Daily Archives: July 1, 2018

On the Charts: Panic! At the Disco Take Number One With 'Pray for the Wicked'

Panic! At the Disco scored their second straight Number One album as Brendon Urie and company’s new LP Pray for the Wicked opened atop the Billboard 200.

Pray for the Wicked sold 180,000 total copies in its first week of release, giving it the best sales week for an alternative rock album since U2’s Songs of Experience in December 2017, Billboard reports. Panic! At the Disco last topped the album charts with their 2016 album Death of a Bachelor.

Only one more new release managed to debut inside the Top 10 this week: Country duo Dan + Shay’s self-titled album, which entered the Billboard 200 at Number Six and 44,000 total copies.

XXXTentacion’s ? led the returnees as the late rapper’s album continued to rise in the weeks following his death. ? moved to Number Two with 86,000 total copies, while the rapper’s 17 jumped from Number Seven to Number Five in the second sales week since the rapper’s shooting death at the age of 20.

Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys moved up one spot to Number Three, followed by Beyonce and Jay-Z’s Everything Is Love at Number Four and 59,000 total copies in its second week of release.

Juice WRLD’s Goodbye & Good Riddance (Number Seven), Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy (Eight), the Greatest Showman soundtrack (Nine) and last week’s Number One, 5 Seconds of Summer’s Youngblood, filled out the Top 10.

Next week, Drake’s Scorpion is destined for Number One on the strength of the best streaming totals ever. Florence and the Machine’s High as Hope and Gorillaz’ The Now Now should also help shake up the Top 10.

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Selena Gomez's 'Back to You' Is the Song of the Summer

What makes a summer jam? Is it the sunniest chorus, the hottest beat, the most weeks on the charts? Do the lyrics have to be about beaches and barbecues, or is it a question of vibe? What if it’s a song on your summer playlist and no one else’s?

We believe the answer is “all of the above.” This summer, Rolling Stone’s writers will celebrate the songs that are ruling each of their worlds – from huge hits to weirder, more personal choices. Check back soon for more summer songs, and hear all our picks in the Spotify playlist at the bottom of this post.

With its campfire strums and grab-the-car-keys impulsivity, “Back to You” is a natural summer song. It’s the feisty screed against your camp boyfriend who ditched you after 10 long months of letter-exchanging. Obviously, his name is Justin. We took him like a shot, as Gomez sings, during last year’s summer of “Despacito.” We were his sunrise on his darkest day. We savored every moment slowly.

And now we’re singing “Back to You.” It’s the melancholic jam for us goths, misanthropes and Sandra Dees to listen to on our lonely walks home. Gomez’s lilting soprano whispers to us like a cool stream of ventilated air as we sit inside while everyone else plays volleyball with Cardi B or Drake. Everyone but Selena, our goddess of the 2018 summer bummer.

“Back to You” starts off with the three prerequisites of a juicy top bunk secret: a an acoustic guitar, a cold evening and a hint of shame. “Every single word builds up to this moment,” she confides. “And I gotta convince myself I don’t want it, even though I do.”

The song’s country flavor is reminiscent of Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” – and like that song 20 summers ago, “Back to You” is an international sensation. Nestled in the Top 20 in over 21 countries, Gomez’s song is stone-cold proof that no matter where you live or what language you speak, summer is the perfect time to sit and dwell on those who have wronged you.

“Back to You” has lots of precedents in this regard, from Cedric Gervais’ remix of Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” all the way back to Roy Orbison’s “Only the Lonely.” But the one that most reminds me of “Back to You” came out during the summer of 1958: Ricky Nelson’s “Poor Little Fool,” about a cad who falls for a girl with “carefree devil eyes.” “I’d played this game with other hearts but I never thought I’d see/The day that someone else would play love’s foolish game with me,” Nelson sings. Sixty years later, these foolish games are still tearing us apart.

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Lil Wayne Tour Bus Shooter Has Conviction Overturned

The man accused of firing multiple gunshots at Lil Wayne’s tour bus in April 2015 had his conviction overturned Friday, just three years into a 10-year prison sentence.

After pleading guilty to the Atlanta highway drive-by shooting in November 2015, Jimmy Carlton Winfrey appealed his conviction in February, arguing that the judge overseeing his case coerced him into taking a previously rejected plea deal by threatening Winfrey – also known as Peewee Roscoe – with a harsher sentence if the charges went to trial, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

On Friday, Winfrey’s appeal made its way to the Georgia Supreme Court, who agreed that Cobb Superior Court Judge Mary Staley Clark did “cross the line” when she pressured and “impliedly threatened” Winfrey to take the plea deal.

At Winfrey’s 2015 trial, Clark warned Winfrey of the offered plea deal, “This opportunity is going away. Go to trial and you get convicted there’s not going to be any of me being concerned about when you parole out. I will not be concerned about when you parole out.” Clark also cited a previous case where she gave a gang member a 50-year sentence.

Winfrey was initially indicted on 30 counts stemming from the drive-by shooting, but as per the deal, he only pleaded guilty violating six charges of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, which carried a 20-year sentence with 10 years in prison followed by 10 years on probation.

While Winfrey’s conviction was overturned, he will remain in custody as his case goes back to the starting point, with Winfrey opting between another plea deal or a new trial, his lawyer told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

At the time of the shooting, Winfrey was serving as Bryan “Birdman” Williams’ tour manager; Birdman and Lil Wayne were in the midst of their long-standing feud. Winfrey and Lil Wayne reportedly had a confrontation outside of an Atlanta nightclub prior to the shooting. Soon after the drive-by, Winfrey placed a call to a cell phone owned by Birdman, who denied any involvement in the shooting. Police speculated that Winfrey orchestrated the incident to gain “street cred.”

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