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TV Jukebox: 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'A Gifted Man,' 'CSI: Miami' feature our favorites songs on TV

The holidays are upon us, music fans, and with them have come midseason finales. In TV terms, that can mean winter wonderlands and old-timey sweetness… or death, despair, and, apparently, pageant princesses. Traditional carols have figured into the last two weeks of “show tunes,” as have pop confections, indie trifles, and love songs — an appropriately eclectic mix to wind down the year. We’ll see you back on the Music Mix in 2012. Until then, check out our final TV Jukebox picks of the year. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS follow!) READ FULL STORY

Perez Hilton hosts N.E.R.D., Pitbull, Taio Cruz at pre-VMA party: on the scene

NERD-PEREZ-HILTONImage Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images; Johnny Nunez/ “I love music!” Perez Hilton seemed to shout those three words at least once every time he took the stage at L.A.’s Wiltern Theatre last night. While he’s still best known as a cantankerous gossip blogger, Hilton clearly does spend a lot of time thinking about tunes, between his Perezcious Music label and his ongoing “One Night in…” concert series. Promotional materials for “One Night in Los Angeles” promised A-list celebs like Katy Perry and Kanye West would be in the audience; they never showed, as far as I could tell. In a way it was fitting. This event ended up being more about music than about stars, after all. READ FULL STORY

Taio Cruz blows up with his fiery 'Dynamite' video: Watch it here!

What would a video for a song called “Dynamite” be without a few explosions? Taio Cruz’s new clip doesn’t disappoint on that front, bringing plenty of incendiary special effects to accent his cheery dance-pop hit.

The video opens at an auto chop shop whose employees are all scantily clad ladies. Cruz entertains them as sparks literally fly from their welding equipment. Meanwhile, over at a club, we see someone being presented with a suitcase full of — you guessed it — dynamite. Ominous! Disaster is averted when the dynamite fuels a huge but harmless fireball behind Cruz as he performs at that same club. (At least, I think that’s what happens to the dynamite we saw a few moments earlier. The plot is a little hard to follow on this point.)

Check out Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” video after the jump (clip via MTV). How do you like it?


Katy Perry‘s 'California Gurls' still on top of Billboard Hot 100 chart; Enrique Iglesias hits the top 10

katy-perry-Enrique-IglesiasKaty Perry‘s “California Gurls” tops the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week. Surprise! Well, not really. This is its sixth straight week at No. 1. At this point, it’ll be news when it’s not there anymore. Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna is No. 2 for the third week in a row. B.o.B’s “Airplanes” switches places with  Usher‘s “OMG,”  moving to No. 3 while Usher drops a spot to No. 4.  Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire” stays at No. 5.

Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” jumps up a slot to No. 6. Newcomer Mike Posner slips one to No. 7 with “Cooler Than Me.” Enrique Iglesias‘ Pitbull-assisted “I Like It” makes its entrance into the top 10, leaping 10 spots to No. 8. Drake’s “Find Your Love” continues to step back, dropping one place to No. 9. Jason Derulo’s “Ridin’ Solo” rounds out the top 10 at No. 10.

How much longer do you think Katy Perry has at No. 1? And are you a fan of Enrique Iglesias’ new song? Let us know.

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Katy Perry rules the Billboard Hot 100 chart for fifth week in a row

katy-perryImage Credit: Ari MichelsonThis is one boring week on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Mostly because the first five spots in the top 10 are the same as last week’s. For the fifth straight week, Katy Perry‘s “California Gurls” tops the chart. Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna is No. 2 for it’s second week in a row. Usher‘s “OMG” holds the No. 3 spot, while B.o.B’s “Airplanes” does the same at No. 4. And Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire” is No. 5.

The fun starts at No. 6, where newcomer Mike Posner creeps up a spot with “Cooler Than Me.” Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” leaps seven places to No. 7. Drake’s “Find Your Love” seems to have stalled out, dropping two places to No. 8. Jason Derulo’s “Ridin’ Solo” moves up one to No. 9. And Eminem’s “Not Afraid” closes out the top 10.

Mike Posner is getting close to the top spot. Do you think the Duke grad can rise to No. 1? If not him, then who? Let us know.

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Usher continues reign on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, while Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox underperform

usher-idolsImage Credit: Usher:Norman Jean Roy; Michael Becker/FoxFor its fourth non-consecutive week, Usher‘s “OMG” holds the No. 1 spot on Billboard‘s Hot 100 singles chart. Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” follows behind at No. 2, where it started two weeks ago. B.o.B’s Hayley Williams-assisted “Airplanes” lands at No. 3. His former No. 1 “Nothin’ On You” falls two spots to No. 7.

Ke$ha‘s “Your Love Is My Drug” moves up three spots to No. 4. It’s the second top five record of her career. Taio Cruz drops a spot to No. 5 drop with “Break Your Heart,” while “Alejandro” from Lady Gaga holds steady at No. 6. La Roux‘s “Bulletproof” makes a big jump into the top 10 this week, leaving behind No. 14 for No. 8. Rounding out the top 10, Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister” moves up two spots to No. 9. And Eminem’s “Not Afraid” drops from No. 9 to No. 10.

On a sour note, this season’s American Idol champ Lee DeWyze and runner-up Crystal Bowersox failed to achieve much Billboard success with their debut singles. Of the three DeWyze cuts to debut this week, his most successful is “Beautiful Day” at No. 24. Bowersox’s “Up To the Mountain” only managed to climb to No. 57. Combined, they debuted five songs, an underwhelming showing considering the finale was last week. Last season, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert combined for nine chart entries the week after AI‘s finale.

Happy Usher’s still No 1? Are you a La Roux fan yet? What do you think about how DeWyze and Bowersox debuted? Let us know.

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Usher regains No. 1 spot, Katy Perry debuts big on Billboard's Hot 100 chart

katy-perry-usherImage Credit: Perry: Mike RuizEminem‘s reign at the top didn’t last long. After pushing Usher aside last week, his “Not Afraid” has fallen from No. 1 to No. 6 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 singles chart. Usher‘s “OMG”reclaims the crown at No.1.

Katy Perry first single from her forthcoming set, “California Gurls” featuring Snoop Dogg, made a big splash on the charts. Her West Coast anthem debuts at No. 2 this week. Songs like Miley Cyrus’ 2009 “Party in the U.S.A” and The Notorious B.I.G.’s  1997 smash “Hypnotize” have also accomplished the feat. Perry is the fourteenth to do so.

B.o.B has two consecutive cuts in the top 10. His latest single, “Airplanes,” featuring Hayley Williams, climbs from No. 5 to No. 3. While his once chart-topping “Nothin’ On You,” featuring Bruno Mars dropped from No. 3 to No. 4.  Taio Cruz’s “Break Your Heart,” featuring Ludacris, backslides from No. 4 to No. 5.

Ke$ha‘s “Your Love Is My Drug” steps up a spot to No. 7. Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro” enters the top 10, moving from No. 11 to No. 7.  This marks her seventh radio single in a row to reach the top 10.

Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” moves back three spots to No. 9. And rounding out the top, Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister” does the same falling to No. 10.

Surprised Eminem dropped to No. 6 so fast? Happy Katy Perry debuted this high? Let us know.

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Eminem, 3OH!3 big winners this week on Billboard's Hot 100

eminem-3OH3As we reported yesterday, Eminem‘s “Not Afraid” debuts at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot 10o singles chart. Also premiering well, at No. 9, is 3OH!3‘s “My First Kiss,” featuring Ke$ha. Eminem pushes last week’s chart topper, Usher‘s “OMG” featuring, to No. 2. In turn, B.o.B’s “Nothin’ On You” is moves from No. 3 to No. 4.

Taio Cruz’s “Break Your Heart” remains at No. 4. While B.o.B’s “Airplanes” featuring  Eminem & Hayley Williams jumps from No. 7 to No. 5. Rihanna‘s “Rude Boy” falls back a bit, going to No. 6 from No. 3.

Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister” backslides one spot, heading to No. 7.  Ke$ha‘s “Your Love Is My Drug” hangs tough at No. 8. And Lady Antebellum‘s “Need You Now” might be seeing its last days in the top 10. It falls from No. 5 to No. 10. It looks like Lady Gaga is on is on her way to her seventh top 10. Her “Alejandro” rises from No. 16 to No. 11.

Jay-Z’s “Young Forever” ends its short stay in the top 10. It rests at No. 12 now. The Glee cast’s Bonnie Tyler cover, “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” comes in at No. 16. The Black Eyed Peas’ “Imma Be” closes out the top 20.

Happy 3Oh!3 entered the charts in the top 10? Think Gaga will join them soon? Let us know.

B.o.B trumps last week's Billboard showing with two tracks in top 10

b-o-bB.o.B‘s  is having an incredible run this week. After his “Nothin’ On You”snatched the No. 1 spot on Billboard‘s Hot 100 from Rihanna last week, he not only remains as the chart’s leading man, but his second single, “Airplanes,” featuring Paramore’s ‘Hayley jumps from No. 12 to No. 9 this week.

Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” sits still for its secong week at No. 2. Taio Cruz’s “Break Your Heart” featuring Ludacris moved up from No.4 to 3.

Lady Antebellum‘s “Need You Now” has been on the chart for just over nine months, but no one’s grown tired of the country song yet. It moves up from No. 5 to No. 4.  Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister” dropped from No. 3 to No. 5. Usher’s “OMG” continues its steady climb, moving up two spots to No. 6. Ke$ha’s “Your Love Is My Drug” advances one spot to No. 8.

Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” rounds out the top 10 at No. 10. And her latest single, “Alejandro,” also closes out the top 20 at  No. 20.

Jay-Z’s “Young Forever,” which features Englishman Mr. Hudson, creeps closer to the top 1o. This week it went from No. 17 to No. 12. Drake’s “Over” also moved up a bit from No. 20 to No. 16.

Did your favorite song rank well this week? What song are you always playing? Let us know.

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B.o.B is No.1 on Billboard's Hot 100, Usher and Ke$ha chase behind

bob-usher-keshaAs reported yesterday, B.o.B‘s “Nothin’ On You” is Billboard‘s Hot 100 No. 1. The track, which features Bruno Mars, takes Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” spot. (That song now moves to No. 2.) Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister” and Taio Cruz’s “Break Your Heart” both remain at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Usher’s “OMG,” featuring is still climbing after leaping into the top 10 last week. This week it’s at No. 8. And Ke$ha’s “Your Love Is My Drug” climbs up from No. 19 to No. 9. It’s the third top 10 song from her debut album, Animal. Ke$ha’s first single, “TiK ToK,” was No. 1 for nine weeks, and her second single, “Blah Blah Blah,” made it to No. 7.

Elsewhere, B.o.B’s new single “Airplanes,” featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore, debuts at No. 12. Ludacris’ “My Chick Bad” moves up from No. 16 to No. 13. And making its return to the top 20, Drake’s “Over” slides back into No. 20 from No. 22.

Happy B.o.B made it to No. 1? Do you think Usher will replace him soon? Let us know below.

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