Quick Hits: album sales, Metallica, Lady Gaga, Beck, BET Awards, The Flaming Lips / O Music Awards, Red Line Chemistry, Paul McCartney, Library of Congress
May 23, 2012


Adam Lambert
American Idol alumni Adam Lambert scores his first #1 album this week as his new set, Trespassing, debuts atop the sales chart with 77,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Right behind Lambert is Adele's 21, which holds at #2 with 63,000, and Carrie Underwood is #3 with Blown Away, selling 54,000. Norah Jones' Little Broken Hearts sits at #4 this week with 45,000, and comedy duo Tenacious D enters the chart at #5 with Rize of the Fenix, shifting 44,000 units. The Now 42 album is #6 this week with 42,000, and the album Bloom from Beach House starts at #7 with a career-high sales week of 41,000. At #8, Glee, the Music: Season Three - The Graduation Album bows with 39,000 copies sold. Rounding out the top 10 are Lionel Richie's Tuskegee and One Direction's Up All Night. Other notable debuts include Santana at #16 with Shapeshifter, Garbage's comeback album Not Your Kind Of People at #17 (with digital sales only, as its physical release was this week) and Willie Nelson's covers record Heroes at #18. Godsmack's new live album Live & Inspired debuts at #19.

Metallica will do a short Canadian tour starting in Edmonton, AB on August 17 and ending in Vancouver, BC on August 24. The band will be filming the Vancouver show for the upcoming Metallica 3-D movie, and the foursome says that these are the last dates that they'll be announcing for summer of 2012. Meanwhile, Metallica has added Volbeat and Baroness to the lineup for their Orion Music + More festival, which happens in Atlantic City, NJ on June 23 and 24. As previously reported, other bands on the roster include Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, Modest Mouse, The Gaslight Anthem, Cage The Elephant and many more.

After various reports indicated that Lady Gaga's June 3 concert in Jakarta, Indonesia had been canceled due to objections from Islamic groups, the singer's tour promoters are currently negotiating with government officials and police for the concert to go forward as planned, according to MTV News. Gaga said via Twitter that she has been asked by authorities to censor the show and she has received threats of violence from Islamic hardliners. "The Jakarta situation is 2-fold: Indonesian authorities demand I censor the show & religious extremist separately, are threatening violence," Gaga tweeted on Tuesday (May 22). "If the show does go on as scheduled, I will perform the BTWBall alone." So far, about 50,000 tickets for the show have been sold.

Beck has teamed up with his old friend Jack White for a new single on White's Third Man Records label. "I Just Started Hating Some People Today"/"Blue Randy" will be released as a vinyl and digital single next week. According to the Third Man website, "Both tracks were recorded in 2011 while Beck was in Nashville working on new material for his long awaited next album. The songs spontaneously came together at the Third Man studio on Beck's final day in town."

Nominees for this year's BET Awards have been announced, with Kanye West and Jay-Z on top with five nominations for their Watch The Throne collaboration. West was also nominated twice as a solo act. Beyonce is up for six awards. The BET Awards will be hosted by Samuel L. Jackson on July 1 in Los Angeles and feature performances from Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown, as well as a tribute to Whitney Houston.

Speaking of Jay-Z, The Flaming Lips hope to break his record for the most concerts in one day. The Rap superstar played seven concerts in one day in seven different cities back in 2006, but the Lips hope to play eight concerts on July 27. The attempt will tie in with MTV's O Music Awards, which will stream coverage of the Lips' travels across the South, from Memphis to New Orleans. The Lips are also nominated for two O Music Awards, as are Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Adam Lambert, Tanlines and yes, MC Hammer. The complete list of unique categories and nominees can be found here: omusicawards.com/vote.

Kansas City's Red Line Chemistry has already released the new single, "Unspoken," and now the band will hit the road in June and July to do some touring before returning to the studio in August to complete their new album. The album is tentatively scheduled for release late this year.  "We are gelling as a band and the writing process has been more collective on the new material," says singer Brett Ditgen. "We spent time letting ideas breathe and evolve organically. Some ending up at completely unexpected destinations than originally intended."

On Sunday, May 27, Sirius XM's Breakfast With The Beatles show will air a special on Paul McCartney's Ram album. The show will spin the whole, remastered album along with new comments between songs from the musicians who played on it. The show will air on Channel 21 at 9 a.m. and midnight, EST.

Recordings of Donna Summer's "I Feel Love," the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper’s Delight," Prince's Purple Rain and the Grateful Dead's May 8, 1977, performance at Cornell University are among the diverse entries that will be added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry. The Library of Congress will officially make the announcement today that the new additions were chosen because they represent "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" works in Pop culture. Also on the list are Bo Diddley's single "Bo Diddley" and its B-side, "I’m a Man," the Booker T. & the M.G.’s single "Green Onions," and the 1967 album Forever Changes by psychedelic rockers Love.




 
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