He has danced on the ceiling. Partied all night long. Asked if he was, by chance, the romantic prospect that you have been in search of. Now Lionel Richie is going next level with All the Hits All Night Long, his first North American tour in a decade, complete with a special pit stop at Bonnaroo on June 14 alongside the likes of Kanye West and Jack White. Before kicking off this leg on May 29 in Vancouver, the 64-year-old Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, who has sold more than 100 million records, rang up EW for a revealing and riotous Q&A in which he dropped knowledge on songwriting, the Middle East, reality TV, the number of times someone can be a lady, and so much more. Truly. READ FULL STORY
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He is “Truly” a legend, and BET will honor him as such.
Lionel Richie will be given the 2014 BET Lifetime Achievement Award at the BET Awards, EW has learned. The 64-year-old singer/songwriter will perform at the ceremony, which will air live on June 29 at 8 p.m. from Nokia Theatre in L.A and is being hosted by Chris Rock. READ FULL STORY
Well, well — look who’s back at Bonnaroo.
The Tennessee festival has just announced the lineup for this summer’s sunbaked soiree, and it looks like Kanye West — whose appearance at the event in 2008 was met with much controversy — will be headlining once again. Redemption!
Some of the other headlining names on the list include Elton John and Lionel Richie, two titans who will be making their first ever trip to the muddy Manchester meet-up, which will go down June 12-15.
Also scheduled: Vampire Weekend, Jack White, Phoenix, Neutral Milk Hotel, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Wiz Khalifa, Frank Ocean, and the Avett Brothers, who, hopefully for their sake, won’t be playing against Yeezus again.
Tickets go on sale Feb. 22 at noon via bonnaroo.com. Check out the full lineup below:
Nominations for the 46th Annual CMA Awards (airing live on Nov. 1 on ABC) were announced this morning on Good Morning America. Eric Church led the way with five nods, including Male Vocalist and Album of the Year, along with Song, Single, and Video of the Year for his hit “Springsteen.” (Not a country music fan? Give that one listen and get back to us.)
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert scored four noms a piece while Taylor Swift, who earned three noms, was the lone female to make the Entertainer of the Year category. Kelly Clarkson’s nom for Female Vocalist of the Year is slightly less of a surprise than Snoop Dogg popping up in Musical Event of the Year (listen to Willie Nelson’s “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” featuring Snoop, Kris Kristofferson, and Jamey Johnson). The full nominees list: READ FULL STORY
An American Idol runner-up replaced an Idol winner atop the Billboard 200 this week, as Adam Lambert dethroned Carrie Underwood with his sophomore album Trespassing, which sold 77,000 copies in its first week.
With his No. 1 debut and 77,000 copies sold, many are touting that this makes Lambert the first openly gay artist to ever top the albums chart (another gay Idol contestant, Clay Aiken, topped the Billboard 200 with Measure of a Man, which debuted with 613,000 copies sold in 2003, but he didn’t come out until 2008). Still, it’s a landmark achievement.
Other Top 10 debuts included Tenacious D’s The Rise of Fenix and Beach House’s Bloom, but despite the newcomers, overall sales were relatively soft. Check out the full Top 10 below: READ FULL STORY
Carrie Underwood has Blown Away the competition for a second week in a row.
The American Idol winner’s fourth album topped the Billboard 200 once again this week with sales of 120,000, holding off new debuts from Silversun Pickups, Tank, Keane, and Karmin, as well as Mother’s Day-boosted sales from top-selling artists like Adele and Lionel Richie.
Here’s how the Top 10 fared: READ FULL STORY
Album Sales: Jack White's 'Blunderbuss' debuts at No. 1; The Wanted can't compete with One Direction
After records with the White Stripes, the Raconteurs, and the Dead Weather, Jack White released his first solo record this week — and earned the first no. 1 album of his career.
Blunderbuss entered the Billboard 200 at the top with sales of 138,000. That was enough to put him ahead of new debuts from Lee Brice, Kip Moore, and The Wanted, whose EP couldn’t overtake the seventh-week sales of “rivals” One Direction.
Here’s how the chart shook out:
1. Jack White, Blunderbuss, 138,000
Although the former White Stripes mastermind has had eight albums reach the Top 10, his best chart position until now came in 2007, when The Stripes’ Icky Thump debuted (and peaked) in second place.
2. Adele, 21, 84,000
After 62 weeks on the chart, Adele’s blockbuster album, the fourth-best selling in the last ten years, has now sold over 8.9 million copies and is still going strong. Even if it trails a bit in the months to come, it’s pretty much guaranteed to reach diamond certification for sales of 10 million copies. Whether any other album can ever reach those heights remains to be seen; only three albums have sold more in the last decade: Norah Jones’s Come Away With Me (10,797,000), Eminem’s The Eminem Show (10,049,000), and Usher’s Confessions (9,968,000).
3. Lionel Richie, Tuskegee, 78,000
In its fifth week, Lionel Richie’s country collaboration album dipped from 1 to 3 and has now sold an impressive 612,000 copies. Perhaps Richie’s renewed cachet in the music biz is why he suddenly realized he has too many “personal scheduling conflicts” to be a part of ABC’s summer reality series Duets. (John Legend has stepped in to replace him.)
4. One Direction, Up All Night, 50,000
The U.K. boy banders’ breakout, which started with 176,000 copies in March, ticked up from 5-4 this week. After seven frames on the chart, the group’s debut has sold 541,000 copies. While their single “What Makes You Beautiful” has been downloaded less than The Wanted’s “Glad You Came” (1.8 million vs. 2.2 million downloads), they have the clear bragging rights when it comes to album sales.
5. Lee Brice, Hard 2 Love, 46,000
The country singer’s sophomore release improved upon his 2010 debut, Love Like Crazy, which peaked at No. 44 in 2010. His single “A Woman Like You” recently hit No. 1 on the Country Songs chart.
6. Kip Moore, Up All Night, 37,000
That’s right, there’s another Up All Night on the chart — and it beat The Wanted, too! The “Something ‘Bout a Truck” singer launched his debut country album into sixth place. “Truck” currently sits at No. 9 on the Country Songs chart.
7. The Wanted, The Wanted, 34,000
Maybe calling Christina Aguilera a “total bitch” wasn’t such a hot idea. The British boy band’s seven-song EP (their U.S. debut) didn’t sell as well as many prognosticators expected, especially given the blockbuster success of their Ibiza-tinged single “Glad You Came.” Although the single hasn’t left the Top 5 of the Hot 100 for the past nine weeks, their self-titled collection sold less than 1/5th of One Direction’s Up All Night first-week sales (they clocked 176,000). Perhaps The Wanted will go the route of acts like the Black Eyed Peas, whose dancey singles set radio and iTunes on fire, but don’t move many albums. Or perhaps fans are just waiting for a full-length album to pull the trigger. We’ll find out when the band release their LP in the fall.
8. Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, 32,000
In its fourth week, Minaj’s sophomore set fell from 6 to 9 (-33 percent) and has now sold 413,000 total copies. But with her newly released video for “Starships,” sales may stabilize in the weeks to come.
9. Gotye, Making Mirrors, 32,000
His breakthrough single “Somebody That I Used To Know” (featuring Kimbra) is still selling strong, returning to the No. 1 spot on the Hot Digital songs chart this week. The Belgian-born, Australia-raised star has now spent four weeks in the Top 10.
What do you think of this week’s chart? Did you pick up any of these albums?
Richie’s on a roll!
It initially debuted under Madonna’s MDNA three weeks ago, but Lionel Richie’s country duets album Tuskegee is now entering its second straight week at No. 1. (Madonna, on the other hand, is slumming it at No. 29 at the moment.)
Tuskegee‘s continued success meant a silver sales medal for Jason Mraz, whose latest effort Love Is a Four Letter Word settled for second in the battle of the soulful singer-songwriters.
Speaking of which, Adele continues her reign by remaining in the top three; of all the albums in the top ten, 21 experienced the lowest drop in sales (-3%) from the previous week.
Also premiering on the charts this week is Train’s California 37, which landed modestly at No. 4 — a career high for the band. Following them are those lovable British rascals One Direction, whose debut album is still whipping the kids into a frenzy.
Atlanta rapper Future also charted a debut this week with Pluto, his first studio album. It scored some 40,000 sales to rank at No. 8, while a Jack Johnson-led live album featuring guests like Eddie Vedder and Willie Nelson rounded out the top ten by snagging 26,966 in sales in its debut week.
Check out the full chart below for more figures:
Nominations for June 6’s CMT Music Awards were announced this morning, with Carrie Underwood leading the pack with five nods, followed by Miranda Lambert, who received four.
See the full list below, which also includes three nominations a piece for Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, and Thompson Square.
If there’s one category we feel strongly about, it’s CMT Performance of the Year, which honors the best live performance that aired on a CMT show, series, or special. Little Big Town has to win for their cover of Coldplay’s “Fix You” on the Music Builds: CMT Disaster Relief Concert. It starts at 2:40 in the clip below; you’re guaranteed to get chills. READ FULL STORY
Two weeks ago, Madonna’s MDNA beat Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee pretty handily on the Billboard 200, but just 14 days later, Lionel Richie has climbed into first place and Madonna is no longer in the Top 10 at all. In the battle of chart longevity, Richie’s latest has legs.
Indeed, Tuskegee is proving to be a blockbuster album for Richie, and it leads the chart in its third week with sales of 129,000. Also debuting on the chart are new discs from Monica, Bonnie Raitt, and Hoodie Allen. Check out the full Top 10 below:
1. Lionel Richie, Tuskegee – 129,000
The veteran singer’s foray into country music got a big boost from a CBS special called ACM Presents: Lionel Richie & Friends in Concert that aired on Friday, April 13 and nabbed almost 8 million viewers. Shot the day after the ACM Awards in Las Vegas, the special featured performances with Rascal Flatts, Jennifer Nettles, and Jason Aldean, among other country superstars. Consequently, Richie’s album rose from number 4 to number 1 and has now sold 423,000 copies.
2. Adele, 21 – 92,000
In it’s 60th week on the chart, the 8x platinum album held strong in second place despite a 40 percent drop.
3. Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – 81,000
Although Minaj’s hit single “Starships” is holding well at No. 6 on the Hot 100, her sophomore album isn’t blasting off of shelves like her first disc, Pink Friday, did in 2010. In its second week, Roman Reloaded, which debuted atop the Billboard 200 last week, dropped 68 percent into third place and has now sold 334,000 copies. Sure, that’s an impressive total for any artist, but the original Pink Friday sold 375,000 copies in its first week alone.
4. Monica, New Life – 69,000
Except for her 1995 debut, Miss Thang, all of Monica’s studio albums have debuted in the Top 10 — this one is her fifth straight title to reach that tier. Sales are driven by her newest single, “It All Belongs to Me” which reunites her with “The Boy is Mine” collaborator Brandy.
5. One Direction, Up All Night – 66,000
The former #1 album spends a second week at No. 5, dropping just 28 percent. It has not left the Top 10 since its debut five weeks ago and has now sold 434,000 copies total.
6. Bonnie Raitt, Slipstream – 64,000
The 62-year-old blues/folk queen scored her best sales week since her smash 1994 album Longing in Their Hearts, which reached number one. The critically lauded Slipstream is Raitt’s fourth top 10 album — and her first since Hearts 18 years ago.
7. Gotye, Making Mirrors – 54,000
Following Gotye’s performance on Saturday Night Live, his album jumped 15-7 in its fourteenth week. His smash single “Somebody That I Used To Know” (featuring Kimbra) also tops the Hot 100 today after being downloaded 542,000 times — the fourth biggest download tally in history — in the last sales period.
8. Alabama Shakes, Boys & Girls – 43,000
In its second week, the album, which got a physical release this week following a digital only debut frame increased by a very healthy 72 percent.
9. Rascal Flatts, Changed – 41,000
With a whopping 60 percent drop, the country trio dipped 3-9 in their second week.
10. Hoodie Allen, All American – 27,000.
Not many people had heard of the Jewish rapper (nee Steve Markowitz) before he topped the iTunes sales chart last Tuesday with this EP, but he still managed to land a buzzy No. 10 bow.
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