The Billboard Hot 100:
As earlier reported, LMFAO keeps its grip on the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 spot with "Party Rock Anthem," featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, while Katy Perry keeps a patient vigil at No. 2, though she does move to the forefront of Hot 100 Airplay. Also a pair of stops on the NBC network sends Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" back into the Hot 100 top 10. Other notable moves, however, highlight this week's Hot 100 rankings:
-- Foster the People: The band's "Pumped Up Kicks," which jumps 18-13 on the Hot 100, sees track sales inflate by 51% to 134,000, the first time the song has hit the six-digit weekly sales mark. Radio play is the main driver as "Kicks" bounds 24-22 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart (up 47% in plays) and 18-16 on the Adult Top 40 airplay list (up 22%). The group's debut album "Torches," meanwhile, jumps 28-20 on Billboard 200 with its best sales frame (17,000) since debuting 10 weeks ago.
-- Rihanna: After ballad "California King Bed" stalled at No. 37 two weeks ago, becoming her lowest-charting Hot 100 entry ever worked as proper single to pop radio, RiRi rebounds with her latest effort "Cheers (Drink To That)" which lifts 91-50 in its second week on the chart, posting the week's best chart jump. The mid-tempo track is being received more favorably at pop stations as evidenced by its 35-25 rise on the Mainstream Top 40 chart, where it claims the chart's best spin gain (up 133%). And as top 40 goes, so goes download sales. The track debuts on Hot Digital Songs with 29,000 (up 227%).
-- Five Finger Death Punch: The metal band first graced a Billboard chart in August 2007 when "The Bleeding" debuted on the Active Rock radio chart on its way to a No. 7 peak. Four years later, the act finally makes its debut Hot 100 appearance with the bow of "Under and Over It" at No. 77. The new song shifts 31,000 downloads while jumping 39-27 on the radio-based Rock Songs ranking.
-- Ellie Goulding: The British vocalist, who was the only singer asked to perform at this year's Royal Wedding, makes her Hot 100 debut as "Lights" lands at No. 85. An appearance at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago (Aug 6) helps push digital tracks up 265% to 31,000. Next up was a scheduled stop on the penultimate "George Lopez Show" on TBS (Aug 10) and a spot on the Outside Lands Music and Arts festival in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on Friday, August 12.
-- Nicole Scherzinger: The former Pussycat Dolls singer has yet to break through on her own in the U.S. Her latest single "Right There," featuring 50 Cent, continues its Hot 100 tumble, dropping 51-72 after peaking at No. 39 two weeks ago. The song reached No. 17 on the Mainstream Top 40 radio chart last month and falls from a peak of No. 53 to 61 on Hot 100 Airplay this week. Scherzinger has scored four top 10s on the Hot 100 as part of the Pussycat Dolls and one as a featured artist on Diddy's "Come to Me" in 2006. She's fared much better as a soloist in the U.K. She's had three top 10s a lead artist on the Official Charts Company rankings, including two this year; "Right There" (No. 3) and "Don't Hold Your Breath" (No. 1).
The Billboard 200:
Adele's "21" returns to the top of the Billboard 200 this week marking its 12th frame at No. 1 -- the longest run of any album since 2000. Below the top 10 however, there were a number of notable debuts and moves:
-- Fountains of Wayne: The pop/rock band's new album "Sky Full Of Holes" debuts at No. 37 and becomes its highest charting set, its first since 2007's "Traffic and Weather" (No. 97) and marks its Yep Rock debut. With nearly 12,000 sold, this is also the act's best sales week since 2003.
-- Bassnectar: The act (real name Lorin Ashton) had only gone as high as No. 102 on the list, with last year's "Wildstyle" (EP). Its new "Divergent Spectrum" set (10,000 sold and a debut at No. 42) is available in at least eight different editions, including an elaborate $99 version equipped with limited edition artwork and merchandise.
-- Maroon 5: While the band's "Moves Like Jagger" profits from two big TV appearances last week on the Billboard Hot 100, its album, "Hands All Over," zooms 67-40 on the Billboard 200 with the largest unit gain on the chart. It sold 11,000 copies last week -- a jump of 5,000 -- after "Moves" was stripped onto a newly reissued version of "Hands" on Aug. 2.
-- Beastie Boys, the Script, 2Cellos: AmazonMP3 offered Beastie Boys' "Hot Sauce Committee Part 2" as its daily deal for $3.99 on Aug. 5, hence its hot sales increase of 81% (jumping 98-50) ... the Script's single "Nothing" is breaking onto our various airplay charts, debuting at No. 35 on the Mainstream Top 40 tally and rising 22-17 on Adult Top 40. In turn, the song's parent album, "Science & Faith," bullets with a 17% gain and returns to the Billboard 200 at No. 167 after a week's absence ... After classical crossover act 2Cellos performed on both Fox News' "Fox & Friends" and TBS' "Lopez Tonight" last week, the duo's self-titled album re-enters at No. 185 with a 23% sales gain.