The Billboard Hot 100:
As previously reported, Rihanna rises to her 11th No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris, ascends 2-1. Rihanna is just the seventh artist in the Hot 100's 53-year history to tally at least 11 leaders, joining the Beatles (20), Mariah Carey (18), Michael Jackson (13), Madonna (12), the Supremes (12) and Whitney Houston (11). Still, there are other notable moves to be found on this week's chart.
-- Flo Rida: "Good Feeling" bounds 31-12 in its fifth chart week, surging in downloads sold (100,000, up 63%, according to Nielsen SoundScan) and radio audience (33 million, up 49%, according to Nielsen BDS). The song features a sample of Avicii's "Levels" (up 41-32 on Dance Club Songs), which itself samples "Something's Got a Hold on Me," which reached No. 37 on the Hot 100 in 1962 for Etta James, who co-wrote the song. James, thus, now ranks higher as a writer than she has as an artist; the now-73-year-old jazz/blues legend notched her best peak as a performer with "Tell Mama" (No. 23) in 1968.
-- Coldplay: As she reigns as a lead act on "Found," Rihanna bows on the list's top new entry, Coldplay's "Princess of China" (No. 20), as a guest. Coldplay collects its third top 20 Hot 100 hit from the Billboard 200's new No. 1, "Mylo Xyloto," as the rock/pop hybrid song (105,000 downloads) follows radio singles "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" (No. 14 peak) and "Paradise" (No. 15; this week No. 49).
-- Toby Keith: The country star scores his 10th No. 1, "Clancy's Tavern," on Top Country Albums, while second single "Red Solo Cup" bows on the Hot 100 at No. 37. Opening-week sales (61,000) fuel the debut, while early airplay (the bar anthem bumps 36-34 in its third week on Hot Country Songs) also contributes. The song is the highest-debuting of Keith's 38 Hot 100 chart entries.
-- Big Sean: With a 158% gain in downloads (to 66,000) for "Dance (A$$)," the Hot 100's Greatest Gainer/Digital, the rapper matches his best chart rank (63-30). His debut entry "My Last" peaked at the same position in July.
-- Justin Bieber: The latest outbreak of Bieber Fever manifested itself last week when "Mistletoe" opened (with 147,000 downloads) at No. 11 on the Hot 100. This week, the song plunges to No. 75 on the Hot 100 (34,000, down 79%), but a new seasonal track begins at No. 58: "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)"; the duet with Bieber's mentor Usher starts with 47,000 (and replaces "Misteltoe" atop the Holiday Digital Songs chart). The carols introduce Bieber's "Under the Misteltoe," due atop next week's Billboard 200.
The Billboard 200:
Coldplay's "Mylo Xyloto" arrived atop the Billboard 200 albums chart this week, marking the British band's third chart-topper. It was one of five debuts in the top 10, which also boasted arrivals from Kelly Clarkson, Michael Buble, Toby Keith and Tom Waits. As for the rest of the top ten, Justin Bieber (No. 1) and Adele (No. 2) hold down their respective positions while everyone else shifts a bit. Rihanna (4-3), Shakira (5-4), Lady Gaga (8-5), Katy Perry (9-8) and Pitbull (13-10) rise up the tally. Meanwhile, LMFAO (3-6) and Eminem (7-6) tumble. Outside the top 10, however, there was of course many other debuts and moves to discuss. Here are a few:
-- She & Him: The duo's first Christmas offering "A Very She & Him Christmas," starts at No. 12 with 29,000 sold. It arrives after two proper studio sets from act, released in 2008 and 2010. On the Top Holiday Albums chart, it bows at No. 2 (stuck behind Michael Buble's new "Christmas" set).
-- Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile: The all-star collaboration set "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" enters at No. 23 with 17,000 and also gives classical great Yo-Yo Ma his first No. 1 on the Bluegrass Albums chart. Amusingly, for bluegrass pro Chris Thile (formerly of Nickel Creek), "Goat" is his premiere leader on the Classical Crossover tally.
-- Chris Tomlin: His 2009 holiday set "Glory in the Highest" rebounds (115-43) thanks to $5 pricing at Family Christian (up 123% with 9,000 sold). On Holiday Albums, it gets pushed down 1-3, despite its gain, as two new arrivals start at Nos. 1 and 2.
-- Coldplay: Sure, they debuted at No. 1 this week, but they also occupy four more slots on the chart. After iTunes sale priced the band's catalog as part of the promotion of "Mylo Xyloto" (No. 1), their four previous studio sets make make a splash at Nos. 54, 55, 56 and 66. Combined, they sold 29,000 (up 208%).
-- "The Bridge School Benefit Concerts: 25th Anniversary Edition: Volume 1:" The 25-song collection (6,000) debuts at No. 76 and gathers highlights from the school's annual benefit concerts, staged by Neil Young. The package includes turns from Bruce Springsteen, the Who, Metallica and Paul McCartney.