The Billboard Hot 100:
As previously reported, Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," featuring Christina Aguilera, spends a fourth week atop the Billboard Hot 100 as LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know it" roars 25-10 and Rihanna's "We Found Love" debuts at No. 16. Still, other alluring headlines infuse this week's chart.
-- Mindless Behavior: The teen quartet builds 92-77 with its debut Hot 100 hit, "Mrs. Right," as maiden album "#1 Girl" launches on the Billboard 200 at No. 7 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums at No. 2 (36,000). On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, "Mrs." climbs 16-15 (16 million in audience, up 9%). Lead single "My Girl" peaked at No. 40 on the latter list in May. The act is featured on the Scream Tour X: NXG this fall, sharing the stage with other young emerging hip-hop artists. Each 14 years old, members Prodigy, Roc Royal, Ray Ray and Princeton follow in the footsteps of such predecessor boy bands as B2K, an alumnus of the first three Scream Tours.
-- Coldplay: After "Paradise" arrived as last week's Hot 100's Hot Shot Debut at No. 16, the song drops to No. 33, falling 6-14 on Hot Digital Songs (68,000 downloads sold, down 51%, according to Nielsen SoundScan). Radio, however, is swiftly accepting the second single from the band's Oct. 24 album, "Mylo Xyloto." The track zips 11-7 on Triple A and 24-17 on Alternative. It goes to mainstream and adult top 40 radio next week.
-- Kelly Clarkson: "Mr. Know It All" descends 35-38 after launching at No. 18 two weeks ago. The song slides 28-45 on Hot Digital Songs (32,000, down 27%), but, like Coldplay's "Paradise," radio is onboard with an album preview track. "Know" rises 44-36 on Hot 100 Airplay with 35 million audience impressions (up 18%), according to Nielsen BDS, and 28-21 on Mainstream Top 40. Clarkson releases her fifth studio album, "Stronger," Oct. 25.
-- Demi Lovato: The singer debuts at No. 69 with "Fix a Heart" (37,000 downloads) and No. 98 with "Unbroken" (24,000). The latter song is the title cut from the singer's third album, which, as previously reported, begins on the Billboard 200 at No. 4. The set's first proper single, "Skyscraper," elevates 61-55 on the Hot 100 after debuting and peaking at No. 10 in July.
The Billboard 200:
Tony Bennett's "Duets II" is the big news on the Billboard 200 this week as the 85-year old becomes the oldest living artist to top the chart. (It's also his first No. 1 in a 60-plus year career, so kudos to Mr. Bennett.) The pop legend's album was one of six debuts in the top 10 this week, but further down the chart, there are some interesting movers and shakers, as always:
-- Cody Simpson: The Australian teenager makes his Billboard 200 debut at No. 12 with his second EP "Coast to Cast," shifting 24,000. It nearly outsells what his first EP, "4U," has sold to date: 25,000. The latter topped out at No. 4 on the Heatseekers Albums chart in January. "Coast's" single "On My Mind" recently peaked at No. 39 on the Mainstream Top 40 radio airplay chart. Thus far, it has sold 98,000.
-- Drive Soundtrack/Cliff Martinez: The film's soundtrack speeds up the list, moving 65-31 with an 86% gain after the movie's second week in theaters. The mostly score set (by Cliff Martinez) could see another boost next week after its physical CD release (Sept. 27) impacts the tally.
-- Celtic Thunder: The wide release of the vocal group's album spurs its re-entry at No. 77 with 6,000 sold. It debuted at No. 25 two weeks ago as a QVC exclusive with 14,000. Fans of the group take note: member Damian McGinty will make debut on Fox TV's "Glee" on Nov. 1, playing an Irish exchange student named Rory.
-- Anything Goes Cast Recording: Out digitally since Aug. 23, the CD release of the new Broadway Cast Recording of "Anything Goes" last week prompts its debut on the Billboard 200 at No. 141 with 3,000 sold (up 938%). It jumps back to No. 1 on the Top Cast Albums chart, where it debuted at upon its digital release five weeks ago.
-- Nirvana: The band's classic "Nevermind" returns to the tally this week at No. 146 with a 189% gain. The album debuted on the Billboard 200 almost 20 years ago this week, on the chart dated Oct. 12, 1991, at No. 144. (This week's charts are dated Oct. 8.) News of the album's anniversary prompts its handsome jump. Next week on the Billboard 200 we'll see the arrival of "Nevermind's" deluxe anniversary reissue, which boasts a number of previously unreleased songs.