Music News


New Music Tuesdays...
Out this week (4/15):
  • The Black Keys - Turn Blue
  • Breathe Carolina - Savages
  • Jason Derulo - Talk Dirty
  • Emerson Hart - Beauty in Disrepair
  • Ingrid Michaelson - Lights Out
  • Needtobreathe - Rivers in the Wasteland
  • Sevendust - Time Travelers & Bonfires
Out next week (4/22):
  • Augustana - Life Imitating Art
  • Bastille - All This Bad Blood
  • G. Love & Special Sauce - Sugar
  • Keb Mo - Bluesamericana
  • Neon Trees - Pop Psychology
  • Soundtrack: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Top Albums

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last
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Artist - Album
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on
1
1
Soundtrack: Frozen
20
2
9
Pharrell Williams - G I R L
6
3
2
5 Seconds of Summer - She Looks So Perfect
2
4
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MercyMe - Welcome to the New
1
5
NEW
Black Label Society - Catacombs of the Black Vatican
1
6
NEW
SoMo - SoMo
1
7
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Martina McBride - Everlasting
1
8
15
Luke Bryan - Crash My Party
35
9
5
Shakira - Shakira.
3
10
19
Florida Georgia Line - Here's to the Good Times
71
Source: Soundscan, April 26, 2014


DEMI LOVATO ADDRESSES HER SOCIAL MEDIA HATERS
Demi Lovato shut down a Twitter user Tuesday night (April 15th) for calling her a "fatty." Demi tweeted, "Dear haters, you don't have to like me cause I love you. Everyone's equal, everyone has a soul and everyone deserves to be loved."

  • She later wrote, "Dear Lovatics, for every hater tweet - don't respond with hate but love and positivity.. Try love instead of combat."


DIDDY TOPS 'FORBES' FIVE LIST OF HIP-HOP'S WEALTHIEST ARTISTS
For the fourth year in a row, Diddy tops the Forbes Five list of Hip-Hop's Wealthiest Artists. The mogul made $700 million in the past year -- that's an $120 million increase from his net worth last year. Dr. Dre comes in at number two with $550 million, while Jay Z takes the number three spot with $520 million. Coming in at number four is Bryan "Birdman" Williams with $160 million -- which would be $300 million if he didn't split his Cash Money fortune with brother Slim, and rounding out the top spot is 50 Cent, with $140 million.

  • The Forbes Five list was determined using past earnings, current holdings, financial docs and talking to industry tastemakers and some of the artists themselves.

DIDDY FACES BACKLASH OVER HOWARD COMMENCEMENT SPEECH

In other news, Diddy has received major backlash from Howard students after it was announced that he was selected to speak at the school's commencement ceremony. Many students felt that the mogul wasn't worthy to speak at the ceremony, since he dropped out of Howard. According to TMZ, a rep for the schools aid that despite backlash, Diddy will speak at the commencement.

The rep said, "Howard University continues the tradition of identifying leaders whose work has clearly contributed to the advancement of their fields and the world ... We are honored to have Mr. Combs serve as our speaker."

  • Former speakers include Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, and Maya Angelou.


KANYE WEST AND KIM KARDASHIAN SET TO WED IN FRANCE
E! News has confirmed that Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are set to wed in France. A source told the site that friends and family members have already been given a tentative date for the event. The source explained, "Save-the-dates haven't gone out in a traditional sense. It's been word of mouth so far—nothing on paper. But everyone has started making travel arrangements."

  • The insider added, "Kanye is definitely running the show. The wedding will reflect his taste and style. Kim is on board. That means no more Vera Wang or giant crosses -- Kanye would never. It's about high style and high fashion, taste, elegance."


LADY GAGA RESPONDS TO LILY ALLEN'S COMPLIMENT ABOUT 'ARTPOP'
Lady Gaga has responded to Lily Allen defending Gaga's album sales for her latest record, ARTPOP. During a BBC radio interview, Mother Monster said, "That's very sweet, I've always been a very big fan of hers and I appreciate her standing up for artists and for me in particular, that's really admirable for her to do that."

She continued, "I think all artists should stand by one another. When it becomes a competition then we're not supporting creativity and art, but when you support one another wholeheartedly then you're supporting everyone and anything to make what they love."

  • Gaga added, "I thought that was very sweet, so thank you Lily, you're lovely."
  • Lily commended Gaga for staying true to herself in a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine. The singer said, "If she's not succeeding commercially because she's standing by what she does as art, then that's a f**king great thing. That's to be commended. That's what makes a martyr. There's nothing wrong with that."


ROBIN THICKE NAMED SEXIST OF THE YEAR

The End Violence Against Women Coalition has named Robin Thicke sexist of the year. According to E! Online, Sara Green, a spokesperson for the coalition said in a statement, "Our heartfelt congratulations to a worthy winner Robin Thicke for both his concerted sexist efforts, and in the end the platform he created for rejection of the use of women as objects to promote mediocre pop. Sexism might be de rigeur for some music industry 'creatives' but the times they are a-changin'."

The group also highlighted a GQ interview that Robin did, where he said about his song "Blurred Lines," "What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman. I've never gotten to do that before'."

Apparently, Robin's prize is a voucher to download Aretha Franklin's Respect to teach him a lesson.

  • Meanwhile, Robin's dad Alan Thicke spoke on Robin's relationship with estranged wife Paula Patton. He told Us Weekly, "From my perspective, I always let Robin speak through his music. He's in the middle of a great album right now. A lot of power in the album."
  • He added, "We love them, they're great people. Whatever they decide to do, it will be the right thing."


SOURCE: 'JUSTIN BIEBER IS READY TO MAKE SOME CHANGES IN HIS LIFE'
Sources have said that Justin Bieber is ready to turn a new leaf. A source told E! News that the singer is "ready to make some changes in his life." The insider explained, "The bad influences in his life, for the most part are being weeded out. He's making more of an effort to hang out with people who are positive influences in his life."

The source continued, "He has started listening to the people around him and he knows it is not too late to change things. He's being more selective with his friends. He wants people around him that will help him and guide him and keep him on the right path."

  • The insider added, "There has been a real maturing recently. This whole process has been a growing period for him and he has finally woken up to realize what he needs to do to get back on track and be the Justin Bieber he used to be. He's ready to change and be a better person before it's too late."


UK FANS UNDER 12-YEARS-OLD MAY NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND ONE DIRECTION CONCERT
One Direction fans under 12-years-old may not be allowed into the band's UK stadium shows this summer. According to Digital Spy, the health and safety rules of the UK's Sunderland's Stadium of Light, says that children under 12 will not be permitted with a standing ticket. Meanwhile, fans between 12 and 16-years-old must be accompanied by an adult.

The venue's head of security and safety told BBC Newsbeat, "The age restrictions are laid down by the promoter to ensure the safety of everyone attending the show, which is a very different dynamic to anything we have staged at the Stadium of Light previously."

  • Fans under 12 are allowed in the stadium with a seated ticket.


FUN.'S NATE RUESS IS READY TO GET BACK TO WORK
Fun. frontman Nate Ruess has told Rolling Stone in a new interview that he has finally starting writing the follow-up to 2012's breakout album Some Nights. Ruess revealed, "It's moving. There's an apprehension at first, because I don't want this thing to move too fast, because I want to be able to enjoy being at home. And with this album -- and after being on the road for a few years -- you can't help but think of how each song is gonna fit. You start thinking about what you're gonna want to play, and what you're gonna want to say."

  • Ruess added that he expects the band's next album to be quite different from Some Nights since he's in a different place in his life. He explained, "When you look at a song like 'Some Nights.' I remember when writing it, the thought was, 'No one’s gonna understand this. This isn't gonna happen. And this is the last chance, and then I gotta go get a real job.' The first song on this new album is like the opposite of that, lyrically. You know, 'You got what you wished for. What the f*** are you wishing for now?'"
  • Fun. has been on a break since completing the Some Nights touring cycle, but Ruess, guitarist Jack Antonoff and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Dost reconnected recently for a concert during the NCAA Final Four. Ruess said, "Once I saw everybody, I just felt good."
  • Some Nights has sold nearly two million copies since coming out in early 2012.
  • Lead single "We Are Young" topped the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks and the Alternative chart for two weeks.
  • Fun. was nominated last year for six Grammy Awards and won two in February 2013, for Best New Artist and Song of the Year.


MILEY CYRUS SLAMS CRITICS FOR BEING SELFISH
Some of Miley Cyrus' fans were none too pleased that she was forced to cancel her show in Kansas City after suffering a severe allergic reaction of her antibiotics. Miley addressed the unhappy campers, saying, "Humans can b so selfish. If any1 thinks I'd rather b layin n a hospital bed than doing what I love on stage they're f*ckin LAME. I'm miserable."

She continued, "I can't get a hold of my team because it is so early so I want to be the one to tell my fans especially the ones trekking to get there . . . the hospital is sayin I won't b released today therefore I'm not going 2 make it 2 St Louis. I'm so sorry but something's are outta my control."

  • Meanwhile, does Miley have beef with producer Mike WiLL Made It? Music video director Diane Martel -- who directed the singer's video for "We Can't Stop" tweeted Mike calling him "disgusting." The Director then wrote, "Disgusting = murderous" and Miley retweeted it. However, there appears to be no beef brewing because Mike uploaded a screenshot to Twitter explaining what Diane's tweet really meant. Diane was actually complimenting the producer, saying that he has "intense talent."