Music makes the people come together — but lyrics might be even more powerful as unification tools. Think about it: Whether you’re a rap fiend or a hater of all things hip hop, you have to admire a guy who figures out a way to rhyme “narcissist” with “lobster bisque.” See below to find out what we’ve dubbed 2012′s top five lyrics, which artists warbled 2012′s worst five lyrics, and which lyric won the dubious honor of being the year’s best AND worst at the same time. (Hint: Think “Call Me Maybe.”)
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They may have had a trophy-free night at last weekend’s American Music Awards, but One Direction still have the votes of more than half a million album buyers (you know who you are).
For the second time this year, the British boy band has snagged the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart thanks to their sophomore effort Take Me Home. And taken to many homes they were: the group moved 540,000 units in the week, a vast improvement from the 176,000 their record-breaking debut Up All Night earned them back in March.
The new numbers give them the third largest debut week of the year, with only Taylor Swift’s Red (1.2 million) and Mumford & Sons’ Babel (600,000) surpassing them.
Rounding out the top three this week is The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 soundtrack, which pulled off 93,000 in sales for the frame — a decent showing, but markedly less than their first installment’s soundtrack (which debuted at No. 1 with 165,000) or the New Moon edition (which moved 153,000 units).
Congratulations are in order for Taylor Swift, who may not have won Entertainer of the Year at the CMAs last night but for all intents and purposes made it rain with her new album Red. The country-popper’s fourth release moved 1.21 million copies in its opening week, and set a boatload of records along the way. Most notably, she became the only woman in the SoundScan era to sell over a million copies in a week on more than one occasion, as her previous album Speak Now also went instant-platinum back in 2010.
But there’s one statistic that really stands out, and that’s the fact that Red represents the biggest single week for a release since 2002, when Eminem’s The Eminem Show moved 1,322,000 copies in its opening week. Red is still only the eighth biggest opening week of all time, but it’s way more impressive a showing than a lot of the albums in front of her, the bulk of which were released between 2000 and 2002, when music was the centerpiece of the pop culture conversation, record stores still existed, TRL remained a power player, and the evil Internet had yet to make its full impact on downloading culture (Napster was at its height, but in the pre-iTunes universe, most people were still wary of online music, and the shift to universal broadband hadn’t set in yet).
The fact that Swift has not only put up such a big number but actually improved upon her last album is nothing short of remarkable. The industry has only narrowed since she last released an album, and yet here she is cranking up her sales numbers. So while she basks in the glow of her latest industry-related victory, the question arises: What is Taylor Swift’s ceiling? READ FULL STORY »
The real winners were announced last night at the 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards. But here are a few more honors from the telecast you should feel free to weigh in on:
Best Hosts: There really aren’t enough superlatives to describe the effervescent duo of Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood — they’re simply the best. If you were to look through the last five years of Oscar/Grammy/Tony/Emmy telecasts, you’d be hard pressed to find one joke that could compete with Paisleywood’s opening monologue. Their goofy (and increasingly saucy) hosting style always brings the laughs, and they keep the show moving briskly. On top of that, they both performed their own singles, delivered heartfelt tributes to Andy Griffith and Connie Smith, and demonstrated impressive “Gangnam Style” technique. Do better than that, Seth MacFarlane.
Best performance: I’m a sucker for the CMA Awards’ tribute performances (I still get a little teary thinking about last year’s Glen Campbell effort), and this year’s Willie Nelson-centered medley was no exception. Charles Kelly and Hillary Scott (of Lady Antebellum) sounded terrific on “Always on My Mind,” as did Blake Shelton and Keith Urban on “Whiskey River” and Faith Hill and Tim McGraw on “Good Hearted Woman.” The whole thing felt so warm that when Nelson himself took the stage and sang ”The life I love is making music with my friends,” (from “On the Road Again”), you really believed it was happening in that moment. Watch below. READ FULL STORY »
Taylor Swift may have gone pop on her new album Red, but she’s still welcome in Nashville, judging by the huge applause she earned at the end of her CMA Awards performance of her new country single, “Begin Again.”
Swift’s performance mirrored the song’s new music video, which is set inside a Parisian café. An accordion player set the French mood as couples sipped lattes at tables behind him. Then Swift entered wearing… a red dress. (I’d poke fun at her insistence on constantly wearing clothes that name check her new album, but who am I to knock it? She clearly knows what she’s doing.) READ FULL STORY »
Tonight is country music’s biggest night. The 46th annual Country Music Association Awards will air at 8:00 p.m. on ABC, and it’s already shaping up to be a great show.
Why? Well, because the CMA Awards are always a great show. In an overcrowded field of country awards (ACAs, I still haven’t warmed up to you), the CMA Awards remain the most prestigious — and most entertaining — of the bunch.
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, who have become quite the formidable comic duo, are returning for a fifth year as hosts (check out their interview about the show here), and performances from stars like Kelly Clarkson and The Band Perry, both of whom will perform new singles, as well as Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean will keep the night rocking.
But at the center of the awards are still, believe it or not, the actual awards! We’ve already given you our thoughts on all the nominations (as well as all the snubs and surprises), but now let’s handicap who might win in the major categories. READ FULL STORY »
Taylor Swift’s latest album Red sold over 1 million copies in its first week — a whopping 1.21 million copies to be exact, according to the music industry maestros at Hits Daily Double — making her the first woman in chart history to ever have two albums sell over 1 million copies in their first weeks. (Speak Now sold 1.05 million units in its first week in 2010.) The only other artists to have ever achieved that feat are The Backstreet Boys (with Millenium and Black and Blue), ‘N Sync (with No Strings Attached and Celebrity) and Eminem (with The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show). READ FULL STORY »
Taylor Swift will co-host the Grammy nominations television special.
Grammy officials say the pop star will join LL Cool J as hosts of the Dec. 5 special, airing live on CBS from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. This is the first year the nominations special has been broadcast from Music City.
Grammy officials also announced Monday that rising country star Luke Bryan has been added to the telecast as a performer, joining Maroon 5 as the only acts announced so far. More performers will be revealed at a future date.
Swift has won six Grammys. She released her latest album, “Red,” last week.
The 55th annual Grammy Awards will be held Feb. 10 in Los Angeles.