Jack White on Track to First No. 1 Album

Though Jack White never earned a No. 1 album as part of the White Stripes, he's on course to top next week's Billboard 200 -- as a solo act.

His solo debut album, Blunderbuss, is on track to bow at No. 1 on the chart next week with around 100,000 to 120,000 sold (so say industry prognosticators).

A No. 1 album has eluded White thus far. His bands the White Stripes, the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather have amassed a total of seven top 10 albums. The highest chart of any of those band's releases was the White Stripes' 2007 album Icky Thump, which bowed and peaked at No. 2.

It's still too early to be completely certain. Two weeks ago Billboard predicted Adele would reclaim the No. 1 slot, but Lionel Richie surprised industry experts and landed at the top.

The Black Keys' 'Lonely Boy' Certified Gold in U.S.

The Black Keys' hit single, “Lonely Boy,” single went gold in the U.S. today, breaking the 1 million sales mark.

The duo's label, Nonesuch Records, confirmed the victory following drummer Patrick Carney's tweet announcing their accomplishment. "Lonely" is the lead single from the Keys' latest album, El Camino, which debuted in December at No. 2 on Billboard.

The Black Keys are currently on tour in the U.S.

Maroon 5 Makes History; Gotye Remains at No. 1

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)"

Cee Lo Disses 'Auto-Tuned Tinker Bell' Female Singers

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?

New Sixpence None the Richer Album to Release This Summer

After a quiet spell and record label difficulties, Sixpence None the Richer plan to return with a new full LP titled Lost in Transition, slated for a late-July/early-August release.

The album will be the band's first new studio project since 2008 and will be distributed exclusively by The Orchard, according to an announcement on the distribution company's website Monday afternoon.

Sixpence is comprised of vocalist Leigh Nash and multi-instrumentalist Matt Slocum.

Album cover seen below:


Gotye Not a Fan of 'Glee' Cover of His Song

Fox's Glee covered Gotye's hit single "Somebody That I Used to Know" on a recent episode, but there's one person who isn't a fan of how they did it: the singer himself.

The 31-year-old Australian artist, whose real name is Wally de Backer, explained why he wasn't 100 percent behind the Glee performance backstage at L.A.'s Nokia Theatre this past weekend.

"They did such a faithful arrangement of the instrumentals but the vocals were that pop Glee style, ultra-dry, sounded pretty tuned and the rock has no real sense," he told the Sunday Mail, "like it's playing to you from a cardboard box."

The singer also said, as the Sunday Herald Sun reports, "It made it sound dinky and wrong."

Dr. Dre Wants Hologram Versions of Marvin Gaye, Others

Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg will beam up the Tupac hologram again for the upcoming second weekend of Coachella, but the producer and now-occasional rapper has his sight set on a couple of other big names: Jimi Hendrix and Marvin Gaye.

TMZ caught up with the good doctor outside of a restaurant in Los Angeles and asked him how he felt about the "Tupac" performance. He said he was thrilled with the reception to the digital rebirth of the rap legend and confirmed rumors that he was mulling taking "Tupac" on tour.

But that's not all he said: Dre said he would be interested in bringing Jimi Hendrix and Marvin Gaye back to the stage. The news comes during a week in which countless news outlets have posted lists of who they'd like to see hologram-ed next, so it's interesting to see Dre play into the media hype surrounding his new pet project.

Just yesterday, Michael Jackson's brothers said they would be eager to bring a projected version of the King of Pop on tour with them. (Of course.)

Is this exciting news or is this just getting weird?

New 'Arrested Development' Episodes to Debut Simultaneously

According to The Los Angeles Times, fans of Arrested Development have something to look forward to. The hit show's long-awaited fourth season will appear on Netflix early next year, Netflix chief Ted Sarandos told reporters at the National Assn. of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas on Tuesday. But it won't unfold on a weekly basis like a regular TV series; instead, Netflix will make all 10 new episodes of the cult favorite available simultaneously, as people have come to expect when they stream a TV series on Netflix.

Series creator Mitch Hurwitz was also on hand to describe a bit of what fans will see in the new episodes. As reported by Vulture, Hurwitz said that though his initial conception of the fourth season was to do it as an anthology, with each character getting his or her own episode, the current incarnation is closer to the style of the first three seasons.

The new episodes are set to start production this summer with an early 2013 debut date that hasn't been set yet.

Read the full story from the LA Times.

Charts: Gotye and Kimbra Claim No. 1 Spot with 'Somebody'

It's official: Belgian-Australian Gotye and New Zealander Kimbra have the No. 1 song in America!

Fueled by a Glee remake and his appearance on Saturday Night Live, Gotye scores his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his first entry on the songs chart, as "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra, lifts 2-1.

The track sold 542,000 downloads in the April 9-15 tracking period, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The sum is the fourth-best since SoundScan began tracking digital sales in 2003.

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In addition to its chart-topping rank on the Hot 100 (with the chart's top Digital Gainer award) and Digital Songs, "Somebody" leaps 12-8 on Radio Songs with 72 million all-format audience impressions (up 19%), according to Nielsen BDS.

Having been born in Belgium, Gotye (nee Wouter "Wally" De Backer) is the first native of the country to top the Hot 100 since 1963. Having moved to Australia at age 2, Gotye is the first Australian-raised act to reign since Savage Garden led for four weeks in 2000 with "I Knew I Loved You." Kimbra is also the first artist from New Zealand to sit in the top spot.

As "Somebody" and fun.'s "We Are Young" feat. Janelle Monae have both topped the Alternative Songs chart, two Alternative Songs leaders have crowned the Hot 100 consecutively for the first time dating to the former list's Sept. 10, 1988, launch.

With the advance of "Somebody," "Young" falls 1-2 on the Hot 100, although it continues its record-setting sales streak. With 333,000 downloads sold (down 15%), "Young" links an unprecedented seventh straight week of 300,000 or more in digital sales. No song previously registered more than five weeks (consecutive or not) of such stratospheric download totals.

Iron & Wine Added to Johnny Cash Tribute

LOS ANGELES (April 18, 2012) – Singer-songwriter Iron & Wine (Sam Beam) has been added to the stellar lineup for the “We Walk The Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash” concert on April 20 in Austin, TX. Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Pat Monahan (of Train), Ronnie Dunn, Lucinda Williams, Jamey Johnson, Shooter Jennings, Shelby Lynne, Amy Lee, Rhett Miller, Brandi Carlisle, Andy Grammer and Carolina Chocolate Drops join host Matthew McConaughey to celebrate the life and legacy of Johnny Cash. In the year that would mark his 80th birthday, the concert, which will take place at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theatre, will not only pay tribute to Cash and his music, but also to his roots and his heritage.

An all-star band led by GRAMMY Award-winning Don Was – which includes Buddy Miller, Kenny Aronoff, Ian McLagen, and Greg Leisz– will back these once-in-a-lifetime performances. The concert event will be produced by Keith Wortman. Was, who worked with Cash on an album for The Highwaymen, will serve as musical director. Tisha Fein and Chantel Sausedo will be the talent producers. A percentage of the net proceeds will be donated to Charley’s Fund, to help in the fight to find a cure for the fatal children’s disease Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

The news also follows a recent announcement of tour dates added for Iron & Wine.

For more information about “We Walk The Line," visit www.johnnycash80.com.

Childish Gambino Releasing Mixtape 'Extremely Soon'

Ahead of this past weekend's Coachella festival (Round 1), Donald Glover, a.k.a. Childish Gambino, revisited the debate with his team about when to put out his new mixtape. "We were discussing on the bus whether or not to release it in a couple of hours," the 28-year-old actor-rapper, told Rolling Stone shortly before his performance. Glover opted against releasing the tape during the fest – and at press time, it has yet to hit the Web – but he says it's only a matter of time before he drops his new material. "It will be coming out extremely soon," Glover says. "Like, extremely soon."

Glover is best known for his role as Troy Barnes on NBC's Community, but he's also developed a legion of new-school hip-hop fans thanks to his debut album, Camp, released last year through the indie label Glassnote. According to Glover, the new mixtape will further expand his musical horizons. "Mixtapes are experiments," says Glover, who recorded 25 tracks for the project. "Music is like weightlifting. I really want to get good and better at it, so I'm taking this as a dance with the audience."

Read the full story from Rolling Stone.

Donald Glover to Appear in '30 Rock' Live Episode

Community star, rapper and Internet sensation Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) will guest-star on the upcoming live episode of NBC's 30 Rock, TVLine reports. But Glover isn't just playing anyone. He's playing a younger version of TGS star Tracy Jordan (played by Tracy Morgan) on the April 26 episode, executive producer Robert Carlock tells the site. "Donald does an excellent Tracy Morgan-slash-Jordan impression."

Glover's gig marks a homecoming for the comedian, who wrote for 30 Rock for three years and appeared in several blink-and-you-missed-it cameos before he moved onto acting — and Community — in 2009.

The news also comes on the heels of Tina Fey's acknowledgement of 30 Rock's imminent conclusion. Fey was asked on Thursday's episode of The View about a series of tweets from co-star Alec Baldwin that said he is "leaving NBC just in time." (Baldwin was complaining about a camera crew from Today that was purportedly outside of his apartment.) Fey said Baldwin's tweets were simply referring to the looming end of the veteran NBC comedy.

"As far as I know, he's not leaving the show. We're all in this together 'til the end," she said. "I think that he just maybe means that the end of the show ... is visible on the horizon."

Both Fey and Baldwin have committed to return next season (possibly the show's last), should NBC choose to renew.