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SoundScanner: Can The Lumineers Reach The Top Of The Pop Charts?

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Sadly, the answer to that question is “No.” Or, if you’re an optimist, “Not yet!” Country singer Gary Allan stormed the album charts at No. 1 this week, while You Oughta Know alumni the Lumineers are clapping and stomping right behind him at No. 2. Here’s a look at this week’s Nielsen SoundScan sales figures:

“HO HEY,” LET’S GO: The self-titled debut album from folky jangle-pop upstarts the Lumineers hits No. 2 on this week’s chart, a new high for the Denver trio. The sons of Mumford‘s performance on the Jan. 19 SNL certainly didn’t hurt, nor did “Ho Hey”’s prominence in all those Silver Linings Playbook TV ads. The band is up for Best New Artist at next month’s Grammy Awards, and they also landed a prime slot on this year’s Coachella bill. Meanwhile, “Ho Hey” has now crossed the 3 million sales mark, after selling 141,000 digital copies this week (good for #3 on the singles chart). No matter how big they get, we’ll always remember when they came by our office last summer for a You Oughta Know Live set.

SINK “FRIDAY”: While the beef between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj continues to be this year’s most propulsive American Idol narrative, it hasn’t done anything for Ms. Minaj’s sales. Her second album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded freefalls 29 spots on this week’s chart to No. 115, after falling seven spots the week prior. The set has sold 805,000 copies to date, which is certainly nothing to scoff at, but hearing Nicki bicker with Mimi hasn’t exactly sent new fans running to the stores to pick up her album. Neither Carey nor auxiliary judge Keith Urban —we keep forgetting he’s even on the show!— have current products they’re pushing, so their Idol sales impact has yet to be felt.

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10 Famous People Who Don’t Care If Beyonce Did Or Didn’t Lip-Synch At The Inauguration

Beyonce Lip-Synch Controversy

Beyoncé definitely lip-synched during her performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Monday’s presidential inauguration. Er, maybe she didn’t? No, she most certainly did. Hmmm. Better ask an expert. The constant back-and-forth over whether one of our most beloved national treasures sang a sacred, patriotic tune live or with assistance from a pre-recorded backing track has hijacked most of our attention at a time when we should probably be focusing on Barack Obama‘s second term, or complaining about the sudden frozen tundra we’re forced to walk across just to check the mail. Everyone has an opinion–and Beyoncé has remained quiet– so if you’re conflicted about what to feel about the Beyontroversy, perhaps your allegiance to some of these famous folks will help you out.

ALICIA KEYS
“The one thing that you cannot doubt is that she can sing. She absolutely can sing,” Keys told Capital FM. “All the rest of the ‘whys’ or ‘whatever,’ we know that she can deliver and she did deliver that song really beautifully.”

BETTE MIDLER
After inadvertently getting wrapped up in a misunderstanding between Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep obsessives following the Oscars, Midler was quick to remind us (and nearly 400,000 Twitter followers) of what’s important: “Ok #beyonce fudged. Get a grip. Men are raping and urinating on young girls in Steubenville Ohio. Priorities, people!”

ARETHA FRANKLIN
“I thought it was funny because the weather down there was about 46 or 44 degrees and for most singers that is just not good singing weather… she did a beautiful job with the pre-record… next time I’ll probably do the same,” the Queen of Soul, who performed at Obama’s 2009 inauguration, told ABC News.

PATTI LuPONE
The legendary Broadway star fielded only the toughest of questions (how could one possibly say something mean about Mandy Patinkin?!) from Bravo’s Andy Cohen. “SHE WAS SINGING LIVE I DON’T CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS!” she said on Wednesday’s episode of Watch What Happens Live.

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Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys Put On A Show For Barack Obama

Beyonce Performs at 2013 Obama Biden Inauguration

Yesterday was indeed a day to celebrate American political traditions and tremendous achievements in civil rights, but there were also plenty of fashions to covet and musical performances to look forward to in between the peaceful transfer of power. Capping off a long week of celebrity events in support of Barack Obama‘s second term, Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor had the honor of performing during the official inauguration ceremony, live from the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. Taylor kicked things off with “America the Beautiful,” defending the right to wear fleece in public (and later providing astute political analysis for NBC), while Kelly dazzled and impressed the likes of Senator Chuck Schumer with her powerful version of “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.”

“Wow” is right! Season 12 American Idol hopefuls take note: the AI OG remains the gold standard.

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Katy Perry Schedules More Facetime With Barack Obama

Katy Perry To Perform At Barack Obama Inaugural Ball

Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor are already booked to perform at President Obama’s upcoming inauguration ceremony but because there’s likely no limit to how many diverse musical offerings Barack and Michelle blast behind closed doors, even more talent has been acquired for Inauguration Weekend 2013. According to the AP, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Smokey Robinson and Usher have been added to the inaugural ball on Monday, January 21 as well as a children’s concert on the 19th.

Hosted by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden (there to make sure Leslie Knope doesn’t make a move on her husband) Saturday’s children’s event will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and will also feature performances from the likes of Far*East Movement, fun., John Legend, Marc Anthony, Mindless Behavior and members of the Glee cast. Despite the wide cross-section of musical talent, all eyes will be on Katy to see what political piece of clothing she could possibly wiggle herself into this time.

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Alicia Keys Performs “Brand New Me” On David Letterman, But Not Before Being Questioned About Hubby’s Tattoos

David Letterman hates tattoos. And we’ll chalk this up to him being an ol’ school player. Alicia Keys stopped by Live on Letterman in beautiful yellow and blue two piece ensemble to perform her relatable ballad “Brand New Me.” But before she could perform the retrospective on finding her voice and identity after a relationship has ended, she chatted with Letterman on family life. Letterman being the anti-tattoo grump he was to Bieber, didn’t quite scold Alicia for her husband’s tattoos, but he did have way too many questions. Read more…

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Gotye Leads The Way In Our Countdown Of The Top 15 Best Voices Of 2012

2012 has been an interesting year for the music business. As chart genres shift and technology continues to influence how and what we consume, in-flux trends seem to fly in out of nowhere.The viral sensation breakout star, for example. But can we go back to basics for just a moment? These people are here to entertain us and sing, right? Like, into microphones and send sound waves into the universe. Whether their songs permeated the charts all year or their pipes are ones to keep an eye out in the future, the following 15 voices were the most noteworthy in 2012.

1. Gotye
Having created what’s sure to be a sing-along bar anthem for years to come, Gotye’s “Somebody I Used to Know” is a monster. Shout out to Kimbra for the solid assist, too!

2. Sia
In addition to being the voice behind David Guetta’s “Titanium” and Flo Rida’s “Wild Ones” this year, Sia also wrote the lyrics and melody for Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and her talent should be recognized, damn it.

3. Kendrick Lamar
Through storytelling, K-Dot has the versatility to sound nervous, vulnerable and shrieky, macho and intimidating, soft and robotic, Compton tough, and instructively monotone.

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Alicia Keys’ “Girl On Fire” Has Blown Up In Lawsuit Flames

Bloggers have changed the game. Alicia Keys‘ can thank the blogger over at Showbiz411 for the copyright infringement lawsuit she’s been slapped with by songwriter Earl Shuman. Because of this post noting the similarities between Keys’ chart topper “Girl On Fire” and the Eddie Holman 1970 classic “Hey There Lonely Girl,” one of the living songwriters decided he wanted in on the mula being made from Keys’ hit single from her fifth album of the same title. Read more…

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VH1, VH1 Classic & Palladia Present ‘The Concert For Sandy Relief,’ Live From MSG

It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to see Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Kanye West, The Who, Paul McCartney and – just added! – The Rolling Stones perform in one night. But next Wednesday December 12th at 7:30pm EST, 121212 – The Concert For Sandy Relief will be broadcast from New York City’s Madison Square Garden to over one billion people in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, and you shouldn’t miss it!

Performing together on 12.12.12 to raise awareness for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, these world-renowned, A-list artists will all help The Robin Hood Foundtation raise funds to rebuild communities and lives of those affected by the disastrous storm. Here at @VH1, we’ll be live-streaming the 5-hour long concert at 121212concert.vh1.com, so bookmark the page and feel free to donate what you can as you catch the historical night right here alongside us. If you can’t find an internet connection, tune-in to VH1 Classic or Palladia to watch the show over good old-fashion television airwaves!

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P!nk Turns Alicia Keys’ “Girl On Fire” Into An Edgier Rock Version

P!nk vocally has the ability to cover the gamut of hard rock to soulful R&B. Over in the UK P!nk put her trademark stamp on a cover of Alicia Keys‘ hit single “Girl On Fire” on BBC Radio. Both Storytellers singers have vastly different musical styles. P!nk’s badass rocker chick influences her music versus Alicia Keys’ more safe pop and R&B zone. Weirdly enough the two sound quite similar in their different variations of “Girl On Fire,” and we think it’s the yelling the song almost demands. Read more…

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Alicia Keys And Maxwell Make Magic With “Fire We Make”

"Fire We Make" Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys and Maxwell on a record together sounds like pure joy. “Fire We Make” is the latest single to drop from Alicia’s forthcoming Girl On Fire, and it sounds exactly like its title. Alicia opens the track with breathy vocals. It’s airy almost to the point of a whisper, only her voice is anything but quiet. Maxwell takes over the second verse with his beautiful high pitched range–his signature. Read more…