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Jennifer Lawrence Set To Make Billboard Chart Debut

In: Donovan, Music

Is there anything this woman can’t do? Pretty soon, the Oscar winning actress can add Billboard Top 40 recording artist to her ever-expanding resume. Based on preliminary numbers, Billboard says Jennifer Lawrence could find herself on the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart based on a song she performs in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1.

In the latest installment, J-Law sings “The Hanging Tree.” It begins with her bluesy a capella vocals before the orchestra comes in. The Lumineers’ Jeremiah Fraites and Wesley Schultz wrote the music while Hunger Games scribe Suzanne Collins wrote the lyrics. According to Billboard, it could sell upwards of 150,000 downloads this week in the US alone. If you haven’t heard it yet, check it out below.

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“Fall Into Love” with Wrathschild

In: Calan, Music

The other day I did a post introducing you all to Wrathschild consisting of boy-girl team Simon Curtis and Wolfy. Well they officially launched their first single together titled “Fall Into Love” on and now you can all fall as hard as I have for this duo. The song has been on repeat since I got a copy to review. If the rest of their album comes out as magical as this single then I’m sure these two are well on their way to commercial success.

These two are currently doing all the heavy lifting on their own so please be sure to support them and their music by purchasing the single so they can continue to bring us awesome tunes for years to come.

listen to the track after the jump

Katy Perry scored her second No. 1 album of her career. Prism moved 286,000 copies, making it the largest sales week this year for a female artist. It sneaked past Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz which debuted with 270,000. Prism’s first week total also beat her previous album, Teenage Dream, which notched 192,000 units back in 2010.

Also making a Top 10 debut this week were Simon Cowell’s Fifth Harmony. The quintet sold 28,000 copies to land at No. 6. It’s pretty impressive given they only had an EP with six songs, two of which were released months ago. As sad as it is, they’re the highest-charting act born from the U.S. edition of The X Factor. Emblem3 who released a full-length album earlier this year landed at No. 7. Not a bad start for the ladies. Check out a recent performance of them covering Spice Girls below.

watch 5H cover Spice Girls after the jump

There’s just no stopping him. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” clocks in another week on top of the Billboard Hot 100. The monster hit rules for a 12th week joining an elite group of 14 songs to spend at least twelve weeks as No. 1. If “Lines” can keep its grasp on the pole position for four more weeks, it could tie Mariah Carey and Boyz II Mens’ epic duet, “One Sweet Day,” as the longest-running chart-topper.

Holding steady at No. 2 is “Roar” by Katy Perry. With “Lines” slowly eroding in airplay, Perry could unseat him in the coming weeks. On the flip side, Lady Gaga’s “Applause” rises from 6-4 on the strength of the accompanying music video. Streaming on YouTube, Vevo and other online sites now factor with chart placement. Sandwiched in between the two ladies is Thicke’s VMAs duet partner Miley Cyrus with her hit, “We Can’t Stop.”

Lana Del Rey scores first Hot 100 Top 10 and check out the longest-running Billboard chart-toppers after the jump

Top Albums & Digital Downloads Halfway Through 2013

In: Donovan, Music

With July now upon us, we’re officially halfway through 2013. It’s the perfect time to see which musical acts are moving the most albums and singles so far.

Not surprisingly, Justin Timberlake is top dog with regards to album sales. His third solo LP, The 20/20 Experience has sold over two million copies, by far the biggest-selling album of the year. In fact, he’s the only artist to sell over one million. His closest competitor is Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox, which stands at 985,000 copies sold. To be fair, Mars released his album in November 2012. It’s grand total is actually 1.5 million.

Meanwhile, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis dominate digital downloads. Not only do they have the top spot with “Thrift Shop,” but their follow-up, “Can’t Hold Us” lands at No. 6. Both singles have sold 5,558,000 and 3,129,000 respectively. Check out what other artists landed in the Top 10 on each list below.

check out both Top 10 lists after the jump

Becoming a viral sensation is even more essential than before for a new artist. Under Billboard’s new rules for their all-important Hot 100 chart, YouTube streams are now included in the calculation. Previously, only radio airplay, sales, and various forms of streaming through services like Spotify and Rhapsody were used to tabulate what the biggest song was. Had this new formula been around when PSY’s “Gangnam Style” was at its peak, it certainly would’ve hit pole position instead of stalling at No. 2 for weeks.

Taking advantage of the new rules is Baauer. Even though “Harlem Shake” is receiving minimal radio airplay, the single skyrocketed to No. 1 thanks to all those viral videos dominating YouTube and an impressive 262,000 downloads. The meme-of-the-moment knocks off Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” which has occupied the top spot the past five weeks.

check out what established artists also benefited after the jump

Billboard’s Top 10 Songs Of 2012

In: Music, Patrick

It’s been a big year in music and a lot of records have been broken. It’s insane to think that Psy‘s “Gangnam Style” has passed the 1 billion views mark for his music video on YouTube. Carly Rae Jepsen was launched into superstardom after Justin Bieber personally endorsed her soon-to-be worldwide obsession, “Call Me Maybe.” It’s pretty much a given that these two songs are in the Billboard‘s Top 10 Songs of 2012, but what about the other eight?

Billboard’s top song of the year also charted #1 in Radio Songs, #1 in Digital Songs, #5 in Ringtones, #8 in Pop Songs, and #6 in Adult Contemporary. If that doesn’t give it away, I’m sure the header photo did. The number one song is Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” which also features Kimbra. Love that song! Find out what other songs make up the Top 10 list below. I’ve also included all of the songs/music videos should you be inclined to watch the videos and/or listen to the songs. Enjoy!

Check out the Top 10 videos after the jump…

Bruno Mars’ Heavenly Ascent To The Top

In: Donovan, Music

Bruno Mars has created Billboard history ya’ll. How you say? Mars’ latest hit, “Locked Out of Heaven,” just knocked Rihanna’s “Diamonds” out of Billboard’s Hot 100 No. 1 slot. The lead single from his sophomore album, Unorthodox Jukebox, becomes his fourth chart-topper in his short career. With this, he becomes the fastest man to score four No. 1s on the chart in 48 years.

The 27-year-old Hawaiian native nabbed his first No. 1 back in 2010 with his collaboration with B.o.B. on “Nothin’ On You“. He followed that up with two huge hits- “Just The Way You Are” and “Grenade“- from his debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans. The span from his first chart-topper to his latest is two years, 10 months and one week. The only person to achieve this feat faster is Bobby Vinton who took two years and six months.

To celebrate Bruno’s accomplishment, I thought we’d take a trip down memory lane and ask our readers which Mars’ No. 1 hit is their favorite. For me it’s hands down “Grenade”, with “Locked Out of Heaven” steadily gaining favor. The Police knock-off is pretty damn catchy ;) Cast your vote below and check out his vids after that.

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