by Variance Staff
April 24, 2012
With digital sales of 493,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Maroon 5's "Payphone," featuring rapper Wiz Khalifa, roars onto the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart at No. 3 and sets a record for best digital sales frame by a group, passing the Black Eyed Pea's "Boom Boom Pow" (465,000 the week of April 18, 2009).
Aiding the song's strong start is a TV appearance and anticipation for Maroon 5's forthcoming album. The group and Khalifa performed "Payphone" last Monday (April 16) on NBC's The Voice, where the Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine moonlights as a coach. The song previews the band's fourth studio album, Overexposed, due June 26. The set was executive produced by Max Martin, with additional cuts produced by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder. "Overexposed is definitely our most diverse and poppiest album yet," Levine says.
Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra, meanwhile, spends a second week at No. 1, gaining in both airplay (as the Hot 100's top Airplay Gainer) and streaming. The track lifts 8-6 on Radio Songs (85 million, up 19%) and tallies a second frame atop On-Demand Songs (1.4 million, up 10%).
Fun.'s "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae, holds at No. 2 for a second week after logging six stanzas atop the Hot 100. Below "Payphone" at No. 3, Justin Bieber rises 5-4 on the Hot 100 with "Boyfriend," rising 10-6 on On-Demand Songs (738,000, up 28%). The Wanted's "Glad You Came" rounds out the Hot 100's top five, slipping 3-5.
Top 10 listed below:
1. Gotye - "Somebody That I Used to Know" (feat. Kimbra)
2. fun. - "We Are Young" (feat. Janelle Monae)
3. Maroon 5 - "Payphone" (feat. Wiz Khalifa)
4. Justin Bieber - "Boyfriend"
5 - The Wanted - "Glad You Came"
6. Flo Rida - "Wild Ones" (feat. Sia)
7. Carly Rae Jepsen - "Call Me Maybe"
8. One Direction - "What Makes You Beautiful"
9. Nicki Minaj - "Starships"
10. Kelly Clarkson - "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"
by Variance Staff
April 23, 2012
Grammy winner Cee Lo Green is known for his antics and flamboyant (sometimes weird) behavior, but on Monday night's episode of The Voice, the judge/mentor seemed to speak rather candidly regarding one of his team member's vocal abilities.
Cheesa tackled the always-risky Whitney Houston catalog, giving the late diva's "I Have Nothing" a try. Following her decent performance, Green passionately declared, "I think it's time to be advocating power female vocalists, not this Auto-Tuned Tinker Bell thing! I'm talking about that from-the-gut, childbearing, woman thang!"
Was he genuinely knocking some of his fellow pop music peers, or was he just showing allegiance to the singer? Regardless of the source, is he right?