Friday, May 01, 2009

Welcome to Utopia!

+ Forgive me if I'm in and out over the course of the next month or so. I'm in the process of procuring an apartment in the Big Apple, AND looking for full time employment, and will be going home to graduate college in a few weeks. A full plate indeed. Keep me in your prayers, please. And now for lighter fare:

+ Chris Daughtry & crew will be playing new material on 'American Idol' on next Wednesday's show, as the week is "rock" themed. They are set to play their first single off their sophomore release, due for a July release, called "No Surprise." Slash of Guns N' Roses fame will serve as "mentor" and No Doubt will also perform, "Stand and Deliver" no doubt. Ooh, what a clever pun!

+ In more new first single news, the Jonas Brothers have confirmed the title of their upcoming fourth album to be Lines Vines and Trying Times (which to me sounds like a bad Fall Out Boy title each his own, I suppose). Either way, I probably will get it the first week. Yeah, I know...They state they are going for more of a Kings of Leon vibe...which is...interesting. The first single will be titled "Paranoid" and will be premiered to fans during a webchat via Facebook. You gotta give it to those boys -- they always find a way to talk directly to their core fanbase. You don't see most groups do that...

+ Beyonce's "Halo" and Flo Rida's "Sugar" bounce into the Hot 100 Top 10 for the first time (the latter being this week's Sales Gainer). Mr. Rida's other single, "Right Round", is also #5.

+ A remix EP featuring six (new titled) "Boom Boom Pow" remixes by the Black Eyed Peas will be released this Tuesday. The remixes include cuts that feature 50 Cent, Gucci Mane, Kid Cudi and David Guetta. The song continues to dominate the Hot 100 (for four weeks now), as well as the Pop 100 and Canada's Hot 100 chart.

+ I can't not talk about the fact that Depeche Freakin' Mode's new album debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart this past week. "Wrong" is really growing on me. However, it was Rick Ross that managed to dominate the charts and beat out Miley Cyrus for the #1 position, and is also the Hot Shot of the week. Asher Roth also debuted high, at #5. Lady Gaga rises one spot to #7 with "The Fame" and is the Greatest Gainer of the week. Day26 sinks to #8 (after being #2 last week) with Forever in a Day, and for reasons unbeknownst to anybody, the Twilight Soundtrack, now twice platinum, proves itself to be the only "older" title in the Top 10 (the other being Lady Gaga, which came out a week prior).

+ And of course, the real reason why I posted: Candy Coated Chaos' 3 track 'Utopia' EP is now available via and will soon be available on iTunes so keep your eyes peeled. Go buy it - or the bed bugs will get you. Because I will have sicked them on you. Yes, really.

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