[WGO] After a Mini (Unexpected) Hiatus

-I promise I haven't fallen off the face of the earth -- it's just I also have a job and I'm so darn tired after work, and when I'm faced with the choice of blogging or sleeping, I choose the latter...

-According to Hits Daily Double, Taylor Swift is back on target to be #1 on the album chart this week, but could (possibly) be held off by Ms. Lily Allen or even the Grammy Darlings Plant & Krauss. The whole Top 10 of the Album Chart looks to be shaken up as the numbers stand now, with entrances by SNL's Lonely Island, India.Arie and possibly even Bobby Valentino. We shall find out for sure tomorrow...

-Speaking of which, Keri Hilson has jumped on to Hits Daily Double's radar as the #16 Vibe Rater Artist of the Week, in acknowledgement of the strides "Turnin' Me On" is making at radio.

-The drama between Chris Brown/Rihanna (dubbed affectionately Chriannagate by my friend, The Prophet -- haha -- I'm stealing that!) continues to swirl, as Chris Brown has made an official statement stating he is sorry, and is seeking help from his family and pastor. In my opinion, the apology was heartfelt, but in the prophetic words of JoJo, "it's just too little, too late." We shall see. I'm more interested to hear what Ms. Rihanna has to say. A projected sob story is on the cover of both People Magazine and Star Magazine this week.

-Next Tuesday sees releases by K'NAAN (officially its his sophomore album, but this is his major label debut), Jonas Brothers (the soundtrack to their upcoming 3D movie which has "live" cuts), Lamb of God and N.E.R.D.

-A song I talked about a few weeks ago, Flo Rida's new single "Right Round", is making serious bank, and may end up breaking the digital rise record that Eminem/50 Cent/Dr. Dre broke this past week. It has sold over 550,000 copies digitally this past week, tops iTunes chart, and could even be #1 tomorrow...

-It was made official that Coldplay's "Viva La Vida..." album sold 6.8 million copies worldwide in 2008, making it the best selling CD of the year. Silver and Bronze were given to AC/DC's "Black Ice" and the soundtrack to "Mamma Mia!", respectively.

-SONY (sans the BMG? I'm confused) has signed a deal with YouTube to help keep its artists music videos (legally) on the video website. It is the first major label group to do so out of the Big Four...

-The Black Eyed Peas have finally confirmed a release date for their much anticipated (especiallyby me!) new album, "The E.N.D.". It will be released on June 9, 2009, per the good folks at Interscope. It's been four years since the Peas controlled the radio, and three since Fergie's solo album ruled the charts...This makes me wanna go back and grab all my fave Peas songs and rejoice!

-Mandy Moore is getting married, or at least that's what her publicist is saying, to rocker Ryan Adams. I find the fact that her so-so new single "I Could Break Your Heart Any Day" leaks right around the same time this "news" breaks quite suspect. (sigh) I fear this industry is turning me jaded, friends. But if this is what sound we should expect from Ms. Mandy, I can safely say I'm 275% more interested in an album from Mandy Ventrice...

-Time Magazine has thsi great article talking about the prevalence of auto-tune in pop music, and the impact of T-Pain and his trademark vocoded vocals...It's well worth a read. Check it out here, dubbed 'Auto-Tune: Why Pop Music Sounds Perfect'

-Lady Gaga has put out a new video for "Love Game", and she takes Britney's diamond-encrusted-nakedness to a new "haut" level. YouTube won't let me post the official thing, but you can watch it here. Fingers still crossed for a video for "Starstruck"...America -- we have a new popstar! :)

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