Friday, May 14, 2010

DJ DIphoeniX's top 20 Jamz - EVERY FRIDAY!!!..[the hottest songs on urban & pop radio] + updates on other Charts {May 14 - 20, 2010}

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May 14 - 20, 2010

30. baby [justin bieber/ludacris] (23) {Pk:5}
29. haven't met you yet [michael bublé] (30)
28. bulletproof [laroux] (-)
27. airplanes [b.o.b/hayley williams (of paramore)] (-)
26. whataya want from me [adam lambert] (19) {Pk:8}
25. heartbreak warfare [john mayer] (24)
24. billionaire [travie mccoy/bruno mars] (28)
23. eenie meenie [sean kingston/justin bieber] (27)
22. there goes my baby [usher] (25)
21. all the right moves [onerepublic] (20)

20. breakeven [the script] (16) {Pk:7}
19. say something [timbaland/drake] (15) {Pk:4}
18. need you now [lady antebellum] (14)*~ {Pk:1(1wk)}
17. alejandro [lady gaga] (22)
16. your love is my drug [ke$ha] (21)
15. in my head [jason derulo] (7) {Pk:7}
14. telephone [lady gaga/beyonce] (10) {Pk:2}
13. young forever [jay-z/mr. hudson] (17)
12. little freak [usher/nicki minaj] (13)
11. un-thinkable (i'm ready) [alicia keys] (18)
10. hey daddy (daddy's home) [usher/plies] (6)* {Pk:1(1wk)}
09. over [drake] (12) {Pk:9}
08. hey, soul sister [train] (5) {Pk:3}
07. neighbors know my name [trey songz] (9) {Pk:7}
06. my chick bad [ludacris/nicki minaj] (11) {Pk:6}
05. rude boy [rihanna] (3)~ {Pk:1(5wks)}
04. break your heart [taio cruz/ludacris] (4) {Pk:4}
03. everything to me [monica] (2) {Pk:2}
02. omg [usher/] (8) {Pk:2}
01. nothing on you [b.o.b/bruno mars] (1) {Pk:1(2wks)}

* - Former NUMBER 1 'jam'
~ - Nominee for 'jam' of the year(2010)
(#) - Previous Week
{Pk:#) - Peak Position (shown for top 10 peakers only)
RE - Re-entry (to the charts)

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NOMINEES FOR TOP JAMZ OF THE YEAR (no particular order):
empire state of mind [jay-z/alicia keys]
fireflies [owl city]
tik tok [ke$ha]
it kills me [melanie fiona]
bad romance [lady gaga]
need you now [lady antebellum]

due to factors such as chart life (some songs from earlier in the year are
likely to beat some of these nominees which
charted in the later half of the year]

2007 - Timbaland Ft. Keri Hilson, Sebastian & Doe "The Way I Are"
2008 - Snoop Dogg "Sensual Seduction (Sexual Eruption)"
2009 - Lady Gaga Ft. Colby O'Donis "Just Dance"

2007 - Kim Kardashian
2008 - Stacey Dash
2009 - Delilah Strong

Catalina Cruz
Kapri Styles
Felicia Fox
Persia Monir
Reagan Gomez-Preston
Stephanie McMahon
Katy Perry

DJ DIphoeniX's top 20 Jamz ("Da Jamz") IS BROUGHT TO YOU COURTESY OF:

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Girlz {Radio Version} (Ft. Vegas, Chico, Kiprich, Hawkeye & Mr. Lex)
Dj Diphoenix & Dj Dimitri - USA

Ms. Body {Tha THICKness} [Tha Ladies ('Y U Wanna' & 'B. Girls' Mix)]
DJ DIphoeniX & ZJ Ice (Ft. T.I., Munga Honorebel & Aidonia)
Diphoenix, T.I., Munga Honorebel, Sean Kingston, Cham & Beenie Man - USA

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Reggaefusion (Reggae fusion)

Old Skool R&B/HIP HOP Joints

Classicz from early 2000s

Pop-Rock.Soft Rock hits from the Mid (& early) 90s

Hitz from the "POP ERA" (1997-2002)

F*** songs

ONE Hit Wonders (Late 90s to Early 00s)
by Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM - Jamaica
Date : -+ May 14, 2010 +-

Dancehall/Reggae fusion
TW LW WOC Play Song - Artist - Label
1 2 11 Play the Tune ! Beg U A Touch (1 wk @ #1) - Vybz Kartel - Adidjahiem Records
2 1 16 Play the Tune ! Hot Like A Fire (2 wks @ #1) - Toya - Downsound
3 6 11 Play the Tune ! Come Into My Room - Mavado & Stacious - Di Genius
4 3 17 Play the Tune ! Hand Inna Di Air (2 wks @ #1) - Assassin - Di Genius
5 7 12 Play the Tune ! Mi Woman A Call Mi - Beenie Man - Sankofa
6 9 10 Play the Tune ! Cyaan Friend Again - Stephen "Di Genius" McGregor - Di Genius
7 11 7 Play the Tune ! Clarks - Vybz Kartel, Popcaan & Gaza Slim - CR203/Adidjaheim/Notnice
8 4 14 Play the Tune ! Gal Ova Gun - Mavado - Armz House Production
9 10 10 Play the Tune ! Wanna B Ballaz - Assassin - Sankofa
10 5 14 Play the Tune ! Fire Pon Obeah - Capleton - Sankofa
11 8 18 Play the Tune ! Fresh (2 wks @ #1) - Flexx - Fagan Fraternity/Hapilos Entertainment
12 13 11 Play the Tune ! Skippin Feelin - Tiana & Chi Ching Ching - Media House Production
13 16 6 Play the Tune ! My Cup - Richie Loops - Big Yard
14 17 4 Play the Tune ! Hold Yuh - Gyptian - VP Records
15 12 19 Play the Tune ! How She Like It - Duane Howard & Junior Kelly - Reign Time Records
16 18 8 Play the Tune ! Mr. Deejay - Ms Triniti - Trini Girl Production
17 14 16 Play the Tune ! Go Go Club - Vybz Kartel - Head Concussion
18 20 5 Play the Tune ! Party Cup – Ding Dong feat. Strent – IMG
19 19 17 Play the Tune ! Every Gal - Nicky B - Head Concussion
20 15 29 Play the Tune ! Mi Want My Own (2 wks @ #1) - Tyrical - Seanizzle Records
21 23 2 Play the Tune ! Gal A Mad Ova - Mavado - Di Genius
22 25 2 Play the Tune ! Bank Inna Mi Pocket - Versatile - Romeich Records
23 24 3 Play the Tune ! Boss Lady - Toya - Downsound
24 21 20 Play the Tune ! Skip To Ma Lue (1 wk @ #1) - Serani feat. Ding Dong, Razz & Biggy - Daseca
25 22 23 Play the Tune ! The Realest Song (1 wk @ #1) - Konshens - Cash Flow
TW - This Week; LW - Last Week; WOC - Weeks on Chart
Sources: Sound Systems, Record Shops, Night Clubs & Radio Play

TW LW WOC Play Song - Artist - Label
1 2 9 Play the Tune ! Sweetie (1wk @ #1) - Roots Revealers feat. Chaka Demus - Family House Music
2 1 21 Play the Tune ! Love This Lifetime (1wk @ #1) - Sheba Sahlemariam feat. Bounty Killer - Sonic Dynasty
3 4 13 Play the Tune ! Johnny - LUST - Born Music
4 3 27 Play the Tune ! Heavy Load (3 wks @ #1) - Tom Laing - Top Tier/Raw Moon
5 6 20 Play the Tune ! Million Dollar Check - Mojo Morgan - Gidean Soldiers
6 7 9 Play the Tune ! No Other Alternative - Guidance - Brown Brothers Music
7 5 13 Play the Tune ! Rise Again (Tribute to Haiti) - Shaggy, Sean Paul, Sean Kingston, Tessanne Chin, Etana, Alison Hinds, Kees Dieffenthaller, David Rudder, Belo, Shontelle Layne, Destra Garcia, Edwin Yearwood - Birchill Records
8 11 8 Play the Tune ! Unconditional Love - Jah Cure feat. Phyllisia - SOBE/Danger Zone
9 10 9 Play the Tune ! Time And A Place - Buju Banton - John John
10 15 8 Play the Tune ! August Town - Etana - Free Mind
11 12 10 Play the Tune ! Night Shift - Busy Signal - Turf Muzik
12 14 7 Play the Tune ! My Promise - Andy Livingston - Black Dutch Records
13 9 11 Play the Tune ! Time And A Place - Buju Banton - John John
14 17 7 Play the Tune ! Thank You Jah - Vybz Kartel - Adidjaheim/Notnice
15 8 24 Play the Tune ! The Pill (2 wks @ #1) - Junior X - Revolutionary Entertainment
16 18 7 Play the Tune ! Trouble In The World - Richie Spice - Master One Productions
17 19 6 Play the Tune ! Gangster Life - Junior X - Revolutionary Entertainment
18 20 4 Play the Tune ! Dance Like We're Making Love (Sugar Dumplin) - Nicky B - Washroom Entertainment
19 13 29 Play the Tune ! Feels So Good (1 wk @ #1) - Barbee - Rare Diamond Productions
20 22 5 Play the Tune ! Come Back To Bed – Gramps Morgan – Dada Son Entertainment
21 16 18 Play the Tune ! Lose A Friend - I-Octane - Truckback Records
22 23 4 Play the Tune ! Salt Of The Earth - Richie Stephens - Boot Camp
23 24 2 Play the Tune ! The Leaders - Eljai - Jah Mix Entertainment / No Doubt Records
24 NEW 1 Play the Tune ! Free - Etana - No Doubt Records
25 21 19 Play the Tune ! Hold My Hand - Sean Paul feat. Keri Hilson - Fresh Ear
TW - This Week; LW - Last Week; WOC - Weeks on Chart
Sources: Sound Systems, Record Shops, Night Clubs & Radio Play

Eminem Leads Host Of High Debuts On Hot 100

by Silvio Pietroluongo, N.Y. | May 13, 2010 11:00 EDT

As mentioned in a breaking story yesterday, Eminem scores his third Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with the chart-topping debut of "Not Afraid." The song is one of two top 10 debuts and five top 40 entries for the week. Eminem also announced a pair of stadium concerts with Jay-Z yesterday.

"Not Afraid" sells 379,000 downloads in its opening week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the fourth-highest first-week total since download tracking began in 2003.

Here's a look at the top five debut sales totals and the corresponding chart dates:

1) Flo Rida, "Right Round" 636,000* Feb, 28, 2009
2) The Black Eyed Peas, "Boom Boom Pow" 465,000 Apr. 18, 2009
3) Eminem, Dr. Dre & 50 Cent, "Crack A Bottle" 418,000 Feb. 21, 2009
4) Eminem, "Not Afraid" 379,000 May 22, 2010
5) T.I. Featuring Rihanna, "Live Your Life" 335,000 Oct. 18, 2008
*all-time single-week record.

Also opening strongly is 3OH!3 with "My First Kiss," featuring Ke$ha. The title starts at No. 9 on the Hot 100 and No. 4 on Digital Songs (190,000). It's the second time the artists have collaborated on a lofty top 10 debut as 3OH!3 appeared as featured vocalists on Ke$ha's No. 7-debuting "Blah Blah Blah" earlier this year. Ke$ha's own "Your Love Is My Drug" remains at No. 8 on this week's ranking.

The Glee Cast places five more entries onto the list, led by "Total Eclipse of the Heart" at No. 16, the third version of that tune to reach the Hot 100. Bonnie Tyler's original spent four weeks at No. 1 in 1983 and Nicki French's up-tempo cover peaked at No. 2 in 1995. The Glee Cast's recording of "Total Eclipse" moves 134,000 downloads, the troupe's second-best sales week ever following its debut release, "Don't Stop Believin'" (177,000), last June.

Drake and Young Jeezy claim the remaining top 40 debuts, opening in back-to-back slots, with the former's "Find Your Love" starting at No. 34 and the latter's "Lose My Mind," featuring Plies debuting at No. 35.

Turning our attention back to the Hot 100 top 10, Usher's "OMG," featuring, is displaced by Eminem to No. 2, but should return to the No. 1 slot next week as "Not Afraid" will most likely experience normal second-week digital sales erosion. "OMG" does take the Airplay Gainer award for a fourth straight week, improving by 19.7 million listener impressions to 91.6 million.

B.o.B's "Nothin' On You" is pushed back 2-3, but does move to the forefront of the Radio Songs list (2-1) with 151 million listener impressions. In addition, the rapper's "Airplanes," which features Eminem & Hayley Williams lifts 7-5, making B.o.B the first artist since Beyonce in 2003 to place his initial two top five singles as a lead vocalist simultaneously in that region of the Hot 100.

Rounding out the upper tier recap; Taio Cruz holds "Break Your Heart" in its place at No. 4, Rihanna's "Rude Boy" tumbles 3-6, Train's "Hey, Soul Sister" slips 6-7 and Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" falls 5-10.

Lady Gaga is on the precipice of her seventh top 10 as "Alejandro" is airlifted 16-11 as the charts Digital Gainer, garnering a 70% sales spike following her performance of the track on "American Idol" (May 5).

Week Ending May 9, 2010: Starting The "Recovery" Process

Posted Wed May 12, 2010 11:43am PDT by Paul Grein in Chart Watch

Eminem's "Not Afraid," the first single from his upcoming album Recovery, enters the Hot 100 at #1. It's the first song to debut in the top spot since Britney Spears' "3" did it in October. It's only the second rap song ever to debut at #1, following "I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy & Faith Evans (featuring 112) in 1997. "Not Afraid" is Eminem's third #1 on the Hot 100, following "Lose Yourself," his Oscar-winning smash from 8 Mile, and "Crack A Bottle," his all-star collaboration with Dr. Dre and 50 Cent.

"Not Afraid" sold 379,000 copies in its first week. That's the biggest weekly sales tally so far this year. Only three songs in digital history have sold more copies in their first week. All were 2009 releases: Flo Rida's "Right Round" (636,000), the Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow" (465,000) and the aforementioned "Crack A Bottle" (418,000).

"Not Afraid" posted the biggest weekly sales total since Ke$ha's "Tik ToK" rang up sales of 394,000 in the week ending Jan. 3. (That was the final week of the 2009 chart year.)

Recovery, Eminem's sixth studio album, is due for release on June 22. Eminem's last album, Relapse, debuted at #1 in May 2009. It posted first-week sales of 608,000 copies. Only one album, Susan Boyle's I Dreamed A Dream, sold more copies in any one week last year.

"Not Afraid" also enters Hot Digital Songs at #1. It's Eminem's fifth #1 on that list, following "Just Lose It" in 2004, "When I'm Gone" in 2005," "Smack That" in 2006 (an Akon smash on which he was featured) and "Crack A Bottle." ("Lose Yourself" was released in September 2002, nine months before the introduction of the Digital Tracks chart. The anthemic hit has sold 2,702,000 copies.)

The arrival of "Not Afraid" pushes the ebullient "OMG" by Usher featuring down to #2 on Hot Digital Songs. The song sold 213,000 copies this week, bringing its six-week total to 977,000. The song hit #1 on the Hot 100 last week.

Shameless Plug: "OMG" has hit #1 in both the U.S. and the U.K. It's Usher's third song to reach #1 in both countries, following "Yeah" (featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris) and "Burn." It's also's third transatlantic chart-topper, following the Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feelin'." Usher and are two of only 14 artists to amass three or more transatlantic chart-toppers since the inception of the British chart in 1952. I'll have a Chart Watch Extra on Friday, in which I list all 14. The Beatles are there, but are the Rolling Stones? Madonna is there, but is Barbra Streisand? Check back Friday and see..

Pop Quiz: Billboard's Gary Trust notes that the Black Eyed Peas are one of only four groups that have topped the Hot 100 and also included two or more members who have topped the chart on their own. (Fergie pulled three #1 hits from The Dutchess prior to's current success with "OMG.") Name the other three groups to do this. Answer below.

Ke$ha this week becomes the first "lead artist" to sell 1 million or more copies of three songs in 2010. "Your Love Is My Drug" tops the 1 million mark in paid downloads this week. "TiK ToK" and "Blah Blah Blah" (featuring 3OH!3) have also sold more than 1 million copies this year. Ludacris has also sold 1 million or more copies of three songs in 2010, but he was the lead artist on just one of those entries ("How Low"). He was the featured artist on Justin Bieber's "Baby" and Taio Cruz's "Break Your Heart."

Ke$ha re-teams with 3OH!3 on the new "My First Kiss," but this time 3OH!3 has top billing and she is the featured artist. The song sold 190,000 copies this week and enters Hot Digital Songs at #4.

Ten songs from Glee are listed on this week's Hot Digital Songs chart. The top Glee entry is the cast's version of Bonnie Tyler's 1983 smash "Total Eclipse Of The Heart," which bows at #8. It sold 134,000 copies this week, 11 times more than Tyler's original, which sold 12,000 copies this week. Billboard's Keith Caulfield reports that this is the second best sales week for a Glee song. Only the initial Glee entry, its take on Journey's warhorse "Don't Stop Believin'," posted a bigger sales week (177,000 copies).

Quiz Answer: The other three groups that have topped the Hot 100 and also included two or more members who have topped the chart on their own are the Beatles (all four members had #1 hits on their own), Genesis (Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford as Mike & the Mechanics) and Destiny's Child (Beyonce, Kelly Rowland).

Godsmack's The Oracle enters The Billboard 200 at #1. It's the metal band's third full-length album in a row to reach #1, following Faceless (2003) and IV (2006). Godsmack is the sixth metal or hard rock band to reach #1 with three consecutive regular studio albums. Metallica topped the chart with five straight studio albums. Led Zeppelin and Van Halen each hit #1 with four straight. Disturbed and Staind, like Godsmack, had three in a row.

Lady Antebellum's Need You Now tops the 2 million mark in sales this week. This is the earliest in the year that an album has topped the 2 million mark in five years. No album hit the 2 million mark last year until Oct. 25, when Michael Jackson's Number Ones rang the bell (four months to the day after his death). The last time an album sold 2 million copies this early in the year was in 2005, when 50 Cent's The Massacre crossed the threshold on March 20. The music industry and the economy in general were much healthier five years ago, making Lady A's current achievement all the more impressive.

Need You Now holds at #2 on The Billboard 200 in its 15th week. It also holds at #1 on Top Country Albums for the 15th week. It's the first album to spend its first 15 weeks at #1 on the country chart since LeAnn Rimes' Blue spent its first 16 weeks on top in 1996. Need You Now will definitely head the country list again next week and will probably return to #1 on The Billboard 200.

MercyMe's The Generous Mr. Lovewell debuts at #3. This marks the fifth time in less than five years that an album by a Contemporary Christian pop/rock group has debuted in the top three. It follows Switchfoot's Nothing Is Sound, Underoath's Define The Great Line, Casting Crowns' The Altar & The Door and Skillet's Awake. Oddly, no Contemporary Christian group has ever reached #1.

Carole King/James Taylor's Live At The Troubadour enters The Billboard 200 at #4. This is the first joint album release by these baby-boomer icons, but it's certainly not their first collaboration. Taylor landed his only #1 hit in 1971 with his version of King's "You've Got A Friend."

The album was recorded during the pair's 2007 shows at the Troubadour, the legendary Los Angeles-area club that was the hub of the Laurel Canyon rock scene of the early ‘70s. The shows were so successful that King and Taylor are re-teaming for a full-scale tour this summer.

Live At The Troubadour, a CD/DVD combo, is Taylor's 11th top 10 album. It's King's seventh. Taylor has been pretty steady on the charts over the years. He has placed at least one album in the top 10 in each of the last five decades. He was most recently in the top 10 in October 2008 with Covers. King has been less steady on the charts than her old friend and cohort. This her first top 10 album since Thoroughbred hit #3 in 1976. So she probably benefited more than Taylor from this reunion. (Of course, they both benefit. The album and upcoming shows are much more of an event this way. It's a case of 1 + 1 = 3.)

One final note: Many albums have been recorded at the Troubadour, including Tim Buckley's Live At The Troubadour 1969, and Neil Diamond/Gold, which hit the top 10 in September 1970. The Eagles (with an assist from J.D. Souther) wrote "The Sad Café" about the club. It was a highlight of the group's 1979 album The Long Run.

Court Yard Hounds' Court Yard Hounds debuts at #7.This is a side project by sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison of Dixie Chicks. That trio hasn't released a new album since 2006's Taking The Long Way. Maguire and Robison wanted to get back to work, but the third member, the headline-making Natalie Maines didn't. (Apparently, she's still "Not Ready To Make Nice.") So the other two are back with this pop/rock project. (For the record, it's not listed on Top Country Albums.)

Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.

1. Godsmack, The Oracle, 117,000. This new entry is the metal band's third #1 album; its fifth to make the top 10. Nearly 23,000 copies were sold digitally, making this the week's #1 Digital Album. "Cryin' Like A B***h" jumps from #170 to #152 on Hot Digital Songs.

2. Lady Antebellum, Need You Now, 97,000. The former #1 album holds at #2 in its 15th week. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "Need You Now" drops from #9 to #15. "American Honey" drops from #31 to #38.

3. MercyMe, The Generous Mr. Lovewell, 88,000. This new entry is the Contemporary Christian group's first top 10 album. Its previous best mark was set by Undone, which reached #12 in 2004.

4. Carole King/James Taylor, Live At The Troubadour, 78,000. This new entry is her seventh top 10 album; his 11th. Both artists made the top 20 with one previous live album. King scored in 2005 with The Living Room Tour. Taylor made it in 1993 with (Live).

5. Justin Bieber, My World 2.0, 64,000. The former #1 album dips from #4 to #5 in its seventh week. Three songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Eenie Meenie" (a duet with Sean Kingston), which dips from #10 to #12.

6. Deftones, Diamond Eyes, 62,000. This new entry is the band's fourth top 10 album. It's the band's best showing since Deftones hit #2 in 2003.

7. Court Yard Hounds, Court Yard Hounds, 61,000. This new entry is the fifth top 10 album for sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison, following four Dixie Chicks albums.

8. AC/DC, Iron Man 2 soundtrack, 55,000. The soundtrack drops from #5 to #8 in its third week (though its sales were up over last week). It's the #1 movie soundtrack for the third straight week. The Robert Downey Jr. movie was #1 at the box-office in its opening weekend.

9. Toni Braxton, Pulse, 54,000. This new entry is Braxton's fifth top 10 album. It's the week's #1 R&B album, dislodging Usher's Raymond V Raymond.

10. Usher, Raymond V Raymond, 51,000. The former #1 album drops from #6 to #9 in its sixth week (though, as with AC/DC, its sales were up over last week). Four songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "OMG" (featuring, which dips from #1 to #2.

B.o.B's B.o.B Presents: The Adventures Of Bobby Ray Simmons drops from #1 to #12. It's the first album to fall from #1 clear out of the top 10 since John Mayer's Battle Studies in October. Five other albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Bullet For My Valentine's Fever nosedives from #3 to #25, Melissa Etheridge's Fearless Love drops from #7 to #20, Miranda Cosgrove's Sparks Fly sinks from #8 to #32, NOW 33 drops from #9 to #16, and Glee: The Music, The Power Of Madonna drops from #10 to #19.

Trina's Amazin' bows at #13. It's the rapper's third album to reach the top 15, following Diamond Princess (#14 in 2002) and Glamorest Life (#11 in 2005)....Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's Uni5: The World's Enemy bows at #14. It's the sixth album by the rap veterans to reach the top 15...Zac Brown Band's Pass The Jar, a double CD/DVD combo, opens at #17. The country band's debut album, The Foundation, drops from #13 to #21.

Barbra Streisand's One Night Only-Barbra Streisand and Quartet At The Village Vanguard, a CD/DVD combo, sold 21,000 copies this week, but it's not listed on The Billboard 200. Instead, it debuts at #1 on Top DVD Music Videos. (It would have ranked #30 on the big chart if it had charted there.) The obvious question: Why are the Carole King/James Taylor and Zac Brown Band CD/DVD combos considered albums, while the Streisand combo is considered a DVD?

Billboard looks to timing and other factors to determine whether a title is predominately a DVD with a bonus CD or predominately a CD with a bonus DVD. Here's what Pietroluongo told me: "The Streisand has a stand-alone DVD and Blu-Ray and a combo which includes a bonus CD. We counted all pieces as a DVD. Carole/James and Zac are each marketed as an uadio piece with a bonus video. There is no stand-alone video version."

Incidentally, One Night Only sold more than four times as many copies as the week's #2 DVD title, Chickenfoot's Get Your Buzz On Live. I didn't check, but I'm pretty sure no songs appear on both the Streisand and Chickenfoot DVDs.

Tenth Avenue North's Over And Underneath is #1 on Top Catalog Albums for the fifth straight week. (It slips from #44 to #46 on The Billboard 200.) This is the longest run at #1 on the catalog chart for a Contemporary Christian album since I Can Only Imagine: Ultimate Power Anthems Of The Christian Faith topped the chart for 12 weeks in 2008-2009. Tenth Avenue North's second major-label album, The Light Meets The Dark, will enter The Billboard 200 next week, probably in the top 20.

R.I.P. Lena Horne was better known for her movie work than her recordings, but she made some notable records, including a 1959 collaboration with Harry Belafonte on the George Gershwin classic Porgy & Bess. In 1982, an album of her Broadway revue, The Lady And Her Music, won two Grammys. A few years later, music mogul Clive Davis touted his new discovery Whitney Houston by saying she had the class and elegance of a young Lena Horne. Horne was 92.

Heads Up: The Dead Weather's Sea Of Cowards and the National's High Violet are expected to debut in the top 10 on next week's chart. The Dead Weather is headed by Jack White of the White Stripes. Charice's Charice appears to be headed for a top 20 debut, as does the aforementioned album by Tenth Avenue North. Also due: As I Lay Dying's Powerless Rise, Meat Loaf's Hang Cool Teddy Bear, Keane's Night Train, Stereophonics' Keep Calm And Carry On, Jackson Browne and David Lindley's Love Is Strange, We Are The Fallen's Tear The World Down and the American Idol: Season 9 compilation.


Abdul-Jabbar says NBA entry age should be 21

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP)—Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says the NBA should raise its minimum age for entry into the league to 21.

The NBA’s career scoring leader and center on the Los Angeles Lakers’ 1980s “Showtime” teams said Wednesday there’s a disturbing sense of entitlement among many of today’s young pros.

“They get precocious kids from high school who think they’re rock stars— ‘Where’s my $30 million?’ ” said Abdul-Jabbar, who was in Omaha to speak at the B’nai B’rith sports banquet. “The attitudes have changed, and the game has suffered because of that, and it has certainly hurt the college game.”

The 63-year-old Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson led the Lakers to five NBA titles in the 1980s. Before Abdul-Jabbar retired in 1989, he set the NBA record for career points (38,387), MVP selections (six) and All-Star selections (19).

He now is a special assistant to the Lakers and a best-selling author.

Abdul-Jabbar met students Wednesday at Boys Town, the nationally acclaimed home for troubled youth. He told them about his time at UCLA, where he played on three national championship teams for John Wooden and graduated in four years with degrees in English and history.

“Coach John Wooden encouraged me to be more than just a jock,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “He said if I let my intellectual life suffer because I was so into being an athlete that I would be less than I could be. I would tell all students to pursue your dreams but don’t let your education suffer.”

The NBA in 2005 changed its entry age to 19. Players who previously might have jumped from high school to the NBA now end up playing one year of college ball before declaring for the draft.

Those players are still too young, Abdul-Jabbar said, and many deprive themselves of the emotional and physical maturity necessary to meet on- and off-the-court challenges.

“When I played, the players had to go to college and earn their way onto the court, meaning that there were upperclassmen ahead of them,” he said. “Players who had to go through that and had to go to class, when they got to be professional athletes, they were a lot better qualified.”

Abdul-Jabbar said if college weren’t the right place for a player, the player should, as an alternative, be required to play in a minor league or developmental league.

Kevin Garnett(notes), Kobe Bryant(notes) and LeBron James became stars right out of high school. The day after James all but disappeared in Cleveland’s playoff loss to Boston, Abdul-Jabbar said even “King James” would have benefited from college.

“He would have come into the professional ranks very polished, given his innate gifts,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “Having to go through a college system would have made him a total gem as soon as he stepped out of the college ranks.”

Abdul-Jabbar commented on other topics:

— He said his role as co-pilot “Roger Murdock” in the 1980 comedy movie “Airplane” changed his life.

“I think everybody in the airline industry is required to watch it,” he said. “When I get on planes, every so often the stewardess or the pilot will come out and ask me, ‘Do you want to fly the plane?’ “

During a flight in Europe, a pilot escorted him from his seat to the cockpit for takeoff.

“I get a good laugh from it,” he said. “It’s been over 25 years since I made that movie and people still watch it all the time. I guess it’s a classic.”

— He said he has known about Boys Town and its founder, the Rev. Edward Flanagan, since he attended Catholic school in an Irish neighborhood in New York City. “The Irish were very proud of him and what he had achieved. It’s really neat for me to come out here and see it in reality and seeing they’re doing such fine work. That is so necessary. People have to care about our youth. They are our most precious resources. If we don’t care, what’s going to happen.”

— He said his greatest athletic achievement was playing on the Lakers team that beat Boston for the NBA title in 1985.

“But seeing my kids graduate from college and knowing they have a firm basis in life, that is a lot more important to me, personally,” he said.

— He said 6-11 center Nate Thurmond, who played for Golden State, Chicago and Cleveland, was his toughest matchup.

“A lot of guys beat on me and said they played good defense. Nate actually used skill and knowledge of the game to play against me and make my evenings more difficult when I had to play him,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “He was everything a professional center should be.”

— He said the “Showtime” Lakers would fare well in the current NBA.

“We had guys on the bench who were Hall-of-Famers,” he said. “That doesn’t happen now because there is such a dispersal of talent. We would do very well in this present climate.”

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