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Billboard Ventures Into Uncharted Territory

In: Music, Tyrell

These days, the music industry is ultra-competitive. If you’re a new artist, the chance of you breaking onto the Billboard charts above the Gaga’s, the Katy’s and the Kanye’s seems nearly impossible. However, the popularity of independent, internet sensation living room and garage bands is growing daily. So, Billboard decided they should jump on the bandwagon.

Billboard has announced that they are adding a new ranking chart titled Uncharted. The purpose of this chart is to recognize and develop artists who don’t have the volume in record sales or radio airplay to bring them regular chart success. However, they will use such outlets as YouTube views, Twitter tweets and re-tweets, as well as MySpace music page listens.

Uncharted launched on Billboard yesterday and the first #1 artist is hip hopper Traphik from Long Beach, California who is famous on YouTube for his humorous rhymes in his raps. DJ BL3ND is also on the chart with their electro house music with one of their songs being viewed on YouTube well over 22 million times.

Read more about Uncharted after the jump.

The first awards show of new year has come and gone. While “Twilight” dominated the movie awards, “House” the television ones and Eminem, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry sharing the bounty on the music side, the biggest question is… who ruled the red carpet? Let’s face it, you won’t remember a winner of a PCA, but you’ll most certainly remember a fashion disaster or impeccably put together outfit.

The People’s Choice Awards aren’t really the crème de la crème of awards shows, but merely serve as a platform to plug upcoming projects. Having said that, that Waterford Crystal award is beautiful and me likey and me want one.

Since the show is just a fancy warm-up for more important upcoming award shows, you won’t see a lot of fashion risks. They’re saving all the big guns for the Golden Globes, Oscar and Grammys. Instead, expect to see a lot of safe gowns and dozens of cocktail dresses on the PCA’s sapphire blue carpet. Check out the five nominees I’ve picked for best dressed and worst dressed at this year’s awards below. Don’t forget to cast your votes.

view the contenders after the jump

Rolling Stone Picks Their Top Songs & Albums of 2010

In: Donovan, Music

We’re still recovering from our NYE celebrations, so we decided to take today off. In lieu of new articles, we decided to repost some of our favorite 2010 Year End List-themed posts from this year. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE.

Spin Magazine and MySpace already named their best music picks of 2010, and now it’s Rolling Stone Magazine’s turn. Kanye West’s latest opus has once again soared past the competition and claimed the top spot. His “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” took the No. 1 spot on Spin and the runner-up slot on MySpace’s list. Looks like someone is on a roll.

Rolling Stone’s list includes several of the same artists found on Spin’s, but there are a couple of WTF selections. Which ones you ask? I love me some Elton John, but seriously… his latest CD is at No. 3? If anyone’s listened to it, please enlighten me on what I missed out this year. The other selection that had my head scratching was Robert Plant. Maybe my musical tastes aren’t as refined, slash ancient as the editors of Rolling Stone.

Here are Rolling Stone’s picks for the crème de la crème of 2010.

  • 10. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
  • ?9. Eminem – Recovery
  • 8. Robert Plant – Band Of Joy
  • 7. Drake – Thank Me Later
  • 6. Vampire Weekend – Contra
  • 5. Jamey Johnson – The Guitar Song
  • 4. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
  • 3. Elton John and Leon Russell – The Union
  • 2. The Black Keys – Brothers
  • 1. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

What did you think of the list? Personally, I like Spin’s list much better. How many of the Top 10 have you checked out or own?

view Rolling Stone’s Top 10 songs after the jump

We’re still recovering from our NYE celebrations, so we decided to take today off. In lieu of new articles, we decided to repost some of our favorite 2010 Year End List-themed posts from this year. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE.

WOO HOO. DJ Earworm finally released his yearly mashup of the 25 biggest hits from 2010. I’ve been checking his website on a daily basis since Christmas, waiting for this year’s masterpiece. Once again, the talented mashup artist didn’t disappoint. It always amazes me how much patience he has to, not only whip up the audio mashup, but the visual one as well.

While the 2010 mashup is good and will receive heavy rotation on my playlist, I’m more partial to last year’s creation. When I first saw last year’s video, my jaw literally hit the ground. I had never seen anything like it so well done before. I think the reason why I’m not oohing and aahing this year, is due to the high level of expectation I had for the poor guy. Judge for yourself and see if I’m being overly critical. Watch this year and last year’s mashups below and vote on which one was better.

listen to this year’s amazing mashup after the jump

Part Of Katy Perry Leaks

In: Music, Patrick

The music scene is exploding with the anticipation of so many new tracks in 2011, and with that Katy Perry starts to leak in the hopes that her fans do too. Well, with this hot new track called “Part Of Me” that just surface online, fans just might.

The word is that the song was recorded this track with Dr. Luke when she was working on the Teenage Dream album, and it may be included on a re-release of the album in the new year. “This is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me,” sings Katy with the Kelly Clarkson-esque lyrics. The track is empowering, but not to the extent of her inspiration track, “Firework“. Love that song and video. Katy starts a world tour in February.

Check out the track after the jump…

Tra La La La La, The 3D Smurfs Are Almost Here

In: Donovan, Movies

Originally planned for the 2010 Holiday Season, the 3D animated version of the hit TV cartoon series has been pushed back once again to August 2011. The film has been in the works since 2008. Who knew it would take so much time and work to bring the little blue creatures to the big screen. Directed by Raja Gosnell (Home Alone 3), the movie adaptation looks to borrow from one Raja’s past franchises. Remember when Macaulay Culkin got lost in the Big Apple. Well, now it’s Papa Smurf and his gaggle’s turn to be roaming around New York. Here’s the official synopsis:

When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours — in fact, smack dab in the middle of Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.

The film boasts an all-star cast including Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara, Hank Azaria, Anton Yelchin, Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry and Alan Cumming. For more information and updates, head over to the official website at http://smurfhappens.com/. How awesome is that URL?

watch the teaser video after the jump

Norwegian Recycling aka Peter Bull is back with another awesome video mashup. His latest masterpiece uses Cee Lo Green’s “F*ck You” instrumental as the foundations for the mix. Using snippets from 11 other pop-songs, he constructs a brand new song stitching the lyrics of the songs used.

Like his previous mashups we’ve covered on the site, this one doesn’t disappoint. I appreciate that he incorporates new songs still charting along with older popular tracks from previous years. No matter how many times I see video mashups, I still marvel at the time and patience needed to create one. If it were me, I wouldn’t even know where to begin. Check out the 12 songs he used for his latest creation.

1. Cee Lo Green – Fuck You
2. Jay Sean feat. Sean Paul & Lil Jon – Do You Remember
3. Jay Sean feat. Nicki Minaj – 2012 (It Ain’t The End)
4. Kylie Minouge – Get Outta My Face
5. Britney Spears – Piece Of Me
6. Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
7. Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
8. David Guetta feat. Akon – Sexy Bitch
9. Sean Kingston – Beautiful Girls
10. Kelly Rowland feat David Guetta – Commander
11. Gwen Stefani feat. Akon – The Sweet Escape
12. Flo Rida feat. David Guetta – Club Can’t Handle Me

watch the video mashup after the jump

The country singing sensation joins James Franco, Jon Hamm, Katy Perry, The Smith Kids (Jaden & Willow), Kanye West and Ben Affleck on Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainers 2010 list. However, the magazine singled out Taylor Swift by crowning her “Entertainer of the Year” and putting her on the cover. She is the youngest person to win this prestigious honor. In fact, Swift was only two-years-old when the magazine launched in 1990.

Swift started out 2010 with a hit movie (Valentine’s Day), a hit single (Today Was A Fairytale) and winning four Grammy awards including “Album of the Year”. Then during the middle of the year, she performed to sold-out crowds on her headlining tour. In the Fall, she released her third album, “Speak Now” that sold a jaw-dropping 1,047,000 copies during its first week. With that total, she broke numerous records. The CD has continued to perform well due to strong reviews and radio airplay.

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