The Billboard Hot 100:
-- Adele: "Rolling in the Deep" claims a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, strengthening its lock atop the chart with Greatest Gainer/Airplay honors for a third consecutive week and the Greatest Gainer/Digital award for the second time in four weeks. The song rises 3-2 on Hot 100 Airplay (118 million in audience, up 19%, according to Nielsen BDS) and logs a second frame atop Hot Digital Songs with its highest weekly sum to-date (353,000 downloads sold, up 20%, according to Nielsen SoundScan).
-- Lady Gaga: "The Edge of Glory" blasts in at No. 3 on the Hot 100. The third single from her album "Born This Way," due May 23, charges in as the highest new entry on Hot Digital Songs (No. 2; 266,000) and Hot 100 Airplay (No. 54; 20 million, up 361%). Lady Gaga has started higher on the Hot 100 and Hot Digital Songs only with the title cut from "Born This Way," which launched atop both surveys in February. With "Born" having led the Hot 100 for six weeks and prior single "Judas" having debuted and peaked at No. 10 four weeks ago (it falls 19-27 this week), Lady Gaga's first 10 singles promoted to radio have reached the Hot 100's top 10. Among women in the chart's five-decade history, only Mariah Carey (11) has begun with more consecutive career-opening top 10 singles.
-- Pitbull: The rapper unleashes his fifth Hot 100 top five hit, as "Give Me Everything," featuring Ne-Yo, AfroJack and Nayer, vaults 8-4. The song jumps 15-8 on Hot 100 Airplay (71 million, up 25%) in its fifth week, marking Pitbull's fastest flight to the chart's top tier as a lead artist. On Hot Digital Songs, "Everything" ascends 7-4 (186,000, up 22%).
-- Enrique Iglesias: The singer matches his best Hot 100 debut rank, as "Dirty Dancer," with Usher and featuring Lil Wayne, opens at No. 18. The song begins on Hot Digital Songs at No. 9 with 126,000 downloads, marking both his highest debut position on the tally and his best first-week sales total. Iglesias likewise arrived at No. 18 on the Hot 100 with previous pop single "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)" (featuring Ludacris & DJ Frank E), which reached No. 4. As "I Like It" (featuring Pitbull), the first release from "Euphoria," also rose to No. 4, the set is Iglesias' first to yield three top 20 Hot 100 hits (although the remix of "Dancer" with Lil Wayne is not included on the album).
-- "Glee" Cast: The Fox TV troupe sends six songs onto the Hot 100, led by its cover of the chart's top song, "Rolling in the Deep," at No. 29 (93,000 downloads). New at No. 34, the cast's take on Rebecca Black's "Friday" (82,000) outperforms the original, which stopped at No. 58 seven weeks ago.
-- Steven Tyler: The Hot 100's fifth top 40 debut this week represents the Aerosmith frontman's first appearance on the list as a solo artist. The "American Idol" judge's "(It) Feels So Good," whose video premiered on the show's May 12 episode, bounds in at No. 35 with digital sales of 77,000. Aerosmith has charted 28 songs on the Hot 100, beginning with "Dream On" in 1973.
-- Michael Bolton: Assisting the Lonely Island (and assuming the role of a pirate-obsessed movie buff), Bolton returns to the Hot 100, as "Jack Sparrow," from the comedy act's No. 3-debuting Billboard 200 album "Turtleneck & Chain," arrives at No. 69. The bow marks Bolton's first Hot 100 appearance since "Go the Distance" reached No. 21 in 1997 and his 19th overall, dating to the debut of "Fool's Game" 28 years and two weeks ago.
-- Bad Meets Evil: After debuting last week at No. 32, "Fast Lane," by the duo of Eminem and Royce da 5'9", plummets to No. 86. On Hot Digital Songs, the track freefalls 19-59 (32,000, down 62%). In the May 11-17 tracking week, the song received only 98 plays on 31 of the 1,211 stations monitored (up from 59 the prior week), according to BDS, although the song is not being promoted to radio. The pair releases the EP "Hell: the Sequel" June 14.
The Billboard 200:
-- Adele: Is eight weeks enough for the singer's "21?" Likely not, as though her album spends an eighth week leading the Billboard 200, she'll probably rack up another frame atop the list next week as well. After that: Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" will take over.
-- As for some interesting moves and debuts outside the top 10:
-- Justin Bieber: The arrival of his "Never Say Never" film on DVD last week prompts gains for each of his four albums. "Never Say Never: the Remixes" jumps 32-11 (up 89%), "My World 2.0" sails 43-27 (up 29%), "My Worlds Acoustic" re-enters at No. 70 (up 105%) and "My World" also re-enters at No. 93 (up 75%).
-- Matthew Morrison: The "Glee" star debuts at No. 24 with his self-titled Mercury set (16,000). The actor, who plays teacher William "Will" Schuester on the show, recruited some big-name talent for the set, including Sting, Elton John and occasional "Glee" costar Gwyneth Paltrow. It will be interesting to see if the album maintains its momentum in the coming weeks. It might serve as a test of how the individual "Glee" actors will be received by the music marketplace in the future with their own solo efforts.
-- Ellie Goulding: The impact of her performance on "Saturday Night Live" (May 7) is spread over two weeks, as her "Lights" album continues to climb (up less than 1%) moving 82-76. A feat, considering it's the week after Mother's Day, where overall album sales are down by 9%.
-- Aerosmith: The band's 12-song collection titled "Tough Love: Best of the Ballads" enters with 5,000 at No. 109. Clearly, a release timed to make the most of frontman Steven Tyler's judging turn on "American Idol." However, take note of the tracklist: when were the set's "Love in an Elevator" and "Rag Doll" ever considered ballads?
-- The Strokes: Curious as to what are the year's biggest selling vinyl LPs are? The Beatle's "Abbey Road" is tops, with 15,000 song, while Radiohead's "King of Limbs" is No. 2 with 13,000. The Strokes' "Angles" (No. 136 this week on the Billboard 200) is the year's eighth-biggest (7,000).
-- Lady Gaga: While her promo for the upcoming "Born This Way" album is in full swing, the gains for her albums this week likely comes from her guest mentoring turn on "American Idol" (May 11). "The Fame" is up 37% at No. 42, "The Fame Monster" re-enters at No. 176 with a 27% increase and "The Remix" also returns to the list at No. 193 (up 20%).