*Rapper Mac Miller became the first indie artist since 1995 to debut at the top of the Billboard Top 200 album charts on Wednesday, with his first album “Blue Slide Park.”
Selling 144,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan, Miller’s No. 1 debut beat out Michael Buble’s “Christmas” album, which climbed to No. 2 on the chart from last week’s No. 8 position.
Miller, 19, has quickly established a fan base of more than one million followers on Twitter and Facebook and recently appeared on the VH1 television series “Single Ladies.”
The last time an independently distributed artist’s debut album reached No. 1 was rap group Tha Dogg Pound’s “Dogg Food” in 1995. Miller’s album “Blue Slide Park” is a Rostrum Records release, independently distributed by INgrooves and Fontana Distribution.
“Rostrum and Mac are proof that a digitally-focused independent effort works in today’s dynamic music marketplace, by engaging fans directly,” Dave Zierler, executive vice president at INgrooves, said in a statement.
Miller and Buble are followed by the “Now 40″ music compilation, entering the Billboard album chart at No. 3 this week, with “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1″ soundtrack at No. 4, ahead of the film’s release on Friday. Adele’s “21″ holds steady at No. 5 after more than 35 weeks in the charts.
Justin Bieber’s holiday album “Under The Mistletoe,” which knocked Coldplay’s “Mylo Xyloto” from the top position last week, fell to No. 6, while Susan Boyle’s “Someone To Watch Over Me,” fell to No. 7, edging out “Mylo Xyoloto” at No. 8.
On the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, Rihanna’s “We Found Love” held onto the top spot, with LMFAO’s “Sexy And I Know It” at No. 2.
Below, “Frick Park Market, the first single from Mac Miller’s album “Blue Slide Park.” Warning: NSFW
*Queen YoNasda, granddaughter of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, has teamed with rapper NYOIL and a number of organizations to create Hip Hop 4 Haiti, a nationwide fundraising event that will take place Jan. 30 in 10 major cities across the United States, reports Allhiphop.com. In New York, the event will be hosted by NYOIL at the National Black Theater in Harlem New York, from 5-11 p.m. All proceeds and relief collected from the event will go to its nationally recognized Haiti Relief Fund. The official list of performers and cities involved will be unveiled on Wednesday, Jan. 27 and will include rappers, poets, dancers, singers and educators. For more info, contact: NYOIL at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: http://hiphop4haiti.ning.com and http://www.ibw21.org.
*Leonardo DiCaprio has donated $1 million to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund to help with the Haiti earthquake relief. Other $1 million donors include: Sandra Bullock, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, and George Clooney. Supermodel Gisele Bundchen has donated $1.5 million to Haitian earthquake relief, and Madonna has said she’s donated $250,000.
*Simon Cowell has recruited British “X-Factor” winner Leona Lewis, Rod Stewart and Michael Buble for a cover of R.E.M.’s 1993 ballad “Everybody Hurts.” Proceeds will benefit the relief efforts in Haiti following a deadly 7.0 earthquake. The Sun newspaper, which is helping Cowell organize the charity single, said that Robbie Williams, Coldplay, Take That and Paul McCartney also have been approached R.E.M. had agreed to waive royalties and the British government says the record will be exempt from sales tax.
Snooki of MTV's Jersey Shore
*Snooki of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” is doing her part for the cause by selling autographs, proceeds of which will go to help earthquake relief in Haiti. She’ll be at the Star Pontiac Buick GMC in Easton, Penn. from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The dealership is also donating “$100 per every car sold on Saturday,” sales manager Eric Watson tells UsMagazine.com.