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Zac Brown Band nabs the No. 1 spot on Billboard 200 albums chart

Zac Brown Band earns their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Their You Get What You Give debuts on top this week with 153,000 albums sold. The country bunch just beat Maroon 5’s Hands All Over debut, which sold 142,000 copies. Linkin Park‘s A Thousand Suns, last week’s No. 1, falls to No. 3 with 70,000 sets bought, while Trey Songz’s Passion, Pain & Pleasure falls to No. 7, selling 66,000 copies.

At No. 4, Selena Gomez & the Scene’s A Year Without Rain opens with 66,000. Santana’s Guitar Heaven opens at No. 5, selling just under 66,000 albums. Eminem‘s Recovery drops to No. 6, also moving just under 66,000 units. John Legend and the Roots’ Wake Up! starts off selling 63,000 copies for a No. 8 debut. Country singer Billy Currington’s Enjoy Yourself is at No. 9 this week with 45,000 copies sold. My World 2.0 by Justin Bieber rounds out the top 10, moving 33,000 units.

Happy Zac and Co. made it to No. 1? Surprised Maroon 5 didn’t? Let us know.

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Katy Perry still No. 1 on Billboard hot 100 chart

Katy Perry keeps her No. 1 standing on the Billboard hot 100 chart for a second straight week with “Teenage Dream.” Eminem‘s “Love the Way You Lie,” also holds at No. 2. While Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are” improves, moving up to No. 3.

Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” backs up to No. 4, And “I Like It” by Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull stays at No. 5. Usher’s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” remains at No. 6. But Nelly’s “Just a Dream,” creeps up two places to No. 7. Ke$ha’s “Take It Off” sits still at No. 8. Flo Rida’s David Guetta-assisted “Club Can’t Handle Me,” leaps four spots to No. 9. And closing out the top 10, Taylor Swift‘s “Mine,” falls three slots to No. 10.

It was a relatively slow week on the chart. Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In the World)”, which debuted this week at No. 75, is expected to hurdle its way to the top 10 next week. And Bruno Mars is steadily inching towards No. 1. What do you think the chart will look like next week? Let us know.

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Sara Bareilles tops Billboard 200 albums chart

Sara Bareilles earns her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 albums chart with Kaleidoscope Heart. Her sophomore effort tops the chart with 90,000 copies sold. Eminem‘s Recovery lifts one rung to No. 2, selling 81,000 albums. The Now 35 compilation drops one to No. 3 and 63,000 units moved, while Katy Perry‘s Teenage Dream keeps its No. 4 spot with 59,000 copies sold.

Last week’s No. 1, Disturbed’s Asylum, trips to No. 5, selling 57,000 copies. Stone Sour’s Audio Secrecy opens at No. 6 with 46,000 albums moved. Interpol’s self-titled offering starts at No. 7, selling 38,000 sets. With 35,000 copies sold, Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0 keeps his No. 8 standing.

Anberlin’s Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place comes in at No. 9 in its opening week with 31,00 albums sold. And the soundtrack to Camp Rock 2: the Final Jam falls down one to No. 10 with 31,000 copies sold.

It was a pretty quiet week on the chart. Who do you think is going to be the next artist to shake things up? (Next week Linkin Park and Trey Songz will both make their debuts.) Let us know what you think.

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Jay-Z, Eminem, and their hip-hop super friends bring 'Home and Home' tour to Yankee Stadium

Jay-Z-Kanye-Nicki-MinajImage Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com“Let’s go, Yankees,” chanted fans last night in the Bronx, New York, home of Major League Baseball’s defending champions. But they weren’t there to see Derek Jeter or Alex Rodriguez smash it out of the park. The sold-out crowd filled the new Yankee Stadium to see two of hip-hop’s greatest and most accomplished talents, Eminem and native son Jay-Z, bring the young venue its first show.  Two weeks ago, the combo kicked off the first half of their Home and Home mini-tour at Detroit’s Comerica Park. There Em, was the night’s closer. But on Monday night, he set things off.

The chants flipped to cheers when Em’s spacey intro began on the jumbo screen. Like Star Wars movies begin–with a storyline text appearing as we travel across the galaxy–so did his, chronicling his heavily covered road from troubled drug addict to sobriety. “You are here to witness,” it concluded, “Eminem’s RECOVERY.”

In a black tee, shorts, and a matching hooded sweatshirt pulled over his head, Em crept on stage to “Won’t Back Down,” rapping with fierce intensity. As he spit on the track, “Shady’s got the mass appeal.” And was apparent. From jump, fans made the Motor City rhymer feel right at home, rapping along word-for-word.

“Politically correct” and Eminem don’t go together. Animations of a redneck with a mullet and his beat-up car were met with laughs when he performed “W.T.P. (White Trash Party).” His fans are a different kind of breed—a more twisted bunch who somehow relate to some of his most violent and mortifying lyrics like, “B—-, I’mma kill you” from the aptly titled “Kill You.” And they obeyed his command to raise their middle fingers and say, “F— you, momma!” before he launched into “Cleanin’ Out My Closet.”  After a brief set with his group D12, B.o.B, who opened the show, came back out to perform his “Airplanes” alongside Em, but that guest appearance was just a warm up for what was to come.

Find out who the other surprises were and how Jay-Z did after the jump.

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Inside the VMAs: What you didn't see on TV

Taylor-Swift-VMAsImage Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesThe crowd settling into the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday evening knew that anything could happen over the next two hours — primarily because anything did happen at the last MTV Video Music Awards. (Lil Mama, you are not forgotten.) I’m sure I wasn’t the only one in that auditorium wondering whether we were about to see any more jaw-dropping surprises when the lights went down at 6 P.M. West Coast time. But did we? Read on. READ FULL STORY

Eminem and surprise guest Rihanna open VMAs

Rihanna-Eminem-VMAsImage Credit: Vince Bucci/PictureGroupComing off a summer so amazing he left us wondering how he did it, Eminem capped off the season by opening up tonight’s VMAs with “Not Afraid” and his Rihanna-assisted “Love the Way You Lie.” In a black jacket, hooded sweatshirt, and white tee, the Detroit rhymer intensely ripped through “Not Afraid.”

In a white knee-length tutu, blazing red hair and black combat boots, Rihanna–who slyly fibbed about not being able to make the show tonight because of prior obligations earlier this week–popped up on stage halfway through “Not Afraid” for “Lie.” The crowd ate it up, jumping to their feet before they closed and hugged as fire lit the jumbo screens. Em’s comeback is complete, it seems.

Did you catch the performance? Let us know what you think.

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Katy Perry beats out Eminem for No. 1 spot on Billboard hot 100 chart

katy-perryImage Credit: Emma SummertonAfter seven weeks at No. 1  week, Eminem and his Rihanna-featuring “Love the Way You Lie” is no longer No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. That title now goes to Katy Perry‘s “Teenage Dream,” while “Lie” falls back to No. 2 this week.

Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” continues to blow up at No. 3, while Bruno Mars’ love cut “Just the Way You Are” jumps up two slots to No. 4. Enrique Iglesias’ “I Like It” comes in after at No. 5, pushing Usher‘s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” to No. 6.

After nearly falling out of the top 10 last week, Taylor Swift‘s “Mine” creeps back up two places to No. 7. Ke$ha also moves away from the edge of top-10 elimination as her “Take It Off” climbs two spaces to No. 8.

“Just a Dream” by rapper Nelly leaps up four places to No. 9, and the same artist who tops the chart’s top 10 closes it as well: Katy Perry’s summer anthem “California Gurls” rounds out the top 10 this week at No. 10.

Are you happy Perry hit No.1 again? Tired of Em’s single yet? Let us know.

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Disturbed wins top spot on Billboard 200 chart

DisturbedImage Credit: Travis ShinnRock band Disturbed has the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Asylum debuts on top with 179,000 copies sold. Next is the Now 35 compilation, at No. 2 with 105,000 units bought. Eminem’s Recovery maintains its spot at No. 3 with 93,000. Last week’s No. 1, Katy Perry‘s Teenage Dream, slips to No. 4 with 88,000.

Fantasia’s Back To Me falls three slots to No. 5 in its sophomore showing with 40,000 units sold. Lyfe Jennings’ I Still Believe debuts at No. 6 with 36,000 albums purchased. The Goo Goo Dolls’ first album in four years, Something For the Rest Of Us, enters at No. 7, selling 34,000 copies.

Justin Bieber‘s My World 2.0 drops a slot to No. 8, selling 31,000 copies. Camp Rock 2: the Final Jam moves up four places to No. 9 with 28,000 copies sold. Rounding out the top 10 is rock band Heart, whose Red Velvet Car opens at No. 10 with 27,000 albums bought.

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Eminem and Jay-Z rock Detroit with help from Dr. Dre, Drake, and so many more

eminem-jay-zImage Credit: Kevin Mazur/EM/WireImage.comEminem and Jay-Z sharing a stage is an event in and of itself. But that wasn’t all the two rap titans had in store for the first night of their “Home and Home” mini-tour at Detroit’s Comerica Park last night. Oh no. In the course of their two sets, Em and Jay brought out friends including Dr. Dre, Drake, 50 Cent, B.o.B, Young Jeezy — practically half of the hip-hop galaxy.

By all accounts, it was a night to remember. Check out clips of Dr. Dre’s guest appearance, plus Eminem and Jay-Z doing their classic 2001 collab “Renegade,” after the jump (clips via Rap Radar; lots of NSFW language).

Were you at Comerica Park last night? Planning to see Eminem and Jay-Z’s second show there tonight, or one of their Yankee Stadium dates in NYC on Sept. 13 and 14? Let us know in the comments. READ FULL STORY

Eminem continues reign over Billboard Hot 100 chart

EminemImage Credit: Johnny Nunez/WireImage.comEminem may not rule the album chart anymore, but he still has a firm grip on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.  For a seventh week, his Rihanna-featuring “Love the Way You Lie” is No. 1 on the board.

Katy Perry‘s “Teenage Dream” creeps up one place to No. 2. Perry’s “California Gurls,” featuring Snoop Dogg, also moves up a spot, to No. 7. Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” slides back a place to No. 3. “I Like It” by Enrique Iglesias and “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” by Usher, both featuring Pitbull, hold steady at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

Bruno Mars moves up three spots to No. 6 with his ballad “Just the Way You Are.” While Mike Posner’s “Cooler Than Me” drops a spot to No.8, Taylor Swift‘s “Mine” returns to the top 10, jumping up five spots to No. 9. Rounding out the top 10, Ke$ha’s “Take It Off” leaps six places to No. 10.

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