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Album Sales: Frank Ocean sells 131,000 copies of 'Channel Orange,' but Zac Brown Band tops chart

Following Frank Ocean’s very personal admission on his Tumblr and a high-profile performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last week, Def Jam released his major-label debut Channel Orange a week early on July 10 as an iTunes exclusive.

While that move may have angered Target, which is protesting the early digital release by not carrying the physical album (discs officially hit retailers yesterday), Ocean probably isn’t too worried about it. Channel Orange sold an impressive 131,000 copies (3,000 of which were actually CDs) in its first week. As Billboard notes, his sales are  in line with recent R&B/hip-hop debuts from Usher (Looking 4 Myself, 128,000) and Chris Brown (Fortune, 135,000).

Some of the initial interest undoubtedly comes from Ocean’s  recent revelation that his first love was a man, but reviews — including EW’s — have largely been enthusiastic, and have little to do with his expressed sexuality.

Still, Channel was no sales match for Georgia’s Zac Brown Band, whose third studio album Uncaged topped the Billboard 200 with 234,000 copies. READ FULL STORY

Adam Levine and Minka Kelly in new Maroon 5 video -- WATCH

Aww, it’s always sweet to see two beautiful celebrities handling a stranger’s baby.

Maroon 5’s new album Overexposed hits streets today, and Adam Levine and co. have released a new video to celebrate. The clip is for the album’s lead-off track and second single “One More Night” and was helmed by Peter Berg, whose directing résumé includes Friday Night Lights (the movie and the show), Hancock, and Battleship.

You might expect an epic music video — the “Payphone” clip was a mini action film, after all — but the concept is on the subdued side. Levine plays a stressed-out boxer struggling to bring the bacon home to his wife, played by Minka Kelly, and their baby.

Things don’t end too well for our hero, whose wife ends up leaving him. But Levine’s still grateful Kelly showed up in the first place. As the giddy frontman said to MTV, “Thank you, Minka Kelly, for doing our video!”

Find out what Levine’s all hopped up about by watching the “One More Night” video below:

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Maroon 5 'Songs About Jane' release includes 'This Love,' 'She Will Be Loved' demos: Hear them here -- EXCLUSIVE

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In a few weeks, Maroon 5 will deliver the band’s fourth album, Overexposed. But first they’d like to remind you of their breakout debut, Songs About Jane, which is getting the rerelease treatment today in honor of its tenth anniversary.

Can you believe it’s been a decade since a young, Voice-less Adam Levine first entered our lives? To put that in perspective, take into consideration that Songs About Jane is older than: Kanye West’s College Dropout, the Postal Service’s Give Up, and most Carly Rae Jepsen fans.

But Maroon 5’s debut wasn’t an immediate hit. Its first single, “Harder to Breathe,” was only a modest success, topping out at No. 18 on the Billboard 100 when it was released in 2002. It wasn’t until two years later when band released their next single, “This Love,” that things took off: chart domination, a Grammy win, and the seal of approval from John Mayer, who told Rolling Stone, “It’s one of those perfect songs you always hope to write.” The album became the tenth best-selling album of 2004, two years after its release.

To get an idea of how that hit single — and its follow-up, “She Will Be Loved” — came to be, the Songs About Jane: Tenth Anniversary Edition includes a second disc containing demo versions of the tracks, which you can listen to here.

And as a bonus, we’ve also included an exclusive video of Levine and the guys trying to pick out a band name. (Let’s just say we’re not writing this post about a band named Maroon Poon.)

Check it all out in the videos below:

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Maroon 5's 'Payphone' video: Guns, car chases, and spare change

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It’s blockbuster season at the multiplex, so why shouldn’t music videos provide their own crash-boom-bang?

That seems to be Maroon 5’s philosophy. Last night, the band pulled back the curtain on the brand new video for their Wiz Khalifa-assisted single “Payphone,” and it has no shortage of gunfire, car chases, explosions — plus plenty of  frontman Adam Levine actually singing into a payphone.

The clip puts Levine in the middle of a bank robbery, and though he initially appears to be just a loan officer or something, he manages to steal a gun, bust out of the bank with a foxy lady, and end up becoming a sought-after fugitive himself. Along the way he steals Wiz Khalifa’s car and loses his shirt.

There’s a little bit of John McClane in Levine’s performance—could he have a future as an action star? Head on over to E! to take a look at the premiere. READ FULL STORY

Maroon 5's 'Payphone' single: Has the band chosen a new 'Direction'? Listen here!

The last thing I want to do is stir the melodious pot, but if you’ve heard the leak of Maroon 5’s new single “Payphone” (featuring a drop-in by noted botanist Wiz Khalifa), do you agree that the sprightly song could very easily be sung by One Direction?

With a synthy hook and Adam Levine sweetly crooning, “If happy ever after did exist, I would still be holding you like this,” it’s pretty easy to replace the band’s signature electronic meta-funk with any of the boy band’s impish members.

But if you disagree, then ignore my diagnostic digression. “Payphone” is catchy, infectious, and overwhelmingly mellow, which is why it’s a welcome addition to a playlist I like to call Really Chill Morning Songs. Maroon 5’s fourth album, Overexposed, is due out June 26, but the single is fresh on the YouTube and radio circuits before it becomes officially available on iTunes after Levine and co. perform it on tonight’s episode of The Voice (8/7c on NBC). Take a listen below.

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Beach Boys added to the Grammys, which now features 957 performers and will last four years

The Grammys really want you to watch their show on Sunday. And they’re doing it by throwing as many performers as humanly possible onstage — many of them at the same time.

This afternoon, the producers announced that the long-dormant, recently reconstituted surviving members of the Beach Boys — Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks — would be making their return to the stage at the show for their first performance together in roughly two decades.

In a confounding bit of casting, they’ll join “Pumped Up Kicks” hitmakers Foster the People and “Moves Like Jagger” juggernaut Maroon 5 for a never-before, never-again collaboration that has the potential to be both a blissfully memorable celebration of great music or a complete and utter train wreck. (On a side note: This is totally the performance the Grammys wanted Bon Iver to be a part of, right?)

Also on the Grammys performance roster this year? The Civil Wars, Maceo Parker, Diana Krall, and Joe Walsh. For those of you keeping track, the current performance lineup looks like this: Adele; Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood; Glen Campbell, the Band Perry, and Blake Shelton; Coldplay and Rihanna; Foo Fighters, deadmau5, David Guetta, Chris Brown, and Lil Wayne in a tribute to dance music; Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson; Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt paying homage to Etta James; Bruno Mars; Paul McCartney; Nicki Minaj; Katy Perry; Bruce Springsteen; and Taylor Swift.

It was unclear whether or not the Civil Wars, Parker, Krall, and Walsh would be performing together (though that quartet doesn’t make any sense at all, for what it’s worth), but even if they are, that’s a conservative grand total of 15 performances over the course of Sunday night’s show. Last year’s version of the Grammys featured 17, and there’s still time for some surprises.

Adele’s performance is undoubtedly the most hotly anticipated and the most important, as it will be the first time the world has heard her since her vocal cord surgery. But the biggest headline-grabbers from last year were the tributes and collaborations, so let’s dive into those, shall we? READ FULL STORY

iTunes: Adele tops 2011's best-selling song and album charts

Did we need further evidence that this has been Adele’s year sales-wise? Probably not. But for the benefit of anyone still debating the matter, iTunes has just announced that the British singer’s track “Rolling in the Deep” was the year’s top downloaded song while its parent album, 21, was 2011’s most popular collection. iTunes also named Adele its Artist of the Year.

21 was followed on the album list by Mumford & Sons’ Sigh No More and Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV. LMFAO claimed second place on the singles list with “Party Rock Anthem” while Katy Perry’s “Firework” was third.

Find iTunes’ top ten best-selling songs and albums of 2011 below: READ FULL STORY

Adele, Maroon 5, and (yes) Miley Cyrus pay tribute to Bob Dylan on new album

Adele, Miley Cyrus, Darren Criss, Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, Elvis Costello, Pete Seeger, Tom Morello, and Ke$ha are among the acts who have contributed new or previously unreleased tracks to the album Chimes of Freedom which pays tribute to both Bob Dylan and Amnesty International.

Adele has gifted Chimes of Freedom a live version of “Make You Feel My Love” and Cyrus sings “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go,” while folk legend Seeger performs “Forever Young.”

But they’re hardly the only ones on this massive four-disc outing. Find the just-released full tracklisting after the jump:

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American Music Awards 2011: Come for the performances by Maroon 5, Drake, Kelly Clarkson and others, stay for the sales bump

This Sunday, the 39th annual American Music Awards will be beamed into your living room live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The fact that they even hand out those strange props from 2001: A Space Odyssey as prizes is barely the point; did you actually remember that Justin Bieber walked away with four awards in 2010?

Even the show itself seems to know the actual statuettes are sort of arbitrary; they will be doled out according to fan voting, which means that the artists with the most mobilized internet presences will be walking away with new mantlepieces.

But the American Music Awards do prove useful for the music business — they provide a big, spangly event that showcases (most of) pop’s major artists right around the time that people are thinking of making their holiday music purchases.

Like many other businesses that rely on retail sales, the music industry always gets a huge boost during the holidays as people rush to fill stockings with new releases, holiday albums, iTunes gift cards, and luxury items like box sets and vinyl. Conveniently, the AMAs give artists with product to move a stage on which to make their pitches to a national television audience, provided that people actually tune in ( this Sunday night’s NFL game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles promises to cut into the numbers some). READ FULL STORY

Little Big Town covers 'Moves Like Jagger': Watch!

The country quartet Little Big Town, known for its smokin’ smooth harmonies, has covered Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” for the latest installment of its online video series “Scattered, Smothered & Covered.”

I’m reminded of something Keith Urban once told me: “If you’ve got something on the ghetto blaster that sounds like it should never have banjo anywhere near it, that’s the perfect song to put banjo on. Banjo goes on everything — it’s a bit like whipped cream, really. Well, I guess whipped cream probably shouldn’t go on fried chicken, but banjo does seem to fit really well on anything that’s got a groove.”

Also, you may not have seen a white man’s overbite on an upright bass player since Casey Abrams was on American Idol. Watch it here: READ FULL STORY

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