The Billboard Hot 100:
As previously reported, Rihanna notches a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris, while LMFAO is among a host of acts that benefit from performances on the American Music Awards, broadcast live Nov. 20 on ABC. What other chart moves are worthy of recognition?
-- LMFAO: As its "Party Rock Anthem" rebounds 16-10 (as its "Sexy and I Know It" holds at No. 2), the song logs a 26th week in the top 10, becoming just the fifth title in the Hot 100's history to tally six months in the top tier. It's the first such song since Santana's "Smooth," featuring Rob Thomas, spent 30 weeks in the top 10 in 1999-2000. LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live" holds the mark with 32 frames in the top 10 in 1997-98.
-- Lady Gaga: "Marry the Night," the star's favorite cut on "Born This Way," as she noted on her Nov. 24 ABC special, "A Very Gaga Thanksgiving," improves to 23 million in audience (up 31%), according to Nielsen BDS, and 20,000 in digital sales (up 163%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. The song shoots 24-18 with Greatest Gainer honors in its second week on Mainstream Top 40.
-- Adele: Newly-nominated for six Grammy Awards, Adele sends "Set Fire to the Rain," the third pop single from her album of the year nominee "21," 74-56 on the Hot 100. Fueling the rise: a No. 74 bow on Hot 100 Airplay (14 million, up 67%) and a 58-46 jump on Hot Digital Songs (33,000, up 21%). The song is the Greatest Gainer on Adult Top 40, where it lifts 25-21 in its second week.
-- "Glee" Cast: Speaking of Adele, a week after the TV troupe's inventive mash-up of her hits "Rumour Has It" and "Someone Like You" launched at No. 11 on the Hot 100, marking the highest-peaking of the cast's 16 charted medleys, the song plummets by 73% to 43,000 downloads, and falls to No. 62. It's, of course, in line with the ensemble's two-year pattern of strong opening-week sales and second-week fades.
-- Justin Bieber: His "Mistletoe" stormed the Hot 100 at No. 11 five weeks ago, then fell to No. 75; departed the chart for a week; and, since charted at Nos. 85 and 96 the past two weeks. This week, the carol recharges to No. 60, rebounding 69-37 on Hot Digital Songs (40,000, up 75%). Its initial availability spurred its lofty early November arrival and, now that the holiday season is in fuller swing, sales for the song are reinvigorating. Radio is additionally supporting the track, as it jumps 26-15 on Adult Contemporary. It's also No. 2 on Billboard's brand new sales/airplay/streaming hybrid Holiday Songs chart.
The Billboard 200:
Michael Buble squeaked past Nickelback to claim to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 for the third time in his career. Nickelback's "Here and Now" was one of four top 10 debuts this week. But, there was even more action outside the top 10, as the Thanksgiving week -- and Black Friday -- smiled on the chart:
-- Michael Jackson: On paper it seemed like Michael Jackson's "Immortal" album was a sure thing. Combine the artistry of Cirque du Soleil with the King of Pop's vast catalog and the result should be magical, right? Perhaps. But consumers surely didn't seem that interested in the mash-up style album, which also serves as the companion album to Cirque's traveling show about Jackson. It debuts at No. 24 on the Billboard 200 with 43,000. That's less than the arrival of the Beatles' Cirque-presented "Love" (No. 4 with 272,000 in 1996), but bigger than the acrobatic troupe's take on Elvis Presley: "Viva Elvis" debuted and peaked at No. 48 in 2010 with 13,000.
-- Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr: The latest winner of "America's Got Talent" bows at No. 34 with "That's Life," selling 32,000 in its first week. It also arrives atop the Traditional Jazz albums tally. Meanwhile, another TV competition champ, Javier Colon, has a slower start down at No. 134. "The Voice" winner's "Come Through You" launches with 10,000. He previously charted with "Javier," on Capitol Records, in 2003 -- which debuted and peaked at No. 91 with 13,000 sold in its first week. Perhaps Colon's so-so entry with his new album could be owed to the five-month gap between his "Voice" victory and the set's release. Unlike Murphy, who only waited two months until his set arrived to retail.
-- Lady Gaga, Britney Spears & Beyonce: Lady Gaga profits from her ABC TV special "A Very Gaga Thanksgiving" (5.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen), as her "Born This Way" album zips 72-21 on the Billboard 200 with 47,000 sold (up 416%). Her four-song digital EP, "A Very Gaga Holiday," featuring performances from the 90-minute special, also debuts at No. 52 (22,000).
Meanwhile, her "Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden" bows at No. 1 on Top Music Video Sales (26,000), just ahead of two more arriving divas: Britney Spears and Beyonce at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. Their "The Femme Fatale Tour" and "Live at Roseland" sets start with 19,000 and 17,000.
"Monster Ball" marks Gaga's first entry on the Music Video tally, while "Femme" is Spears' eighth charting title (and eighth straight to reach the top three). She's previously notched No. 1 Music Videos with "Time Out With Britney Spears" (1999) "Britney: The Videos" (2001) "Live From Las Vegas" (2002) and "In the Zone" (2004). The "Femme Fatale Tour" is Spears' first live concert release since "Zone."
As for Beyonce, "Roseland" is her eighth set to chart on Music Video as well, and her sixth top 10. She hit No. 1 previously with "Live at Wembley" (2004), "I Am. . . Yours" (2009) and "I Am. . . World Tour" (2010). The latter just garnered a Grammy Award nomination for Best Long Form Music Video.
-- The Rolling Stones: Following the deluxe redux of the band's "Exile on Main St" last year, the act revisits "Some Girls," which re-enters at No. 46 with 25,000. The new reissue boasts an extra disc's worth of from-the-vaults recordings and was also available in plussed-up packaging. "Exile" has a much loftier reboot, when it re-entered the chart at No. 2, selling 76,000.