Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines has scored a second week atop the U.S. pop charts. The song's success lands Pharrell Williams a rare chart feat - he features on the top two records on the new Billboard Hot 100 countdown, Blurred lines and Daft Punk's Get Lucky, which rises to two. The last act to do that was Black Eyed Peas back in 2009 when Boom Boom Pow and I Gotta Feeling spent a week at numbers one and two.
Ironically, Williams' Blurred Lines co-collaborator T.I. also managed the feat in 2008 when Whatever You Like and Live Your Life topped the Hot 100.
Meanwhile, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' former number one Can't Hold Us drops to three on the new chart, Imagine Dragons' Radioactive climbs to four and Mirrors by Justin Timberlake rounds out the top five.
Justin Bieber is still Canada's favourite homegrown pop star after winning the top artist award at the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto on Sunday (16Jun13). The pop star was named Your Fave Artist/Group Of The Year, beating his protegee Carly Rae Jepsen and rapper Drake, but he failed to turn up to accept his prize.
Taylor Swift added another trophy to her impressive collection by picking up the Fave International Artist/Group Of The Year, while Viral Video Of The Year went to Psy for Gangnam Style.
In the Canadian categories, Video Of The Year went to Inner Ninja by Classified, while rockers Marianas Trench picked up Pop Video Of The Year for Desperate Measures.
Demi Lovato's promo for Heart Attack was named International Video Of The Year (Artist), and Thrift Shop by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis was honoured with the International Video Of The Year (Group) accolade.
MTV, VH1, and CMT are going to air music videos again! But don't get too excited. It's only for one day. On July 4 the cable networks are turning back the clock and devoting their whole lineups to music videos for "Music Independence Day." The idea is that it can be difficult for emerging artists to promote themselves in a very cluttered YouTubeVerse, so why shouldn't networks ostensibly devoted to music help out? That's why MTV will highlight artists like Justin Timberlake, Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and Bruno Mars, VH1 will be all about Pink, Maroon 5, and Alicia Keys, and CMT will show vids from Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, and the Avett Brothers. Exactly the artists who are desperate for exposure.
Okay, so that list of talent doesn't exactly indicate that MTV, VH1, and CMT are trying to help emerging artists with "Music Independence Day." Those big names will likely serve as a hook to lure viewers who then may stumble upon a newcomer. To that end the networks are actually allowing up-and-coming acts to create "artist profiles" on their websites to compete for a chance for their videos to appear on air.
Will you be watching?
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Daft Punk have scored a second week at the top of the U.S. album chart, keeping rockers Alice In Chains from number one. The French electronic music duo's Random Access Memories debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 last week (29May13) and despite a huge dip in sales, it holds off Alice in Chains' The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which enters the new countdown at two.
Veteran rocker John Fogerty lands his highest debut ever at three with duets album Wrote a Song for Everyone, and British pop stars Little Mix open up their U.S. album chart account with DNA at four, giving the U.K. X Factor sensations the highest debut ever for a British female group's first album, surpassing the number six arrival of Spice Girls' Spice in 1997.
Meanwhile, on America's pop chart, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' Can't Hold Us has landed a fifth week at number one, keeping Justin Timberlake's Mirrors off the top spot.
Timberlake's hit moves up a place from three to two.
Rapper Flo Rida's manager was ejected from Miami Heat's Eastern Conference Finals showdown with the Indiana Pacers on Monday night (03Jun13) following a heated encounter with basketball star Jeff Pendergraph. With just over two minutes remaining in the game, Pacers player Pendergraph and Heat reserve Rashard Lewis were sent off by referee Ken Mauer after an on-court stand-off, prompting Flo Rida's manager Lee Prince, who was sitting courtside at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida to trash talk the visiting sportsman and his teammates.
The officials decided he was too much of a distraction and asked him to leave. Prince protested, but the Low hitmaker intervened and was overheard telling his handler, "You're my manager, but you've got to get out of here now."
Flo Rida was caught on camera smiling as his manager was leaving the arena.
He stayed until the end and watched his Heat team win the game and move on to the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. The best of seven series will begin on Thursday (06Jun13).
Also watching the big game were fellow Heat fans David Beckham and Justin Bieber, who showed his support by wearing a team cap.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' domination of the U.S. pop charts continues after the duo's Can't Hold Us landed a fourth week at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on Wednesday (29May13). The rappers have now spent a total of 10 weeks on top of the charts this year and have had at least one track in the top 10 every week since the beginning of 2013 - a feat they share with Bruno Mars.
Pink's former number one Just Give Me a Reason is also unmoved for a fourth week at number two, while Justin Timberlake's Mirrors stays put at three.
Daft Punk's Get Lucky jumps up six spots to four and Florida Georgia Line's Cruise bounces up a place to five, setting a new chart record for the longest climb to the top five - the track has spent 34 weeks on the chart creeping towards number one.
But the new chart's biggest story is the highest debut from the late Zach Sobiech, who died earlier this month (May13).
The folk star's Clouds became a viral hit after his famous friends got together for a video, in which they expressed their admiration for him. The track debuts at number 26.
Pop rockers Marianas Trench have trumped rapper Drake to top the nominations for Canada's leading music video awards. The Vancouver-based band lead the field after picking up six nominations for the MuchMusic Video Awards on Wednesday (22May13), while hip-hop stars Drake, from Toronto, and Classified, of Nova Scotia, weren't far behind with five and four nods respectively.
All three homegrown acts will compete in the Video Of The Year category, alongside Serena Ryder and The Weeknd, and they will also battle it out with Billy Talent and Hedley for the Your Fave Video trophy.
In the global categories, chart-toppers Rihanna, Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj, Pink, Ed Sheeran, Phillip Phillips, Psy, Taylor Swift and will.i.am are in the running for the Best International Video Of The Year by an Artist prize.
The International Video Of The Year by a Group accolade will be a fight between fun., Jay-Z and Kanye West, Maroon 5, One Direction, Mumford & Sons, Imagine Dragons, the Jonas Brothers, Swedish House Mafia, The Lumineers, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
Gangnam Style hitmaker Psy will co-host the awards in Toronto on 16 June (13), while Lovato, One Direction, Pink, Carly Rae Jepsen, Swift and Justin Bieber have all signed up to perform.
It's a good week for dynamic duos in America's Billboard Hot 100 - rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have scored a third week at number one, while dance music icons Daft Punk land their first top 10. Macklemore & Lewis' Can't Hold Us keeps Pink's former chart-topper, Just Give Me a Reason, nailed to the number two spot for a third week, while Justin Timberlake's Mirrors also stays put at three and Bruno Mars' When I Was Your Man and Rihanna's Stay round out the top five, just as they did last week.
But it's a big week for Daft Punk, who crash into the top 10 at 10 with Get Lucky, the duo's biggest U.S. hit to date.
The French stars have only charted twice before - both Around the World and One More Time reached number 61 on the Hot 100 countdown over a decade ago.
During a portrait session for his upcoming movie, The Silent Storm, at the Cannes Film Festival, Homeland star Damian Lewis struck a pose that was more Harlequin than Hollywood.
With limbs thrown casually askew as he clutches the wall behind him and gives a "come hither" glance, Lewis looks like he is seconds away from ripping open his bodice and swooning into the arms of his forbidden lover. Watch out Fabio, you've got some competition.
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Taylor Swift ruled the 2013 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (19May13), taking home eight top honours, including the prestigious Artist of the Year. Swift, fun. and Maroon 5 all led the way heading into the Las Vegas ceremony with 11 nods each, but it quickly became clear that the night belonged to the blonde star as she dominated the prizegiving from the offset.
She entered the MGM Grand Garden Arena a six-time winner from the pre-show announcements alone, claiming accolades such as Top Country Artist, Top Country Album for Red and Top Country Song for We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, while she beat Adele, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Carly Rae Jepsen to be named Top Female Artist.
The singer added a further two trophies to her impressive haul during the big event itself, hosted by Tracy Morgan, but she wasn't the only one celebrating - Justin Bieber was another main Billboard honouree.
The Baby hitmaker fought off competition from Drake, Bruno Mars, Flo Rida and Jason Aldean to claim the Top Male Artist award, in addition to the Top Social Artist title and the inaugural Milestone Award, which was voted for by fans.
Other multiple winners included Rihanna, Gotye, One Direction and late Latin singer Jenni Rivera, while Madonna was feted as the Top Touring Artist.
Accepting her honour for her MDNA world tour, the Material Girl said, "They say that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it took several international villages to put my show together and I would be here all night if I was to specifically thank all the people who were there to walk through the fire with me."
Thanking her fans, she added, "Without you I wouldn't have a show to do and a showgirl needs her fans so thank you for supporting me for three decades. Without you, I truly wouldn't be here."
Music highlights on the night came from the likes of Swift, Selena Gomez, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne and Chris Brown, while Pitbull doubled up for two sexy performances - first teaming up with a slimmed-down Christina Aguilera for Feel This Moment, with A-ha's very own Morten Harket as their special guest, and then joining Jennifer Lopez for an energetic rendition of Live It Up.
Bieber also hit the stage twice, much to the delight of his fans, performing his solo hit Take You and showing off a robotic dance routine with will.i.am for ThatPower.
Prince, the 2013 recipient of the Icon Award, closed the show in style, rocking out with a medley of his hits, including a slowed-down version of his classic Let's Go Crazy to bring the curtain down on a night of celebrations.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Artist of the Year - Taylor Swift
Top New Artist - One Direction
Top Male Artist - Justin Bieber
Top Female Artist - Taylor Swift
Top Duo/Group - One Direction
Top Billboard 200 Artist - Taylor Swift
Top Hot 100 Artist - Maroon 5
Top Digital Songs Artist - Taylor Swift
Top Radio Songs Artist - Rihanna
Top Social Artist - Justin Bieber
Top Streaming Artist - Nicki Minaj
Top Pop Artist - One Direction
Top R&B Artist - Rihanna
Top Rap Artist - Nicki Minaj
Top Country Artist - Taylor Swift
Top Rock Artist - fun.
Top Latin Artist - Jenni Rivera
Top Dance Artist - Madonna
Top EDM Artist - David Guetta
Top Christian Artist - tobyMac
Top Touring Artist - Madonna
Top Billboard 200 Album - Red by Taylor Swift
Top Pop Album - 21 by Adele
Top R&B Album - Unapologetic by Rihanna
Top Rap Album - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded by Nicki Minaj
Top Country Album - Red by Taylor Swift
Top Rock Album - Babel by Mumford & Sons
Top Latin Album - La Misma Gran Senora by Jenni Rivera
Top Dance Album - MDNA by Madonna
Top EDM Album - Bangarang by Skrillex
Top Christian Album - Eye On It by tobyMac
Top Hot 100 Song - Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra
Top Radio Song - Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra
Top Streaming Song (Audio) - Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra
Top Streaming Song (Video) - Gangnam Style by Psy
Top Pop Song - Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen
Top R&B Song - Diamonds by Rihanna
Top Rap Song - Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz
Top Country Song - We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift
Top Rock Song - Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra
Top Latin Song - Ai Se Eu Te Pego by Michel Telo
Top Dance Song - Harlem Shake by Baauer
Top EDM Song - Harlem Shake by Baauer
Top Christian Song - 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) by Matt Redman
Milestone Award - Justin Bieber
Icon Award - Prince.