Arch MUSIC NEWS for 12/3/12
Arch MUSIC NEWS is compiled by Jay Philpott -
Katy Perry will develop a line of signature scents with French perfume company Coty. The beauty company will distribute the songbird’s new creations on a larger scale than her previous perfumes, Purr and Meow.
Kid Rock‘s new album “Rebel Soul” found itself in familiar territory on last week album chart. According to Billboard.com, the record debuted at number five, giving the Michigan rocker the seventh top-ten album of his career. But “Rebel Soul’s” 146-thousand-copies sold marks the smallest entrance for Rock since “Devil Without a Cause” bowed with four-thousand back in 1998. Still, Rock’s album sales could have been worse had he not made “Rebel Soul” the first album in his catalog available on iTunes. More than a third of the album’s sales were digital, putting it at number three on the Digital Albums chart.
The seventh time’s the charm for Rihanna. Her seventh album, “Unapologetic,” has earned her the first number one album in the U.S. of her career. “Unapologetic” opened on top of the Billboard 200, selling 238 thousand copies in its first week out. All six of Rihanna’s previous albums debuted in the Top 10, but never made it to the top spot. Until now, Rihanna had the distinction of having the most number one songs on the Hot 100 without ever having a number one album. Rihanna’s bad luck on the album charts is not unusual. More than 25 artists have had six albums in the top 10 without a number one, including Sting, Sheryl Crow, Brad Paisley and Rush.
Britney Spears and Kevin Federline may have divorced five years ago, but they may have some unfinished business on their hands. According to TMZ, it obtained documents from the California Franchise Tax Board saying the former couple owes about 37 thousand dollars to the State of California. Spears and Federline apparently failed to pay their due income taxes in the year of 2004 – the same year they were married. It was also the year Britney brought in millions from her “Onyx Hotel” tour and Kevin appeared in the movie “You Got Served.”
Speaking out of turn? Steven Tyler says he may have done so. But racist intentions? He says he has none. Aerosmith’s frontman is apologizing to Nicki Minaj for comments the rapper found to be racist in nature. The new “American Idol” judge expressed outrage when the former “Idol” judge told MTV he thought Minaj would have sent Bob Dylan “to the cornfield” if he had come on the talent show. Speaking on the Canadian entertainment show eTalk on Tuesday, the 64-year-old rocker said “I apologize if it was taken wrong Nicki. Maybe I spoke out of turn. But a racist I’m not Nicki.” Tyler says he only meant if “Bob Dylan came on the show, he would have been thrown off.”
Top Ten Earning Musicians of 2012 According to “Forbes”:
1. Dr. Dre — 110-million-dollars
2. Roger Waters — 88-million-dollars
3. Elton John — 80-million-dollars
4. U2 — 78-million-dollars
5. Take That — 69-million-dollars
6. Bon Jovi — 60-million-dollars
7. Britney Spears — 58-million-dollars
8. (tie)Paul McCartney — 57-million-dollars
(tie)Taylor Swift — 57-million-dollars
10. (tie)Justin Bieber — 55-million-dollars
(tie)Toby Keith — 55-million-dollars.
Kelly Clarkson and Pitbull have been added to the lineup for this year’s “Divas” show on VH1. This year’s “Divas” special will pay tribute to some of the most iconic women in dance music, including two who passed away just this year – Whitney Houston and Donna Summer. “Divas” will air live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday, December 16th on VH1.
Jackson family patriarch Joe Jackson is said to be recovering and in “very good spirits” after suffering a mild stroke Thursday. The father of late pop superstar Michael Jackson and singer Janet Jackson, is being treated in a Las Vegas hospital and is expected to be released by the weekend.
The numbers are in on AC/DC‘s long-awaited iTunes debut. Between the time the band’s catalog hit Apple’s digital music store on Monday, November 19th, and the end of the tracking week on Sunday, November 25th, Billboard.com says fans in the U.S. downloaded 48-thousand copies of the band’s 25 albums. The biggest seller was AC/DC’s 1980 landmark record “Back in Black,” which moved 15-thousand digital copies last week. As for song downloads, “Thunderstruck” struck hardest. The lead single from the group’s 1990 release “The Razors Edge” sold 85-thousand copies. Overall, AC/DC sold 696-thousand song downloads last week, giving them the first 12 spots on the new Hard Rock Digital Songs list. Compared to other long-time classic rock iTunes holdouts, AC/DC’s bow ranks above Led Zeppelin’s and well behind the Beatles’. Zeppelin sold 47-thousand albums and 300-thousand songs in its first iTunes week back in 2007. The Beatles, meanwhile, arrived on iTunes in 2010 and sold 119-thousand albums and almost one-and-a-half-million songs over their first week.
There is word that Lindsay Lohan’s recent arrest in New York City could have stemmed from an argument over Max George, a member of British boy band The Wanted. According to TMZ, Lindsay had been pursuing Max for the past few days and got jealous when he started talking to another woman at the club. Sources tell the website Lindsay was at Madison Square Garden attending the Justin Bieber concert where The Wanted was the opening act. Lindsay was reportedly blocked from getting backstage to see them and later met up with a few of the group’s members at the NYC hotspot Avenue. As the evening wore on, sources say Lindsay appeared intoxicated and apparently started to lose Max’s attention. That’s apparently when he started talking to the woman Lindsay is accused of assaulting. She was arrested and charged for the incident.