The Billboard Hot 100:
-- Katy Perry, Adele: Perry's "E.T.," featuring Kanye West, spends a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, having sold slightly more than 300,000 downloads (down 13%), according to Nielsen SoundScan, edging out Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," which holds at No. 2 on the sales ranking (just under 300,000; up 1%) and the Hot 100. The slim margin (roughly 500 downloads) between the top two titles on Hot Digital Songs marks the tightest race atop the tally since approximately 250 units separated Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" and Eminem's "When I'm Gone" (each approximately 41,000) the week of Dec. 24, 2005.
-- Britney Spears: "Till the World Ends" blasts 11-3 on the Hot 100, besting its previous peak of No. 9, following the release of the song's remix featuring Nicki Minaj and Ke$ha. "World" roars 12-3 on Hot Digital Songs with 246,000 downloads sold (up 102%). The remix accounted for 68% of the title's sales in the April 25-May 1 tracking period. "World" marks the second high-profile remix to prompt a notable chart move, and second involving Spears, in three weeks. Rihanna's "S&M" ascended 2-1 two weeks ago following the release of its Spears-assisted remix. Similarly, the collaborative version of "S&M" accounted for 66% of the song's overall digital sales that frame.
-- Javier Colon: "The Voice," the latest singing competition program whose premiere last Tuesday beat "Glee," and all competition, in its timeslot, spurs the Hot 100 arrival of contestant Colon, whose R&B-tinged take on Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" launches at No. 65 (46,000 downloads). One of the four coaches on the series accompanies Colon onto the Hot 100, as Maroon 5, fronted by "Voice" coach Adam Levine, enters at No. 100 with "Never Gonna Leave This Bed" (which bullets at No. 8 in its 13th week on Adult Top 40).
-- Lady Gaga: "Judas" slips 12-20 on the Hot 100, down 39% in overall chart points. Although it dives 6-19 (81,000, down 48%) on Hot Digital Songs, the second single from "Born This Way," due May 23, rises 36-31 (37 million audience impressions, up 3%, according to Nielsen BDS) on Hot 100 Airplay (and 19-17 on the Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart).
-- "Glee" Cast, Duck Sauce: As the Fox TV troupe arrives with four titles, led by its "West Side Story"/TLC mashup "I Feel Pretty"/"Unpretty" at No. 22 (112,000 downloads), its cover of "Barbra Streisand" on the series' April 26 episode prompts a 149% spike (to 30,000) and a No. 89 bow for the original by Duck Sauce. ("Streisand" topped Dance Club Songs in December).
-- Beyonce: "Run the World (Girls)" isn't quite living up to its title. The first single from the star's forthcoming fourth studio album takes a 33-48 second-week tumble with decreases in digital sales (47,000, down 39%) and airplay (16 million, down 11%).
-- Akon: After peaking at No. 56 on the Hot 100 in December, the renewed placement of "Angel" in Victoria's Secret's latest ad campaign triggers a 14% gain to 33,000 downloads. The song jumps to No. 83 on the Hot 100 after it re-entered at No. 96 last week.
The Billboard 200:
-- Adele: Thanks to a quiet week in terms of new releases, and, the overall market slump in the week following the Easter holiday, we're left with a rather dull-looking top 10. That said, Adele's "21" earns its sixth week atop the list with 124,000 (down 19%).
-- As for some interesting moves and debuts outside the top 10:
-- Michael W. Smith: Family Christian Stores' $5 discount on his 2008 album "A New Hallelujah" pushes its 1,500% increase (a re-entry at No. 46), going from a little under 1,000 copies to 9,000 this week. That is its best sales frame since Christmas of '08. In other Christian music gains news: down at No. 132, Newsboys' "Born Again" earns a gain (5% - up 52 slots) owed to venue sales.
-- Yellowcard: Following a limited-time promotion in the iTunes Store where its "When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes," was priced for $6.99, the set posts a 53% overall gain and a 110% jump in downloads (a re-entry at No. 91). The band tweeted about the pricing four times through the tracking week.
-- Mindless Self Indulgence: At No. 95, the band debuts with a reissue of its 12-year old album "Tight" -- with a cutely modified title, owing to its expanded setlist: "Tighter." It boasts 14 new tracks along with a DVD of video footage (5,000 sold).
-- Maroon 5 and Cee Lo Green: The former profits from its lead singer Adam Levine as one of the four coaches on NBC's new singing competition series "The Voice," as its "Hands All Over" album re-enters at No. 106 with a 27% jump. Another coach, Cee Lo Green, earns Greatest Gainer honors, as his "The Lady Killer" album rises 72-48 (up 4%).
-- Carole King: After "American Idol" dedicated its April 27 episode to Carole King's songbook, she sees two of her albums re-enter: "Live at the Troubadour" (No. 170, up 106%) and her No. 1 1971 effort "Tapestry" (No. 178, up 135%).