The Billboard Hot 100:
As previously reported, Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," featuring Christina Aguilera, returns to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week in charge, rebounding 2-1 with Greatest Gainer/Airplay honors for a fourth time in five weeks. But, let's start you up in not missing out on other notable gainers and droppers on this week's chart:
Lil Wayne: Last week, as parent album "Tha Carter IV" bowed atop the Billboard with 964,000 copies sold, marking the year's second-best start after Lady Gaga's launch with "Born This Way" (1.1 million), Weezy set the record for the most simultaneously-charting songs -- 12 -- by a soloist in the Hot 100's 53-year history. (Only the Beatles have held more concurrent positions, having placed 14 songs on the April 11, 1964, tally). As is typical, fans were ready to make a la carte digital purchases upon the album's arrival; this week, following that first-frame buzz, the rapper's Hot 100 haul dips to a less robust, although still impressive, six titles. Cuts that drop sharply but remain on the list include "Mirror," featuring Bruno Mars (16-44), and "Blunt Blowin" (33-71).
Beyonce: Also dropping noticeably is "Love on Top," which plunges 20-70 after its debut last week on the Hot 100 and 10-41 on Hot Digital Songs (37,000, down 67%, according to Nielsen SoundScan). As with Lil Wayne, Beyonce's drop is not shocking: her lofty entrance last week was fueled in no small part by her appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards Aug. 28, when she performed the song and announced her pregnancy. A week after that gossip-inducing gig, interest in the song, not yet significantly established at radio, unsurprisingly weakened.
Lady Antebellum: The country trio charts a fourth Hot 100 title from its third studio album, "Own the Night" - which, as previously reported, is expected to charge onto next week's Billboard 200 with 260,000-290,000 units - as "Wanted You More" starts at No. 34 (74,000 downloads). Predecessor preview track "Dancin' Away With My Heart" debuted last week at No. 50 (57,000) and departs this week (down 67% in downloads). The set's first proper radio single, "Just a Kiss," peaked at No. 7 on the Hot 100, while current country focus track "We Owned the Night" climbs 96-80. "Wanted" is the album's second No. 1 on Country Digital Songs; "Kiss" led for three weeks.
Hugh Laurie: As his TV persona is known for his acerbic nature, it's only fitting that the real-life Dr. Greg House would sing the blues. The star of Fox's "House, M.D." earns his first Hot 100 hit, as "Police Dog Blues" enters at No. 58 (46,000 downloads). Parent album "Let Them Talk" bows on the Billboard 200 at No. 16 and Blues Albums at No. 1 with 20,000 copies sold. Not your typical Hot 100 hit, "Police" was written by late ragtime legend Arthur Phelps, aka, Blind Blake, who released his version in 1929.
JoJo: From Phelps, an artist believed to have been born a year before Billboard's launch in 1894 to one who was only 15 when she last graced the Hot 100: five years ago next week, the now-20-year-old peaked at No. 3 with her top-charting hit, "Too Little Too Late." Opening with 26,000 downloads, her new single "Disaster," new at No. 87, previews JoJo's forthcoming third album, "Jumping Trains."
The Billboard 200:
While Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV" remains comfortably ahead of the pack at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week, just one new album starts in the top 10: George Strait's "Here For a Good Time." The Beatles stirred up a massive re-entry at No. 4 with its "1" album after it finally arrived on iTunes. But wait! Look outside the top 10, and you'll find many more movers and shakers…
-- Lindsey Buckingham: The Fleetwood Mac member scores his highest debut ever as his self-released "Seeds We Sow" bows at No. 45 with 9,000 sold. It is also his highest charting set since "Go Insane" climbed to No. 45 in 1984. Only one of his albums, 1981's No. 32-peaking "Low And Order," has gone higher.
-- Justin Bieber & Michael Grimm: Non-traditional sales from Scholastic send the Bieb's "My Worlds Acoustic" back onto the list at No. 83 with a 142% gain while last year's "America's Got Talent" winner, Michael Grimm, re-enters at No. 70 with a 306% jump. The latter appeared on the Sept. 6 edition of the show.
-- Anuna: The group's 2010 holiday set "Christmas Memories" debuts at No. 95 with a 144% gain, caused by deep discounting at the going-out-of-business Borders stores. Another title from the group, "Celtic Origins," saw a 69% rally courtesy of Borders (but didn't sell enough to make the chart).
-- Aerosmith: The act's "The Essential Aerosmith" flies in at No. 104 this week, marking its eighth greatest hits package to chart -- and fourth in a row! The act hasn't released a studio project since 2004's blues effort "Honkin' On Bobo," but has since landed entries with a live set and four compilations. Aerosmith's last proper studio album, setting aside "Bobo," was 2001's "Just Push Play," which debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The album spawned the band's last Billboard Hot 100 hit, "Jaded," which reached No. 7.
-- Pearl Jam: While fans of the band were celebrating its 20th anniversary at a two-day festival last week in Wisconsin -- featuring Pearl Jam, the Strokes and Queens of the Stone Age -- its classic "Ten" re-enters at No. 146 with a 310% jump. However, its gain is likely owed to AmazonMP3, and not the fest: it was retailer's $3.99 daily deal on Sept. 9.