HitPredictor members right on the money with “California Gurls”!


A few weeks ago we asked our members in a poll mimicking a survey from MTV.com, what they thought the song of the summer (the 2010 summer anthem) would be.

The results of the poll show Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” taking nearly 40% of the vote of the five song selections, far ahead of Lady Gaga’s Alejandro which earned not even half that amount at 19.5%.*

Today, Billboard is reporting that just as our members predicted, “California Gurls” is an undeniable powerhouse not only holding onto the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for three straight weeks, but rewriting the mark for the most weekly plays in the 17-year history of Billboard’s Pop Songs radio airplay chart!

Billboard reports the track logged 11,816 plays among the survey’s 132 participants, with an average of 90 spins per station in the June 21-27 tracking week, easily passing the previous record holder Ke$ha’s “TiK ToK” 11,224 plays logged in the Feb. 6, 2010 chart.

The song is proving to be a winner in other formats as Billboard reports “California Gurls” is up to No. 2 on Adult Pop Songs, at No. 26 on Adult Contemporary and at No. 29 on Dance/Club Play Songs.

*Full results of the HitPredictor poll
Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” featuring Snoop Dogg 39.7%
Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro” 19.5%
B.o.B’s “Airplanes” featuring Hayley Williams 18.2%
Usher’s “OMG” featuring will.i.am 14.4%
3OH3!’s “My First Kiss” featuring Ke$ha 8.3%

Do you like “California Gurls”? Do you think this momentum is good, or do you think it makes this track more vulnerable to people getting sick of it (from overplay on the radio!)?

Hear new music first – HP

Charice gives country a spin in Shania Twain cover


This morning for Billboard’s Mashup Monday, there is a feature of Charice singing an acoustic cover of Shania Twain’s “You’re Still The One.”

The 18-year-old singing sensation said country song reminded her of her mother, who would “always sing that song.”

Charice is best known for her No. 1 Hot Dance Club Play song called “Pyramid” featuring Iyaz, the featured track off her self-titled debut album which reached the top 10 of the Billboard 200.

Charice isn’t the only pop star to give country a try, tomorrow exclusively at HitPredictor we will have the country version of Train’s hit “Hey, Soul Sister” for you to rate along with a bevy of other traditional country artists with new releases!

You can check out Charice’s cover of “You’re Still The One” here at Billboard.com, and make sure you check in with us tomorrow for new music from Darius Rucker, Miranda Lambert, Juliana Hough, Toby Keith and more!

Hear new music first – HP

Chris Brown overcome with emotion during Michael Jackson tribute


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During last night’s (Sunday, June 27) tribute to Michael Jackson at the BET Awards, Chris Brown grew too choked up to carry on his performance of “Man In the Mirror.”

Introduced byJermaine Jackson, Brown channeled the late king of pop as he danced to “Remember the Time,” “Smooth Criminal,” and “Bille Jean.” However, it was when he was handed the mic to sing with “Man in the Mirror” that he became too overwhelmed with emotion to sing, visibly weeping.

MTV reported that Brown faded in and out while the pre-recorded back-up vocals continued to play before falling to his knees as Michael Jackson’s voice sang “I’m staring with the man in the mirror.”  The shocked audience sang where Brown could not and seemed to help Brown mouth the words along with Jackson’s voice before Jermaine Jackson helped him offstage to console him.

Many media outlets have speculated that the words to “Man In The Mirror” have especially rung true to Brown’s ears as he struggles to overcome the public backlash of his assault of Rihanna last year, which Brown seemed to address in his single, and brief speech of the night saying: “I let y’all down before but I won’t do it again, I promise. I love y’all, good night.”

Did you think Brown’s meltdown during the Jackson tribute was one based on true emotion or rather a publicity stunt to show the public how sorry he is for his assault?

Hear new music first – HP

Maroon 5 announces second leg of North American tour dates


Maroon 5 has announced the second leg of its North American tour dates, this leg taking place after the Sept. 21 release of the group’s third album Hands All Over.

As Billboard.com previously reported, the group will be previewing songs from the upcoming album – including the recently released first single from the work called “Misery” (available to rate now at HitPredictor!) on the first leg of its tour which runs from July 30 – Aug. 29.

Billboard reports that the group is still trying to determine which songs from Hands All Over they should preview for fans prior to the album’s release. Adam Levine said the first single is in fact “the most Maroon-5 sounding song on the album.” However, fans should expect departures from that sound as there is an upcoming country-flavored track that features a guest appearance by Lady Antebellum in addition to a 60s pop inspired song called “Strutter,” which Levine said “is not like anything you’ve heard from us before.”

OneRepublic will be opening all the dates on today’s announced second leg of the tour, while V.V. Brown and Ry Cummings will split duties on the first leg according to Billboard.

Maroon 5’s second North American Tour leg

Oct. 2: Denver (Red Rocks)
Oct. 4: Phoenix (Dodge Theatre)
Oct. 7-8: Los Angeles (Greek Theatre)
Oct. 10: San Francisco (Greek Theatre)
Oct. 12: Tacoma, Wash. (Tacoma Dome)
Oct. 14: Fresno, Calif. (Save Mart Center)
Oct. 15: Sacramento, Calif. (ARCO Arena)
Oct. 16: San Diego (Viejas Arena)
Oct. 19: Tulsa, Okla. (BOK Center)
Oct. 21: Dallas (Superpages Arena)
Oct. 22: Houston (CWM Pavillion)
Oct. 23: Biloxi, Miss. (Hard Rock)
Oct. 25: Johnson City, Tenn. (East Tennessee State University)
Oct. 27: Chicago (UIC Pavilion)
Oct. 28: Minneapolis (Target Arena)
Oct. 29: Mahnomen, Minn. (Shooting Star Casino)

Do you plan to catch a stop on either the first or second leg of the Maroon 5 North American tour?

Hear new music first – HP