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Glee's Madonna tribute knocks Justin Bieber off No. 1 spot

GleeImage Credit: Carin Baer/FoxA little Glee appears to be the cure for Bieber fever. Glee‘s The Power of Madonna soundtrack nabbed the No. 1 spot from Justin Bieber this week on the Billboard 200 album chart this week, selling 98,000 copies. It’s the highest debut yet for a Glee-related album, but also the lowest first-week sales: Glee Season One: The Music Volume 1 sold 113,000 copies its first week, while Volume 2 did 173,000.

Lady Antebellum moves from No. 3 to No. 2, selling another 83,000 copies of their Need You Now. Last week‘s No. 2, MGMT‘s Congratulations, fell out of the top 10 altogether.

With the blockbuster film more than a week away from release, AC/DC’s Iron Man 2 soundtrack debuts at No. 4, selling 76,000 copies.

Justin Bieber dropped to No. 3 with My World 2.0, while’s first installment My World is at No. 8. His label head, Usher, dropped from No. 4 to No. 5. His Raymond v. Raymond sold 52,000 units.

Selling 31,000 albums, Jimmy Buffett’s live Walmart exclusive Encores debuts at No. 7. The Zac Brown Band jumps from No. 15 to No. 9. And Lady Gaga‘s rounds out the Top 10 with her 2008 debut, The Fame.

What albums, if any, did you pick up last week? Surprised about this week’s numbers? 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 will.i.am 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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Justin Bieber tops Billboard album chart again, while MGMT manages second place

justin_bieberImage Credit: Pamela LittkeyThis planet still revolves around Justin Bieber. For the second straight week (and third nonconsecutive) his My World 2.0 is No. 1 on the  Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 92,000 records.

It was a slow week on the chart: Bieber’s World is the lowest-selling album in the top spot in almost a year. The last to hold that dubious distinction was Chrisette Michele’s Epiphany, last May.

Psychedelic rockers MGMT‘s sophomore album, Congratulations, is the chart’s biggest debut, landing at No. 2 with 66,000 sold. It’s the best chart showing of their career, Billboard noted. Oracular Spectacular, their last album, never sold more than 17,000 in a week, but its steady sales have led it to a 606,000 total in the U.S.

The chart’s second-highest debut is Coheed and Cambria’s No. 5. ranking for their Year of the Black Rainbows, which sold 51,000 copies. It’s a step down from their last album, 2007′s No World For Tomorrow, which bowed at No. 6 but sold 62,000 units.

Usher, last week‘s No. 2, is now down to No. 4. His latest effort, Raymond v. Raymond, sold 64,000.

Riding off her performance on NBC’s Saturday Night LiveKe$ha‘s Animal returns to the top 10, moving from No. 16 to No. 8 with 31,000 sold.

Monica‘s Still Standing is doing just that in the top 10, holding steady 30,000 records sold at the No. 9 spot.

And Justin Bieber’s first installment of My World falls two spots No. 10 with 30,000.

Surprised MGMT couldn’t knock Bieber out of No. 1? Did you buy anything new this week? Let us know.

Rihanna is No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for fifth straight week

Rihanna-jack-johnsonImage Credit: Johnson: Hilary WalshThe top three slots on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart haven’t changed a bit since last week. Rihanna‘s reign won’t let up, with her “Rude Boy” at No. 1 for the fifth straight week. Again, to Bruno Mars’ dismay,  B.o.B’s “Nothin’ On You” sits at No. 2. And Train’s  “Hey, Soul Sister” remains at No. 3.

Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” and Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” featuring Beyoncé both dropped down two spots this week, now at No. 6 and 7, respectively. Moving on up is Taio Cruz’s “Break Your Heart,” which jumped up two spots to No. 4. Usher, whose “OMG” debuted at No. 14 last week, climbed into the last spot on the top 10. It’s the 15th top 10 cut of his career.

New entries to the top 20 include Jay-Z’s “Young Forever,” at No. 17, Ke$ha‘s “Your Love is My Drug” at No. 19, and Jack Johnson‘s “You and Your Heart,” which debuts at No. 20.

Pop princess Rihanna continues to dance at the top, but there’s plenty of new blood this week. Who do you think will challenge her?

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Justin Bieber jumps over Usher for No. 1 spot

Justin-BieberAfter spending a week behind the R&B star who signed him, Justin Bieber returns to No. 1 on Billboard‘s latest album chart. Riding a successful appearance on NBC’s Saturday Night Live last Saturday, his My World 2.0 sold another 102,000 copies. Bieber’s previous release, My World, is also still in the top 10, at No. 8.  His latest set debuted at No. 1 and remained there for two weeks before his label head Usher knocked him to No. 2. last week selling, 329,000 copies. This week his Raymond v. Raymond drops to No.2, selling 92,000 copies.

The chart’s highest debut comes in at No. 3 from guitar hero Slash. His self-titled album and first as a solo artist sold 30,000. Erykah Badu’s New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh , last weeks No. 4 dropped to five spots to No. 9.

The second and last top 10 debut is Madonna‘s Sticky & Sweet Tour, at No. 10, selling 28,000. The live album from her 2009 tour is Madge’s 19th top 10 set. She’s now tied with Bob Dylan at sixth place for most top 10 albums ever. Getting to the seventh spot proves to be a tough order, though. They’ll have to nearly double their 19 to beat the Rolling Stones, who have 36.

So that is what’s new on the album chart. Bieber fever still has kids hot. Happy with the results? Did you buy a new album that didn’t make the top 10′s cut? Let us know.

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Rihanna stays at No. 1, Usher's 'OMG' debuts big on Billboard Hot 100

usher-rihannaImage Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty ImagesNot much changed this week on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart, and we’re sure Rihanna loves that. For its fourth week straight, her “Rude Boy” is No. 1. And again, B.o.B’s “Nothin’ On You” rests at No. 2. As a matter of fact, the top eight tracks kept the same positions as last week: Train’s  “Hey, Soul Sister” remains at No. 3 and Lady Gaga and Beyonce’s “Telephone” is still ringing in at No. 5.

Returning to the top 10 this week, Jason Derulo‘s “In My Head” climbed from  No. 11 to No. 9.

Meanwhile, Usher‘s having a stellar week. After finding out his new album Raymond v. Raymond is the No. 1 album in the country yesterday, today his “OMG” debuts at No. 14. It’s the third-best debut single of his career. (In 1997 his “Nice & Slow” debuted at No. 9 and in 1998 “My Way” debuted at No. 8.)

Coming of the success of her movie The Last Song, Miley Cyrus‘ “When I Look At You” moved up from 25-16.

Again we ask, who is going to knock Rihanna out of the No. 1 spot? Think Usher can pull it off? Or is it time for B.oB. to snatch it? Let us know what you think.

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Usher tops the albums chart; Erykah Badu makes the top five

usher-erykah-baduThe newest Billboard 200 albums chart holds good news and less-good news for Usher. Good: His Raymond v. Raymond is the No. 1 album in the country! This is his third chart-topper in a row. Go ahead and break out the champagne, Mr. Raymond. Less good: Raymond v. Raymond got there by selling 329,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That’s a solid opening number, so I wouldn’t call this bad news. But it’s a step down from the 443,000 his last one, Here I Stand, bowed with in 2008, much less the 1.1 million copies his album before that one managed in the ancient year of 2004. Part of that is obviously due to the changing retail market for album-length music. It also suggests, however, that the dip in sales from Confessions to Here I Stand wasn’t a fluke. Usher now seems to be a totally respectable 300,000 to 400,000 range artist, just not the unstoppable megastar he was in ’04.

Usher knocks his protégé Justin Bieber down to No. 2, with another 291,000 copies sold of his My World 2.0 in week two. That’s actually 8,000 more than Bieber’s album sold in its first week. Credit where credit is due: My World 2.0 still has yet to become a runaway smash, but his ability to dodge second-week deflation is impressive. (According to Billboard, this “marks the first time a No. 1-debuting album — issued on a traditional Tuesday release schedule — has posted an increase in its second week since 2002.”) If Bieber can keep this up in the weeks to come, he’ll have something more valuable than a huge debut — a steady long-term seller.

Erykah Badu can now put an exact number on how many album sales a naked video (and a $500 fine) will buy: 110,000, which is how many copies her New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh sold in its first week on shelves, winning her the No. 4 spot. That’s a minor comedown from the 124,000 that New Amerykah Part One sold in 2008, so it’s unclear whether Badu’s “Window Seat” video helped boost her sales at all. All controversy and legal drama aside, however, Return of the Ankh is an excellent album, so Badu deserves every one of the sales she got.

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Usher goes 'OMG' with will.i.am in new video: Watch it here

It doesn’t take much to get Usher‘s attention. As he croons on his Euro-pop will.i.am-assisted single “OMG,” a “booty like ‘pow pow pow’” and “some boobies like ‘wow oh wow’” will do you just right.

For a song with such a title, it sure does take a minute for its video to build up to wow-worthy moments. After some clean dance sequences, the magic begins. Usher grooves with shadows, puffs out O’s with cigar smoke, and then links back up with his ladies on a primary colored dance floor to show off his steps. Check it out and let us know what you think. His latest album, Raymond v. Raymond,  is out today.

Grammy rehearsals, day three: Bon Jovi (with Jennifer Nettles) and a tribute to Michael Jackson

The final day of Grammy rehearsals is upon us! Oh, it seems only yesterday that I was fighting to get through security in time for Zac Brown’s rehearsal, but no, that was Thursday. Oh, the memories!  (You can read our coverage of previous days here.)

It was a slow Saturday at Staples for me, since only a few acts were scheduled before I had to head home and get gussied up for tonight’s Clive Davis bash. I’ll have full coverage of that star-studded event tomorrow, but for now, read on for the scoop on Bon Jovi (with Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles) and the Michael Jackson tribute from Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Smokey Robinson, and Usher. Sadly, I was bounced from the room before Beyonce could rehearse, but I’ll say this: She is using the whole stage. READ FULL STORY

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