The Billboard Hot 100:
As previously reported, Katy Perry makes Hot 100 history by becoming the first woman, and second artist overall after Michael Jackson, in the chart's five-decade archives to send five songs from an album to No. 1, as "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" (2-1) marks the fifth chart leader from "Teenage Dream." Still, other notable nuggets highlight this week's chart:
-- Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera: The collaborators on "Moves Like Jagger," up 8-3 on the Hot 100, can get satisfaction from rolling to their second and first leaders, respectively, on Hot Digital Songs (219,000 downloads sold, up 38%, according to Nielsen SoundScan). On Hot 100 Airplay, the song shuffles 32-18 (47 million audience impressions, 37%). What helped spur its chart surges? Its video premiered Aug. 8.
-- Foster the People: With "Pumped Up Kicks" (13-8 on the Hot 100), having topped the Alternative chart for five weeks, the track is the chart's first leader to reach the Hot 100's top 10 since Linkin Park's 11-week Alternative No. 1 "New Divide" peaked at No. 6 on the Hot 100 in June 2009. Following its rise at alternative, the song is now crossing to success on Mainstream Top 40 (22-17) and Adult Top 40 (16-14).
-- Drake: "Headlines," the lead single from the rapper's second studio album, "Take Care," due this fall, launches as the Hot 100's Hot Shot Debut at No. 13. It starts on Hot Digital Songs at No. 6 (146,000) and Hot 100 Airplay at No. 63 (18 million, up 53%), while bounding 38-22 in its third frame on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
-- Evanescence: the Amy Lee-fronted group makes its first appearance on the Hot 100 in five years, as "What You Want" starts at No. 68. The cut, which enters Rock Songs at No. 32 with 2.2 million first-week impressions on 71 stations and shifts 35,000 first-week downloads, previews the band's self-titled third album, due Oct. 11. The act's three previous Hot 100 entries all reached the top 10: "Bring Me to Life" (No. 4, 2003); "My Immortal" (No. 7, 2004); and, "Call Me When You're Sober" (No. 10, 2006).
-- Taylor Swift: After "Sparks Fly" charted for two weeks (at Nos. 17 and 78) as an album cut, beginning when parent set "Speak Now" bowed atop the Billboard 200 (Nov. 13, 2010), the now-single reignites. Airplay at country radio fuels its Hot 100 return: the melodic fourth song from the set promoted to country radio lifts 23-19 lift on Hot Country Songs.
-- Lady Gaga: As with Swift's "Sparks," "You and I," from "Born This Way," returns as a proper single. The singer's first promoted ballad - after 10 career opening club thumpers serviced to pop radio - begins at No. 35 on Mainstream Top 40.
The Billboard 200:
You may have heard that Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week. While that was the big news on the tally this week, there are a number of interesting debuts and moves elsewhere on the chart. Let's take a look at a few of them:
-- "Now 39": At No. 3, the third regular "Now That's What I Call Music!" album of 2011 bows with 110,000. The set -- which features Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears, among others -- is the first not issued around a major shopping holiday this year. The last two bowed near Valentine's and Mother's Days with 151,000 and 124,000 in their first weeks, respectively. When "Now 37" launched the week before Valentine's, it marked the first time a regular "Now" album dropped before the lover's holiday. (We say "regular" "Now" album meaning the standard variety "Now" release -- not the occasional Christmas or genre-specific compilation.)
-- Glee: There was a bit of talk about how "Glee: the 3D Concert Movie" performed in its opening weekend in movie theaters. Some view its $6 million opening at the U.S. and Canada box office over the Aug. 12-14 frame a disappointment. Those same folks might also look to the film's soundtrack, which debuts at No. 16 with 20,000 sold, as a sign of the "Glee"-pocalypse. After all, this is the first "Glee" album, following 11 earlier sets, that didn't debut in the top 10.
But hold on a minute. The "3D" movie is a niche product that had a limited potential audience to begin with. (Traditional 3D concert films aren't usually blockbusters at the box office.) Therefore, the sales of its companion soundtrack were probably going to be on par with how the movie was received, so we shouldn't be that surprised that it misses the top 10. Besides, it's an album's worth of live renditions of songs most "Glee" fans already owned. One can only repackage and retool these as-seen-on-TV tracks so many times. (Though if we get a press release touting the a "Glee" remix album, we wouldn't be surprised.)
Until this week, the worst-debuting "Glee" album in terms of first-week sales was the "Glee: the Rocky Horror Glee Show" EP which debuted and peaked with 48,000 at No. 6 on the chart dated Nov. 6, 2010. Until this week, that had been the lowest-peaking set in the "Glee" franchise.
-- The Help: The film's release on Wednesday, Aug. 10 pumps a 38% increase for the soundtrack, sending it 101-64. Over the Aug. 19-21 weekend, it was the No. 2 film ($26 million) at the U.S. and Canada box office.
-- Miranda Lambert: On Aug. 12, the iTunes Store tweeted about the arrival of her new single "Baggage Claim" and offering her previous albums for $7.99. The sale included "Revolution," which rises 127-86 with an overall gain of 25% in sales. In terms of downloads, the set rises with a 151% jump. "Claim" moves 33-24 on the radio airplay-based Hot Country Songs chart and debuts at No. 14 on the Country Digital Songs chart with 29,000 sold.