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Lil Wayne is home! What music does he need to hear ASAP?

lil-wayneImage Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.comLil Wayne came home from Rikers Island prison today. At the moment, he is no doubt celebrating with his closest friends and family, maybe starting to think about hitting the studio later. Sometime soon, though, he’s going to have to start catching up on all the new tunes he missed out on during his eight months behind bars.

Weezy is known as a voracious music fan. This is the guy who got put in solitary confinement for keeping MP3 equipment in his cell. Leaving out whatever he might have heard before that gear was confiscated last month, he has an entire spring, summer, and fall of new music to get through.

EW’s Brad Wete and I were in a helpful mood, so we came up with 10 suggestions to start with. Check out our list after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Lil Wayne promises to be 'the same Martian I was when I left, just better' in last letter from jail

Lil-WayneImage Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesThis morning Lil Wayne released the most upbeat goodbye letter ever. Notes of the sort are usually a bit more sullen. But his happiness is understandable when you know where he’s prepping to exit: Rikers Island. After paying his debt to society and serving his eight-month stint in the bing for a weapons charge, Weezy gets out this Thursday. Throughout his stay at Rikers, Wayne’s been getting out letters to his fans on his WeezyThanxYou blog. And for its tenth and final letter, he thanked them one last time for their support.

“The very first day that I received mail,” he starts. “It was about 300 pieces or more! I smiled like a child [on] Christmas. But when I began to read them, my heart smiled. I laughed with some of you, reasoned with some of you, and even cried with some of you.” He also promised that he’ll be an improved version of himself, but still the spacey talent we remember him as. “I vow to continue to be me! For you have assured time that I don’t have to change for no one but God. I will be the same Martian I was when I left, just better,” Wayne says.

Wayne’s been gone for a while, although it doesn’t feel like he’s really left. Since being incarcerated he’s had a No. 1 album, released several singles, and even appeared on Eminem’s new hit “No Love.” Have you felt his absence? As we’ve reported, Wayne will likely go straight to the studio to make more music upon release. Are you happy he’s getting out in less than two days? Let us know.

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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

Lil Wayne headed 'straight to the studio' after leaving prison, says label head

lil-wayne-babyImage Credit: Arnold Turner/WireImage.comLil Wayne is expected to finish his Rikers Island sentence next Thursday, Nov. 4. That very day, the rap megastar will likely make a bee-line for one of his favorite places on Earth: the recording studio.

“Me knowing Wayne, he’s going into the studio,” Cash Money label head Baby (a.k.a. Birdman) tells the Music Mix. “He hasn’t been able to rap for months. I think after seeing the family, popping a few bottles, it’s back to basics. Family first, that’s what we believe in, that’s what we’re loyal to. After that, I think the same day he comes home, he’s going to go straight to the studio.”

Wayne’s first priority when he enters the booth for the first time since March will be working on his long-promised project Tha Carter IV. Baby expects that album to arrive in the first quarter of 2011, though no release plans have been finalized.

Baby is also looking forward to working with Wayne on a sequel to Like Father, Like Son, the collaborative album that the mentor and protégé released in 2006. “We’re planning on putting that out Father’s Day weekend,” he says. So what should fans expect to hear next June? “Just me and Wayne being us, the father-son thing. [We're] bringing that Cash Money/Young Money sound, that traditional hard-body rap, the music that we do together — that gangsta s—, straight up.”

The next year is shaping up to be a busy one for the label. Along with Tha Carter IV and Like Father, Like Son 2, Baby anticipates new releases from Cash Money/Young Money artists including himself, Drake, Jay Sean, Bow Wow, DJ Khaled, Tyga, Lil Twist, and more. Drake’s sophomore full-length will likely drop next summer. “He’s in the lab right now,” says Baby. “You never know with Drizzy — [the album will be done] whenever he’s ready.”

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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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Lil Wayne sends fans a letter from solitary confinement

lil-wayneImage Credit: Ray Tamarra/Getty ImagesLil Wayne was recently moved to solitary confinement in Rikers Island after being caught with MP3-playing paraphernalia, but that won’t stop him from communicating with fans. The rap superstar just posted his ninth letter to the public at his website WeezyThanxYou.com.

“I admit, I f—ed up and now I must deal with the consequences,” he writes. “As I write this, I only have 25 days left, and it’ll be even less than that when you read this. So honestly, I’m fine.”

Lil Wayne is scheduled to be released on Nov. 4. His latest message reiterates plans to release his new album I Am Not a Human Being in stores when he gets out. Check out the whole letter, then let us know what you think.

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Kenny Chesney tops the 'Billboard' 200 album sales chart

Kenny-ChesneyImage Credit: Melanie DuneaRaise a tumbler of Hemingway’s Whiskey (or another congratulatory beverage of your choice) to Kenny Chesney, whose album of that name just landed atop the new Billboard 200 album sales chart. It sold a healthy 183,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is Chesney’s sixth trip to No. 1; as Billboard notes, Garth Brooks is the only country star to top the album chart more often, with eight No. 1s. Cheers to Chesney!

Lil Wayne‘s I Am Not a Human Being made it to No. 2 with 110,000 copies sold. That’s a step down from the 176,000 his Rebirth debuted with earlier this year, and an even bigger one from the million-plus Tha Carter III managed for its 2008 bow — but bearing in mind that I Am Not a Human Being is a digital-only release thus far, this is actually a pretty great showing. The physical CD, scheduled to arrive next Tuesday, could boost sales further.

At No. 3, it’s last week’s chart-topper, the Zac Brown Band’s You Get What You Give, with 70,000 copies sold. Gucci Mane’s The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted comes in at No. 4 after moving 60,000 units — substantially less than the 90,000 his previous album bowed with, but a higher chart position since this is a quieter week. No. 6 goes to Eric Clapton, whose Clapton shifted 47,000 discs.

Those are the only notable debuts in the upper region of this week’s chart. What do you think of these results? Happy for Chesney? Any Lil Wayne fans who skipped the digital release but plan to buy the CD when it’s available? Sound off in the comments if you please.

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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

President Barack Obama says he listens to the Rolling Stones, Miles Davis, and... Lil Wayne in Rolling Stone interview

Obama-musicImage Credit: Janet Mayer/PR Photos; Everett Collection; Jerry Livingston/PR PhotosWith the recession officially declared over, President Barack Obama can slide one thing off of his plate and focus on the other 99 he must accomplish. Obviously, he’s a busy guy. But even he finds time to sit back and soak in some tunes. In a new interview with Rolling Stone Obama was asked, for the hundredth time, what is on his iPod. He started of with his regular list of music’s icons.

“I am probably still more heavily weighted toward the music of my childhood than I am the new stuff,” he said. “There’s still a lot of Stevie Wonder, a lot of Bob Dylan, a lot of Rolling Stones, a lot of R&B, a lot of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Those are the old standards.” He did, however, manage to sprinkle in some unexpected names in addition.

“A lot of classical music. I’m not a big opera buff in terms of going to opera, but there are days where Maria Callas is exactly what I need,” he noted. “Thanks to Reggie [Love, the president's personal aide], my rap palate has greatly improved. Jay-Z used to be sort of what predominated, but now I’ve got a little Nas and a little Lil Wayne and some other stuff.”

So by my tally, this is reason No. 249 why Barack Obama is the coolest president ever. Do you think Bush had an iPod with the kind of variety Obama’s boasts? Actually, do you even think Bush knew how to operate an iPod? What do you think of Barack’s selection? Let us know.

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Diddy, Lil Wayne, Justin Timberlake collab 'Shades' hits the Web

ShadesImage Credit: Joseph Roberts/PR Photos; Bob Charlotte/PR Photos (2)Diddy sure knows how to assemble a dream team. For “Shades,” a newly leaked track that may or may not appear on his long-delayed Last Train to Paris LP with his group Dirty Money, the impresario scored guest vocals from both Lil Wayne and Justin Timberlake. Getting these guys together for his album is quite a coup on Diddy’s part. But does the quality of the song live up to all that star wattage?

Not quite. I won’t pass final judgment on “Shades” while it’s just an unofficial leak — but right now, this song could really use a brisk edit. It opens with some dazed mumbles from Weezy, who rambles on for a minute (“She must be the one/I look in her eyes and see the sun/Even on rainy days”) over a beatless ambient background. Then a highly processed male voice, which I’m assuming is Diddy’s, starts singing. He meanders on for a while before getting to the song’s first hook: “Girl, if you want, I’ll pour a gallon of gasoline on my heart just to light your cigarette/Girl, if you want, I’ll do anything for you/I’ll even take off my shades.” There’s a nice sequence after this layering bright vocal harmonies to heaven, then some more tuneless wandering from Diddy, then more harmonizing.

Finally, well after the four-minute mark, Timberlake finally shows up. Sounds like he’s been listening to a lot of Young Money. His half-spoken verse includes a number of the elided end-of-line similes that Wayne’s crew has popularized on hits like “BedRock”: “I can read your mind, read your mind — Professor X/We could press rewind, press rewind — VHS,” “I’ma bend your body, bend your body — Magneto/Let me have my way, I’ma have my way — Carlito,” and so on. Hearing Timberlake’s voice on a new song is rare these days, so I hate to complain, but I can’t help wishing he’d sing more and rap less.

Diddy’s camp has not confirmed whether or not “Shades” will appear on Last Train to Paris. Have you heard the all-star collab? How do you like it?

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