The Billboard Hot 100:
As previously reported, Adele's "Someone Like You" roars 19-1 on the Billboard Hot 100, claiming dual Greatest Gainer/Digital and Airplay honors following her acclaimed performance on the MTV Video Music Awards Aug. 28. Still, other notable gainers -- including others benefitting from VMA appearances -- highlight this week's chart:
-- Lil Wayne: A hefty eight titles debut on the Hot 100 from Lil Wayne's album "Tha Carter IV," which, as previously reported, rockets onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with 964,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Mirror," featuring Bruno Mars, leads the way at No. 16, entering Hot Digital Songs at No. 6 with 149,000 downloads sold.
As four of his titles previously on the Hot 100 join his eight newcomers, Weezy places 12 songs total on this week's chart, the most simultaneously-charting songs by a soloist in the list's 53-year history. Only the Beatles have held more concurrent positions, having placed 14 songs on the April 11, 1964, Hot 100 (as well as 12 each the frames before and after).
-- Beyonce: The VMAs further reveal their influence in the form of Hot 100 debuts, including Beyonce, whose "Love on Top" begins at No. 20. The song opens at No. 10 on Hot Digital Songs with sales of 113,000, marking the first Hot Digital Songs top 10 from her album "4." Beyonce performed the song on the VMAs and then unsnapped her jacket and rubbed her belly, a move that served to announce her pregnancy. The No. 20 Hot 100 launch of "Love" is Beyonce's second-highest among her 29 solo career entries; only "Ring the Alarm" began at a higher rung (No. 12, 2006).
-- Lady Antebellum: Another week, another track from the trio's "Own the Night" album, due Tuesday (Sept. 13), as "Dancin' Away With My Heart" starts at No. 50. The preview song arrives at No. 26 on Hot Digital Songs and No. 3 on Country Digital Songs with 57,000 downloads. The set's first two radio singles remain on the Hot 100: "Just a Kiss" (No. 27, after reaching No. 7; and up 16-13 on Adult Contemporary and 27-25 on Adult Top 40 as it crosses over from country radio) and "We Owned the Night," which drops 86-96 as sales decrease (12,000, down 29%), although the track dashes 27-21 as the Greatest Gainer on airplay-based Hot Country Songs.
-- Young the Giant: The Irvine, Calif., additionally parlays a VMA performance into a Hot 100 arrival, as "My Body" starts at No. 65 (42,000 downloads, up 220%). The track reached No. 5 on Alternative in April. The band's follow-up, "Cough Syrup," rises 20-17 on Alternative.
The Billboard 200:
You may have heard by now that Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week. While clearly Weezy was the biggest news on the tally, there is much to discuss when glancing further down the list:
-- Lenny Kravitz: At No. 18, the rocker returns with his new album, "Black and White America." It's his first for Atlantic/Roadrunner after an entire career spent with Virgin/Capitol. The set marks his 10th charting effort, bowing with 19,000. All of his releases since 2000's "Greatest Hits" have reached the top 20. His highest charting album remains "Hits," which debuted and peaked at No. 2.
-- Casting Crowns: A $5 sale tag at Family Christian stores sends the group's "Until the Whole World Hears" flying back onto the list as a re-entry at No. 39 with a whopping 412% sales gain. On the Christian Albums chart, it runs 14-1.
-- AmazonMP3, Washed Out, Decemberists: The 99-track "Most Essential Chopin Masterpieces" compilation was offered as AmazonMP3's daily deal on Aug. 21 for $2.99. No surprise that such a deep discount triggers a 743% gain and a re-entry at No. 124. It also debuts at No. 10 on Top Pop Catalog Albums. If it ain't broke, don't fix it: AmazonMP3's Sept. 1 deal on Washed Out's "Within and Without" (for $3.99) pushes its 65% sales increase and re-entry at No. 145. Of its nearly 4,000 gain this week, 75% of it were downloads. Finally, AmazonMP3 tweeted on Sept. 1 about the Decemberists' "The King Is Dead" being offered as one of its many titles on sale for $5 this month. In turn, it rallies with a 37% climb and returns to the list at No. 158.
-- Barry Manilow: Venue sales of the singer/songwriter's "15 Minutes" at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, where Manilow is the resident performer, ignites its out-of-nowhere 431% gain and re-entry at No. 160. In turn, because of the high volume of sales in Vegas, "15 Minutes" was the fourth-biggest selling album in that city last week, behind Lil Wayne's "Carter IV," Red Hot Chili Peppers' "I'm With You" and Adele's "21." It's not unusual for albums to benefit from Vegas venue sales during long-running residencies. For example, the original broadway cast recording of "Jersey Boys" has sold 5% of its 1.3 million in Vegas. A production of the show has been running at the Palazzo Hotel since May of 2008.
(This story was updated to reflect corrected information on Saturday, Sept. 10.)