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New breed of boy bands takes over airwaves

Posted in Celebrity, Charts, Music, Music news, New Music with tags , , on April 30, 2012 by thebestmusicnow

Boy band fever is storming the music scene in the United States, led by the Brits who are breaking away from the slick, squeaky-clean image of old as they battle to become America’s newest pin-ups.

The five young men of The Wanted take on their baby-faced rivals One Direction with their self-titled debut EP released this week, following One Direction’s No. 1 first album on the U.S. Billboard charts last month.

It’s more than 10 years since New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys and N’Sync ruled the U.S. music scene and sent hordes of screaming young girls to record stores.

In Britain, boy bands have never gone out of fashion, although the new breed appears to have grown up.

If One Direction are the co-ordinated, clean-cut, media-savvy boy band, The Wanted are the rebellious antidote, uncensored by their team and left to win over audiences by goofing around with each other, and the media.

“We’re different, we all play instruments, we don’t dance and we don’t dress very well,” The Wanted’s Tom Parker told Reuters.

The Wanted – Parker, Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness and Nathan Sykes, aged between 19 and 23 – were put together after mass auditions in the U.K. in 2009, and are managed by Scooter Braun, the mastermind behind Canadian teen idol Justin Bieber.

“All the acts that I manage are built organically and they all get to be exactly who they are,” said Braun, 30, who encourages The Wanted to be open about drinking, partying and dating girls.

“I used to be a party promoter the last time boy bands were huge, and I knew a lot of those guys, and they like to party and drink and do all that stuff too. But they always had to hide it, and I think it’s refreshing to see a boy band that doesn’t hide it and that doesn’t care,” Braun added.

One Direction – formed of Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan, all aged between 18 and 20 – were put together in 2010, and are managed by Simon Cowell.

One Direction’s image is more carefully groomed and choreographed in the vein of the boy band stereotype but that didn’t stop a controversial romance between Styles and a British TV presenter 15 years his senior, prior to the band making their U.S. debut.

“We don’t mind at all being called a boy band, we’re just lads in a band. But I think we’re trying to do something a little bit different…it’s a bit more relaxed, lads having fun, we do what we want,” said One Direction’s Payne.

Both bands fall squarely into the pop genre, with One Direction embracing innocent, fun love songs such as with their lead single “What Makes You Beautiful,” which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Wanted have taken a more adult route, with heavier dance beats and raunchier music videos such as their single “Glad You Came,” peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

“Their music is really different to ours and I think anyone can see that, and you can like one or the other or both,” said The Wanted’s McGuiness.

“A lot of people expect boy bands to cater music exclusively to young girls…we accept that a lot of young girls do like us, but we respect their musical choice as much as we respect a 50-year-old dude,” McGuiness added.

DIRECTIONERS VS. TEAM WANTED

The Wanted have received mixed critical reviews for their debut EP in the United States, released this week.

August Brown at the Los Angeles Times said that while The Wanted were “saucier and sleeker” than One Direction, their music wasn’t “nearly as fun,” while Maura Johnston at Rolling Stone said “their dance pop droops where it should bounce.”

Devoted fans, known as “Directioners” and “Team Wanted,” compete on Twitter to make the bands a trending topic, and have been a fundamental part in driving sales.
“As much as we don’t try to be perfect all the time, we knew America had an idea of boy bands…we have to thank them because they welcomed us with open arms, and we could never have expected it,” said McGuiness.

One Direction’s first album, “Up All Night,” sold more than 176,000 copies in its first week, entering the Billboard 200 album chart at No. 1 and making history as the first UK band to debut at the top with their first album.

The Wanted also look set to chart high, currently at No. 7 on iTunes.

One Direction has more than 5 million fans on Facebook and 3.2 million “Directioners” following on Twitter, while The Wanted have more than 1.6 million fans on Facebook and 500,000 Twitter followers.

Parker from The Wanted called the adulation “pretty weird at times” and Horan from One Direction admitted he gets a “bit scared” when their female fan base are driven into a frenzy.

Manager Braun brushes off critics who dismiss boy bands as mere manufactured creations.

“People forget that the Beatles were once a cheesy boy band – that’s what America other than the teenage girls thought. But then they kept making great records…when you make great songs, everyone else just shuts up,” said Braun.

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Whitney Houston Reenters the Billboard 200 Charts

Posted in Charts, Music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2012 by thebestmusicnow

After the death of Whitney Houston on Saturday, Feb. 11, the diva’s “Whitney: The Greatest Hits” album re-enters the Billboard 200 chart at No. 6. It sold 64,000 copies in the U.S. (according to Nielsen SoundScan) in the tracking week that ended on Feb. 12 — reflecting only one full day of sales after her passing.

Houston also returns to the list with her 1986 debut “Whitney Houston” (No. 72 with 8,000; up 3,901%), “The Bodyguard” soundtrack (No. 80 with 8,000; up 5,213%), her last studio album “I Look To You” (No. 118 with 5,000; up 3,901%), 1987’s “Whitney” (No. 122 with 5,000; up 2,274%) and “The Preacher’s Wife” soundtrack (No. 183 with 4,000; up 3,913%).

There were more Houston albums purchased in the last week (101,000 – up 5,994% from 2,000 the week previous) than had been sold in all of 2011 and 2012 combined until her death (97,000).

Houston also arrives on the 75-position chart with seven more songs: “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” at No. 25 (74,000; up 8,769%), “Greatest Love Of All” at No. 32 (60,000; up 7,270%), “How Will I Know” at No. 46 (43,000; up 5,767%), “I Have Nothing” at No. 53 (38,000; up 5,179%), “Saving All My Love For You” at No. 65 (33,000; up 6,423%), “One Moment In Time” at No. 74 (30,000; up 6,206%) and “The Star Spangled Banner” at No. 75 (29,000; up 8,278%).

Lana Del Rey’s “Born To Die” Debuts at No. 2

Posted in Charts, Music, Music news, New Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2012 by thebestmusicnow

Singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with “Born To Die,” selling 77,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. It’s the highest entry for a female artist’s full-length major label debut since Jackie Evancho’s “Dream With Me” bowed at No. 2 on July 2, 2011.

Meanwhile, Adele’s “21” sits tight at No. 1 for a 19th nonconsecutive week (122,000; up 5%). Next week it could yield the top slot to the new Van Halen album “A Different Kind of Truth,” which was released yesterday (Feb. 7).

Adele’s “21” Matches Titanic’s #1 Billboard Run

Posted in Celebrity, Charts, Music news with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2012 by thebestmusicnow

As expected, Adele’s “21” spends its 16th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart (104,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan; down 16%). Its reign is the longest since the “Titanic” soundtrack also earned 16 weeks at No. 1 in 1998.

“21” is one of only five sets to notch at least 16 weeks atop the list. Aside from “21” and “Titanic,” the other three are: the Whitney Houston-driven soundtrack to “The Bodyguard” (20 weeks in 1992-1993), Garth Brooks’ “Ropin’ the Wind” (18 in 1991-1992) and Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Some Gave All” had 17 in 1992.

In the Billboard 200 chart’s nearly 56-year history, “21” becomes only the 20th album to score at least 16 weeks at No. 1.

And with 104,000 sold last week, “21” notches its 33rd week of 100,000-plus sales. The last album to do so was Usher’s “Confessions,” which also racked 33 stanzas of 100,000 sales in 2004-2005.

Bruno Mars Has #1 UK Album After 1 Year on the Chart

Posted in Charts, Music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2012 by thebestmusicnow

Bruno Mars’ “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” celebrated a year on the U.K. album chart on January 15th by going back to where it started, at No. 1.

Mars’ album debuted at the album chart summit a year ago, falling to No. 2 in its second week, but has never dropped lower than No. 14 in its entire sales year. It now has total U.K. sales of 1.28 million copies, according to the Official Charts Company, but sold a mere 24,000 new units last week to go back to the top.

Michael Buble Holds onto the #1 Billboard Spot

Posted in Charts, Music, Music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2011 by thebestmusicnow

Michael Buble’s holiday album, Christmas, will easily hold on to the #1 slot on the Billboard 200 thanks to sales of just under 480,000, lifting his seven-week total to more than 1.5 million.

And though they notched their highest chart debut ever and best first-week sales to date, modern blues duo the Black Keys had to settle for #2 and sales of 206,000 for El Camino. Late British R&B singer Amy Winehouse was back in the top 10 thanks to her first posthumous collection, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, which hit #5 on sales of 114,000.

Other top 10 debuts include the latest “Glee” cast album (#9, 58,000) and nĂ¼-metal veterans Korn’s dip into the dubstep sound, Path of Totality (#10, 55,000). The rest of the top 10: Adele, 21 (#3, 187,000), Justin Bieber, Under the Mistletoe (#4, 158,000), Andrea Bocelli, Concerto: One Night in Central Park (#6, 79,000), Drake, Take Care (#7, 73,000) and Nickelback’s Here and Now (#8, 66,000).

The top of the charts should remain pretty static next week as the only new titles hitting the top 200 are from R&B veteran Anthony Hamilton, a joint album by Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa and recently sprung rapper Gucci Mane’s collaborative album with White Girl Mob rapper V-Nasty, Baytl.

Evanescence back on top of U.S. album charts

Posted in Charts, Music, Music news, New Music with tags on October 19, 2011 by thebestmusicnow

Grammy-winning gothic rock band Evanescence topped the Billboard 200 chart on Wednesday with their latest self-titled album, “Evanescence.”

The latest album sold 127,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan, sending the band straight to the number 1 spot for the second time in their career.

“What You Want”, the lead single off “Evanescence,” climbed the Rock Songs airplay chart this week from 15 to 13, Billboard said.

Evanescence previously debuted at the top spot with their 2006 album “The Open Door,” which sold 447,000 copies in its first week.

Evanescence knocked “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery’s debut album “Clear As Day” from the top spot to the number 4 position.

British singer Adele held on to the number 2 spot with “21” while rockers Five Finger Death Punch entered the charts at number 3 with their new album “American Capitalist.”

Evanescence, led by singer Amy Lee, first entered the Billboard charts in 2003 with their debut album “Fallen,” which featured the hit singles “Bring Me To Life” and “My Immortal.”

The band are currently on a 15-city tour around the U.S. which will be wrapping in New York on November1.