Lady Gaga Voted The #1 Top Live Act Of 2010. Say what you will about the state of the economy, but it was harder to score a ticket to the biggest shows of the year than ever. Selling out arenas and venues all over the US, our readers couldn’t get enough of these music stars on stage. After hundreds of votes, these are the Top 10 Live Acts of 2010.
Top Live Acts of 2010
The Florida rockers performed their farewell tour this Spring, disbanding after eight years and five studio albums, bringing other great bands Deas Vail and Person L along with them for the bittersweet ride.
With a jaw-dropping “Glitter in the Air” performance at the Grammys early in the year, Pink kept up her high-flying stunts during her overseas Funhouse Summer Carnival tour which made her the only female artist selling out stadiums this year.
8. Pretty Reckless
However you see her, foul-mouthed brat or teenage provocateur Taylor Momsen, who flashed her 17-year-old breasts to the audience during a Pretty Reckless show earlier this year, has made her and her band seem like Courtney Love Jr. and Hole-lite.
7. Adam Lambert
The “American Idol” almost-winner set out on his first headlining tour this year, giving fans all the glitter, glam, and throaty wailing they could hope for.
The Hayley Williams-fronted rockers set out on a headlining tour in support of last year’s “Brand New Eyes,” which included plenty of cell phone-lit renditions of their hit “The Only Exception.”
Before she was the “Only Girl (In the World),” Rihanna was on her “Last Girl on Earth” tour, performing hits off last year’s “Rated R” and her mega-hit “Umbrella.”
4. The Black Eyed Peas
Though it was their “E.N.D.” tour, the Black Eyed Peas showed absolutely no signs of slowing down this year. They spent nearly the entire year selling out arenas worldwide while performing their latest #1 hits, including “Imma Be” and “I Gotta Feeling.”
The Colombian pop princess earned one of the biggest international hits this year with the World Cup anthem “Waka Waka (Time For Africa)” and one of its biggest tours, in support of her latest album “Sale El Sol.”
Robyn released one of the most acclaimed albums of the year with “Body Talk” and her North American outings this year, where she performed singles like “Dancing On My Own” and “Hang With Me” to a throng of sing-along crowds, had Billboard calling her “one of the greatest pop performers of this decade.”
1. Lady Gaga
The “Bad Romance” singer kicked off the year with one leg of her “Monster Ball Tour” and is closing out 2010 with yet another. Continuing on through 2011, the tour will finally wrap in May after 200 performances. Performing hits off “The Fame,” “The Fame Monster,” and soon to be amended with material off her upcoming “Born This Way,” Lady Gaga continues to mesmerize her little monsters with one of the biggest tours of the year, enough to be voted as the #1 Live Act of 2010.
Gwyneth Paltrow To Return To “Glee” Next Year. Gwyneth Paltrow called guest starring on “Glee” “the best job ever.” Now the Academy Award-winner is full of glee to get her job back in 2011. Paltrow, who’s currently promoting her new drama “Country Strong,” revealed to Access Hollywood that she’ll reprise her role as beloved McKinley High sub Holly Holiday just after the holidays. There’s no confirmation on whether Paltrow already shot her upcoming guest spot or if she’ll tape it later. The episode set to air following the Super Bowl, featuring a guest spot from news anchor Katie Couric, is currently in production. “Gwyneth Paltrow is a genius,” her co-star Matthew Morrison, who plays Will Schuester on the show, said about the star earlier this year. “Who knew that she was such a triple threat? Great dancer, great singer, obviously a great actress – I just had the best time.” When Paltrow first appeared on the show, she sang a cover of Cee-Lo Green’s “F*** You,” and performed a mash-up of Rihanna’s “Umbrella” with “Singin’ In the Rain.” Paltrow’s “Forget You” appears on “Glee: The Music, Volume 4,” which is currently in stores and features the cast’s covers of hits from Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, and more.
Rihanna adds new date to tour. Phenomenal public demand for Rihanna’s recently announce ‘Loud’ tour is showing no signs of letting up as the global superstar, adds a further arena show to her 2011 UK dates. The ‘Loud’ tour will now stop in 8 cities across the country and will show case all the star’s hits including her brand new mega-hit singles ‘Only Girl (In The World’ and ‘What’s My Name’ from her new album ‘Loud’With ‘Only Girl (In The World)’ recently hitting the #1 spot, the stage was set perfectly for the release of LOUD,Rihanna’s fifth album, which debuted into the top of the charts. Rihanna’ssecond single, ‘What’s My Name’ featuring Drake, was another huge success – it’s made Rihanna’s 9th #1 on the Hot 100 and widens her dominance of the charts.Nominated for 4 Awards at this 2011′s Grammy Awards, Rihanna has earned a reputation of being one of the most exhilarating and talented performers in the world. Her ‘Rated R’ tour earlier this year, sold out multiple arenas across the country and stunned audiences all over the globe with an unrivalled production. With an unbelievable arson of hits such as ‘Only (girl In The World)’, ‘Umbrella’, ‘Disturbia’, ‘Shut Up and Drive’ and a brand new, even more spectacular stage show, Rihanna’s ‘Loud’ Tour is set to be her biggest and best yet.Tickets for these shows are flying out the door at an unprecedented rate, so make sure you get yours fast!
‘Loud’ Tour 2011
Wednesday 05 London 02 Arena ‘ SOLD OUT
Thursday 06 London 02 Arena ‘ SOLD OUT
Friday 07 Liverpool Echo Arena ‘ SOLD OUT
Sunday 09 Manchester Evening News Arena ‘ SOLD OUT
Monday 10 Glasgow SECC ‘ SOLD OUT
Tuesday 11 Glasgow SECC
Thursday 13 London 02 Arena
Saturday 15 Birmingham LG Arena ‘ SOLD OUT
Sunday 16 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Tuesday 18 Birmingham LG Arena
Wednesday 19 Motorpoint Arena Sheffield
Friday 21 Manchester MEN Arena
Tuesday 22 Nottingham Trent FM Arena
Katy Perry’s “Firework” Shoots To #1 On Billboard Hot 100. Katy Perry’s “Firework” shoots up to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 this week and also on the radio chart, making her the first female artist in 11 years to earn three #1 radio singles off one album. The album is of course “Teenage Dream,” which also yielded the #1 title track and “California Gurls,” featuring Snoop Dogg. “Firework” is the third chart-topper off the set, which sold another 212,000 digital singles this week. The single also crosses the 1 million mark in paid downloads this week as well. The last female artist to earn three #1 radio singles from one album was Monica in 1999, when she hit #1 with “The Boy Is Mine” with Brandy, “The First Night,” and “Angel of Mine.” Last week’s #1, Pink’s “Raise Your Glass,” is down to #2 this week. “Raise Your Glass” sells another 147,000 digital singles this week. Rihanna climbs up two spots to #3 this week with “What’s My Name,” featuring Drake. She sells 143,000.Black Eyed Peas earn a new peak with their latest single, “The Time (Dirty Bit),” the first single off their new album “The Beginning.” “The Time (Dirty Bit)” sells 198,000 digital singles this week. Bruno Mars’ latest, “Grenade,” climbs up into the top 5, jumping five spots from #10 last week. The singles 173,000 this week.Rihanna’s second entry in the top 10 this week, “Only Girl (In the World)” is down three spots to #6 this week, while Mars follows with his second entry “Just the Way You Are” at #7. Ke$ha drops down two spots this week to #8 with “We R Who We R,” the first single off “Cannibal.”Down a spot to #9 this week is Nelly with “Just a Dream,” and climbing back into the top 10 this week at #10 are Trey Songz and Nicki Minaj with “Bottoms Up.”
Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 For the Week Ending December 18th, 2010:
1. “Firework,” Katy Perry
2. “Raise Your Glass,” Pink
3. “What’s My Name,” Rihanna feat. Drake
4. “The Time (Dirty Bit),” Black Eyed Peas
5. “Grenade,” Bruno Mars
6. “Only Girl (In the World),” Rihanna
7. “Just the Way You Are,” Bruno Mars
8. “We R Who We R,” Ke$ha
9. “Just a Dream,” Nelly
10. “Bottoms Up,” Trey Songz feat. Nicki Minaj
Susan Boyle’s “The Gift” Climbs Back Up To #1 On Billboard Albums Chart. Susan Boyle has “The Gift” that keeps on giving. After a week out of the top spot, Boyle’s first holiday album climbs back up to the #1 spot, selling 272,000 copies this week. The album, which features Boyle’s take on classics like “O Holy Night” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?,” has already sold over a million copies in the U.S. Taylor Swift is up two spots to #2 this week with “Speak Now,” selling 182,000 copies. Jackie Evancho also moves up to #3 this week with her holiday CD/DVD release “O Holy Night,” selling another 145,000 copies. Evancho’s first release has sold over half a million copies in the U.S. so far. “Glee” takes hold of the #4 and #5 spots this week. First, “Glee: The Christmas Album” rises six spots to #4, selling 129,000 copies. Watch out for it next week, as the holiday episode featuring songs from the album finally aired Tuesday. The latest “Glee” soundtrack, “Glee: The Music, Volume 4,” featuring covers of songs from Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, and Katy Perry, debuts at #5 this week, selling 128,000 copies. At #6 this week is a debut from the Black Eyed Peas. Their latest album, “The Beginning,” moved 119,000 copies its first week. “The Beginning,” featuring lead single “The Time (Dirty Bit),” is their first album since 2009’s “The E.N.D.,” which opened with a much heftier 304,000 copies their first week. It’s their third overall top 10 set. Last week’s #1, Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” is down to #7, selling 108,000 copies in its second week. Also falling six spots this week to #8 is Nicki Minaj with “Pink Friday,” selling 103,000 copies in her second week as well. Closing out the top 10 this week are Josh Groban, whose “Illuminations” climbs back into the top 10 at #9 this week selling 78,000 copies, and Rihanna, who’s “Loud” drops down four spots to #10 selling 77,000 copies. Billboard Top 200 Albums Week Ending December 18th, 2010:
1. The Gift, Susan Boyle
2. Speak Now, Taylor Swift
3. O Holy Night, Jackie Evancho
4. Glee: The Christmas Album, Glee Cast
5. Glee: The Music, Vol. 4, Glee Cast
6. The Beginning, Black Eyed Peas
7. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West
8. Pink Friday, Nicki Minaj
9. Illuminations, Josh Groban
10. Loud, Rihanna
Rihanna Debuts At #1 On First Ever Billboard Social 50 Chart. The increasing popularity of music on YouTube, Facebook, and other social network sites has spawned a brand new chart on Billboard debuting this week, the Social 50. Rihanna is the first artist to top the chart, followed closely by Justin Bieber.
Joining charts like the Billboard Hot 100, which currently factors online streaming into its rankings, the Social 50 chart tallies artist popularity using weekly song plays, artist page views, additions fans and followers, and more on sites like Facebook, Twitter, iLike, YouTube, and MySpace. Billboard will use the social music tracking service Next Big Sound. Rihanna enters at #1 on the chart’s debut week, followed by Justin Bieber at #2 and Eminem at #3. Lady Gaga is at #4, while Nicki Minaj, who just released her debut album, rounds out the top 5. “The Social 50 provides a weekly snapshot of the artists that music fans engage with the most in the social arena, which in today’s world is a significant validation of their investment in an act,” says Billboard Chart Director, Silvio Pietroluongo. “We continue to adapt the way we chart the changing landscape of music,” says Billboard Editorial Director, Bill Werde. “The Social 50 is yet another step in the evolution of Billboard and an important response to our changing times.” “The volume of online activity that top artists now receive is too big to ignore,” says Next Big Sound CEO, Alex White. “We are thrilled that social music activity now receives the same emphasis as the music charts for which Billboard is synonymous.” Elsewhere on the chart, which is available in full on Billboard.com, are Michael Jackson at #12, the cast of “Glee” at #25, Girl Talk at #36, and Demi Lovato at #47.
For the Week Ending December 11th, 2011
2. Justin Bieber
4. Lady Gaga
5. Nicki Minaj
6. The Black Eyed Peas
7. Katy Perry
9. Linkin Park
Eminem Leads Grammy Pack With 10 Nods, Bruno Mars Follows With 7. Eminem and Bruno Mars lead the nods list for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, it has been announced Wednesday night. The rap superstar has amassed a whopping total of 10 nominations, while the vocalist is not far behind with seven nods.
Eminem is nominated for Album of the Year and Best Rap Album for his chart-topping “Recovery;” Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap Song, Best Short Form Music Video and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for his “Love the Way You Lie” with Rihanna; Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for “Airplanes II” with B.o.B. and Haley Williams; and Best Rap Solo and Best Rap Song for “Not Afraid.” Mars is up for Best Male Pop Vocal for “Just the Way You Are” and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for B.o.B.’s “Nothin’ On You” among other nods. Lady Gaga and country music trio Lady Antebellum are third placers for most nominations, each getting six nominations. Pals Katy Perry and Rihanna have four nods each, while Beyonce earned two. Justin Bieber is vying for Best New Artist against Drake, Florence and the Machine, Mumford & Sons, and Esperanza Spalding, while the cast of the TV show “Glee” are up for Best Pop Performance by a Dup or Group with Vocals against Maroon 5, Paramore, Sade, and Train. The 53rd annual Grammy Awards will be telecast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS this February 13th.
Pink Earns Third #1 Single On Billboard Hot 100 With “Raise Your Glass”. Pink really has a reason to raise her glass. She earned her third #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with her latest single, “Raise Your Glass.” It follows “So What” and “Lady Marmalade,” which included Christina Aguilera, Mya, and Lil’ Kim, as her latest #1 on the chart. “Raise Your Glass” rises from #2 last week to #1, selling 209,000 digital singles and crossing the one million mark in sales. The single is one of a handful of new songs featured on her first hits set, “Greatest Hits…So Far!!!,” in stores now.Pink really has a reason to raise her glass. She earned her third #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with her latest single, “Raise Your Glass.” It follows “So What” and “Lady Marmalade,” which included Christina Aguilera, Mya, and Lil’ Kim, as her latest #1 on the chart. Katy Perry moves up four spots from last week to #2 with the latest of her now Grammy-nominated “Teenage Dream” album, “Firework.” The single is #1 on the Hot Digital Songs chart, selling 232,000 copies this week. Last week’s #1, Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In the World),” moves down two spots to #3 this week after spending only one week at the top. Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are” moves up back in to the top 5 this week, jumping from #7 to #4 this week. Rihanna’s second entry in the top 5 this week, the former #1 “What’s My Name” with Drake,” jumps from #8 to #5 this week. At #6 is Ke$ha with the first single off her “Cannibal” EP, “We R Who We R.” The single sells 185,000 copies this week, pushing her across the one million mark in digital sales this week. It’s her fifth solo single to sell over a million copies. Falling down four spots this week to #7 is Far East Movement, featuring Cataracs & Dev, with “Like a G6,” while Nelly drops three spots from #5 to #8 with “Just a Dream.” The Black Eyed Peas earn their ninth top 10 hit this week on the Billboard Hot 100 with “The Time (Dirty Bit),” the first single off their new album “The Beginning.” Bruno Mars enters the top 10 with his second single, “Grenade,” which jumps up from #17 this week. Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 For the Week Ending December 11th, 2010:
1. “Raise Your Glass,” Pink
2. “Firework,” Katy Perry
3. “Only Girl (In the World),” Rihanna
4. “Just the Way You Are,” Bruno Mars
5. “What’s My Name,” Rihanna feat. Drake
6. “We R Who We R,” Ke$ha
7. “Like a G6,” Far East Movement feat. Cataracs & Dev
8. “Just a Dream,” Nelly
9. “The Time (Dirty Bit),” Black Eyed Peas
10. “Grenade,” Bruno Mars
David Guetta named keynote speaker for MidemNet. David Guetta will give the keynote address at MidemNet in Cannes, France on January 22, 2011. The French DJ is a social networking nut with more than 12 million followers on Facebook. As a recording artist he has sold more than 15 million singles and 3 million albums. He was produced songs for Black Eyed Peas, Kylie Minogue, Akon and Rihanna. Guetta’s digital partnerships includes the link with French start-up MXP4, the creator of music applications to enable fans to remix their favorite artists. He also has a marketing and promotions partnership with karaoke company PureSolo.Guetta’s other business, Guetta Events, has JV’d with EMI Music to create the event brand ‘F*ck Me I’m Famous’, to export the format of the Ibiza club scene into international territories.
MidemNet 2011 will focus on the monetization of content in the digital era.
Justin Bieber became the youngest person to win Artist of the Year prize. Justin Bieber became the youngest person ever to win the Artist of the Year prize at the American Music Awards (AMAs) last sunday. The ‘Pray’ hitmaker was the big winner of the evening, taking home four accolades including Favourite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Favourite Album and Breakthrough Artist of the Year during the ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Accepting the Artist of the Year honour, the 16-year-old star thanked his mentor Usher and invited the ‘OMG’ singer to join him on stage. He said: “I really was embraced by a man named Usher Raymond. It would be only right if I invited him up here to share it with me.” Usher picked up two gongs himself, Favourite Soul/R&B Male Artist and Favourite Soul/R&B Album, while rapper Eminem walked away with statuettes for Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Male Artist and Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Album. Other winners at the 38th annual ceremony included country stars Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley; British rock band Muse, R&B singer Rihanna and Colombian pop star Shakira. Michael Buble was heard shouted ‘ love winning things” when he picked up the Favourite Adult Contemporary Artist award. Rihanna, Katy Perry, Kid Rock and Bon Jovi, all performed at the ceremony and boy bands New Kids on the Block (NKOTB) and Backstreet Boys joined up for their first collaborative live stage effort before they kick off a joint American tour next year. Pink ‘ who announced last week she is pregnant with her first child ‘ did not allow her pregnancy to slow her down putting on an energetic dance routine to perform new song ‘Raise Your Glass’.
American Music Awards (AMAs) 2010, full list of winners:
Favourite Soul/R&B Album: Usher, ‘Raymond v. Raymond’
Favourite Pop Rock Band/Duo/Group: The Black Eyed Peas
Favourite Country Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Favourite Latin Music Artist: Shakira
Favourite Soul/R&B Female Artist: Rihanna
Favourite Country Male Artist: Brad Paisley
Favourite Breakthrough Artist: Justin Bieber
Favourite Pop/Rock Male Artist: Justin Bieber
Favourite Country Band/Duo/Group: Lady Antebellum
Favourite Alternative Rock Music Artist: Muse
Favourite Adult Contemporary Music Artist: Michael Buble
Favourite Soul/R&B Male Artist: Usher
Favourite Artist of the Year: Justin Bieber
Favourite Country Album: Carrie Underwood, ‘Play On’
Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Male Artist: Eminem
Favourite Pop/Rock Album: Justin Bieber, ‘My World 2.0′
Favourite Pop/Rock Female Artist: Lady Gaga
Favourite Contemporary Inspirational Artist: MercyMe
Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Eminem, ‘Recovery’
Favourite Soundtrack Album: ‘Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers’
Black Eyed Peas, Enrique Iglesias To Perform On “American Music Awards” Sunday. The biggest music awards show this year just got even bigger. Along with the already unbelievable line-up of performers, the Black Eyed Peas, Train, and Enrique Iglesias have all been added to the bill. Black Eyed Peas and Train, both nominees in the Favorite Band, Duo or Group category, will both hit the stage to perform their latest hits. Enrique Iglesias will be joined by Pitbull to perform, what else, their top 5 smash “I Like It.” They join a long list of previously announced acts including Taylor Swift, Ke$ha, Christina Aguilera, Kid Rock, Backstreet Boys & New Kids on the Block, Justin Bieber, Pink, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Carlos Santana w/ Gavin Rossdale, Rihanna, Diddy-Dirty Money, Ne-Yo, Bon Jovi, and Usher.Eminem and Lady Antebellum lead the pack of nominees for the “2010 American Music Awards,” both earning 5 nominations each. Fans determine the votes by casting them online at the AMAs website. The “2010 American Music Awards” will air live from the Nokia Theatre in L.A. on Sunday, November 21st at 8pm ET/PT on ABC.
Robert De Niro, Paul Rudd Host “SNL” In December. This December, the hosting duties on “Saturday Night Live” are all taken by actors making their return to the real 30 Rock. Robert De Niro, Paul Rudd, and Jeff Bridges are all set to host. Robert De Niro will host the December 4th episode, hosting for the third time. The “Little Fockers” star will be joined by musical guest Diddy-Dirty Money. The following week, two Pauls will takeover the show. Paul Rudd, star of the upcoming “How Do You Know,” will host while Paul McCartney will hold the reigns as musical guest for the third time. “Wonderful Christmastime” indeed! On December 18th, “Tron: Legacy” star Jeff Bridges will return to host for the second time with Eminem also returning as musical guest for the fifth time. He’s reportedly being joined by Lil Wayne this time, performing their single “No Love.” Next up as host is Anne Hathaway on November 20th, who’ll be joined by Florence + the Machine, days before her “Love and Other Disasters” hits theaters. De Niro, Eminem McCartney and company join an impressive list of hosts and musical guests this year during the show’s 36th season, which have included Jane Lynch, Amy Poehler, Kanye West, Scarlett Johannson and Rihanna.