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Friday ACM Rehearsal Not-Quite-Live Blog: Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, and Reba

Keith-UrbanImage Credit: Francis Specker/CBS/LandovIt was another glamorous day at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Mixers, where country music’s best and brightest gathered to rehearse for their performances on Sunday night’s Academy of Country Music Awards. (Recently added to the lineup as presenters: David Nail, Jake Owen, Joe Nichols, and Randy Houser!) As usual, your Aunt Whittlz was on the scene, diligently type-type-typing away except for when I was distracted by horribly mundane activities such as eating.

Read on for the almost unnecessarily minute-by-minute scoop on rehearsals from Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, and Carrie Underwood, plus interviews with Miranda Lambert and Reba McEntire. Plus: Robin Leach!

12:17 p.m. Keith Urban’s adorable Aussie accent is filling the arena as I arrive. His band is on stage, noodling around with the lick from Lou Reed’s “Walk On the Wild Side” while Keith stands in the house, discussing a top-secret gimmick. I’ve been asked not to reveal the gimmick, which is fine by me. I like to be part of the solution. Thus, I can give you a snippet of Keith’s conversation, and nothing more: “There might be something cool in taking it and walking right up on stage with it,” he says. “Then I just have to figure out who’s gonna take it when I walk up to my mic.” As he brainstorms with staffers, Keith is wonderfully cheerful and good-natured.

12:18 p.m. He’s singing “I’m In.” This song is also very cheerful and good-natured. Keith, I do need a lover and a friend. Thank you for suggesting that. READ FULL STORY

Lady Antebellum's advice to 'American Idol' castoff Katie Stevens: 'Keep going!'

Lady-AntebellumImage Credit: Michael Tran/FilmMagic.comWe caught up with Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, and Dave Haywood of country trio Lady Antebellum backstage at ACM rehearsals today, but instead of talking about the band’s staggering 7 nominations, or current No. 1 single — “American Honey,” which they’ll be performing on the show Sunday — we took a second to chat about their experience taping an episode of American Idol this week.

All three were struck by how much smaller the set looks in person, of course, though Scott still loved the crowd’s larger-than-life enthusiasm. “When we were rehearsing and just the band was playing, we’d look out into the audience,” she said. “Without our voices, they were just singing along like they knew it.” Of the much-maligned swaybots in the pit, Haywood noted, “They’re funny. They’re all clapping to ‘Need You Now’ like it’s a party song.”

When asked if they’re watching the show, they admitted most times they’re on stage themselves when it airs. But Haywood caught an episode a couple weeks ago. “There’s a girl named Katie that I thought was really good,” he said. Informed that she’d just been voted off, he cracked up. “Did she really?” he said. (“Goes to show you Dave’s taste,” joked Kelley.) “I thought she was really good!” Haywood continued. “She had a thing. When I watched, I couldn’t stop watching her sing. I thought she had a great delivery, and I thought she was incredible. And I am sad to see her go.”

“Keep going, Katie!” chimed in Scott. “I tried out for American Idol twice, and didn’t get past the first round, if that gives anyone hope. Keep going!”

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Lady Antebellum is 'A Little More Preppy Than That': Hear their hilarious parody song here

Nashville newcomer Easton Corbin hit No. 1 on the country charts a couple weeks ago with “A Little More Country Than That,” by far the most annoying song off his otherwise-excellent debut album and the latest example of Music Row’s obsession with writing songs that are basically lists of romanticized backwoods imagery, designed to give artists the rural version of street cred. (Creek cred?)

What about those of us who love country music, but don’t fit the stereotype? Mixers, some of you now have a voice. Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum (whose current single, “American Honey,” should go No. 1 itself any day now) have written a parody version of Corbin’s hit, an ode to those “neglected” folk who value iPods and pink polo shirts, who dream of new cars and sweet shots down the fairway instead of rutting down some pot-holed dirt road in a truck full of mudfish towards a town where all the people and dogs are old. In honor of this weekend’s Masters — Kelley and Haywood are from Augusta, after all — I now give you “A Little More Preppy Than That.” Watch it after the jump. See ya on the first tee.


Lady Antebellum returns to top the albums chart, followed closely by Marvin Sapp

lady_antebellumLady Antebellum were knocked off of the Billboard 200 throne last week, but not for long. The country trio’s Need You Now hopped right back to No. 1 on the album sales chart this week after selling a healthy 93,000 copies in week eight, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Ludacris, the guy who had unseated Lady A, fell back to No. 3 after moving 61,000 units of his Battle of the Sexes in his second week.

In between those two was gospel singer Marvin Sapp, who sold a nice 76,000 copies of his latest, Here I Am. Where he is: No. 2 on the Billboard 200. According to the publication, that’s higher than any gospel artist has reached in its half-century history.

No. 4 went to The Edge, a 2-CD roundup of “the hugest rock hits of the new millennium” — meat-and-potatoes radio smashes from the likes of Evanescence, Puddle of Mudd, Hoobastank, Korn, P.O.D., and more. Are we really nostalgic for this stuff already? Apparently 53,000 members of the record-buying public are. I hope they’ll pardon my snark.

Down at No. 11 we find the White Stripes with their live CD/DVD set Under the Great White Northern Lights. According to EW’s Stripes expert Whitney Pastorek, “If [this] is their last hurrah, it’s one hell of a good-bye.” About 29,000 fans agreed.

That was it for Top 20 Billboard 200 entries this week. Were you surprised by how high or low anyone placed? How much do you think Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0 will have sold when it shows up next week? Sound off in the comments below.

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Ludacris battles to the top of the charts; Gorillaz and Jimi Hendrix also place in the top five

ludacrisImage Credit: David Gabber / PR PhotosLudacris sold 137,000 copies of his new Battle of the Sexes CD to grab pole position on the Billboard chart this week. Luda replaced Lady Antebellum whose Need You Now album slipped to third place.

Meanwhile, Gorillaz proved they weren’t monkeying around with their newie, Plastic Beach. The cartoon pop band’s album debuted at No. 2 after shifting 112,000 units. Jimi Hendrix’s Valleys of Neptune CD claimed fourth place with sales of 95,000. Remarkably, that is the guitar icon’s 34th posthumous album to make the charts, though it is Hendrix’s highest position since 1971’s The Cry of Love hit no. 3.

Country star Gary Allan entered at no. 5 with 65,000 sales of his CD Get Off on the Pain, while the eponymous debut from the Danger Mouse- and James Mercer-featuring Broken Bells hit the No. 7 spot after moving 49,000 copies.

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Lady Antebellum returns to the top of the charts; Blake Shelton and Danny Gokey debut strong

lady_antebellumImage Credit: Charles KelleSade, Soldier of Love and seemingly unstoppable General Patton of the pop charts, finally relinquished her top spot to co-ed country-pop trio Lady Antebellum, who returned to no. 1 on the Billboard albums chart after three weeks in second place, selling 126,000 copies of Need You Now.

Sade still held it down at no. 2, with 79,000, but much of the top 10 belonged to new chart bows, including naughty Nashville boy Blake Shelton‘s six-song EP Hillbilly Bone (at no. 3 with 71,000), Idol alum Danny Gokey’s own country effort My Best Days (no. 4; 65,000), the Almost Alice soundtrack featuring new songs from Avril Lavigne, Franz Ferdinand and 3Oh!3 (no. 5; 58,000), Lifehouse’s Smoke and Mirrors (no 6; 54,000), Raheem DeVaughn’s The Love and MasterPeace (no 9; 45,000) and twangy newcomer Easton Corbin, whose self-titled debut squeaked in at no. 10 with 43,000.

The old-timers still hanging on to their top-1o spots? Lady Gaga’s The Fame at no. 7 (49,000) and the Black Eyed Peas’ The E.N.D. at no. 8 (46,000).

Who will rise above the rest next week—the half-decade-absent Gorillaz? The sex-battling Ludacris? Or Lady Antebellum triumph once again?

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Sade hangs on to the albums chart's No. 1 spot, followed closely by Lady Antebellum

soldier-of-love-topMemo to all artists planning their next releases: Think twice before dropping your album any time near when Sade has a new one on shelves. The British soul act is ruling the new Billboard 200 albums chart for a third week straight after selling another 127,000 copies of Soldier of Love, according to Nielsen SoundScan. For now, at least, Sade is proving unstoppable.

Lady Antebellum are also doing pretty well for themselves on the charts. Just like last week and the week before, the country trio is close behind Sade at No. 2 with 118,000 copies sold of Need You Now. It remains to be seen whether they can surge back and recapture No. 1, where they resided for two weeks in February, but that prospect is looking less likely by the minute.

The first new entry on this week’s chart is Johnny Cash, whose latest posthumous album, the critical favorite American VI: Ain’t No Grave, checks in at No. 3 with 54,000 sold. With powerhouses like Sade and Lady A still going strong but not much of anything else out there, that’s enough for a solid bronze finish.

Down at No. 10 we find Alkaline Trio, whose This Addiction moved a modest but respectable 26,000. No other new entries made it into the top 20 this week.

What do you think of these results? Did you buy any of these albums last week? How long do you think Sade and Lady Antebellum’s No. 1/No. 2 stalemate can last?

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Academy of Country Music Awards nominations announced: Lady Antebellum continues to run that town

Lady-AntebellumJust in case their insta-platinum album, Oprah appearance, Grammy win, and recent feature in this here magazine (which I would link to but it’s not online so I guess you have to go buy the paper product or something) weren’t enough to clue you in, Lady Antebellum are the hottest thing in country music at the moment. Perhaps not shockingly, then, they picked up seven nominations when Blake Shelton and Reba McEntire read off the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards nominations this morning. Seven! That’s more than Carrie Underwood (six), more than Taylor Swift (five), almost more than Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley combined (eight). (I am good at math.)

Rather than point out all the things that sort of irk me about this list (how on earth is Jamey Johnson still being nominated as best “new” anything?), let’s run down the things I find awesome.

1. Six nominations for my girl Miranda Lambert! Here’s hoping this ceremony marks the start of a huge year for Revolution.
2.  Lee Ann Womack back in her rightful place: among the nominees for Top Female Vocalist, instead of at the podium, reading them.
3. David Nail’s wonderful “Red Light” scoring a nod for Single.
4. The fact that four of the five Song of the Year nominees were co-written by the artists.
5. Entertainer of the Year is fan-voted at the ACMs. Carrie Underwood (last year’s winner) and Taylor Swift are nominated. Fans, you know what that means: INTERNET SUPERFAN SMACKDOWN OH-TEN is ON!!!!!

What do you think about the nominees, Mixers? What made you cheer? Who got snubbed? And can any of those Entertainer dudes compete with the Swift/Underwood fanbases? (Have they provided a dial-up option for George Strait’s supporters?) Full list of nominees after the jump.

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Sade fends off Lady Antebellum to rule the albums chart again

soldier-of-love-topLast week didn’t see many big-selling new releases arrive in stores, so the battle to win the latest Billboard 200 album sales chart came down to two familiar contenders: Sade, who debuted the previous week with a spectacular 502,000 copies sold, and Lady Antebellum, who have continued to post strong sales since bowing with 481,000 in January.

It was a close match, but in the end Sade took the No. 1 spot again, selling 190,000 copies of their Soldier of Love, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Lady Antebellum was behind with 144,000 units moved of their Need You Now, enough for No. 2 — which puts them over the million-sold mark in a mere month’s time. Both Sade and Lady Antebellum have now shown they can go on drawing six-figure numbers for more than one sales frame. Keep an eye on the charts in the weeks to come to see which act ultimately has more staying power.

Otherwise, as noted, this was a fairly static week on the charts. The Black Eyed PeasThe E.N.D. made a small but notable leap from No. 8 to No. 3 after they released a buzzy music video, helping them sell 65,000.

Did you buy any of these albums last week? Surprised by how low or high anyone placed? Sound off in the comments.

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Lady Antebellum tops the albums chart again, outselling Lil Wayne

Lady Antebellum are enjoying another week at the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart after selling 209,000 more copies of Need You Now, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Give the country trio a hand: That’s less than half what they sold the previous week, and it’s still more than most artists manage in week 1.

Lady A outsold Lil Wayne, for instance, by a comfortable margin. His rock-ish Rebirth debuts at No. 2 on the chart with 176,000 copies sold. That isn’t a bad number, all things considered, but it’s a tad embarrassing for a guy whose last album shifted a million in a week. Without a hit single on the order of “Lollipop” — and with reviews that ranged from tepid to scathing — it was probably inevitable that Weezy’s Tha Carter III follow-up would be a comparative commercial disappointment. He’ll have a chance to redeem himself on the charts, sooner or (more likely) later, with the long-promised Tha Carter IV, which may or may not come out around the time Wayne finishes the prison sentence he’s expected to start next month.

No. 3 goes to Nick Jonas & the Administration, whose debut Who I Am enters with 82,000 copies sold. There’s no getting around the fact that this represents a dramatic drop from the 247,000 the last proper Jonas Brothers album sold — which, in turn, was a big dip from the 525,000 their previous one managed. Considering that Who I Am is a side project, that 82,000 could be worse. Still, as far as album sales go, it seems Nick Jonas is now substantially less popular than, say, Vampire Weekend.


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