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

Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday Brings the Heat

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Guest blogger and HitPredictor member Nina C. has written an album review of Nicki Minaj’s debut release “Pink Friday” which she generously shared with us to publish in full below. Thanks Nina! Also, make sure you check out Nina’s other blog, TwilightNera’s Entertainment Hotspot for other news in the entertainment world!

Nicki Minaj is definitely becoming a household name fast.  Her album Pink Friday debuted with solid record sale numbers. It’s been a while since the rap world has had a rap Queen sitting at the top of the charts.  Her highly anticipated album Pink Friday shows that she is a major rap force and will not be going away anytime soon.

The album opens strong with “I’m the Best.” It’s a hype song that is pretty standard for rap albums. What makes it a perfect rock song is its hammering beat and crushing lyrics. This song also helps to show how Nicki’s dramatic delivery of lyrics makes her a true MC.

Unfortunately, the album takes a small dip in content after the first song with “Roman’s Revenge” feat. Eminem and “Did It On ‘Em.” These songs really were a waste of tracks. The collaboration with Eminem did not go well because it just turns into a hard rap battle between the two full of vulgarity and no real substance. “Did It On ‘Em” is the same thing; it is simply a song with vulgarity but for the few minutes it is on, it just doesn’t go anywhere.

The album recovers quickly and goes hard for the duration with the song “Right Thru Me.” What is impressive about this song is Nicki’s ability to make a sweet love song while keeping her no nonsense flow. “Fly” feat. Rihanna is a great collaboration between two of the biggest stars in R&B; the song is very inspirational and is a great example of Minaj as a lyricist.

“Save Me” and “Moment 4 Life” feat. Drake are really great R&B/Rap songs that do more than show Nicki as a hard-core rapper. They do not rely on heavy beats but are an attempt for Minaj to reach out to her audience and make them feel what she feels and what she is saying.

“Blazin” feat. Kanye West is a pretty good blend between rap and pop and it gets its fuel from Nicki’s hard rap flow.  “Here I Am” feels more like a filler song and is a mellow point in the album, but it is not slow or boring

“Dear Old Nicki” and “Your Love” is another example of even though Nicki’s a rapper she is a still a woman. “Dear Old Nicki” is a song in which Nicki reflects on her struggles during her rise to fame. “Your Love” is a sweet love song with a smooth flow.

“Last Chance” feat. Natasha Bedingfield a pretty good collaboration between two different styles.  The album enters a more beat- and dance-driven stage in its last tracks. “Super Bass” is probably one of my favorite songs on the album.  It’s made great by her dramatic delivery and hard beat.

The album finishes up with “Blow Your Mind” and “Muny” which is both dramatic beat driven songs and end the album on fast paced high note.

If you are like me and do not like a lot of profanity in your music you can purchase this c.d. in its edited form and it is just as great.

Rihanna sets new record with “Only Girl” moving to No. 1 on Hot 100

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Rihanna has returned to the top of the Hot 100 with her first single “Only Girl (In the World)” off her new release Loud.

Just two weeks ago the pop star was at the top of the Hot 100 with her second single “What’s My Name?” feat. Drake. Billboard reports it is the first time in the history of the Hot 100 that an album’s debut single reaches No. 1 after the second single does. This week her former No. 1 single moves into the No. 8 position.

Billboard also noted that “Only Girl” is Rihanna’s fourth single to ascend to No. 1 in 2010. That stat makes her the first female – and artist of any gender – to hit the top four times in any calendar year since Usher did it in 2004.

The rest of the Billboard Hot 100 includes:

  • At No. 2, “Raise your Glass,” Pink
  • At No. 3, “Like a G6,” Far East Movement
  • At No. 4, “We R Who We R,” Ke$ha
  • At No. 5, “Just a Dream,” Nelly
  • At No. 6, “Firework,” Katy Perry
  • At No. 7, “Just the Way You Are,” Bruno Mars
  • At No. 8, “What’s My Name?” Rihanna feat. Drake
  • At No. 9, “F**k You (Forget You),” Cee Lo Green
  • At No. 10, “Bottom’s Up,” Trey Songz feat. Nicki Minaj

Which of these songs is your current favorite?

Hear new music first – HP

Upcoming releases!

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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:
Nov. 26 (Today) Justin Bieber, “My Worlds Acoustic”
Nov. 30, Black Eyed Peas “The Beginning”
Nov. 30, Fefe Dobson “Joy”
Nov. 30, Soulja Boy “The DeAndre Way”
Nov. 30, Flo Rida “Only One Flo (Part 1)”
Nov. 30, Eric Benet “Lost In Time”
Nov. 30, Jazmine Sullivan “Love Me Back”
Nov. 30, Jazmine Sullivan, “Love Me Back”
Dec. 6, Adam Lambert “Acoustic Live!”
Dec. 7, T.I. “No Mercy”
Dec. 7, Plain White T’s “Wonders of the Younger”
Dec. 7, Deadmau5, “4×4=12”
Dec. 7, Adam Lambert “Take Two”
Dec. 7, Natasha Bedingfield “Strip Me”
Dec. 7, Christian Kane “The House Rules”
Dec. 7, Redman “Reggie”
Dec. 7, Duffy “Endlessly”
Dec. 7, Hinder “All American Nightmare”
Dec. 14, Crystal Bowersox “Farmer’s Daughter”
Dec. 14, Michael Jackson “Michael”
Dec. 14, Ciara “Basic Instinct”
Dec. 14, Diddy Dirty Money “The Last Train to Paris”
Dec. 14, R. Kelly “Love Letter”
Dec. 14, Young Jeezy “TM103”
Dec. 14, Keri Hilson “No Boys Allowed”
Dec. 14, Keyshia Cole “Calling All Hearts”
Dec. 21, Duran Duran “All You Need Is Now” (Digital release)
Dec. 21, Jamie Foxx “Best Night of My Life”
Dec. 28, Jesse McCartney, “Have It All”
Dec. 31, Kimberly Caldwell “Without Regret”
Jan. 4, Marsha Ambrosious, “Late Nights, Early Mornings”
Jan. 11, Nikki & Rich “Everything”
Jan. 11, Steel Magnolia “Steel Magnolia”
Jan. 11, Rye Rye “Go! Pop! Bang!”
Jan. 18, Social Distortion “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes”
Jan. 18, Smith Westerns “Die It Blonde”
Jan. 18, The Decemberists “The King is Dead”
Jan. 18, The Script “Science & Faith”
Jan. 25, Amos Lee “Mission Bell”
January, 2011, Jessie James, “Daughter of a Gypsy”
Feb. 14, P.J. Harvey “Let England Shake”
Feb. 15, Devotchka “100 Lovers”
Feb. 15, The Dears “Degeneration Street”
March 8, Lupe Fiasco “Lasers”
April, Avril Lavigne “Goodbye Lullaby”

TBA, Jo Dee Messina “Unmistakable: Drive” (hard copy)
TBA, Josh Gracin “She’s A Different Kind Of Crazy”
TBA, Bucky Covington “I’m Alright”
TBA, Kelly Rowland, TBA
TBA, Sara Evans “Stronger”
Q1, 2011, David Cook, TBA

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

Hear new music first – HP

New picks from our members!

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We have some new tracks ready for you to rate this weekend that come to you directly from our members! Among the artists with new tracks our members think have hit potential are Christina Aguilera, Justin Bieber, James Wesley, and David Choi. So check these tracks out and let us know whether you think any of these picks from our members have hit potential!

We’ve got some new music from Christina Aguilera in the jukebox; “Express” is from the soundtrack to her upcoming movie Burlesque, in which Aguilera plays a small-town girl with big dreams who stumbles on a burlesque club owned by Tess (Cher). Do you think this track which Aguilera performed to rave reviews at the AMAs last Sunday has the potential to be a huge hit for the pop star? HitPredictor member DreamChaser does. Have a listen to it in the jukebox now and tell us what YOU think!

Another AMA performance made the nomination list this week as Justin Bieber’s “Pray,” the only new song from his upcoming acoustic release (this Friday) of My Worlds Acoustic. As we wrote in our blog a few weeks ago, this new single has been described as both “optimistic” and “uplifting” but we want to know if YOU think it has the potential to be a hit for the teen star. So check out this brand new single, nominated by xvintagehearts in the HitPredictor jukebox and let us know what you think!

Jason Castro has a new song called “Changing Colors” from his most recent release Live from Studio 1290. Castro has been playing this song live in venues for several years but only just finally recorded it for a studio release this summer. HitPredictor member Rachel2 thinks it is a wonderful song with major hit potential and we want to see if you agree! Check out this tender ballad in the HitPredictor jukebox and let us know what you think!

We had a couple of HitPredictor members send in nominations for James Wesley’s “Real,” so with that much demand we thought maybe they are onto something! This new single from the country crooner was released earlier this summer and is still making its way up the charts. It has a powerful message that several of our members have really related to. Do you? Have a listen and let us know!

David Choi is a singer/songwriter/producer that first gained a foothold on the music scene after winning the David Bowie Mash-Up contest in 2004. He has continued to make music since then and has a new song and video out called “That Girl,” which HitPredictor member mzzzomgfreak just can’t get enough of. She submitted this track from Choi’s sophomore album By My Side for the jukebox and we want to know if you think she’s discovered a potential hit. Have a listen to “That Girl” and let us know what you think!

Check all of these tracks out in your HitPredictor jukebox now and let us know whether you think any of our members’ picks are potential hits!

Hear new music first – HP

Hidden song contest winners!

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As a way to give thanks to everyone that played along in the hidden song contest this week we decided to give away an extra bonus reward of 50 points for every song correctly reported in! We hope this will give you a chance to get ahead on some holiday shopping in the HitPredictor prize store :)

Most everyone listened long enough to find all the hidden songs in the contest this week which were Alyssa Bernal’s “Cali, Cali, Cali,” Chris Koon’s “Yo-Yo,” and “I Just Realized” by Matt Wertz. A special thank you goes to HitPredictor members shorteexgrl, mzzzomgfreak, DreamChaser, and jayhawk4_13 who sent in the nominations!

This week’s big winners (well really everyone was!) but the500 (this week only!) bonus points awards went to HitPredictor members waterlil, BOSTONLOU13, and amandaberryman. Congratulations!

Let’s get ready for the next contest which we plan to have back on a regular schedule NEXT week. In order to do that we need your nominations though, and remember, if we use your song, whether it’s in the hidden song contest, or add it to the jukebox as a members’ 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 and make them the best ones you know!

Hear new music first – HP

Susan Boyle remains atop Billboard 200 after an increase in album sales in second week!

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Susan Boyle remains at the top of the Billboard 200 as her holiday album The Gift sells 335,000 in its second week, which is a 5% increase from last week’s 318,000 units!

Billboard reports a second-week increase in sales for the No. 1 selling album is extremely rare, with Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0 being the last to do so in April, when it saw an increase of 3% in sales, largely attributed to the Easter shopping holiday.

Billboard speculates the target demographic of Boyle’s album – older consumers who buy music at a more leisurely pace and not necessarily on the drop date – could be largely why sales numbers haven’t fallen, in addition to the fact that it is a holiday-themed disc, which was appropriately released to coincide with both Thanksgiving in the U.S. and the upcoming Christmas holidays.

The rest of the Billboard 200 top 10 includes:

  • At No. 2, O Holy Night, Jackie Evancho, 239,000
  • At No. 3, Loud, Rihanna, 207,000
  • At No. 4, Illuminations, Josh Groban, 191,000
  • At No. 5, Born Free, Kid Rock, 189,000
  • At No. 6, Nothing Like This, Rascal Flatts, 165,000
  • At No. 7, Get Closer, Keith Urban, 162,000
  • At No. 8, Christmas Album, Glee Cast, 161,000
  • At No. 9, Speak Now, Taylor Swift, 146,000
  • At No. 10, 5.0, Nelly, 63,000

Are any of these albums on your wish list for Christmas? There are still plenty of new releases to come before the holidays; our updated upcoming releases list will be published on Friday!

Hear new music first – HP

Taylor Swift announces massive world tour to kick off next year

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Taylor Swift better rest up over the next few months, because she’s just announced a massive world tour that will have her on the road from February through October.

The tour will be in support of her new album Speak Now, and will have the country superstar travelling to a total of 19 different countries. Swift will start the tour overseas, and end in the U.S.

In a statement Swift said “I’m so excited to go back out on tour again in 2011! The FEARLESS Tour was so much fun and even more unforgettable than I ever imagined, and I can’t wait to get back out and play my new music from Speak Now! The fans have been so amazing, and I’m thrilled to play in new cities around the world and meet even more of my fans in 2011!”

Swift’s Speak Now tour itinerary:
Feb. 9: Singapore (Singapore Indoor Stadium)
Feb. 11: Seoul, South Korea (Gymnastic Gymnasium)
Feb. 13: Osaka, Japan (Osaka-Jo Hall)
Feb. 16 & 17: Tokyo, Japan (Budokan Hall)
Feb. 19: Manila, Philippines (Araneta Coliseum)
Feb. 21: Hong Kong (Asia World Arena)
March 6: Brussels, Belgium (Forest National)
March 7: Rotterdam, Holland (Ahoy)
March 9: Oslo, Norway (Oslo Spektrum)
March 12: Oberhausen, Germany (Oberhausen Arena)
March 15: Milan, Italy
March 17: Paris, France (Zenith)
March 19: Madrid, Spain (Palacio De Deportes)
March 22: Birmingham, UK (LG Arena)
March 25: Belfast, Northern Ireland (Odyssey Arena)
March 27: Dublin, Ireland (O2 Dublin)
March 29: Manchester, UK (Manchester Evening News Arena)
March 30: London, UK (O2 Arena)
May 27 & 28: Omaha, Neb.
May 29: Des Moines, Iowa
June 2 & 3: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
June 4: Orlando, Fla.
June 7: Columbus, Ohio
June 8: Milwaukee, Wis.
June 11: Detroit, Mich. (Ford Field)
June 14 & 15: St. Paul, Minn.
June 18: Pittsburgh, Penn. (Heinz Field)
June 21: Buffalo, N.Y.
June 22: Hartford, Conn.
June 25: Foxborough, Mass. (Gillette Stadium)
June 30: Greensboro, N.C.
July 1: Knoxville, Tenn.
July 2: Louisville, Ky
July 8: Charlotte, N.C.
July 9 & 10: Atlanta, Ga.
July 14: Montreal, Quebec
July 15 & 16: Toronto, Ontario
July 19 & 20: New York, N.Y.
July 28: Grand Rapids, Mich.
July 29: Indianapolis, Ind.
July 30: Cleveland, Ohio
Aug. 2 & 3: Washington, D.C.
Aug. 6: Philadelphia, Penn. (Lincoln Financial Field)
Aug. 9 & 10: Chicago, Ill.
Aug. 13: Lexington, Ky
Aug. 14: St. Louis, Mo.
Aug. 18 & 19: Edmonton, Alberta
Aug. 23 & 24: Los Angeles, Calif.
Sept. 1 & 2: San Jose, Calif.
Sept. 3: Sacramento, Calif.
Sept. 6: Portland, Ore.
Sept. 7: Seattle, Wash.
Sept. 10 & 11: Vancouver, British Columbia
Sept. 16 & 17: Nashville, Tenn.
Sept. 21: Tulsa, Okla.
Sept. 24: Kansas City, Mo. (Arrowhead Stadium)
Sept. 27: Denver, Colo.
Sept 28: Salt Lake City, Utah
Oct. 4: Little Rock, Ark.
Oct. 5: New Orleans, La.
Oct. 8: Dallas, Texas (Cowboys Stadium)

Do you hope to catch a stop of Swift’s Speak Now tour? Do you think she’ll be able to sell tickets for all of these dates and not fall prey to the bad economy that forced many artists this year to cancel shows?

Hear new music first – HP

Taryn Manning Brings the ‘Boom’

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The following is a guest post from our dear friend and amazing blogger Melismatic on the up-and-coming pop artist (and already established actress) Taryn Manning. We recently had one of her tracks featured in the HitPredictor hidden song contest, which is a good indicator of a song that’s about to catch fire. Mel, a prolific blogger of all things pop sees a lot of potential in Manning too, and did a great writeup of her past, present, and hopeful future, which we have republished here. For all the latest in breaking pop artists see Mel’s blog Melismatic here.

Believe you me, I’ve realized more so than anyone else how little time I’ve spent spotlighting the songs I’ve been grooving to in favor of Tweeting about them. These days, my mind is a bit A.D.D. when it comes to music — the minute something new and exciting hits, I tend to forget about what I loved (and wanted to write about) last week. However, this one cut keeps coming back to haunt me from the minute I heard it a few weeks back.

I owe all of the discovery to DJ Lilly over at Resolution Radio. She has been in contact with a musician who isn’t exactly new, but rather a familiar face, and her most recent piece of work is fun people of disco-lectro rompiness that sticks in your ears and won’t give.

Her name is Taryn Manning. The name may only be vaguely familiar to some of you but I guarantee you’ve seen her before. She first came into our consciousness as an actress, debuting in the 2001 film Crazy/Beautiful, before her big break came via the Britney Spears film vehicle Crossroads in 2003 as her “bad ass” BFF. Since then, she’s also appeared in 8 Mile, White Oleander and Hustle & Flow. Most recently, she’s gained a role on the television revamp of Hawaii Five-O (which I have to say is much better than I assumed it’d be!).

She’s also formed the duo electronica group Boomkat with her brother Kellin in 2003. The group is still active today, and recording under her own independent label, Little Vanilla Records (since 2004. Prior to that, the group was featured on DreamWorks Records, but were lost in the shuffle when the label folded into Universal Music Group in 2004). Their debut single, ‘The Wreckoning”, was a firm staple on several of my homemade “mix CDs” in 2003 (admittedly, a bit before I caught on to the conformity of iTunes). Their sound was starkly different from the rest of the pop music landscape at the time, and I distinctly remember dramatically mouthing along to the line “I came. I saw. I kicked some ass.” as the song blared in my oversize headphones on the way to high school junior year.

Currently, Taryn is branching out on her own as a solo artist in her own side-project to the Boomkat sound, in favor of a more sunny, poppy, dance-and-synth-soaked flavor rather than Boomkat’s unrelenting attitude and beats.

The result has been the single “Spotlight”, now available for purchase on iTunes and oft featured on my new home on Resolution Radio. “Spotlight” takes a page out of early 90’s dance pop with hints of late 1970’s disco flair. It’s a whirlwind of poppy goodness with an unrelenting backbeat. It’s certainly not reinventing the wheel, but when a song makes you feel this good, none of that matters. It’s an homage to the power disco-pop of yore, and in a post Lady Gaga Top 40, there is no better time than the present to celebrate pure pop. It is a bit more early 00’s Kylie Minogue meets La Bouche in an Ace of Base blender. Is there anything better? The answer you’re looking for is no.

If “Spotlight” is any indicator, the rest of Taryn’s upcoming solo material will be well worth the wait.

For more on Taryn, you can check out her website at http://www.tarynmanning.com or follow her on Twitter via @tarynmanning.