On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack held on to the No. 1 slot for a second week, selling 93,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 17, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Just two new arrivals hit the top 10, led by the Gaslight Anthem at No. 4 and Troye Sivan at No. 5.
Expect a major "shake"-up atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart next week, as Taylor Swift appears headed for a No. 1 debut with her new single, "Shake It Off." Based on expected massive first-week sales, airplay and streaming, the song looks likely to open atop the ranking.
Before last year's MTV Video Music Awards, viewers had no idea what Miley Cyrus was about to unleash on the world, with her twerking and her flesh-colored latex bikini and her tongue wagging. But Dave Sirulnick did.
It’s been a breakthrough year for Sam Smith, 5 Seconds of Summer, Charli XCX, Schoolboy Q and Fifth Harmony. But only one of these hot newcomers will walk away with a coveted Moonman for Artist to Watch at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.
In his 2006 Rolling Stone profile "Being James Brown," the great lost rock critic Jonathan Lethem made sense of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, the Minister of Super Heavy Funk, the Augusta Akhenaten, and all the other honorifics Mr. Brown has and will earn by declaring him a time traveler. Hence, 1958's "Night Train" and 1965's "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" and 1967's "Cold Sweat" all prefigured the super heavy funk that would take over black popular music in the early '70s‑-whereupon Brown elected to prefigure gangsta rap with 1973's "The Payback." Hence also his decision to re-record 1971's "Soul Power" in 2005, all the while exclaiming that he wanted to kiss himself as if the possibility had never before occurred to him.