The Billboard Hot 100
As previously reported, Rihanna spends a third week atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris, and debuts at No. 73 with next single "You Da One," while Taylor Swift debuts three titles, led by "If This Was a Movie" at No. 10. Still, other songs make notable moves on this week's chart.
-- LMFAO: The duo's "Party Rock Anthem" departs the top 10 (10-14), but the song's 25-week residency in the top tier is one of just eight of at least that length in the chart's history. LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live" leads with 32 weeks in the top 10 in 1997-98. Also of consolation: "Party" follow-up "Sexy and I Know It" bullets for a second week at No. 2.
-- Matt Nathanson/Sugarland, Faith Hill: Performances on the CMA Awards last Wednesday (Nov. 9) help spur debuts of two tracks: Nathanson's "Run," featuring Sugarland (No. 53; 52,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan), and Hill's "Come Home" (No. 82; 26,000). The aptly titled latter track a Ryan Tedder-penned OneRepublic cover, ends Hill's longest break from the Hot 100, as she had last graced the list in 2007. "Home" also received strong first-week radio support: it enters Hot Country Songs at No. 35, marking her highest debut since she logged her career-best No. 27 start with "Mississippi Girl" in 2005.
-- Blake Shelton, "Glee" Cast: Two '80s Hot 100 No. 1s return as covers. Shelton's version of Kenny Loggins' "Footloose" - which reigned for three weeks beginning March 31, 1984 - starts at No. 63 with 43,000 in digital sales (up 369%) and the "Glee" troupe's take on Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl" - which topped the Sept. 24, 1983, tally - launches at No. 68 (40,000). After the show's singers blended Adele's "Rumour Has It" and "Someone Like You" in this week's episode, the mash-up ranked atop the iTunes Store, likely setting up the cast's best debut and rank for any of its releases this season on next week's Hot 100.
-- Adele: As previously reported, Columbia Records had originally intended to release "Rumour Has It" as the next pop/adult radio single from 21, but changed course to "Set Fire to the Rain," citing, in part, its hefty 706,000 in digital sales as an album track. As the label begins to promote the song to the formats, it re-enters the Hot 100 at No. 89, fueled by a 15% gain to 23,000 downloads.
The Billboard 200
Mac Miller was the big news on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week as he made a bit of indie history on the tally with his "Blue Slide Park" arrival at No. 1. But of course there was more action on the chart outside of the top slot -- check out some of the tally's movers and shakers:
-- Pink Floyd: The reissue of "Wish You Were Here" sends the album back onto the tally at No. 33 with 16,000 (up 745%). It follows the deluxe repackaging and expansion of "Dark Side of the Moon," which zipped 74-12 on Oct. 15 in the wake of its redux.
-- Animals As Leaders: The Washington D.C. metal band makes its Billboard chart debut as its second album, "Weightless," starts at No. 92 with 6,000. Over on the Hard Rock Albums tally, it comes in at No. 7. The set's "An Infinite Regression" was iTunes' free Discovery Download last week.
-- Mariah Carey: The diva's two Christmas albums -- "Merry Christmas" and "Merry Christmas II You" -- return to the chart at Nos. 142 and 194 (up 102% and 112%, respectively). "Merry Christmas'" smash single, "All I Want For Christmas Is You" coincidentally is featured on two sets within the top 10 this week at Nos. 2 and 6. Michael Buble's "Christmas" (No. 2) features the cut, as does Justin Bieber's "Under the Mistletoe" (No. 6).
-- Led Zeppelin: Priced at $5.99 at AmazonMP3 and $6.99 at iTunes, the band's classic 1971 album "Led Zeppelin IV" (which spent four weeks at No. 2), returns to the chart (No. 166) for the first time since 1987. It's up 273% in overall sales and 654% in downloads.
-- Matt Nathanson, Sara Evans: Nathanson's "Modern Love" returns to the Billboard 200 this week at No. 180 with a 116% gain, following his appearance on the Nov. 9 Country Music Assocation Awards (CMAs). On the ABC broadcast, he sang the album's "Run" with Sugarland, prompting the set's big gain. The single also makes waves on the Billboard Hot 100 and Digital Songs charts: on the Hot 100, it debuts at No. 53, immediately becoming his biggest hit ever. And on the Digital Songs chart, it bows at No. 28 with 52,000 sold. Meanwhile, another CMA performer, Sara Evans, also comes back to the Billboard 200, as her "Stronger" album re-enters at No. 153 with a 52% increase. She sang the set's "A Little Bit Stronger" (a former No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart) on the CMAs.