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Chart report: Jack Johnson, Miley Cyrus come out on top

America’s new obsession: Glockenspiels!

Okay, maybe not, but Jack Johnson’s fourth album From Here to Now to You — which features not only the glocks (that’s what the cool kids call it) but also the melodica, ukelele, bass kalimba, and, of course, the dobro — landed atop Billboard’s album charts. The record sold 117,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen Soundscan, giving the happy-beach-bum singer his third consecutive studio album to reach No. 1.

Country singer Justin Moore saw his latest effort Off the Beaten Path open at No. 2, with 97,000 — his highest chart position yet. Meanwhile, his country compatriot Chris Young landed at No. 3 with AM, with 54,000.

At no. 4, Rap kingpin Rick Ross crashed the party with the Maybach Music mix MMG: Self Made 3, which notched 50,000. And right on the Rozay’s heels is one more dynamic debut, Avicii’s first studio album True. Powered by the runaway success of the single “Wake Me Up!,” the EDM album bowed at No. 5, also with around 50,000.


Over on the singles tip, though, the game belonged to (yep) Miley Cyrus, Billboard reports. Plentiful streams (and parental screams) stemming from her “Wrecking Ball” video helped catapult the single from No. 22 to No. 1 on last week’s Hot 100, and the song held steady on this week’s as well.

But hers wasn’t the only lady single to hit big: Katy Perry’s “Roar” remained at No. 2, Lorde’s surprise hit “Royals” held down No. 3, and Britney Spears’ “Work Bitch” debuted impressively at No. 12.

Life is Good Festival will feature Jack Johnson, Hall & Oates, Yo Gabba Gabba

Fresh off a last-minute headlining set at Bonnaroo, Jack Johnson will also be a star player at the Life Is Good Festival — a two-day, kid-friendly fundraiser in Canton, Mass. which donates 100% of its profits to childrens’ causes.

Johnson will be joined Amos Lee, Hall and Oates, the Roots, Dawes, Delta Rae, and the Preservation Hall Band, among others. (Specifically for the kids, there’s also Yo Gabba Gabba, Recess Monkey and Josh and the Jamtones). Besides musical acts, the event will have arts and crafts and hands-on games to keep little ones busy.

Last year’s festival, headlined by Dave Matthews, raised over $1 million. Click here for ticket info, and find the full lineup after the jump:


Daryl Hall & John Oates

The Roots


Trampled By Turtles

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down

Lake Street Dive

Jesse Dee


Jack Johnson

Amos Lee

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Good Old War

Delta Rae


Kids Acts – Both Days:

Yo Gabba Gabba!

Recess Monkey

Josh and The Jamtones

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Jack Johnson's new Christmas song 'In the Morning': Hear the EW Exclusive premiere!

You may not be able to enjoy snow on Christmas morning, but the holidays in Hawaii still seem pretty sweet. You can decorate palm trees! You can wish everybody Mele Kalikimaka! And you can crank up the cool sounds of This Warm December: A Brushfire Holiday Vol. 2.

The second wintry mix from the Brushfire Records stable includes groovy holiday tunes from G. Love, Money Mark, Rogue Wave, and Jack Johnson, whose joyous, loopy “In the Morning” can be heard below in an exclusive EW premiere here: READ FULL STORY

Jack Johnson, Bonnie Raitt and Maroon 5 debut new music for launch of Patagonia Music Collective

jack-johnsonImage Credit: Mark Metcalfe/Getty ImagesJack Johnson, Bonnie Raitt, Mason Jennings, Pearl Jam, Maroon 5, and the Zac Brown Band are just some of the eco-conscious musicians teaming up with outdoor clothing company Patagonia Inc. to exclusively release previously unavailable songs.

The Patagonia Music Collective will charge $.99 for each track, with net proceeds going directly to the environmental organizations of the artists’ choice. Starting today, the songs will be available in Patagonia stores and on iTunes, for sale on two separate albums of 11 tracks each.  Subsequently, one new benefit track is to be released each week.

Jack Johnson, who debuted his latest music video, “From the Clouds,” on last week, will be contributing a live version of his song “To the Sea.” For Johnson, his involvement was a natural outgrowth of his engagement in other eco-friendly charities and his friendship with Patagonia founder—and fellow outdoorsman—Yvon Chouinard. “I first signed up for 1% For the Planet, which Yvon launched in 2001,” Johnson says. “You donate at least 1% of all your earnings for the year to environmental non-profit groups.”

For the Patagonia Music Collective, Johnson intends for proceeds from sales of his song to benefit the Kokua Hawaii Foundation, which he says “supports environmental field trips in which kids can get out of the classroom and get into nature.”

Bonnie Raitt has chosen the non-profit public interest law firm Earth Justice as her recipient. “I’ve been a supporter of Earth Justice for almost a decade, because, as their slogan states, ‘the Earth needs a good lawyer,’” she says. She’s teaming up with Jon Cleary on a live duet of his “So Damn Good.”

Other exclusive tracks include a live version of the Zac Brown Band’s “Cold Hearted,” Mason Jennings’ “Don’t Let the World Go Black,” Maroon 5’s acoustic take on “Wake Up Call,” and, fittingly, a live recording of Pearl Jam’s “Oceans.”

Jack Johnson’s new video ‘From the Clouds': Watch it here — EXCLUSIVE

Jack Johnson's new video 'From the Clouds': Watch it here -- EXCLUSIVE

jack-johnsonImage Credit: Emmett MalloySurf-folk hero Jack Johnson’s new video defies gravity. Literally. In fact, Johnson finally becomes so mellow that he floats through the air.

Okay, not really; he never touches ground in the clip, but that’s due to a few dozen leaps from a 40-foot diving board and a special slow-motion HD camera.

Still the video for “From the Clouds,” the third single from his fifth studio album, To the Sea, making its debut here exclusively on, was initially up in the air itself. “This video feels like it’s so late after the album came out, I even forgot it was happening at first,” the singer-songwriter tells EW in his low-key drawl. (To the Sea dropped in June of last year.) “Then my manager, Emmett Malloy, called me up and said that it was doing pretty well on radio, so we decided it would be worth doing it.” And here is the result: READ FULL STORY

Jack Johnson and Andy Samberg beat the hell out of each other in new video for 'At or With Me'

Andy-Samberg-jack-johnsonImage Credit: Landmark/PR Photos; Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotosI have no beef with shoe-averse troubadour Jack Johnson. I’ve met him a couple of times, and he seems like one of the good guys. But there’s no doubt that the first half of the new, Andy Samberg-featuring clip for his track “At or With Me” is the dullest thing I’ve seen since placing second in the 2007 Swedish Paint-Watching Championships (damn you, Sven Erlundsonsonson!).

And then…

Well, to say more would spoil the fun. Suffice to say, people who like Johnson’s brand of breezy rock and people who like the idea of Johnson getting punched in the face finally have a video they can enjoy together.

Take a look at the video after the jump, and tell us what you think.


Eminem holds No. 1 spot on Billboard 200 albums chart

eminemAfter shaking up the chart last week with a boatload of albums sold, Eminem again leads Billboard‘s album chart. His Recovery is No. 1 for the second week in a row, selling 313,000 copies. In two weeks it’s already gone platinum, totaling sales of 1.1 million copies. Formerly No. 1, Drake‘s Thank Me Later sits at No. 2 for a second straight week, selling 105,000 albums.

Following the U.S. release in theaters last Thursday (July 1), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack leaps seven places to No. 3, with 65,000 copies sold. The-Dream’s third album, Love King, debuts at No. 4 with 58,000 copies sold. The Now 34 compilation stays at No. 5 on the chart with 45,000 sets moved. Selling 41,00 copies, Justin Bieber‘s My World 2.0 jumps two spots to No. 6.

3OH!3’s sophomore album, Streets of Gold, debuts at No. 7 with 41,000. Jack Johnson’s To The Sea sails back a spot to No. 8 with 35,000 alums bought. Miley Cyrus’ Can’t Be Tamed falls back six places to No. 9 with 32,000 copies sold. And Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now rounds out the top 10, moving up two slots to No. 10 with 30,000 copies sold this week.

Surprised Eminem has a stranglehold on the chart? Who do you think will unseat him? Did you buy any of these albums? Let us know.

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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 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.

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Jack Johnson, 'Spring Wind': An EW exclusive stream from the upcoming '180 Degrees South' soundtrack

Jack-JohnsonImage Credit: Ben Hider/Getty ImagesWhen Emmett Malloy—one half of the Malloy Brothers, prolific directors of top-line music videos for, among others, Ke$ha, Vampire Weekend, and Avril Lavigne, as well as concert films for Metallica, the White Stripes, and Jack Johnson—began work on the adventure documentary 180 Degrees South three years ago, he hoped to rope in a few of his former subjects for the soundtrack.

James Mercer (the Shins, Broken Bells) and singer-songwriter Mason Jennings did him one better, accompanying Malloy on one of his journeys into the Patagonia wilderness; Jack Johnson didn’t make the trip, but he, along with Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock (performing as his sometime alter ego Ugly Casanova), offered their services from Stateside.

Johnson’s contribution, a cover of Greg Brown‘s reflective, lovely “Spring Wind,” has been known to pop up for years in his live sets, but you can find it for the first time here as a studio recording; stream the song below, and find the soundtrack in full when it’s released June 22.

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