Entries tagged with: Billboard
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
We've never gotten the Tupac biopic that we probably deserve, though he has appeared as a character in Straight Outta Compton and Notorious. Now some people in China have taken it upon themselves to deliver the goods, as a trailer for an unauthorized Chinese Tupac biopic has recently surfaced online. It's called Until the End of Time and the trailer is pretty psychotic. It seems as though the film will involve a high school student doing a research project on Tupac that leads him to cross paths with Pac's ex-lover, or something along those lines. It's one of the better trailers I've seen in quite some time, and you can watch it below.
In related news, it angered many Tupac fans when Billboard recently published a list of the 10 greatest rappers of all time that omitted Tupac. (But hey, at least Macklemore wasn't involved.) I would note that the list in general shows a pretty strong east coast slant, with Biggie, Jay Z, Nas, Ghostface Killah and Rakim all showing up and Kendrick Lamar the sole west coast rapper recognized on the list. Rappers like T.I., Snoop Dogg and Scarface have taken to social media to express their disagreement with the list, although I would argue that Jay Electronica has perhaps the best take on the situation:
why is everyone so upset about the billboard list. upset over a top 10 list of rap greats written by these dudes? pic.twitter.com/cJDw3YJ6fi— سيف الله (@JayElectronica) November 17, 2015
And for you LA residents, there's also a new Tupac-centric "All Eyez On Me" exhibit at the Grammy Museum downtown.
Check out the trailer for Until The End of Time, along with some anti-Billboard social media posts below...
It's the 25th anniversary of Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart, and FACT points to a list Billboard posted of the all-time top 100 rap tracks since the chart's inception. Seven of the top 10 tracks come from rap's "golden era" of the '90s, but very depressingly, Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" comes in at #1 OF ALL TIME. He's also got "Can't Hold Us" at #4. Kanye is tight.
The full 100 is at Billboard. Browse the top 10, along with a disclaimer of how the list was calculated, below...
Arcade Fire outside Capitol Records in LA (more by Marcus Haney)
Arcade Fire debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Reflektor," selling 140,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.--
This is the band's second No. 1 album. It also bowed atop the list with its last set, 2010's "The Suburbs." However, that record started with a slightly larger figure: 156,000.
"Reflektor" is distributed by Universal Music Group, the band's first album with major distribution. Its previous sets went through Warner Music's indie distribution arm Alternative Distribution Alliance. Another change in the world of Arcade Fire is that it has a new partner in Capitol Records, which is promoting the album to radio. (The band is still with its longtime label Merge Records, which celebrates its sixth top 10 with "Reflektor.") Last week's No. 1, Katy Perry's "PRISM," falls to No. 2 with 92,000 and a 68% sales decline. That second-week dip is the smallest for a No. 1 debut since August, when the Civil Wars' self-titled album fell by 66% in its second frame. Of the 10 No. 1 debuts after that (not including Arcade Fire), the largest second-week dip was Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)," which dropped by 80%.
Arcade Fire leads six debuts in the top 10 this week, as the group is joined by a pair of Christmas releases, two new country efforts and Linkin Park's remix album "Recharged."
Matthew Perpetua at Buzzfeed writes:
"On a superficial level, it can be hard to understand why Lorde is being lumped in with the alternative rock crowd. There's not a lot of "rock" in her songs, and her voice comes closer to the R&B-influenced inflections of pop radio than the yelps, whines, and shouts that have always dominated "alternative" music. There are moments on her debut, Pure Heroine, that tip in the direction of artier indie music -- she leans pretty hard on ambient drones and minimalist beats on cuts like "Ribs" and "400 Lux." But overall, it's a set of songs that exist in more or less the same cultural space as Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus. (Not to mention Drake, who is also a pretty big fan of ambient minimalism.)" [Buzzfeed]
Daft Punk are back, as you know because you don't live in a cave with no internet or cell service, but now it's officially in a big way. The duo's new album, Random Access Memories, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Album Chart, selling 339,000 copies their first week. The single, "Get Lucky," is currently at #10 on the Hot 100.
The National's Trouble Will Find Me did pretty well its debut week two, enough for it to hit #3 with 75,000 copies. Sandwiched in between is former Hootie & the Blowfish singer Darius Rucker whose new solo album, True Believers, sold 83,000 copies putting it at #2. The #4 and #5 slots are held by rapper French Montana's Excuse My French and The Great Gatsby soundtrack.
Last week's #1, Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City, fell to #7.
Still no word on Daft Punk touring plans. What gives?
photos by Tim Griffin
The Rosebuds in Texas
Viscous blue light drowned the stage as the highly anticipated headliner, The Rosebuds, captured attention and hearts with "Go Ahead", an indie-rock summer anthem, plagued with melancholy, but overflowing in beauty.
From their 2007 album, Night of the Furies, The Rosebuds performed "Cemetery Lungs" with unwavering energy, beneath bright pink and fuchsia lights. Also from Night of the Furies, one of the crowd favorites was clearly the upbeat and danceable indie-folk track, "Leaves Do Fall".
Promoting their latest album, Loud Planes Fly Low..., The Rosebuds primarily performed tracks featured on that particular album, such as "Limitless Arms", "Come Visit Me", "Cover Ears", and "Second Bird of Paradise". Loud Planes Fly Low, is the first album produced by The Rosebuds since front-musicians Kelly Crisp and Ivan Howard's divorce. Staying together for the sake of music, this particular album exuded more humanity and vulnerability than anything The Rosebuds produced before. -[Red River Noise]
The Rosebuds spent a Friday night (June 25) in Austin at The Parish, where they linked up with Oax and Other Lives for a show as part of their current ongoing Southwest/West Coast headlining tour. Pictures from the Texas show are in this post.
Its in Justin Vernon's home state of Wisconsin that The Rosebuds will link up with Bon Iver for a string of dates on their way back East, eventually landing at the final two sold-out dates of the tour in NYC, 8/9 at United Palace and 8/10 at Prospect Park Bandshell. Rosebuds tour-mate Other Lives will open shows for Bon Over in September. All dates are listed below.
Speaking of Bon Iver, as you may have heard:
Jill Scott earns her very first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 with "The Light of the Sun," as the new set starts with 135,000 copies sold last week. The R&B singer's previous charting best was 2004's "Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds, Vol. 2," which peaked at No. 3. Her last studio album before a foray into acting was 2007's "The Real Thing: Words and Sounds, Vol. 3" which made it to No. 4.Jill Scott is touring in support of her album this summer too.
Meanwhile, Bon Iver has a big week as the self-titled sophomore set enters at No. 2 with 104,000. These numbers easily best his former highs: his 2009 EP "Blood Bank" debuted and peaked at No. 16 with 23,000. Mastermind Justin Vernon's first album under the moniker, "For Emma Forever Ago," never made it higher on the chart than No. 64. [HitFix]
Loud Planes Fly Low is The Rosebuds new LP, out now via Merge. Look for it at the merch table of one of their tour dates, which are all listed with more pictures from The Parish, below...
photos by Josh Darr
"With Soundgarden grinding out giant slabs of sludgy metal on one end of Grant Park in Chicago, Arcade Fire closed out Lollapalooza with an epic batch of songs from their three critically-acclaimed albums. While they didn't have any costume changes (as Lady Gaga did) or T-shirt cannons (which Green Day had), they still managed to pack a tremendous amount of drama into their set.Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" is officially #1 on the Billboard 200 with 156,000 sold. More pictures and the setlist from their Sunday set at Lollapalooza, below...
For Arcade Fire, it's all in the songs, which use an eclectic combination of instruments (chiming guitars, humming organs, languid strings, ramshackle percussion) to stack bits of melody on top of each other and create a head-spinning swirl of quiet moments, crescendos, comedowns and climaxes. There's a distinct possibility that Arcade Fire are the best band in the world right now, and they do it with exquisite songwriting and passionate commitment.
And sweat. Lots and lots of sweat." [MTV]
The National @ The High Violet Annex (more by David Andrako)
Combine the downward trend of album sales with a week of no major releases and what do you get? The fewest number of total album sales, 5.3 million, in a single week since Nielsen SoundScan started its tracking in 1991. Topping this week's Billboard chart is Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" (Island), its fourth time in the spot, with sales of just over 60,000, barely escaping the specter of being the lowest selling No. 1 album in SoundScan's history. (The "Dreamgirls" soundtrack sold about 300 fewer copies in January 2007.) Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" (Capitol Nashville), the year's most consistent seller, stayed at No. 2 for the fourth straight week, moving 54,000 copies.PREVIOUSLY: The National & guests played BAM & YouTube (pics & video)
The top new album was "High Violet" (4AD) from the National, selling 51,000 copies, good enough for No. 3. [NY Times]
photos by Bao Nguyen
New York band Vampire Weekend sees its sophomore set "Contra" debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 124,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set is only the 12th independently distributed album to top the Billboard 200 chart since SoundScan began powering the list in May of 1991.They knew there was a chance, but Vampire Weekend got the definitive news last night (Tuesday, 1/19) at Bowery Ballroom where they were to play their hometown of NYC for the third night in a row. Sunday was at United Palace. Monday was at Webster Hall. More pictures from Tuesday below...
Vampire Weekend not only celebrates its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, but the New York band also notches its best sales week yet. The quartet's previous best sales frame was earned when its self-titled first album opened with 28,000 copies in its opening week. That set debuted and peaked at No. 17 on the chart and has since sold 498,000.
"Contra" also is the second independently-distributed album to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in the past year. It is distributed by Alternative Distribution Alliance and marks the first indie set to top the tally since Pearl Jam's self-released "Backspacer" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated Oct. 10, 2009. [Billboard]
Moby @ Issue Project Room benefit 4/24 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
How's it going?The free track impressed some people, but not Billboard (or more specifically Glenn Coolfer Peoples) who doesn't think people should jump to conclusions about what caused that track to sell well, or even if maybe it sold less than it would have had it not been free (to people that knew about it).
The album just came out and it would be #1 euro charts if not for michael jackson re-releases.
So that's good.
But here's something funny: the best selling itunes track is 'shot in the back of the head'.
Why is that funny?
Because its the track we've been giving away for free for the last 2 months and that we're still givng away for free.
How are you?
Moby [via Bob Lefsetz]
Moby is currently on tour in Europe. This fall, he'll be touring North America behind the new album, Wait for Me (which is out now). That includes a Monday, September 21st show at Irving Plaza. Tickets go on Live Nation and Radio presale July 16th at 10am. General sale starts July 17th at 10am. Two videos from his new record, with all tour dates (with more TBA), below...
"I am plainly shocked that the record has been number one in Europe this week, and I want to pause and thank all the people around the world that made that happen, and who have supported me with so much heart over the last few years, and come to my shows, and collected up all the press from around the world on the justonestar website, and wished me well, and shared some time with me at live shows. Thank you for urging me forward through a glorious dream, the likes of which is more your creation than mine. Antony x"
Antony & the Johnsons @ Keswick Theater in PA (Michael Alan Goldberg / SPIN)
"Antony & the Johnsons' "The Crying Light" (Rough Trade) makes a dramatic debut at No. 1 on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart, as Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold" (Virgin/EMI) scores a fourth week atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.Antony was on WNYC on February 8th. Listen to that here. Tonight, February 19th, Antony kicks off his two-night run at Town Hall in NYC. In April he plays Coachella. Last night he was on Letterman. That video, and more, below...
"The Crying Light," easily the highest charting of the U.S.-based act's three albums, makes a series of eye-catching debuts across the region. It's in at No. 2 in Spain and Sweden, No. 3 in Denmark, No. 4 in France, Holland and Norway, No. 9 in Italy and No. 18 in the United Kingdom, the latter with sales of 10,000 units. It also climbs 2-1 in the Belgian region of Flanders.
"Light" is the follow-up to 2005's "I Am A Bird Now," which won the U.K.'s Mercury Music Prize for the group led by New Yorker Antony Hegarty. It qualified for the prize because Hegarty was born in the U.K." [Billboard - January 29, 2009]
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band in Philly, Oct 6, 2007 (CRED)
Bruce's Saturday night Philly setlist below....