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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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Bruno Mars leads Billboard's Hot 100 chart for fourth straight week

Bruno Mars won’t be budging from the Billboard Hot 100 chart’s throne this week. His “Just the Way You Are” sits at No. 1 for a fourth straight week. Far East Movement’s “Like A G6″ remains at No. 2, while the No. 3, Nelly’s “Just a Dream,” seems to be creeping up to No. 1. It exchanges spots with Katy Perry‘s “Teenage Dream,” pushing it to No. 4.”DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” by Usher keeps its spot at No. 5.

Rihanna‘s “Only Girl (In The World)” skips up to No. 6. Dropping a spot is to No. 7 is Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite.” Making a huge debut on the top 10 is Taylor Swift, whose “Speak Now” opens at No. 8. It’s the title track from her upcoming album. Flo Rida’s “Club Can’t Handle Me” moves up a rung to No. 9, and Eminem‘s “Love the Way You Lie” falls three spots to No. 10.

Are you at all surprised at what this week’s numbers revealed? Let us know.

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Toby Keith tops Billboard 200 albums chart

Country singer Toby Keith tops the Billboard 200 albums chart with his Bullets in the Gun, selling 71,000. Kenny Chesney’s Hemingway’s Whiskey, last week’s chart-topper, falls to No. 2 with 65,000. Bruno MarsDoo-Wops & Hooligans enters at No. 3 with 55,000. With its lead single, “Just the Way You Are,” spending three weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and download popularity nearing double platinum status, this is a bit disappointing opening week for him. You’d think that with millions all over the country humming his tunes, at least 10-15% of them would support his album.

Waka Flocka Flame’s debut album Flockaveli comes in at No. 6 with 37,000 copies sold. Eminem‘s Recovery moves up a spot to No. 4, moving 52,000 units sold. Zac Brown Band’s You Get What You Give drops two places to No. 5 with 43,000 albums sold. While Linkin Park’s A Thousand Suns sold 37,000 and jumps up one place to No. 7. Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream shoots up from No. 18 to No. 8, selling 32,000 copies. Moving 32,000 album’s Trey Songz’s Passion, Pain & Pleasure falls two spots to No. 9.  Selena Gomez & the Scene’s A Year Without Rain remains at No. 10 with 27, 000 sets sold.

What do you think of this week’s numbers? Let us know.

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Eminem and Lil Wayne have 'No Love' for bullies in their new video: Watch here

Bullied schoolkids of the world, take heart: You have two very powerful allies named Eminem and Lil Wayne. That’s the message of the rap stars’ new video for “No Love,” the latest single off Em’s smash Recovery.

The video opens with a close-up of a sad kid with bruises on his face, presumably from the dodgeballs three bigger guys pelt him with in the next scene. Further scenes of locker-room torment are intercut with Lil Wayne delivering his sharp, sullen opening verse on a smoky all-black set. (Presumably this is yet another of the many video scenes Wayne filmed before starting his Rikers Island sentence.) Eminem, meanwhile, is at a recording studio laying down his even angrier vocals with a very serious expression on his face. Dude is not kidding around! But our young hero is still being harassed by those older jerks. The video goes on like this for a while before the kid, empowered by Em and Weezy’s ferocious lyrics, stands up to his persecutors at last and gives them an epic lunchroom beatdown.

Check out the dramatic clip after the jump via Eminem’s official site (warning, lots of NSFW lyrics) and let us know how you like it. Who do you think gives the best performance here — Eminem, Lil Wayne, or the little guy? READ FULL STORY

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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