Train

Paramore were the only alternative act in the top ten downloads.

Paramore were the only alternative act in the top ten downloads.

Paramore were the only alternative act in the top ten downloads.

Paramore were the only alternative act in the top ten downloads, Hayley Williams and co only managed to make it to number ten with their track ‘crushcrushcrush’ which sold 6.1 million copies reveal xfm.co.uk. Top spot went to American singer Kesha’s debut release ‘Tik Tok’ with more than double that – 12.8 million copies. Although the digital market increased by 6% bosses are still blaming illegal downloads for it not being bigger. IFPI chief executive Frances Moore said: “As we enter 2011, digital piracy, and the lack of adequate legal tools to fight it, remains the biggest threat to the future of creative industries. “Great new legitimate music offerings exist all over the world, offering consumers a wide range of ways to access music. “Yet they operate in a market that is rigged by piracy, and they will not survive if action is not taken to address this fundamental problem. This is the challenge and the opportunity for governments to seize in 2011.”

The top 10 digital singles in the world in 2010 were:

1. Tik Tok by Kesha sold 12.8 million copies.
2. Bad Romance by Lady Gaga sold 9.7 million copies.
3. Love The Way You Lie by Eminem featuring Rihanna sold 9.3 million copies.
4. Telephone by Lady Gaga sold 7.4 million copies.
5. OMG by Usher featuring Will.i.am sold 6.9 million copies.
6. California Gurls by Katy Perry sold 6.7 million copies.
7. Hey, Soul Sister by Train sold 6.6 million copies.
8. Baby by Justin Bieber sold 6.4 million copies.
9. I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas sold 6.1 million copies.
10. crushcrushcrush by Paramore sold 6.1 million copies.

Lady Gaga tops Billboard year-end charts

Lady Gaga tops Billboard year-end charts

Lady Gaga tops Billboard year-end charts

Lady Gaga tops Billboard year-end charts. Billboard magazine has unveiled their year-end charts for 2010 and its little surprise that Lady Gaga is the Artist of the Year just one year after receiving the New Artist of 2009. She has two albums in the top 13 for the year and four singles in the top 100. New artists of the year goes to Ke$ha who had the biggest single of the year with Tik Tok. She is the first woman in the 64 year history of the Billboard charts to have the biggest single of the year with her debut. The biggest album of the year goes to Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed a Dream which spent six weeks at number one during the eligibility period. Lady Antebellum also makes history by being the first Top Duo/Group for the year from the country genre. The year-end charts are based on chart performance from the December 5, 2009 to the November 27, 2010 issue of the magazine. The top five artists of the year based on all chart activity:

•1. Lady Gaga
•2. Taylor Swift
•3. Eminem
•4. Lady Antebellum
•5. Ke$ha

As far as veteran artists go, only three made it into the top 100. Michael Jackson was highest at 28 due to his showing of four albums in the top 200 of the year. Second was Sade who, on the surface, had an even bigger year with the top Album, R&B Album and R&B Single of the Year by a veteran artist, but they were limited to just the one hit album and single. Finally, Reba McEntire made the list by having three singles in the country top 50 along with the biggest country album by a veteran artist.

•28. Michael Jackson
•46. Sade
•88. Reba McEntire

Here are the top five from each of the charts plus all other chart positions for veteran artists.

Top 200 Albums of 2010

•1. I Dreamed a Dream – Susan Boyle
•2. Recovery – Eminem
•3. Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
•4. The Fame – Lady Gaga
•5. My World 2.0 – Justin Bieber
•14. Soldier of Love – Sade
•22. This is It – Michael Jackson
•39. Number Ones – Michael Jackson
•54. Live at the Troubadour – Carole King & James Taylor
•65. Iron Man 2 Soundtrack – AC/DC
•82. Hope For Haiti Now – Various Artists
•88. The Circle – Bon Jovi
•90. If On a Winter’s Night – Sting
•99. Mojo – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
•106. Greatest Hits – Journey
•111. Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooked Vultures
•112. Essential – Michael Jackson
•124. Valleys of Neptune – Jimi Hendrix
•133. Good Evening New York City – Paul McCartney
•137. Thriller – Michael Jackson
•142. Keep on Loving You – Reba McEntire
•145. Legend: The Best of – Bob Marley & the Wailers
•154. Scream – Ozzy Osbourne
•156. Christmas: 25th Anniversary Collection – Mannheim Steamroller
•157. Chronicles: The 20 Greatest Hits – Creedence Clearwater Revival
•162. Soulbook – Rod Stewart
•173. Buffet Hotel – Jimmy Buffett
•176. Exile on Main Street – Rolling Stones
•187. Guitar Heaven: The Greatest The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time – Santana

Top 100 Singles of 2010

•1. Tik Tok – Ke$ha
•2. Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
•3. Hey, Soul Sister – Train
•4. California Girls – Katy Perry Featuring Snoop Dogg
•5. OMG – Usher Featuring will.i.am
•No Veteran Artists Charting

Top 75 Digital Songs of 2010

•1. Tik Tok – Ke$ha
•2. Hey, Soul Sister – Train
•3. California Girls – Katy Perry Featuring Snoop Dogg
•4, Love the Way You Lie – Eminem Featuring Rihanna
•5. Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
•No Veteran Artists Charting

Top 75 Radio Songs of 2010

•1. Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
•2, OMG – Usher Featuring Rihanna
•3. Tik Tok – Ke$ha
•4. California Girls – Katy Perry Featuring Snoop Dogg
•5. Nothin’ on You – B.o.B. Featuring Bruno Mars
•No Veteran Artists Charting

R&B and Blues

Top 100 R&B Albums of 2010

•1. Recovery – Eminem
•2. The E.N.D. – Black Eyed Peas
•3. The Element of Freedom – Alicia Keys
•4. Soldier of Love – Sade
•5. Thank Me Later – Drake
•8. This is It – Michael Jackson
•42. Still – BeBe & CeCe Winans
•46. I Look to You – Whitney Houston
•48. Number Ones – Janet Jackson
•63. Lotus Flow3r/MpLSound/Elix3r – Prince/Bria Valente
•80. Uncle Charlie – Charlie Wilson
•81. Ultimate Christmas Collection – Jackson 5

Top 100 R&B Singles of 2010

•1. Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready) – Alicia Keys
•2. There Goes My Baby – Usher
•3. It Kills Me – Melanie Fiona
•4. Everything to Me – Monica
•5. Say Aah – Trey Songz Featuring Fabolous
•37. Soldier of Love – Sade
•71. Close to You – BeBe & CeCe Winans
•79. Can’t Live Without You – Charlie Wilson
•81. Million Dollar Bill – Whitney Houston
•95. Can It Stay – Gerald Levert

Top 15 Blues Albums of 2010

•1. Memphis Blues – Cyndi Lauper
•2. Black Rock – Joe Bonamassa
•3. Bingo! – Steve Miller Band
•4. Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook – Bettye LaVette
•5. Roadsongs – Derek Trucks Band
•6. Cadillac Records – Soundtrack
•7. Living Proof – Buddy Guy
•13. Acquired Taste – Delbert McClinton & Dick50
•15. Icon – Etta James

Country, Bluegrass and Folk

Top 75 Country Albums of 2010

•1. Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
•2. Fearless – Taylor Swift
•3. Speak Now – Taylor Swift
•4. Play On – Carrie Underwood
•5. The Foundation – Zac Brown Band
•24. Keep on Loving You – Reba McEntire
•31. Twang – George Strait
•37. American VI: Ain’t No Grave – Johnny Cash
•49. The List – Rosanne Cash
•66. Country Music – Willie Nelson
•72. All the Women I Am – Reba McEntire

Top 60 Country Singles of 2010

•1. Love Like Crazy – Lee Brice
•2. Rain is a Good Thing – Luke Bryan
•3. Why Don’t We Just Dance – Josh Turner
•4. All Over Me – Josh Turner
•5. The Man I Want to Be – Chris Young
•40. I Gotta Get to You – George Strait
•42. Consider Me Gone – Reba McEntire
•50. The Breath You Take – George Strait
•53. I Keep On Loving You – Reba McEntire
•56. Turn on the Radio – Reba McEntire

Top 15 Bluegrass Albums of 2010

•1. Up on the Ridge – Dierks Bentley
•2. Genuine Negro Jig – Carolina Chocolate Drops
•3. Sing the Statler Brothers – Dailey & Vincent
•4. The Crow: New Songs For the 5-String Banjo – Steve Martin
•5. Naturally: A Nearly A Cappella Collection – Isaacs
•6. Mountain Soul II – Patty Loveless
•14. Solo: Songs My Dad Loved – Ricky Skaggs
•15. High, Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project – Loudon Wainwright III

Top 15 Folk Albums of 2010

•Not Yet Available

Rock

Top 50 Rock Albums of 2010

•1. Battle Studies – John Mayer
•2. The Fall – Norah Jones
•3. The Twilight Saga: New Moon – Soundtrack
•4. To the Sea – Jack Johnson
•5. Ocean Eyes – Owl City
•11. Iron Man 2 Soundtrack – AC/DC
•21. The Circle – Bon Jovi
•25. Mojo – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
•30. Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooked Vultures
•31. Valleys of Neptune – Jimi Hendrix•33. Good Evening New York City – Paul McCartney
•40. Scream – Ozzy Osbourne
•49. Buffet Hotel – Jimmy Buffett

Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2010

•1. Dark Horse – Nickelback
•2. A Thousand Suns – Linkin Park
•3. Iron Man 2 Soundtrack – AC/DC
•4. The Oracle – Godsmack
•5. Nightmare – Avenged Sevenfold•9. Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooked Vultures
•10. Valleys of Neptune – Jimi Hendri
•15. Scream – Ozzy Osbourne
•22. Greatest Hits – Motley Crue
•28. The Final Frontier – Iron Maiden
•34. Greatest Hits – Bon Jovi
•39. Chickenfoot – Chickenfoot
•47. Custom Built – Bret Michaels
•49. World Painted Blood – Slayer
•50. Sonic Boom – Kiss

Top 50 Rock Songs of 2010

•1. Savior – Rise Against
•2. Uprising – Muse
•3. I Will Not Bow – Breaking Benjamin
•4. Break – Three Days Grace
•5. Lay Me Down – The Dirty Heads Featuring Rome
•33. Let Me Hear You Scream – Ozzy Osbourne
•44. New Fang – Them Crooked Vultures

Adult Contemporary

Top 50 Adult Contemporary Tracks of 2010

•1. Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
•2. Hey, Soul Sister – Train
•3. Haven’t Met You Yet – Michael Buble
•4. Smile – Uncle Kracker
•5. Already Gone – Kelly Clarkson
•41. We Weren’t Born to Follow – Bnn Jovi

Top 50 Adult Pop Songs of 2010

•1. Hey, Soul Sister – Train
•2. Breakeven – Script
•3. Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
•4. If It’s Love – Train
•5. Life After You – Daughtry
•50. Superman Tonight – Bon Jovi

Dance

Top 50 Dance/Club Play Songs of 2010

•1. Rocket – Goldfrapp
•2. Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
•3. All the Lovers – Kylie Minogue
•4. Fire With Fire – Scissor Sisters
•5. California Girls – Katy Perry Featuring Snoop Dogg
•13. Make Me – Janet Jackson
•23. Give Me Something – (Yoko) Ono
•31. To Paris With Love – Donna Summer
•50. Wouldn’t (I’m a Star) – (Yoko) Ono

Top 25 Dance/Electric Albums of 2010

•1. The Fame – Lady Gaga
•2. The Fame Monster (EP) – Lady Gaga
•3. Ocean Eyes – Owl City
•4. La Roux – La Roux
•5. The Remix – Lady Gaga
•No Veteran Artists Charting

Jazz

Top 50 Jazz Albums of 2010

•1, Crazy Love – Michael Buble
•2. Your Songs – Harry Connick, Jr.
•3. Love is the Answer – Barbra Streisand
•4. Making Merry – Various Artists
•5. Letters to Santa – Various Artists
•9. Heart & Soul – Kenny G
•14. Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin – Brian Wilson
•17. The Imagine Project – Herbie Hancock
•18. Come Rain or Come Shine – Peggy Lee
•20. Christmas Jazz Jam – Wynton Marsalis
•21. Jasmine – Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haydn
•23. Preservation – Preservation Hall Jazz Band
•26. Super Hits – Kenny G
•27. Orchestrion – Pat Metheney
•28. The Gospel According to Jazz: Chapter III – Kirk Whalum
•31. I’m New Here – Gil Scott-Heron
•33. Songs From Lonely Avenue – Brian Setzer
•34. Sinatra: New York – Frank Sinatra
•35. Lee Ritenour’s 6 String Theory – Various Artists
•38. Songs and Stories – George Benson
•40. Vocabularies – Bobby McFerrin
•42. Twelve Nights in Hollywood – Ella Fitzgerald
•44. Sending My Love – Norman Brown
•45. Christmas With Sinatra and Friends – Frank Sinatra
•46. The Complete Reprise Recordings – Frank Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim
•47. Collector’s Edition – Frank Sinatra

Train’s ‘Hey Soul Sister’ iTunes biggest song of 2010

Train's 'Hey Soul Sister' iTunes biggest song of 2010

Train's 'Hey Soul Sister' iTunes biggest song of 2010

Train’s ‘Hey Soul Sister’ iTunes biggest song of 2010. iTunes has announced its biggest selling song of 2010 in the United States is Train’s ‘Hey Soul Sister’. ‘Hey Soul Sister’ is from the ‘Save Me San Francisco’ album released in October, 2009. As of November 1, 2010 it had sold over 4.6 million digital downloads and became the most downloaded song of all-time for Columbia Records. A video for the song was recorded in Los Angeles in front of the Chango Coffee shop on the corner of Morton Ave and Echo Park Ave. The song featured on several TV shows this year including ‘CSI NY’, Hellcats and ‘Medium’. Dixie Chicks covered the song earlier this year when they were on tour with the Eagles. The song was also cover on Glee on November 30, 2010 with Darren Criss singing.

Eminem Leads Grammy Pack With 10 Nods, Bruno Mars Follows With 7

Eminem Leads Grammy Pack With 10 Nods

Eminem Leads Grammy Pack With 10 Nods

Eminem Leads Grammy Pack With 10 Nods, Bruno Mars Follows With 7. Eminem and Bruno Mars lead the nods list for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, it has been announced Wednesday night. The rap superstar has amassed a whopping total of 10 nominations, while the vocalist is not far behind with seven nods.  
Eminem is nominated for Album of the Year and Best Rap Album for his chart-topping “Recovery;” Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap Song, Best Short Form Music Video and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for his “Love the Way You Lie” with Rihanna; Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for “Airplanes II” with B.o.B. and Haley Williams; and Best Rap Solo and Best Rap Song for “Not Afraid.” Mars is up for Best Male Pop Vocal for “Just the Way You Are” and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for B.o.B.’s “Nothin’ On You” among other nods. Lady Gaga and country music trio Lady Antebellum are third placers for most nominations, each getting six nominations. Pals Katy Perry and Rihanna have four nods each, while Beyonce earned two. Justin Bieber is vying for Best New Artist against Drake, Florence and the Machine, Mumford & Sons, and Esperanza Spalding, while the cast of the TV show “Glee” are up for Best Pop Performance by a Dup or Group with Vocals against Maroon 5, Paramore, Sade, and Train. The 53rd annual Grammy Awards will be telecast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS this February 13th.

Justin Bieber, Lady Antebellum Lead Nominees For “2010 American Music Awards”

Justin Bieber, Nominee For "2010 American Music Awards".

Justin Bieber, Nominee For "2010 American Music Awards".

Justin Bieber, Eminem, Lady Antebellum Lead Nominees For “2010 American Music Awards”. Eminem and Lady Antebellum lead the pack of nominees for the “2010 American Music Awards,” taking place this November. The multiplatinum-selling rapper and country crooners both earned 5 nominations each. Eminem earned nods in categories like Favorite Male Artist, Favorite Album for “Recovery,” and Artist of the Year. Eminem has previously taken home 7 American Music Awards, including three awards for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Male Artist. Lady Antebellum was nominated for Favorite Band, Duo, or Group, Favorite Country Album for “Need You Now,” and for T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist, which fans can vote for online or through T-Mobile texting. It’s their first American Music Awards nominations. Justin Bieber scored the second highest amount of nominations this year. He earned four nods, including Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Album for “My World 2.0.” Katy Perry, Ke$ha, B.o.B., and Usher all earned three nominations each. Usher, also a Favorite Male Artist nominee, is among the first confirmed performers for the show, as well as “Raise Your Glass” singer P!nk and Bon Jovi, both promoting new hits collections. More performers and presenters are set to be announced closer to the show. The “2010 American Music Awards” will air live from the Nokia Theatre in L.A. on Sunday, November 21st at 8pm ET/PT on ABC.

2010 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES

POP or ROCK MUSIC

Favorite Male Artist
Justin Bieber
Eminem
Usher

Favorite Female Artist
Ke$ha
Lady Gaga
Katy Perry

Favorite Band, Duo or Group
The Black Eyed Peas
Lady Antebellum
Train

Favorite Album
Justin Bieber/ My World 2.0
Eminem/ Recovery
Katy Perry/ Teenage Dream

COUNTRY MUSIC

Favorite Male Artist
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Brad Paisley

Favorite Female Artist
Miranda Lambert
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Zac Brown Band
Lady Antebellum
Rascal Flatts

Favorite Album
Jason Aldean/ Wide Open
Lady Antebellum/ Need You Now
Carrie Underwood/ Play On

RAP/HIP-HOP MUSIC

Favorite Male Artist
B.o.B.
Drake
Eminem

Favorite Album
B.o.B./ B.o.B. Presents
Drake/ Thank Me Later
Eminem/ Recovery

SOUL/RHYTHM & BLUES MUSIC

Favorite Male Artist
Chris Brown
Trey Songz
Usher

Favorite Female Artist
Alicia Keys
Rihanna
Sade

Favorite Album
Alicia Keys/ The Element of Freedom
Sade/ Soldier of Love
Usher/ Raymond v. Raymond

SOUNDTRACKS

Favorite Album
AC/DC / Iron Man 2
Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

ALTERNATIVE ROCK MUSIC

Favorite Artist
Muse
Phoenix
Vampire Weekend

ADULT CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

Favorite Artist
Michael Buble
Lady Antebellum
Train

LATIN MUSIC

Favorite Artist
Daddy Yankee
Enrique Iglesias
Shakira

CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL

Favorite Artist
Casting Crowns
MercyMe
TobyMac

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Justin Bieber
Eminem
Ke$ha
Lady Gaga
Katy Perry

T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist Nominations

B.o.B
Justin Bieber
Taio Cruz
Jason Derulo
Ke$ha
Lady Antebellum
Travie McCoy
Mike Posner

Train Gets “Unplugged” On VH1 In September

Train Gets "Unplugged" On VH1 In September

Train Gets "Unplugged" On VH1 In September

Train Gets “Unplugged” On VH1 In September. Train is getting “Unplugged” with the return of MTV and VH1’s iconic series. The Grammy Award-winning group are the latest artists to strip down their sound for the mostly acoustic, intimate performance.  Pat Monahan, Jimmy Stafford and Scott Underwood are riding the wave of their latest huge hit, “Hey, Soul Sister.” They’ll also perform more cuts from their latest album, “Save Me San Francisco,” including “If It’s Love,” and “Marry Me.” They’ll also perform their hit “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” and a cover, which has yet to be revealed. Exclusive interviews and performances from “Unplugged: Train” did debut on the VH1 website on August 12th, while the full special will air as part of VH1’s “Friday Night Alright” on Friday, September 17th at 11pm and on Palladia Saturday, September 18th at 9pm. Train are the latest artists to go “Unplugged,” which have included current stars and music legends like Nirvana, Mariah Carey, Eric Clapton, Alicia Keys, and Pearl Jam. Train are currently on tour with John Mayer. They’ll continue on a solo tour through the U.S. at the end of the month before heading overseas for shows in the UK, Germany, and Switzerland, among other spots.

B.o.B. And Bruno Mars Unseat Rihanna From Atop Billboard Hot 100

."Telephone," Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce

."Telephone," Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce

B.o.B. And Bruno Mars Unseat Rihanna From Atop Billboard Hot 100.  After Rihanna spent five weeks in the top spot, her “Rude Boy” can’t get it up past #2 this week. That’s thanks to newcomers B.o.B. and Bruno Mars, who earn their very first #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100. The single, “Nothin’ On You,” climbs to #1 from last week on the strength of its digital sales and airplay. The single is also #1 on the Hot Digital Songs chart this week. B.o.B.’s next single, “Airplanes” with Hayley Williams of Paramore, could crack the top 10 next week as well. While Rihanna slips to #2 with “Rude Boy,” Train remains at #3 for yet another week. The band also tops the 3 million mark in digital sales for its single “Hey, Soul Sister,” which slips to #2 on the Hot Digital Songs chart this week. Taio Cruz remains at #4 this week with his former #1, “Break Your Heart” featuring Ludacris. Lady Antebellum climbs up to #5 this week with “Need You Now,” while Jason Derulo drops to #6 this week with “In My Head.” Lady Gaga and Beyonce remain steady at #7 with their hit duet “Telephone.” “OMG,” the new single from Usher featuring will.i.am, climbs up to #8 this week from #10 last week. The song is also #1 in the U.K. this week. At #9 is Ke$ha, who earns her third top 10 single with “Your Love Is My Drug.” The song climbs all the way up from #19 last week. At #10 is Adam Lambert, who earns his first Top 10 single on the Hot 100, with “Whataya Want From Me.” The song recently received a boost following his performance of the track on “American Idol.” The song moved all the way up from #23 last week. Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 For the Week Ending May 1st, 2010:

1.”Nothin’ On You,” B.o.B. feat. Bruno Mars
2.”Rude Boy,” Rihanna
3.”Hey, Soul Sister,” Train
4.”Break Your Heart,” Taio Cruz feat. Ludacris
5.”Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
6.”In My Head,” Jason DeRulo
7.”Telephone,” Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce
8.”OMG,” Usher feat. will.i.am
9.”Your Love Is My Drug,” Ke$ha
10.”Whataya Want From Me,” Adam Lambert

Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood Headline “Today Show” Summer Concert Series

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood Headline “Today Show” Summer Concert Series. NBC’s “Today Show” is getting ready to kick-off their annual summer concert series and they’ve announced a line-up worthy of a Grammy Awards night. Among the artists participating this year are Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, and Keith Urban.  
Leading the pack of music stars set to rock the stage is none other than Sting, who kicks off the “Today” Summer Concert Series on Friday, May 14th. He’ll perform a half-hour concert of some of his greatest hits. Also in May, the “American Idol” winner and runner-up are both set to perform during a special Thursday performance following the show’s season finale on May 27th.  Justin Bieber fronts the June line-up, performing a concert on Friday, June 4th, while Christina Aguilera takes the stage for a special Tuesday performance on June 8th, the release date for her new album “Bionic.” In July, Lady Gaga takes a break from her Monster Ball tour to hit the Plaza with her concert. John Mayer, Carrie Underwood, and Maroon 5 all take the stage during the month of July as well.  In August, Ke$ha, Train, and Keith Urban are all performing, while Katy Perry takes the stage on the 27th, performing new material from her sophomore album. NBC’s “Today Show” Summer Concert Series Line-Up:
•May 14 — Sting
•May 21 — The Script
•May 27 — American Idol Winner and Runner Up (Special Thursday performance)
•June 4 — Justin Bieber
•June 8 — Christina Aguilera
•June 11 — Rascal Flatts
•June18 — James Taylor and Carol King
•June 25 — Maxwell
•July 2 — Maroon 5
•July 9 — Lady Gaga
•July 16 — Enrique Iglesias
•July 23 — John Mayer
•July 30 — Carrie Underwood
•August 6 — Train
•August 13 — Ke$ha
•August 20 — Keith Urban
•August 27 — Katy Perry

Bon Jovi seeks local bands to open New Meadowlands Stadium shows

Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi seeks local bands to open New Meadowlands Stadium shows.   Three unknown or little-known bands will earn spots on New Jersey’s biggest concert stage this May via Bon Jovi’s “Wanted: a SuperBAND Tonight!” contest. Winners will play 20-minute sets to open Bon Jovi’s May 26, 27 and 29 concerts at New Meadowlands Stadium, the new home of the Giants and the Jets.   The same offer will be made at seven other stops on Bon Jovi’s current tour. Contestants can upload tracks at BonJovi.com/ourstage or Facebook.com/bonjovi, and fans can vote on the tracks there; there is no entry charge. Winners will be selected from among the top 20 fan-ranked artists for each venue. The entry period ends April 21, with final fan rankings announced on April 30, and the winners revealed on May 6.  Also performing at the New Meadowlands Stadium shows will be Train (May 26), Gavin DeGraw (May 27) and OneRepublic (May 29).

Billboard Hot 100 With Rihanna, Beyonce & Justin Bieber.

Rounding out the top 10 this week is Justin Bieber. Bieber’s single “Baby,”

Rounding out the top 10 this week is Justin Bieber. Bieber’s single “Baby,”

Rihanna remains at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with “Rude Boy,” her sixth chart-topper since her career debut. The highest-charting single from her “Rated R” album, along with increased airplay, the single is #3 this week on the Hot Digital Songs chart with sales of 163,000. Jumping up to #2 this week from #5 last week is B.o.B. and Bruno Mars with the single “Nothin’ On You.” The song, which reaches a new peak on the Hot 100, also jumps to #2 on the Hot Digital Songs, selling 166,000 copies. At #3 this week are Lady Gaga and Beyonce with “Telephone,” off of Lady Gaga’s “The Fame” and “The Fame Monster.” This is the sixth Top 10 for Lady Gaga from “The Fame,” which was repackaged with “The Fame Monster” EP.    At #4 this week are Lady Antebellum who slips down from #2 last week with “Need You Now.” The album of the same name actually moves back into the #1 spot on the albums chart this week. At #5 is Taio Cruz with “Break Your Heart,” featuring Ludacris. The single spends a third straight week at #1 on the Hot Digital Songs chart this week, moving 176,000 singles this week. His total stands at 681,000.   At #6 are the Black Eyed Peas, dropping down from #4 with their latest “E.N.D.” hit, “Imma Be.” At #7 is Train with “Hey, Soul Sister,” down a spot from #6. Also seeing drops this week are Young Money with “Bedrock” at #8 and Kesha with “Tik Tok” at #9.   Rounding out the top 10 this week is Justin Bieber. Bieber’s single “Baby,” also featuring Ludacris, climbs back into the top 10 this week from #12 the week before. The single is from his new album “My World 2.0” which hits stores this week.

Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 For the Week Ending April 3rd, 2010:

1. “Rude Boy,” Rihanna

2. “Nothin’ On You,” B.o.B.

3. “Telephone,” Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce

4. “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum

5. “Break Your Heart,” Taio Cruz feat. Ludacris

6. “Imma Be,” Black Eyed Peas

7. “Hey, Soul Sister,” Train

8. “BedRock,” Young Money feat. Lloyd

9. “Tik Tok,” Ke$ha

10. “Baby,” Justin Bieber

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