On the Billboard Dance Chart Daft Punk has done quite well. The Parisian electronic music duo have three dance chart-toppers before “Get Lucky” but none of their tracks have done well on the Billboard Hot 100. Both “Around the World” and “One More Time” peaked at No. 61 and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” didn’t even chart. “Get Lucky” finally gives Daft Punk their first Top 10 hit on the Hot 100. The track also gives Pharrell Williams his first Top 10 single since being featured on Ludacris’ “Money Maker” back in 2006.
The singles chart isn’t the only place where Daft Punk is making career milestones. Their fourth studio album, Random Access Memories, is on track to move upwards of 300,000 units. The number is strong enough to give them their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. If the numbers hold up, it’ll earn the second-largest debut week this year after Justin Timberlake’s whopping 968,000 for his The 20/20 Experience.
In other Billboard-related news, American Idol Season 12 winner Candice Glover bowed with 48,000 downloads for “I Am Beautiful” landing it at at No. 93 on the Billboard Hot 100. By far it’s the lowest charting Idol coronation single in history. A far cry from Phillip Phillips’ best-selling “Home” which sold 278,000 units. Poor girl is doing even worse than Lee DeWyze.
After breaking into Billboard Hot 100′s Top 40 with “Body Party” for the first time since 2009′s “Love Sex Magic,” Ciara is hoping her new single will follow in its footsteps. Just like the lead cut which featured her boyfriend Future, “I’m Out” is another collaboration from her upcoming self-titled fifth studio album. This time it’s with Nicki Minaj. The two previously joined forces on Minaj’s “I’m Legit.” With these two ladies involved, obviously the track is all about girl power.
“Ladies, it’s your song / So as soon as this come on / You should get out on the floor / Gon’ and get your sexy on / If you know that you better / Then the new girl that he on / Go ‘head and tell him now / “You gon’ miss me when I’m gone”
Personally, I like it. The juxtaposition of Ciara’s sultry delivery and Minaj’s aggressive swagger really works well together. It’s definitely one of Cici’s better tracks in years and could be the game-changer she’s been looking for. Definitely has the potential to become a summer jam. Take a listen below and let me know what you think afterward.
Will.i.am may have “#thatPower” but Loreen has THE power and she doesn’t need that silly hashtag to prove it. The 29-year-old Swedish singer just debuted her music video for her wicked new track “We Got The Power.” What’s in the water in Sweden? The Scandinavian country churns out pop stars Icona Pop, Lykke Li, Agnes and Roybn like an assembly line.
If you’re not familiar with Loreen, she’s famous for winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 with the dance hit “Euphoria.” Her new track was co-penned by Ester Dean (Rihanna) and produced by Patrik Berger (Robyn). The club ready track has a female rock edge that harkens old school Pat Benatar. The accompanying video, which she directed, is fairly simple with swapping vignettes of the Swedish singer wearing a Roman solder helmet, dancing silhouettes and close-up shots. Here’s what she said about the visual.
“I always have a clear picture of what I want to convey in my artistry and feel a great responsibility for the things I release,” Loreen said. “Moving images, for me, creates an extra dimension to the music. In addition, we need more female directors in the industry. More women who dare to take place, just like the video for ‘We Got The Power’ is doing.”
If Desperate Housewives was still kicking around, this could be mistaken as a promo for the ABC show. The Saturdays could easily move into Wisteria Lane without skipping a beat. Even doing homely duties like garden chores and laundry, the British girl group are as glamorous as ever.
Once again, one of the ladies had to hid their baby bump for the video shoot. For “30 Days,” Una Healy was with child, this time it was Rochelle Humes‘ turn. Since filming, Rochelle has given birth to her baby girl Alaia-Mai.
Fans have been divided with “Gentleman.” It’s a different sound not previously done by the group. Personally, it’s grown on me, especially the celebrity name dropping rapping portion. Truth be told, the girls could drop anything and I’d love it. That’s how much I adore these ladies. Check out their latest clip below.
It’s fascinating how a simple video concept can be the most mesmerizing sometimes. At face value, there’s not much to Maroon 5′s latest music video “Love Somebody.” It features Adam Levine getting hot and heavy with model Emily Ratajkowski. The two slowly unveil their painted bodies by touching and caressing each other. Hopefully, Levine’s real life Victoria’s Secret girlfriend doesn’t get too jealous. Things get rather steamy. The track is the fourth official single lifted from the band’s multi-platinum selling album, Overexposed.
Once again, director Rich Lee delivers another visually captivating piece. If you’re not familiar with his work, a few of my favorites include videos for Nicole Scherzinger (“Don’t Hold Your Breath”), The Black Eyed Peas (“The Time (Dirty Bit)”), Michael Buble (“Haven’t Met You Yet”) and Fergie (“Clumsy”) to name a few. Check out his latest creation below.
How’s that for a bold statement? Carmen Electra isn’t playing around with her “girl power party anthem.” The 41-year-old former Baywatch actress returned to music after a 20-year hiatus with “I Like It Loud” released last year. The uber-catchy dance track hit the #25 spot on Billboard’s Dance Club Play Chart. Hoping to continue her musical comeback, Electra is releasing a provocatively-titled second single “Bigger D**k” or the more radio-friendly named “Bigger Stick.” Here’s what Electra has to say about the single’s message.
“Lets face it, it’s been a ‘mans world’ for a long time now, but not anymore. Women are coming up and taking over, and ‘Bigger D*ck’ speaks that in a fun, cheeky way. It’s a metaphor, obviously. All in fun, not to be taken too seriously.” – Carmen Electra
Personally, I like “I Like It Loud” better but “Bigger D**k” is a sassy single in its own right. It reminds me of an updated version of Gillette’s 1994 single, “Short Dick Man.” Anyone old enough here to remember that track? If not, I’ve embedded it along with Carmen Electra’s new single below.
After courting controversy with his titillating “Blurred Lines” music video, Robin Thicke is back doing what he does best… getting his romance on. The soulful crooner slows down the tempo to deliver one of his best ballads in years since “Lost Without You.” I’m a sucker for a sexy slow jam and he delivers on this one. He’s channeling some serious Maxwell-ness IMHO.
With his smooth tone and delicious falsetto on “4 The Rest of My Life,” the 36-year-old blue-eye soul singer reminisces about first laying his eyes on his wife actress Paula Patton. I’d melt if someone serenaded me with a voice like that. This will undoubtedly become a popular choice during the upcoming busy nuptials season. A definite wedding anthem. Check it out below.
Can we expect The Dream to duet with Michelle Williams in the near future? Or will she once again be the odd Destiny’s Child member out. I’m predicting the latter. Unless she shows up on a B-side or a hidden bonus track, there’s no sight of Williams anywhere on the track listing of the hit producer and R&B singer’s upcoming album, IV Play.
On the heels of The Dream and Kelly Rowland performing their brand new duet “Where Have You Been” on The Tonight Show Monday night, he’s released the full-length version of his collaboration with Beyonce, titled “Turnt.” Out of the two, I’m leaning towards his slow jam with Rowland more. It’s sexier in my opinion. Check them both out below and see if you agree with me.