As previously reported, Bruno Mars spends a sixth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Locked Out of Heaven," while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop," featuring Wanz, charges 5-2. While the rap duo could have a No. 1 in store, who else makes news on the Hot 100 and other singles charts?
-- David Bowie: The icon bounds back to Billboard's charts, as "Where Are We Now?" enters Hot Rock Songs at No. 20. The song concurrently launches on Rock Digital Songs at No. 14 and Alternative Digital Songs at No. 10 with 28,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. While the track, which also begins on a host of international charts, including at No. 6 on the Official U.K. Singles chart, had remained virtually a secret - Bowie's son, film director Duncan Jones, Tweeted, "Heh heh heh...I know something you don't know," on Jan. 7, a day before its release - Bowie's official website has since confirmed that the single previews his 28th studio album, "The Next Day," due March 12.
Bowie first drew chart ink more than 40 years ago: The week of April 15, 1972, his fourth studio set, "Hunky Dory," entered the Billboard 200, while classic cut "Changes" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100.
-- Blake Shelton: The singer and coach of NBC's "The Voice" scores the Hot 100's Hot Shot Debut at No. 44 with "Sure Be Cool If You Did." It concurrently soars 45-6 in its second week on Billboard's sales/airplay/streaming hybrid Hot Country Songs chart, fueled heavily by a No. 1 bow on Country Digital Songs, where it starts with 98,000 first-week downloads sold. (It starts at No. 13 on the overall Hot Digital Songs survey.) Shelton notches his first leader on Country Digital Songs since "God Gave Me You" reigned for four weeks in October/November 2011.
In addition to its strong sales start, "Sure" claims Airplay Gainer honors on Hot Country Songs, as it charges 32-23 on Country Airplay with a 155% increase to 10.7 million audience impressions among the panel's 126 reporters, according to Nielsen BDS. "Sure" marks Shelton's 16th Hot Country Songs top 10, 12 of which have reached No. 1.
-- Taylor Swift: She vaults onto the Hot 100 at No. 64 and Hot Country Songs at No. 16 with "The Moment I Knew." The cut starts at No. 19 on Hot Digital Songs and No. 2 on Country Digital Songs (79,000) after being released digitally in the iTunes Store and on the U.S. Target-exclusive deluxe physical edition of parent album "Red." It was previously available only on the set's Canadian version.
Swift's fellow "Red" cut "All Too Well" enters Country Airplay at No. 58. "Red," meanwhile, leads Billboard's SoundScan-powered Top Country Albums chart for a 12th week, its entire chart life. The set registered 49,000 in sales last week, pushing its to-date total to 3.2 million copies sold.
-- Bon Jovi: As first discussed in last week's Chart Moves column, fueled by hourly plays at several Clear Channel Media and Entertainment-owned stations on the track's first day of availability (Jan. 7), Bon Jovi's "Because We Can" debuts on Adult Contemporary at No. 21 and Adult Top 40 at No. 30 as the Greatest Gainer on both charts. It bounds 40-16 in its second week on Hot Rock Songs.
The track previews the band's 12th studio album, "What About Now," due March 26.
-- Kelly Clarkson: As Fox's "American Idol" begins its 12th season, the series' original champion (2002) widens her lead for the most Adult Top 40 top 10s among women (12), as "Catch My Breath" rises 12-10. She pushes further ahead of Sheryl Crow, Katy Perry and P!nk (10 each). Among all acts, only Goo Goo Dolls (14), Maroon 5 and matchbox twenty (13 each) have tallied more top 10s, while Train also boasts 12.
On the Hot 100, "Catch" climbs 30-23.