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You know the moment when, near the end of horror movies, the seemingly-dead killer pops back to life, only to be shot/stabbed/poked-in-the-eye-with-a-wire-clothes-hanger by the protagonist? Well, if the Song of the Summer Countdown were a horror movie –this analogy is admittedly a stretch, but just follow us here for a sec– and Katy Perry were the doe-eyed Final Girl, then Adele would have to be the villain of our race.
Last week, after being unseated the week prior by “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” “Rolling In The Deep” came back from the grave to make one final (?) run at the #1 position. However, on this week’s just-updated Song of the Summer countdown, Katy Perry once again asserted her dominance as the Queen of the Summer Songs to claim the top spot back from the British songbird. However, the race is nowhere near over yet.
Pitbull and Ne-Yo’s ode to joys of pre-apocalyptic nookie, “Give Me Everything,” continues to climb its way up the charts; its third-place position this week marks the song’s best performance on the charts to date. LMFAO‘s “Party Rock Anthem” is currently sitting atop the Billboard and iTunes charts, and OneRepublic‘s “Good Life” burst into the Top 10 in its first week on this chart, no doubt propelled by Ryan Tedder’s recent appearances on NBC/Universal linear properties, The Voice, Platinum Hit and the Today Show (corporate synergy at its finest!). It’s entirely possible that the zeitgeist could blow in the direction of any of these songs and put some serious wind behind their sails (and sales), but at this point, it sure seems like Katy is once again the girl to beat!
Last week, when the first sales projections for Beyonc?‘s fourth solo studio album 4 came in, Columbia Chairman Rob Stringer told Billboard.biz that the figures were a “vindication” after rumors swirled about the album facing trouble despite repeated denials from the label. Now that the official figures are in, how much of Stringer’s claim is legitimate and how much is spin?
As chart positions go, 4 had a smashing first week, hitting #1 with a bullet on the Billboard 200, selling 310,000 copies?over three times the closest competitor. But the specifics of the sales figures tell a slightly different story. The #2 album is Adele’s 21, which, with 95,000 copies sold this week, marks the first of its nineteen chart weeks that the album hasn’t sold at least 100,000 copies. That kind of longevity is unlikely to be repeated by Beyonc? (or anyone else) this year.
Scotty McCreery‘s debut single “I Love You This Big” premiered less than a week ago on the American Idol season finale, but the new Idol’s song has racked up enough airplay since then to debut at #32 on the Country Songs chart?the highest debut for a new artist on that chart since it reverted to airplay-only in 1990. (The previous record-holder was also a reality-show winner: Brad Cotter of Nashville Star, whose first single “I Meant To” debuted at #42.) McCreery’s popularity with country listeners?plus unflagging support from his hometown country station, which has rebranded itself as “Scotty 94.7″?led to the new record.
Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina‘s “Like My Mother Does” is also getting enough country radio support to debut at #49 on the same chart. These airplay figures, plus digital sales numbers, could spell good news for the Idol vets on the Hot 100 on Thursday.
Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way is projected to sell 1.15 million units in its first week, according to Billboard. The chart magazine notes that this is the biggest first-week since *NSYNC‘s Celebrity sold 1.88 million in its first week a decade ago.
Some pop chart wonks are up in arms about this, because of the effect of Amazon’s’ drastic loss-leading tactics. Approximately a third of all sales of the album were Amazon digital downloads, which cost customers a mere 99? for the entire album, with Amazon eating the remaining $7.40 of the wholesale digital price, costing them over $3MM. Amazon chalked up this substantial hit to their bottom line as a promotional expense for their own digital store —which drastically trails iTunes— and their new cloud drive.
The Soundscan numbers are in, and though sales of Adele‘s sophomore album 21 aren’t slowing, the Foo Fighters‘ new album Wasting Light sold stronger, taking the top spot on the Billboard 200 this week.
Does this mark a loss of interest in Adele’s record? Not necessarily. Read more…