The Week In Music
GRAMMY-winning artist Kelly Clarkson ranks as the most successful "American Idol" alumnus with sales of 10.6 million albums and 15.9 million tracks and 4.2 million radio plays, according to a Billboard report. Fellow GRAMMY winner Carrie Underwood placed second, selling 11.5 million albums and 13.9 million tracks and with 2.4 million radio plays. Clarkson and Underwood won "American Idol" in 2002 and 2005, respectively.
The Jonas Brothers and Justin Bieber were among the attendees at last Saturday's White House Correspondents Association dinner. President Obama warned the JoBros in case they had any plans to put the make on fans Sasha and Malia Obama: "I have two words for you — predator drones." Watch the Zapruder film of the Jonas incident.
A real-life Spinal Tap? The Rush documentary Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage won the 2010 Heineken Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film covers the 42-year history of the Canadian prog-rock trio, and may open the door for other rockumentaries such as, say, Pere Ubu: Straight Outta Cleveland, Journey: Where Is South Detroit? or Blue Oyster Cult: Agents Of (A Small) Fortune.
Kiss' blood-spitting demon Gene Simmons is goo-goo over Lady Gaga. "I love the vibe, the big mouth and the big visuals," Simmons told the UK's Daily Star. "She's not Lady Gaga, she's really Lady Kiss." GRAMMY-winning crooner Michael Bolton is also among the converted, as he collaborated with Gaga on "Murder My Heart," a track from his newly released album, One World One Love. "I said to her, people are going to be so shocked by us collaborating, we have to do something that will just kill it," said Bolton, when asked about the odd pairing. "And she said, 'Well how about, 'Murder My Heart'?"
Members of the Osmond family gathered this past Monday in Samaria, Idaho, to honor their mother with the dedication of the Olive May Davis Osmond Cabin and Museum. Seven of her nine children joined fans from as far away as Japan to honor the singing family's matriarch, who died in 2004, and dedicate the log cabin as a museum. Among the attendees was Donny Osmond, who described the experience as "surreal" and said, "You can feel her presence here."
In more surreal news, alternative/electronica artist Moby has gone metal with his new band, Diamondsnake. The metal outfit will play their first concert on June 17 in New York, featuring Moby on lead guitar, Phil Costello on vocals, Dave Hill on bass, and Tomato on drums, who in a Facebook posting said the band's material is "fully rocking." Diamonds, snakes and tomatoes sound pretty metal. Judas Priest, Metallica and Motörhead: beware.
Usher's "OMG" featuring will.i.am is the No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, upping Usher's tally of chart-toppers to nine. Usher becomes the first artist to top the chart in the past three decades, and only Madonna and Janet Jackson were able to pull off the same feat in the '80s, '90s and '00s. Eminem re-emerged with "Not Afraid" and claimed the No. 1 spot on iTunes' singles chart.
Nashville, Tenn., was hit hard by storms this past week, resulting in flooding across the area and providing a blow to the city's entertainment district. The Country Music Hall of Fame closed this past Monday, but will re-open this weekend, and the Grand Ole Opry had to move its performances. Read about MusiCares' Nashville Flood Relief efforts here.
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