The Billboard Hot 100:
As previously reported, LMFAO logs a second week atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "Sexy and I Know It" and Adele stakes out three spots in the top 30. Who else starts the new year with notable chart news?
-- Adele: Additional evidence of the continued dominance of Billboard's top artist and song of 2011, "Rolling in the Deep" completes a full year on the Hot 100, spending its 52nd week on the list (35-30). The title becomes one of just seven by women to tally a year or more on the Hot 100, joining LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live" (69 weeks, 1997-98); Jewel's double-sided "You Were Meant for Me"/"Foolish Games" (65, 1996-98); Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats" (64, 2006-07); Paula Cole's "I Don't Want to Wait" (56, 1997-98); and, Faith Hill's "The Way You Love Me" (56, 2000-01) and "Breathe" (53, 1999-2000). Considering that all those songs live on in gold rotation at AC radio, "Deep" may only have just begun its long-term radio life.
-- Tyga: The rapper notches his first top 40 placement as a lead act, as "Rack City" (44-40) jumps by 23% to 94,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In 2010, he reached No. 14 as a featured act (with Kevin McCall) on Chris Brown's "Deuces."
-- Nelly: Released digitally Dec. 20 as a promotional track alongside ESPN's coverage of college football bowl games, "The Champ" (whose cover art cleverly approximates the ESPN logo) touches down as the Hot 100's Hot Shot Debut at No. 64 with 57,000 downloads sold.
-- AWOLNATION: "Sail" (97-91), the act's first Hot 100 entry, becomes one of just seven titles ever to spend 20 weeks on the chart but rise no higher than No. 82 (where it peaked in October). With steady support from alternative and active rock radio, the song scored a No. 10 peak in a 37-week run on Rock Songs. Its best digital sales week this week (35,000, up 20%) ups its release-to-date total to 746,000. Rock radio has already taken to follow-up "Not Your Fault," which rises 34-30 in its fifth week on Rock Songs.
-- Guy Lombardo, Dan Fogelberg: Two songs long favorites around New Year's return to the Holiday Digital Songs chart (although their vintages prevent them from charting on the Hot 100). Late band leader Guy Lombardo's "Auld Lang Syne," which he first recorded in 1939, re-enters at No. 4 (8,000, up 1,244%) and Dan Fogelberg's 1980 Hot 100 top 10 "Same Auld Lang Syne" returns to the holiday list at No. 10.
The Billboard 200:
Adele's "21" album returned to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a staggering 14th week , selling 144,000 (down 64%), bumping former champ Michael Buble and his "Christmas" set way down to No. 24 (21,000; down 96%). Meanwhile, every non-debuting album in the top 25 all declined in sales -- as expected following the busy Christmas shopping week. But, as always, there were interesting movers and shakers on the tally to note, so let's go:
-- Michael Jackson: At No. 27, his "Number Ones" set zips up 156 slots on the chart -- the second-biggest leap on the tally (19,000; up 78%), marking the highest rank for the King of Pop's 2003 best-of set since the tally dated Jan. 24, 2004, when it was No. 24. However, it did spend six weeks at No. 1 on the now-defunct Comprehensive Albums chart in 2009, after his sudden death. Why didn't it chart on the Billboard 200 back then? As many chart-watchers know, the Billboard 200 barred catalog albums (older releases) from charting between 1991 through the end of 2009. Since the end of 2009 though, the chart now allows all albums -- regardless of their age -- to co-exist in chart harmony.
-- Metallica: The band's surprise EP release "Beyond Magnetic" earns the largest jump on the chart this week, flying a whopping 131 slots to No. 56 with 12,000 sold (up 35%). Figure that holiday gift card redemptions and the attractive low price for the four song set sent it back up the list with the chart's biggest percentage increase.
-- Lady Antebellum: The third-biggest upwards climb on the list? Why, it belongs to an unlikely album, Lady Antebellum's "A Merry Little Christmas" EP, which jingles from No. 131 to No. 36 with 16,000 (up 29%). So why is a Christmas album posting a big gain in the week after Christmas? The Target exclusive set profits from blowout discount pricing at the retailer, who are clearing out copies of the album (along with many other holiday sets). This is standard practice for this time of year, and it always generates goofy chart moves. Like for example: the debut at No. 123 by the various artists compilation "Mickey's Magical Holiday," which sells 6,000 copies with a 138% sales gain.
-- "Midnight in Paris" soundtrack: The DVD release of the Woody Allen film prompts a debut for its soundtrack at No. 146 (5,000), which is only in its third week of release (up 107%). The album includes jazzy numbers by Original Paris Swing, Josephine Baker and Francois Parisi, and also rises 8-4 on the Traditional Jazz Albums chart.