Coldplay, Kelly Clarkson, Michael Buble Headed For Top of Billboard 200
Coldplay, Kelly Clarkson, Michael Buble Headed For Top of Billboard 200

The Billboard Hot 100:

As previously reported, Adele's "Someone Like You" spends a fourth week atop the Billboard Hot 100 and -- in a pairing of a rap icon and one of the genre's rising stars -- Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa enter at No. 10 with "Young, Wild & Free," the first single from the pair's forthcoming comedic film, "Mac and Devin Go to High School," due early next year. Who else is going wild on the chart? Read on.

  • --Coldplay: After "Paradise" soared in at No. 16 four weeks ago, the song dropped to Nos. 33, 58 and 68 in its next three frames. This week, the second single from "Mylo Xyloto," due Monday (Oct. 24), rebounds 30 spots to No. 38. A surge in download sales is largely responsible for the chart jump, as the track flies 53-18 on Hot Digital Songs (55,000, up 104%, according to Nielsen SoundScan). Airplay also contributes to the vault, as "Paradise" spends a third week at No 1 on Triple A and lifts 8-7 on Rock Songs. Further airplay advances, the premiere of its video yesterday (Oct. 19), and the album's arrival could help sustain the song's renewed Hot 100 momentum.

  • --The Fray: The Denver rock band begins at No. 43 with "Heartbeat," the lead single from its third studio album, "Scars & Stories," due Feb. 7. The song registers 50,000 in opening-week digital sales, while out-of-the-box airplay also helps spur its bow: "Heartbeat" enters Adult Top 40 at No. 34 and Rock Songs at No. 40, with Greatest Gainer honors on both Nielsen BDS-based radio airplay charts.
  • --Daughtry: "Crawling Back to You," the lead single from the band's third studio album, "Here and Now," due Nov. 21, plunges 41-83, as second-week digital sales fade (18,000, down 62%), as is typical for songs released to retail before they've become established radio hits. Still, the track bullets at No. 15 in its fourth week on Adult Top 40, ranking as the youngest song in the chart's top 15.
  • --Britney Spears: Gains in sales (12,000, up 39%) and airplay (No. 28 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart; up 33% in detections) help Spears land the mellow "Criminal" (No. 92) as her fourth Hot 100 entry from her album "Femme Fatale." The set's first three singles reached the top 10 on the Hot 100, the first time that's happened with one of her albums: "Hold It Against Me" (No. 1, one week), "Til the World Ends" (No. 3) and ""I Wanna Go" (No. 7).
  • --Katy Perry: The singer begins her quest for a record-breaking sixth Hot 100 No. 1 from her album "Teenage Dream," as "The One That Got Away" debuts at No. 94. The set became the second, following Michael Jackson's "Bad" (1987-88), to generate five leaders, when "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" became the album's fifth No. 1 (Aug. 27). "One" concurrently bows at No. 31 on Mainstream Top 40, where "Dream" is the only album ever to produce five toppers.

The Billboard 200:

While Evanescence moves in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with its self-titled third album (127,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan), the act bumps last week's topper, "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery's "Clear As Day," down to No. 4 (88,000; down 55%). Evanescence is joined by four more debuts in the top 10, with "Idol" runner-up Lauren Alaina's "Wildflower" the biggest of the bunch. It blooms at No. 5 with 69,000. Outside the top 10 -- as usual -- a bunch of movers and shakers are worth noting this week:

  • --Peter Gabriel: "New Blood," the pop/rock veteran's orchestral reworkings of his own songs -- including "In Your Eyes" and "Red Rain" -- sells 13,000 in its first week and debuts at No. 30. The singer/songwriter's last album of original material, 2002's "Up," debuted and peaked at No. 9. In the interim, he's charted with a hits package ("Hit," No. 100 in 2003) and a covers set ("Scratch My Back," No. 26 in 2010).

  • --Britney Spears: Her new remix package "B in the Mix: the Remixes - Vol. 2" starts at No. 47 with 9,000 copies sold. That's quite a bit higher than the No. 134 debut and peak of the first edition of the set, released in 2005. However, the '05 album launched at 14,000 -- thanks in part to its release during the busy Thanksgiving shopping week. Also, figure that the addition of a previously unreleased song on the first album ("And Then We Kiss") sexed up sales, too. The "Vol. 2" album doesn't include any previously unreleased material -- just remixes of familiar, recent singles.
  • --Erasure: The iconic electronic-pop duo's first studio album since 2007, "Tomorrow's World," debuts at No. 61 and at No. 6 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums. On the former tally, it is the act's highest charting release since 1997's "Cowboy" rode in to a debut and peak of No. 43. The new set, produced by pop singer/producer Frankmusik, returns Erasure to the Billboard 200 for the first time since 2007's "Light at the End of the World" spent just a week on the list at No. 127. Erasure recently wrapped a North American tour -- which ran from August through early October -- and is currently trekking through the U.K. Frankmusik is opening for the act through its Nov. 4 date at the Dome in Brighton, England.
  • --"ZZ Top: A Tribute From Friends" -- The tribute album, celebrating the songs of rock band ZZ Top, drives in at No. 121 with 4,000 sold. It also bows at No. 7 on the Compilations chart. The set boasts tributes from Steven Tyler, Mick Fleetwood (covering "Sharp Dressed Man"), Nickelback ("Legs"), Daughtry ("Waitin' for the Bus"), Jamey Johnson ("La Grange") and more. ZZ Top has notched 17 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including eight top 40 hits. Their biggest singles include "Legs" (No. 8), "Sleeping Bag" (No. 8), "Gimme All Your Lovin'" (No. 37) and "Rough Boy" (No. 22).

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