Zac Brown #1

Atlantic’s Zac Brown Band return to #1 this week with a total that barely tops 47k, beating last week’s champ, Def Jam/IDJ’s Nas, whose Life Is Good album scares up 42k in sales.

Zac Brown Band’s chart-topping number is the fourth lowest of all time for a #1 album, beating only Amos Lee’s Mission Bell (40.5k, 1/30/11), Cake’s Showroom of Compassion (44.5k,1/1611) and Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday (45.3k, 2/6/11).

Mercury/IDJ Jersey rockers Gaslight Anthem’s Handwritten (#3) and Columbia Cambridge, MA, techno popsters Passion Pit album Gossamer (#5) are the week’s to debuts.

Razor & Tie’s Kidz Bop Kidz 22 (#4), Island/IDJ’s Justin Bieber (#6), Syco/ Columbia’s One Direction (#7), XL/Columbia’s Adele (#8), Def Jam/IDJ’s Frank Ocean (#9) and A&M/Octone’s Maroon 5 (#10). Barry Weiss and Steve Bartels’ Team IDJ grab four of the Top 10 on this week’s heart. (HITS)

Billboard 200 chart

It’s a quiet week in terms of huge new album releases, so a couple acts are aiming to make surprising top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 chart next week.

Passion Pit and the Gaslight Anthem are both in the hunt for their first top 10 sets, as “Gossamer” and “Handwritten,” respectively, are heading for solid debuts. Industry sources suggest that “Gossamer” could sell around 25,000 to 30,000 copies by week’s end on July 29. “Handwritten,” on the other hand, will shift perhaps 35,000.
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Mariah Carey joins American Idol

Now that Mariah Carey has officially joined American Idol has left the suites wondering if  she can resurrect the TV show that has faced competition from other talent shows along with the publics waning interest. They are counting on her resume which include a five-time Grammy Award-winning global superstar with more than 200 million records sold worldwide and more No. 1 songs than any solo artist in history, her 18 Billboard No. 1 singles (17 of which Carey wrote) rival all but The Beatles. She has the resume but does she have the personality? That remains to be seen. Regardless, the team behind the show are banking on Carey. In fact, its rumored that her paycheck exceeds 17 million, the most ever paid to a judge, surpassing Jennifer Lopez. Carey who is also managed by the American Idol judge Randy Jackson will release her new single Triumphant in August.

Why Tyler and Lopez left Idol..

The big news of the past week has been the announcements that both Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are leaving American Idol. And then the rumor mill continued on with countless names for who could replace them (and possibly Randy Jackson, if he leaves as well — but we shouldn’t get our hopes up just yet). But why did they actually leave?

Jennifer Lopez: More Money, Other Projects

For Jennifer Lopez, it seems like there’s a combination of intertwining reasons. She was in contract negotiations to return to Idol, reportedly wanting $17 million (a $2 million increase), according to The Wrap. (Keep in mind, these figures fluctuate depending on what you’re reading, but they all seem to point to a general area of between $15 million and $20 million.) But with decreased ratings, there will be cuts of all sorts — staff cuts, budget cuts and, yes, salary cuts. (read more here)

Pink rockets into the Billboard Chart

P!nk rockets into the Billboard Hot 100’s top 10, as “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” vaults 58-9 in its second week on the chart. Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Call Me Maybe,” meanwhile, holds at No. 1 for a sixth week, Katy Perry‘s “Wide Awake” crowns the Digital Songs tally and Flo Rida reaches the Hot 100’s top 10 with “Whistle.”

“Kiss,” the first single from P!nk’s sixth studio album, “The Truth About Love,” due Sept. 18, makes its monster Hot 100 move as the chart’s top Digital and Airplay Gainer. On Digital Songs, it lunges 41-4 with a 259% increase to 171,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. On the Radio Songs ranking, “Kiss” pounces 56-23 with a 76% gain to 39 million all-format audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS.

The Box Office

1 Ice Age: Continental Drift (Fox): $46m – 3,881 theaters/$11,853 avg.
2 The Amazing Spider-Man (Sony): $35m (-43.6%) – 4,318 theaters/$8,106 avg.
3 Ted (Universal): $22.15m (-31.2%) – 3,303 theaters/$6,705 avg.
4 Brave (Disney): $10.7m (-45.5%) – 3,392 theaters/$3,153 avg.
5 Magic Mike (WB): $9.03m (-42.3%) – 3,090 theaters/$2,922 avg.
6 Savages (2012) (Universal): $8.74m (-45.5%) – 2,635 theaters/$31,466,000 avg.
7 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (Lionsgate): $5.6m (-45.0%) – 2,004 theaters/$2,794 avg.
8 Katy Perry: Part of Me (Paramount): $3.74m (-47.7%) – 2,732 theaters/$1,367 avg.
9 Moonrise Kingdom (Focus): $3.66m (-19.0%) – 924 theaters/$3,963 avg.
10 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (Paramount/DreamWorks): $3.5m (-53.5%) – 2,285 theaters/$1,532 avg. (HITS)

Idol Shakeup

American Idol is in turmoil as the three celebrity judges may bail. Steven Tyler has left “American Idol” to rejoin Aerosmith and Randy Jackson is now considering his options. Jennifer Lopez told the “Today” show she’s up in the air.

“Aerosmith is launching a new album in early November, just as “Idol” is in the middle of its ramp up to a January launch. There are two sides to that–if Tyler remains on “Idol,” the album gets a huge promotional push. On the other hand, in order to really promote the album, Aerosmith has to tour on a heavy schedule that would coincide with the “Idol” season.”

“As for Lopez and Jackson: No judge has done better from “Idol” than Lopez. Her recording career was dead before she came on the show. In her two seasons, she’s revived it, with big singles that she debuted on the show. Plus she made millions of dollars in other deals. For a girl who can’t really sing, she’s done alright. And Randy? There’s no “American Idol” without him, frankly. If Tyler and Lopez leave, they and Fox and Simon Fuller all have the excuse that their prior careers interfered with the show’s schedule.” (Showbiz)

Adam Lambert

Adam Lambert could be working his strut as a new judge on American Idol. Although he sparked two chart topping hits, his career has been shaky at best compared to other idol winners such as Daughtry and Kelly Clarkson. Maybe his team believes this gig will jump start his career but it’s never a sure thing. It’s not known if Steven Tyler or Jennifer Lopez will return for a third season. It’s been heavily rumored that Lopez could be splitting after the show helped revive her once-dormant music career.

Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D

It took over an hour to get her inside the cinema, such was the hysteria that greeted Katy Perry as she arrived to premiere her documentary film Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D in Australia.

Perry’s fanatical army of fans – or Katy Cats, as they’re known – swelled in and around Sydney’s George Street cinema complex Saturday night, as the singer-songwriter stopped to pose for photographs, sign autographs and thank Australia for its unending support.

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