The Billboard Hot 100:
Adele's "Someone Like You" returns for a second week atop the Billboard Hot 100, as previously reported, while Rihanna makes history as the solo artist to accumulate 20 top 10s on the list the fastest, as "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris, darts 16-9. Still, other notable moves can be found on this week's chart.
-- Bruno Mars: With, as previously reported, rapper B.o.B previewing his forthcoming second set as its title cut, "Strange Clouds," blasts in at No. 7, his one-time collaborator snags the chart's second-highest debut. At No. 28, Mars bows with "It Will Rain" (80,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan), from the "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" soundtrack, due Nov. 8. B.o.B and Mars teamed for last year's two-week Hot 100 No. 1 "Nothin' on You," each artist's first chart entry.
-- Nickelback: How does the band remind us that it releases its seventh album, "Here and Now," Nov. 21? By releasing two singles that are rapidly registering airplay and digital sales. The pop-leaning "When We Stand Together" enters the Hot 100 at No. 48, with 45,000 downloads after its first week at retail. The song blasts 40-24 in its second frame on Adult Top 40 (up 279% in airplay, according to Nielsen BDS). Rock focus track "Bottoms Up" flies 48-14 as the Greatest Gainer on Rock Songs (4 million in audience, up 241%). The cut starts atop the Hot 100's Bubbling Under chart and Hard Rock Digital Songs (18,000).
-- "Glee" Cast: After Billboard.biz last week analyzed the Fox TV troupe's recent sales -- examining how a heavier reliance on show tunes and a less emphasis on covering current pop hits appear to have diminished the cast's chart impact -- another Broadway remake makes a modest Hot 100 entrance. With 33,000 downloads, evergreen ballad "Somewhere" from the musical "West Side Story" bows at No. 75. It's the fourth version of the song ever to reach the tally, following interpretations by P.J. Proby (No. 91 peak, 1965), Len Barry (No. 26, 1966) and Barbra Streisand (No. 43, 1986).
-- China Anne McClain: Another TV-related bow, aided by McClain's weekly visibility among youthful fans: the 13-year-old, who stars in the Disney Channel's "A.N.T. Farm" while still a cast member of TBS' "Tyler Perry's House of Payne," enters at No. 100 with "Calling All the Monsters" (25,000 downloads, up 26%). The song appears on the "Farm" soundtrack (due Tuesday, Oct. 11), along with her previously-released cover of Taio Cruz's "Dynamite."
The Billboard 200:
While J. Cole was the top debut this week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, coming in at No. 1, the next five entries were all from the world of rock. Blink-182, Wilco, Switchfoot, Chickenfoot and Mastodon bow at Nos. 2, 5, 8, 9 and 10, respectively. Outside the top 10, as usual, there are a bevy of notable newsworthy chart moves:
-- Jason Derulo: The pop singer's second album, "Future History," makes a rather low-key debut, starting at No. 29 with 13,000 sold. His eponymous debut album bowed at No. 11 with 42,000 in March of 2010. The new album's lead single "Don't Wanna Go Home" hit No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, while follow-up, "It Girl," rises 24-19 this week. His first album spawned the Hot 100 hits "Whatcha Say" (No. 1), "In My Head" (No. 5), "Ridin' Solo" (No. 9) and "What If" (No. 76).
-- Allstar Weekend: After they were reduced to a trio upon Nathan Darmody's departure last month, the band's second studio set, "All the Way," debuts at No. 49 with 9,000. It follows a full-length album ("Suddenly Yours," No. 197) and an EP ("Suddenly," No. 62) in 2010.
-- Tenth Avenue North, Chris August & the Script: Priced at $5 at Family Christian stores, Tenth Avenue North's "The Light Meets the Dark" zooms 180-79, with the largest percentage gain on the chart -- up 109%. A $5 sale tag at the chain also helps Chris August's "No Far Away" re-enter at No. 147 (up 90%). Meanwhile, the Script's "Science & Faith" climbs 124-99 (up 30%) after the act performed on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" on Sept. 17.
-- "Footloose" - Released shortly before the remake hits theaters on Oct. 14, its soundtrack arrives at No. 141 with 4,000 sold. The standard 12-track album features four covers of the original 1984 No. 1 soundtrack's tunes -- including the title track, by Blake Shelton. Kenny Loggins' original rendition spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984 and is Loggins' only chart-topper. The other three covers on the album: Ella Mae Bowen does Bonnie Tyler's "Holding Out For a Hero" (which originally went No. 34 on the Hot 100); Jana Kramer takes on Deniece Williams' "Let's Hear It For the Boy" (No. 1), and Hunter Hayes and Victoria Justice pay homage to "Almost Paradise," originally performed by Mike Reno and Ann Wilson (No. 7).
-- Radiohead: The band played NBC's "Saturday Night Live" (Sept. 25) and guested for the entire hour of a special edition of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" (26) In turn, their "The King Of Limbs" album, which was also discounted to $5.99 at AmazonMP3, is up by 123%.