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Amos Lee scores lowest-selling No. 1 debut in SoundScan history: how low can CD sales go?

Amos Lee earns his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week. His Mission Bell sold 40,000 copies. That’s wonderful for him. But really, it’s a sad week in the music business when the most popular album of the week moves such a miniscule amount. Lee’s latest marks a record low total for first week sales since SoundScan started tracking them in 1991. January is usually a slow month when it comes to music sales, but last month’s numbers were downright abysmal.

At No. 2 is Iron and Wine’s Kiss Each Other Clean, selling 39,000 albums. And the No. 3 record is Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday; coming off her SNL appearance last Saturday, her debut solo album moved 38,000 units. Check out the rest of the top 10 after the jump.

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Nicki Minaj debuts 'Moment 4 Life' music video featuring Drake: Fairy tales do come true

Ever-buzzy raptress Nicki Minaj just debuted her latest music video, for single “Moment 4 Life,” which features some rapping from the equally as buzzy Drake. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Minaj production without a semi-solid theme of complete wackiness: “Moment 4 Life” depicts a Cinderella-esque Minaj enjoying the best night of her life because she’s found love—in the form of Drake. (They even smootch at the end!) It also wouldn’t be a Minaj production without several crazy outfits, wigs, and costume changes. In fact, the best part of the video is during the intro—before the music starts—when Minaj plays both the Cinderella character and her fairy godmother. “I don’t know,” the Cinderella Minaj says. “I just feel like tonight is going to be amazing. It’s going to be a dream.” Ding ding! Then her fairy godmother—oh yeah, she’s got Nicki’s patented British accent going on the whole time—grants Cinderella Nicki the ability to have this magical, special, too-good-to-handle “Moment 4 Life.” Get it? Clever. And totally crazy. But that’s why we love her. I will say the video tends to cast the song in a bit more of a romantic way than I had thought about it by just listening to it—this has the potential to be a wedding/love song even! That’s special. Now check out the video here:

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Lil Wayne announces 'I Am Music II' tour

Lil-WayneImage Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesLil Wayne has announced his first major tour since leaving prison last November. His “I Am Music II” tour will hit arenas in 25 North American cities between March 18 and April 29.

Weezy’s opening acts will include his Young Money protégée Nicki Minaj, Miami star Rick Ross, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, and Beastie Boys DJ Mixmaster Mike.

A press release announcing the tour confirms that Wayne’s Tha Carter IV is expected to drop some time this spring.

Check out Lil Wayne’s full tour itinerary after the jump. Will you be buying tickets to any of these dates? READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift's 'Speak Now' tops Billboard 200 albums chart for sixth week

Taylor Swift’s Speak Now maintains its spot at No. 1 on this week’s Billboard 200 albums chart, topping the chart for a sixth nonconsecutive week and selling another 52,000 albums. With no major artists releasing albums last week, Speak Now also became the lowest-ever selling No. 1 album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. At No. 2 is Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday, which sold 39,000 units, and coming in third is Bruno Mars’ Doo-Wops & Hooligans, moving 38,000 records. Check out the full top 10 list after the jump.

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Kanye West's gory 'Monster' video leaks, full of half-naked corpses: Amazing or appalling?

kanye-vid1The version of Kanye West‘s “Monster” video that you may have seen today is an unfinished, unsanctioned leak. The video quality is fuzzy, some of the images appear to be watermarked placeholders, and the clip is currently available only as a YouTube stream that will no doubt soon be yanked by West’s label. Even as a rough cut, though, the “Monster” clip already has the entire Internet talking and debating. After all, “Monster” is an all-star selection from the year’s best album, and fans have been eagerly awaiting the video treatment for this incredible song since August.

Does the leaked video live up to the hype? That depends on your tolerance for arty shots of dead women in various states of undress. The clip as it stands now is full of half-naked female corpses — hanging from the ceiling by their necks as Rick Ross reclines, slumping over in bed next to West, sprawled face-down on a couch behind an uncomfortable-looking Jay-Z. At one point, West stands casually holding a woman’s blood-dripping severed head in one hand.

These are intentionally ghastly images, meant to disturb. In addition to being a fantastic posse cut, “Monster” is all about ugliness. West’s chorus proclaims that “Everybody knows I’m a motherf—ing monster.” Now you can see that metaphor played out quite literally. But to what end? Images of models who look like they’ve been murdered are nothing new in the fashion world. America’s Next Top Model centered a whole episode around this morbid theme in 2007, drawing deserved criticism from feminist commentators. Jezebel.com elaborated on “The Problem With Fashion’s Obsession With Death” (link contains NSFW images) over a year ago. Glamorizing violence against women this way as we enter 2011 isn’t just potentially pretty offensive to a lot of people — it’s played out and boring. I expect better from an artist as boundlessly creative as Kanye West.

It’s no coincidence that the leaked “Monster” video’s best sequence, wherein Nicki Minaj diabolically interrogates herself, doesn’t rely on the stale dead-model motif. I only wish the rest of the video were more like Minaj’s part — unsettling and edgy, dangerous and sexy, but also original. In fairness, the video does include several other non-corpse-strewn scenes, and again, this is only an unfinished leak, so it’s possible that West’s final version will be substantially different from what’s out there now.

In the meantime, have you seen the leaked “Monster” video? What do you think of its controversial imagery?

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Katy Perry, Keri Hilson, and Jennifer Nettles to open 'Vh1 Divas Salute the Troops' this Sunday: Watch a preview here

Vh1 Divas Salute the Troops is coming to you this Sunday, but to tide you over until then, the cable network has posted a preview of the opening number, which features pop stars Katy Perry, Keri Hilson, and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland performing WWII-era hit “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” It’s inspired! The show, as you can tell from the title, is a twist on the old Divas formula, in that its—you guessed it!—saluting the troops, so this retro, Andrews Sisters throwback is a super-appropriate opening. And although she isn’t featured in the clip (which you can watch below), VH1 says that the number will also feature an appearance by rapper du jour Nicki Minaj.

Check out the clip now, and don’t forget to tune in this Sunday at 9 p.m. to see the whole show:

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Kanye West's 'Twisted Fantasy' tops Billboard 200 albums chart

Kanye West may not always win in the court of public opinion, but about half a million fans showed their support for the rapper’s fifth album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with 496,000 copies sold. Fantasy bests his emotional 2008 album 808s & Heartbreak, which sold 450,000 units during its premiere week. Rapstress Nicki Minaj and her first album, Pink Friday, follow at No. 2, with an impressive 375,000 albums sold in its opening week.

Last week’s chart-topper, Susan Boyle’s The Gift, takes the backseat to the rap duo at No. 3 with 263,000 sets purchased. Check out the complete top 10 list below.

Dec. 1, 2010′s Billboard 200 albums top 10

No. 1 – Kanye West,  My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy: 496,000

No. 2 – Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: with 375,000

No. 3 – Susan Boyle, The Gift: 263,000

No. 4 – Taylor Swift, Speak Now: 241,000

No. 5 – Jackie Evancho, O Holy Night: 142,000

No. 6 – Rihanna, Loud: 141,000

No. 7 – Justin Bieber, My Worlds Acoustic: 115,000

No. 8 – My Chemical Romance, Danger Days: the True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: 112,000

No. 9 – Ne-Yo, Libra Scale: 112,000

No. 10 – Glee‘s Christmas: 108,000

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Lil Kim vs. Nicki Minaj: The battle gets bigger

lil-kim-minajImage Credit: Donna Ward/Getty Images; Johnny Nunez/WireImage.comRap fans got a salty side dish this holiday weekend to go with their turkey-cran sandwiches.

For months, the buzz has been on Nicki Minaj, whose recently released Pink Friday features a track, the Eminem-guesting “Roman’s Revenge,” that many took as a side-slap to Lil’ Kim (sample lyrics: “Look at my show footage, how these girls be spazzin’ / So f—I look like gettin’ back to a has-been? / Yeah, I said it, has-been /Hang it up, flatscreen /Haha plasma”). And last Friday, the Queen Bee bit back.

“It’ll be a murder scene, I’m turning Pink Friday to Friday the 13th,” Kim spat over Pharoahe Monch’s inimitable Godzilla-sampling “Simon Says” horns. “I hate you Lil’ Kim clone/clown, all this buffonery, the sh– stops now … We all know your last name is what got you your job, you’s a put-together gimmick, something like a collage.” And later: “That’s cool, I was the first one wit’ it / You’se a Lil Kim wannabe you just hate to admit it / I’m the blueprint you ain’t nothin’ brand new / Check your posters and videos / You’ll always be number two.”

As rapfix reports, Minaj doesn’t bear Kim’s wrath alone; Drake gets his moment too: “”Yeah, this hood sh– you and Drake ain’t built for, this the sh– the other bitch almost got killed for.” Hear Kim’s track in full, after the jump:

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Kanye West mesmerizes tiny NYC club with 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy': On the scene

kanye-westImage Credit: Walik Goshorn/Retna Ltd.The hundreds of people crammed awkwardly onto the sidewalk outside NYC’s Bowery Ballroom around midnight last night were there for one reason. It wasn’t to hear Kanye West deliver a free-associative monologue about the media, George W. Bush, and Taylor Swift, though maybe that wasn’t a complete surprise when it happened almost three hours later. No, most of us were there for the music. On Monday, West released My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, an album that just might be his best ever. Yesterday morning he announced a surprise show at the Bowery, a storied little club on Manhattan’s Lower East Side that fits 550 people, tops. Chances to see the day’s most talked-about star in such an intimate venue don’t come along every day, so downtown we flocked. READ FULL STORY

Nicki Minaj tells EW about three key 'Pink Friday' collaborations with Kanye, Rihanna, and Eminem

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Rapper Nicki Minaj’s much-anticipated big-label debut, Pink Friday, hit retailers yesterday, at the beginning of one of the biggest shopping—and music release heavy—weeks of the year. (EW just reviewed the disc here on The Music Mix.) It turns out Thanksgiving week’s consumer culture was part of the inspiration behind the effort’s title. “We named it Pink Friday because it comes out the week of Black Friday,” she tells EW. “It’s girly girl meets crazy, psychotic lunatic meets mix tapes. I think all of those things are represented on Pink Friday.” Besides the nod to Black Friday, the album is also brimming with rap’s biggest and brightest stars. Here, Minaj takes us behind three of her favorite tracks on Pink Friday, a trio of collaborations with Kanye West, Rihanna, and Eminem.

“Blazin” with Kanye West: “‘Blazin” is one of those where you want to let your hair down, feel a little lifted, and just ride out into the night. It’s a more subdued track, and I love the beat. The beat takes me somewhere. I remember playing it for Kanye in the studio, and Kanye started free-styling to the beat right then and there, off the top of his head. I knew his voice was going to sound insane on that particular track, and it brought out a little street edge in me as well. It gave me a platform for things that I needed to say. It’s one of those records that puts you in a peaceful state of tranquility. But it’s hood at the same time.”

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