Daily Archives: April 30, 2017

On the Charts: Kendrick Lamar's 'Damn.' Takes Number One Again

Kendrick Lamar‘s Damn. topped the Billboard 200 for the second consecutive week as the rapper added another 238,000 copies to its 2017 record-setting opening week sales.

Even though Damn.‘s sales total dipped 61 percent from its huge debut week, the 238,000 copies still mark the fourth-highest selling week of 2017, Billboard reports.

Lamar faced little competition in ruling the album charts as only two new releases debuted inside the Top 10: Incubus’ 8, the band’s first LP in six years, entered at Number Four and 52,000 total copies; by comparison, 2011’s If Not Now, When? opened at Number Two with 80,000 copies.

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 debuted at Number 8 thanks to 34,000 mainly digital copies; that total should grow on next week’s chart as the physical version of the soundtrack arrived Friday; the sequel itself is out May 5th.

Drake’s More Life gained one spot to Number Two, adding 77,000 copies to its already hefty total. Ed Sheeran’s Divide followed at Number Three and 55,000 copies.

The remaining five spots on the Billboard 200 were occupied by Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic (Number Five), Chainsmokers’ Memories… Do Not Open (Six), the Moana soundtrack (Seven), Future’s self-titled (Nine) and the Weeknd’s Starboy (Number 10).

Despite high-profile new releases like Gorillaz’ Humanz and Mary J. Blige’s Strength of a Woman, Damn. is expected to capture Number One for a third straight time next week.

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Watch Eddie Vedder Cover Talking Heads, Rolling Stones at Boston Benefit

While fans watched Pearl Jam‘s induction into the Rock Hall on HBO, Eddie Vedder performed a covers-filled set featuring tracks by Talking Heads, the Rolling Stones and the Who – as well as familiar renditions of Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd and Neil Young songs – at the annual Hot Stove Cool Music benefit concert at Boston’s Paradise Club.

Vedder’s set opened with three Pearl Jam songs – “Corduroy,” “Not for You” and “Elderly Woman” – before launching into a marathon of covers that included a pair of Who tracks (“The Kids Are Alright,” ” I Can’t Explain”), Talking Heads’ “Love -> Building on Fire,” the Stones’ “Waiting on a Friend” and Squeeze’s “Another Nail in My Heart,” to name a few.

Covers that sometimes pop up on Pearl Jam setlists – Springsteen’s “Bobby Jean,” Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” and Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” – also made the cut.

For the concert, Vedder played alongside a band that boasted members of Letters to Cleo, Buffalo Tom and Belly. Near the tail end of the concert, Vedder performed Pearl Jam’s “Wishlist” alongside baseball analyst Peter Gammons:

Cubs president and former Red Sox curse-breaker Theo Epstein, a friend of Vedder’s, spearheads the Hot Stove Cool Music gig, which benefits his Foundation to Be Named Later. The Hot Stove shows are held annually in Boston and Chicago; Vedder also played at the 2016 all-star benefit.

Vedder is a lifelong Cubs fan, penning an anthem for the team and even appearing in a commercial with the Cubs’ Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo. Still, at one point during the Boston concert, the singer swapped his beloved Cubs cap for a Red Sox hat.

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Watch the Weeknd Bring Out Kendrick Lamar at L.A. Forum Show

The Weeknd brought out Kendrick Lamar during the singer’s Saturday night concert at the Forum, a gig that coincided with the 25th anniversary of the L.A. riots.

Midway through “Sidewalks,” the Starboy cut featuring Lamar, the rapper elevated unannounced onto the stage to deliver his guest verse. Following that collaboration, Lamar hung around to perform his Damn. track “Humble” solo on the Forum stage.

The surprise appearance marked the second time the two artists delivered their Starboy song together: In December, the Weeknd and Lamar staged the debut performance of “Sidewalks” at a small venue, Vevo-sponsored concert in Los Angeles.

“He’s a genius,” the Weeknd previously said of Lamar. “He did it there on the spot. He’d walk around, he’d play the record over and over again… He’s writing his verse in his head… He was really committing, he really put his all into it. It wasn’t just a random Kendrick Lamar verse. It was something special.”

The Weeknd will once again perform at Inglewood, California’s the Forum Sunday night.

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Bullet for my Valentine Reveals Details about New Live CD/DVD Release

Bullet for my Valentine will release a follow-up chapter in the “Live at Brixton Academy” series. The first chapter being released back in 2006. This follow-up is chapter two consisting of two live albums and …Read More