Eminem continues to hold onto No. 1 on Hot 100

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Eminem is the king of the charts again this week after re-securing the Billboard 200 and continuing to hold on at No. 1 on the Hot 100 with “Love The Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna, for the fifth straight week.

Katy Perry also hit a milestone this week, according to Billboard, as she became the 10th solo female in the Hot 100’s 52-year history to concurrently record two titles in the top five as the lead artist. This week “California Gurls” comes in at No. 3 on the chart, and “Teenage Dream” squeaks in at No. 5. Her newest track “Circle the Drain” – which many of you rated this week at HitPredictor – came in at No. 58 – do you think it will chart much higher?

The rest of the Hot 100 top 10 includes:

  • At No. 2, “Dynamite,” Taio Cruz
  • At No. 3, “California Gurls,” Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg
  • At No. 4, “I Like It,” Enrique Iglesias feat. Pitbull
  • At No. 5, “Teenage Dream,” Katy Perry
  • At No. 6, “Cooler Than Me,” Mike Posner
  • At No. 7, “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love,” Usher feat. Pitbull
  • At No. 8, “Mine,” Taylor Swift
  • At No. 9, “Airplanes,” B.o.B feat. Hayley Williams
  • At No. 10, “Ridin’ Solo,” Jason Derulo

Do you have any of these songs on your favorite playlist right now?

Hear new music first – HP

Eminem retains No. 1 position on Hot 100

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Taylor Swift comes out swinging with her new single “Mine” but it wasn’t quite enough to dethrone Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie,” from the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

Billboard reports the country star’s new single came in at No. 3 in its debut week, making Swift only the second female artist in the history of the Hot 100 to debut multiple tracks in the top 5 during the calendar year. Swift’s “Today Was a Fairytale,” debuted at No. 2 on the Hot 100 chart dated Feb. 6. The only other female artist to have done so is Mariah Carey who at two tracks “Fantasy,” and “One Sweet Day,” open at No. 1 in 1995.

The rest of the Hot 100 top 10 includes:

  • At No. 2, “Dynamite,” Taio Cruz
  • At No. 3, “Mine,” Taylor Swift
  • At No. 4, “California Gurls,” Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg
  • At No. 5, “I Like It,” Enrique Iglesias feat. Pitbull
  • At No. 6, “Airplanes,” B.o.B feat. Hayley Williams
  • At No. 7, “Coller Than Me,” Mike Posner
  • At No. 8, “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love,” Usher feat. Pitbull
  • At No. 9, “Teenage Dream,” Katy Perry
  • At No. 10, “Ridin’ Solo,” Jason Derulo

Do you have any of these songs on repeat this week? If not, what singles have you been listening to?

Hear new music first – HP

Eminem holds on to No. 1 on Hot 100 for third straight week

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Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna is still at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for the third straight week. According to Billboard.com, the song has also again claimed the Airplay Gainer Trophy (for a fifth straight week), and is on the heels of Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” on the Radio Songs chart, which it will likely overtake next week.

But don’t feel too bad for Perry, Billboard reports her hit “California Gurls” is still at No. 2 on the Hot 100 and has a partner in the top 10 as her second single from her new album “Teenage Dream” screams in to No. 7 on the chart.

The rest of the Billboard 100 top 10 includes:

  • At No. 3, “Dynamite,” Taio Cruz
  • At No. 4, “Airplanes,” B.o.B feat. Hayley Williams
  • At No. 5, “I Like It,” Enrique Iglesias feat. Pitbull
  • At No. 6, “Cooler Than Me,” Mike Posner
  • At No. 7, “Teenage Dream,” Katy Perry
  • At No. 8, “Billionaire,” Travie McCoy feat. Bruno Mars
  • At No. 9, “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love,” Usher feat. Pitbull
  • At No. 10, “OMG,” Usher feat. will.i.am

Do you have any of these tracks on heavy rotation? Or, are there any of these you are just totally OVER hearing on the radio?

Hear new music first – HP

Lady Gaga earns record-breaking 13 VMA nods

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Chalk up another record for Lady Gaga, as she earned a total of 13 MTV VMA nods in today’s official nomination announcement. The pop star is also the first female artist to be nominated for the Video of the Year award twice; she also collected nominations in categories including Best Pop Video, Best Female Video, and Best Dance Video among others.

In a statement Lady Gaga responded to the record-breaking announcement saying: “I’m so honored for all the little monsters and self-professed freaks of the universe, to have more VMA nominations in a single year than any artist in MTV history. Ironically, I’m even more proud it’s an unlucky number; 13. A long time ago the world told me and my little monsters we would never be heard, together we changed the rules. God put me on Earth for 3 reasons: To make loud music, gay videos, and cause a damn raucous,  Thank You MTV!”

Billboard reports Eminem led the male artists with eight VMA nominations. The rapper expressed his gratitude with in a statement saying: “Apparently MTV doesn’t care that I have two massive stadium shows on the other side of the country the day after the VMA’s.” [VMAs will air live from Los Angeles' Nokia Theater on Sept. 12.] F me, right?!?! I mean, I’ll be there but don’t expect me to be nice about it.”

Among the other top nomination getters was newcomer B.o.B who Billboard reports earned five nominations for his debut single “Nothin’ On You” while Ke$ha grabbed three for her “Tik Tok” single.

Finally, teen sensation Justin Bieber received his first VMA nomination for Best New Artist for his lead single “Baby” from My World 2.0.

You can vote for the general VMA categories starting today here at MTV!

Which artist do you support the most? Do you think Gaga can continue or maintain this high level of popularity? How many MTV moon men do you think she’ll take home?

Hear new music first – HP

Eminem maintains No. 1 spot on Hot 100, sets new record

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Eminem has recorded another big week as not only does Recovery hold the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, but his single “Love The Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna maintains its peak at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second straight week.

Billboard reports “Love The Way You Lie” earned the chart’s Airplay Gainer award for its fourth straight week, pushing it to No. 5 on Hot 100 Airplay, and holding on to the No. 1 standing on Digital Songs for a fifth week ever widening its points lead over Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” which it successfully bumped to No. 2 last week.

Billboard reports that Eminem is the first artist in the “digital age” to concurrently hold the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 and the Hot Digital Songs for five straight weeks.

The rest of the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 includes:

  • At No. 2, “California Gurls,” Katy Perry
  • At No. 3, “Dynamite,” Taio Cruz
  • At No. 4, “Airplanes,” B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams
  • At No. 5, “Billionaire,” Travie McCoy featuring Bruno Mars
  • At No. 6, “I Like It,” Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull
  • At No. 7, “Cooler Than Me,” Mike Posner
  • At No. 8, “OMG,” Usher featuring will.i.am
  • At No. 9, “Find Your Love,” Drake
  • At No. 10, “Ridin’ Solo,” Jason Derulo

Of interest is Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” which came in at No. 20 in its first week of availability – are you a fan of this new song?  Another new entry on the chart is Bruno Mars’ first solo single “Just The Way You Are,” a song several members have tipped off as having great potential, so definitely one we’re looking to get in the jukebox soon!

Hear new music first – HP

Katy Perry holds top spot on Hot 100 for sixth straight week

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Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” featuring Snoop Dogg continues to hold No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for its sixth straight week.

However, Billboard predicts it may be Perry’s last week on top since Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna, this week’s No. 2 on the Hot 100, is also the chart’s Airplay Gainer for a second straight week, which puts it in line to take over the top spot next week.

The rest of the Hot 100 Top 10 includes:

  • At No. 3, “Airplanes,” B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams
  • At No. 4, “OMG” Usher featuring will.i.am
  • At No. 5, “Billionaire,” Travie McCoy featuring Bruno Mars
  • At No. 6, “Dynamite,” Taio Cruz
  • At No. 7, “Cooler Than Me,” Mike Posner
  • At No. 8, “I Like It,” Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull
  • At No. 9, “Find Your Love,” Drake
  • At No. 10, “Ridin'” Jason DeRulo

Which of these songs have you been listening to on repeat this week?

Hear new music first – HP

Melismatic: The Year 2010, Part 1 (2.0)

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The following is a special guest post feature from our dear friend Mel, of Melismatic, who has written a two-part series on the state of Music in the first half of 2010. What follows is part two of her series. To see part one click here. And for more (lots more!) on all things pop, check out Mel’s blog – Melismatic.

The Year 2010, Part 1 (2.0)

Whether you choose to agree or not, numbers will always be an important indicator in pop music. No question — records aren’t selling the way they used to, but actual sales, whether they are of singles or full albums, online or in stores, will always serve as concrete evidence as to what is working in the pop marketplace. Pop at its core is a reflection of what is considered pop-ular.

Now, was I over the moon with all of America’s choices in terms of what songs were most exciting in the past six months? Well…in short, no. But the eight songs that have graced the tip-top of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart so far in 2010 each have something to say in regards to our current marketplace, whether its an ripple effect from past success, or hints at something in the future.

Oh, yeah, I’m going all philosophical. Or something. Pull up a chair, this is a long(-ish) one. Click the cut. Let’s start a discussion.

Ke$ha – “Tik Tok” (January to March 2010)
Yes, I included it in my list of the Top 29 Songs of 2(00)9 and no, I’m not reneging on my statements. I’m hardly Ke$ha’s biggest fan, and I’ve stated my complaints in terms of her image and artist development before. “Tik Tok” remains to be a fun little nugget (if not just a touch overplayed). The fact that the song held on to the top of the Hot 100 list for nine whole weeks, the longest stretch for any song so far in 2010 (and it’s fair to say, in this whole decade, no?), is kind of staggering enough. The comparisons of the song to Lady Gaga‘s “Poker Face” are quite valid in spots. At the time of its success, everyone with any kind of validated position wanted to state right away whether Ke$ha was a force to be reckoned with or a ship waiting to pass in the night. I was somewhere in the middle, but now, its July and Ke$ha’s yet to duplicate her debut single’s success. Hmmm…

Black Eyed Peas – “I’mma Be” (March 2010)
It’s almost a blip in terms of the monumental success they received last year with “Boom Boom Pow” and “I’ve Gotta Feeling”. It’s also kind of half what either of those songs were. It’s a nod to how surprisingly strong The E.N.D. album ended up being, but was hardly something I thought would be a hit, especially considering the song was released as a “pre-single” in the weeks leading up to the album’s release.

Taio Cruz – “Break Your Heart” (feat. Ludacris) (March 2010)
Not unlike Jay Sean and Jason DeRulo before him, Taio may just be known in the US as one of those, “Remember that guy? With that one song? Where did he go?” It’s not to say he’s not incredibly talented — I was a part of his support team back in the “I Just Wanna Know” (a far superior track in my mind), and I’m certainly rooting for him. Honestly, the fact that the song connected so strong for him to gain the #1 position seemingly out of nowhere will remain to be one of 2010’s mysteries.

Rihanna – “Rudeboy” (March to May 2010)
Hardly the best track on Rated R album (but definitely one of the catchiest), “Rude Boy” stands alone as Rihanna’s first real return to form chart-wise after her scandal with Chris Brown in February of ’09. My feelings on the song (or indeed the entire project) have not changed. I still wish I could click my heels and rewind in the hopes that Rated R could be a bit more 1) uplifting and empowering, or 2) raw and emotional, especiallyin terms of single choices. Instead, we get this,”Wait Your Turn”, “Hard” and some song about a gun that I don’t even want to remember. She started to win me back over with the recent release of “Te Amo”, but it felt a bit like a throwaway last resort prior to moving on to fresh thing (not totally unlike “Rehab” from the Good Girl Gone Bad era, my favorite cut from the disc).

B.o.B – “Nothin’ On You” (feat. Bruno Mars) (May 2010)
This surprising little number was yet another that came out of nowhere. It remains to be the sole #1 of the past six months that really like, and continue to spin. “Airplanes” has begun to trump it a bit in terms of personal playing, but I enjoy B.o.B. (aka Bobby Ray) for bringing fun back into the rap game, and for introducing Bruno Mars to the mainstream — a truly underrated vocalist. Here’s to hoping we’ll continue to see more from both gentlemen.

Usher – “OMG” (feat. will.i.am) (May 2010; May to June 2010)
I don’t have too much to say. When this song first went to #1, I assumed it was an homage to what Usher used to be. When it returned to the top position after being interrupted, no one was more shocked than I, considering there isn’t much to this song that makes it particularly memorable. OMG indeed.

Eminem – “Not Afraid” (June 2010)
Again, a tribute to what Eminem used to be. While his record sold a respectable amount, and he deserves kudos for this, I think it’s quite obvious that Eminem is now a changed man, and therefore a changed artist. Part of what made him so exciting in the pop market was his penchant for catchy, ridiculous rhymes and painfully gritty realism. Both are kind of missing here. I’m not his biggest fan, and I never have been, but success should be noted and respected. After going through some truly difficult events in the last few years, I was expecting a bigger, more honest splash.

Katy Perry – “California Gurls” (feat. Snoop Dogg) (June to July 2010)
So she’s back for more, eh? Perhaps it’s part of my bias as a Empire Stategirl. Perhaps it’s her dissing of Lady Gaga when much of her career was quite literally built on shock value and false advertising herself. Either way you slice it, I’m not fond of this number. Sure, it’s summery. Doesn’t mean it melts my Popsicle. (The double-entendre literally disturbs me.)

Truthfully, 2010 really has been great so far in terms of singles and albums, but so many of those albums and singles have gone somewhat unnoticed by the mass public. It’s saddening, because if only these types of songs were given larger platforms for success and a bigger label push, there is no question their connection to Average Joe and Josephine.

What are your thoughts?