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Album Sales: Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' has the biggest debut of the year


Mumford & Sons are officially the biggest band on the planet.

The London lads scored the best debut sales week of 2012 with their sophomore album Babel, which moved 600,000 copies in its first week and easily topped the Billboard 200. Their last album, Sigh No More, which quietly sold 2.5 million copies over the course of two and a half years (and consequently jumped to No. 10 this week!) peaked at No. 2 during the week of the Grammys in 2011, when Mumford took the stage with Bob Dylan and the Avett Brothers.

Babel‘s amazing sales far outshine the next-best debut of the year, Justin Bieber’s Believe, which sold 374,000 copies in its first week. And the album marked the best debut since Drake’s Take Care moved 630,000 units in November. Still, Babel will have to settle for second place in terms of overall sales weeks in 2012 — Adele’s 21 sold 730,000 copies in the frame following the Grammys, her album’s 52nd(!) week.

Of the 600,000 copies that Babel sold, a whopping 420,000 (72 percent) of them were digital albums. That’s the second-biggest digital sales week ever behind Lady Gaga’s Born This Way, which sold 662,000 digital copies thanks, in part, to its controversial 99-cent deal on Amazon. READ FULL STORY

Lupe Fiasco calls President Obama 'the biggest terrorist in the United States of America'

Yesterday Chicago rhymer Lupe Fiasco dipped his slip-on shoes into the mud during a routine interview on CBS’ What’s Trending with Shira Lazar to promote his recent (and well-liked by EW) album LASERS, calling fellow Chicagoan and U.S. President Barack Obama a terrorist.

Read what he said after the jump.


Adele returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart

Adele’s 21 returns to the top spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart after to slipping to No. 2 last week. For her third week at No. 1, she moved 98,000 records.

Chicago rockers Rise Against’s Endgame debuts at No. 2 with 85,000 units purchased, while last week’s leading man, Lupe Fiasco and his Lasers, drops to No. 3 after pushing another 47,000 albums to fans.

Check out the full top after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Lupe Fiasco's Lasers beams at No. 1 on Billboard 200 albums chart


Surprisingly, Lupe Fiasco’s new Lasers bumps Adele’s 21 out of the No. 1 spot this week’s on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Fiasco’s third album, one we love, isn’t exactly the artist’s favorite. The animosity he has towards it is due the toll the creative process and his Atlantic record label put him through. But it seems to have been worth it, as Lasers sold 204,000 records in its debut week–the highest first week total of Lupe’s career. 21 continues its strong sales, moving 133,000 units. While Glee‘s latest soundtrack comes in third with 90,000 sets purchased.

Check out the full top to after the jump.


Kanye West, Cee-Lo, TV on the Radio and more to perform this week at SXSW

If you think Austin, Texas’ South by Southwest festival is only a showcase for new talent, think again.

This year’s music portion, beginning Wednesday, March 16, features several heavyweights, including TV on the Radio, the Strokes, Cee-Lo Green, emerging hip-hop collective Odd Future, Erykah Badu, and Lupe Fiasco. But one star on the week’s lineup is being touted as the can’t miss act: Kanye West. The polarizing rhymer is set to hit the Vevo PowerStation, Saturday March 19. This won’t be the first time West performs there; in 2009, he and his G.O.O.D. Music acts Mr. Hudson and Big Sean rocked the Fader Fort.

Check out the video promo for West’s show this Saturday after the jump.


Lupe Fiasco reveals he contemplated suicide, pans his new album

Lupe-FiascoImage Credit: Lionel DeluyIt’s no secret that rapper Lupe Fiasco is not a fan of the record label system as a whole. But after being forced to continuously edit, add, and subtract from his oft-delayed third album, Lasers, he’s just about fed up. In a recent interview with New York Magazine, the Atlantic Records artist says he doesn’t “really give a f—” about what the set—out tomorrow, March 8—does as far as sales are concerned. After several failed attempts at parting ways with Atlantic, Fiasco hopes his remaining years under Atlantic are easier ones.


Skylar Grey talks penning 'I Need a Doctor,' her name change, and why her upcoming album may have a sound we've never heard before

Skylar-Grey_320.jpg Image Credit: Greg LaurenEven though we didn’t actually get a good look at Skylar Grey on the Grammys stage as she performed “I Need a Doctor” with Eminem and Dr. Dre, it was still a coming out party for the Wisconsin native who had 80 kids in her high school graduating class and turns 25 Wednesday.

Grey, who was also nominated for two Grammys for penning the Rihanna-sung chorus to Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie,” tells EW her team has since been bombarded with emails from people wanting to work together, but she declines to name names, because you never know which collaborations will actually happen. (For her Twitter followers who know Nikki Sixx reached out via tweet about writing a song together, she says he has spoken to her manager but nothing has been set up yet.)

Keeping her in the shadows during the Grammys performance—something new fan Shirley Manson questioned—was intentional, Grey says. “My whole roll-out as Skylar Grey has been this mysterious being,” says the artist formerly known as Holly Brook. (She released the 2006 album Like Blood Like Honey and the 2010 EP O’Dark Thirty under that moniker, her first and middle names.) “If you’ve seen the website, even the pictures are very shadowed because we’re slowly easing me out. I’m not a big fan of trying to be a sex symbol or any of that stuff because I really like the music to speak for itself. And so I wanted to make that clear from the very beginning.”  READ FULL STORY

Lupe Fiasco raps over Radiohead's 'National Anthem'

Rapping over Radiohead samples is an easy way to get Radiohead-loving rap fans like me to take note. If the emcee in question is super-smart Chicagoan Lupe Fiasco and the Radiohead track he’s borrowing is 2000’s fantastically unsettling “The National Anthem,” you bet I’m clicking through extra fast.

Such was the case for the second track from Lupe’s new mixtape Enemy of the State, released last week as, I can only assume, a very thoughtful Thanksgiving gift to yours truly. It doesn’t disappoint. Lupe’s flows are still some of the nicest going — so nimble that, like many of his songs, this one can take a few listens (and preferably a lyrics sheet) to catch all the double entendres, subversive sentiments, and extended metaphors he’s playing with. And he really lets the original Radiohead song breathe, working with its pummeling bass and freaky free-jazz horns in a way that I bet the Oxford wizards themselves would dig.

Check out Lupe Fiasco’s “The National Anthem” below (some NSFW imagery), and let us know what you think. And if you’re really a Radiohead-meets-rap connoisseur, which do you like better: This or 2007’s “Us Placers,” where Lupe, Kanye West, and Pharrell Williams sampled Radiohead leader Thom Yorke’s solo cut “The Eraser”?

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Kanye is latest to leak Lupe Fiasco track; Lupe already CAPS-LOCK MAD

Even though he threatened to retire, Lupe Fiasco (thankfully) isn't quite done making music. He's got his long-awaited third record called Lasers, due later this year.

What he is done with, though, is people leaking his songs on the Internet. After a number of Lupe fan sites leaked a high-quality version of his new single with Matthew Santos, "Shining Down", Lupe launched a 600-word tirade on just how over the whole thing he was. (He even wrote in Kanye-esque caps-lock, so you know he means business):

"I DONT LEAK MY OWN RECORDS!!! I'M NOT A FAN OF LEAKING RECORDS OR OFDOWNLOADING!!! My entire first album leaked and possibly cost me fromgoing platinum my first time out as the final estimates of how manypeople actually downloaded that album illegally was well over half amillion."

Santos later tweeted about the ordeal and confirmed to fans the leaked version will not be the final version. Curiously, though, "Shining Down" has subsequently popped up on the blog of his friend and frequent collaborator, Kanye West. (A number of comments there call for the song to be taken down.) 

To us, the song sounds pretty final. The haunting chorus, floated on Santos' refrain "you thought I was gone," seems to address his non-retirement directly. And while it's not quite a radio-friendly jam in the vein of "Superstar" or "Kick, Push," the slick track reminds us that Lupe Fiasco is one of the best rappers in the business.

So it's not all bad news: Even though the song leaked, I can only imagine it amplifying the anticipation for Lasers — which still has no release date — even further. (Though, Lupe says it is 95% done and will be the best album he's ever done. Nice.)

What do you think of the new Lupe song (below)? Do you think his outrage is justified? And why would Kanye post it if Lupe is indeed so angry?

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