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

Fantasia announces 30-city fall headlining tour

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Fantasia continues to bounce back after being named in a divorce lawsuit, a sex-tape scandal and her subsequent suicide attempt earlier this summer with plans for a 30-city tour for the fall. It seems that keeping busy is the name of the game for the 26-year-old singer who is more than ready to live her life to the fullest again.

The tour will be in support of her third album Back To Me, which was just released last month debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, and marks her first ever headlining tour.

In a statement Fantasia said: “This tour is going to be a real special, intimate experience for them and for me.”

Billboard reports that Fantasia has locked in Eric Benet and Kandi as special guests for the tour.

Pre-sale tickets will be available for selected dates on Sept. 30; subscribers to Fantasia’s newsletter will gain access to the pre-sale Sept. 29.

Fantasia’s fall headlining tour dates:
Nov. 4, Richmond,  Va.  (Landmark  Theater)
Nov. 5, Norfolk,  Va.  (Chrysler  Hall)
Nov. 6, Philadelphia,  Pa.  (Tower  Theatre)
Nov. 7, Baltimore,  MD  (Meyerhoff  Symphony Hall)
Nov. 10, Savannah,  GA  (Johnny  Mercer Theatre)
Nov. 11, Atlanta,  GA  (Fox  Theater)
Nov. 12, Tampa,  FL  (Tampa  Bay Performing Arts Center)
Nov. 13, Jacksonville,  FL  (Moran  Theatre)
Nov. 14, Miami,  FL  (James  L. Knight Center)
Nov. 17, Charlotte,  NC  (Ovens  Auditorium)
Nov. 18, Greensboro,  NC  (War  Memorial Auditorium)
Nov. 19, Columbia,  SC  (Township  Auditorium)
Nov. 20, Birmingham,  AL  (BJCC  Concert Hall)
Nov. 24, Los  Angeles,  CA  (Nokia  Theatre L.A. Live)
Nov. 26, San  Diego,  CA  (Copley  Symphony Hall)
Nov. 27, Oakland,  CA  (Paramount  Theatre)
Dec. 2, Dallas,  TX  (Verizon  Theatre at Grand  Prairie)
Dec. 3, Southaven,  MS  (DeSoto  Civic Center)
Dec. 4, New  Orleans,  LA  (Kiefer  Uno  Lakefront Arena)
Dec. 5, Houston,  TX  (Reliant  Arena)
Dec. 8, Indianapolis,  IN  (Murat  Theatre at Old National Centre)
Dec. 9, Louisville,  KY  (Louisville  Palace Theatre)
Dec. 10, Detroit,  MI  (Fox  Theatre)
Dec. 11, Cincinnati,  OH  )Procter  and Gamble at Aronoff Centre)
Dec. 12, Augusta,  GA  (Bell  Auditorium)
Dec. 27, New  York City,  NY  (Beacon  Theatre)
Dec. 28, Washington,  D.C.  (DAR  Constitution Hall)
Dec. 29, Cleveland,  OH  (State  Theatre)
Dec. 30, Chicago,  IL  (Auditorium  Theatre)
Jan. 1, St.  Louis,  MO  (Fox  Theatre)

Do you hope to catch a show on Fantasia’s upcoming fall tour? Do you think it’s good that after such a tumultuous summer she is hitting the road for a tour?

Hear new music first – HP

DJ Lilly makes her picks! Who did she love and who did she hate?

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Hey HP!

I hope everyone had a great week and a fun weekend :). So Rihanna’s newest single, “Only Girl In The World” made it to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. I guess she really does have the Midas touch. Far East Movement’s song, “Like A G6,” enters the Top 10 at number 10 this week – some of my friends are really into that song.
I can finally say that I like Sean Kingston’s single, “Dumb Love.” I don’t think the song itself is very good; but it was a good use of a sample. Linkin Park pulled another “we are sell-outs” song out of their hat. I used to love LP; but they keep releasing all these singles that don’t show what an awesome band they are. The song isn’t bad, I just think they could do a lot better. In the last few years or so, their best songs have come from the Transformers movies; not their albums.

Speaking of bands that could do a lot better, Hinder, what the heck are you doing? You go from songs like “Lips of an Angel” and “Better Than Me” to songs like “All American Nightmare”? Stick to what you are good at and what got your name in people’s minds. I wish I could say I liked the song and just didn’t like them singing it, but I can’t even say that. It’s nice to hear from Chevelle again and “Shameful Metaphors” isn’t too bad (isn’t too good either). Godsmack’s new single, “Love-Hate-Sex-Pain”, is also in the jukebox this week and is already doing really well on the charts. I thought it was one of my favorite rock songs this week.

My least favorite song of the week? Kid Rock’s “Born Free. The song sucked and he sucked singing it. To think that he used to sing songs like “Cowboy” and “Bawitdaba” totally blows me away nowadays. One of the songs that I submitted for the jukebox this week was Orianthi’s “Courage” (feat. Lacey from Flyleaf). I liked her past hits; but I also liked hearing something on the softer side and I think she did a great job with the song. Remakes are tough and most of the time they are not as good as the original; but I still think she put in a good effort and it came out really well. The guitar solo just makes it that more awesome.

My favorite song of the week once again goes to Fefe Dobson, for her new single, “Stuttering”. When I first heard the song, it just touched me and I can totally relate to the lyrics and what she is going through. With singles like “Ghost” and “Stuttering”, it is making her new album release that much more exciting for me. She will even be “Artist of the Week” (for Resolution Radio) for the last week of November.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this week’s blog and some of the songs I rated as well. If you want my opinion on a song that you love or hate, shoot me an e-mail at hewitt_fanatic@musician.org before the weekend. In the meantime, please keep it tuned to Resolution Radio to support Me, Mel, (and the rest of the staff that aren’t HP Bloggers :P). We do shows every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday night at 9 p.m. eastern and we will be doing more shows if we get some more listeners! See y’all next week! – DJ Lilly

Drake announces collabo with Rihanna on her new album

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Former couple Drake and Rihanna have apparently let bygones be bygones as the pair have reportedly collaborated on Rihanna’s upcoming album Loud.

The celebrity romance between Drake and Rihanna was a while ago (May 2009), before Rihanna struck up her relationship with L.A. Dodgers player Matt Kemp. Drake referenced the relationship in his debut album Thank Me Later in “Fireworks,” and in an interview with the New York Times Drake said he was merely Rihanna’s “pawn.”

“You know what she was doing to me? She was doing exactly what I’ve done to so many women throughout my life, which is show them quality time, then disappear. I was like, ‘Wow, this feels terrible.’ ”

However, it seems that the smoke has cleared as Drake announced the two have reunited for Rihanna’s upcoming release telling MTV news: “I just did this great song. I don’t know if I’m supposed to talk about it. I just did this great song with Rihanna; hopefully we can do a video for it. I’m really excited about that.”

Do you think a great collaboration can come out of these talented individuals? Are you anxious to hear it?

Hear new music first – HP

Lady Gaga extends Monster Ball tour run through April 2011; 12 new shows added

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If you haven’t yet caught a stop of Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball tour, you now have twelve more opportunities to do so!

MTV is reporting that Lady Gaga has added another dozen dates to her massive Monster Ball Tour, which will keep her on the road in North America through late April 2011.

The new shows begin March 1 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and include stops in the midwestern and eastern U.S. as well as Canada.

Gaga’s sophomore album Born This Way, has been expected to be released in early 2011, meaning that it may be hitting the shelves while Gaga is still on the road.

Producer and frequent collaborator RedOne told MTV News that the upcoming Born This Way is Gaga’s “freedom album”; he has revealed little else because he says the project is too “precious” for him to spill the beans on.

New Lady Gaga tour dates:

March 1 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
March 4 – Buffalo, NY @ HSBC Arena
March 6 – Ottawa, Ontario @ Scotiabank Center
March 12 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
March 17 – Omaha, NE @ Qwest Center
March 29 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
April 15 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
April 16 – Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times Forum
April 22 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
April 23 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
April 25 – Montreal, Canada @ Bell Centre
April 27 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena

Have you caught a stop of the Monster Ball tour? If so, how was it? If not, do you think you’ll get to one of the newly announced show dates?

Hear new music first – HP

Check out this week’s hidden song contest nominees!

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Avoid the Tuesday drain by getting in early on this week’s hidden song contest! As many of you know, the hidden song contest is THE best way to earn extra points for prizes at HitPredictor, and although we got a ton of great nominations that made picking the songs extra hard this week, we are ready and rearing to go!

For each song you find and correctly report in during the contest window, which runs through 3 p.m. EDT Sept. 30, you will receive a 25 point reward, and an entry into the drawing for 250 more!

To participate, all you need to do is report each of the hidden songs you find from the list below by the 3 p.m. EDT Sept. 30 deadline (via Twitter to @hitpredictor or e-mail* for those who don’t Tweet) to earn a 25 point reward per correct song. Then, on Thursday, we will give away an additional reward of 250 points per contest song! These awards are given out to one random winner (entrant) for each song! For those who don’t use Twitter, you can send your entry to me via e-mail at maijaliisa [at] hitpredictor.com. Please remember to include your HitPredictor username!

Here are the member-submitted nominations for this week’s contest – can you find the hidden songs?

  • Rob Zombie “Mars Needs Women”
  • Regina Carter “Artistiya”
  • Jewel “No Good In Goodbye “
  • Hollowick “Taking Me Over”
  • Muse “MK Ultra”
  • Weezer “Memories”
  • Lil Jon (Feat. 3OH!3) “Hey”
  • 3OH!3 “Double Vision”
  • Kenny Latimore “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”
  • Florence and the Machine “Heavy In Your Arms”
  • Jason Aldean “My Kinda Party”
  • Ry Cuming featuring Jesse Carmichael “Home”
  • The Boxer Rebellion “Semi-Automatic”
  • 3OH!3 “Streets of Gold”
  • Kelly Clarkson  “Love In These Eyes”
  • Karmina “Slow Down”
  • Brandon Flowers “Magdalena”
  • Sara Bareilles “Hold My Heart”
  • Zane Williams “The Right Place”
  • Jason Castro “You Are”
  • Matt Hires “A to B”
  • Jerrod Neimon “What Do You Want” (From Me)
  • Jessie James “Dear John”
  • Selena Gomez and the Scene “Rock God”
  • Kings of Leon “Radioactive”
  • Cee Lo Green “Forget You”

Because of all the fantastic nods, we will again be having another special members’ picks this Friday – songs from the nominations list this week that we think deserve attention but weren’t in the contest – which you’ll see outlined on the blog and hear in the HitPredictor jukebox! Will your pick be one in the contest or one on Friday? The only way to find out is to listen!

Thanks again to all of the HitPredictor members who took the time to send in nominations this week! Please remember, if your nomination wasn’t picked this week, you can submit it again! You guys are a great source of new music for us and we love to know what YOU are listening to before it hits the airwaves!

Remember, it is your nominations that make this contest possible so keep it up by submitting nominations each and every week on our Facebook Fan Page or e-mailing them to me at maijaliisa [at] hitpredictor.com. The members whose nominations made it into the jukebox in this week’s contest will be rewarded with 25 bonus points on Thursday, those whose picks make it in on Friday will receive points at the end of the week.

Please note that points for the contest will not be awarded to your account until after 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30 for any entries.

Let me know if you have any questions – otherwise get busy rating music for the chance to earn bonus points and win even more!

Hear new music first – HP

Please note that late entries will NOT be accepted!

Joe Jonas announces plans to debut as solo artist

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Another Jonas brother is making plans to become a solo artist.

Billboard reports Joe Jonas (the middle brother) has announced plans to make his own individual mark on the music landscape, and is hard at work in the studio with an aim to release his debut solo album in early 2011.

The Jonas Brothers just wrapped the North American leg of their “Camp Rock 2” tour, and although Joe plans to do solo work, following the lead of younger brother Nick who released his first side project earlier this year Nick Jonas & The Administration, an insider with the band insists the Jonas Brothers are “absolutely not” breaking up.

So what does Joe Jonas have in mind for his solo work? A rep for the group’s label Hollywood Records said “He is working with various writers and producers on music,” and is hoping to create “a more dangerous sound” with a “sexier, Justin Timberlake” feel.

Just last week Joe hinted at a possible collaboration with Tom hanks on a TV project; do you think it won’t be much longer before the brothers eventually put less and less time into their band and more and more time into individual projects?

Hear new music first – HP

Nina breaks her silence on mystery artist Norah Jones’ new work!

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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 HitPredictor jukebox last week. 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.

For the last two weeks we all know that Norah Jones flooded the HitPredictor jukebox.  It is not that I didn’t like the music but it was annoying to hear the same artist song after song.  There were a few songs from this set that I enjoyed more than others. Jones does bluesy jazz really well and it shows in the song “Love Me” (feat The Little Willies). I like many different types of music but sometimes it is really nice to just have music to sit down and relax to. I found the song “Virginia Moon” by Norah Jones feat. Foo Fighters really different from anything I’ve ever heard the Foo Fighters do. It was a really soothing song and I enjoyed it. Jones’ “Turn Them” feat. Sean Bones was a really fun song that had a nice Caribbean feel. I think the album that these songs appear on will be a great album and I wish her a lot of luck with it. Hopefully it will be quite a while before we hear that many songs from Jones again!

Unfortunately a lot of the songs that were in the jukebox were way outside of the genres I like so, I think it’s best if I don’t comment on them at all. I did hear some country songs that I really liked this week. “What You Think about Us” by Ashley Gearing was a very strong and memorable song. I really like Gearing’s powerful voice. “Just A Little Bit Stronger” by Sara Evans gave me the same feeling. Evans’ voice is really incredible and makes the song powerful along with the great message in this song.

On the R&B front “Loving You No More” (feat Drake) by Diddy Dirty Money is really cool hip- hop. Their rhymes flow really well together. “Letting Go” by Sean Kingston feat. Nicki Minaj is a catchy dance tune. I usually just find Sean Kingston songs annoying but this one made me dance instead of scream. “Stuttering” by Fefe Dobson is very memorable and really displays her musical talent. “Dirty Picture” by Taio Cruz is a catchy pop song but I find it a little creepy. If you’ve rated it you know why – if you haven’t rated it you’re in for a surprise!  I’m not too sure how good of a single this song would make. “Only Girl in the World” by Rhianna has grown on me as a good dance tune. It was a single I was disappointed in because she had moved away from the typical dance tune but now apparently she’s returned to it.  “Marry Me” by Train is a really sweet love song. I just have so much respect for this group; their music is really great. I have not heard of the singer K Michelle before, but I really enjoyed the song “I Can’t Do This.” She has a really good voice for singing R&B.

“Born Free” by Kid Rock was really annoying and my only bad review for the week. The song just kept repeating the same line and his screechy voice drove me crazy.  If you haven’t rated these songs make sure you head over to the HitPredictor jukebox and check it out now – all of them, with the exception of Norah Jones are still available to rate!

MGMT to return to earlier sound for third LP

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MGMT will be going retro on their third album, and by retro I mean back to the style of their first, and better-selling debut album.

SPIN reports that the band’s record label will be reeling in creative control for the third LP due to disappointing sales of 2010’s release of Congratulations.

In an interview MGMT’s Andrew Van-Wyngarden said “We’ve been looking at relationships with the label during the recording process and it’s quite different this time. They’ll be more involved and not give us as much freedom. We have some ideas and have been talking about possible directions of where to go next. I definitely think our music will change in the future because Congratulations is almost two years old now.”

Also impacting the change will be Van-Wyngarden and band mate Ben Goldwasser’s mood which he said has improved since their last release noting: “We are just in much more positive mental states than when we wrote Congratulations … we’re less anxious.”

Are you looking forward to a return to the MGMT of tracks like “Kids” and “Electric Feel”? Or did you prefer the newer, more psychedelic MGMT?

Hear new music first – HP