Hidden song contest winners!

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We had an exciting week in the hidden song contest, starting out with only three picks but ending up with four!

Congratulations to those who ended up finding all four songs – the original three picks were “Magdalena” by Brandon Flowers, “Radioactive” by Kings of Leon, and Selena Gomez and the Scene’s “Rock God.” The extra song, which was added by other staff at HitPredictor, was “Forget You” by Cee-Lo Green.

Each song this week was worth 25 points for each track you reported in via Twitter or e-mail by the 3 p.m. deadline.

The FOUR winners of the 250-point prize awards for each song were: claritytru, now_waitaminute, thegypsywind, and trevorstrain269. Congratulations to all of you, and thanks to everyone else that played along this week. It was another big one – lots of nominations and lots of points up for grabs!

Check back tomorrow for the overflow songs from this week’s nominations list. We’ll be uploading SIX (I know, crazy, right?!) brand new picks from our members tomorrow morning that we want your feedback on.

These tracks were nominated because someone out there thought they had the potential to be a hit, and we want to know if you agree!

So, let’s get ready for next week! We need your nominations! Remember, if we use your song, whether it’s in the hidden song contest, or just added as a member’s pick just because we want to test whether it has hit potential, you will earn a 25-point reward! So, keeping that in mind what do you think deserves some jukebox time? A new track from your favorite artist or something you heard in passing on the radio? You can submit your suggestions here on our Facebook page, or e-mail me directly at maijaliisa [at] hitpredictor.com!

Please submit your top two picks only – make them the best ones you know!

Hear new music first – HP

Bruno Mars locks in second consecutive week at top of Billboard Hot 100

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Bruno Mars maintains his spot on top of the Billboard Hot 100 for a second straight week with “Just The Way You Are” according to Billboard which reports the news with the best line “Bruno Mars likes things just the way they are atop the Billboard Hot 100…”- ha!

Check out the rest of the Hot 100 top 10:

  • At No. 2, “Teenage Dream,” Katy Perry
  • At No. 3, “Love The Way You Lie,” Eminem feat. Rihanna
  • At No. 4, “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love,” Usher feat. Pitbull
  • At No. 5, “Dynamite,” Taio Cruz
  • At No. 6, “Like a G6,” Far East Movement
  • At No. 7, “Just A Dream,” Nelly
  • At No. 8, “Only Girl (In The World),” Rihanna
  • At No. 9, “I Like It,” Enrique Iglesias feat. Pitbull
  • At No. 10, “Club Can’t Handle Me,” Flo Rida feat. David Guetta

Making an amazing five debuts this week in the Hot 100 is Glee. Billboard reports that in addition to winning its timeslot on the second-season premiere Sept. 21, the cast has sold a total of 409,000 downloads of the songs made available from the episode.

The Glee version of “Empire State of Mind,” (available to rate NOW at HitPredictor) debuted at No. 21 this week followed closely by “Telephone” at No. 23, “Billionaire” at No. 28, “Listen” at No. 38, and “What I Did For Love” at No. 51.

The Glee Cast’s rendition of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind” is the Hot Shot Debut at No. 21, followed in order by “Telephone” (No. 23), “Billionaire” (No. 28), “Listen” (No. 38) and “What I Did for Love” (No. 51).

We’ve definitely got a nation of Gleeks because the highest non-Glee debut on the Hot 100 this week was Akon’s “Angel” (also available to rate NOW at HitPredictor).

Are you ready for Glee to dominate the charts for a while with new episodes in the chute for the next several months? Do you think it will continue to be wildly popular?

Hear new music first – HP

New track leak results in Kanye’s cancellation of G.O.O.D Friday this week

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Yesterday a new track from Kanye West leaked online and although many thought it wouldn’t be a big deal given that he’s been releasing free-to-download new tracks each Friday, it was!

Yesterday West’s collaboration with Bon Iver called “Lost in the World” was leaked in – what according to West is – its unfinished version.

In fact, West is so upset about the unfinished version being leaked that he MC has essentially punished the ‘net by canceling this week’s edition of his weekly free download series called G.O.O.D. Friday.

West explained on Twitter writing: “Due to blogs leaking unfinished songs from my album I’ve decided to pass [on] GOOD Fridays this week. It’s messed up that one hacker can mess everything up for everyone…I love to take a year to finish my songs and deliver them…to you guys in [their] most completed form. It would have seemed like since I give free music every week even the lowest form of human being would respect that enough not to leak…unfinished songs from my real album.”

West’s album has been rumored to drop Nov. 22, but that may not be time enough for production as West also admitted he hasn’t yet titled the album Tweeting: “I can’t decide on my album title either uuuugh!!!!”

After the rant West confirmed that he is working with Soulja Boy and Kid Cudi on new tracks in the studio some nights until 3 a.m. to finish the record while prepping for his upcoming performance this weekend on Saturday Night Live. “In the lab with Soulja Boy and Cudi… 2 of my favorite most genius artist. Even in my disappointment about the leaks I feel blessed.”

Are you surprised at Kanye’s reaction to the leaked music even when he’s giving away free downloads each week? Or, do you think he’s justifiably upset that he was hacked?

Hear new music first – HP

Coming soon: our tracking list of what’s about to drop!

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Here is this week’s update to our ongoing running tally of upcoming album releases!

This list includes albums that are slated to come out within the next few months.

If you’ve got your eye on an album you know of that’s coming out soon let us know! Post it in the comments below and we’ll get it added to the list!

We want this to serve as a useful resource to you so if there’s anything else you’d like to see added just let us know, we want to help YOU discover new music :)

Upcoming releases:
Oct. 5, Bruno Mars “Doo-Wops & Hooligans”
Oct. 5, David Archuleta “The Other Side of Down”
Oct. 5, LeAnn Rimes “Lady & Gentlemen”
Oct. 5, KT Tunstall “Tiger Suit”
Oct. 5, Ciara “Basic Instinct”
Oct. 5, Toby Keith “Bullets In The Gun”
Oct. 5, Middle Class Rut “No Name No Color”
Oct. 12, Trace Adkins “Definitive Greatest Hits”
Oct. 12, Lil Wayne “I Am Not a Human Being” (Digital release Sept. 27)
Oct. 12, Darius Rucker “Charleston, SC 1966”
Oct. 12, Sister Hazel “Heartland Highway”
Oct. 12, The Band Perry “The Band Perry”
Oct. 12, You, Me, and Everyone We Know “Some Things Don’t Wash Out”
Oct. 19, Kings of Leon “Come Around Sundown”
Oct. 19, Sugarland “The Incredible Machine”
Oct. 19, Shakira “Sale El Sol”
Oct. 19, Elton John & Leon Russell “The Union”
Oct. 19, Ne-Yo “Libra Scale”
Oct. 19, Rod Stewart “Fly Me To The Moon”
Oct. 19, Bob Dylan “The Bootleg Series: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964”
Oct. 25, Taylor Swift “Speak Now”
Oct. 26, Good Charlotte “Cardiology”
Oct. 26, Kid Cudi “Man On The Mon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager”
Nov. 2, Brad Paisley “Hits Alive” (2 CDs)
Nov. 2, Matt & Kim “Sidewalks”
Nov. 2, Mariah Carey “Merry Christmas II You”
Nov. 2, Neil Diamond “Dreams”
Nov. 2, Elvis Costello “National Ransom”
Nov. 9, Jason Castro “Who I Am”
Nov. 9, Anoop Desai “All Is Fair 2.0”
Nov. 9, Reba McEntire “All The Women In Me”
Nov. 9, Susan Boyle “The Gift”
Nov. 9, Julianne Hough TBA
Nov. 16, Rascal Flatts “Nothing Like This”
Nov. 16, Keith Urban “Get Closer”
Nov. 16, Rihanna “Loud”
Nov. 16, Lee DeWyze TBA
Nov. 30, Fefe Dobson “Joy”

TBA, Jo Dee Messina “Unmistakable: Drive”
TBA, Josh Gracin “She’s A Different Kind Of Crazy”
TBA, Natasha Bedingfield “Strip Me”
TBA, Bucky Covington “I’m Alright”
TBA, Jesse McCartney, TBA
TBA, Jessie James, “Daughter of a Gypsy”
TBA, Kelly Rowland, TBA

Which album are you most looking forward to? And more importantly what should we add to the list?

Hear new music first – HP

Zac Brown Band debuts at No. 1

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The Zac Brown Band has hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as You Get What You Give debuts at the top of the list after selling 153,000 units in its first week.

According to Billboard.com, the group’s first album The Foundation peaked at No. 9 in May, and peaked with 62,000 copies in sales over the week of Christmas last year which means this is the best sales week to date as well for the country act.

Maroon 5 came in with a close second-place finish, selling 142,000 copies of Hands All Over in its first week. It’s quite a change from the group’s last album It Won’t Be Soon Before Long, which debuted at No. 1 after selling 429,000 units in its first week in 2007.

The rest of the Billboard 200 top 10 includes:

  • At No. 3, A Thousand Suns, Linkin Park, 70,000
  • At No. 4, A Year Without Rain, Selena Gomez & The Scene, just over 66,000
  • At No. 5, Guitar Heaven, Santana (collaboration), just under 66,000
  • At No. 6, Recovery, Eminem, just under 66,000
  • At No. 7, Passion, Pain & Pleasure, Trey Songz, under 66,000
  • At No. 8, Wake Up!, John Legend & The Roots (collaboration), 63,000
  • At No. 9, Enjoy Yourself, Billy Currington, 45,000
  • At No. 10, My World 2.0, Justin Bieber, 33,000

Did you buy any of these albums last week?

Hear new music first – HP

American Idol producer gives us a peek at the new judges’ table seating arrangment

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American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe is giving us a sneak peek at the new American Idol judges’ table for the upcoming season 10 by tweeting a picture of the new panel lineup as they prepared for contestants to audition on Tuesday in New Jersey.

MTV reports the photo was taken at the auditions as Lythgoe directs judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson to sit at their rightful spots at the judges’ table.

Lythgoe wrote: “It’s great to be back on American Idol. The judges were great.”

Earlier in the day, Lythgoe tweeted that despite the gloomy weather, the judges were looking for some ‘sunshine.’ “Very damp and gray here in New Jersey. Good luck to everyone auditioning today. Make sure you bring the ‘sunshine,'” Lythgoe wrote.

He also pointed out on Monday that the judges were nervous too as he headed out of L.A. with encouraging words for Idol hopefuls saying: “On my way to New Jersey for Season Ten’s first audition in front of the new Judges. Good luck to everyone & remember, they’ll be nervous too.”

What do you think of the seating arrangement? Is Randy on the right because of his senority? Do you think they’ll stick to this seating lineup once the show goes live in 2011?

Hear new music first – HP

New tracks ready for you to rate!

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Happy Wednesday to you! Anyone else relieved it’s hump day? To make the most of this “the week is half-over” day we put some brand new singles in the jukebox for you to rate, so have a listen to the new tracks listed below and let us know what you think of their hit potential!

My Chemical Romance debuted its brand new single last week called “Na Na Na.” This track is the first single from the group’s highly-anticipated fourth studio album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys due out Nov. 22. Lead singer Gerard Way credits this single with changing the entire momentum of the album noting that after “Na Na Na” happened “there was this real, big intensity underneath us, and it was the momentum we needed to dig deep and record another album.” So, we are anxious to know what you think of this track and whether it’s just good enough to make you consider buying their upcoming album?

La Roux’s “In For The Kill” is the latest single from the British duo’s debut album. It was first released as a single in the UK in March 2009, and peaked inside the top 10 overseas. So we want to know if you think this song – which has been described overseas as “80s synth pop at its most glorious…the most exciting single around” – also has the potential to chart in the top 10 in the U.S.?

Kanye West debuted his new track “Runaway” at the MTV VMAs earlier this month, but just recently released the studio version. A new track can be a lot different without the aid of visual stimulation – especially the big performance of a show like the VMAs – so we want to know if this track holds its own as a single, or whether you are less than impressed with it after seeing it performed live. Is this track alone strong enough to stand on its own as a hit?

Glee mania has returned with the new season premiering to the delight of millions last week, which means we can again expect a bunch of new entries on the Billboard Hot 100 from the talented cast each week. The first track released this season was “Empire State of Mind.” Do you think this Gleeked-out remake of the nearly epic Jay-Z & Alicia Keys version has the potential to be one of those charting hits? If so, how high do you think it will go?

As you check out these new tracks in the HitPredictor jukebox make sure you take note of any hidden songs you come across, and submit them by 3 p.m. Eastern Thursday, Sept. 30 for some bonus points!

Hear new music first – HP