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Friday
Feb242012

Paris Hilton Releases Video for New Song, 'Drunk Text'

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Once upon a time, Paris Hilton became a recording artist, releasing the album Paris, featuring the dance single “Stars Are Blind,” in 2006. She hadn’t been very productive as a musician in subsequent years, but her comeback is now in full swing with the debut of her video for “Drunk Text.” Yes, the title of her new song is “Drunk Text.”

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Paris doesn’t really sing on the track as much as she talks over techno music. The 31-year-old socialite basically delivers a stream-of-consciousness speech on ridiculous texts that people send while drunk. She laments, “My mouth kept pouring desperate clauses of random intent.”

Perhaps the most memorable lyrics from “Drunk Text”: “You take the word ‘sex’ and mix it with ‘texting.’ It’s called ‘sexting.’ But when you add ‘drunk sexting,’ the words just don’t make sense.’”

Not surprisingly, the song has been mocked online. Gawker’s reaction was simply, “Well, this is very awful.”

Paris is planning to release an album later this year.

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Wednesday
Jun012011

Michael Jackson Scores Another Number One Hit

ABC/Bob D'Amico(NEW YORK) -- The fact that he's been dead for two years hasn't stopped Michael Jackson from racking up the hits.

"Hollywood Tonight," a song from his posthumous album Michael, has just reached number one on Billboard's Dance/Club Play chart.  It's the King of Pop's eighth number one hit on that particular chart, a number matched only by Enrique Iglesias.

This is the first time in 16 years that Jackson has scored a number one dance hit. His last one was "Scream," his duet with sister Janet, which hit the top spot back in 1995.

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Monday
May302011

'American Idol' Winner Scotty McCreery May Score Top-10 Hit This Week

FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Scotty McCreery may have won American Idol, but now the real test begins -- will anyone buy his debut single or play it on the radio?  So far, the answer seems to be yes.  Billboard reports that the country ballad "I Love You This Big" is projected to sell around 180 thousand downloads in its first week, which will give Scotty, at the very least, an instant top-15 single, perhaps even a top-10 single.  If those numbers hold up -- and we'll find out Tuesday or Wednesday if they do -- Scotty will be looking at the best debut sales week for an American Idol winner's first single since David Cook's "Time of My Life" back in 2008.

Other recent American Idol winner numbers include Lee Dewyze's #24 debut for his first single, "Beautiful Day."  Kris Allen's "No Boundaries" came in at #11 but only sold 134 thousand copies, fewer than Scotty is projected to sell.

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Monday
Apr112011

Pia Toscano: Why Losing 'American Idol' Might Be Best

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Winning isn't everything, and losing American Idol could turn out to be the best thing for Pia Toscano. Her surprising elimination Thursday has already resulted in tons of exposure and a platform for selling millions of records when she inks a deal.

"I was completely blown away," Toscano told ABC News Radio when asked about America's reaction. "I was kind of like in an American Idol bubble. When I was on stage and got eliminated I was thinking, 'It's over, I'm going and it's so soon.'"

"I did not expect to have the support that I have now. I'm just so blown away, thankful, and I hope to do my music and make everybody proud."

Contrary to reports that Toscano has already secured a record deal with Interscope, which is run by American Idol season 10 mentor Jimmy Iovine, the 22-year-old singer said nothing has been signed.

"There's been so many great opportunities. But I'm focusing right now on the tour. Possibly you'll hear something after the tour."

Toscano, who auditioned for Idol five times and only made it as far as the Hollywood round previously, said she's looking forward to performing on the tour without the pressures of being judged and being on live television, which she called "nerve wracking."

Her album will have to wait until the Idol winner releases his or her coronation single. But Toscano is already thinking she'd like to include a mix of "big ballads, because that's where my heart is" and "fun up-tempo" numbers."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jan202011

Britney Spears Debuts on Top with New Single; Sets Records

Photo Courtesy - Jive Records(NEW YORK) -- As expected, Britney Spears blasted into the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 with her new single, "Hold It Against Me."

It became just the 18th song to debut at number one on that chart since it was created 52 years ago.  Spears also became only the second artist in history to have more than one of her singles debut at number one -- the other is Mariah Carey, who did it three times.  Spears did it twice, with this new single and with "3" in 2009.

"Hold It Against Me" is Spears' fourth chart-topper overall, joining "...Baby One More Time" and "Womanizer."

Moreover, the single sold 411,000 copies in a single week, according to Nielsen Soundscan, making it the highest first-week sales for a single by a lead female artist.  The previous record was 325,000 set by Taylor Swift's "Today Was a Fairytale" last February.

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Wednesday
Jan192011

Cher Sets Chart Record with Latest Single

Photo Courtesy - Warner Bros. Records(NEW YORK) -- A dance remix of the Cher's latest single, "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me," has topped Billboard magazine's Dance/Club Play Songs chart, making the singer the only act to have scored a number one single on a Billboard chart in each of the last six decades.

When told of her achievement, Cher joked to Billboard, "How can it be six decades when I'm only four decades [old]?"

Cher's first number one hit came back in 1965 with "I Got You Babe," along with her ex-husband Sonny Bono.  In the '70s, she scored with number one hits like "Half-Breed" and "Dark Lady."  In the '80s, Cher topped the adult contemporary charts with "If I Could Turn Back Time" and "After All."  In the '90s, "Believe" was a smash hit on the Hot 100, and in 2000's, she scored number one dance hits with "A Different Kind of Love Song" and "When the Money's Gone."

Cher's current hit, "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me," from her movie Burlesque, just won a Golden Globe this past Sunday for the song's writer, Diane Warren.

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Wednesday
Jan192011

Jennifer Lopez Debuts New Single

Photo Courtesy - Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- "On the Floor," the latest track from newly-minted American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez, hit the web Tuesday, debuting just one day before the TV show is set to premiere.

The track, produced by Lady Gaga producer RedOne, is a dance track that features a rap from Pitbull and a sample of the 1989 song "Lambada" by Kaoma.  It will appear on Lopez's forthcoming album Love?, which is due out this summer.  The album was originally supposed to come out last year, but when Lopez and her record company parted ways, it languished until she signed a new deal with Island Def Jam last March.

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Tuesday
Jan182011

Britney Spears' New Single on Track to Be 18th Number One Debut

Photo Courtesy - Jive Records(NEW YORK) -- Since the Billboard Hot 100 was invented over 50 years ago, only 17 songs have debuted at number one -- the last one was Ke$ha's "We R Who We R."  But now, Britney Spears' latest single is aiming to be the 18th to debut at the top.

Billboard estimates that the track, "Hold It Against Me," is expected to sell 400,000 copies in its first week, practically ensuring its placement at number one.

Also helping "Hold It Against Me" on the charts is the amount of airplay the track is getting.  Billboard reports that in the past week, it's gotten played on the radio more than 4,000 times.

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Wednesday
Jan122011

The Bellamy Brothers Accuse Britney Spears of Ripping Off Their Single

Photo Courtesy - Jive Records(NEW YORK) -- Country-pop duo The Bellamy Brothers are accusing Britney Spears of ripping off one of their other hits -- 1979's "If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me."

Spears' new single is called "Hold it Against Me," and in a statement, David Bellamy said, "If you listen to the lyrics...you'll find some major similarities."  The chorus of Spears' single goes, "If I said I want your body now/Would you hold it against me."

David added that he and his bandmate and brother Howard "have no personal beef with Britney," calling her "a talented gal."  But, he added, "Professionally, well, in all honesty, we feel completely ripped off.  Where's the originality?"  Howard chimed in, "Hey, Britney -- if I said you ripped off our song, would you hold it against me?  Thanks."

It's worth noting that Spears didn't actually write "Hold it Against Me" -- it was written by four other people, including producers Dr. Luke and Max Martin.

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Thursday
Jan062011

Eminem Had 2010's Best-Selling Album; Katy Perry Best-Selling Single

Photo Courtesy - Aftermath Records(NEW YORK) -- Eminem's Recovery is now complete.  Billboard reports the album has been officially confirmed by Nielsen Soundscan as the best-selling album of 2010 in the U.S., with 3.42 million copies sold.

Eminem also had the year's best-selling album back in 2002, with The Eminem Show, making him the only artist to grab that honor twice since 1991, when SoundScan started tracking music sales.

The second-best-selling album of 2010 was Lady Antebellum's Need You Now, with 3.09 million copies sold, followed by Taylor Swift's Speak Now, with 2.96 million copies sold.  Swift is also 2010's best-selling artist overall.  All of her albums put together sold a total of 4.47 million copies in 2010.

The other best-selling albums of the year are, in descending order, My World 2.0 by Justin Bieber, The Gift by Susan Boyle, The Fame by Lady Gaga, Soldier of Love by Sade, Drake's Thank Me Later, Raymond v. Raymond by Usher, and Ke$ha's Animal.

On the singles side, Nielsen Soundscan says Katy Perry's "California Gurls" was the year's best-selling digital track, with 4.40 million copies sold.  Train's "Hey Soul Sister" was second, with 4.31 million copies sold, and Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna, was third, with 4.25 million.

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