Lorde’s reign with “Royals” extends for a sixth week at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, but she may be facing a serious challenge from Rap God, Eminem.
“Royals” continues to be a multi-format smash, along the lines of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” for sheer breadth of appeal: this week the song debuted on the Latin Pop Songs airplay chart, adding that to it a format list that already spanned dance, R&B and rock charts.
But the big news belongs to Eminem. “Monster,” his new collaboration with Rihanna and the newest single from “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” bows at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. That mirrors the No. 3 start “Berzerk,” the album’s first single, had in September. “Berzerk” rises 25-15 this week, spiked by the release of “MMLP2,” while emphasis track “Survival” zooms 67-16 and “Rap God” moves 21-17.
That gives Eminem four songs in the Top 20 at the same time, making him only the sixth artist in the history of the chart to do so, according to Billboard. Other than the Beatles, the other acts to achieve the feat are all rappers: Eminem protege 50 Cent, T-Pain, Lil Wayne and Ludacris. The rappers, however, got help from being featured artists on cuts, whereas the Beatles and Eminem are the only artists to do so as lead artists.
The only other debut in the Top 10 belongs to One Direction’s “Story of My Life,” which enters the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 6 and is the British boy band’s fourth Top 10.
Looking at the returning entries: Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” moves 3-2, while Katy Perry’s “Roar” slips 2-4, pushing Avicii’s “Wake Me Up!” down one spot to No. 5.
Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” featuring Majid Jordan, drops 5-7; Imagine Dragon’s “Demons” moves 9-8; OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars” switches places with “Demons,” sliding 8-9, while Lady Gaga’s “Applause” retreats three spaces to No. 10.
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Lorde’s reign with “Royals” extends for a sixth week at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, but she may be facing a serious challenge from Rap God, Eminem.
LOS ANGELES - Peaches hit Cinefamily in L.A. last night to promote her movie "Peaches Does Herself," which is "an electro rock opera stage show that recounts a mythical history of Peaches and follows her journey from bedroom musician-wannabe to rock star." The film features a 65-year-old stripper, a body suit with breast and penis prosthesis, spandex orgies, gore and full-frontal transsexual porn star and performer Danni Daniels.
"...The most beautiful human being possible," as Peaches said of the latter during our interview.
It's easy to remember the visuals of the musical film, along with its choreography, and that's part of the reason why it's hard to forget Peaches herself. An icon in the queer community, Peaches uses sexuality, fashion and lyricism as an affront, in "Does Herself" as much as she has in concerts since the late-'90s.
"Peaches Does Herself" is as provocative (and funny) a title as some of her best-known songs, including "Boys Want to Be Her," "Fatherf*cker," "Impeach My Bush," "F*ck the Pain Away," "Shake Yer Dix." However, the film, appropriately, ends with a salute to herself, the song "The Teaches of Peaches," as she flees from a theater onto a customized bicycle, covered in fake blood with her privates having "exploded." It sounds like a genre film -- and it is, though it defies such a convention.
And now it's years behind her (the film, that is). The ambitious "Peaches Does Herself" was made over a year that ultimately led up to its premiere at the Toronto Film Fest in 2012, and it's only now making more rounds in theaters and at various venues.
The gender-bending performer said she's moved on, mentally, from the musical and is now heading into her next album. When we spoke in the middle of last month, she had two ideas for songs, and plans on having something new for 2014.
"It's just one day you're not working on music, then suddenly you are," she said. "So here I am." She said she wants to lean away from more "messaging" music (like "Impeach..." very much was) and "getting to have fun again."
As you'll see in the video above, Peaches has some "teaches" left for style too, as she always has. I thought it'd be fun to give her a celebrity magazine to leaf through, to talk about celebrities and fashions that she loves (FYI, she chose "People" over "In Touch"). While she said she didn't feel "up" on American pop culture much due her years living as an American transplant in Berlin, the 46-year-old did have quite a few nice things to say about Janelle Monae, Tilda Swinton, Diane Keaton, plus had some notes on "acting your age" and how she views her own look.
We talked about contemporary hip-hop artists are using "electro music" in their songs more than ever. Peaches said she loves Nicki Minaj's rise in the rap world, and -- despite some misogyny and LGBT-unfriendly lyricism -- she adores rhymers like Tiga.
"Oh, isn't that terrible?" she joked, as we discussed "Rack City." "Maybe he could use a tip."
"Young-adult literature" did not technically exist when I was a young reader, so it's kind of amazing to see just how huge a piece of the publishing pie the broad genre has become. I've been trying to decide what I think the definition of a young adult novel is, and I think the best version of it has to do with fiction that captures that moment where someone is wrestling with their identity and defining their place in the world. It often seems to be concerned with someone learning a sense of personal responsibility, and while the general trappings of the genre can be ridiculous and exaggerated, like zombies and vampires and werewolves, there is something genuine that they seem to address when they're done well.
Meg Rosoff's "How I Live Now" was well reviewed and won several awards, and while it was a success, no one would ever look at this and think that it's going to become the next "Twilight" or "Hunger Games." Wisely, instead of trying to shoehorn Rosoff's small and delicate book into the wrong shape, the script by Jeremy Brock, Tony Grisoni, and Penelope Skinner is a modestly-scaled story, and Kevin Macdonald has made a movie that feels like a largely internal journey, a window into the heart of Daisy (Saoirse Ronan), an angry girl who is on the verge of becoming an angry woman before she is sent for a summer to a relative's farm. It's often melodramatic to call something "life-changing," but that's very true in this case, and it's handled with genuine grace and subtlety.
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Sharon Osbourne: "The View" hosts can go "f*ck" themselves -- but not Barbara Walters
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Tonight’s Country Music Assn. Awards promise to be full of great performances and some very interesting showdowns. The show, which includes appearances by Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, and even Dave Grohl and Jason Mraz, will once again be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. The festivities begin at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
We’ve highlighted seven things you should keep your eye on for tonight:
Taylor Swift’s performance: Tonight, the CMAs will honor Swift with the Pinnacle Award, a trophy it has only given out once before to Garth Brooks. It’s bestowed upon someone who has taken country music to new commercial and international heights. While it’s debatable how much of a country artist she still is (see “Today’s” snipe at Swift today, which felt more like NBC pettily raining on ABC’s parade more than anything else), Swift has always showed up at the CMAs and tonight, in a great move, she is surrounding herself with hardcore country royalty, including Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, and Sam Bush. She is seriously punching above her weight musically here and she knows it, which makes me like her ever more.
Zac Brown Band with Dave Grohl: No word on what the two acts are performing together in advance, but as we broke last week, Grohl will produce the new ZBB album. This will be our first public look at their chemistry together, and, perhaps a hint at a new song.
Kacey Musgraves: On her first album, she’s managed to upset the country apple cart a little with her sometimes edgy lyrics about smoking pot and kissing girls, but she’s caught everyone’s attention: to the tune of scoring six nominations tonight. Should she win big, it may be time to officially anoint her as the face of where young country music is headed, but my guess is that the nominations will have to suffice. The CMA voters are ready to publicly praise her, but other than New Artist of the Year (which could go to her or the more commercially successful Florida Georgia Line), she might not want to clear off mantel space just yet.
Zac Brown vs. Luke Bryan: A few weeks ago, Zac Brown started a firestorm when he called Luke Bryan’s mega-hit, “That’s My Kind of Night,” one of the worst songs” he’d ever heard. Bryan didn’t write the song, which went on to spend more weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart than any other song in the last 50 years, but watch for Brown’s reaction tonight if Bryan performs the tune (EDITOR'S NOTE : Bryan just announced that he'll be doing a new song, "Drink A Beer." ) The two aren’t aren’t going head-for-head on any awards tonight, but it could be fun just to see how they react to each other. Sadly, country artists are known for their civility, so everyone will probably be on their best behavior.
Eric Church: He will debut the title track from his forthcoming album, “The Outsiders,” on tonight’s show. He’s discussed how rock the song is, but it’s not so much of a departure (in fact, to us it sounds like something that Hank Williams Jr. could have done... well, until the bridge when it cranks up to a heavy metal-like guitar solo) to cause the potential debate he might want it to. Given his strong live appeal and the song’s anthemic chorus, it could be a water-cooler moment.
George Jones Tribute: So for all you youngsters who don’t even know who George Jones was, it’s time to listen to Alan Jackson and George Strait pay homage to the greatest singer of all time. The two artists- who are the CMAs’ most nominated acts—will perform together in what is sure to be a touching moment and a gratifying one for long-time country music fans.
Entertainer of the Year: Always a very hot race. Reigning champ Blake Shelton is nominated again and it seems the CMAs like to award him for the spotlight he’s shown on country music as mentor on “The Voice” as much as for his live show. It’s Luke Bryan’s year and he stunned everyone by capturing this award at the Academy of Country Music Awards this spring, so he has the momentum. However, my guess is this is a race between Swift and George Strait, who is nominated, in part, because he is on his last tour, so it might be nice to honor him again before the cowboy rides away.
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