Billboard Hot 100 Singles – Week of Feb.25, 2012

1. Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
2. Adele, “Set Fire To The Rain”
3. fun. f/ Janelle Monae “We Are You”
4. LMFAO, “Sexy And I Know It”
5. Flo Rida, “Good Feeling”
6. Rihanna f/ Calvin Harris, “We Found Love”
7. Whitney Houston, “I Will Always Love You”
8. David Guetta f/ Nicki Minaj, “Turn Me On”
9. Tyga, “Rack City”
10.Madonna, “Give Me All your Lovin'”

MUCH ‘LOVE’ (AND ‘LUV’): Just as they did during the ’80s and ’90s, Whitney Houston and Madonna again share space in the Billboard Hot 100’s top 10.

With late legend Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” returning to the tally at No. 7 and Madonna’s “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., rising 13-10, Houston and Madonna concurrently rank in the top 10 for the first time in more than 16 years.

The pair last charted in the top tier together the week of Jan. 27, 1996, when Houston’s former No. 1 “Exhale (Shoop, Shoop)” held at No. 2 (for the ninth of its 11 frames at the runner-up spot after its lone week at the summit) and Madonna’s “You’ll See” rebounded 10-8 after peaking at No. 6.

Over their iconic careers, the twosome held court in the top 10 together with multiple sets of prior hits.

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Grammy Winners 2012

Adele swept the major Grammy Awards on Sunday, winning all six categories she was nominated in, including song and record of the year for Rolling In the Deep which she performed to a standing ovation. Another big winner of the night was Foo Fighters who walked away with five awards.

Record of the Year: “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele
Song of the Year: “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth
New Artist: Bon Iver
Pop Solo Performance: “Someone Like You,” Adele
Pop Performance by a Duo or Group: “Body and Soul,” Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse
Pop Vocal Album: “21,” Adele

Alternative Album: “Bon Iver,” Bon Iver
Rock Song: “Walk,” Foo Fighters
Rock Album: “Wasting Light,” Foo Fighters
Rock Performance: “Walk,” Foo Fighters
Hard Rock/Metal Performance: “White Limo,” Foo Fighters

R&B Album: “F.A.M.E.,” Chris Brown
R&B Song: “Fool For You,” Cee Lo Green, Melanie Hallim & Jack Splash
R&B Performance: “Is This Love,” Corrine Bailey Rae
Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: “Fool For You,” Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona

Rap Album: “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” Kanye West
Rap Performance: “Otis,” Jay-Z and Kanye West
Rap Song: “All of the Lights,” Jeff Bhasker, Stacy Ferguson, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West
Rap/Sung Collaboration: “All of the Lights,” Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie

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2012 BAFTA Winners

The Artist dominates the 2012 BAFTA awards in London, Feb. 12, 2012. Widely considered a precursor to the Oscars, The Artist won six awards including Best Film, Director and Actor.

Here is the full list of winners:

Best Film
The Artist (2011)

Alexander Korda Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Best Actor
Jean Dujardin for The Artist (2011)

Best Actress
Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady (2011)

Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer for Beginners (2010)

Best Supporting Actress
Octavia Spencer for The Help (2011)

David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist (2011)

Best Screenplay (Original)
The Artist (2011): Michel Hazanavicius

Best Screenplay (Adapted)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011): Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughan

Best Cinematography
The Artist (2011): Guillaume Schiffman

Best Editing
Senna (2010): Gregers Sall, Chris King

Best Production Design
Hugo (2011/II): Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo

Best Costume Design
The Artist (2011): Mark Bridges

Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music
The Artist (2011): Ludovic Bource

Best Make Up/Hair
The Iron Lady (2011)

Best Sound
Hugo (2011/II)

Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

Best Film not in the English Language
The Skin I Live In (2011)

Best Animated Feature Film
Rango (2011)

Best Documentary
Senna (2010)

Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award
Adam Deacon

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
Tyrannosaur (2011): Paddy Considine, Diarmid Scrimshaw

Best Short Animation
A Morning Stroll (2011)

Best Short Film
Pitch Black Heist (2011)

Whitney Houston Dead at 48

Whitney Houston has died, her rep confirms to The Hollywood Reporter.

At a news conference, police officials said they received a call at 3:23 p.m. Saturday saying that someone was unconscious at the Beverly Hilton. Emergency crews summoned to the scene tried to resuscitate the singer in her room on the fourth floor. Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. She was 48.

Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mark Rosen said that there were “no obvious signs of criminal intent” and that the cause of death was being investigated.

The R&B singer and six-time Grammy winner was due to make an appearance at Clive Davis’s Grammy eve gala on Saturday night at the Hilton. She was spotted in the hotel on Thursday morning, when she was overheard chastising an assistant.

Later that night, Houston got into an altercation with The X Factor finalist Stacy Francis at an R&B appreciation event, where she was said to be acting “belligerent.” On Friday night, as THR broke news that Houston had been approached for a seat on the judges’ panel on The X Factor, her publicist said the singer was at a spa.

Says a source close to Davis, “This is a sad day, and it will be a sad Grammys weekend.”

“Whitney Houston was one of the world’s greatest pop singers of all time, who leaves behind a robust musical soundtrack spanning the past three decades,” Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said Saturday. ”A light has been dimmed in our music community today.”

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Billboard Hot 100 Singles – Week of Feb.18, 2012

In what an RCA Records representative terms a “perfect storm” of radio airplay, digital sales and pop culture prominence, Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” rises from No. 2 to No. 1 on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. The uptempo pop anthem becomes the original “American Idol” champion’s third leader on the list. 
  
Clarkson first reigned with her “Idol” coronation song “A Moment Like This” for two weeks in 2002. She returned to the summit with “My Life Would Suck Without You” for two weeks beginning this week in 2009.

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Billboard Hot 100 Singles – Week of Feb.18, 2012

1. Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
2. Adele, “Set Fire To The Rain”
3. Flo Rida, “Good Feeling”
4. Rihanna f/ Calvin Harris, “We Found Love”
5. David Guetta f/ Nicki Minaj, “Turn Me On”
6. Jessie J, “Domino”
7. Tyga, “Rack City”
8. Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa f/ Bruno Mars, “Young, Wild & Free”
9. LMFAO, “Sexy And I Know It”
10.Bruno Mars, “It Will Rain”

Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Make Directorial Debut With Sexy Comedy

Scarlett Johansson will co-star with the actor, who also wrote the screenplay.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is turning into a triple threat, venturing into big-screen writing and directing.

Gordon-Levitt will make his feature directorial debut with an untitled comedy based on a script he also wrote. He will star in the movie, with Scarlett Johansson playing one of the two major female roles.

Plotlines are not being revealed other than it centers on “a modern day Don Juan and his journey to become less of a selfish dick,” according to Gordon-Levitt’s publicist.

Financing is coming from Voltage Pictures, which is selling international rights in Berlin. Ram Bergman will produce for Ram Bergman Productions in association with hitRECord Films.

Production is set to start in Los Angeles on April 16.

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Billboard Hot 100 Singles – Week of Feb.11, 2012

Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain” spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, just holding off a furious push from Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” which bounds from No. 8 to No. 2.

As Adele’s set 21 leads the Billboard 200 album chart for an 18th week, “Fire” tallies a second frame atop the Hot 100, fueled largely by its 5-4 advance on the Hot 100 Airplay chart (118 million audience impressions, up 12%, according to Nielsen BDS).

On the Hot Digital Songs survey, “Fire” remains at No. 2 after topping the chart two weeks ago. The song sold 167,000 downloads (down 10%) in the list’s tracking week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
 
As announced yesterday, Adele will perform at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles Feb. 12, marking her first live performance since undergoing vocal surgery late last year.
 
Clarkson’s “Stronger” is aptly titled, as the second single from her album Stronger vaults 8-2 with Greatest Gainer/Digital honors. The song surges by 29% to 225,000 downloads sold andascends 3-1 on Hot Digital Songs, marking Clarkson’s second leader on the sales ranking. Her “My Life Would Suck Without You” spent two weeks at No. 1 on Hot Digital Songs three years ago this month.

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Billboard Hot 100 Singles – Week of Feb.11, 2012

1. Adele, “Set Fire To The Rain”
2. Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
3. Rihanna f/ Calvin Harris, “We Found Love”
4. Flo Rida, “Good Feeling”
5. David Guetta f/ Nicki Minaj, “Turn Me On”
6. Bruno Mars, “It Will Rain”
7. LMFAO, “Sexy And I Know It”
8. Jessie J, “Domino”
9. Katy Perry, “The One That Got Away”
10.Tyga, “Rack City”

Billboard Hot 100 Singles – Week of Feb.4, 2012

1. Adele, “Set Fire To The Rain”
2. Rihanna f/ Calvin Harris, “We Found Love”
3. Flo Rida, “Good Feeling”
4. David Guetta f/ Nicki Minaj, “Turn Me On”
5. Katy Perry, “The One That Got Away”
6. Bruno Mars, “It Will Rain”
7. LMFAO, “Sexy And I Know It”
8. Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
9. Jay Z & Kanye West, “N***as In Paris”
10.Jessie J, “Domino”

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