The Billboard 200
-- Kanye West & Nicki Minaj: As expected, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj arrive in the Nos. 1 and 2 slots, respectively, on the Billboard 200. West sold 496,000 of his "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," while Minaj moved 375,000 of her "Pink Friday" debut, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
-- Taylor Swift: At No. 4, Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" rebounds up the list five slots, thanks in part to the airing of her NBC special on Thanksgiving night. It's up 64. Her two earlier studio sets also gain: "Fearless" is up 72% at No. 61 while her self-titled album gains by 70% at No. 105.
-- Sara Bareilles: No fewer than 20 albums on the Billboard 200 this week gain and/or re-enter thanks in part to crazy-cheap Amazon MP3 $1.99 deals. The highest-ranked seems to be Bareilles' "Kaleidoscope Heart," which sells an overall 22,000 (up 262%) and vaults 122-57. It moved 18,000 downloads (up 636%).
-- Pink Floyd: The band's classic "Dark Side of the Moon" earns its highest rank on the Billboard 200 since 1980 as it re-enters at No. 69. Figure its special one-day $1.99 deal at Amazon MP3 (it's up by 584% and 1,472% in downloads) greatly helped its re-entrance. It was last higher on the chart dated March 1, 1980, when it ranked at No. 63.
-- Vampire Weekend: "Holiday" -- from the band's current "Contra" album -- pops up in widely-seen TV ads for both Tommy Hilfiger and Honda. Thus, the set -- with an assist from an Amazon MP3 $1.99 deal -- jumps 415% and re-enters at No. 151. "Holiday" also shifts 4,000 downloads, up 286%.
-- The Beatles: Four of the five largest positional drops on the list this week come from the Beatles. Not surprisingly, really, as last week saw their arrival in the iTunes Store fuel re-entries for many of their sets. The biggest fall on the chart goes to "The Beatles in Stereo," slipping 117 slots to No. 181 with 7,000 (down 47%).
The Billboard Hot 100
-- Pink: As previously mentioned, the singer claims her third Hot 100 No. 1 as "Raise Your Glass" rises to No. 1. A stirring rendition of the song on ABC's "American Music Awards" Nov. 21 aids in its 22% digital spike to 209,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan, (No. 2 on Hot Digital Songs) as does the song's ubiquitous nature at pop radio, where it's the No. 4 ranked song on the Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart. "Glass" continues a revolving door atop the Hot 100, as it’s the fifth title to occupy the No. 1 slot in five weeks, a turnover rate not seen in more than 20 years. Eight titles led over eight weeks in September to November 1990, a year before the chart migrated to monitored airplay courtesy of Nielsen BDS and point-of-purchase sales data from Nielsen SoundScan.
-- Katy Perry: "Firework" maneuvers into the No. 2 slot on the Hot 100, up four spots. The song, also aided by an AMA performance moves 4-1 on Hot Digital Songs (232,000, up 32%) to become the third chart-topper from her "Teenage Dream" album to lead the sales list following "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg, and the title cut.
-- Rihanna: Though "Only Girl (In the World)" loses its No. 1 ranking on this chart, it heads to the top of Hot 100 Airplay (2-1), moving Rihanna into third place among all artists for most No. 1s, with 6, in that chart's 20-year history. Only Mariah Carey (11) and Usher (7) have had more. Her other former Hot 100 No. 1, "What's My Name?," featuring Drake, rebounds 8-5 on the big chart as the week's Airplay Gainer, a tag it's earned for five straight weeks. Rihanna was also part of the last track to have such a lengthy Airplay Gainer run when Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie," on which she was featured, rang up five straight weeks this summer.
-- Bruno Mars: Singer places two titles in the Hot 100 top 10 as "Grenade" (17-10) joins his former No. 1 "Just the Way You Are" in the upper tier. "Grenade" is the chart's top Digital Gainer, shifting 164,000 (up 64%) to rise 13-6 on Hot Digital Songs. "Just the Way" rebounds 7-4 as digital sales improve (126,000, up 43%) on the heels of the song being covered by the "Glee" Cast on the show's Nov. 23 episode. The "Glee" version debuts at No. 40 on the Hot 100 and sells 70,000 downloads.
-- Enrique Iglesias: He posts his highest-ever Hot 100 debut at No. 18 with "Tonight (I'm Loving You)," a track that sports a un-Enrique-like explicit version subtitled "(I'm F****** You)" which accounts for 65% of its overall 97,000 sales. Iglesias' new song follows up his first top 10 hit in nine years, "I Like It."
-- Glee Cast: The cast takes a predictable tumble from No. 1 on Hot Digital Songs as its "Forget You" falls to No. 16 with 78,000 (down 59%). The song drops 11-35 on the Hot 100. Meanwhile its "Teenage Dream" hangs in at No. 48 on Hot Digital Songs (34,000, down 52%) and at No. 80 on the Hot 100, marking the first "Glee" single to spend at least three weeks on either list since "Poker Face" racked up a month in June. Both Katy Perry and Lady Gaga's original versions of those tracks were Hot 100 No. 1 hits.
The Billboard 200