — not only is she the first country artist since Brooks to join the club, but she’s joining at a time when moving a million is similarly unheard of. In 1998 and 2010 alike, this is a rare accomplishment worth noting.

Things were different for a brief, wild period around the turn of the century. Brooks ushered in an era where pop stars routinely broke the million mark. It started in May 1999, when the Backstreet BoysMillenium sold 1.13 million in a week, but the following year was the really crazy one. In March 2000, *NSYNC shattered the previous record with an astounding 2.42 million-copy opening week for No Strings Attached. (*NSYNC’s record still holds today, by the way.) Britney Spears joined the club that May by selling 1.32 million copies of Oops!…I Did It Again. Eminem followed suit in June with 1.76 million copies of The Marshall Mathers LP, the first rap album in this category. Limp Bizkit became the club’s first (and last) hard-rock members that October, selling just over 1 million copies of Chocolate Starfish & the Hot Dog Flavored Water. In November, BSB lapped everyone else, scoring a second instant-million badge for Black & Blue (1.6 million). Finally, the Beatles rounded out the busy year by selling 1.26 million copies of their compilation 1 during Christmas week (again, somewhat after the week of release). READ FULL STORY

Eminem and Nicki Minaj team up for 'Roman's Revenge': Listen here!

eminem-minajImage Credit: John Shearer/EM/WireImage.com; Bob Charlotte/PR PhotosEminem‘s semi-reclusive reputation means that any time he guests on a younger artist’s track, it feels like a big moment, somewhere between a seal of approval and a passing of the torch. That goes double when the collab in question is with highly buzzy rookie Nicki Minaj. So when an Em-meets-Nicki track called “Roman’s Revenge” hit iTunes just in time for Halloween this weekend, hip-hop heads went nuts.

The track finds both rappers indulging their most foul-mouthed, antisocial alter egos. Nicki comes out roaring against an unnamed “has-been.” She also drops the C-word (in reference to herself) — whoa. After that caustic opener, Eminem gets his turn. Super-sexist threats of degrading violence are pretty played out for Em at this point, but he goes back to that well yet again. Yawn. Whether his slick, tricky flows compensate for the tired subject material is a question I leave up to you.

Next, Nicki returns to that same aging rival from her first verse: “Word, that b—- mad ’cause I took the spot?/Well, b—-, if you ain’t s—ing, then get off the pot.” She doesn’t name any names, but just about everyone is assuming she has Lil Kim in mind. Whoever it is she’s snapping at, her off-the-charts energy in this verse is exactly why her star has risen so dramatically this year.

Eminem tries to up the ante further with his second verse, going right for the gratuitous gay-bashing from line 1: “All you little f—–s can suck it.” Ugh. Really, Marshall? You did “shocking” and “taboo-breaking” so much more intelligently 10 years ago. This kind of phoned-in hatemongering, in character or out, is just boring. It also kinda undermines Minaj’s frequently stated appreciation for her gay fans.

Check out “Roman’s Revenge” after the jump (very NSFW language, obviously) and see what you think. Who “wins” this track, Nicki Minaj or Eminem? Does it make you more or less excited to buy her debut album, Pink Friday, on Nov. 22? READ FULL STORY

Sugarland leads this week's Billboard 200 albums chart

Country duo Sugarland’s The Incredible Machine comes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week. Selling 203,000 copies, it beats out Kings of Leon‘s Come Around Sundown, which is No. 2 with 184,000 records sold.

At No. 3, Elton John and Leon Russell’s collab album, The Union with 80,000 albums sold. Rod Stewart’s Fly Me To The Moon follows with 79,000 records moved. Last week’s No. 1, Lil Wayne‘s I Am Not a Human Being, drops to No. 5, moving 65,000 units this go around. No. 6 is Glee: the Rocky Horror Glee Show with 48,000 records sold. No. 7 is Shakira’s new Spanish album, Sale El Sol, which sold 46,000 units.

Eminem‘s Recovery drops to No. 8 with 43,000 records, while Third Day’s Move debuts at No. 9 with 37,000 sets sold. Rounding out the top 10 is Darius Rucker’s Charleston, SC 1966 falls eight spots to No. 10 in its sophomore week selling just under 37,000 albums.

What do you think of this week’s chart? Any surprises? Let us know.

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Lil Wayne makes big jump to No. 1 on Billboard 200 albums chart

Lil Wayne‘s I Am Not a Human Being came out two weeks ago, and off internet sales alone it debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Last week it plummeted to No. 16, but now that physical copies have been released in stores the album rockets up to No. 1 this week, selling 125,000 copies.

Darius Rucker’s Charleston, SC 1966 opens at No. 2, moving 101,000 units. Nickelodeon TV stars Big Time Rush’s debut B.T.R. sold 67,000 copies and comes in at No. 3. The Band Perry’s self-titled debut enters at No. 4 with 53,000 albums moved. Sufjan StevensAge of Adz comes in at No. 7. The set begins by selling 36,000 units. And rock band All That Remains’ For We Are Many rounds out the top 10, debuting with a career high 29,000 records sold. Toby Keith, last week’s No. 1, falls to No. 9. His Bullets in the Gun sold 30,000 copies. Eminem‘s Recovery drops a spot to No. 5 with 50,000 sets moved. Kenny Chesney’s Hemingway’s Whiskey sold 40,000 units and drops four rungs to No. 6. And Zac Brown Band’s You Get What You Give slips three slots to No. 8 It only sold 34,000 sets.

Are you at all surprised about Lil Wayne big leap to the top? Let us know.

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