Unsigned and unknown catch Nina’s attention this week!

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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 atHitPredictor. 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 and make sure to check out the freebie giveaway she’s got going on over there right now!

This was pretty solid week here at HitPredictor. I certainly liked more music this week than I did last week.  My favorite artist this week was an unsigned artist that needs to be signed immediately: Adam Watts.  His voice is strong, genuine and clear.  In his song “When Everything Else is Gone” the lyrics are catchy and well written. His voice reminds me of what singing really sounds like without synthesizers and over-done drum beats. I haven’t heard many songs by Jason Castro that I liked.  His music is usually to poppy sweet for me but I thought “You Are” was a strong and sweet love song. I was disappointed by Pink’s new single “Raise your Glass.” There is just nothing about this song that makes me want to listen to the rest of the album and that is what a first single should do.  I’ve been a fan of Pink for many years now so I really do hope her other songs are more engaging.

I really enjoyed “The First Time” by Script. It felt like a good solid rock song. I’m not a steady fan of all their music but they definitely turn in some great rock music. “One by One” by Tiffany Dunn was really catchy and had a great dance beat. There was another mysterious artist this week in the jukebox. I really enjoyed the songs “Like a Wave,” “Unfinished” and “One More Night”; the person singing really has a good voice. The music is great pop – it’s strong pop without being too sappy. I’d like to fit a name with these songs and I hope to hear more from him. Nicki Minaj’s “Right Thru Me” was a fun and memorable song. I know her voice can be annoying sometimes but she’s my guilty pleasure in music. “Your Beating Heart” by Brendan James was a haunting and beautiful love song. Sara Bareilles has some of the most natural music around right now. Her lyrics are always well written and the music is always good. “Not Alone” is a great follow up to “King of Everything.” My only really negative review for the week was “Speak Now” by Taylor Swift her music really does not impress me because it all sounds the same.

So what were your favorite songs this week and what did you think were the worst songs this week? Let me know and have a great week :)

Toby Keith wins top spot on Billboard 200

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It’s another week for country music on the Billboard 200 as Toby Keith earns the top spot in the debut week of his Bullets in the Gun, which moved 71,000 units last week. Keith replaces another country superstar – Kenny Chesney – who drops one slot into the No. 2 position with his Hemingway’s Whiskey selling 65,000 copies in its second week on the shelves.

Billboard reports that Keith’s latest effort is his eleventh top-10 album, and his fourth to reach No. 1. His last album American Ride, which was released in 2009 came in at No. 3 after selling 90,000 copies. So, despite selling less this year, Keith’s new effort ranks higher.

However, Billboard does point out that the 71,000 debut of Bullets in the Gun is the smallest debut at No. 1 since SoundScan began charting in May 1991.

Bruno Mars had a respectable debut this week as well with his Doo-Wops & Hooligans coming in at No. 3 after selling 55,000. His lead single from that effort “Just The Way You Are” has been at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for three straight weeks – we’ll find out tomorrow if it can hold on for four.

The rest of the Billboard 200 top 10 this week includes:

  • At No. 4, Recovery, Eminem, 52,000
  • At No. 5, You Get What You Give, Zac Brown Band, 43,000
  • At No. 6, Flockaveli, Waka Flocka Flame, just over 37,000
  • At No. 7, A Thousand Suns, Linkin Park, 37,000
  • At No. 8, Teenage Dream, Katy Perry, 32,000
  • At No. 9, Passion, Pain & Pleasure, Trey Songz, 32,000
  • At No. 10, A Year Without Rain, Selena Gomez & The Scene, 27,000

Did you buy any of these albums last week – or is there one that dropped Tuesday you’ll be purchasing?

Hear new music first – HP

Eminem, Lady Antebellum lead AMA nominees, now it’s up to you to vote!

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The AMA nominees were announced yesterday and it is Eminem and Lady Antebellum that lead the pack with five nods apiece. Not far behind was Justin Bieber with four nominations, while Katy Perry, B.o.B, Usher, and Ke$ha each earned three apiece.

And now it’s up to you to decide who is going to take home the most awards, as the winners are determined by fan voting on ABC.com and AMAvote.com.

Eminem has been nominated for Artist of the Year and in both the Pop/Rock and Rap/Hip-Hop genres for Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Album awards. Lady Antebellum received nods for Favorite Band, Duo or Group in the Pop/Rock and Country categories as well as Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist, Breakthrough Artist, and Favorite Country Album awards.

The AMAs are scheduled to air Sunday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. Billboard reports the awards show will feature performances from Katy Perry, Usher, Pink, Ke$ha, and Bon Jovi.

Here is the complete list of AMA nominees:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Justin Bieber
Eminem
Ke$ha
Lady Gaga
Katy Perry

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST

B.o.B
Justin Bieber
Taio Cruz
Jason Derülo
Ke$ha
Lady Antebellum
Travie McCoy
Mike Posner

POP/ROCK
Favorite Male Artist
Justin Bieber
Eminem
Usher

Favorite Female Artist
Ke$ha
Lady Gaga
Katy Perry

Favorite Band, Duo or Group
The Black Eyed Peas
Lady Antebellum
Train

Favorite Album
Justin Bieber, My World 2.0
Eminem, Recovery
Katy Perry, Teenage Dream

COUNTRY
Favorite Male Artist
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Brad Paisley

Favorite Female Artist
Miranda Lambert
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Zac Brown Band
Lady Antebellum
Rascal Flatts

Favorite Album
Jason Aldean, Wide Open
Lady Antebellum, Need You Now
Carrie Underwood, Play On

RAP/HIP-HOP
Favorite Male Artist
B.o.B.
Drake
Eminem

Favorite Album
B.o.B., B.o.B. Presents
Drake, Thank Me Later
Eminem, Recovery

SOUL/R&B
Favorite Male Artist
Chris Brown
Trey Songz
Usher

Favorite Female Artist
Alicia Keys
Rihanna
Sade

Favorite Album
Alicia Keys, The Element of Freedom
Sade, Soldier of Love
Usher, Raymond v. Raymond

ALTERNATIVE ROCK
Favorite Artist
Muse
Phoenix
Vampire Weekend

SOUNDTRACK
Favorite Album
AC/DC, Iron Man 2
Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

ADULT CONTEMPORARY
Favorite Artist
Michael Bublé
Lady Antebellum
Train

LATIN
Favorite Artist
Daddy Yankee
Enrique Iglesias
Shakira

CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
Favorite Artist
Casting Crowns
MercyMe
TobyMac

Who will you be voting for?

Hear new music first – HP

New music Wednesday – which big name artists need your feedback this week?!

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Yay for hump day – happy Wednesday! How about some brand new Keri Hilson, Maroon 5, Jack Johnson, and Nelly as we head into the weekend slide?!  We have four brand new singles from these artists in the jukebox ready for you to rate right now, so have a listen to the new tracks listed below and let us know what you think of their hit potential!

Keri Hilson has released a hotly debated new track called “Pretty Girl Rock” as the second single from her new studio album No Boys Allowed. In this track Hilson talks about how pretty she is; but explains “it’s not meant to be vain … I want everybody to feel like they can do ‘Pretty Girl Rock;’ it’s like the hair brush in the mirror, don’t hate me ‘cause I’m beautiful, ‘cause you are. Everybody is beautiful. I want everyone to be able to sing that record.” So what say you HitPredictor members – do you want to sing along to “Pretty Girl Rock”?

“At or With Me” is a new track from Jack Johnson’s To The Sea, which was released earlier this summer. “At or With Me” is a fun, up-tempo track that has Johnson half-mocking himself as he asks “are they laughing at or with me.” He also made a hilarious video with Andy Samberg of SNL fame to accompany the track. Do you think this is a song that can gain traction on the radio and be a potential hit?

In line with up-beat songs is Maroon 5’s second single release from Hands All Over called “Give A Little More.” This funky jam is a catchy danceable track more in line with the pop-driven rhythm that made Maroon 5 popular. Does this track have you dancing along every time you hear it? Is it a song you wish you heard more often on the radio? Let us know what you think with your vote!

Nelly pulled in some help for his new single “Move That Body,” which has both T-Pain & Akon making a guest appearance. This Dr. Luke-produced track is the newest single from the rapper’s new album 5.0 coming out Nov. 16. “Move That Body” as the title implies is a straight-up dance song that features a snapping beat – but is it enough to get you moving? And, is it a track you think has the potential to be a hit?

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, Oct. 14 for some bonus points!

Hear new music first – HP