Tags: Alicia Keys, amy winehouse, beyonce, James Bond, leona lewis
But I just got word that the songbird is the top contender to sing the title song for the next James Bond flick, Quantum of Solace.
No official announcement has been made, but a source tells me, “I believe Alicia is the winner.”
There have been a lot of rumors surrounding the highly coveted spot to belt one out for 007. A gaggle of artists reportedly submitted songs for consideration to producers of the 22nd Bond film, including Beyonce, Leona Lewis, Duran Duran, Jack White, Duffy and, most recently, Annie Lennox.
Amy Winehouse was the first singer linked to the movie, but she apparently never finished recording her song with über-producer Mark Ronson.
A rep for Keys declined to comment. A rep for the movie said there was “no info” available right now about a potential title song.
The flick, starring Daniel Craig as the silver screen’s most famous spy, is scheduled for a November release.
Tags: Beijing Olympics, China, David Beckham, leona lewis
To mark China’s official handover of the global sporting event to Britain for the London 2012 Games, the L.A. Galaxy player will make an appearance while Bleeding Love hitmaker Lewis will sing to an estimated audience of over 150 million.
An source for the London 2012 Games says, “Leona and Beckham have accepted the invitation to sprinkle some stardust on the show.
“They epitomise what London 2012 is about. Leona is a young global star from London who has risen from nothing. Becks has glamour and a profile around the world. He was also a key figure in the bid to win the Games for London.”
Tags: billboard hot 100, leona lewis, lil wayne, rapper, usher
After a three-week break, Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop” featuring Static Major returns to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. It’s the longest chart-topping hiatus since Usher’s “U Got It Bad” went four weeks between No. 1 stints in January 2002.
Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love” is No. 2 for a second week, while last week’s chart-topper, Rihanna’s “Take a Bow,” slips 3-1 despite being the fastest-growing track at radio. Usher’s “Love in This Club” featuring Young Jeezy rises 5-4, trading places with Jordin Sparks’ “No Air” featuring Chris Brown.
Ray J & Yung Berg’s “Sexy Can I” holds at No. 6, and Madonna’s “4 Minutes” featuring Justin Timberlake remains No. 7. Natasha Bedingfield’s “Pocketful of Sunshine” rises 9-8, trading places with Mariah Carey’s “Touch My Body.” Danity Kane’s “Damaged” holds at No. 10 to round out the top tier.
Another new Usher song, “Love in This Club, Part II,” soars 63-18 in its fourth week, thanks to digital sales of 44,000.
The Hot 100’s greatest digital gainer is Duffy’s “Mercy,” which sold 59,000 downloads en route to a 66-27 climb. The U.K. artist’s debut Mercury album, “Rockferry,” debuted yesterday at No. 4 on the Billboard 200.
The week’s top debut comes from the reunited New Kids On The Block with “Summertime” at No. 57. The song shifted 39,000 downloads and is off to a strong start at top 40 radio, moving 40-35 this week on the Pop 100 Airplay tally.
Also new this week are Kate Voegele’s “Hallelujah” at No. 66, Three 6 Mafia’s “Lolli Lolli (Pop That Body)” at No. 79 and Jason Mraz’s “Lucky” featuring Colbie Caillat at No. 82.
Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop” is No. 1 for a fourth week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, where Kanye West’s “Homecoming” featuring Chris Martin is the top new entry at No. 68.
Brad Paisley’s “I’m Still a Guy” moves 2-1 to overtake Hot Country Songs, his fourth chart-topper from the album “5th Gear.”
On Billboard’s rock chart, Weezer is No. 1 on Modern Rock with “Pork & Beans” for a third week, and Disturbed’s “Inside the Fire” tops Mainstream Rock for a third. The Cure has the top debut on Modern Rock with “The Only One” at No. 35.