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Michael Buble tops the albums chart again; 'New Moon' soundtrack sees strong early sales

Is there any pop-culture entity that’s hotter right now than The Twilight Saga: New Moon? Ladies and gents, there is, and his name is Michael Bublé. The Canadian crooner topped the Billboard 200 albums chart last week with just three days’ sales. This week Bublé has done it again, extending his stay at No. 1 after shifting another 203,000 units in his first full week on shelves, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

That means a No. 2 finish for the New Moon soundtrack, which bows with 115,000 copies sold. But wait! To be fair, the soundtrack was was only on sale for three days of last week after its rush release. Selling 115,000 copies in that compressed period is actually pretty impressive — slightly less than the first Twilight soundtrack sold in its entire first week last year. I hope this heralds many more thousands of teen vampire fanatics who will be listening to Grizzly Bear and St. Vincent by Halloween. (Even so, Bublé sold 17,000 more copies than New Moon in his three-day frame the previous week. Just saying.)

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'New Moon' soundtrack: Hurricane Bells singer explains how he got the gig

There it is, track No. 10 on the New Moon soundtrack lineup: Hurricane Bells, “Monsters.” Up until the full New Moon soundtrack details were revealed yesterday, almost nobody had ever heard of an artist by that name. Steve Schiltz, the sole member of Hurricane Bells, tells the Music Mix that he only got around to creating a MySpace page for the project about three weeks ago. “There’s like a couple hundred plays on each song,” Schiltz laughs. (Those play counts are a little higher today, of course.) “I made a record myself without telling anybody. It’s a complete stroke of luck that one of the songs ended up being on the soundtrack.

“Monsters” is one of several leftover songs that Schiltz recorded under the Hurricane Bells moniker when they didn’t work for his main band, Longwave. “It’s a little more rocky, up-tempo, than the stuff that’s on the Hurricane Bells MySpace page — it’s got some fuzzed-out guitar,” he says. Schiltz’s manager quietly got the tune placed on the New Moon soundtrack, keeping him in the dark until approximately last week. “I got an email from the director [Chris Weitz] saying that he wanted to use it as maybe the first song in the film, and I started kinda s—ing my pants!”

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'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' soundtrack lineup announced: See it here

After weeks — nay, months — of speculation, the official lineup for The Twilight Saga: New Moon‘s soundtrack has finally arrived. As predicted, it’s an alt-rock bonanza (the Killers! Grizzly Bear! Muse!), with a few surprises included.

Among those surprises: Hurricane Bells who? (This seems to be a side project of Longwave frontman Steve Schiltz; as of this writing, the most-played song on their MySpace has been listened to 319 times. It’s not bad!) I’m not sure OK Go‘s name came up during the endless New Moon soundtrack anticipation cycle, either.

For this jaded music critic, however, the biggest news is that Radiohead’s Thom Yorke is indeed contributing a new song, as previously reported — and it’s neither of the two new solo songs that he released today. Instead it’s something called “Hearing Damage.” Huh! Can’t wait to hear that one, damage or no. Ditto for Grizzly Bear’s brand-new “Slow Life,” naturally, as well as the Bon Iver/St. Vincent collab. I’ve gotta say, with those last few artists in particular, this is sounding like a compilation that I might be tempted to pick up regardless of my feelings toward the Twilight franchise. (For the record: I thought the first movie was ridiculous but fun. The trailers for New Moon, however, have kinda lost me with the budget-CGI werewolves. I’ll probably see it anyway.)

See the full track listing after the jump, courtesy of Twilight series author Stephenie Meyer’s official website, and stream the official first single, Death Cab for Cutie’s “Meet Me on the Equinox,” below. Then let us know: What do you think of this lineup? Is it everything you’d hoped it would be and more? What’s missing?

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'True Blood"s Alexander Skarsgard: TV vampire, sexy Swede... guest DJ?

True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard — he of the  vampiric Nordic smolder, well-known actor dad, and Lady Gaga video beat-downs — has added another piece of flare to his resume: Guest DJ on L.A. indie station KCRW (perhaps because True Blood music supervisor Gary Calamar also has an on-air show there).

Among the self-dubbed “punk rocker”‘s picks, each accompanied by a personal anecdote? A dedication of the Rolling Stones’ “Mother’s Little Helper,” pegged to months spent at his father’s Swedish summer house; the Buzzcocks’ “Ever Fallen in Love,” for an ex-girlfriend (“I hope she found happiness, wherever she is” he says); and, for mom, Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl.”

The entire segment is available for streaming here; is it just us, or does Skarsgard, who says he didn’t learn English until he was much older, have kind of a Tommy Lee Jones/Lyle Lovett lockjaw twang happening here? Intriguing!

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Backstreet Boys' 'Straight Through My Heart' video: Backstreet's... back?

I have to tell you, Music Mixers, I am loathe to post this new clip from the Backstreet Boys.

And not for the reasons you think — I’m not at all averse to wanting it that way; Lou Pearlman‘s Orlando pop factory produced some fantastic stuff. But this “comeback” below is giving me a major case of the sads.

First of all, they all look like uncomfortable dads who got dragged to an all-you-can-grab sale at Wilsons Leather. Second, they seem to be making a semi-desperate play for the current vampire saturation in pop culture (also, major shades of the opening club scene in Blade), what with the fangy teeths, red eyes, and Day Walker lore. And third — I don’t know, but their hearts just don’t seem in it.

So yeah, I’m not sure the transition to Backstreet Men is quite a graceful one. But you tell me, readers — especially all you who came out to represent the Boys in our Guilty Pleasures poll –is this the Backstreet evolution you hoped for?

'New Moon' soundtrack: Will Thom Yorke and Kings of Leon contribute? And who else should?

Yorke-Twilight_l Speculation about who will appear on the New Moon soundtrack heated up this week after director Chris Weitz dropped a few big names to a RottenTomatoes.com interviewer: “The criterion will still always be what’s right for the movie at that given moment, but Thom Yorke is interested; we might, if we’re very lucky, get Kings of Leon to do something.” Well, well!

But don’t get too excited just yet. Yorke’s camp would neither confirm nor deny the Radiohead frontman’s reported involvement to EW at this time. The Kings of Leon connection, meanwhile, seems even more tenuous. “Not as of right now, no,” KoL lead singer Caleb Followill tells EW’s Whitney Pastorek when asked if his band will contribute to the Twilight sequel. “I haven’t had any time to write any music, we’ve been so busy… I would have to write a song in my hotel room, which I think we might could do, but I don’t know. As of right now I’m more focused on getting some rest and writing another album.”

Oh well. For now, at least, sounds like the New Moon soundtrack field is still very much wide open. It’d be a choice gig for any up-and-comer, considering how successful the first Twilight film’s soundtrack was. So whose tunes would you like to hear in the next teen-vampire flick this fall? Sink your fangs into some suggestions in the comments below.

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'True Blood' exclusive: CC Adcock's "Bleed 2 Feed"

Ccadcocktrublood_lTwilight, Shmilight. HBO viewers live (or do they undie??) for the would-be neck-biters of True Blood, and now they’ll have the music to match.

Tomorrow, the show’s swampy, steamy soundtrack — full of born Louisianans like Lucinda Williams and Allen Toussaint, as well as less local acts Ryan Adams, the Flying Burrito Brothers and the Watson Twins — hits stores, but you can stream CC Adcock’s "Bleed 2 Feed" right here, and relive the plasma-sucking glory of Adcock’s appearance on the first season:


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