Band Perry's Record-Setting Slow Hot 100 Ride; Rihanna's Latest (And Inevitable) Top 40 Hit
Band Perry's Record-Setting Slow Hot 100 Ride; Rihanna's Latest (And Inevitable) Top 40 Hit

The Billboard Hot 100:

As previously reported, LMFAO collects its third week atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "Party Rock Anthem," featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, and Bad Meets Evil roars into the top 10 with "Lighters," featuring Bruno Mars. Plenty more notable moves, however, infuse this week's chart:

The Band Perry: Also at No. 15 on Mainstream Top 40, Adult Contemporary and Adult Top 40, former Hot Country Songs No. 1 "If I Die Young" (23-15) reaches a new peak in its 35th week, marking the longest-ever climb to the Hot 100's top 15. The ballad previously rose as high as No. 19 in October (the week it became the sibling trio's first Hot Country Songs top 10). It's not a coincidence that "If I Die Young" (how ironically titled the song is, considering its lengthy chart life) passes Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats" and Taylor Swift's "Teardrops on My Guitar" (33 weeks each) for the longest ascent to the top 15; all three hits logged chart runs on Hot Country Songs and then piggybacked crossover success at pop and adult radio.

Beyonce: Three months after the Hot 100 bow of "Run the World (Girls)," which peaked at No. 29, the star scores her first top 20 hit from "4," as "Best Thing I Never Had" rises 25-19 in its eighth week. The track pushes 22-19 on Hot Digital Songs (66,000, up 7%, according to Nielsen SoundScan) and 26-21 on Hot 100 Airplay (46,000, up 12%, according to Nielsen BDS). While "4" earlier this month become Beyonce's fourth Billboard 200 No. 1 and first to spend multiple weeks at the summit, she'll need four more top 20 Hot 100 hits from her new set to match the top 20 output - four top 10s plus one more top 20 title - of her last album, "I Am…Sasha Fierce."

Rihanna: Although it's dropping on the Mainstream Top 40 chart (20-21, after peaking at No. 18 two weeks ago), "California King Bed" (47-37) registers its best sales week (55,000, up 26%) and becomes her 20th single as a lead act and promoted to pop radio -- her entire career output -- to reach the Hot 100's top 40. She's also notched top 40 entries as a guest on two No. 1s -- T I.'s "Live Your Life" and Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie" -- and as a co-lead on the charity track "Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)" (No. 16), with Jay-Z, Bono and the Edge.

Red Hot Chili Peppers: The venerable alt-rockers score the Hot 100's Hot Shot Debut, as "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie" bows at No. 38. The song starts on Hot Digital Songs at No. 26 with 57,000 downloads sold and enters Hot 100 Airplay at No. 74 with 15 million in audience. Fueling its rise at radio is the song's 23-1 blast on Rock Songs. The track concurrently climbs 24-3 on Alternative, 32-7 on Mainstream Rock and enters Triple A at No. 8 with Greatest Gainer honors on all three rankings. "Adventures" previews the Peppers' 10th studio album, "I'm With You," due Aug. 30. The track marks the band's 13th Hot 100 hit and first since the No. 22-peaking "Snow (Hey Baby)" in 2007. The act first graced the chart with the eventual No. 73-peaking "Give It Away" in 1991.

Jay-Z and Kanye West: The Hot 100's other top 50 debut (No. 47) belongs to the pair's "Otis," featuring the artist to whom the rappers pay tribute: Otis Redding. It also samples the latter's No. 25-peaking 1967 Hot 100 hit "Try a Little Tenderness." Redding, who died in 1967, had not appeared on the Hot 100 since 1969. "Otis" concurrently begins on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 15, marking the chart's second-highest debut of the 2000s; Usher's "Love in This Club Part II," featuring Beyonce and Lil Wayne, started at No. 14 in 2008. "Otis," which begins on Hot Digital Songs at No. 40 (44,000) and Hot 100 Airplay at No. 50 (22 million in first-week audience), previews Jay-Z and West's album "Watch the Throne," due Aug. 8.

Demi Lovato: Put on your hard hat, there's a "Skyscraper" falling. After the ballad began last week at No. 10, it plunges to No. 51. The track drops 2-27 on Hot Digital Songs, down 68% to 57,000. Although the song's relatively minimal early airplay expands to 2.2 million this week from 1.5 million last week, the song's Hot 100 points still stem almost exclusively (95%) from download sales.

The Billboard 200:

The big news on the Billboard 200 this week was the return of Amy Winehouse to the top 10 with "Back to Black" [LINK TO: ] though certainly Adele's 11th week at No. 1 with "21" is certainly noteworthy, too.

-- Bon Iver: The act's self-titled album earns its first sales gain (up 24%, moving 21-17) thanks in part to its $3.99 daily deal offering at AmazonMP3 on July 22. With another 21,000 sold, the set's cumulative sales cross the 200,000 threshold. It premiered at No. 2 five weeks ago with 104,000 sold in its first week.

-- They Might Be Giants: At No. 32, the veteran alt-rock band's "Join Us" arrives -- marking the highest charting album ever for the act and their best sales week (13,000) since "John Henry" bowed with 18,000 in 1994. Credit some of the new set's big frame to its $3.99 daily deal offering at AmazonMP3 on July 19: downloads accounted for 69% of its debut.

-- David Crowder Band: Family Christian Stores' $5 sale pricing continues to push gains for the album as it takes another mighty leap this week. It's up 87% on the tally (153-71) following a 348% jump last week. Its 82-position leap makes it the biggest climber on the list.

-- Fleetwood Mac: A repeat of "Glee's" episode tributing Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album aired on July 21, likely encouraging the 83% jump for the set this week and its re-entry at No. 162. The album has sold 96,000 copies this year -- double what it moved in 2010.

-- Breathe Carolina: The biggest positional fall on the chart this week is awarded to Breathe Carolina's "Hell Is What You Make It," which tumbles 134 slots to No. 176 in its second week. Last week the Fearless Records set bowed at No. 42 with 10,000. It's not shocking to see this album sustain momentum in its second week. They are a niche act without widespread mainstream appeal, thus, it's safe to assume that everyone that wanted to buy the album might have already done so in its first week of availability.