Adele Atop Hot 100, But Kelly Clarkson Getting 'Stronger' at No. 2

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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 Radio Songs chart (118 million audience impressions, up 12%, according to Nielsen BDS).

On the 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 top Digital Gainer honors. The song surges by 29% to 225,000 downloads sold and ascends 3-1 on 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 Digital Songs three years ago this month.

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Radio support is likewise swelling for "Stronger," as the track charges 44-33 on Radio Songs (39 million, up 32%), aided by advances on the Pop Songs (24-20) and Adult Pop Songs (16-14) radio format charts.

As previously reported, Clarkson is set to sing the national anthem before the Super Bowl at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Sunday (Feb. 5). The expected monster national TV audience could give the original "American Idol" champion the final boost needed to douse Adele's "Fire" atop next week's Hot 100.

Rihanna's former 10-week Hot 100 leader "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris, dips 2-3 although it spends an 11th frame at No. 1 on Radio Songs (145 million, down 3%). "Love" becomes the longest-leading song on Radio Songs since Alicia Keys' "No One" reigned for 14 weeks in 2007-08 and is one of just 10 tracks by solo women to rack as many as 11 weeks at the summit in the all-format airplay chart's 21-year history.

On Digital Songs, "Love" falls 6-7 (114,000, down 18%).

Flo Rida's "Good Feeling" slips 3-4 on the Hot 100, while David Guetta's "Turn Me On," featuring Nicki Minaj, descends 4-5 although with top Airplay Gainer accolades. The latter title shoots 19-12 on Radio Songs (61 million, up 27%) thanks, in part, to a 14-10 bump on Pop Songs. On Digital Songs, "Turn" drops 1-3 (162,000, down 18%).

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The Nos. 6 and 7 songs on the Hot 100 remain static from last week: Bruno Mars' "It Will Rain" and LMFAO's former two-week No. 1 "Sexy and I Know It," respectively. The latter duo's new single, "Sorry for Party Rocking," debuts on the Hot 100 at No. 92.

Jessie J's first Hot 100 top 10 "Domino" darts 10-8 and likewise becomes her first top 10 on Radio Songs, where the track rises 13-10 (67 million, up 14%). On Digital Songs, "Domino" holds at No. 9. Though down by 9% to 111,00 in weekly digital sales, the song passes the 1-million mark in release-to-date downloads sold.

Katy Perry's "The One That Got Away" regresses 5-9 on the Hot 100 after making news earlier on the week on Pop Songs, where the cut became Perry's record-extending sixth No. 1 from her "Teenage Dream" album on the purely radio-based mainstream top 40 chart. No previous album in the Pop Songs survey's almost two-decade history had yielded more than four No. 1s.

Rapper Tyga rounds out the Hot 100's top 10, as "Rack City" rebounds 11-10. The song rose to a No. 8 peak to-date two weeks ago.


Check billboard.com tomorrow (Feb. 2), when all rankings, including the Hot 100 in its entirety and the Digital Songs and Radio Songs charts, will be refreshed, as they are each Thursday.