As previously reported, Rihanna remains atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week with "Diamonds." She concurrently rises to No. 1 on Hot 100 Airplay with the track, giving her 10 No. 1s on the list, a sum that's second only to her Island Def Jam labelmate Mariah Carey's record 11. What other acts shine bright on the Hot 100 and other singles charts?
-- 50 Cent: The rapper scores his third-highest Hot 100 debut, as "My Life," featuring Eminem and Adam Levine, launches at No. 27, arriving with 140,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan (and starting at No. 4 on Hot Digital Songs). He's begun higher on the Hot 100 only with "You Don't Know," with Eminem, Lloyd Banks and Ca$his (No. 12, 2006), and "Ayo Technology," featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland (No. 22, 2007). On the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, "Life" crashes in at No. 6.
-- The Script, will.i.am: As Will.i.am scores the Hot 100's top debut with "Scream & Shout," featuring Britney Spears (see link above), he adds a second top 40 entry to his Hot 100 history this week: he climbs 46-40 as a guest on the Script's "Hall of Fame." The latter title lifts 40-23 on Hot Digital Songs (49,000, up 9%). He now boasts eight solo top 40 titles in addition to his 14 with the Black Eyed Peas.
-- Adele: Behind a seemingly inconspicuous 32-43 drop on the Hot 100 for the former No. 8-peaking "Skyfall" is a notable sales feat: with 71,000 sold in the tracking week, it passes 1 million in sales (1.039 million) since its release. It joins her million-sellers "Rolling in the Deep" (7.6 million), "Someone Like You" (5.3 million), "Set Fire to the Rain" (4.3 million), "Rumour Has It" (2 million), "Chasing Pavements" (1.5 million) and "Make You Feel My Love" (1.1 million).
-- Melanie Martinez, Cassadee Pope: NBC TV's "The Voice" spurs the Hot 100 debuts of (since eliminated contestant) Martinez's cover of Alex Clare's former No. 7 hit "Too Close" (which dips 12-13) and Pope's update of Michelle Branch's No. 16-peaking 2003 single "Are You Happy Now?" (Nos. 94 and 95, respectively). The remake of "Close" arrives with 45,000 downloads sold, while Pope's track begins with 43,000.
-- Cher Lloyd: "Oath," featuring Becky G, dents the Hot 100 at No. 99 as it rises 31-30 on Mainstream Top 40. The song follows her No. 12-peaking Hot 100 entry (and No. 9 Mainstream Top 40 hit) "Want U Back." Lloyd performed the latter song, along with a cover of Katy Perry's "E.T.," acoustically at Billboard's eighth annual Women in Music luncheon on Nov. 30, at which Perry was honored as Billboard's Woman of the Year.