DJ Lilly’s picks and predictions, with an eye on the Hot 100 this week!

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Hey HP!

I hope everyone had a fantabulous holiday weekend! So, I was gone all weekend and didn’t have much time to rate songs for the week, but I didn’t want to leave you with nothing, so I decided to concentrate on the Hot 100 this week.

I still like both of the Rihanna songs that are on the list and I even tried to buy the new Rihanna album, Loud, on Black Friday, but they were sold out.

I still hate the Ke$ha song (“We R Who We R”) and still don’t really understand why it’s so popular.

Katy Perry’s “Firework” is a good song, and the video is awesome too.

My favorite song on the list is probably Pink’s “Raise Your Glass” (its growing on me).

I also still really like “Just a Dream” by Nelly.

Two songs that are on the Hot 100 that I hope eventually reach the Top 10 are “Please Don’t Go” by Mike Posner (I am really starting to like that song and I find it stuck in my head once in awhile) and “Whip My Hair” by Willow Smith – I think both have pretty much run their course though.

The songs I heard in the jukebox were “Hummingbird Heartbeat” by Katy Perry, which was OK.

Another song I heard was “Last Night” by Good Charlotte, which wasn’t OK. I am really disappointed in them sometimes.

“Hey Alli” by Runner Runner was pretty good, “The One That Got Away” by Katy Perry was alright; but not as good as her previous songs. “Hold My Hand” by Michael Jackson and Akon could’ve been better; but it wasn’t too awful. I still really like “Desperate Girls and Stupid Boys” by Kimberly Caldwell (that is the title according to her website).

Some updated Resolution Radio news, my Holiday Show will be on December 12th at 9 p.m. EST – come listen to some of your favorite holiday tunes (and maybe make some new ones too!). I will be playing some classics and some not-so classics :P. The Top 50 contest window opens tonight (Nov. 30) at 12:01 a.m. and will remain open until Dec. 21 at 11:59 p.m. – check out all the details and rules on our site. In the meantime, please listen to me and Mel as we rock your house 3 times a week (Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday nights) at 9 p.m. EST!

See you next week! – DJ Lilly

Lady Gaga proclaims next album will be ‘greatest of this decade’

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Lady Gaga has set a high bar for herself, after proclaiming at a concert in Poland that her upcoming album, Born This Way, is going to be “the greatest album of this decade.”

EW reports that as the pop star talked to cheering fans she said “I don’t know what to say. Thank you so much. I don’t know what I would do without all of you. You are the most … I just promise that, I don’t even know. I promise you I’ll never let you down. And not for nothing, the album’s finished, and it’s f-ing really good. So whatever this is, whatever you just did, for all of us, I promise to give you the greatest album of this decade, just for you.”

She continued, telling the crowd Born This Way will be “so much deeper than a wig or lipstick or an outfit, or a f-ing beat dress,” that it will be all about “what keeps us up at night and what makes us afraid.”

The album, which still does not have a release date, is rumored to be coming in 2011.

Billboard reports that collaborators – including Elton John and RedOne have already raved about it.

Gaga has described as a “f-ing sledge-hammering dance,” and said the album may have as many as 20 tracks.

“It used to be kind of a faux pas to put out too much music on your album, but I feel like you guys deserve all of the records I do because I work hard on them,” she said “So who knows? You might get, like, 20 new Gaga songs.”

Do you think Gaga can live up to her prediction, or do you think she’s setting herself up for failure?

Hear new music first – HP

Here are your hidden song contest nominees!

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Well, here we all are, back in the grind after the Thanksgiving holiday – it’s never easy, we know! So, why not have some fun by taking a break and checking out some new music in the HitPredictor jukebox as you earn some BIG bonus points for playing along in this week’s hidden song contest!

It’s easy to play along – for each song you find and correctly report in during the contest window, which is open until 3 p.m. EST Dec. 2, you will receive a 25 point reward, and an entry into the drawing for 250 more!

To participate you must report each of the hidden songs you find from the list below by the 3 p.m. EST Dec. 2 deadline by sending in a Tweet to @hitpredictor (or e-mail* at maijaliisa [at] hitpredictor.com for those who don’t Tweet) with the name of the artist and track AND your HitPredictor username to earn the 25 point reward per correct song and an entry into the 250-point bonus drawings! Do not forget to include your HitPredictor username!

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

  • Jessica Simpson “My Only Wish”
  • Audrey Assad “Ought to Be”
  • Laura Izibor “Can’t Be Love”
  • Mark Hoppus feat. Pete Wentz “In Transit”
  • Trust Company “Heart In My Hands”
  • Glee Cast “Just the Way You Are”
  • Miranda Lambert, Loretta Lynn & Sheryl Crow “Coal Miner’s Daughter”
  • Dave Barnes ft. Hillary Scott “Christmas Tonight”
  • Glee Cast “Marry You”
  • AJ Rafael “Soldier”
  • Satellite “Saving Us Tonight”
  • Ashlyne Huff “Trippin’ It Up”
  • Carrie Underwood “There’s a Place For Us”
  • Justin Bieber “That Should Be Me (Acoustic)”
  • Cassie Steele “I Want You”
  • Margaret Durante “Mississippi’s Crying”
  • Cody Simpson feat. Flo Rida “iYiYi”
  • Mayday Parade “In My Head”
  • This Century “Paper Planes”
  • Stone Sour “Say You’ll Haunt Me”
  • As I Lay Dying “Anodyne Sea”

Since we have so many great nominations, we will have another members’ picks session this Friday. These picks will all be 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, Dec. 2 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!

Nelly vents frustration over low album sales on Twitter, blames label

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Nelly has taken to Twitter to complain about what he feels is lack of support from his label, Universal Motown, for his latest release 5.0.

The rapper’s latest effort sold 63,000 units in its first week – a number that for Nelly is clearly sub par.

The rapper vented on the microblogging platform yesterday writing: “A record deal is a 50/50 partnership! As a artist its your job to provide the record company with music that they (record company) can sell, Thing about the partnership is that n the public eye the responsibility is not 50/50! The artist is always the 1 who catches 90% of the blame.”

Continuing he said: “If u only ship 200 thound [thousand] of an album how many are u f#cking tryen to sell? The artists does control that nor does he or she control marketing. No artist has control over another artist budget nor or they responsible for how a label markets there artist!!”

He then re-tweeted dozens of fans complaints that they were unable to find 5.0 in stores, saying they had to order it online instead.

Do you think Nelly is right in his rant against the label? Or, do you think the label is right to be reserved in how many units they think he can move?

Have you already, or do you plan on picking up Nelly’s latest album?

Hear new music first – HP

U2’s massive Spider-Man production opens to mixed reviews

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U2’s Broadway production of Spider-Man has opened to mixed reviews, in its first opening to the public Sunday night at New York City’s Foxwoods Theatre.

The show, at an estimated cost of $65 million, has been suffering technical problems from the get-go, including an aerial stunt gone bad earlier this month which injured an actor and caused the show’s opening performance to be delayed by two weeks.

Because of the delay the show’s score writers, Bono and the Edge, had to miss the debut performance because of show dates in Australia according to a report on Rolling Stone.

And, it may be just as well they missed it since the report indicates the nine-years-in-the-making production, which ran nearly 3 hours, suffered five separate delays, including one that forced the production to end the first act early, and started 24 minutes late.

With most of the kinks worked out in the first act, the second act suffered only one delay. However, it led to an audience member shouting: “I feel like a guinea pig today — I feel like it’s a dress rehearsal.” Her comment was met with boos, according to the report.

In conflicting reviews The New York Times said most of the stunt’s “went off without a hitch, with children and some adults squealing in delight,” while the New York Post said it was an “epic flop as the $65 million show’s high-tech gadgetry went completely awry amid a dull score and baffling script.”

Check out the complete The New York Times review here, and the New York Post review here.

The official opening of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is Jan. 11, 2011.

Do you think the show will eventually be a well-oiled machine? Or, do you think it might be doomed with all the issues it has been suffering?

Hear new music first – HP

Noel Gallagher recording new solo work

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There’s nothing like a little sibling rivalry to motivate, right?

SPIN reports that despite Noel Gallagher’s insistence for fans not to expect new material soon, now that his estranged brother Liam Gallagher dropped his first post-Oasis track with new band Beady Eye earlier this month, Noel is now hard at work on his debut solo album.

Earlier this year Noel said: “I’m moving house and my missus is nine months pregnant so I’m not doing anything until well into next year.” Well, somehow he’s found some time it seems!

In an interview with BBC, guitarist Miles Kane said he recently laid down on a new track with Noel: “I play guitar on one of his songs for his album. I was only there for a couple of hours. I did my thing.”

In the interview Kane said his collaboration stemmed from his asking Noel to help with his own solo album My Fantasy, due out next year.  “I was mixing the record and I was going to do these harmonies to give it a boost — it was a bit flat,” he said. “I text [Gallagher] saying, ‘I need some icing on this tune,’ and he said, ‘Icing is what I do very well.'”

Do you expect to hear good solo work from either Gallagher brother? Or, do you think it won’t compare to their work together as Oasis?

Hear new music first – HP

Black Eyed Peas to perform Super Bowl XLV halftime show

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Last week, it was finally confirmed that the Black Eyed Peas will be performing at the Super Bowl XLV halftime show, which will be Feb. 6, 2011 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The NFL announced on Thanksgiving that the BEP will be the official musical entertainment of the Bridgestone show, which clearly represents a move to harness younger viewers – last year’s performance was from “The Who.”

Last week in an interview with Billboard, will.i.am said the group would be honored to perform at the event and join other past Super Bowl performers such as U2, the Rolling Stones, and Prince.

“Alongside those cats, it’s like, ‘Wow, we’re in that company?! Oh, man…'” he said. “When those cats played the Super Bowl, their songs weren’t on the Top 40 at that time. So it’s like, wow, our songs are on the radio, and we’re in that company. That’s a sign that tells us where we can go with our career.”

Last week we reported on the BEP testing the waters for a potential stadium tour in 2011, which will be in support of their new album The Beginning which drops tomorrow, Tuesday Nov. 30.

Billboard reports the album’s first single “The Time (the Dirty Bit)” debuted at No. 12 on the Hot 100 last week.

What do you think of the BEP continuing to gain momentum? Do you think they will be a band that can stand the test of time?

Hear new music first – HP