Too Much News for One Headline

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Hey guys!

I have some short little bits of info I want to tell you about… I thought y’all might like to know about them but they are tiny stories so I’m putting them all right here!!

First up – Royal Reception Performer Announced (for those of you that care)

British pop teen Ellie Goulding is set to perform at the private Royal Wedding reception evening to an audience of the Royal family and guests, BBC’s Newsbeat reported Thursday (Apr. 28).

Goulding, whose debut album “Lights” went straight to number one earlier this year, is understood to be a favorite of both the bride and groom, who wanted a top British talent to be represented at their nuptials, reports Billboard.com.

NEXT! – Steven Tyler to Release Solo Single May 9

Steven Tyler will release his first ever U.S. solo single “(It) Feels So Good” on May 9! The song will go on sale May 10 at digital retailers. The video that Tyler recently shot for the song is slated to debut on an episode of “Idol.”

Billboard says the song itself, an upbeat, summery tune written by Tyler and frequent collaborator Marti Frederiksen and recorded in Los Angeles, will be premiered on “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest’s radio show KIIS-FM in Los Angeles.

JUMP! – Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch to be Recreated in Las Vegas

Cirque du Soleil wants to recreate Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch in Sin City.

The Mandalay Bay hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip plans to open a sprawling entertainment complex that includes a Jackson-themed lounge, an interactive memorabilia museum and a theater designed to replicate the iconic refuge of the deceased musical legend, Cirque du Soleil president Daniel Lamarre said Wednesday.

This is like Speed Dating for news… I like it!

NEXT! – The Strokes are Busy Working on New Album Already

The Strokes are already working on a fifth album, a quick follow-up to this year’s “Angles” but don’t expect to hear any of the new material at their forthcoming festival performances.

“There’s nothing that would be ready to play,” guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. told Billboard.com during a conference call with reporters for this year’s Bonnaroo Music Festival, where the Strokes will perform in June. “We have songs that you can tell are gonna be good ones (that) we’re all excited to play.

LAST ONE – 50 Cent Launches Comedy Website 

50 Cent launched Thisis50Comedy.com today, a comedy content site that will feature the “This is 50 Comedy Show,” which will be hosted by comedian Young Jack Thriller. Access to the site will cost $2.99, with proceeds going to Japan’s relief effort. (PopEater)

Any comments?! Let me know below!

Hear New Music First – HP

Taylor Swift still holds No. 1 spot on Billboard 200

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Taylor Swift has the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 for the second week in a row. Billboard claims that last minute Christmas shopping and a few post holiday purchases give Taylor the boost she needs to stay on top.

No. 2 – Susan Boyle’s “The Gift” again at this spot this week with 240,000
No. 3 – The “Glee” Christmas album rises two spots with 160,000
No. 4 - Jackie Evancho’s “O Holy Night” is steady with 151,000
No. 5 - Michael Jackson’s “Michael” slips two with 150,000
No. 6 -  Jamie Foxx’s “Best Night Of My Life” with 144,000
No. 7 – Eminem’s “Recovery” flys up 15 rungs with 137,000
No. 8 – Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday” stands here again this week with 133,000
No. 9 – Keyshia Cole’s “Calling All Hearts” debuts on this chart with 128,000
No. 10 – Rihanna’s “Loud” up one slot this week with 111,000

New and Noteworthy – Jamie Foxx is the highest new entry on the list at No. 6. Eminem flew up from the bottom, 15 spots to make it to No. 7. Billboard reports that [Recovery]… “benefits from sale pricing in the iTunes Store and also zips 15-1 on the Digital Albums chart with a whopping 513% jump in sales.”

Does any artist on this week’s Billboard 200 surprise you?

Hear New Music First – HP

After six week break, Taylor Swift returns to top of Billboard 200

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Taylor Swift has moved back into the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 for the third (non-consecutive) week – more than six weeks since it was last at No. 1 in fact, after selling 259,000 copies of Speak Now. She beat out last week’s No. 1 – Susan Boyle’s The Gift by a mere 5,000 copies.

Billboard reports that Speak Now has already sold a total of 2.6 million copies, making it the third best-selling album of the year behind Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now (at 3 million) and Eminem’s Recovery (at 3.2 million).

The six-week break between Swift’s position at No. 1 is the longest gap between No. 1 sets since Dec. 07-Jan. 08 when Alicia Keys’ As I Am stepped down for eight weeks before returning to the top according to Billboard.

The rest of the Billboard 200 top 10 includes:

  • At No. 3, Michael, Michael Jackson, 228,000
  • At No. 4, O Holy Night, Jackie Evancho, 191,000
  • At No. 5, Glee Christmas Album, Glee cast, 158,000
  • At No. 6, Love Letter, R. Kelly, 154,000
  • At No. 7, Last Train to Paris, Diddy-Dirty Money, 101,000
  • At No. 8, Pink Friday, Nicki Minaj, 97,000
  • At No. 9, Born Free, Kid Rock, 94,000
  • At No. 10, Glee, the Music: Season Two: Volume 4, Glee Cast, 87,000

Another notable debut to the Billboard 200 this week is Crystal Bowersox’s Farmer’s Daughter which starts out at No. 28 with a starting sales figure of 58,000, which beats the starting sales of American Idol winner Lee DeWyze’s Live It Up, which debuted at No. 19 after selling 39,000 units in its first week.

Do you hope to get any of these albums in your Christmas stocking this year? If so, which one?

Hear new music first – HP

Positive message helps win Nina over – catch her full weekly wrap here!

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Guest blogger and HitPredictor member Nina C. reports on the new music finds and what she liked and didn’t like in the jukebox each week at HitPredictor. Many of these songs are still available so make check them out and let us know whether you agree or disagree! And, make sure you check out Nina’s other blog, TwilightNera’s Entertainment Hotspot for other news in the entertainment world!

Let me say to all the members of HitPredictor – Merry Christmas! I hope you’re having a really good holiday season and hopefully you are taking a little time out to do some rating at HitPredictor. One of the better songs in the jukebox this week is “The Show Goes On” by Lupe Fiasco. It was a really positive rap song, a lot of Fiasco’s songs are very positive and that is what makes him a special rapper. “The End” by Kings of Leon is a good rock song and I just love the lead singer’s raspy voice.

“All of the Lights” by Kanye West sounds like a forced effort. Kanye always seems like he is forcing himself to me. Unfortunately, Rihanna did not make this track any better. “Last Wish” by Ray J was a really good and well-written R&B song. “Moment 4 Life” by Nicki Minaj is a good rap song and is one of the highlights of her new album Pink Friday. “Lost in Your Love” by R. Kelly is a pretty good R&B song and for once he does not sound like he is forcing himself. “Cry” by Reba McEntire is a really good country song. The lyrics are really good and I think Reba has one of the best voices in all of country music. I also love Adele’s voice. The song “Rolling in the Deep” is a really good classic type song.

“Hollywood Tonight” is a really good Michael Jackson song, it is classic Michael. I did not care for “Oh Santa” by Mariah Carey. I really like the original All I Want for Christmas but this one is not another Christmas classic for her. All of Enrique Iglesias’s current music is annoying to me and his song “Tonight” is no exception. There were a few other yay’s and nay’s this week I cannot mention but I will try to mention it next week.  Have a Merry Merry Christmas Music Listeners :)

DJ Lilly gives us her picks, reminds us of top 50 countdown this Sunday night!

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Hey HP, only 2 more blogs until the new year :).

There is nothing new to report on the Hot 100 this week; so this week’s blog is all about the jukebox (as it should be-lol). I liked the Kat DeLuna songs that I heard in the jukebox lately – good dance music is always a good thing. I also really liked Stone Sour’s “Hesitate”.

I didn’t like ANY of the songs by Black Eyed Peas (which is too bad). I liked Rihanna’s “Man Down” (submitted by Nina). I don’t have the album yet; but it’s just yet another reason for me to get it. I liked Forever The Sickest Kids’ “Keep On Bringing Me Down”. I would say that I like Enrique’s song, “Tonight”, but I can’t say that because it sounded very similar to “I Like It”. I used to like R. Kelly’s music; but I think he is going downhill faster than a Dallas Cowboy. I liked Switchfoot’s “Bullet Soul”. I also liked Art of Dying’s “Die Trying” and the Sick Puppies’ “Riptide”. I didn’t like Popular‘s “Huey Mack.”

I liked Micheal Jackson’s “Hollywood Tonight” and I wish he was around to see it be successful. I thought Miranda Cosgrove’s “Dancing Crazy” was ok. Since it’s the Holiday season, I also liked Family Force 5’s version of “Carol of the Bells” – it was nice to see a different take on the song. I played the Emmy Rossum version on my show the other night. My favorite song of the week was Michelle Branch (ft Timbaland)’s “Getaway” – it’s nice to see her back and they made a really good song together! She was doing country type stuff for awhile and I just wasn’t feeling it. I hope the other songs off this album are more like this one. As far as worst song of the week, there wasn’t a specific song that stood out for me as “god, this song is awful”; but the ones I voted as bad, were pretty bad – let’s just leave it at that. There was way too much country and rap in the jukebox this week (for me anyway) and I know my music settings aren’t set for either one of those.

As far as Resolution Radio news/updates go, the Top 50 contest (for the Amazon Gift Card) ends tonight (Tuesday, December 21st) at 11:59 p.m. EST, so get those guesses in soon if you have them! The Annual Top 50 Show (aka the biggest event of the year) is this Sunday night (December 26th) at 8:30 p.m. EST. Tune in to find out who rocked my socks, and who was the dirty water left behind. You will also hear the previous number 1’s from 2006-2009, AND I will be doing a very special dedication too. Twitter followers are also getting a special treat, so if you aren’t following us yet; then you should start now! (@resolutionradio). Have a great Christmas and I will see you next Tuesday!

– DJ Lilly, Owner of Resolution Radio!

New Members’ picks ready for you to rate: Michelle Branch, Michael Jackson, R. Kelly and more!

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We have some new tracks ready for you to rate this weekend that come to you directly from our members! Among the artists with new tracks our members think have hit potential are Michelle Branch, Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, and Forever the Sickest Kids. So check these tracks out and let us know whether you think any of these picks from our members have hit potential!

Michelle Branch has been pretty quiet for the last few years, her last album release was 2003’s Paper Hotel. Earlier this year Branch began working on her long-awaited studio album with artists including Akon and Timbaland. Her latest single release “Getaway” features Timbaland, and was sent into us by HitPredictor member DreamChaser, who thinks this will be a hit – do you agree? Could this be a track that proves Branch has lasting power?

Fresh of R.Kelly’s 10th studio album Love Letter is “Lost in Your Love.” This album is an homage to the great singers of love songs in the 60s and 70s, and “Lost in Your Love” is no exception. In the track R. Kelly says “I wanna bring the love songs back to the radio,” – do you think he can? Nominated by HitPredictor member trevorstrain269, we need you to tell us if you think this throwback track has the potential to be a hit on today’s radio airwaves!

Brand new from Forever the Sickest Kids is the track “Keep on Bringing Me Down.” This song, nominated by mangofreako, is about the struggle we all feel some days when it seems to be you against the world. In the track the band battles against the forces that “Keep on Bringing Me Down” – do you think they won the battle? Is this track one that you think has hit potential? Let us know with your vote!

Fresh off Michael Jackson’s posthumous release Michael is the new track “Hollywood Tonight.” Nominated by HitPredictor member xvintagehearts, this poppy track has a dark undertone in the lyrics as a young girl boards a Greyhound bus to pursue her dreams in Hollywood and is lured into the streets to turn tricks desperate to keep her dream alive. Do you think this posthumous release – which the producer openly admitted was heavily edited to get Jackson’s vocals in key – has the potential to be a charting hit for the now-deceased King of Pop?

Check all of these tracks out in your HitPredictor jukebox now and let us know whether you think any of our members’ picks are potential hits!

Hear new music first – HP

Producer of Michael Jackson’s posthumous album reveals considerable processing done to Jackson vocals in the studio

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Michael Jackson’s posthumous album Michael officially drops today (Dec. 14), and producer Teddy Riley said the work required quite a bit of digital enhancement on the Jackson’s vocals in the studio.

Billboard reports that Riley, who was one of the main producers on the project, told Reuters on Monday: “I had to do more processing to the voice, which is why people were asking about the authenticity of his voice. We had to do what we had to do to make … his voice work with the actual music.”‘

Riley had previously worked with Jackson on his 1991 album Dangerous.

The technology producers used to get Jackson’s “raw” vocals in key was Melodyne, which Riley explains: “With the Melodyne we actually move the (pitch) up which is the reason why some of the vibrato sounds a little off or processed, over-processed,. We truly apologize for that happening, but you are still hearing the true Michael Jackson.”

“…I know it’s great material, I know that it needs to be out, I know that the legacy needs to continue because he’s such a great person, and there’s more to come.”

Billboard reports Riley worked on three of the 10 songs on the album – “Monster,” Breaking News,” and “Hollywood Tonight.” He also stated his interest in continuing to produce future Jackson albums from other pre-recorded and never released material.

Does it bother you that the new Michael Jackson songs are so heavily produced in the studio? Do you think that is what Jackson would have wanted, or do you think his estate is taking advantage of his private material?

Hear new music first – HP